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The Devil's Beatitudes

by: Katie Crocker

07/31/2020

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Starting this Sunday (August 2nd) and running through Sunday, August 16th, I am doing a three-part sermon series on the Beatitudes that Jesus shares in the Gospel of Matthew. Working on this series got me to thinking: Did you know there are two sets of Beatitudes? Actually, there are a lot more since the term beatitude is defined as “a declaration of blessedness on the ground of some virtue or good fortune”. A beatitude always begins, &...


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The Second Greatest Christian Prayer

by: Katie Crocker

07/30/2020

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If anyone would ask a Christian today what is your greatest prayer, I think all of us would answer without hesitation, The Lord’s Prayer. How do you top a prayer voiced by Jesus, and used by Him to teach his disciples and we who would follow, how to pray? The answer is: you don’t! It is the greatest prayer ever prayed and one I have begun working as a sermon scheduled for the last Sunday in September (the 27th). However, I have just started workin...


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God Wonders Me

by: Katie Crocker

07/29/2020

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The above subject line is based on words a nine-year-old boy said when he was in a state park looking around at nature.  Does God wonder you? Or as adults have we been so beaten down by the news and the world so much that we no long feel wonder? If so, how do we reclaim our wonder? Here’s how:

 

On the bookcase in my office is a hand carved wolf that is carved out of buckeye wood. Buckeye wood is a creamy/yellowish wood that is very special. ...


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A Preacher With No Words

by: Katie Crocker

07/28/2020

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It happens to everyone who writes their own devotions, sermons, books etc. At some point you hit the proverbial wall. The dreaded “writers block”.  Today is that day for me. I have wrestled with what to say that would guide our spiritual lives today and enrich our spiritual journey.  What I have decided to do is offer some sayings that are true and short and sweet. I will call them REV. RICH’S 10 SUGGESTIONS (not commandments): 

Re...


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What A Day

by: Katie Crocker

07/27/2020

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If you missed yesterday’s services, you missed our youth leading and preaching the worship service and you missed a great chance to be renewed and revived! (You can still see the service online, here on our website, by clicking the sermons tab)

As I sat with Debbie (it’s been a long time since that was possible) and watched and listened to our youth, my soul was revived. It reminded me of what is right in the world. It renewed my faith and my hope for ...


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Methodist Moments In Early America

by: Katie Crocker

07/24/2020

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It might surprise you to know that the Methodist church in the 1800’s to the early 1900’s was the fastest growing Christian denomination in America. As America expanded westward the Methodist “Circuit Riding Preachers” went with the people. They had one mission as far as they were concerned, to “Offer Them Christ”. Some of you may remember in 1984 there was a huge Bicentennial Celebration for the Methodist church. The date 1784 was ba...


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It's So Hot...

by: Katie Crocker

07/23/2020

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It's so hot...

…That Satan left NC and went back to Hell to cool off! It’s so hot that the fish you catch are already cooked! It’s so hot that Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons are only doing telemarketing and zoom calls! I think you get the point! As I write this devotional the heat Index says it is 110 and that has cooled DOWN from 114! We are supposed to stay in this heat wave for a while longer. Remember when we were all complaining about th...


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The Preacher & The Bartender

by: Katie Crocker

07/22/2020

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Every morning I read multiple devotions (4) to try and get my heart, mind, and soul heading in the right direction. One of those devotions is called “Right from the Heart”. Several weeks ago they had a devotion that I just loved.  It compared the similarities between a bar and a church and a bartender and a preacher. Before you say, “What? No way”, read the gist of this devotion:

 

IN BOTH PLACES:

People come looking f...


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Beach Reflections

by: Katie Crocker

07/21/2020

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As many of you know, I just got back from a family vacation at the beach. All of our sons (except Ward who could not leave his new job), were there with their families. Added to our little group was our nephew Brian, his wife Abby, and their 2 girls. So we had 4 young ladies ranging in age from 10, 8, 6, & 21 months plus 9 adults. And yes is was as hot at the beach as it was here! It was a typical family vacation; hectic, crazy, fun, tiring, exciting (Brian & hi...


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A Child's Heart

by: Katie Crocker

07/20/2020

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Several years ago, I was at a typical church Wednesday night event. There was food, fellowship, and a Bible Study. It was a typical night for me as well as I had eaten my dessert(s) first, then my meal, and was now traveling from table to table talking to all of my flock from youngest to oldest. One of our newer members, a 4-year-old, ran up to me and said “hi” and I said “hi” right back. Then suddenly, below my knee level, I realized someone els...


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Hunting Bargains

by: Katie Crocker

07/17/2020

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Recently I ran across a fascinating true story of a lawyer in France, Andre’-Francois Raffray, who agreed to purchase the apartment of one Jeanne Louise Calment in the city of Aries, France. What makes this story so interesting is that under this agreement, lawyer Raffray agreed to pay Mademoiselle Calment $500 a month for the right to move into her splendid apartment when she died. The lawyer was 47 and Mademoiselle Calment was 90 when he drew up this legal agree...


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A Poem

by: Katie Crocker

07/16/2020

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I wrote this poem 17 years ago after a rough day with people coming to the church needing help. It was my confession before God. Considering these times, and many of our thoughts today, I thought it might be good for all of us to “hear” this poem today.

 

LORD FORGIVE ME – by Rev. Richard C. Vaughan, January 21, 2003

 

A poor person came into the church today

But I was so busy I turned him away.

 


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Bud & Tom

by: Katie Crocker

07/15/2020

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Bud & Tom Webb were brothers living in one of the more religious communities of early Colorado. However, they usually scoffed at the Christians in their town and would even go so far as to disrupt Sunday services with “mock” sermons outside the church. 

 

All that changed one Sunday when Tom was bitten by a rattlesnake and realized that he was near death. He suddenly had a “change of heart” and sent for the preacher. Now...


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A Waitress Named Brenda

by: Katie Crocker

07/14/2020

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I had not thought about this moment in my life for a little while, but it crossed my mind the other day and I wanted to share it with you. This happened when I was the pastor of Raeford UMC, in Raeford, NC (1998-2003). It involves a waitress named Brenda, who was working at a restaurant where I had stopped to eat. It was a moment that changed my spiritual journey and made me a better pastor.

 

The story begins innocently enough with a devotional reading...


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The Other Jeremiah

by: Katie Crocker

07/13/2020

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Robbie, our #2 son, has been home for a couple of days, and it has been nice. Our boys are now at the age when we don’t get to see them very often, so it is always nice when they get home. Robbie is a very active young Christian; in fact, this summer he will be working with Campus Outreach. Throughout his life Robbie has “provided” us with many good stories to share. Some are funny, some are powerful. Here is one of those moments and yes, the story is ...


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