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Something to Think About with Keith Lawder and Steve Waldorf - 4-23-18 Devotion

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Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” – Luke 24:36

I can only imagine the level of paralyzing fear in the upper room when Jesus appeared. Yes, Mary Magdalene, Peter, and John had reported on the empty tomb. But what Mary had told them defied all logic and known science. When Jesus uses the word peace, His disciples are shocked. Peace? What do you mean peace? We are all on the most wanted list. The bad guys are out there looking for us! Where’s the peace in that? I believe this is precisely the point Jesus was making. In the midst of every crisis, every calamity, and every chaos of our lives, Jesus comes to us to offer peace. Come to us today, Lord Jesus, in these challenging times and give us your peace!

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
VP of Development
478-746-9688 #124 (Macon)
478-747-0042 (Cell)
swaldorf@gumf.org


If you would like Keith or Steve to preach at your church, contact Louise Hintze at the GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org.

Posted: April 23rd, 2018 | Permalink

Something to Think About with Keith Lawder and Steve Waldorf - 4-16-18 Devotion

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“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands … I will not believe.” – John 20:25

Thomas gets the blame for doubting. But, of course, we are right there with him. Given the choice of being gullible and surely getting hurt or being skeptical and maybe getting hurt, we usually choose the latter. I have a friend who refuses to believe because something he prayed for as a child did not happen the way he had hoped. Have you ever tested God with a prayer? Have you made your faith conditional on things working out a certain way? Faith is knowing what is true and real especially when we cannot see it. I am greatly relieved that God is not limited by what I can see or understand. Lord, I believe. Help me in my unbelief!

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
VP of Development
478-746-9688 #124 (Macon)
478-747-0042 (Cell)
swaldorf@gumf.org


If you would like Keith or Steve to preach at your church, contact Louise Hintze at the GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org.

Posted: April 16th, 2018 | Permalink

Something to Think About with Keith Lawder and Steve Waldorf 4-9-18 Devotion

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Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.” – John 20:29

When I was four years old, my Dad made two rooms for my brother and me out of an unfinished attic space. Because I was afraid of being alone and on a different level of the house from my parents, Dad installed a red intercom between my room and his. If I awoke in distress, I simply pushed the button and a very sleepy Dad would soon respond. We do not have to see Jesus in the darkness of our lives to know that He is always with us. Prayer is our red intercom. Thank you, Jesus, for hearing my prayers especially when I am in the dark!

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
VP of Development
478-746-9688 #124 (Macon)
478-747-0042 (Cell)
swaldorf@gumf.org


If you would like Keith or Steve to preach at your church, contact Louise Hintze at the GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org.

Posted: April 9th, 2018 | Permalink

Something to Think About with Keith Lawder and Steve Waldorf 4-2-18 Devotion

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Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord.” – John 20:18

Mary Magdalene is an unlikely heroine. Tradition has it that she had been a prostitute. Almost certainly she was from a region known for harboring militant radicals. Perhaps she was even a revolutionary herself. Why then would Jesus choose Mary to be the first to see Him after the resurrection? Perhaps it was because she believed. Do we believe what we see or see what we believe? It seems to me that often those who are either physically or culturally impaired have the best visual acuity to recognize Jesus’ presence in their lives. I believe that God comes to us in many shapes and forms and through many people. Can you see Jesus in your life today? Lord, give us eyes to see you, ears to hear you, senses to feel you, and the discernment to follow you!

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
VP of Development
478-746-9688 #124 (Macon)
478-747-0042 (Cell)
swaldorf@gumf.org


If you would like Keith or Steve to preach at your church, contact Louise Hintze at the GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org.

Posted: April 2nd, 2018 | Permalink

Two Notes on Tax Changes from North GA Conference Treasurer

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North Georgia Conference Treasurer Keith Cox shares one note of consideration and one information piece concerning tax law changes and the church.

  • The tax law changes that are now in effect may have resulted in some members “pre-paying” 2018 pledges in December 2017. Please remember that these “prepaid” offerings may favorably skew your church’s reported cash position. Please be mindful of this potential situation as you manage your finances early this year.
     
  • The Society of Human Resource Management published the following information last week: The new law "suspends both the tax exclusion and the deduction related to moving expenses for taxable years 2018 until 2025. Value of the benefit will be included as taxable income and the deduction will be eliminated for individual taxpayers, except for members of the Armed Forces.”
Posted: January 8th, 2018 | Permalink