Franklin United Methodist Church
Friday, March 23, 2018
Seeking, Sharing, and Serving Christ

Pastor's Page

        It is hard to believe another year has passed on the Mountaintop Ministries Charge. All the churches are doing well, and attendance is up. I look forward to 2018 and all the ministry opportunities we are planning for the next year. I will be introducing you to one of those ministries in the next newsletter.
        As the people of God we are called to be disciples and make disciples of others. So, as I begin to think about the upcoming year there are spiritual disciplines which I need to incorporate in my life. A few verses which help appeared in the lectionary readings a few weeks ago: 1Thessalonians says “5:16-Rejoice always, 17-pray without ceasing, 18-give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19-Do not quench the Spirit.”[1]
        With all the negativity in the world and the personal things which happen in our lives it is easy to feel depressed. However, our scripture tells us to rejoice always. How do you rejoice in all things when you do not feel like it? I believe God wants us to enjoy life. We are not guaranteed another minute, so we need to live in the moment and enjoy the present.
        Praying always means communicating with God. Since the beginning with Adam and Eve God has desired a relationship with human beings. I should communicate with God like he is my best friend.
Finally, we need to be thankful in all things. I struggle with this because there are days when I am just not feeling well or having a difficult day. But I realize everything I have comes from God, which changes my attitude quick.
      These are a few of the disciplines I need to apply to my life. They are vital to my life as a disciple. When I can master the spiritual disciplines in my life it helps me to teach them to others. My prayer for the upcoming year would be for God to make us all better disciples and God would send an individual into our lives to help disciple in 2018.
                                                                                Blessings Pastor Mike

[1] All scripture is from ESV Bible
Pastor Mike Loudermilk
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