Faith

Hebrews 11:1 “ To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.” My faith is in the only one true God, in three persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Amen

2019 UMC General Conference Reflections

The road to the 2019 special called UMC General Conference conclusion was long, intense and stressful for all, especially delegates. Hug your delegates when they get home.
We all knew that however it ended up, a large number of people would feel hurt, scarred, betrayed and disillusioned. Another large group would feel those exact same things, and relieved. Everyone involved feels war torn. A sad state of affairs.
As God is my witness, I strive to surrender to Him and not my own will, compulsions, nor changing societies, values, and trends.
Jesus says we are to choose faithfulness to God, setting aside our former ways, and not be ashamed of the gospel.
My favorite uncle was gay, I have LGBTQI friends and a parishioner who is openly lesbian. I can truly say I love them. Knowing they are hurting, hurts me.
None of them would say, even behind my back, that I hate them. They understand that sincere love does not always mean agreement with all things.
We all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. We all need God.
Scripture says, “As far as it is up to you, be at peace with all.”
My foundation and continuing guidance must be God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as revealed in scripture, illuminated by the Holy Spirit, discerned in study and groups of faithful Christians.
For those among us who feel compelled to answer to God above all else, our hearts and minds must align with God.
My friends, even though I love you, I cannot agree with attitudes and actions of unrepentant, open disobedience and intentional disruption.
Even Jesus, the epitome of love, said, “Go and sin no more.”
If you must leave to find a different faith group, may God guide you.
Grace, truth, and peace be yours.

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