God Moments

Posts about miscellaneous “God Moments” of inspiration which are not connected with any specific category of “Godprints.” “God Moments” give us a moment to pause and see God as He interacts in our day to day lives.

His Love Makes no Sense!

Posted by on Jul 29, 2017 in BLAST, God Moments, youth | 0 comments

His Love Makes no Sense!

Members of our BLAST Youth group recently returned from a week at Malaga Camp.  The theme of the week was God’s love.  How can God send His Son to dies for us and continue to love us even when we keep on rejecting Him and breaking away to do our own thing? One of the people attending the camp wrote the following… “His love makes no sense.”   I turned to the woman next to me (who later would become a new friend) and cried, “Why does Jesus love me so much? I don’t deserve...

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What do You Know About Mother’s Day?

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in God Moments | 0 comments

What do You Know About Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day.  It comes every year on the 2nd Sunday of May.  How much do you really know about Mothers Day?  First of all, is it “Mother’s Day”, “Mothers’ Day” or “Mothers Day”???   Where do you put the apostrophe?  Or do you even use one?  Google “Mothers Day” and you’ll see all three spellings. So is it: A day for your mother (Mother’s) A day for all mothers (Mothers’) Or a day just named after female...

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Say a Nehemiah 2:4 Prayer!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in God Moments | 0 comments

Say a Nehemiah 2:4 Prayer!

Things are going along pretty well, then all of a sudden life throws you a curve and the steam of anger or fear starts to build. Or, all of a sudden you’re in a dire situation where you need to make a quick decision. What do you do?
Follow the example of Nehemiah and say a quick “Nehemiah 2:4 Prayer”!

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Doublin’ Down with Job!

Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in God Moments | 0 comments

Doublin’ Down with Job!

When someone we love dies, do we really loose them??? You’re probably familiar with the story of Job; He’s a rich landowner who lived sometime around the time of Abram.  There’s this strange conversation in heaven, and the next thing you know he’s lost all of his possessions and his children.  But some of the fine print details that we tend to skip over in a passage like this need to be noticed. Here’s what it says in Job 1:1-2… There once was a man named...

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The 12 Days of Christmas Decoded!

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in God Moments | 0 comments

The 12 Days of Christmas Decoded!

We’re all familiar with the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas.”  But other than a silly party song where a quartet of friends gets make fools of themselves by squawking like “Calling Birds” (whatever they are), is there any spiritual significance in this song’s lyrics? There are many versions of the origin and meaning of this song, but a spiritual application to each “gift” mentioned in this song can be made.  Back when this song was written,...

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Zephaniah Offers Encouragement During Longest Night Service (12/21/16)

Posted by on Dec 27, 2016 in God Moments | 0 comments

Zephaniah Offers Encouragement During Longest Night Service (12/21/16)

December 21… the first day of winter, and the year’s longest night.  For those who have lost something or someone during the year, this night can be a forebearer of a Blue Christmas. And so, as part of our Advent preparation, our Blue Christmas service helps us to re-connect with God’s promises.  A  loss may be a painful bump in the road or change in course, but God is still in control. During our service on 12/21/16, Pastor Jim turned to the “Minor Prophet”...

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Valentine’s Day Love Appears at PUMC (2/14/16)

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in God Moments, Knitting Ministries, UMW | 0 comments

Valentine’s Day Love Appears at PUMC (2/14/16)

The letters “PUMC” stands for “Pitman United Methodist Church”, but they mean so much more than a building, or a particular church, or an institution.  “PUMC” is simply a gathering of people who are motivated by the Holy Spirit to grow closer to God and to extend His love to others.  We are a people who see the Cross and react by reaching out our own arms. In our church on this morning of the day we call Valentine’s Day, the Holy Spirit’s work of...

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Growth Chart for Fifth Graders… And Adults!

Posted by on Nov 14, 2015 in God Moments, SS-kids | 0 comments

Growth Chart for Fifth Graders… And Adults!

GROWTH… When our kids are young we frequently buy or make a “growth chart” that we hang on the bedroom wall.  At significant events we mark the height of our child and marvel at the wonder of growth.  How quickly they grow and get taller and taller! A poster was recently spotted on an easel in our 5th grade Sunday School Room:  It says “GROWTH.” How can we grow in Christ?  What would you tell a 5th grader?  What would you tell an adult?  Here’s some useful...

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Daily Thanksgiving Prayer Meditation

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in God Moments | 0 comments

Daily Thanksgiving Prayer Meditation

What am I thankful for?  Most of us could probably name friends, family, home, or other material blessings.  But how do you develop a Thankful Attitude? How do you get into the mode where you can see God’s hand in everything, and then become truly thankful? The following video was produced by the United Methodist Church, and helps to lead you into a time of Thankful meditation.  Close the door, turn off the phone, lock out the distractions, and allow yourself to see God…  ...

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What is TRUST?

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in God Moments | 0 comments

What is TRUST?

What does it mean to Trust?  We’re called to Trust friends, Trust co-workers, Trust doctors, Trust bank tellers.  But what does it mean to trust God? Proverbs 3:5-8 puts it this way… Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for...

