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The Pastor’s Pen

Many of you have told me you are taking the challenge!

What challenge? Well, during last Sunday’s sermon we began to explore what exactly disciples do. One thing that is a high priority for a disciple of Jesus is taking  daily deep dives into scripture. So I challenged the congregation—preacher included—to spend at least 30 minutes to an hour each day in God’s Word.

The Bible must be the center of our devotional and spiritual lives. As Jill said so well in our 8:45 a.m. service, when we engage the Bible we are not just reading.  No! We are having an encounter with the Risen Christ, God’s Eternal Word! And this holy encounter will form and shape us!

Will you take the challenge? Over the next 30 days will you commit to spending at least 30 minutes per day in the reading of scripture? I’m not really concerned where you begin reading, although I find it easier for people to start in the New Testament (preferably one of the Gospels).

Let me know how the challenge goes for you! If you have any questions along the way, please send me an e-mail at revtimprather@icloud.com.

In other news, let me tell you about Thomas Toole. This past Monday, our very own youth minister released his second “album.” I placed the word album in quotation marks because people mostly purchase their music digitally these days. Thus, you can purchase Thomas’ new album on I-tunes, Spotify, and all the usual places you download music.

I was absolutely delighted Sunday afternoon while driving. All of a sudden I heard a surprise on 98.5: “Next we’ll be talking to Thomas Toole about his new album.” After the commercial break, the radio host interviewed Thomas about his music and played a few of his new songs. Thomas even let everyone know that he was the youth minister at FUMC New Albany!

Congrats, Thomas! Your church family is 110% behind you!

If you’d like to purchase Thomas’ new album, simply go to the I-tunes store. However, there are copies for sale in the church office. I know you’ll want to support our rising star! I’m even trying to get him to play a concert at our church!

See you Sunday as we talk about another thing that all disciples do? Want to know what it is? Come and see!