Resuming the Journey

After several years of not posting, I have decided to renew my interest in writing about scripture that I am reading and meditating upon. Many changes have occurred, including my becoming a licensed pastor in the United Methodist Church. Beginning Nov. 1, 2014 I was appointed as pastor of a two point charge, Ward UMC in Ward, AR and 16th Section UMC in Austin, AR. 

For those of you unfamiliar with circuit riders, we are pastors who continue the great tradition of serving more than one church. In my case, I preach at Ward at 9:30 on Sunday and preach as 16th Section, a few miles down the road, at 11:00. Such an arrangement makes it difficult to manage the Sunday School hour in either church, so for now I am focusing on delivering messages that are God inspired and that will teach folks the importance of discipleship.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says “(NRSV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.Icy Road with Rays of Light
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

I love this scripture, because it reminds me that I can do nothing in and of myself.  If I want to lead people in the path of righteousness, I must be directed to the pathway by God.  If I want to remain on the pathway called holy, I must continue to acknowledge the one, true and the living God.

Today, the first day of 2015, I invite you to join me in my journey of “Seeking Holiness.”

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