Kristen's Korner
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November 29, 2016, 12:00 AM

Get your house in order and your jobs done so that when you can help (Smokey Mt. fires)



It's Advent, right? The season of hope and waiting.

What happens when a crisis hits so big that not one person alone can solve it, so big that it affects a community or a mountain of people?

We send those who are trained first. We pray for their families and assist them if we can. We help the families with pick-ups and drop-offs and take food.

We wait and pray to do more. We don’t do nothing, but pray and prepare.

Get your house in order and your jobs done so that when you can help --  when help is called in to clean up the disaster – you will be ready to serve.

Collect items needed. Pray, wait, and prepare you and your family to serve.

The United Methodist Church has disaster-relief response teams, and I look forward to hearing from them and helping guide the congregation I serve and my family in a prayerful response to the fires around us.

If we can wait for the coming of Christ this Advent season and prepare our homes, churches, and communities, we can wait and prepare to serve as Christ's hand in a crisis to our brothers and sisters in need.




October 9, 2016, 12:00 PM

Harvest Guide


Matthew 3:8  Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.

During this fall harvest season have you taken time to consider if you are producing good fruit, fruit worthy of repentance?  Have you been in God’s word this week as a guide to your fall harvest season?

 

Monday — Luke 12:16-20             Ask yourself:  “If someone looked at my life right now, which would speak louder:  my faith or my altitude of riches?”

Tuesday — Luke 13:6-9 We are witnesses to a God of second chances.  Pray for someone you know who needs one.

Wednesday — Luke 16:19-31 Pray for persons whose hearts are hardened to the needs of the poor and for direction as PSUMC seeks to find ways to continue to serve the poor.

Thursday — Matthew 18:23-35 Pray for the capacity to offer others forgiveness and compassion, even when it is difficult.

Friday — Luke 11:5-8 Ask God’s forgiveness for a time when you have not wanted to be inconvenienced by someone else’s needs.

Saturday — Matthew 21:33-46 Pray that persons you know may make the cornerstone Jesus their foundation for living.

 

          God Bless,

          Pastor Kristen

 




September 27, 2016, 2:33 PM

What do you hear?


In Matthew 13:9 Jesus is quoted as saying, “Let the one who has ears hear”.
How have you hear God this week through the world around you?
How have you seen glimpses of his Kingdom?
As we continue our study on Parables, may we continue to have ears to hear his word and eyes to see glimpses of God’s kingdom.
Monday – Matthew 21:28-32, Pray that God will change the hearts and minds of persons who have distanced themselves from God and the fellowship of his church.
Tuesday – Mark 7:24-27, Pray for forgiveness and guidance where you have “heard” but not acted, individually and as members PSUMC.
Wednesday – Luke 10:25-37, Ask yourself: “Who do I find it difficult to consider as my neighbor?” Ask God to change your heart.
Thursday – Luke 18:1-8, Pray for the discernment and courage to respond to someone’s cry for justice.
Friday – Luke 14:7-11, Give thanks for someone who lives a life of humility, placing others before self.
Saturday – Luke 18:9-14, Pray for humility in your presence before God and others.
See you next Sunday.
God Bless,
Pastor Kristen



September 21, 2016, 12:00 PM

Parables


What is a parable?
A parable is a very short story that uses familiar images in a way that gives listeners a glimpse of who God is and who God wants us to be. What better way to seek this than through God’s holy word. So, I hope you will read along in the coming weeks as we continue to learn more about God and what he wants us to be and do by looking at his word, spending time in worship with each other, and seeking him in prayer.
Monday – Matthew 13:24-30, Pray that PSUMC will become part of God’s wheat harvest.
Tuesday – Matthew 13:31-32, Take time to remember the tiny things that have been big reminders of God’s presence for you and PSUMC.
Wednesday – Luke 15:8-10, Give thanks for someone you know who, like God, finds joy in recovering the lost and pray for ways that PSUMC can continue to do this.
Thursday – Luke 15:11-32, Pray for the relationships of fathers and sons AND mothers and daughters you know. Pray for the families at PSUMC and those that are seeking to come be a part of our church family.
Friday – Matthew 13:45-46, Consider God’s cost for inviting us into the Kingdom and be thankful.  
Saturday – Matthew 13:44, Consider how you give and your willingness to give up everything for the “treasure” of the Kingdom.
See you next Sunday.
God Bless,
Pastor Kristen



September 7, 2016, 12:00 AM

Called and Commissioned


Jeremiah was called and commissioned.
As we continue to remember our calling: Are you living your call? Can you remember your call to continue to live as God has called you too? Part of Jeremiah’s calling was being commissioned.

Jeremiah 1: 5b – I appointed you a prophet to the nations.

Commissioning is the act of granting certain powers or the authority to carry out a particular task or duty and the authority so granted. In the art world when you have a piece commissioned it means you have hired or made a payment for the creation of a piece, often on behalf of another. Do we remember that we were created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27) both male and female for good. And that in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God (John 1:1). Emmanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23). How then are we living out what we were created for? Commissioned for? Called to do? Do we fully understand that we were called and created for good and that God has commissioned us through the blood of our Lord and Savior, Emmanual, Jesus God with us? How do we live out what we have been commissioned for?

Matthew 28:16-20 The Great Commission. But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

God Bless,
Pastor Kristen


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