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28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 26


WEEK 26 - ACTS 26 - February 4, 2019 Written by Cindy Hull, member - Waynoka UMC; former conference United Methodist Women's president.          This week we find Paul pleading his case before King Agrippa and Governor Festus in Jerusalem. He tells of his being transformed from the strictest of Jews to a champion of Christ, his Lord and Savior. He makes his case that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of what “the prophets and Moses said would take place.”       Trying to make persons understand ...

Only the humble


By Bishop Jimmy Nunn Jimmy, a guide, gives instructions on how to enter the “eye of the needle.” Photo by Bishop Jimmy Nunn. A bus load of Oklahoma Conference clergy and spouses joined me on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in January. Many of the clergy had been ordained in recent years. About half of the group had never been to the land of the Bible prior to this trip. It was a great trip. I want to express my appreciation to Educational Opportunities, our guide for their service and financial ...

Focus on Discipleship


What will you do with this Epiphany Season? Focus on Discipleship!   With Ash Wednesday not until March 5, the season of Epiphany is 8 weeks long this year. What will you do with all that time? I suggest something very simple – focus on discipleship! For those who plan and lead worship, the lectionary provides a wonderful journey through the beginning of Luke’s gospel following a brief sojourn over to John on Human Relations Day where we will remember Jesus turning water into wine. Talk ...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 25


WEEK 25 - ACTS 25 – January 28, 2019 Written by Fuxia Wang, director of International Ministries, OU Wesley Foundation - Norman; Jurisdictional Conference Delegate    This week we will look at Acts 25 and see how God’s plan came to pass in Paul’s life.  May the Lord open up this passage in a much greater way for us this week. Amen.       By the end of Acts 24, Paul had been in prison for two whole years, even though he was completely innocent of any wrong doing. By that time, Paul had already ...

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 ...

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