Abide in Jesus

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” – John 15:4-5 NLT

As I look out my window, it seems like spring may never come, there is still snow on the ground from the record breaking snow storm this past weekend. But God is faithful, and spring will come, trees will sprout leaves, and vines will begin to grow once again and produce fruit. Hopefully by the time you receive this newsletter the snow will have melted.

Jesus uses the analogy of the fruit producing vine to describe our relationship to Him, and to help us understand what we need to do in order to have fruitful lives as followers of Jesus. Jesus says we are to “remain in” or the older versions of the Bible say we are to “abide” in Him. Read more Abide in Jesus

Jesus is Risen- No Foolin’!

“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” – 1 Corinthians 1:25

In case you haven’t noticed, Easter this year falls on April First, April Fool’s day. Perhaps we can think of the resurrection as God’s ultimate joke on the powers of darkness and evil. After all the spiritual forces of darkness and the powers of this world thought they had won the day when Jesus was crucified. They had killed the one who promised to bring life. Instead God turned the tables. The Sanhedrin and Rome had tried to make the tomb secure, putting a seal on the tomb, and posting a guard. But that did not stop God’s plan. Instead we read of an earthquake and angels and an empty tomb, and the Great News Of Easter: Jesus is alive! He has Risen! Read more Jesus is Risen- No Foolin’!

God’s Faithfulness

“Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. 
And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins!  But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all.” – Isaiah 53:4-6 NLT

Lent is a time to reflect and rejoice on God’s astounding action on our behalf through the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Gospel of John says, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NLT) God is faithful to keep His promises! Read more God’s Faithfulness

Feed Your Soul This Lent!

“Hey there! All who are thirsty, come to the water! Are you penniless? Come anyway—buy and eat! Come, buy your drinks, buy wine and milk. Buy without money—everything’s free! Why do you spend your money on junk food, your hard-earned cash on cotton candy? Listen to me, listen well: Eat only the best, fill yourself with only the finest. Pay attention, come close now, listen carefully to my life-giving, life-nourishing words.” –  Isaiah 55: 1-3 Message Bible

I love junk food and fast food…potato chips, French fries and hamburgers. I know it’s not healthy for me…I know it raises my cholesterol and clogs my arteries. A little junk food in my diet may be ok, but I need to dine on food that is nutritious if I want to be healthy.

The same is true in our spiritual lives. The above Scripture is an invitation by God, to let go of spiritual junk food and fast food in our lives and dine on the nourishment that God freely offers us for our souls. God invites us to draw near to Him and delight ourselves in God and to experience God’s faithful love. Read more Feed Your Soul This Lent!

Let’s Worship Connect and Serve in 2018

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20 NLT

As we begin a new year, let’s remember who we are as Antigo United Methodist Church. Remember the church does not belong to us, the church belongs to Jesus, so let’s listen to Him. And let’s remember the mission Jesus gave us.

If someone were to ask you, “What does it mean to be a Christian and to be the Church of Jesus Christ? And Please give me the short answer,” what would you say? Read more Let’s Worship Connect and Serve in 2018

Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break

“I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” – Luke 2:10-11

How many of us have received a Christmas gift, that didn’t even last through Christmas Day? You get the new iPhone and drop it on the pavement, or your new sweater turns out to be the wrong size or has a tear in it. We know material gifts aren’t permanent, they wear out or break.

Bishop Kenneth Shambllin shares a story about his 5 year old son, who more than anything wanted a red toy truck for Christmas. He talked about it constantly, pointed the truck out every time they were in the store. He wrote to Santa, and told the mall Santa how much he wanted that red truck for Christmas. He even prayed about it. Sure enough Christmas morning it was under the tree. The little boy was overjoyed! He received many other presents but hardly noticed. All his attention was riveted on that bright, shiny red truck that he had dreamed about receiving. He played with it all morning. Shortly after Christmas dinner, the bishop heard his son crying. When he saw his son, he held the red toy truck in one hand and the wheels in his other hand. The little boy said, “Daddy my Christmas is broken already!” (adapted from Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break, by James Moore.) Read more Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break