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Brand New: Song

Brand New: Song A Message on Colossians 3:12-17 For Jacksonville First United Methodist Church Feb. 9, 2020 By Doug Wintermute dwinterm@yahoo.com Colossians 3:12-17 (NRSV) As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each […]

Brand New: Children of God

Brand New: Children of God A Message on Romans 8:12-17 For Jacksonville First United Methodist Church Jan. 26, 2020 By Doug Wintermute dwinterm@yahoo.com Romans 8:12-17 (NRSV) So then, brothers and sisters, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh—for if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but […]

Brand New: Strengthened

Brand New: Strengthened A Message on Isaiah 40:28-31 For Jacksonville First United Methodist Church Jan. 19, 2020 By Doug Wintermute dwinterm@yahoo.com Isaiah 40:28-31 (NRSV) Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,     the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary;     his understanding […]

December 25: Christmas Day

Love Came Down For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 On Christmas Eve when I was young my family traveled to my grandparents’ home. The house was always full of good food and fun. We opened […]

December 24

Advent Excitement When I was a young child growing up in Cooper, Texas, my family attended church that had a children’s choir. I remember one fall the children’s choir was going to have a singing performance as part of the church’s Advent celebration. I am one of six children, so our family made up the […]

December 23

God’s Provision: The Magi  Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? … After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they […]

December 21

Life… It Happens  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 As most everyone knows, I have had some “situations” in my life this year that have tested my ability to face them. For several years I have either flown […]

December 20

The Season of Light  The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. Isaiah 9:2 Two times I’ve really paid attention to light versus dark. Well, maybe just one time as the other just hit me as I was […]

December 19

Chosen to Share the Good News  And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I […]

December 18

The Light of the World We have observed His star at its rising and have come to pay Him homage. Matthew 2:1 During this season of Advent, we are preparing our hearts and minds for the celebration of the birth of our Savior: The Light of the World. We are remembering the beautiful stories of […]