Mark 11:1-10 As we prepare to take this journey with Jesus through the Holy Week, I just want to highlight what this journey will look like for all of us. I. PALM SUNDAY (TRIUMPHAL ENTRY INTO JERUSALEM) Palm Sunday starts off a week of remembrance for Christians, often referred to as Holy Week. The week… Continue reading “Journey with Jesus: Holy Week”
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…” Matthew 28:19b Do we know what this is? This is one of the final statements Jesus made to His followers before His ascension back to the Father. We call this statement the Great Commission? But really what it is our calling card – our purpose statement – our elevator… Continue reading Making Disciples
“Stewardship: Joyful Generosity” Philippians 4:10-20 It seems that some people refuse to give no matter what. I believe more people would give to God’s work through the Church if they just knew how fun it is! There is a great benefit to giving not only to the recipients of the gift, but to the givers,… Continue reading Joyful Generosity
Acts 12:1-11 In his book on “Prayer”, E. M. Bounds emphasizes that a praying church is a successful church: “Success is sure to follow a church given to much prayer. The supernatural element in the church, without which it must fail, comes only through praying. More time in this bustling age must be given to… Continue reading When the Church Prays
All we need to do as a church is to let Him be our Shepherd. May God bless us as we strive to serve Him by serving others.
It is with the strange mixture of emotions that often comes with transitions that I share I have been appointed to another church in the Oklahoma Conference. June 16th will be my last Sunday as the pastor of Cornerstone UMC in Oklahoma City, and on June 23rd I will be beginning a new appointment at… Continue reading Season of Transition
Edwin Friedman, famous writer and sociologist, explains that for the longest time in the racing world no one could run the mile in four minutes or less. Many great runners had tried it. The great Swedish runners such as Gunder Haag and Arnie Anderson couldn't break it. Many sports writers were beginning to… Continue reading The Four -Minute Mile
The black mark lays in the middle of the parking lot at the church I had previously served as pastor, the remnant of a tire peeling out. It’s not very big, but it will certainly be there for a long time. I never heard one remark, complaint, or cry about it, but it is unavoidably… Continue reading Tread Marks
By Pastor Chris Symes I recently read an online article written by a woman (let’s call her Heather) who found herself in a fight with her husband one afternoon. The article was describing the way that she and her spouse sorted out quarrels. Rather than scream and cuss and throw things at each other, this… Continue reading Be the Winner
Above the dry-erase board in Ms. Buntin's eighth-grade classroom in Taft Middle School are posted four statements: I didn't get it. I need more practice. I can do it. I can teach it. Obviously, these are displayed to give students who struggle with learning a pathway to tackle their math assignments. I like these. We… Continue reading Following Jesus with Ms. Buntin
By Pastor Chris Symes So, who's on your list? The question is not "what" is on your list? So, I'm not talking about a to-do list or a grocery list. Who is on your list? The "who" I'm talking about are those people in your circles who have not yet become followers of Jesus, those… Continue reading Who’s On Your List?
My Favorite Word by Pastor Chris Symes If you've been around me lately you know that I have a mild obsession with the word "abide". In a conversation about faith or prayer, you are bound to hear me say it twice or maybe three times. It sort of reminds me of my younger days… Continue reading My Favorite Word
Who Do You Think Jesus Is? by Pastor Chris Symes "Who do you think Jesus is?" I asked the man sitting next to me whose Chevy Silverado I was driving. I met the man at our New Year's Eve game night at Cornerstone Sunday night at around 10. He wandered in from the brutal and… Continue reading Who do you think Jesus is?