Thursday, December 9, 2021
Rev. Karen Chraska shares why the Magnificat is so meaningful to her:
Special songs signify special occasions: “Happy Birthday” at a birthday party, “The National Anthem” at a Sporting Event or Patriotic Concert, “Silent Night” at a Christmas Eve candlelight service. When I am happy, I sing. When I am sad, I sometimes sing uplifting songs to make me happy. Music can express deep feelings and emotions that words sometimes...
at Thursday, December 9, 2021
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Senior Pastor Rev. Daniel Humbert shares context around the Book of Revelation and how The United Methodist Church interprets this Scripture.
For many, the mere mention of the Book of Revelation sends chills up the spine! It is a distinctive and unique book of the Bible—one that is difficult to comprehend. It is often left unread, unstudied, and unknown because of this difficulty. All the imagery, metaphor, descriptions, and even language seem mysterious,...
at Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Thursday, September 2, 2021
Friends in Christ,
I hope that you and all your friends and family on the Gulf Coast were safe and secure as Hurricane Ida passed through, leaving destructive flooding and wind damage in its wake. I praise God that my in-laws, who live in a New Orleans suburb, just happened to be here visiting us in Flower Mound when the storm struck! My prayer is that all the people you love were able to evacuate or find a place of refuge to ride out the storm.
Hurricane Ida’s death-toll is still...
at Thursday, September 2, 2021
Monday, August 30, 2021
Rev. Karen Chraska shares what it means to her when she says, "Jesus is Lord."
In G.F. Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” my favorite and the most thrilling part from the Hallelujah Chorus is when the chorus sings, “King of King and Lord of Lords!” It gives me goose bumps every time. I believe these words, taken directly from Revelation 19:16, are true. In Confirmation classes I have taught students that Jesus is Lord. In seminary I had to...
at Monday, August 30, 2021
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Rev. Bill Mauldin shares why he loves exploring who Jesus was as a prophet:
I have always liked a little bit of danger; I think it adds a little spice to life. As a teen I really enjoyed the danger of contact sports. I always felt it wasn’t much fun unless you could get hurt. I had basketball goal in my back yard in high school that I painted the words “No Blood, No Foul." That was just a more fun way to play the game. I extended this...
at Sunday, August 22, 2021
Monday, August 16, 2021
Rev. Doug Meyer shares the qualities of a good teacher and how Jesus exemplified the role of teacher.
For me there are few things more fun than a class with an animated engaging teacher: one who captures my mind through a multisensory teaching style helping me encounter the subject from many different angles.
That is the way Jesus teaches! Jesus, the teacher, used everyday items and occurrences to capture the listener’s attention and heart. From a wheat field to a water well, to...
at Monday, August 16, 2021
Monday, August 9, 2021
Rev. Daniel Humbert shares his understanding of who Jesus is as a man, focusing on his role as a friend:
I have been tremendously fortunate to have had many close friends throughout my life. They have been there for me and with me through thick and thin, good times and bad. Like all good friends they offered me connection, commitment and companionship. A true friend will never let you down.
My earliest “best” friend was Keith. He and I lived down the street...
at Monday, August 9, 2021
Monday, August 2, 2021
Rev. Dr. Nick McRae shares his understanding of who Jesus is as a man, focusing on his role as a son:
Our worship series this month is called THE MAN , and it’s all about Jesus, the man. One of the central truths of the Christian faith is that Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human at the same time. Our hope this month is that, by exploring the full humanity of Jesus and the many human roles he held during his ministry on earth, we can come to a better understanding of his...
at Monday, August 2, 2021
Thursday, April 1, 2021
As we head into Easter, Rev. Dr. Nick McRae shares how you can seek understanding in the Psalms. Join us for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter worship online or in person. Check out worship times at TMUMC.ORG/easter .
Here we are, the sixth and final week of Lent, right on the cusp of Easter! I hope that these meditations on praying the Psalms have helped you encounter God through Scripture in a new way. I truly believe that praying the Psalms helps us prepare—and stay...
at Thursday, April 1, 2021
Monday, March 22, 2021
Pastor Nick McRae gives advice on how to pray the Psalms that aren't very easy to pray:
I didn’t always love the Psalms. Not at all. For a long time I even avoided the Psalms because, honestly, I didn’t know what to do with them. Maybe you’ve been there, too. Maybe you’re there right now.
I really struggled with the Psalms. Any given psalm I’d read might be absolutely beautiful, but then suddenly, out of nowhere, it would take a disturbing turn. Psalm...
at Monday, March 22, 2021
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Can our Church community be found in the Psalms? Rev. Dr. Nick McRae walks us through this question:
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German pastor and theologian who opposed the evils of Hitler and the Nazi regime. Because of his courageous work, Bonhoeffer was tragically executed in a Nazi concentration camp only 14 days before the camp was liberated by US troops. Throughout his life, Bonhoeffer was devoted to Scripture as the word of God, and he had a special love for the Psalms. He understood...
at Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Monday, March 8, 2021
As you're continuing your journey through the Psalms this Lent, Rev. Dr. Nick McRae shares where he sees Jesus in the book of Psalms:
As I was praying through the Psalms this week, I couldn’t help thinking about Jesus. Specifically, I found myself considering how often Jesus would ask people to keep what he was doing a secret. Again and again Jesus would heal someone and then command them not to tell anyone. And when the disciples started to figure out that Jesus was the Messiah,...
at Monday, March 8, 2021