First United Methodist Church - Troup
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Serving God by Serving Others
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A Word From The Pastor


I heard a man tell of a large company that he worked for in the early 1960’s that experienced a problem with their mainframe computer. The whole company was down, so they flew some people in to find and fix the problem. They worked for almost two days, when one of them noticed that it was unplugged. The power of a “Re-Connect” was amazing! They were once again up and running!

During the season of Lent, we have all been challenged to “Re-Connect” with God! Lent is the perfect season for this, because it’s a time where we focus on our journey with Christ. As we journey through Lent, we give up something in order to draw us closer to God. This year we have all been challenged to give up whatever it is that has come between us and God, so that we can “Re-Connect.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m guessing that it’s the little things that really cause me to drift away from God. The big sins we tend to keep a sharp eye out for, but the smallest of day to day issues can really catch us off guard. A misspoken word. A perceived slight. Harsh words. Someone blowing their horn at you in traffic. We take these things personally when we shouldn’t, and we get upset. Suddenly we are not only wounded but we are now wounding others!

Will you take time during Lent to shine the light of Christ into your heart to reveal those things, both big and small, that need to be addressed? Those things bother you more than you know. How much longer will we go before we bring in the fix, and hand them over to God? 1 Peter 2.24 says; “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross,* so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds* you have been healed.” Blessings to all of us as we “Re-Connect” with God!


In Christian love;

Rev. Tommy Earl Burton












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