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Does the Old Testament Really Matter?

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Added by Devon Earle on September 21, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

The Bible: How Did It Come to Be?

I used to think that the Bible was dictated by God, and the authors wrote down exactly what God said.  I was pretty young when I thought this.  As I grew up, three things influenced my understanding.   One was my father’s preaching.  He encouraged me to think about…

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Added by Mary Beth Blinn on September 14, 2017 at 11:29am — No Comments

The Bible:What It Is and What It Isn't

I own quite a few Bibles. It's helpful to have a variety of translations for sermon preparation and Bible study. But I have also been given Bibles over the years by family members and inherited a few. The one I’ve had the longest is very small and is the New Testament portion of the Bible. It’s bound…

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Added by FUMC on September 8, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

Is This A Test?

Genesis 22:1-19

 Even before I arrived at Fairlington in 2015 to be your lead pastor, I heard about Beth El Hebrew Congregation. I learned about how in 1956 we opened our doors for a year to our Jewish neighbors while…

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Added by FUMC on August 24, 2017 at 5:59pm — No Comments

Abraham’s Family: A Promise for Many

When I was in high school, during the “war on terror,” I was troubled by the growing prejudice that I saw against my classmates and others who were Muslim. Muslims, Christians, and Jews all trace our lineage back to Abraham. We have a shared heritage, yet I wondered why we felt divided by our differences…

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Added by FUMC on August 18, 2017 at 2:39pm — No Comments

When God Shows Up for Dinner

 Hospitality is different in Northern Virginia from rural Southwestern Virginia. In the mountains, someone might invite you over to sit a spell on their front porch, offering a glass of “sweet tea.” In Alexandria, in part because we don’t often have front porches, we are more likely to say, “Meet me at…

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Added by FUMC on August 10, 2017 at 10:53am — No Comments

As Good as Dead

This week we begin a sermon series on the life and faith of Abraham, an early figure in our religious history who shows up not too far into the book of Genesis. Abraham had quite a life, and a calling. He is considered a leading figure in three of the world’s major religions (Islam, Judaism,…

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Added by FUMC on August 3, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Mental Health - Psalm 23

In my four years at Emory & Henry College, my major morphed into an interdisciplinary combination of music, psychology and religion. It became an illustration of how my life changed from high school to graduate school. And how God began calling me into ministry. I had always loved piano,…

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Added by Mary Beth Blinn on July 24, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Last Thing You Won't Find in the Bible: Forgive and Forget

 

Things You Won’t Find in the Bible:  Forgive and Forget.

Jeremiah 31:31-34 and Ephesians 4:25-32

 

At Dillon Roof’s court hearing, Nadine Collier said, “I forgive you.” It was just nine days after her 70 year-old mother, Ethel Lance, had been killed along with eight others at a…

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Added by Mary Beth Blinn on July 20, 2017 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Another Saying That You Won't Find in the Bible

From Pastor Devon: 

“I'm that little bit of hope. When my back's against the ropes.”

                                                           ~ R. Kelly “The World’s Famous”

 I love the song “The World’s Famous.” Many of us have had a time when it feels like our back is against the ropes…

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Added by FUMC on July 14, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

What You Won't Find in the Bible--Week 2

 

I'm just now “finding” songs in our almost 30 year old United Methodist Hymnal.  I’d seen this one before, on page 120, but I had not really absorbed the words until this week:

   Your love, O God, is broad like beach and meadow,

   Wide as the wind, and our eternal home.

   You…

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Added by Mary Beth Blinn on July 6, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

From Pastor Mary Beth: Things You Won’t Find in the Bible: “God Helps Those Who Help Themselves”

We often throw words around to prove a point or to bolster our position. There’s an extra punch when we say, “But it’s in the Bible!” This month we consider popular phrases that you won’t find in the Bible. We are on a search for the truths we will find there.

And so we begin this week with…

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Added by FUMC on June 30, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

From Pastor Mary Beth: When the Kingdom of Heaven Comes Near

Ask anybody who’s been on a mission trip, and they will say, “It was a blessing. I’ll never be the same.” Talk with them long enough and you may hear about the hard work, the heat, the snoring in the room, the early hours, the disappointments and the difficulties. But for most, this is not the main thing.…

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Added by FUMC on June 22, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

From Pastor Devon

Taking time to walk in the woods, to hike a mountain, or to walk along a riverbank is something I…

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Added by FUMC on June 8, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

You are Invited to Participate in Next Level Innovations

 

Save the Date October…

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Added by Devon Earle on May 30, 2017 at 3:17pm — No Comments

What Now?

On Good Friday, we mourned Jesus death. On Easter, we rejoiced in Jesus’ resurrection. This Sunday, Ascension Sunday, we celebrate…

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Added by FUMC on May 24, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Who Is God?

Ephesians 2:1-10: 

The Ephesians were alive physically but dead spiritually.

 Paul chose this to recognize the idea that, someone who is dead cannot revive himself, as one without God cannot revive his own spirit into new life. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of God’s great love with which God loved us.” Paul presents why we were rescued from this state of spiritual deadness:…

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Added by FUMC on May 19, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

John 14:1-14

For some, Mother’s Day is difficult. It can make all too poignant the recent death of a mother, or the deep sadness of not being able to have children, or the reality of a mother whose parenting has left scars and pain. Because of this, some…

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Added by FUMC on May 11, 2017 at 4:31pm — No Comments

On Mental Health -- Psalm 23

In my four years at Emory & Henry College, my major morphed into an interdisciplinary combination of music, psychology and religion. It became an illustration of how my life changed from high school to graduate school.  And how God began calling me into ministry.  I had always loved piano, but…

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Added by FUMC on May 5, 2017 at 11:22am — No Comments

Jesus Revealed

 

Less than three weeks ago, we gathered for Easter Sunday. The pews were packed, flowers decorated the sanctuary, incredible music filled the air, and we proclaimed Christ is Risen! Now, as the…

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Added by FUMC on April 27, 2017 at 10:45am — No Comments

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The Bible: How Did It Come to Be?

Posted by Mary Beth Blinn on September 14, 2017 at 11:29am 0 Comments

I used to think…

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The Bible:What It Is and What It Isn't

Posted by FUMC on September 8, 2017 at 10:00am 0 Comments

I own quite a few Bibles. It's helpful to have a…

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