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28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 18

12/10/2018

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

12/7/2018

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

12/3/2018

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 ...


28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 16

11/26/2018

WEEK 16 - ACTS 16 - November 26, 2018 Written by Dr. Earl Mitchell, member, Stillwater: Highland Park UMC; member, Annual Conference Council; Jurisdictional Conference delegate      Chapter 16 of Acts is the story of the travels and tribulations of Paul, in his second missionary journey, to see how the churches he founded five years earlier had progressed. There are many components of these travels, namely hospitality and conversion of Lydia, removing demons, beaten and imprisoned and the ...


Appointments for the Week of November 26, 2018

11/26/2018

Debbie Biehler, from quarter-time supply at Loyal to part-time local pastor at Loyal/Hitchcock, effective. Oct. 1. Tom Combs-Francis, from Kaw City to Kaw City/ Grainola, effective Sept. 1. D. Edward Cook, to Perry, effective Sept. 1. Michelle McCarty, from Jefferson/Hunter to the Washita County Parish at Cordell and Sentinel, effective Jan. 1.


28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 15

11/19/2018

  WEEK 15 - ACTS 15 - November 19, 2018 Written by Rev. Jeannie Himes, Senior Pastor, St. Stephen's UMC Norman; chair of Mission and Service Ministry Team    I have always chuckled at the phrase in verse 2 of Acts 15 – that there was “no small dissension and debate”, a phrase that both hides and reveals, best said with a wink. Talk about loaded! The writer of Luke/Acts is politely leaving much to our imagination, while clearly pointing to a huge argument. The argument was ostensibly about ...


28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 14

11/12/2018

WEEK 14 - ACTS 14 - November 12, 2018 Written by Sara Martin, Global Young People’s Convocation 2018, Laity, Board of Director, General Board of Church and Society     The scariest realization of young adulthood is the moment you realize adults do not have all the answers. After the 2016 General Conference, I remember being stunned when adults in my life did not have the answers to my questions. I now suspect that no one knows what will happen in February or what the denomination might look ...


28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 13

11/5/2018

WEEK 13 - ACTS 13 - November 5, 2018 Written by Rev. Dr. Carol Cook Moore, senior pastor, Alva United Methodist Church; chairperson, Board of Ordained Ministry; dean, Bi-Vocational Pastor's Academy.     Luke’s writing presents us with 2 questions. The first question comes as we read the beginning of the chapter as Paul and Barnabas are called forth to go on what is eventually named “Paul’s First Missionary Journey.”   The “tweet” from the Holy Spirit simply says, “set apart for me Barnabas and ...


The gentle draw of worship

11/2/2018

It was one of the most unique worship spaces I have experienced. The back porch extended about twenty feet from the back of the modest home. There was a roof overhead and a deck served as the floor. The back of the house served as one wall. Two other walls were mostly unfinished. There was no back wall. Words to the songs were projected on the wall of the house. The lyrics were framed by a small bathroom window, a washing machine, and the hot water heater. About thirty folding chairs were on the...


Bishop Jimmy Nunn Response to Tree of Life Shooting

10/30/2018

Tree of Life Synagogue, Pittsburgh   I write filled with the feeling of dismay, as once again, senseless violence has struck a community of faith in the United States.  The Tree of Life Synagogue in the division of Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh was attacked last weekend and as of this writing, eleven people were murdered.  Please join me in condemning this violent expression of hatred.    Words of condemnation have their place.  But in the context of this era, a greater understanding of others is ...


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