Love It

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I was reminded recently of a familiar saying among Christians that we are to be in the world but not of it. This thinking has some basis in Jesus’ prayer for his disciples in John 17:16, “They do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world.” Too many Christians use this thinking to opt out of addressing “worldly” concerns. We justify our lack of engagement by pointing to the evil that is around us as something to be avoided. We’ll pray, but not get too involved. After all, the world is just too messy. The problem is Jesus didn’t hide from the world’s mess. Jesus maintained his unique identity while fully engaging a broken … Read More

Wonder Woman, The Movie

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Recently, I went to see the movie Wonder Woman and must admit I thoroughly enjoyed it. I found myself really getting into the fight scenes (literally throwing punches in the air). As I thought about it later, I wondered why I enjoyed the fight scenes so much. I realized it wasn’t so much about the fighting as it was seeing the “bad guys” being defeated. Perhaps I reacted as I did because for me the “bad guy” isn’t defeated often enough. In the real world, sometimes, the “bad guy” gets away, the situation doesn’t get resolved, or the problem isn’t fixed. In the real world, good people get hurt, suffer, and don’t always get what they deserve. It is in … Read More

“Simply Jiff”

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I was holding a jar of peanut butter recently and as I turned it over in my hand and read the label the words “Simply Jiff,” caught my attention. I thought, “well, that says it all.” I mean, that tells you it is what it is, no more, no less. Wouldn’t it be cool if when we met people we could be “Simply Cheryl,” or “Simply Chris,” no need to pretend, to be uncomfortable, or try to impress. There’s something to be said for simply being who we are, the wonderful, unique and awesome creations of a God who accepts and loves each one of us. Wouldn’t it be great if we all understood that? Maybe the next time I … Read More

2017 Mission Garland

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If you walk into our church this week you might look around and say, “What a mess!” And you would be right. Our youth have been engaged in mission projects and worship and camping out at the church all week along with our summer day school program. It’s noisy and it looks rather strange. In fact, it’s a holy mess! Isn’t that wonderful?! I’ve discovered that God has a way of bringing the greatest miracles out of messy places. God showed up in the middle of a messy stable and a miracle was born. If God could do that, then surely, God can handle any messes in our lives, even the ones we’ve created. If your life is a bit … Read More

Welcome to New World United Methodist Church!

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Welcome

Welcome to New World UMC! I am so happy that YOU ended up on our website today! I hope that YOU find what you are looking for here and that we get to see you on a Sunday soon! Please know that you are NEVER required to know anything or do anything or be perfect or anything like that to attend this church. Here at New World United Methodist Church, we are just people like you trying to make it in life. And we have found that a life following Jesus and hanging out with people that also love Jesus is the best way to lead a great and fulfilled life! Please feel free to contact us with any questions … Read More