Our messages have the three basics: they come from Scripture, applying its eternal truths to our lives, and help us Love God and Love People more!
Scroll down. There is probably a message here that God's Holy Spirit will use to touch your heart and remind you that you are His child and of the high calling He has given us.
Remember the movie “The Bucket List?” It was about two men who wanted to complete their “I always wanted to…” list before they died. It was so popular that the term “bucket list” has become part of the vernacular. We decide on the things we want to do before we leave this life.
But what if we really looked at life as if we only had one month to live? What would we do if we knew that we only had 30 days? Quit our jobs and go on a trip with our family? Forgive a friend or make peace with someone we have been at odds with for a long time? What would you do of significance if you only had one month to live?
Jesus knew that His time was short. As Passover approached, He knew that the religious leaders would hand Him over to the Roman officials for crucifixion. What did He do? What did He say?
During the season of Lent, we will deal with this very topic, using a book entitled “One Month to Live: Thirty Days to a No-Regret Life.” We will challenge ourselves to consider: “If I knew I only had one month to live, what would I change?”
We invite you to come and be part of this transformation message series.
March 9, 2014 "Living the Dash"
March 16, 2014 "Live Passionately"
March 23, 2014 "Love Completely"
March 30, 2014 "Learn Humbly"
April 6, 2014 "Leave Boldly"
April 13, 2014 "Living with No Regrets"
We looked at the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus and explored the UFOs - Unanticipated Faith Opportunities - of life.
March 2, 2014 "UFO"
It’s one of the most recognizable stories of Jesus in one of the greatest chapters in all the Gospels: the parable of the Prodigal Son. A son wanders off to a distant land, squanders everything, returns home humbled, and receives a huge welcome home party.
Yet don’t forget. There are two other principles in the story: a father and another son. Their actions and reactions to the prodigal are incredible, thought-provoking, and challenging.
During our series “Who Are You?” we will put ourselves into each of the characters.
Come join us and discover yourself in this timeless story.
February 2, 2014 "We Walked Away: The Younger Son"
February 9, 2014 "We Watched and Waited: The Father"
February 23, 2014 "We Stayed Behind: The Older Son"
Eileen Hix, Director of Children’s Ministries at First UMC in Sidney, was our guest preacher.
February 16, 2014 "Children"
At the first of the year, we look back at the heritage of faith at our church. We also revisit our core priorities, then consider where God might be leading us in the future.
So for three weeks “From A Heritage to a Future” was our focus. We were reminded of who we are and what we are all about.
January 12, 2014 "The State of the Church - 2014"
January 19, 2014 "Love First"
There is a change in the air… in the decorations in our homes… in the music on the radio… and the sales at the stores.
It’s Christmas time! So many dreams for that one thing we really want under the tree. So many expectations that the family gather together with joy and celebration. So much hope to really capture the true meaning of the season.
But isn’t that what we wish every year? And how many times was it all a fantasy, an unrealistic expectation from a book or carol or Christmas TV special? Maybe we should be look for something more than the hype, the fantasy, the commercialism.
During the season of Advent, we asked the question, “Looking for Something More.” We answered the age old questions of humanity that God answered on that cold and starry night in Bethlehem.
December 1, 2013 “Hope”
December 8, 2013 “Belonging”
December 15, 2013 “Opportunity”
December 22, 2013 “Family”
December 24, 2013 “Something Very Special”
December 29, 2013 "Protection"
“We’re #1! We’re #1! We’re #1!”
It’s a popular cheer for a team that has a winning record.
Of course, it could be said that it’s also many people’s personal philosophy. The “Me Generation” focuses squarely on my wants, my needs, my goals, my pleasures, my life.
Yet, that was not how we were created. God fashioned us to be like Him… and at God’s nature is giving. And much of the Christian journey is the deliberate movement from “me” to “Thee” – becoming less like my self-centered nature, and more like the nature and character of Jesus.
