Wednesday, June 20, 2018

God's Word  

The Bible teaches us about itself: 2 Timothy 3:16 "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness".  God inspired the Bible and it is our owner's manual for life.  The Bible has remained unchanged and reliable for nearly two thousand years!  The Bible talks about two main subjects: the nature of God and the nature of humanity. These two things never change.  
Unfortunately, many churches  today have drifted away from God's Word because the teachings are uncomfortable, not popular, or are viewed as old fashioned.   If we find ourselves at odds with scripture, We must change!  Barnett Memorial United Methodist Church is committed to teaching the Word of God (John 1:1; 14).

Seeds of Faith

For ease of maintenance, the previous owners of our house had paved most of the rear garden. But we wanted a “proper garden” so we removed some of the paving blocks and filled the area with soil. We spent several weeks discussing how we wanted the plot to look but kept putting off planting day. As novice gardeners, we were nervous about putting a plant or bush in the wrong place. Finally, we bought several packets of flower seeds and just scattered them over the soil, hoping some of them would grow. In time we were rewarded with a carpet of beautiful colors and rich scents. One day while enjoying the garden, I was reminded that God calls us to plant seeds of faith. Often, instead of telling people about all the wonderful things God had done in my life, I remained silent because I worried about “getting it wrong.” But since I learned the lesson from my garden, I don’t delay in sowing the seeds of God’s word to anyone who will listen. Only by doing this can we ensure an abundant harvest of new believers.

The Red Door 

The tradition of red doors dates back centuries. 
There are several meanings associated with red doors. 
Red symbolizes the sacrificial blood of Christ that saves those who come to him. 
Red is also a reminder of the Passover and a sign of the Holy Spirit. 
Church doors began to be painted red as a way of remembering the ultimate sacrifice that others had made for their faith.
The red doors of churches traditionally indicated a place of sanctuary, refuge, and safety. 
Those in need would not be captured or harmed inside the holy walls of the church, which offered physical and spiritual protection. 
Some believe that the doors of the Wittenberg Cathedral, where Martin Luther posted his 95 theses, were red. 
Red doors on Protestant churches indicate their roots in the Reformation.
Whatever the meaning, many churches today are recognized by their distinctive red doors

A Tender Salvation

One day a bird flew into our living room through an open door and was unable to find its way out. It became very frustrated and bumped against the ceiling until its head began to bleed. Finally, it stopped and perched on the curtain rod. My daughter slowly reached out with her hand and gently grasped the little bird. The bird then allowed my daughter to set it free.
Similarly, God watches us when we rush into obstacles in life. These hardships, bad choices, and mistakes can cause damage and pain to our souls. In the midst of anguish and distress, we may not always feel the tender hand of our Creator who watches over us and helps us in the right moment. But if we have the wisdom to allow God to gently hold and guide us, our soul can be calmed as we experience God’s power and love.


Thank you, God, for loving us. Thank you for your willingness to always help us and to calm our fears.
We pray as Jesus taught us, saying,
“Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”* *Matthew 6:9-13