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  • Loving Neighbor

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    A Lesson in Neighborliness

    Jesus turned the old law on its head by having a despised Samaritan go beyond the law to extend mercy, writes the Rev. Bill Cotton. A higher law than courts and lawyers and religious organizations emerged – the neighbor’s need. Read more

    Jul 8, 2019

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    Without Condition, Without Exception, God Loves Us All

    Even in our darkest times, the psalmist reminds us that weeping may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning, says the Rev. Bill Cotton. Read more

    Jul 2, 2019

  • Keep on Preaching; When Necessary Use Words

    A "preacher's smorgasbord" of scriptures for June 30 gives a plethora of options for those moving to new assignments and those who want to celebrate love of country. Read more

    Jun 25, 2019

Grassroots UMC

  • Retired Pastor Helps Children Read

    The Muskogee Phoenix reports: "Retired pastor and teacher Raymond Griffin has returned to the classroom to help children read." Affiliated witth St. Paul United Methodist Church, Rev. Griffin said he had helped with the church’s summer school Project Transformation for two years when he was recruited as a volunteer reading tutor for third-graders, writes Cathy Spaulding. A reading teacher in southern Oklahoma, Rev. Griffin served as bi-vocational pastor of Bethel and Hulen United Methodist Churches for 25 years. Read more