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Are You Blessed?

By Jim Newman Sometimes it seems a bit too easy to grumble and complain about what’s going on in our lives. But wouldn’t it be better if we all just took a little time each day to be more thankful? What if we followed the advice of the old hymn which exhorts us to “count […]

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Meekness Isn’t Weakness

By Jim Newman What would you say is the most misunderstood word in the English language? We all might have a few words that come to mind, but my vote would be for the word “meekness.” When we think of someone who we might consider to be meek, we sometimes assume that person is inherently […]

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Humility, Simplicity, Trust

By Jim Newman Is it possible to find a peace and quiet in a world that is increasingly characterized by anxiety, stress, noise and unrelenting busyness? Everyday can be a new challenge to our serenity (and sanity), that’s for sure! I believe, though, that Psalm 131 provides us with some helpful guidelines to help us […]

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Do You Feel Loved?

By Jim Newman Do you feel loved today? That can be one of the greatest feelings in the world when you do! But when you don’t feel loved, and maybe think nobody even likes you, it can be an excruciatingly painful and lonely experience. It could even cause you to fall into a “pit of […]

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Prays Together: New Pastor from Tonga Feels Right ‘at Home’ at Methodist Church

By Jim Newman Several months ago, the United Methodist Church appointed a new pastor to minister in their two churches here in Exeter and Lindsay. When I heard the news, I was eager to meet him so I could welcome him to Exeter and begin to get to know him. When I heard he was […]

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Prays Together: That Went Fast!

By Jim Newman I sometimes think about the words I might like written on my tombstone. Words like, “I told you I was sick!” or, “Tomorrow finally came” and, “That went fast!” are a few of those I’ve thought about. Sometimes I think that just the words, “Born” and “Died,” with a dash in between […]

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Prays Together: Knowing God

By Jim Newman How do we know if there’s a God, and how can we get to know more about Him? I believe there are three trustworthy sources of information to help us: Creation (Nature), the Bible (the written Word of God), and Jesus Christ (the Living Word of God). First of all, God has […]

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