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PUMC Records “Prepare the Way” Video (12/18/14)

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Choirs (Music), God Moments | 0 comments

PUMC Records “Prepare the Way” Video (12/18/14)

During our Choir Rehearsal last Thursday (12/18/14), The Voices in Praise stepped into the “recording studio” with Lee Whittaker and recorded a rendition of his hit “Prepare the Way.” This song is especially appropriate as we consider the “Colors of Christmas” and how we’ve been reminded that we must constantly prepare our lives and hearts for the arrival of Christ.  Not only for His 2nd coming, but also for His ever-available touch on our day to day...

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Stuck in the Middle of a Noisy Christmas?

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in God Moments, Godprints | 0 comments

Stuck in the Middle of a Noisy Christmas?

Can’t wait for Christmas to come and get over with?  Does it feel like you’re in the middle of a hectic rush of shopping, phony parties and crazy drivers?  When January comes will you look back and be thankful for Christmas, or will you simply return to your normal routine and feel glad that you survived it? The true Christmas touches us when we can honestly celebrate Christ (that’s what Christ Mas literally means, afterall). Christ touches us in the quiet moments.  In...

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Give Thanks in Your Own Way: Lunar Communion!

Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in God Moments | 0 comments

Give Thanks in Your Own Way: Lunar Communion!

Did you know that the first drink consumed on the surface of the moon was communion juice (wine)?  The following story has been circulating around the Internet for years, but is well documented and confirmed (see http://www.hoax-slayer.com/communion-on-the-moon)….   NOTE: In addition to reading the following text, you can view a re-enactment in the YouTube clip that follows… Forty-three years ago two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon. But what...

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South Seaville UMC Opens New Doors! (9/7/14)

Posted by on Sep 7, 2014 in EventReport, God Moments | 0 comments

South Seaville UMC Opens New Doors! (9/7/14)

Back in 2004, our church building was destroyed by fire.  For 3 years we worshiped in a school, theater, and converted hardware store.  In 2007- after much anticipation and work- we moved into our new (current) building. About 3 years ago, another local United Methodist Church began a similar journey when their church building burned down.  (Read More).  But today (9/7/14) the South Seaville United Methodist Church opened the doors of its new building and celebrated their first service of...

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Morning by Morning New Mercies I See

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in God Moments | 0 comments

Morning by Morning New Mercies I See

Pastor Jim’s sermon on August 15 was about God’s faithfulness as shown in Lamentations 3.   Morning by Morning New Mercies I See… One of the hymns that most of us know is based on today’s scripture: “Great is thy Faithfulness.”   The refrain includes the line “Morning by morning new mercies I see…. All I have needed Thy hand has provided. Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me.” There is a lily-type plant which produces flowers that...

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Pay Phones are Gone, but Prayer Still Works!

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in God Moments | 0 comments

Pay Phones are Gone, but Prayer Still Works!

With the universal use of cell phones, the pay phones which once dotted our downtown have all but vanished.  Outside of the Jake’s on Broadway restaurant in Pitman, a former pay phone has taken on a new and creative purpose… Communication… The ways we communicate with each other have changed dramatically over the years.  And, they will continue to change as technology advances. But the ways in which we communicate with God are time tested and dependable.  We can communicate...

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New Life for the South Seaville United Methodist Church

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in God Moments | 0 comments

New Life for the South Seaville United Methodist Church

One June 10, 2011, fire destroyed the South Seaville United Methodist church’s building.  But after a period of transition, their new building is nearing completion.  At PUMC we can identify with this story; our building burned down in 2003, and we moved into our current building in 2007. But as our  pastor said during the night of the fire, “Our building may be burning down, but my church is standing behind me.”  (or words to that effect…)  A church is not a building;...

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PUMC Members Raise Awareness of Autism (4/27/14)

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in God Moments, Ministry: Community & Church | 0 comments

PUMC Members Raise Awareness of Autism (4/27/14)

PUMC members John and Heidi Hoenge were both athletic growing up, and so when their son was born they expected that he would in some way excel in sports.  But, their thinking was too small.  God had plans that were bigger than football or basketball; their son was born with autism. April is National Autism Awareness month, and the Hoenges shared their story during the service on April 27.  They reminded the congregation that we are all part of the big jigsaw puzzle of God’s creation. ...

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PUMC Gives Wings for Redbird (4/20/14)

Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in God Moments, Mission: NJandCountry, redbird | 0 comments

PUMC Gives Wings for Redbird (4/20/14)

Somebody Needs to Help These Poor People! Years ago, PUMC member Don Beckett and his wife were driving through the hill country of Appalachia.  Surrounded by poverty, Mrs. Becket said “somebody needs to help these poor people!”  Years later, Don had lost his wife, but he never lost his wife’s plea on behalf of the poor children in Eastern Kentucky.    In 2013 a team from our church journeyed to Red Bird Mission, which is in the center of the Redbird Mission Conference of the...

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Steeple Cross Legacy (2/23/14)

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in ChurchHistory, God Moments, Godprints | 0 comments

Steeple Cross Legacy (2/23/14)

Ever notice the cross hanging on the wall of our church’s narthex?  It’s not there for decoration… there’s a story behind it.  It’s a reminder of how God has guided our church through history; from its inception, through the days of the Pitman Camp Meeting, the “glory days” of the 1950’s when 200 kids filled the junior choir loft, through the fire in 2003, the construction of our current building, through the present.  And- into the future....

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