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Posted: December 9, 2014 in Uncategorized

FUMC in the Holy Land

As we enter the Advent season my thoughts go toward Bethlehem and the events in that small city so many years ago.  I remember my visits more recently to the city of Bethlehem – cold, wintry, sunny, and warm with friendship in the faith community.wpid-IMG_9692.JPG

When we talk about Jesus’s birth, we also need to talk about the purpose and mission that Jesus carried out.  We talk about sacrifice, crucifixion, resurrection and life everlasting.

As Christmas comes near the end of our calendar year, we look ahead to the next year.  We plan and we set goals.  We start talking like the disciples did just after Jesus ascended into Heaven – “What do we do now?  How do we live our lives differently after this experience and knowing Jesus?”

I struggle with this question, just as the first century Christians did, just as Christians throughout the ages have struggled and…

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