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Spiritual insights, inspirational moments. Times where God’s presence was felt.

No One Escapes the Cross… Do They? (Camp Meeting 7/15/18)

Posted by on Jul 18, 2018 in FEATURED, Sermons | 0 comments

No One Escapes the Cross… Do They? (Camp Meeting 7/15/18)

Rev. Jim Hughes, returning again this year as a guest speaker at the Pitman Camp Meeting, appeared as Thomas. Thomas was a man who desperately wanted to return to his first love. But he saw Jesus die on the cross; and nobody escapes from the cross… Do they???

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A Mind of Peace or a Piece of Mind???

Posted by on Jul 14, 2018 in FEATURED, Signboard | 0 comments

A Mind of Peace or a Piece of Mind???

Things happen that make us angry, and we want to “give someone a piece of our mind!” But God has freed us from having to fly off the handle, and we can instead enjoy a “Mind of Peace”…

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Coins with God’s Image (Camp Meeting, 7/8/18)

Posted by on Jul 10, 2018 in Pitman Camp Meeting, Sermons, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Coins with God’s Image (Camp Meeting,  7/8/18)

Jesus’ response to the trap was brilliant:”Whose image is on that coin? Then give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, but give to God what belongs to God.” It blew His questioners away.
The sermon at the 7/8/18 Camp Meeting turned that question towards us: What “coins” are you carrying?

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What Can We Learn from the Sneetches? (Camp Meeting, 7/1/18)

Posted by on Jul 2, 2018 in Pitman Camp Meeting, Sermons, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

What Can We Learn from the Sneetches? (Camp Meeting, 7/1/18)

PUMC was the host church for the Pitman Camp Meeting on Sunday July 1; Our choir provided the special music, and Pastor Jim preached the message. In light of current events, how does God view diversity and unity? What can we learn from Dr. Susses’ story about The Sneetches?

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How’s Your Prayer Conditioning?

Posted by on Jun 5, 2018 in Signboard, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

How’s Your Prayer Conditioning?

At this time of year, when we switch from Heater to Air Conditioning, the first cycle of running the air conditioner can create some anxious moments; will it work? You never know when a hot moment in life will cause you to rely on your Prayer Conditioning. In tense moments, does your prayer life keep you cool, or do you get hot under the collar?

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Running on Empty (4/8/18)

Posted by on Apr 10, 2018 in Sermons, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Running on Empty (4/8/18)

Easter is over. All of the plans, dinners, and holidays are finished. It’s time to get back to normal. But what was “Normal” for the disciples? They were totally drained. Worn out by worry and fear. Doesn’t that happen to us? Do we sometimes feel that we’re running on fumes?
Pastor Jim’s service on the 2nd Sunday in Easter 2018 shows us how Jesus fills up our tank.

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Jesus is the Waze

Posted by on Apr 2, 2018 in Signboard | 0 comments

Jesus is the Waze

The signboard in front of our church said: JESUS IS THE WAZE: GLORIOUS PERSONAL SAVIOR   One of the most popular Apps for a phone is called Waze.  Like the older standalone devices like the Megellan, Tom Tom, or Garmin, this app can show you where you are, put you on a map, and give you turn by turn directions to help you arrive at your destination.  And, it also listens to reports from other drivers to guide you through traffic jams.  Their motto is, “Outsmarting Traffic,...

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John Wesley’s Flash Cards

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in Godprints | 0 comments

John Wesley’s Flash Cards

In 1733 ,John Wesley published a series of questions about our relationship to God, and he encouraged his followers to ponder them every day. Kind of like those flash cards that you may have used to learn multiplication tables. How’s your “math” today?

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Lenten Devotional for 2018

Posted by on Feb 12, 2018 in Godprints, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Lenten Devotional for 2018

Lent is a time of preparation. Several local churches have put together a devotional booklet that will help you prepare for Resurrection
Day. Visit this post daily to read each day’s inspirational article.

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What is Africa University?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Godprints, Mission: Global, UMC Shared Ministries | 0 comments

What is Africa University?

The United Methodist Church is a connectional church; local churches pull together and share resources to do things that are way too big for a single church to undertake.  How about ending malaria?  How about reducing malnutrition by offering masters degree education  in agriculture?  How about spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ all over the continent of Africa?  Huge tasks!  But the United Methodist church is doing them. Through what we call our “Shared Ministries”, the United...

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Yes U-Turn!!!

Posted by on Jan 3, 2018 in Signboard | 0 comments

Yes U-Turn!!!

We’re always told no.  Not possible.  Useless, worthless, “he’ll never change.” But we serve a God or redemption.  A God of miracles.   A  God who wants to create a new life within us. And so, there are no “No U Turn” signs in God’s grace.  God invites and encourages U-Turns, and through the Holy Spirit lives are changed. And so, the following message was recently posted on  our signboard: YES U-TURN!     Yes!  God constantly offers us new lives.  If...

