Posts Tagged "GodsPresence"

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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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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God Reigns and the Son Shines!

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Signboard | 0 comments

God Reigns and the Son Shines!

Why do bad things happen to good people? Is God really in control? Does He care???
On March 24, 2017 our Signboard said: “Forecast- God Reigns, and the Son Shines!”
No matter what happens, God is still in control and Jesus is ready to shine into our lives… if we let Him…

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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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The Long and Winding Road (7/31/16)

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

The Long and Winding Road (7/31/16)

Life is like a “Long and Winding Road.” We pass through a path of graduations, marriages, and births. But we also hit the valleys of job loss, divorce, and death. We long for something constant. On a winding mountain road, someone had been there before. The road is paved. Guardrails were installed. Someone keeps going through and maintains the road.

Is there someone like that in life? Are we traveling this road alone???

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What Exactly Did Horton Hear? (7/17/16)

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Sermons | 1 comment

What Exactly Did Horton Hear? (7/17/16)

Dr. Seuss may have written a series of “Children’s Books,” but he usually packed a message that spoke to us too. In the immediate aftermath of World War 2, Dr. Seuss wrote a book expressing his personal challenge of accepting the Japanese as fellow humans instead of evil enemies.

In the divided atmosphere of today, how does this speak to us now? How can we listen and hear the cries of others? How can we be like Isaiah who said “Here am I. Send me.”??? How can we BE the answer???

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God Work Ahead!

Posted by on Jun 24, 2016 in Signboard | 0 comments

God Work Ahead!

Our church is currently surrounded by construction. New handicapped accessible crossings. Road repairs. Road closures. Detours…
God is always at work in our lives, but He doesn’t usually wear a bright orange vest or grab our attention like a noisy jackhammer.
How can you see Him? How can you join Him???

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Life After the Born-Again Birth (6/5/16)

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

Life After the Born-Again Birth (6/5/16)

There is life after death, and so it’s critically important to prepare for that life. To enter that life, we must be forgiven and to be “in Christ”… in other words, we must be Born Again. But what happens between that salvation experience and eternity? Is there life after birth???

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Diggin’ Up Bones (5/1/16)

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

Diggin’ Up Bones (5/1/16)

God led Ziek into a desert; into a valley filled with dust, despair, and… dead bones.  How can places in life like these be turned into something vibrant and living?  When we’re in the depths of discouragement, can God inject hope and energy and turn things around?  You betcha!!! Click the below “Play” button and scroll down to follow along (the recording is from the 11:00 service)…   The scripture was Ezekiel 37:1-10.  Click the following Drop Down box to...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Second Coming?!? He’s Already Here!!!

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Second Coming?!?  He’s Already Here!!!

Pastor Jim submitted the following on 4/25/16…   Not long ago I saw a sign on someone’s front yard which simply read, ‘Jesus is coming!’” FRIENDS, while I respect the enthusiasm of that person but I think have better news than that; Jesus is already here! Sometimes we are so focused on the “second coming” that we forget that Jesus is already present in us! Jesus said in John 15:26… “When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit...

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He Ain’t Here- He’s Done Gone! (4/10/16)

Posted by on Apr 17, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

He Ain’t Here- He’s Done Gone! (4/10/16)

Early on Easter morning, some of the women reported that the tomb was empty.  Jesus’ body wasn’t there.  The disciples were confused and fearful, so two of them got out of town by walking to Emmaus.  Jesus caught up with them along the way and their lives were changed forever.  In his sermon, Pastor Jim invited us to walk along with these disciples and to “let Jesus jump into your arms.”  Click the below “Play” button and scroll down to follow along (the...

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Who Are You Looking For? (4/3/16)

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

Who Are You Looking For? (4/3/16)

Last week was Easter!  A mountaintop!  But today we’re called to move on from the mountaintop and continue in our walk with Jesus.  Click the below “Play” button and scroll down to follow along (the recording is from the 11:00 service)…   The scripture was John 20:11-18, but the sermon focused on verse 15.  Here’s the entire passage.  Click the following Drop Down box to follow along.  Pastor Jim read from The Living Bible, and the New International Version...

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Experience the Sonrise Every Day!

Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Signboard | 0 comments

Experience the Sonrise Every Day!

Just before Easter Sunday 2016, the following message was posted on our Church’s Signboard: Experience the Sonrise Every Day!      Sunrise… If it’s a clear morning, we might be able to experience the Sun Rise, but the Son of God is risen every day! Have you ever seen a sunrise, or sunset, or rainbow, or some other view of God’s beautiful creation without “Experiencing” it?  Can you see a sunrise and just walk away without noticing?  Revelations...

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Make Christ a Presence Among the Presents!

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Signboard | 0 comments

Make Christ a Presence Among the Presents!

