2020 Lenten Devotional Easter Sunday

Because God loves us so much, He has given us freewill, the ability to choose between right from wrong. God already knows that while we could choose His path, some…

2020 Lenten Devotional 40 Saturday 04-11

40 Saturday 04-11 John 15:17-27 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another. 18 “If the world hates you, be aware that it hated…

2020 Lenten Devotional 39 Friday 04-10

39 Friday 04-10 John 14:22-31 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus…

2020 Lenten Devotional 38 Thursday 04-09

38 Thursday 04-09 Luke 8:43-48 43 Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years; and though she had spent all she had on physicians,…

2020 Lenten Devotional 37 Wednesday 04-08

37 Wednesday 04-08 John 14:15-21 15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to…

2020 Lenten Devotional 36 Tuesday 04-07

36 Tuesday 04-07 Mark 12:18-27 18 Some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, saying, 19 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that…

2020 Lenten Devotional 35 Monday 04-06

35 Monday 04-06 Matthew 21:28-31 28 “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’…

2020 Lenten Devotional 34 Saturday 04-04

34 Saturday 04-04 Luke 7:36-50 36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him, and he went into the Pharisee’s house and took his place at the table.…

2020 Lenten Devotional 33 Friday 04-03

33 Friday 04-03 John 14:8-14 8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you…

2020 Lenten Devotional 32 Thursday 04-02

32 Thursday 04-02 John 14:1-7 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places.…

 

“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.”  Romans 1:8 (NIV)

After worship on January 10, 2016 our leadership had a retreat.  We ate together and shared stories about very special people past and present who helped form our faith.  At the end of our sharing, I asked the leadership what characteristics would describe those precious people.  Many qualities were pooled and words like faithful, humble, loving, compassionate and caring were brought forth.

I shared about my wonderful youth leader and Christian tobacco farmer named Jeff Chipman.  Jeff was a very simple man.  He laughed all the time.  His love for the Lord was so evident.  I have many memories of Jeff.  For example, our youth group went swimming at his pool, which was miraculously made out of a steel silo.  I worked for Jeff in every stage of the tobacco process.  He paid well and was always kind.  He often invited me to have dinner with his family.  Those dinners were very special and I truly saw a fine example of a Christian family.

I praised God for Jeff as I shared his faith story with our church leadership.  At the end of the retreat I challenged our leadership to go and be “Jeff Chipman’s,” to one another, the congregation and the world.

The Apostle Paul gave a very nice compliment to the church he founded in Rome.  He stated, “First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.”  Wow!  A report about faith going all over the world.  Think for a moment how a TV show is interrupted for a “Special Report.”  It grabs your attention.  It causes your head to pop up and take notice.  Think for a moment how Mt. Healthy and surrounding communities can experience “Special Reports,” coming out of Mt. Healthy UMC?  Wouldn’t that be great?  I truly believe 2016 will be an amazing year in the history of Mt. Healthy United Methodist Church!   How?  All of us committing to take time to be like Jeff Chipman or someone you can name in your mind who touched your life!  The community will get a very special report about God’s amazing love through us!  Is there anything greater than Christians loving all on behalf of Jesus Christ?  I ask you to join our leadership as we live out our faith everywhere!  God bless you and have a great February 2016!

Jonathan