Start with God Starting Today

It’s important to get done what you need to do today. It’s even more important, however, to live the way God has created you to live today. You do this by keeping in touch with God all day long, listening to God carefully, seeing everything you do as an opportunity to love God and your neighbor with everything you’ve got, and giving it all back to God to end the day. So start with God starting today. But don’t just do it today. Do it every day. Into eternity...

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Director of Contemporary Worship Music – Salem United Methodist Church – Conway, AR

Salem United Methodist Church seeks a part-time (10 hours/week) Director of Contemporary Worship Music for an open position beginning July 2018.   Salem UMC is a growing church located in Conway, AR, The City of Colleges, and has an average worship attendance of 89.  The ideal candidate is one who can work with the church staff and congregation as a team player to assist in leading the congregation in passionate worship, has a positive attitude, a strong work ethic, self-motivated, and an appreciation for and willingness to work in a newly created contemporary worship setting.   Qualifications include the ability to read music, sing well, lead congregational singing, direct an ensemble of musicians, pick appropriate music for the season/theme, and a commitment to United Methodist doctrine and theology.   Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, a video demonstrating your ability to lead worship music in a contemporary setting, and resume to Rev. Todd Vick – 1018 Salem Road, Conway, AR 72034 or pastor@salemumcconway.org.  You can find out more about this position and the church at our website www.salemumcconway.org.  All employees at Salem must pass a criminal background check, a child maltreatment check and follow the policies and guidelines set by the church.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, or...

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Actor or Reactor

You spend some days being a reactor to what’s happening to you – simply trying to keep from being overwhelmed by life. While it’s necessary, it’s never very fulfilling. God, however, wants you to be an actor who lives out God’s dreams for you – regardless of what is going on in your life. So call someone who is going through a difficult time. Spend time in prayer. Enjoy God’s creation. Help someone, expecting nothing in return. When you do, you will discover the extraordinary gift of God’s life in ordinary...

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A Sunday Prayer 5/20/18

Dear Lord, I need Your love. I need more than just the idea of it, read about it or believe in it. I need the reality of Your unconditional, proactive, saving, healing, transforming, hopeful and eternal love. I need Your love more than ever. I need all of it I can get. I need it right now. So open the floodgates and send Your love. More than I can possibly imagine. More than I can handle. Fill me to overflowing. Let it permeate every fiber of my being so it shapes how I face life and what decisions I make. Not just when I am at my best, but every day. I pray this in the name of Your gift of love, Jesus....

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A Tale of Two Days

A tale of two days. Yesterday, a living hell erupted in Santa Fe, Texas, as 10 people died in yet another school shooting. Today, a fairytale wedding unfolded as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married. Royal weddings don’t happen very often and, when they do, are great celebrations catching up the entire world. Unbelievably, the 22 school shootings this year alone occur literally more than once a week. My deepest prayer – arising out of deep grief, righteous indignation and the hope we find in Jesus Christ – is that we finally will get over making these tragedies about politics, the ideological posturing of both the left and right, and all the calls that we won’t let this happen again. My deepest prayer – arising out of deep grief, righteous indignation and the hope we find in Jesus Christ – is that we finally will care deeply enough for our children that political, faith, civic, business, advocacy and school leaders will sit down and work together to protect our children. My deepest prayer – arising out of deep grief, righteous indignation and the hope we find in Jesus Christ – is that God will move hearts and minds in a powerful new way so that there will be many, many, many weddings that bring tears of joy and no school shootings that unleash tears of grief, sorrow and hopelessness. Come, Holy Spirit,...

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