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June 11, 2017
Greetings from the 151st session of the North Georgia Annual Conference. This year’s conference is bittersweet because it means the end of my service to you as your associate pastor. The Conference also signifies a new opportunity for me to serve as full-time senior pastor at St. Timothy UMC. This growth in my ministry is made possible through your loving, kind support and encouragement during my time with you at Cascade. I am grateful to all of you for your spirit of discipleship, your awesome praise and worship, and your hearts that are full of love and generosity.
June 4, 2017
Last Sunday, we celebrated the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost: the birthday of “The Church.” Just in case some of you are still wondering, What is “the Church?” I want to reiterate parts of my message. You will fully understand that how we define and perceive “the church” is a crucial component in determining the way we live out our faith. Ponder these questions: Is the church a building? Is it the place where believers gather to worship? Or is the church the people—the believers who follow Christ? If you are having trouble, I invite you to read (or reread) Chapter 2 of the Acts of the Apostles.
May 14, 2017
In life, we face hardships that can weaken our faith. Most times, it seems that our prayers are unanswered and do not appear to go beyond the roof. Despite our fervent pleas, we feel as if everything is getting worse rather than better.
May 7, 2017
Psalm 23 has always been a favorite scripture for me. I shared with you on Sunday in hopes that you will experience the Joy and Peace I have, as I remember and receive the promises of God found in this scripture. David paints a powerful and vivid picture of God’s loving kindness and goodness to us on a personal level. In only six verses, the psalmist emphasizes God’s faithfulness and abiding presence in both good and not-so-good times. He assures us that regardless of the circumstances we face in life, our majestic God is willing and able to take care of His people.
April 30, 2017
On Monday, we welcomed the month of May with all its beauty and grandeur. Flowers are in full bloom. Birds are chirping. Bees are buzzing. Nature is inviting us to leave our shelters and commune with it. May is a month of blessings for many reasons. One simple reason given is because most blessings begin with the word “may.” “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.” One blessing that I would like to add is: May your eyes be opened to see Jesus!
April 23, 2017
It has been a joy and honor to serve you all as an intern alongside the clergy team. During my time here, I have learned a lot about church leadership, administration, and worship. Your clergy staff has remained a constant resource and guide to learning more about ministry and my development as a pastor.
April 19, 2017
Cascade, I am still thanking God for the blessings we experienced this Easter Season. The Seven Last Sayings of Christ Worship Service on Good Friday offered preaching at its best. Our Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success, too. Oh, but the “Sonday Morning” presentation by our young people at 11:15 a.m. was the essence of Romans 8:28: And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Therefore, I want to congratulate our talented and gifted children for a job well done and acknowledge all contributors—the passionate ones who love God and are called to His purpose. Thank you for pouring your best into our children and for using your gifts, talents, and patience to deliver the best dancing, singing and speaking parts we have ever witnessed.
April 12, 2017
During the past several weeks, we have journeyed together throughout the Lenten season. What a fruitful season it has been! I praise God for the way that we have committed to spending time with the Lord in intentional prayer, fasting, Bible study, worship and service. As we have embraced these spiritual disciplines, God has been at work, transforming us into the fullness of who He’s made us to be.
April 5, 2017
This week’s blog is a recap of the Sunday message, “Let Jesus Fix It For You.” I am totally convinced that as we go through life, we will have opportunities and challenges that will cause us to look to God for direction. I am also confident that God is not only willing, but He is also “well able” to help us in any circumstance we may find ourselves. While I am confident that God will respond in faithfulness, I am not as certain that we are always as real with God as we should be. For this reason, I offered three perspectives to consider as we search for peace and answers from God:
March 29, 2017
I want take this opportunity to thank all the persons who contributed to another successful Marriage Enrichment weekend. The Friday and Saturday events provided good fellowship and helpful information. The Sunday worship was both informative and inspiring. I would like to share with those of you who missed it, and remind those of us who were there, a recap of the message delivered by Rev. James B. Logan.
March 22, 2017
In this third week of Lent, verses 5-29 of the Gospel lesson (John 4:5-42) convey a story of spiritual transformation and illustrate a divine friendship that cuts across culture and transcends time. The Samaritan Woman’s encounter with Jesus at the well still speaks to us saying, “You’ve got a friend in Jesus.”
