“The Gift of God” 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to…

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A Pastoral Letter from Bishop Jung But if you had known what this means, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice”, you would not have condemned the guiltless. (Matthew 12:7) Daily, the news breaks my heart.  A one-year-old child is killed by gunfire in Pittsburgh, sleeping supposedly safe in his crib in his home.  In Atlanta, a shooting…

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“Living as United Methodist Christians” “I beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is…

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“Living to Eat or Eating to Live?” “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)   Have you ever heard the ironic phrase that human beings either live to eat or eat to live. Which one best fits you?  If food is readily…

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“Is that You who is One of the Seven Thousand?” “Yet I will leave seven thousand in Israel, all the knees that have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” (1 Kings 19: 18) On the day before this past Christmas Eve, there was a snowstorm and it was very…

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“Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; otherwise, the skins burst and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17) We have had a different holiday season from what we have had in the past. We used to…

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Waiting for Hope  “The blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hears, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news brought to them. And blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me” (Matt.11:4-6).  We have Thanksgiving, and after Thanksgiving, we will have the season of Christmas…

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With Blessings, Love, and Prayers  “This kind can come out only through prayer” (Mark 9:29). We had a Laity Sunday Service on October 18th, 2020. The United Methodist Women (UMW) of Central-Grantsburg had time to celebrate and recognize their ministry and service leadership. Terry Giles coordinated the service and preached at Atlas Park. The 2020…

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Overcoming Weariness 4 But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a solitary broom tree. He asked that he might die: “It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the broom…

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“Be a Good Gardener” Be a gardener. Dig a ditch toil and sweat, and turn the earth upside down and seek the deepness and water the plants in time. Continue this labor. And make sweet floods to run and noble and abundant fruits to spring Take this food and drink And carry it to God…

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