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28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 15


  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


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


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


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


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 ...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 12


WEEK 12 - ACTS 12 - October 29, 2018 Written by Rev. Dr. Bob Long, senior pastor, St. Luke's UMC, OKC; General Conference Delegate; board of directors, Wespath (formerly General Board of Pension and Health Benefits) Are You A Traveler or a Tourist? Do you know the difference between being a traveler and a tourist? A tourist likes to go on a journey but wants to stay comfortable and safe. A traveler, however, embraces the unfamiliar to experience something new.   A tourist might go to Italy and ...

Appointments for the Week of October 29, 2018


David Hanigar, from OKC-Wickline to discontinued, effective Sept. 15. Marvin Hudson, from Cordell to retired, effective Dec. 30. David Jones, from Tipton to retired, effective Sept. 30. Adam Leathers, from Perry UMC to medical leave, effective Sept. 1. Alan McIntyre, from Inola to not appointed, effective Sept. 2. Charles Ryser, from Tulsa-Asbury to retired, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Gerald Steele, from not appointed to Inola, effective Sept. 15; from Inola to not appointed, effective Nov. 1. ...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 11


  WEEK 11 - ACTS 11 - October 22, 2018 Written by Rev. Dr. Joseph Harris, assistant to the Bishop/conference secretary/director of Communications, Oklahoma Conference; General Conference Delegate If you wish to contact the delegation via email the address is   After attending seven General Conferences as a delegate and serving as chair and vice chair of three legislative committees, I thought there was little at a General Conference I had either not experienced ...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 10


WEEK 10 - ACTS 10 - October 15, 2018 Written by Sarah Nichols Lofton, Jurisdictional Conference delegate; co-chair, Leadership Development Ministry Team: Division on Young People's Ministry, UMC Cornelius; I love that name. The name itself means ‘horn’- bummer, right?   I feel like it should mean ‘potential’. After all, our church’s Cornelius embodied the great potential of a new story; of Good News. My favorite movie is Meet The Robinsons. In it, a 13 year old orphan named Lewis struggles to ...

28 Weeks Acts Devotion Week 9


WEEK 9 - ACTS 9 - October 8, 2018 Written by Rev. Jeff Jaynes, executive director, Restore Hope Ministries, Tulsa; Jurisdictional Conference delegate.      It could be argued that this chapter is one of the most pivotal in the history of the church. Before this chapter, Saul was “breathing fire” against the church. After it he breathes deeply the Spirit of God and the spark ignited in him in this chapter started a chain reaction that exponentially expanded the church. Simply put, you and I may ...

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