What You’ve Been Looking For All Along

Life is filled with joy, pain, transitions, victories, defeats and taking care of business – often all in the same day. But something else also fills your life: God’s love in Jesus. This free gift reaches into every nook and cranny of your life and transforms your life from a series of random events into an amazing tapestry that takes you deeper and deeper into the heart of God. So take some time today to step back, reflect and see how Jesus already is giving you what you’ve been looking for all...

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Your Worst and God’s Best

You’ve been created by God to be in relationship with God and experience a life of deepest meaning. Not just when things are going well. But right now – especially if your life is difficult, painful or tragic. In fact, God literally cannot wait to help you discover that you have been created by God, can live in relationship with God and can have the richest and deepest life imaginable beginning right this very moment. That’s because it’s in your worst moments that God helps you discover God’s...

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Be Amazed What God Is Up To!

Sometimes God doesn’t do things the way you think God should. Sometimes God isn’t actually doing the things you think God is doing. And sometimes God does things you just don’t understand. All of which can leave you confused, disillusioned and angry. So why does this happen? Probably because you’ve gotten yourself into the trap of creating God in your image. But open your heart, mind, eyes and ears to God through Scripture, prayer and listening, and you’ll be amazed what God is up...

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Arkansas Conference Response to Hurricane Harvey

August 28, 2017 Please continue to be in prayer for our neighbors in Texas and Louisiana who are in the midst of historic flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey. We pray for all those who have been affected and we commit to being Jesus’ presence in the coming days and months as we join them in the rebuilding of lives and communities.  Our conference disaster coordinators, Janice & Byron Mann are in contact with their partners in those states as well as with our United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) officials and will coordinate the Arkansas Conference’s response. They urge Arkansas United Methodists to give emergency response teams such rescue teams, medical, law enforcement, and fire personnel the time and space to do their work.  The storm is still ongoing and trying to enter affected areas will complicate and possibly endanger those teams. Our teams will begin their work as soon as we receive authorization to enter damaged areas.  Watch the Volunteers in Mission and Disaster Response Facebook group (https://tinyurl.com/yctyk269) postings for the latest updates, how the Arkansas Conference is responding and how you can help. Please do not try to contact the affected areas. Inquiries should be made through Byron and Janice per UMCOR/VIM protocol. Those who wish to support the recovery efforts financially may send gifts to the Arkansas Conference, 800 Daisy Bates Drive, Little Rock, AR 72202, memo line: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Donations may also be sent to UMCOR as it responds to this and other disasters in the US by giving to UMCOR’s US Disaster Response Advance #901670. Resources Rio Texas Conference: Hurricane Harvey Information, Updates, and How You Can Help – https://riotexas.org/harvey Texas Annual Conference: http://www.txcumc.org/newsdetail/disaster-ministries-alert-potential-tropical-storm-hurricane-harvey-9102560 Louisiana Annual...

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Respond in the Right Way

Disasters happen. Some are natural and massive, others random and inexplicable and still others self-inflicted and personal. While it’s important to figure out what happened and why, it’s far more important to respond in the right way. And that’s always the Jesus way. Which means it’s not about analysis, it’s about prayer. It’s not about judgment, it’s about compassion. It’s not about blame, it’s about...

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