The Word and Power of God Bring the Kingdom of God

THE WORD AND POWER OF GOD BRING THE KINGDOM OF GOD

It has been said that if you have the Word without the Power you dry up. If you have the Power without the Word you blow up. But if you have the Word and the Power you grow up. For many, Christianity is only cerebral, ever learning about the Word but never experiencing it. For others, experience is the proof of everything. “If it makes me feel good, it’s got to be true.” With one or the other, faith dies. With both, faith grows.

To the Sadducees Jesus said, “You are mistaken not knowing the Scriptures nor the power to God”. The Sadducees knew the Scripture academically but not experientially. They also failed to believe what they knew. There are many today who know the Bible but do not believe what it says. Jesus said that not one jot or tittle shall pass away without fulfillment. And all the promises of God are “Yes and Amen” in Christ.

We must ask ourselves if our lives in Christ reflect promises unfilled or promises experienced. Do our lives reflect the promise of Christ to give us life “and that abundantly”? Or do we slide by on a wing and a prayer? If we take the Bible seriously, to know and experience what it says, we will find ourselves growing in the Kingdom of God. It is not up to us to make the promises in the Scriptures alive for God’s sake. God wants to make the promises in the Scripture alive in our lives for our sake. The question is, will we truly seek first the Kingdom, and allow God to add all these things to us? With the Word and the Power, let us grow in the Kingdom.  —  Ben

 

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Be Set Free

Sermon:  08/21/2016
Rev. Ben Herlong
Luke 13:10-17

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If We Are In The Light, What Do We Look For?

Sermon:  08/14/2016
Rev. Ben Herlong
1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11

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Take. Eat.

Sermon:  08/07/2016
Rev. Ben Herlong
Mark 14:  16-26

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Some Things About General Conference 2016

There are always controversial issues at General Conference (GC) and this was no exception. Concerning the issue of sexuality, all pertinent resolutions were tabled and a commission was formed to study more. GC also voted down a motion to have a special Conference in 2018 to decide this issue. This kept the Discipline as is.

Concerning abortion, General Conference voted to end United Methodist membership in the pro-abortion group Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. A resolution supporting the RCRC was defeated. A resolution opposing gender selection abortions was readopted. This kept the Discipline as is on the issue with only our support of RCRC changed.

Other actions include adding 5 more bishops in Africa starting in 2020, starting two provisional annual conferences; one in Rwanda and one is Southeast Asia/Mongolia passed 715-56. (Yes, taking the Gospel around the world is something United Methodists still have great agreement on.) The United Methodist Church in Africa is growing by leaps and bounds. We “boasted” an increase in membership worldwide because their gains are greater than our losses. By the year 2020, there will be more United Methodists in Africa than in North America. We must ask what we can do, not only to help their growth, but turn around our decline. Maybe they know something we don’t or practice something we shun. Let’s learn from them.

The GC voted to allow supplemental ministries for men and women in the local church. (Under the present Discipline only United Methodist Women’s program’s and resources are to be used in the local Church.) I take it that UMM did not have that restriction. In a move to affiliate with our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world, the GC voted to mandate the General Board of Church and Society to devote the time of one staff person to the cause of persecuted Christians everywhere.

This is a small tip of the iceberg of all GC did this year. Know that our church is active around the world; not just as “us” reaching out to “them.” WE are around the world as US, United Methodists, a growing part of the church of Jesus Christ. — Ben

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Life’s Wishes

Sermon:  07/31/2016
Rev. Ben Herlong
1 Timothy 2:1-7

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The Big Box

Sermon:  07/24/2016
Al Quarles
John 4:3-19

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Mission Project For July

Family Promise

Vision Statement:  The vision of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of York County is that homelessness will cease to exist in this community and that the families touched by this program will graduate better equipped to meet life’s challenges.

Mission Statement:  The mission of the Interfaith Hospitality Network of York County is to provide a comprehensive and compassionate program of meals, shelter and case management to homeless families through a Community network of congregations and staff that foster long-term self-sufficiency, independence and success for families.

Diversity Statement:  Interfaith Hospitality Network of York County seeks to promote growth, in a network that reflects the richly diverse community in which it serves.

Wish List:

  • Any type of cleaning supplies
  • Laundry detergent and dryer sheets
  • Hygiene products (Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc.)
  • Brooms
  • Mops
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toilet Bowl Brushes
  • Copy Paper
  • Pens
  • Post It Notes
  • Over the counter medications.
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Heeding the Prophetic Word

Sermon:  7/17/2016
Rev. Ben Herlong
2 Peter 1:16-21

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Forever And A Day (Drennan)

Anthem:  7/17/2016
AUMC Chancel Choir
Flute:  L. Maury

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