Addressing Capitol Hill Unrest

New World UMCPastor's Blog

Dear New World Church family, I write to you considering the tragic events and assault that unfolded on Capitol Hill this week. We have seen another example of political violence and civil unrest again. Over the last few years, such behavior has become frighteningly commonplace. We are living in unprecedented times, and we face many challenges ahead. But we have the strength to overcome and make things better for all people. As your pastor, I won’t ever push any particular ideology or political agenda on you. New World is for all people, whether they lean left or right or anything in between. However, I will challenge you with the tenets of the teaching of Jesus so you may make choices … Read More

Reset

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Reset What do you do when a phone freezes, stops working, or gets unresponsive? You toss it to the ground, step on it hard, and make sure it is completely crashed. Right? Well, probably not. What you do most likely is what most of us have done: we reset our phones to reactivate their functions; we don’t discard them. Depending on how bad it is, we may remove the battery, or do a hard reset that restores the factory functions deleting everything in the hard drive. Not a good situation, but you get your phone back and start all over again. Have you thought about your life along those lines? That sometimes we need some a reset too? When life … Read More

Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve, 2020 Luke 2:10-14, But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors! This is a part of the story of Christmas. It is the moment when the angels appeared to the shepherds on the hillside … Read More

From Gloom to Hope Part 4

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For the last three weeks, we have been learning about how God came to us to give us new hope amid deep darkness and gloom. Now, we arrive at this place of glorious light: with an angel and a humble young woman that didn’t hesitate for a moment to go along and play her part in God’s plan. This is the story of Mary, mother of Jesus, as told by Luke 1:26-35, In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The … Read More

From Gloom to Hope Part 3

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Today, we continue the series of From Gloom to Hope as we study the Christmas story. The last two weeks we talked about the challenges and gloom we may face in our lives; and why we need hope. We said that hope is what sees us and carries us through the dark times of life. And that this is the Christmas story: there is always hope of a  better tomorrow because God chose to be with us and gave us the power to overcome darkness. That is our hope. Today, we are taking the next step. What if we say we believe in a better tomorrow yet don’t act like it. We want our future to be better, but we … Read More