During our November Stewardship Series, we focused on “First: Putting God First in Living and Giving.” It is based on a simple belief: that we put God before everything else in our lives – possessions, gadgets, houses, cars, careers, busy schedules, even before family and friends – and that when we do, we joyfully work and produce and contribute to God’s kingdom. Giving flows out of gratitude to the Giver.
November 3, 2013 Naming Our Idols
November 10, 2013 Money, Work, and Debt
November 17, 2013 Be Faithful, Save, and Give
November 24, 2013 Heart Giving
The Fall is a busy, chaotic time. The new school year brings a whole new set of activities: The kids have band and sports practices, plus games and competitions that take a night, two, sometimes three nights each week. The school always schedules those dreaded parent-teacher conferences: is homework being turned in? is it correct? The church schedule resumes with regular and new activities: choir, Bible Studies, meetings. Extra shopping for clothes you didn’t know you needed; of course, the credit card debt just got bigger!
And so did the stress! The calm, relaxing nature of summer is long forgotten as the busyness of Fall invades our consciousness. Stress builds up to the place where we lash out at our spouse, our kids, the kid’s teachers – anyone who might be in the way at that particular moment.
But God has the remedy for stress. He always has. Tucked away in a beautiful and favored psalm read mostly at funerals are the keys to dealing with the pressure.
Allow the words “The Lord is my shepherd…” give you what you need to beat the stress in your life.
September 15, 2013 “Be Sure Who Is Leading You”
September 22, 2013 “He Makes Me Lie Down in Green Pastures”
September 29, 2013 “He Leads Me Beside Still Waters”
October 6, 2013 "He Restores My Soul"
October 13, 2013 "For His Name's Sake"
October 20, 2013 "You Are With Me"
October 27, 2013 "Blessings from the Shepherd"
We live in a beautiful area, and we worship in a place where we can witness God’s creation as we drive in for worship or look out the windows. God’s creation is simply wonderful.
We too were created by God. And when God looked at us, He said it was “very good.”
Yet, sometimes we feel less than wonderful, less than beautiful, less than “very good.” Factors of life – physically, emotionally, and spiritually – seem to take their toll.
What would it take to see ourselves through God’s eyes, and once again believe that we are “Wonderfully Made?”
Come find out!
August 25, 2013 “Better Than I Know Myself”
September 1, 2013 “What was God Thinking?”
Kathy Kitchel, our Director of Youth Ministries, shared the message with us.
August 18, 2013 "Who is the Minister?"
Our message series “I've Always Wondered: Answering the Questions of Faith” touches on and tries to answer some of the questions people have about our faith, topics people have thought, “I would really like to hear a sermon on that!”?
July 21, 2013 “I've Always Wondered Why Bad Things Happen”
July 28, 2013 “Why does Judas Get Such a Bad Rap?”
August 4, 2013 “What Does Forgiveness Really Mean?”
August 11, 2013 “How Can I Know that I Am Saved?”
Rev. J.C. Collins, the first pastor of Germantown United Methodist Church, returned as our guest preacher.
July 14, 2013 Thrival
We Americans love to celebrate Independence Day, to celebrate our freedom. Thomas Jefferson’s bold assertion that each individual has an “inalienable right” to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” still sounds sweet to our freedom-loving ears. Despite the imperfections and failings of our political system, we still enjoy tremendous economic freedom, political freedom, religious freedom, and personal freedom.
We as Christians are given through Jesus Christ. But freedom means more to the follower of Christ. It is less about the freedom from and more about the freedom to.
July 7, 2013 Freedom
Jesus’ disciples said to Him, “Show us how to increase our faith.” Pretty important question!
We wonder as well how our faith can grow. What does it take? How can I become more like Jesus today than I was 10 days ago, 10 weeks ago, 10 years ago?
We will look at five avenues God uses to help us grow in faith. Come join us!
June 30, 2013 How Does My Faith Grow?
What is the most important thing in our lives? A dream? A want? A need?
We looked at Psalm 42 to see how we should long for God.
June 23, 2013 Do You Want It All or Only Want One?
Sometimes it feels as if the world could get any worse than it is right now!
