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28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 6


WEEK 6 - ACTS 6 - September 17, 2018 Written by Aly Shahan, Annual Conference Council co-chair; General Conference delegate. I have been blessed (although sometimes in the moment it may have not felt that way) to serve as a General Conference delegate for two quadrenniums. Upon arrival to my first General Conference in 2012 I was ready to take on the world and change the United Methodist Church into what I knew was the best way. I was ready to experience Christ and to spread my “knowledge” to ...

Worship Resources for Natural Disasters


Greetings friends, Here are some links to some helpful resources for churches preparing Sunday worship with Hurricane Florence bearing down on the Carolinas in mind.  If these are helpful, I offer them in that spirit.  There are many prayers, songs, litanies and articles at Discipleship Ministries: This is a more ecumenical site (there are resources developed after tragedies in Oklahoma at this site):

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 5


WEEK 5 - ACTS 5 - SEPTEMBER 10, 2018 Written by Rev. Aaron Tiger, First United Methodist Church of Tulsa; Jurisdictional conference delegate      Acts gives us a chance to be witnesses to the birth of the church, filled with wonders and challenges. In chapter five of Acts, we have the death of Ananias and Sapphira because of their lying to God, people being healed by Peter’s shadow, the apostles being arrested, imprisoned, miraculously set free, and being threatened to be killed.      In the ...

The compass and the horizon


As my plane flew into the clouds and we lost sight of the ground below or the sky above, I thought about a World War II pilot. After fulfilling his service to the country, Bill became a pilot trainer. He loved to talk, especially about flying airplanes. On more than one occasion, Bill would say that he could completely disorient me if I would allow him to blindfold me, seat me in a chair, and spin the chair around three times. I never let him try that. I took his word that anyone who undergoes ...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 4


WEEK 4 - ACTS 4 - September 3, 2018   Written by Glenda, Oklahoma Conference United Methodist Women President This chapter has several meditation points but I’m going to focus on being boldly called by the Holy Spirit to share the good news. The Holy Spirit gives courage to every believer so they can witness for Jesus.  Just like “the fruits of the spirit”, we each have a calling as a believer, and to rephrase, we each are required as a believer to “do something”.  We are part of the family of ...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 3


August 27th, 2018 Written by Rev. Dr. Victor T. McCullough, Heartland District Superintendent “And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them.” -Acts 3:5   Research studies indicate the average attention span for adults is twenty-two seconds. We’ve all experienced those times when after listening to someone talk, we can barely recall a small percentage, if anything, of what we’ve heard. Have we forgotten how to pay attention and listen? As human beings, we ...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 2


WEEK 2 - ACTS 2 - August 20th, 2018 Written by Don Kim, member of Korean First UMC; Associate Conference Lay Leader; General Conference Delegate; Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee member What does God wants us to experience through the challenge that we are facing today? Certainly this will not be the last challenge we will have to face because our denomination as United Methodist church is losing its foothold. When we did not know Jesus, we lived to our own needs and desires. But we have ...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 1


WEEK 1 - ACTS 1 - August 13th, 2018 Written by Rev. Linda Harker, Senior Pastor, McFarlin UMC; General Conference Delegate; Jurisdictional Episcopal Committee Chairperson We find ourselves in what feels like a complicated and seemingly volatile moment in our denomination’s history, gathered as a community who bear the name of Jesus the Christ, much like the early church. In the midst of this season, in this potential “watershed moment” for our denomination, we are reminded of our infancy, our ...

Appointments for the week of August 13, 2018


Taylor Anderson, from supply to local pastor at Hydro, effective Aug. 1. Barbara Brown, to retirement, effective Aug. 1. Laura Glover, from Perkins to Perkins and Lost Creek, effective Sept. 1. Stephanie Greenwald, to associate at OKC-St. Andrew’s, effective Aug. 1. Toni Hignight, from Kingston to Kingston/Ardmore-Warren, effective Aug. 15. Robert Kanary, from elder to retired elder/supply at OKC-Clark, effective Aug. 1. Shelli Pleasant, from supply to local pastor at Avant, effective Aug. 1. ...

Fear and focus


The letter of instruction ending with four ominous words: “Watch out for rattlesnakes.” As I finished packing for the mission work trip, those words jumped out at me again. I have never liked snakes, especially rattlesnakes. My last encounter with a rattler had been almost a decade prior to this trip. I was a director at a church camp for elementary children. I happened upon a camper who had discovered and was approaching a rattlesnake. I quickly got the child away from the snake, sent someone ...

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