The Season of Advent…

“Tis the season to be Jolly” is the traditional saying we hear this time of year. As it should be, this is the season of joy. Of course, the question that the Church asks is, “why are we joyful?” Setting the Christmas season aside, for most Churches this is a different season. This is the season of Advent. Advent is the four weeks that lead up to the season of Christmas. Advent comes from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming.” Advent is the season where we recognize the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We celebrate the birth of Christ, but we also celebrate, with full hope, Jesus’ second coming. Continue reading “The Season of Advent…”

Wesley’s Caution about the “Three Simple Rules” — David F. Watson

When properly interpreted, the General Rules of the United Societies provide helpful guidance for the Christian life. According to these rules, one should: Do no harm. Do good. Attend upon all the ordinances of God. The first two of these are fairly self-explanatory. By the last, Wesley meant: The public worship of God The ministry of the […]

via Wesley’s Caution about the “Three Simple Rules” — David F. Watson

Who did you elect???

I find myself saddened this past week. I am saddened at the state of humanity that I am witnessing in the U.S. since the Presidential election. The media is calling it a historic race between the two candidates. I really didn’t see anything historic in the good sense. In my limited age of watching presidential races the only historical thing I saw was the culmination of hatred on both sides. Never have I seen debates and commercials that vilified the other side they way this race went. I do not even think “mud-slinging” is a good way of putting it. Mud-slinging would be a step up to what these two candidates did and said to each other. The sad reality to all this is that we have let two political parties divide the nation and the hatred that was seen in the election race is continuing after the election, but instead of the two candidates going at each other the public has followed the example of their nominees. This just goes to show you how impressionable humanity is when they allow a bad example to guide their morality and self-worth. Continue reading “Who did you elect???”

When the Saints Go Marching…

This past Sunday was All Saints Sunday. It follows All Saints Day which is the first day of November every year. All Saints Day is a feast in the Church where we recognize all those who have passed on and now rest in the Lord. It is not just a day of remembrance, it is also a day of hope. For me, All Saints Day is a testimony that we receive from God and His disciples, that we worship and believe in a God who creates, sustains, and renews life. Continue reading “When the Saints Go Marching…”

What Happens on Wednesday? — David F. Watson

You don’t have to be a political pundit to predict a few things about Tuesday’s presidential election. Once the dust settles and we have a new president, some people will experience emotions that will range from relief to elation. Others will feel angry, disenfranchised, and perhaps even heartbroken. Facebook and Twitter will be buzzing with celebration, […]

via What Happens on Wednesday? — David F. Watson

Tis the Season…

Today starts that time of year where most churches calendars fill up. The Holiday Season is upon us. But not just for cultural reasons. In fact part of the Church celebrates various feasts and holy days during this time. Take for instance today. It is October 31 and we mostly associate this day with Halloween. However, for Protestants this is also known as Reformation Day. It was on October 31, 1517 that Martin Luther sent his 95 Theses to the Archbishop of Mainz addressing the destructive practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He would later nail his theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenburg. This is known today in history as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Continue reading “Tis the Season…”

God and Fences 3

When we went out and built fences we did not worry about the terrain. In fact it did not matter what the terrain looked like. No matter how the land moved up and down, or how rocky and soft it was we were going to build a fence. Of course Wade and I were the brute force of the team and Chub was the brains. Every post that we drove was done with a 50 pound post driver. We would stick the t-post into the ground and Chub would line it up with where the fence was going. Then we would place the post driver over the t-post and start pounding. You might think that two big men wielding a 50 pound post driver would have no problem driving in a t-post 2-3 feet. However you would be wrong. In eastern New Mexico we have this lovely soil/rock called caliche. Caliche is a hard sedimentary rock that is used to help bind other materials and rock together. It is really hard rock. Around my home town of Elida there is a huge strip of caliche next to the surface and to build anything takes a lot of work and effort. Continue reading “God and Fences 3”

God and Fences 2

Most of the fences that we built were replacing old fences. You see the thing about old fences is that they were built at a different time with different materials. The old fence is warn out and broken down. An old fence has trouble performing the duty that it was created for. They just loose their function. Which is the reason we were called out. The owner of the land wanted a new fence, so they called us out to build one. Before we could build a new fence we had to clean up the old fence. Continue reading “God and Fences 2”

God and Fences 1…

I started a new sermon series this week and thought I would post the sermons each week. It is called “God and Fences: Our lives in the hands of the Builder.” I hope you enjoy, of course the sermons are not verbatim, but you get the jest…

Back in 2002 I was led by the Spirit of God to take a break from college and move in with my aunt in Elida, NM. I had not yet responded completely to the grace that God has given me, but I knew that if I was going to seek God I could not do it in college where all my sinful stumbling blocks would be in front of me. During this journey of seeking God, I found myself in a job of building fences. I was hired by a Father-Son operation. Lyn (Chub), his son Wade and I would build fence all over eastern New Mexico. From sun up to sun down we built fences, mostly barbed wire fences, but occasionally we did other kinds. Looking back on these experiences I find myself finding connections between building fences and God working in our lives. For that reason for the next 5 weeks I will be discussing these connections I have found. This week I would like to talk about corner posts. Continue reading “God and Fences 1…”

Faith from the Author…

Today my 7 year old daughter, Anna, comes home from school very excited. She proceeds to tell us the reason. First she had a good day, which is great. Then she tells us that she got to testify to the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As she told the story, a boy said that Jesus died on the cross and she turned around and said, “yeah, but He rose from the dead.” Earlier this week as I was putting my 3 year old son, Judah, to bed and he said, “Jesus loves you.” How amazing are children. Now it would be very easy for me to congratulate myself and Jessica for a job well done. However, the faith that my children have does not come from me, but is a gift from the Holy Spirit, given to us by Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Faith from the Author…”