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PUMC’s Biggest Christmas Mysteries Explained!

Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in Godprints, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

PUMC’s Biggest Christmas Mysteries Explained!

Christmas surrounds us with a lot of symbols… and mysteries. What’s a Chrismon? Why are the Gifts White? And- why does the cantata always start at 4:15?!? Learn the answers to these three biggest PUMC Christmas Tradition Mysteries!

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Advent 2017 Devotional Helps Prepare the Way!

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Godprints | 0 comments

Advent 2017 Devotional Helps Prepare the Way!

Members from several local churches have come together to produce a Daily Devotional for this year’s Advent season. The booklets were published in hardcopy form and distributed within the participating churches, but electronic copies of the devotions are presented here. If you want a printed copy, visit or contact one of the participating churches: Trinity United Methodist Church (Mullica Hill) Zion Community Church (Clarksboro) Evangelical UMC (Clarksboro) New Hope UMC  (Penns Grove)...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: The Grace of Giving

Posted by on Oct 25, 2017 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  The Grace of Giving

Bishop Robert Schnase in his book, The Grace of Giving shares about the importance of God’s people to be generous. Generosity presents itself in multiple ways as we express our faith through the church and in our daily lives. Below is a small part from that important book. I would invite all of us to prayerfully consider these words and reflect upon them and what God might be saying to us. There are many scripture references in the following text!  Notice that all of them are hyperlinks which...

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Practicing Extravagant Generosity (10/15 thru 11/11 2017)

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Godprints, Worship & Prayer | 2 comments

Practicing Extravagant Generosity (10/15 thru 11/11 2017)

Unity.  Pulling together to be of one heart and one purpose.  In our church, that purpose is to glorify our Creator-God and to help Him build His Kingdom.  Our goal is to become more like Christ in every facet of our lives. One of the attributes of God is that He is generous… REALLY generous.  Imagine the Son of God somehow squeezing Himself into a human body, living on this earth, and then dying on a Roman cross?  Think about the God who has provided all of your needs throughout your...

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God’s Miracle of Peace

Posted by on Aug 28, 2017 in Signboard | 2 comments

God’s Miracle of Peace

Is life a puzzle? Problems, questions, fears?  We all struggle with issues in our lives; they come and go in a constant barrage.  Sometimes you look at the pieces of your life, and they don’t seem to fit together.  Somewhere, there must be peace.  Where is that “Piece” of the puzzle? And so, the Signboard Message said:   IS LIFE A PUZZLE? WE HAVE THE MISSING PEACE!   The good news is that God offers us True Peace.  Eternal Peace. The Peace that we need, not...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Prayer Brings Peace in the Storm!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Prayer Brings Peace in the Storm!

As Pastor Jim wrote this article (on 8/25/17), Hurricane Harvey was barrelling down on Southeast Texas. In addition to the other tragedies facing the world, each of us faces our own times of stress and change.   In the midst of impending storms, and in the middle of storms, be reminded that prayer offers a tremendous pathway for peace…  Greetings Friends:   Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with...

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New Challenge? Be Strong and Courageous! (Camp Meeting, 8/20/17)

Posted by on Aug 22, 2017 in Pitman Camp Meeting, Sermons | 0 comments

New Challenge?  Be Strong and Courageous! (Camp Meeting, 8/20/17)

On August 20 2017, the First UMC of Glassboro hosted the Pitman Camp Meeting.  Their Praise Band (Magnify) roused us up with their music, and their Pastor (Rev. John Inverso) inspired us with his message….   Pastor John’s scripture reading was Joshua 1:6-11… 6 “Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses...

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Not a Cold Day in November? Be Thankful Anyway!!!

Posted by on Aug 13, 2017 in Signboard | 0 comments

Not a Cold Day in November? Be Thankful Anyway!!!

The following message was posted on our signboard: DON’T WAIT UNTIL A COLD DAY IN NOVEMBER TO BE THANKFUL!   Paul reminds us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18… Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Always? In ALL circumstances? This is August! It’s blazing hot and you can’t walk 10 feet without sweating to death. Joyful? Thankful?!? What if… The Mortgage is due and the...

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Time to Get Our Feet Wet! (7/30/17)

Posted by on Jul 30, 2017 in Sermons | 0 comments

Time to Get Our Feet Wet! (7/30/17)

It was confirmation Sunday.  A Group of wide-eyed teens stood at the front of the church to declare the faith that their parents had promised to nurture in them when when they stood at the same altar years earlier.  These youth had “survived Pastor Jim’s Boot camp” in order to reach this special Sunday. But what’s next?  Completing Middle School, entering High School, College, jobs, marriage, even having kids themselves?  So much awaits.  So much potential to fear and...

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