What will you give?

Dear Friends,

Ready or not it is here.  We will begin to hear those words, "All I want for Christmas is..."  The spirit of Christmas is upon us and searching for the perfect gift is on.  I do love to give good gifts, but I also love the idea of someone bringing me gits, too.  The heart of giving gifts is part of our human DNA.  God created us as a giving people because being in His image, we serve a giving God.  The Greatest Gift God gave us was His Son born in a manger.  The wise men showed up bearing gifts for Jesus.  Christmas has always been a time of giving.  We give gifts to loved ones, friends and co-workers, we give to the ones who may be struggling this Christmas, and for some we even give to our pets.

We give and receive Christmas gifts remembering the greatest Christmas gift of all:  The Christ Child; Emmanuel, God with us.  We will wrap and unwrap many gifts this season, but we must remember the gifts of Heaven that are not wrapped.  Through Christ we receive many gifts that are good news to our lives.  

The Darling of Heaven brings with Him:

              ...The Good News of the Word taking on flesh.

              ...A new understanding of who He is.

              ...A strong foundation for which we may stand.

              ...A new lifestyle for living.

Jesus brings gifts that we can share with other.  What will you give this Christmas?

Pastor Doug

 

What will become a part of your life?

Dear Friends,

Everyone longs for an identity and a purpose in this life.  We want to know that our life matters and we made a difference in some way, leaving behind a history and legacy.  Wherever I look in the world today there is someone or some group trying to bring matter to their existence.  Years ago I heard this story:

He couldn’t decide if he were experiencing a dream or reality.  It was so different, so impossible; it simply had to be a dream.

The situation was this.  He was sitting on one side of a beautiful table.  Across from him was someone else, someone he only new as the Other One.  The table between them was covered in the finest white dust, and it was perfectly undisturbed.  There were no marks in it of any kind so that it looked almost like fine spread of seamless cloth.  Somehow he knew that it was the Other One who had brought him to this place and made him the offer he was considering.

“It’s time,” announced the Other One.

 “I know,” responded the man.  “Could you explain the choice to me again?” 

“Of course,” said the Other One.  “I will write one thing in the dust and one thing only.  “I will write whatever you ask me to write, and whatever it is will become a part of your life.  You may ask for anything: any knowledge, any virtue, any gift, any hope, any dream, any grace, any possession, anything.  I will write it in the dust, and it will become a part of you and your life.”

“Could I be rich?” asked the man. 

“Yes, if that is the one thing you want,” answered the Other One. 

“Happy?” 

“Certainly.”

“What if I wanted to be able to see into the future?”  he asked. 

“Even that is possible,” answered the Other One. 

Of course he had thought of all these things before, but the actual choice was proving to be very difficult.  As he thought of each possible request, he tried to imagine the consequences as best he could.  He could ask for love or happiness or money or fame or anything like that, but what if he got sick and died soon?  He could ask for long life or good health, but then he might be poor, unloved, and miserable.  Everything good he could think of to ask for was incomplete and flawed in some way.  While each choice fulfilled one hope or dream, it left some other hope or dream unprotected and potentially unfulfilled.  That was why he had been sitting there for so long.

“It’s time,” the Other One reminded him again. 

“I know,” replied the man. “I know.”

 “What shall I write in your dust?” 

The man took a deep breath.  He was ready to make his decision.

 “Your Name,” he declared to the Other One.  “Write your Name in my dust.”

                                                                       –“The Carpenter and the Unbuilder”, Griebner-1996

If you did not catch it, Jesus Christ is the Other One.  Of course, I am a little bias but if there is only one thing to strive for in this life to bring matter to who you are…is Jesus Christ…and the rest will just fall into place.

Pastor Doug

What is the priority in your life?

Dear Friends,

A good Methodist is one whom has a form of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder).  This is what I tell my family when they start calling me OCD.  I do have my routines and like things to be in the right place.  I believe patterns and daily disciplines are good for a Christian.  It is also important to note that John Wesley’s holy club was called Methodists first by folks who witnessed their meth-o-logical steps toward faith and theology.  

I believe Christian disciplines are important to our spiritual journeys.  Daily prayer and reading of the scriptures is important.  Always remaining a student of Jesus and pursuing Him at all cost is vital.  Our daily journey calls for us to setup non-negotiables, core values for our walk of faith.  What areas of your faith are you obsessive to keep daily in place? Are you compulsive for God’s word?  Are you compelled to listen for God’s voice through the Holy Spirit?  

In a day when the moral compass of humanity is spinning out of control, we must put our priorities in order.    What is the #1 priority in your life:  

God?  

Job?  

Family?

Sports?

Hobbies?

 

It is time to look to Jesus

Do you want to know what is on the mind of God?

Look to Jesus!

Do you want to know the will of God?

Look to Jesus!

Want to know the heart of God?

Look to Jesus!


 

Pastor Doug

For I know the plans I have for you...

Beginning July 1, 2017, Douglas Beggs will now serve as pastor at Beechwood.  

Pastor Doug comes to us from Willard First United Methodist Church.  He is joined by his wife Christy, and their children Madison, Jordan and Caleb.  They are excited to begin this new adventure.  

We are blessed to welcome them to our church, and community.