We’re  currently in the Advent season of 2015.  Much of the hustle and bustle of this season is driven by the need to give gifts.  Many of us are consumed with two fundamental questions: “What does ___ want?” “What do I want?” To answer these questions and to prepare for Christmas morning, we run around searching the Internet, ads, and malls.  We scratch our heads.  We think, “what did I give so and so last year?”  “Does she already have one of...

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There’s No Place Like Home (11/1/15)

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Sermons | 0 comments

There’s No Place Like Home (11/1/15)

The Prodigal Father longed for his son to return home.  When the son came to his senses and came home, the Father rejoiced (sang and danced… a we saw in last week’s sermon?).  God wants us to come home to Him! On Sunday 11/1/15, we celebrated our church’s anniversary by holding a single service.  It was like a homecoming as the “9:30 people” worshiped with the “11:00 people.”  Afterwards we celebrated with a luncheon and lots of pictures in the...

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God the Rock Star (10/25/15)

Posted by on Oct 31, 2015 in Sermons | 0 comments

God the Rock Star (10/25/15)

Does God really care about us?  We know John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world…”),  but how’s that apply to me???  The prophet Zephaniah writes that God will “take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love.”  On October 25 2015 Pastor Jim looked at this passage and led us into a closer glimpse of our Creator’s amazing love. Click the “Play” button to start the recording (from the 11:00 service), then scroll down to follow along....

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The Supremacy of Christ- Part 2 (10/4/15)

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Sermons | 0 comments

The Supremacy of Christ- Part 2 (10/4/15)

Pastor Jim is preaching a three part series on a look at our Lord and Savior- Jesus the Christ.  He is above all others, all other things, and He’s all we need.  In this morning’s sermon, we continued our look at Colossians chapter 1 and considered that Jesus is the Word that created the world.  And not only that, He is actively involved in the details of our lives and He continues to sustain all of creation. Click the “Play” button to start the recording, then scroll...

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The Supremacy of Christ- Part 1 (9/27/15)

Posted by on Oct 3, 2015 in Sermons | 0 comments

The Supremacy of Christ- Part 1 (9/27/15)

Pastor Jim is beginning a three part series on a look at our Lord and Savior- Jesus the Christ.  He is above all others, all other things, and He’s all we need.  This is so important; we need to wrap our heads and hearts around this if we’re going to have an abundant and fruitful bearing life. Click the “Play” button to start the recording, then scroll down to follow along.   The scripture was from Colossians 1:15-20.  Open the below drop down box to read along...

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The Original Jailhouse Rock (8/16/15)

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Sermons | 0 comments

The Original Jailhouse Rock (8/16/15)

Going through a rough time?  Having a bad day?  Maybe you’re wondering where God is in all of this; when will He show up?… will He show up?…  Pastor Jim took a look at these questions during his sermon of August 16, 2015. Due to a problem which forced us to rebuild our website using a backup file, the following post was restored from a draft version and is not complete. However, the audio file is complete (so sit back, relax, read what is here, and listen to Pastor...

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Our Weight Lifting God (6/28/15)

Posted by on Jul 3, 2015 in Sermons | 0 comments

Our Weight Lifting God (6/28/15)

Pastor Jim’s sermon on June 28 was based on Psalm 40; God lifts us out of the slimy pit and places us on solid ground.  Click the following “Play” button to start the recording, then scroll down and follow along…     The scripture was Psalm 40… Psalm 40 1 I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. 2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. 3 He...

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Spiritual Wisdom from Shrek (6/7/15)

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Sermons | 0 comments

Spiritual Wisdom from Shrek (6/7/15)

Pastor Jim  took us in an unusual direction to find insight into the story of Jesus walking on the water (Matthew 14); did you realize that a scene from the movie Shrek illustrates an important spiritual principle? Click the following “Play” Button to start the recording, then scroll down to follow along…     The scripture was Matthew 14:22-33.  Open the below  drop down box to follow along… Matthew 14 22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat...

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Good Thing God Doesn’t Take Vacations!

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Signboard | 0 comments

Good Thing God Doesn’t Take Vacations!

In May of 2015 the signboard said: GOOD THING GOD DOESN’T TAKE VACATIONS! We’re at the time of the season when school is about to close, the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer… and people are thinking about getting away.  When you’re on vacation, you’re away from the normal routine.  You can put some distance between yourself and the concerns of life.  You can even put some space between yourself and those who love and depend on you.  When...

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Hooks ‘n Needles Serves up Hugs ‘n Prayers During Sunday Worship (5/10/15)

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in EventReport, Knitting Ministries, Mission: AroundChurch | 0 comments

Hooks ‘n Needles Serves up Hugs ‘n Prayers During Sunday Worship (5/10/15)

On Sunday May 10, the Hooks and Needles for God group filled the altar rail with a colorful and soft array of blankets.  Hooks and Needles makes these blankets to be given to people in times of special need; illness, births, or just when someone needs to know that the church is surrounding them in prayer. During the service, members gathered around the altar rail to pray over these blankets.  The people receiving these blankets is not yet known (by us anyway…), but the prayers were made...

