Coleta United Methodist Church

Archive of: 2016

a BIG YES!

At our Bible study group, we talked about the possible dangers or difficulties that Mary and Joseph had to go through. They both were from a small rural town. We know how a small town works. Probably Joseph and Mary had to endure all the malicious gossips about themselves and their son Jesus. Probably Mary had to hear the rumors that Jesus was not Joseph’s son numerous times or they had to hear that their behavior was not religiously sacred numerous times as well. We can see their obedience to God’s demand was not easy. But they said a big yes to God and thanks for their obedience, Jesus could come to us.

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My Light and My Salvation! (Third Sunday of Advent)

In this season of Advent, the Book of Luke proclaims that he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. I believe this is not only about financial lowliness. I believe whenever we feel lonely, left, unworthy, forgotten, we are God’s favorite like King David was to God. When our inner baby cries out and our inner wounds hurt us repeatedly, please remember that we are God’s favored people. I am God’s favorite. God favors the lowliest of the world. When we feel we are nothing, remember that we are God’s favorite.

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Turning Point (Second Sunday of Advent)

God prepares a heavenly feast for the lost ones and awaits them to return to God. When we play yoyo, in order to get the yoyo return to your hand, we need to pull the yoyo a little bit when the yoyo hit the bottom. Advent is time we need to pull our string for others a little bit with prayers for them. Their turning point to God would be the moment that you pull them to come to church-it doesn’t have to be this church- with your prayer and sincere care for their souls.

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Rejoice Always! (Thanksgiving Service)

We take approximately 23,000 breaths every day, but when was the last time we thanked God for one of them? Imagine what if we could give thanks to God as many as we breathe, or What is we find the reason we are thankful for in our every breath everyday, our souls will be fed by our own thanksgiving. And our thankful spirit will also change other’s lives. Yes, please remember what the Bible says to us, “Rejoice ALWAYS.”

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You are Our King

The kingdom Jesus proclaims to us is so different from the kingdoms that have been in our human history. Knowing that Jesus came to us as a vulnerable baby, lived among us as an ordinary carpenter, and died on a cross, we as Christians should also know that his kingship comes from our vulnerability. When we do our best for the least and the poorest in the world, Jesus’ kingdom comes. When we share ours with the forgotten, the sick, and the alienated, Jesus’ kingdom comes, just as every Sunday we pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done as it is in heaven.”

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Stewardship for the Creation

John Wesley, our founder, preached about our stewardship. On Luke 6:31, the same Gospel Scripture that we read this morning, (slide) Wesley preached, “I believe in my heart that faith in Jesus Christ can and will lead us beyond an exclusive concern for the well-being of other human beings to the broader concern for the well-being of the birds in our backyards, the fish in our rivers, and every living creature on the face of the earth.” “Let them extend the rule of doing unto others as you would have them do to you (Luke 6:31) to every animal whatsoever…”

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Shall We Dance?

When I was a kid, my daddy used to spend his spare time with his two little girls, my sister and me. One of my favorite plays that we did was to dance with him. He put us on his feet and held our hands. I was on his right foot and my sister was on his left foot. Then he moved as if we danced. My sister and I were on his feet, so we didn’t do anything but just held his hand tight. It was really amusing and fun. On his feet, we felt like we were dancing very professionally. We were dancing but also we were carried by our father. This image tells a lot to us. We are dancing on God’s feet. As long as we hold God’s hand tight, our dance will be amusing and fun!

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Extravagant Generosity

They were all kinds of people. They were Jews, some Gentiles, men, women, Levites, tax collectors, Probably the only common thing was that they love Jesus Christ and wanted to live out their faith. Knowing that all the difference, they still decided to live with the different people and accepted them as family. It is an amazing faithful declaration that Christians can do.

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I Need to Make a Call

Resistance is a normal part of our Christian lives as we seek to live out God’s will. How might we learn to lean on the power of the Holy Spirit and prayerfully seek the courage to continue God’s will in the face of never-ending resistance? In this time of resistance to the Christian teaching and indifference to others, what should we do as the body of Christ, as the church? Back to the original question, what constitutes Coleta UMC? What is the most important feature that we have to bear as Church? Please remember that the early Christians prayed first for boldness to speak the word of God and work for God.

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No Longer Afraid

As you know, I have been with you about a year. It has been a fantastic year and I hope we continue to have this fantastic togetherness for a long time. During this time, it’s always been so good to be here and I’m so grateful to be your pastor.

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