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Something to Think About 2-24-20

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“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13

I love the biblical references which use the word abide: to live in or to pitch your tent in. Imagine faith, hope, and love all abiding in each of us. The world would be very different. Alas, that isn’t very likely. And yet, when we invite Jesus’ faith, hope, and love to abide in us, we can change the world!

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
Regional Vice President
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 GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org. 

Posted: February 24th, 2020 | Permalink

Something to Think About 2-17-20

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“It [love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” – 1 Corinthians 13:7-8

Often, we see the world through the “me” filter. We ask, “What’s in it for me?” By contrast, Christian love asks, “How I can serve you?” Let’s face it: all of our stuff will fade away. But the love we share will last forever. Think of a difficult person in your life. What can you do today to reflect God’s love for him or her?

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
Regional Vice President
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 GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org. 

Posted: February 17th, 2020 | Permalink

He Said It! I Did It! Lesson 1: Have a Vision

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In 2005, Georgia United Methodist Foundation Board of Trustee Charles W. Buffington Jr. and his son, Charles W. Buffington III, did what many aspire to do: They co-authored and published a book. “He Said It! I Did It!” takes readers on a journey to financial freedom and a life of abundance that honors God.

In the first lesson of a ten-part series, this father-son duo emphasizes the importance of having a vision for your life. They cite famous visionaries including Martin Luther King Jr., Richard Allen, President John F. Kennedy, the Apostle Paul, President Abraham Lincoln, and the ultimate visionary of all time, Jesus Christ. What follows is a series of steps you can take to achieve your spiritual and financial goals.

Lesson 1: Have a Vision

  1. Vision is the starting point for all great accomplishments. Pray about your vision. Ask God to help you discern His vision for your life so that your desires will be according to His will.
     
  2. If you are married, pray together. Discuss your individual dreams. Then, with God’s help, together create a single financial vision for your family.
     
  3. If you don’t have vision, you will just be a pawn in someone else’s vision.
     
  4. Famous people who have changed the world did it through vision. If they can change the world, why can’t you transform your life with vision?
     
  5. We all have the capacity for vision. We just need to practice it. Practice by having a vision for one day in your life. Then stretch it to a month, a year, and five years.
     
  6. Tap into your own history. Everyone has accomplished something special through personal vision. You just need to identify it and replicate it.
     
  7. Write your vision on paper. Then write down incremental goals for one, five, ten, and twenty years.
     
  8. Make your vision tangible by literally touching and feeling symbols of your vision.
     
  9. Incremental leaps are a powerful way of bringing your vision to reality. Taking small steps will open your eyes to a greater vision, but you have to take the small steps first.
     
  10. God has granted us the power to dream, and He has blessed us with the resources to make His vision for us a reality.


Study the following Scriptures for a deeper understanding of what God says about vision and how to discern His vision for you:

Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Habakkuk 2:2-3: The LORD gave me this answer: “Write down clearly on tablets what I reveal to you, so that it can be read at a glance. Put it in writing, because it is not yet time for it to come true. But the time is coming quickly, and what I show you will come true. It may seem slow in coming, but wait for it; it will certainly take place, and it will not be delayed.

James 4:13-15: Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”

Posted: February 10th, 2020 | Permalink

Something to Think About 2-10-20

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“It [love] does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.” – 1 Corinthians 13:5

We live in a time when lying, cheating, and name-calling have found new levels of acceptability. The common discourse has become constant disparagement. Jesus teaches us that love overcomes hate. How would the world change if each day we identified one person with whom we disagree and deliberately celebrated some common ground?

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
Regional Vice President
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 GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org. 

Posted: February 10th, 2020 | Permalink

Something to Think About 2-3-20

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“Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

It seems fitting that the love passages should be the theme for our February devotions. While we hear these verses mostly at weddings, the context in Paul’s letter has more to do with how we use our spiritual gifts in our daily lives. Here is the question to ponder. How do we share God’s love in all our interactions with others?

Rev. Keith E. Lawder
President/CEO
770-449-6726
877-220-5664
404-906-1425 (Cell)
klawder@gumf.org
Rev. Stephen A. Waldorf
Regional Vice President
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 GUMF at 770-449-6726, 877-220-5664 or lhintze@gumf.org. 

Posted: February 3rd, 2020 | Permalink