Distractions
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Distractions

I find it amazing how easily we are distracted. We live in a world full of distractions. We used to say things like, “If I didn’t have to answer the phone (Which was a land-line) and check the mail (Which meant the stuff delivered by the postal carrier) then I’d have more time to focus on...

United Methodist Denomination in the News
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United Methodist Denomination in the News

Major news outlets and social media have been abuzz the last several days regarding the outcome of The United Methodist Church’s special called General Conference. Tuesday of last week, the 26th, was the last day of the four-day meeting. As pastor of RiverStone Church, a United Methodist church, I wanted to share with the Farmington...

Respect in the Midst of Disagreement
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Respect in the Midst of Disagreement

We at RiverStone Church spending some time in Peter’s first letter to the early Church.  The passage I’ve been reading and preparing to teach from this Sunday is quite interesting and deals with topics quite relevant to us.  In 1 Peter 2:11-3:7, Peter gives a lot of instruction about relationships.  Who isn’t interested in making...

Ancient-Future: That’s the Way to Go
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Ancient-Future: That’s the Way to Go

Ancient – Future. Does that sound like an oxymoron? Maybe.  There’s a passage in the Bible where God is calling out to His people, “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest of your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16 NIV)....

Stop the rush
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Stop the rush

In a conversation I had earlier today we observed how full people’s lives are.  Work, family, household and other responsibilities have people “on the run”.   For those of us with day schedules, we get up, get ready, hurry to work, after hurrying children to school.  Then we work through break times, even lunches, push hard...

A Long Train of Thought
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A Long Train of Thought

Lives on both sides of my family have been influenced a lot by the railroad. Specifically, Santa Fe Railroad. Three uncles worked and retired from Santa Fe. My Mom was a Harvey Girl and the Harvey Houses were strategically located along the line. Rail passenger service is not nearly as popular as it once was.  Better highways,...

Grass On The Path
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Grass On The Path

Do you have grass on your path? Psalms 62:8 “Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah” Early African believers were earnest and regular in private devotions. Each one reportedly had a separate spot in the thicket where he would pour out...

“Re-“Time
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“Re-“Time

Yes!  It’s summer!  I’m leaving in a few days to get away.  I’m praying, planning, and hoping that this is a “Re-“ time.  Let me share some words with you that will explain.  Ready? Re-connect, Renew, Recharge, Refresh, Recreate, Reflect, Redirect.  I could go on.  We all need to do and experience these things.  When...

Encouragement From Peter
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Encouragement From Peter

Last Sunday I began a series of messages from Peter’s first letter to the church.  It is a letter of a pastor who cared deeply for the Christians in scattered churches in areas now known as western Turkey.  Roman Emperor, Nero, had begun bringing severe persecution upon Christians using them as a scapegoat for the...

What Do You Worship?
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What Do You Worship?

Since people first scratched out petroglyphs or used charcoal on cave walls, they have attempted to convey some message through their art.  Looking back, we can see great works of art from folk, like Michelangelo’s statue of the ancient Jewish king, David, or the masterpiece of the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.  Later, in the 1660’s, Rembrandt...

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