Our newspapers and our television screens are bringing news of a hundred and one dangerous problems that are rocking the world. Each day seems to add to our already impressive number of crises here at home – an accelerating crime rate, mass murders, soaring drug use, uncertainty in the financial and housing markets, pollution, and the breakdown of families.
And as bad as it seems, one look at Scripture and we realize that there have been others in the past who had to wonder the same thing – that their world and the influence and relevance of their faith was gone, and they had lost. Lost.
Our message series called “Dare” looks at the life of the Old Testament leader Daniel. We are going to see what he did when everything he knew – his society, his history, his people, his government, his religious centers – collapsed and were destroyed, and how he became God’s person in a new place and among a new people.
Come join us.
May 12, 2013 Dare to Live a Life that is Unconventional - Part 2
May 19, 2013 Dare to Lead
May 26, 2013 Dare to Do the Right Thing
June 2, 2013 Dare to Share the Truth
June 9, 2013 Dare to Stand Up for Your Faith
June 16, 2013 Dare to Believe in God's Future
Easter is the pivotal event in human history. Sure, there have been other times when God has revealed Himself and intervene in the lives of people and nations: the Exodus, Joshua and the Battle of Jericho, David vs. Goliath, Elijah and the prophets of Baal, just to name a few. But on Easter Sunday, He really showed up.
Jesus was raised from the dead! Death has been defeated! Our sins could not keep Him down! He is alive!
And when you contemplate all that Easter brings, you find yourself responding by saying, “Amazing. Absolutely Amazing.”
For four weeks, we will explore how Easter has made life, love, grace, and faith Absolutely Amazing. Come join us.
March 31, 2013 "Life"
April 7, 2013 "Love"
April 28, 2013 "Grace"
When you look at the first Palm Sunday, you get the sense of how much Jesus is in control. Nobody else knows what's going on - the crowds, the Pharisees, the disciples - by Jesus does. He knows exactly where this journey will lead: to a Cross.
Why does someone follow a particular path when they know the outcome? Why does a person do something that they know will bring about pain and suffering? Why does Jesus, when He knows what is coming, still go through with it?
March 25, 2013 "He Knew What Was Coming"
Maybe you have decided to start a relationship with God. Maybe you want more in your Christian walk. Maybe you sense a closer presence of God’s Holy Spirit. Maybe the Christianity thing is new; maybe something about your faith is new.
If so, you are on a new journey, exploring and examining some new way God is leading you.
Our message series “Begin a New Journey” explored four essentials of the Christian faith that help us reach the destination set out for each of us by God.
February 24, 2013 A New Driver
March 3, 2013 A New Day, A New Way
March 10, 2013 A New Wardrobe
March 17, 2013 A New Job
Beards. Ducks. Camo. Squirrel meat. Duck calls. Crazy uncle. What’s the appeal?
“Duck Dynasty” on A&E has become a reality television hit, but not for the reasons you would think. It is a show about a family that came up from nothing to running a multi-million dollar business. It is about a family of rednecks whose lifestyle is foreign to most people.
But in this family, bound by faith and loyalty, we see important family lessons that maybe we’ve forgotten in our modern and sophisticated world.
Our series “Family Lessons from ‘Duck Dynasty’” examined how the truths of Scripture can be lived out in the family.
And in the end, it’s about “Faith, Family, and Food.”
January 20, 2013 “What is Real in Reality?”
January 27, 2013 “Keeping Your Woman Happy, Happy, Happy”
February 3, 2013 “Dealing with the Uncle Si in Your Family”
February 10, 2013 “Willie Vs. Jase: It's On, Jack!”
A look back over 2012 in the life of Germantown United Methodist Church.
January 13, 2013 State of the Church 2012
It may be the scariest passage in all of Scripture: "Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 7:21)
It is a passage about people who thought they were Jesus’ friends, who thought they were on the right path, but it wasn’t until the end that they found out they were not. At crunch time, when everything – eternity itself – was on the line, they hear Jesus say, “I never knew you”.
Therefore, we had better be certain that before the time comes, we get this right!
January 6, 2013 Get This Right!