Give Thanks in Every Situation

Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:18  The Apostle Paul writes that as people of faith, we should give thanks in every situation. In every situation? That seems like a tall order. We could say that Paul might not have been thinking clearly, or that he had lived an easy…

Sowing a Blessed Life

“We live by faith, not by sight.”  2 Corinthians 5:7 It has been a busy week of ministry. I know all of us at Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church are remembering the Rutherford family in our prayers. We pray for strength, peace and the healing hand of God to flood their hearts as they grapple with…

How Can I Give

“Each should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7 First – be sure to set your clocks back this Saturday night.  You get an extra hour of sleep and I pray God fills it with good dreams!     I was nine years old when…

Reaching Into the Treasure Box

“I am not commanding you, but I want to test the sincerity of your love by comparing it with the earnestness of others.  For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” 2…

All Things

“All things work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purposes.”  Romans 8:28 We are all stewards. We all make decisions about how, when and where we will use our time, talents, resources and commitments. We are also stewards over our life challenges. In times of challenge, we get to decide who we are and what we are all…

God’s Desire

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 I was at Wal-Mart a few weeks ago and noticed they had an air-hockey table. It was in a room just off to the right as you enter the store. I had never noticed it…

Posted to the World

“You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”  2: Corinthians 3:3   God calls people to Hamilton Mill United Methodist Church. God knows that people matter…

Nehemiah

Accepting Change

“Our enemies were trying to frighten us and to keep us from our work. But I asked God to give me strength.”  Nehemiah 6:9 Change is a part of life. In worship, we have been looking at an amazing man named Nehemiah, who converted his discontent about the state of Jerusalem into a course of action that changed his…

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The Nehemiah Project: Changing Life

“Our enemies were trying to frighten us and to keep us from our work. But I asked God to give me strength.” Nehemiah 6:9     Benjamin Franklin once said, “Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”  It is a little pessimistic, almost fatalistic. Yet, there is something that rings true. I…

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Less is Really More: Pastor Dave’s E-note

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1   It has been a busy summer for me. Right now I am in glorious Buffalo, NY catching up on some family matters. This summer I completed course work at Emory University for a Fundraising Certificate. I am currently waiting for the results on…