Author Archive: 16th Section UMC

FOR THE LEAST OF THESE

Matt 25: The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ It is a beautiful winter day in Little Rock and we just finished serving breakfast to around 40 people under the Broadway Bridge. How cold was …

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You are my Hiding Place

(NRSV) PSALM 119:114 You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. When I was a child I loved to hide. There was a cupboard in a duplex where we lived when I was four and I relished the coziness of that small spot. But as we grow older it becomes …

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Resuming the Journey

After several years of not posting, I have decided to renew my interest in writing about scripture that I am reading and meditating upon. Many changes have occurred, including my becoming a licensed pastor in the United Methodist Church. Beginning Nov. 1, 2014 I was appointed as pastor of a two point charge, Ward UMC …

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The way of the Cross–Sin

Romans 5:6-11 (NRSV) For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. 8 But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ …

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Why Worship?

1Chron 29:10 Then David blessed the Lord in the presence of all the assembly; David said:“Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, forever and ever. 11 Yours, O Lord, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the …

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SEEING IS BELIEVING

Seeing is Believing John 20:19-31 20:19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” 20:20 After he said this, he …

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A Tribute to Mothers

A Tribute to Mothers How often did your mother soothe you to sleep? How often did she pray, “The Lord your soul to keep”? How many times did she lay awake, listening for any sound you might make? How many times did she rock you in her arms vowing to protect you from all harm? …

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The Last Note

The Last Note In memory of Vance Burton (Burt) Finch When the last note on the piano has played and faded away, when the last song has been sung and the last “Amen” prayed I will still be in your memories, in your hearts and in your lives, for the bond we share between us …

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God is light

1 John 1:1-10 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal …

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Humility leads to godly wisdom

Proverbs 11:2 When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.  When looking for a verse of instruction on how to live a godly life, one need look no further than this one simple verse.  I am convinced the original sin was pride, the pride that caused Eve to believe she could be …

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