Franklin United Methodist Church
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Seeking, Sharing, and Serving Christ

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      We cannot complain about the weather this winter.  Although, I would like to see just a little bit of snow so we can take the youth to Blackwater Falls sleigh riding.  As, we begin another year our prayer is Mountaintop Ministries would continue to grow and make disciples for the transformation of our surrounding communities. 
     My devotional readings this year by J.D. Walt is teaching the theme “First Word, Last Word, and God’s Word.”  He asked the question “Who gets your first word and last word of the day?”  If I am truly honest, God does not always get my first word and last word of the day. Many times, it can be ESPN.  The devotion is challenging me to spend more time in the Word.  
     Two passages of scripture challenged me this week: Ezekiel 3:3 “And he said to me, ‘Son of man, feed your belly with this scroll that I give you and fill your stomach with it.’ Then I ate it, and it was in my mouth as sweet as honey (ESV).”  and Revelation 10:9 “So I went to the angel and told him to give me the little scroll. And he said to me, ‘Take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth, it will be sweet as honey.’  10 And I took the little scroll from the hand of the angel and ate it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it my stomach was made bitter (ESV).”  These verses reminded me of the saying “You are what you eat.”  The past couple of years I have tried to watch what I eat.  It has paid off because I have been able to lose a few pounds.  Spiritually thinking I wonder how it would change our Churches if we would spend more time feeding on the Word of God.  Ezekiel and 
John both say it tasted sweet as honey in their mouth.  However, John said it became bitter in his stomach.  Isn’t this how the Word of God changes us? In 2 Timothy 3:16 it tells us all scripture is breathed out by God and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training. I wonder how Mountaintop Ministries might change this year if we 
would all feed on the Word of God.  Remember you are what you eat. 
Trivia Question:  Where in scripture is Peter given the “keys to the kingdom” and how does Peter use those keys? 
                                                                                                                                                                    Pastor Mike