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Advent 2017 Devotional Helps Prepare the Way!

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in FEATURED, 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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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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The Bible: Take it Personally!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Signboard | 0 comments

The Bible: Take it Personally!

The Bible is useless it brings you closer to God. In order for that to happen, you have to engage with the scripture; put yourself into the story and be willing to change.

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You Were There! (Camp Meeting, 7/16/17)

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017 in Pitman Camp Meeting, Sermons | 0 comments

You Were There! (Camp Meeting, 7/16/17)

Rev. Jim Hughes has a unique ministry where he dresses up as a Biblical character and gives a first person account of what he lived through; of how he saw God or walked with Jesus.  Over the years at the Pitman Camp Meeting we’ve seen him portray characters such as Judas, Peter, and John. Some of those costumes were pretty heavy.  And on a warm July night in the Grove Auditorium, they can be pretty uncomfortable.  There have been evenings where his performance cost him 5-10 pounds from...

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Our Lifeguard Walks on Water!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017 in Signboard | 0 comments

Our Lifeguard Walks on Water!

“Need a Lifeguard? Ours Walks on Water!”
Does our situation seem impossible? Are we drowning in hopelessness? Our Lifeguard can see us, and He’ll come to us if we call for help.

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Free of God, or Free in Christ?

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Signboard | 0 comments

Free of God, or Free in Christ?

The signboard message said “Freedom in Christ.”  But don’t many people prefer their own notion of freedom; a freedom apart from Christ?  A freedom FROM God?  Some may not understand the freedom that God offers, and instead they might prefer to have freedom to ignore God.  They might be more apt to ask the following and choose the second option:     FREEDOM IN CHRIST                   OR FREEDOM FROM CHRIST?   The “God Questions” Every human being eventually...

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Eye Opening Experience! (Camp Meeting, 6/25/17)

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Pitman Camp Meeting, Sermons, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Eye Opening Experience! (Camp Meeting, 6/25/17)

Summer!  When the end of May hits the calendar our senses are surrounded with a fresh set of experiences: The smell of burgers on the grill… The chlorine-laden breeze of a pool… The sights of sand and beach…  The smell of sunblock lotion… The quiet splash of whirling lake water as you paddle a canoe.  But to experience all of that, our senses must be open. The speaker at the first service of the 2017 Pitman Camp Meeting was Rev. Bill Wilson, and he focused on our sense...

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Five Finger Praying

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

Five Finger Praying

How do you pray??? Do you use words?  Do you just think of images knowing that God knows the rest? What do you say? Do you ask for stuff? Do you just confess and ask for forgiveness?  Do you vent your frustrations??? Ever since the beginning of human existence- even after Jesus introduced His model prayer- people struggle with figuring out how to pray.  Maybe you use the “A. C. T. S. ” Model: A– Adoration C– Confession T– Thanksgiving S– Supplication  ...

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Pastors Ponderings: To Sing is to Pray Twice!

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastors Ponderings: To Sing is to Pray Twice!

Our service on 6/25/17 didn’t have a sermon! Instead, we turned to Music to lead us to and through our time of worship as we celebrated God’s Grace.

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A Week of Strength

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Godprints | 0 comments

A Week of Strength

During her Mother’s Day sermon on 5/14/17, Stephanie Hogan invited us to (re-)consider the depth of God’s awesome love for YOU, how He chose you, and how He is with you constantly to guide and strengthen you.  God wants to deepen your relationship with Him by molding you into the man or woman He wants you to be; the person He created you to be. The “scripture reading” for her sermon was a series of 7 passages which talked about God’s special personal relationship...

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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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A Drop of Example, or a Gallon of Advice???

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Signboard | 0 comments

A Drop of Example, or a Gallon of Advice???

On May 10,2017 (several days before Mother’s Day), the following message was posted on our signboard: A DROP OF EXAMPLE IS WORTH MORE THAN A GALLON OF ADVICE      As we approach Mother’s Day, think about it…  What has left a deeper impression- what do yo remember most:  The things your Mom said, or the things she did? Chances are, you probably remember some great advice that Mom gave.  A host of sayings, scripture, music, or just plane home-spun wisdom constantly prod...

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Pastors Ponderings: A Divine Love Song

Posted by on Apr 23, 2017 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastors Ponderings: A Divine Love Song

Pastor Jim submitted the following on April 5, 2017…   Greetings Friends: PLEASE READ: 1 John 4:7 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God” (NASB). PLEASE READ: Hebrews 6:1-2 “Let us stop going over the same old ground again and again, always teaching those first lessons about Christ. Let us go on instead to other things and become mature in our understanding, as strong Christians ought to...

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