Eternal Hope

http://imergentchurch.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Eternal_Hope.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS When we think about the future, often we are held captive by the past. This is because we have hopes that haven't come to pass and we become blinded by the present. You are not alone in this journey. Jesus is right here

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What’s changing about change?

"If You Want to Keep Getting What You're Getting, Keep Doing What You're Doing" It seems as though everywhere we turn, we are hearing about the need to restructure, reform and renew. This conversation is happening in nearly segment of our society from politics to education. It’s a conversation that needs to continue, not because

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Sharing is caring

Sharing is caring! I experienced some real insight this evening during our Tuesday night Grow Group session. We are studying the book “God’s Story for You, by Dr. Neil Anderson, and were examining some of the questions regarding the fall of man. While talking about why “Adam chose to sin”, I had to laugh as

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Coming up at the Park

We are excited about the opporturtunities and minstries that developing at Residence Park / Higher Ground UMC's. (4800 N. Dixie Dr, Dayton, OH) Starting Tuesday, February 10th 7 PM The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, established in 1979 for mental health clients and their families as a self-help

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Reflections from the journey

Reflections from the journey As this year comes to a close, I must confess that I am happy to have made it through. It has been a year of transition for sure. Having worshipped in three different locations this past year, it is good to have arrived at a “Rehoboth.” For those of you who

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Discover God’s Purpose For Your life

Do You Know God’s Purpose for Your Life? New class starting in January 2015  In the beginning, God created heaven and earth, but He wanted something more, so He designed someone–a person in His own image. Picture the Master Potter shaping that first human form, bending, molding, and stretching this being from a lump of

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Ferguson, the Kingdom and Reconciliation

If you are like me, you’ve been bombarded by various media sources regarding the ruling in Ferguson, MO. I confess, the ruling did not surprise me, but not for the reasons you may be thinking. You see, I am convinced that though we should work for peace on earth, ultimately until the “Prince of Peace”

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God is on the move

We continue to hear reports of how the majority world (Africa, Asia, and Latin America) are experiencing tremendous growth and renewal in, through and by the Holy Spirit. As we consider the Christian landscape in America however, we hear stories of decline in attendance, membership and general interest in Christianity. This should raise some important

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Why I became a United Methodist Pastor

I know that is not the most catchy title for a post, but it captures what I want to share. Over the past 6 years I have been repeatedly asked ” how did I end up a United Methodist Pastor”? Well, I guess I need to explain something about my previous 20 year journey. I

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The iMergent Way

Over the past few years I have been deeply engaged in learning my way around digital media. I have developed a fairly good understanding of digital media and am asked all sorts of questions about it. I have always had a heart to help others advance quicker than I have since I have spent a

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1st Century view of the Resurrection

Often when we think about what the meaning of the resurrection is, we view it in terms of thousands of years of smoothed out theological propositions. But, have you ever considered what the early believers thought and believed about resurrection. Surpringly, the views and beliefs held in the 1st century were quite different than those

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National religious leader desecrates church

Imergent News Watch Breaking News… Last Modified: 27 Mar 2013 7:30 By Darryl Arnez, Staff Writer, Imergent News   National religious leader desecrates church days before High Holy Day… After a joyous welcome by spiritual followers into the city, a prominent religious leader entered into a local church and began overturning objects of religious devotion

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Are the Gifts of the Spirit for today ?

What a question to ask. It surely generates conversation. Anyone who has read the scriptures has to admit that the gospels and the book of acts are filled with excitement, energy and renewed lives. It is hard for some to believe, and understandably so, that the Jesus of scripture is the same Jesus who is

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The Resurrection

As we celebrate the resurrection, many questions may be pressing upon you. Did Jesus really rise from dead ? Was it a bodily resurrection? What does that mean for me personally? Where does that fit into the eternal plan and purpose of God? I may not be able to answer all of those questions to

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PD’s Blog

Thanks for joining us at RPUMC”s website. In this section of the web, I will be posted blogs on various subjects on spiritual formation, the emerging church, and the movement of God. I invite you to comment and post your thoughts. Thanks, PD