St. Andrew United Methodist Church
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Open Minds. Open Hearts. Open Doors.


         From the Sr. Associate Pastor’s


God’s Revelation 


         The Psalmist said, ”Forever, O Lord, your word is settled in heaven.”(Ps. 119:89)

         What does revelation mean?  It means that something that has been hidden is now made known. If it isn’t revealed, it remains hidden.         


Some people see God that way -hidden and unknown. Such a view assumes god doesn’t want to be known or even that God is incapable of being known because “God” is just a vague impersonal force, like gravity.         


But God has revealed Himself. He is not hidden ! He has spoken to us, and if we will listen, we can not only discover what He is like, but we can also come to know Him in a  personal way. 


       God has two  textbooks. One is the textbook of nature. By looking at the world, we can learn something about its Creator.         


The other is the textbook of revelation, the Bible. It is more than an ancient record of events; it is God’s Word, given to us by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to guide our lives. God has spoken – and He still speaks. Are you listening?                                                                                           


In His Service,  









From the Associate Pastor’s Desk

“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they’re looking for ideas.” – Paula Poundstone  


This made me chuckle! I often think we do not give children near enough credit for their intelligence and certainly for their insights and understanding of the world around them as well as of God and the church. Some of my favorite moments in worship are delivering the children’s message because they are so uninhibited, curious, and enthused.  


I remember one children’s moment a number of months ago where I asked the kids gathered together how it is that we might move closer to God. With total seriousness and sincerity one little girl replied, “We can reach out to God and give Him a hug every day, because that brings joy to God.”  


Someone get this kid over to Candler School of Theology and into a preaching class! What  purity of heart, what tenderness, what desire to move closer to the Creator of us all.  


There are so many glimpses of the Kingdom of Heaven we miss out on as adults because we are simply too busy, too stressed, and perhaps sometimes a little too worn down by the  realities of life.  


May we never grow too jaded or skeptical to still have moments where we find ourselves wide -eyed and full of wonder with what it means to be God’s people as modeled by the children in our church. May we be ready to encourage them, pray for them, and learn from them. It’s no surprise that Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." – Matthew 19:14  


In Christ,

Rev. Beth