The Virus and the Bible, Part II (When We Don’t Agree With What Is Happening)
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The Virus and the Bible, Part II (When We Don’t Agree With What Is Happening)

The Coronavirus has created a crisis in which national, state, and local governments have become more involved in our day to day lives. As a result, we have had to learn to live with government shutdowns, vaccination policies, and mask mandates. Everyone is struggling with this “new normal” and many people are very angry at...

The Virus and the Bible, Part I
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The Virus and the Bible, Part I

Today, there is no end of preachers and Christians making absurd claims about the virus. Self-appointed prophets make bold predictions that fall flat, lone rangers scoff, not at some, but at all, government directives, and the conspiracy-minded even claim that the “Mark of the Beast” is in the vaccine. In the meantime, people suffer and...

The First Christmas Was Dark Too
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The First Christmas Was Dark Too

The Christmas season can be a wonderful time of year, but it can also be sad and melancholy. If this Christmas season is difficult for you, or if you struggle to understand how it can be so for others, then listen to this week’s midweek devotion. In it, Pastor Barnes shares the frank example of...

Words of Wisdom from a Woman of God
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Words of Wisdom from a Woman of God

Not only preachers can preach, and sometimes the word of a church member can outweigh the words that come from the pulpit. If you need a quick, spiritual pick-me-up, then listen to this week’s devotion, as a woman of God, and a matriarch in the church shares wisdom about faith and life. Speaker: Peg Younger...

Overcoming the Humbugs
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Overcoming the Humbugs

Have you ever noticed this? There is almost always something to distract us from the real meaning of Christmas. If it isn’t some personal crisis, the commercialization of the holiday can do the trick. After all, who can think of angels and shepherds when the malls are packed, and Amazon is on back order? Or...

Giving Thanks With Open Eyes
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Giving Thanks With Open Eyes

It is hard to take anything for granted in America today and that is certainly true of the Thanksgiving holiday. Apart from gathering with friends and family to enjoy a meal, and perhaps watch football, many people question if we can still give thanks for our country, as the pilgrims first did four hundred years...

The Important Questions Don’t Have Easy Answers
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The Important Questions Don’t Have Easy Answers

In life, there are difficult questions that some of us continually wrestle with, and which others of us give up on and put out of our minds. For many people, the question of how best to relate their faith to their politics, is such a challenge. In this week’s midweek devotion, Pastor Barnes shares the...

The Wesleyan Way of Following Jesus: Session #9 – Can Anyone Be Saved?
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The Wesleyan Way of Following Jesus: Session #9 – Can Anyone Be Saved?

Of all the big questions about our faith in Christ that we sometimes struggle with, one of the biggest is this: “Can anyone be saved?” On a microlevel people may wonder if there is hope for “themselves”, or hope for some person who seems incapable of doing what is right? On a macrolevel the question...

The Wesleyan Way of Following Jesus: Session #8 – Is There a Rapture?
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The Wesleyan Way of Following Jesus: Session #8 – Is There a Rapture?

Many of us who grew up in the evangelical church were immersed in the teaching that before Christ returns things will get really bad (the great tribulation), but before things get really bad God will suddenly remove the Christians from the world in an event known as “the rapture”. Everyone believed that, and then we...

The Wesleyan Way of Following Jesus: Session #7 – Christian Manhood
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The Wesleyan Way of Following Jesus: Session #7 – Christian Manhood

Today, there are all kinds of books, seminars, and pronouncements about the meaning of being a woman. This is true, both in the world and in the church. Unfortunately, far less thought is typically given to the meaning of being a man. In this week’s midweek devotion, Rev. Barnes speaks to the meaning of Christian...