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28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 24


WEEK 24 - ACTS 24 – January 21, 2019 Written by Kent Fulton, Chancellor of the Oklahoma Conference, New Covenant UMC - Edmond; General Conference Alternate Delegate; Second Laity Alternate to the Judicial Council    In the secular world and within our own denomination, we may look to the courts or to the Judicial Council for justice.  In doing so, we place our hope in the institutions of humankind, and yet, this can lead to disappointment as these institutions are as flawed as the individuals...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 23


WEEK 23 - ACTS 23 - January 14, 2019   Written by Rev. Jessica Moffatt, Lead Pastor, Tulsa First UMC, General Conference Delegate, Jurisdictional Delegate.         Over Christmas, I had houseguests.  Lots of house guests.  Three bedrooms full of out-of-state family members.  I was delighted to host because this was the first time we have all been together since four people have married into our family.      It was a time of discovery and acceptance and deep, deep love.  Do we all see the world ...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 22


WEEK 22 - ACTS 22 - January 7, 2019 Written by Mark Springer, conference president of United Methodist Men; member, Asbury UMC, Tulsa    Heavenly Father, we have a new year before us, we pray that you will make us as new believers, excited and full of your strength, power and wisdom. Give each of us opportunities to share the Gospel with many others. Happy New Year! Chapter 22 contains the 2nd account of Paul’s experience on the road to Damascus.  (refer to week 9 for Jeff Jaynes' devotion on ...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 21


WEEK 21 - ACTS 21 - December 31, 2018 Written by Rev. Dr. Sam Powers, senior pastor, First UMC, Edmond; General Conference Delegate     It’s hard to believe that another year is ending.  At some point, I stopped being “young” clergy.  I remember one year being one of the sixteen under the age of 35 in the Oklahoma Conference.  I dubbed us the “sweet sixteen.”  Now I’m fifty and well into middle age.  I still do some youthful things.  I lead small group in church camp each year.  I take groups ...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 20


WEEK 20 - ACTS 20 - December 24, 2018 Written by Christa Midkiff; member, New Covenant UMC, Edmond      Acts 20 is about a season of full-throttle ministry for Paul, which many of us can relate to, especially in the full-throttle season of Christmas. All of life is careening ahead: the endless behind the scenes work, the important decisions in ministry, the loud claims, the hard sells, the thrills and disappointments, the challenges and successes, the big spectacle of it all, and the ...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 19


WEEK 19 - ACTS 19 - December 17, 2018 Written by Rev. Dr. Craig Stinson; director of Connectional Ministries, Oklahoma Annual Conference How do you know what you know?      “Jose played soccer.” This is a perfectly complete sentence in English.  But if we spoke the Tariana language, a direct translation of these words would be an incomplete sentence that makes no sense.     Tariana is a language that requires evidential markers.  If you make a claim, you must also state how it is that you know ...

Appointments for the week of December 17, 2018


Guy Ames, from associate at Tulsa-Asbury to retired, effective July 1. Pearl Broome, from Springer to not appointed, effective Dec. 31, 2018. April Coates, from PC Albright/PC Asbury to Perry, effective Jan. 1. Edward Cook, from Perry to not appointed, effective Jan. 1. Thomas Corrigan, from Grove to voluntary leave, effective Oct. 29, 2018. Waylon Dancer, to Wilson, effective Dec. 15, 2018. Mary Gaudreau Hughes, from OCC Director of Emotional Care to Director of Crisis Care Ministry, effective ...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 18


WEEK 18 - ACTS 18 – December 10, 2018 Written by Janey Wilson, campus minister, East Central University Campus Minister; General Conference delegate.      Pray for God’s will for your life. Sometimes in the midst of a good busyness season such as Advent, we forget to ask God, “What do you want me to do? What are you calling me to do?” I invite you this week to slow down, stop even. Spend time with God. Spend time in worship. Spend time in God’s word. Spent time in meditation. Forget about your...

Two goats and a gift


By Bishop Jimmy Nunn One of the bishops from the Congo shared the story of how he met and married his wife. He believed that God had a purpose for his life. So, he studied the Bible every day. He met a young lady and quickly fell in love. He became her Bible teacher. He was always quoting scripture, praying, encouraging her to be more godly. It was the perfect match. Or so he thought. One day she informed him that she did not want to marry the Bible. He did not give up so easily, however. He ...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 17


WEEK 17 - ACTS 17 - December 3, 2018 Written by Rev. Shannon Rodenberg, Pastor, Fairland UMC; chair, OKUMC Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry      As the new chair of the Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, I have been learning many things that I did not know about our wonderful campus ministries around the state and the work that they do to help college students and staff learn more about their faith and the world that God created and is creating. Our campus ...

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