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“Give Me Jesus”

In the morning when I rise, in the morning when I rise In the morning when I rise, give me Jesus Give me Jesus, give me Jesus You can have all this world Give me Jesus When I am alone, oh when I am alone, Oh when I am alone, give me Jesus When I come to die, when I come to…

The Names of God

In the Bible, names play an important role of telling some kind of characteristic or aspect of a person. In our daily lives, names sometimes go by unnoticed. Especially so of the process and meaning by which cultures of the past and of today have given names to children. One of the strangest stories I heard from my parents was that when…

Glory to Glory

The first time that I heard the phrase, from glory to glory, I thought that I heard a magical formula that promised me a life of greatness. I was just a teenager at the time and as I heard the pastor say that God will take us from glory to glory, I imagined God taking me from checkpoint to checkpoint in a…

Connecting Nexus Convocation to Chesterbrook UMC

I had the privilege of leading worship with a praise team comprised of musicians from throughout the U.S. We were blessed to serve together and do our part in serving the Nexus community. Our prayer and hope was that somehow through our service that the people of God would be led into a deep place of marvel and awe of God’s wondrous…

Wedding Sermon

One of my favorite things to do is preach at weddings. There, we get a glimpse of the heavenly wedding banquet. Tim Keller likes to use the illustration of a wedding couple dressed in all the regalia and standing before a pastor as a metaphor for the Church standing before Christ one day. As radiant and beautiful the couple is on their…

Daily Grind or Daily Calling?

Someone once told me that there is no such thing as an easy job. Every job is difficult in some manner, and the one thing that could help override those difficult moments is a sense of call. Without a calling, we can become very disconnected from our work. It becomes a “daily grind,” instead of a “daily calling.” Why should I spend…

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Psalm 139 reveals to us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. I once read the┬ápassage and thought to myself, “Am I wonderfully full of fear?” Oh the troubles of reading into words too much! Thanks be to God that this is not what it means to be made fearfully and wonderfully. In the study of Hebrew, we find that this word…

The First Things of the Spirit

I spent a good number of years chasing after “Holy Spirit experiences.” I joined different types of prayer groups and ministries. I attended a variety of different conferences and gatherings to experience the Holy Spirit’s power and presence in the ways that I read about in the book of Acts and in Jesus’ ministry. I wanted to know why many Christians and…

Christo-Centric Faith

Faith is intrinsic to our human existence. We live convinced and persuaded by many things. As a result, we place trust in those things, people, ideas or beings. The Greek word for faith, pistis, means to be persuaded. What are you persuaded about when it comes to faith living as a Christian?Very often, Christian faith actually lived out is more humanistic than…

Becoming Associate Pastor

After professing my faith in Christ for the first time when I was in middle school, I asked myself one day how I would serve God with my life. The very first thought that came to me was, “to serve the Bride of Christ.” Throughout the course of my time with Vision of Peace Church, and now Chesterbrook United Methodist Church I…