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Set Free

“Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you.” – Galatians 5:1 Several years ago, in the midst of a carpool drop-off, a friend said to me in passing, “Someday I want you to tell me why you always seem so content.” If I recall correctly, I laughed and said that my kids and husband might disagree with her characterization but that I would love to have coffee and chat more about it. And ... Read More »

Is God Good All the Time?

“God is good…All the time! And all the time…God is good!” Ah, the call and response of a faithful people. We like knowing how to respond. But do we believe it? Is God really good all the time? For the parent who’s just lost a child? For the man who’s just received a dire diagnosis? For the teen who is bullied, the wife who is abused? What of the family without a home? The children who live in fear? The list goes on and on. Is God really all that good? ... Read More »

If We All Prayed at Once, Could We Move a Mountain?

I’ve often thought about what would happen if every Christian in the world, or even just in the United States, would pray at the same time in the name of Jesus. Could we actually see a mountain move? In my heart, I believe that yes, we could. I don’t know if I am a rare bird in 2017 or if others agree, but it’s worth a try, isn’t it? This week marks the 65th year that the United States will hold the National Day of Prayer, which was brought to ... Read More »

I’m So Disappointed in You

One day when I was eight-years-old I was walking through the kitchen and there on the counter was a full size Hershey’s chocolate bar, not one of those little miniatures, a full size candy bar. I wanted that candy bar. A lot. So I looked right and left, around the corner and behind me to make sure no one else was looking, and I took it. I went into my room and hid it in this little red and white lunch box that I played with sometimes. That night at ... Read More »

Don’t Ignore Your GPS

A good friend and I traveled downtown to see a show at the Kennedy Center recently. We left the suburbs early so we could have a relaxing dinner before. As we left our neighborhood, my GPS offered a route that my friend and I never take to D.C. because it tends to be congested with traffic. “Let’s just go the way we always go,” I said. Well, I’ll bet you can already guess what happened. Traffic came to a halt somewhere between McLean and the George Washington Parkway. Watching the ... Read More »

Wisdom: When You Just Know

My heart beats more quickly than usual. The feeling in the pit of my stomach is familiar, a pang of recognition and anticipation. I sense an invitation has been extended, an offer made, an answer found. Perhaps it is an intuitive knowing, a sixth sense, a gut reaction or an answer to prayer. Whatever name you give it, many of us can recall times when we just know. Deep in our spirits. We. Just. Know. But then the questioning begins. We second guess and argue with ourselves. What if I’m ... Read More »

The Love o’ the Irish

It’s a day that means so much more than alcohol, green rivers and Irish culture. In fact, St. Patrick’s Day is, at its core, a day about restoration, which is exactly what we are talking about at Floris UMC this Lent in our sermon series, “Restored.” Patrick asked questions about living a restored life in community with others, questions so central to our practice of Christian faith. If you have never heard anything about who St. Patrick was or what he did, I encourage you to watch this short video ... Read More »

Loving God

“We need to love God and love each other,” Bishop Sharma Lewis said to a group of us who had come together to “chat” with our new bishop at the recent Chat n’ Chew with Bishop Lewis. She encouraged us to reclaim a key tenet of those first Methodists: love. It’s a reasonable prescription to solve the problems before us, both in our denomination and in our world. Love God and love our neighbor. The Bible tells us that when asked which was the greatest commandment in the law, Jesus ... Read More »

Blest Be the Tie that Binds

Yes, blest. That’s the way they spelt it in the hymnal I had extracted from its place in the next-to-last pew at the Church of the Palms, Presbyterian. I am hidden in the back, scrunched behind a pillar in a nearly empty pew the older folks have difficulty accessing. There are a lot of older folks here in Sarasota, Florida, where I am a “winter resident,” and many of them come to this service: 11 a.m., Sunday, traditional. They have several services, both contemporary and traditional, and offer worship both through ... Read More »

So Watch Yourselves

Here we are, America. It’s been less than one month since we got a new president. For many, Facebook has become a place we visit with fear of what our friends and family might say about their approval or disapproval of President Trump’s first few weeks in office. But the truth is, it’s time to take a deep breath. It’s time to remember that the same people you are avoiding today are the same people you were having barbecues with this past summer, making friendly small talk with at back ... Read More »

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