Updated List of #UMC Regional Responses to GC2019

Category: Technology
The passing of parts of the Traditional Plan has awoken a slumbering giant. Regions that no one considered “progressive” have amassed open letters with significant signatories, purchased local media ads, and written legislation in order to denounce the Traditional Plan. The following is a

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Victory over Worry

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
How much we worry and how many of our worries are unfounded? Unhealthy worrying can cripple us to the point of making us ineffective and unable to cope with life’s challenges. It can also lead to depression. We worry over sickness, viruses, finances, family, children, salt, sugar, unforeseen

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Trade Anxiety for Peace

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God… And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6 & 7 God calls us to guard our

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Is there a border crisis? Depends on how you measure it.

Category: News
The crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border is real, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen told a House committee earlier this month. Between October and the end of March, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is on track to apprehend more migrants entering the country illegally than during the

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The Lies FOMO Tells Us

Category: Young Adults and Singles
Many millennials have grown up in a world brimming with choices. Strawberry or cookie dough Pop-Tarts? Drama Club or the soccer team? College or trade school? In all these choices, we’ve discovered that sometimes there really was a better option out there, and we missed out—cookie dough

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A La Carte (March 21)

Category: Family, Featured, General, Outreach
I came up empty looking for new Kindle deals today. You may be interested in subscribing to Ligonier’s Tabletalk magazine and getting 12 months for just $12. (Yesterday on the blog: Are You Writing Headlines for You or Articles for Them?) Is Missionary Work Colonialism? Certainly some has

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Eyes on You

Category: Daily Devotions, God's love
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go. I will counsel you with my eyes on you.” Psalm 32:8 I grew up in a neighborhood where everyone knew each other. We all basically lived by the same rules. We kids felt free to wander our five or six block radius, […]

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Flawed #UMC Arguments Against Changing LGBTQ Policies

Category: Technology
I’m geeking out a bit over this guest article. Rev. Dr. J. Philip Wogaman is a titan in United Methodism–and he has a Wikipedia page! A fellow graduate of Boston University School of Theology, he’s been a seminary professor, dean, seminary president, senior pastor to presidents, and many other

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Forgiving Ourselves

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
Read: Psalm 103:10-14 Have you ever come to the Lord in repentance, confessing your wrongdoing, and yet still felt guilty? Sometimes the problem is that we can’t forgive ourselves. Therefore, we go into a self-punishing mode, repeatedly replaying the sin until we feel unworthy not only of

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Guilt Living

Category: comfort, Daily Devotions, God's love
“Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.”  Psalm 31:5 Esther was running out of time.  The doctor pronounced her condition terminal. When Alice dropped by to see her, Esther blurted out, “I’m afraid of what comes after I die!  God can’t

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1 CORINTHIANS: A Challenge

Category: ALL
Apparently Corinth was the kind of city that would feel right at home in the twenty-first century.  It was full of people who love the “good” life of evil vices.  Into this decadence the apostle Paul sends a letter full of instruction and warning to Christian believers.  He

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LifeWay Announces Closing of All 170 Stores

Category: General
Today the announcement was made that LifeWay Christian Resources, the largest Christian retail chain in America, will be closing their entire line of 170 stores in favor of shifting its inventory completely online. Back in January, the chain announced their plan to begin reducing locations this

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