March 15, 2017
I would like to share a modified version of the message I delivered on Sunday morning. My focus was on CHOICES. I believe that through the choices we make, we have an opportunity to witness to our faith more often than we realize. Using the familiar story of the three Hebrew boys in Daniel 3:28 as the text of the sermon, I pointed out three choices that the Hebrew boys made that we should apply to daily living.
March 1, 2017
Today, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday by offering two opportunities for worshippers to receive the imposition of ashes: 12 noon and 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent and is followed by 40 days of fasting or abstinence. For many Christians, we are intentional during our time of fasting to seek to draw closer to God. We remember what will ultimately be the “Good Friday” experience, and then Resurrection Sunday. It heightens our awareness and sensitivity to how far God is willing to go to offer us salvation and eternal life.
February 22, 2017
Today, I greet you filled with an excitement and joy on the inside, that comes directly from God! I pray for you and yours, and that you too are experiencing the goodness of God in your life. I want to take time today and follow up on conversations that began on Sunday, during and after my sermon, “Love Is An Action Word.” I am so grateful to God for quickening our spirits such that we have become more sensitive and attentive to how we love on each other. Cascade IS a very loving church that has been called by God, and consistently answers the call, to be the Light! I believe that on this past Sunday, God made a fresh call to us, Cascade. The call simply put, is to Love the way You Used to Love, when You first fell in Love with God.
February 15, 2017
It’s Monday evening. As I sat down to prepare this blog, I revisited one of the many devotions I read daily. This one comes out of Proverbs and it says, “Above all else, Guard your heart, for everything you do comes out of it” (Proverbs 4:23). Another translation declares, “Keep your heart with all diligence; For out it spring the issues of life.” Of course, the writer of Proverbs was offering advice to readers on how to live life free of the things that are not of God--malice, jealousy, envy, and the like. And I agree that this is certainly good advice to live by. However, I am reminded that we are also in the midst of a “Heart Healthy” campaign, which places emphasis on us doing the things that keep our hearts physically healthy.
February 8, 2017
It seems like it’s been a long time since I shared with you from this venue. I hope that you, too, have enjoyed the varied sharings from our very gifted and diverse Pastoral staff. We will continue to offer opportunities for them to share with you throughout the year.
January 25, 2017
Have you checked your temperature lately? During the chilly moments of this winter season, many of us are mindful of wrapping ourselves up to keep warm. Whether we cling to our overcoats or scarves, boots or mittens, most of us recognize that living a healthy lifestyle requires us keeping our bodies warm.
January 18, 2017
The events of this week – the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, the evil tweets, Presidential Inauguration, and especially Cascade’s Commitment Sunday – have caused me to ask myself, “How’s my Love life?” The emotional highs and lows are real for all of us. If left unattended, they can cause discomfort, pain and grief. So, I went to scriptures for a self-check, renewal, and strength for the journey. Instead of a dictionary definition, Paul gives a thorough description of what real love looks like and emphasizes behaviors that are inappropriate to followers of Christ.
January 11, 2017
As we continue to sing praises and give thanks to God for Jesus and for bringing us safely through 2016, let us maintain an attitude of prayer for the year ahead. God wants to do a new thing, mighty works, in and through us in 2017 and we have to be ready to meet the challenges that will surely come. Allow God to strengthen you by not only reading the Word, but also by hearing the Word and being obedient to it. Open your hearts, minds, souls and spirits to the possibilities of the Divine intervening in your lives to bring about good for the masses.
January 4, 2017
I would like to take this opportunity in the first blog of the New Year to wish each of you a very Happy New Year! I wish God’s richest blessings the entire year for you and yours. I know that many of you continue to practice the tradition of making resolutions. It’s not necessarily a bad practice if it causes you to search seriously on the inside and then make decisions to improve in areas of your life that will be beneficial to your future. Of course, I think it makes more sense to do this kind of soul searching all year long. Resolving to modify behavior as you become aware of the need at least once a year beats not ever changing to become a better you.
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Cascade Annual Thanksgiving Baskets served over 1,000 families on local news
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