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Jan
2016
David Doré
Susanna Wesley is called the Mother of Methodism.  Her famous sons, John and Charles, offer prime examples of her efforts as a mother of children. Susanna was the last of 25 children. Her father was a pastor. She married a pastor and they had 19 children. Their lives were full of crises. Their home burned down twice. Susanna's husband went to debtor’s prison. A maid accidentally smothered a baby. What were the keys to her success as a mother? Susanna had strict rules for... + read more
Jan
2016
Pauline Morgan
Musing By the time you are reading this, you probably will have torn off or turned over a calendar page. I am reminded of our Christmas Brunch when Rita MacKinnon shared with us about having peace in the middle of a storm.  This is so true: we can have peace in the midst of storms because of Jesus.  He is our peace.  He is with us in and through all kinds of troubles.  So whether it is now, this month or several months into 2016 that you experience troubles, remember you... + read more
Jan
2016
Bernie Powell
Our recent Sunday service with multiple baptisms was a time of joyful celebration. In addition, many found it a time for heart searching: “Should I be baptized?” The command of Jesus is clear in Matthew 28:19-20. He told his followers to go everywhere and make disciples. And he commanded that they baptize everyone who became a disciple. His first disciples were clear on what he meant. Just read the Book of Acts. Whatever the muddle of later traditions, immediate water baptism of... + read more
Sep
2015
Steve Cox
The summer is over, and a new season of busy fall activity will soon be upon us.  Are you wondering what the Lord has in store for you at this point in your life and ministry to others?   A group of men from The Fellowship have been praying and working through how the Lord would have us move forward in the area of Men’s Ministry, now named "The Fellowship of Men."  The truths the Holy Spirit is revealing to these men are pertinent to all of us, male and female.... + read more
Sep
2015
Bernie Powell
Since the founding of The Fellowship almost forty years ago, we have wrapped our purpose as a church has been wrapped in the words “Building up one another in Love for the Work of Christ in the World.”  How many times have we said it?   Anything that has been around that long can always be in danger of becoming a mere slogan.  Is there any reality here?  Maybe it’s time to blow out some cobwebs and look at it more closely.   Exactly what does it... + read more
May
2013
Steve Cox
Over the last two months, we have taken a look at some issues related to community.  Again, my objective in this series is not to share my “wisdom” in this area, as I feel extremely far from being wise and experienced in the area of true biblical community.  I love interacting with my brothers and sisters, but I still feel I am not that good at relationships in many ways.  Rather, my focus has been to look at some of the key biblical truths about community, in order... + read more
May
2013
Bernie Powell
  None of us can soon forget the overwhelming experiences of April 15-19: the chillingly brutal attack at the Marathon; the gradually unfolding revelations about two radicalized brothers; the unprecedented city-wide shut down of a major metropolis because of an invisible enemy somewhere in its street; and the final breakthrough in discovering a blood spattered youth hidden in the shadows. Asymmetric warfare. What just one radical can do to disorient an entire massive population.... + read more
Feb
2013
Bernie Powell
  So you look at your co-workers in the office and you think you’ve been dealt a tough hand.  Or maybe it’s your project team at school.  The Sunday School class you teach. Your in-laws.   Well, if you think you’re surrounded by knuckleheads, look at the gospel records of Jesus.  His disciples seemed to major in missing the point.  How can you claim to be a follower of Jesus when you are going the opposite direction?   You... + read more
Feb
2013
Steve Cox
When I came home from my first college semester break and informed my parents and friends that I had become a Christian they all gave a similar response:  “That’s fine, but just be sure not to take this Christianity thing too seriously.”  This sentiment is in some ways similar to a concern expressed by a number of Christians around that same time:  “Don’t be so heavenly minded that you are no earthly good.” Although there were some... + read more
Jan
2013
Bernie Powell
What you now read in early January, I was writing just before Christmas. The brutal attack on the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, has gripped our nation – and me – with horror and mourning.   We open our Bibles to find comfort. In the Christmas story itself, we learn that this kind of appalling violence is not a brand-new, modern development. We usually edit the Christmas story for the sake of our children. But as adults we should face the stark realism... + read more

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