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Things Moms Teach Us (5/10/15)

Posted by on May 16, 2015 in Sermons | 0 comments

Things Moms Teach Us (5/10/15)

Pastor Jim’s Mother’s Day Sermon helped us to think about God’s characteristics of love and provision that we see modeled in the example of our mothers. The sermon opened with a video about Anna Jarvis who helped instute Mothers Day.  To view the video and learn other interesting facts about Mother’s Day, read This Post. The scripture was from 2 Timothy 1 and Isaiah 66.  Open the below Drop Down box to read the passage… Scripture Reading 2 Timothy 1:3-73 I thank...

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Stairway to Heaven (5/3/15)

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Sermons | 0 comments

Stairway to Heaven (5/3/15)

Pastor Jim’s sermon on the account of “Jacob’s Ladder” as told in Genesis 28 led us to consider that the “Ladder” that Jacob saw in his dream was really a two-way escalator.  God is with us! Click the following Play button to start the recording, then scroll down to follow along (the following recording was from the 9:30 AM service).     The scripture was from Genesis 28:10-19.  Open the “drop down” box to see the text.  The version...

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Take a Ride on a Roller Coaster! (4/26/15)

Posted by on Apr 28, 2015 in Sermons | 0 comments

Take a Ride on a Roller Coaster! (4/26/15)

Can you imagine a roller coaster ride that’s not filled with excitement and expectation?  Can you imagine a relationship with God that’s not filled with joy and expectation?  Pastor Jim’s sermon on April 26 challenged us to learn  from children; to take on the same wide-eyed faith that allows us to go where Jesus takes us… Click the following “Play” button to listen to a recording of the sermon (from the 11  AM service), then scroll down to follow...

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Resurrection Peace (4/12/15)

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Sermons | 0 comments

Resurrection Peace (4/12/15)

What are you afraid of?  There’s good fear and bad fear, and Jesus came to remove the “bad fear.”  On this first Sunday after Easter, Pastor Jim preached on this topic.  His text was from John 20:19-23, where Jesus suddenly appears in the midst of the disciples who were hiding behind locked doors.  To find out more, click the following “Play” button to start the sermon (from the 9:30 service) and then scroll down to follow along….     Click the ...

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Word 4: God, Where Are You?!? (3/15/15)

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Sermons | 1 comment

Word 4:  God, Where Are You?!? (3/15/15)

Pastor Jim continued his Lenten series on the Seven Last Words of Christ from the cross by looking at the statement: “My God, my God!  Why have You forsaken me?” Click the “play” button below to start the recording, then scroll down and follow along…     The scripture was from Isaiah 41:10 and Matthew 27:45-49.  Open the following drop down box to follow along… Scripture Isaiah 41:10 10 Fear not, for I am with you;  Be not dismayed, for I am your...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: A Stormy Month

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: A Stormy Month

 Pastor Jim sent the following devotional on 2/28/15…   Greetings Friends: PLEASE READ: Mark 4:35-41 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke him and...

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Faith-Walking People (1/25/15)

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Sermons | 0 comments

Faith-Walking People (1/25/15)

Pastor Jim’s sermon on January 25 (11AM service) looked at the faith of Enoch- somebody we don’t hear that much about.  How does our Walk with God affect our day to day lives?  Do we know that we ARE walking with God? Like Amy Grant’s song, are we Faith Walking People? Click the following “Play” button to listen to the sermon, then scroll down to follow along…   The scripture reading was from Gen 5:21-24 and Hebrews 11:5-6. Open the following box to...

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A Wonder-Filled Night (12/24/14)

Posted by on Dec 29, 2014 in Sermons | 0 comments

A Wonder-Filled Night (12/24/14)

Our Christmas Eve Service in 2014 opened our eyes to the “Wow!” of Christmas, and challenged us to keep the wonder and awesomeness of The Birth throughout the year.

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A Blue Christmas (12/14/14)

Posted by on Dec 20, 2014 in Sermons | 0 comments

A Blue Christmas (12/14/14)

On Sunday the 14th, Pastor Jim continued his Advent sermon series on the  “colors of Christmas”.  This week, his theme was “a Blue Christmas.” Start the audio recording below, then scroll down and follow along.   The scripture reading was from Matthew’s account of the birth.  Matthew gives Joesph’s perspective, while Luke (last week’s passage) speaks from Mary’s perspective.  Pastor Jim read from the New King James version.  Matthew 1:18-25...  ...

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