Monthly archives: February, 2018

A Small Boy

A SMALL BOY A small boy sat in church one Sunday morning, with his mother on one side, his father on the other, and lying quietly on his mother’s lap, was his new baby sister.  As the service progressed, the wooden pew became harder and harder; and the sermon seemed to go on forever, or …

A Family Man

A FAMILY MAN A family man sat in church one Sunday morning when he noticed a homeless man enter and walk boldly to the front.  His clothes were dirty and tattered.  The family man thought, “How dare this man to intrude into this beautiful Sunday morning service.  This man should not be here.  Someone should …

God Fearing Man

Have you ever heard someone referred to as a “God-fearing man”, implying that he’s a good Christian because he fears God? But I will let you in on a little secret. This statement has always troubled me. Is God to be feared? Does God want to be feared? Or does God want to be loved? …

Lost and Alone

St. Joseph is one great big, little town. Folks stay here because they love their neighborhoods—North End, South Side, Midtown and more. How about Goosetown, Blue Town, and Devil’s Backbone. But neighborhoods aren’t the same as communities. Too often we feel like go through life alone. Francis Street First UMC is a caring community waiting …

Love Is

At Francis Street First United Methodist Church at 10th and Francis downtown St. Joseph, we believe with love there is no, “if”; there is no, “however”; there is no, “if only”; and there is no, “but.” There are no conditions with love. We believe the message that Christ brought into the world was very simple. …

Thin Places

By Mike Perry   Do you sometimes feel close to God but other times not so much? Have you ever described yourself as being spiritual but not necessarily religious? The ancient Celtic Christians used to speak of thin places. Places were the boundary between the reality of this world and the realm of God was …

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