Honest Joe! August 2017 Worship together!

honest joe source slide in jpgThis month’s series looks at the life of faith through the lens of Joseph, son of Israel/Jacob. He was the pampered youngest son of a family that put the fun in dis-functional. We will explore four answers to the questions we have about faith in real life and in real time. Joseph’s story is an important cross road in both Jewish and Christian history. Join me in studying through his story! Joseph is more than a colorful coat!

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An Honest Joe: Worship and Study Guide

honest joe source slide in jpgThe Bible is a living connection to God and people.  In Joseph, the son of Jacob/Israel, found in Genesis 37-50 is a life full of those connecting moments.  Honest Joe’s story is more than just a colorful coat and contains tips for successful living.  Our Cheatham Memorial United Methodist Church family will being studying through these chapter in our August 2017 sermons.

We welcome you to follow along and comment.  Begin with this  “Infographic”, follow the study guide and  make comments from your own experience.  Everyone is welcome to comment.  Check out our Cheatham Memorial website for more details. (  Put your US Mail address in a comment and I will send you a paper copy if you wish)

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Here are the four topics that I picked and a 30-Day reading guide.  This is less than one page per day f reading!  Please leave comments to those things that gave you something that adds value to your life!

August 6, 2017: Weekley Reading Genesis 37-39
Genesis 37:12-28 “Faith is a Journey”.

August 13, 2017: Weekly Reading: Genesis 40-42
Genesis 39:1-23 “Life Can Be a Dream”

August 20, 2017: Weekly Reading: Genesis 43-46
Genesis 45:1-18 Forgiveness: A New Beginning”

August 27, 2017: Weekly Reading Genesis 47-50
Genesis 50:22 “Faith Gives Birth to Faith”

Where do  you find yourself in Joseph’s story?  LEAVE A COMMENT! Thanks for reading along with us!  Looking for a church home?  We have a great church family. Join us!

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Have a Heart Like Jesus-Summer Sermon Series

Our Children at Cheatham Memorial UMC have been challenging us to “Have a Hear Like Jesus” and the. Grown up Kids are going to try to keep up this summer.  Each of our June and July Sermons will explore one aspect of Jesus’ heart and how we can adopt this for ourselves.  This is where a healthier life comes from.  Expect practical ways to find this heart in yourself.  

Here is where we are coming from:  Our Mission: Making Disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the World.  Our Vision: We are Christ’s Love in Action: Following Christ, Serving Others, and Unifying the Church.  Our Drivers: Loving God’s Word, Deepening the life of Prayer and developing ministering Skills.

Are you looking. For a church home?  Maybe its been a while since you have been? Our family is very warm and easy to break in to.  Come Check us out on Sundays at 10:00 AM. Click here to go to our website for more details.  

June 4: Pentecost Sunday! Wear Something Red, Holy Communion 

John 7:37-39 and Acts 2:1-21 Have a Heart Like Jesus: An Overflowing Heart

The heart of Jesus is never a stagnant pool but a rushing and refreshing river. With living water flowing from us, everyone gets “wet”!

June 11: Pentecost 1, Trinity Sunday

2 Corinthians 13:11-13 Have a Heart Like Jesus: A Heart That’s in Order

The heart of Jesus is people focused but Spirit driven. People and relationship are our priority but we also have a mission to accomplish. How do we keep that in balance?

June 18: Pentecost 2, Father’s Day, Children’s presentation

Romans 5:1-8 Have a Heart Like Jesus: A Heart that’s Right

“We are justified by faith”. What does that really mean? It means that we begin with the heart of Jesus which is right with God and just toward God’s people.

June 25: Pentecost 3 

Romans 6: 1b-11 Have a Heart Like Jesus: A Heart that’s new

The heart of Jesus knows what sin is and how to die to that sin. That means that the Christian is new every morning. Rather than carry the many burdens of yesterday, Jesus moves us forward to significant living here and hereafter.

July 2: Pentecost 4, Independence Day Sunday, Patriotic Theme, Holy Communion

Matthew 10:40-42 Have a Heart like Jesus: A Heart in Action.

A heart of Jesus knows that love and faith are verbs. We will pray for our nation and move our feet to faith driven and spirit led action.

July 9: Pentecost 5 

Matthew 11:25-30 Have a Heart like Jesus: A Heart at Rest

The heart of Jesus has a still center. This is not natural nor is it a part of our frantic culture . Stillness in the storm is a discipline that lets Jesus carry the load while we move forward in the work of building his kingdom.

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Romans 8:1-11 Have a Heart like Jesus: A Heart with a Witness

Jesus has a heard that is free and focused on God. From this heart our words match our action and we become a living witness to the amazing”raised up” grace of Jesus.

July 23: Pentecost 7

Genesis 28:10-19 Have a Heart like Jesus: A Heart that Dreams.

Life is a journey with many milestones. The heart of Jesus is one that is not afraid to dream. We have a lot of mundane and everyday things that wear us down. Dreaming God sized dreams fill us up!


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I’m Romans 8:26-39 Have a Heart like Jesus: A Heart that Prays

The heart of Jesus prays large and confident prayers that are more than merely words. When things do seem to “all work together for good”, we need to pray from the Holy Spirit, our place of strength.

August will continue a similar theme as we look toward the “NEW YEAR’S DAY” of back to school. August 20 will be a children’s service and honor our teachers.

The GODWORD: slowing down your spirit in big hurry

We live in a blind rush. Slow down for a minute and breathe-even if you have to do it in a hurry.

I start my day with a single focusing word-a GODWORD. This is a guide word to snap me back when my mind get away from me. It is prayerfully discerned, reinforced by scripture and stays on my phone as a touchstone. My word usually come from some experience from the previous day. 

You are invited to receive & share this guide-word/Godword with me by text or email. The devotional usually goes out from 8:00-9:00 am central or other important moments. I do miss one now and then. PLEASE READ THE WHOLE BIBLE PASSAGE. I use the Bible Gateway app . 

Anyone wishing to receive them can email their cell number or email address to revavanhooser@aol.com.  This is a private list and comes as an Individual contact-not in a group.

If you ever wish to be removed from the list, simply contact me and I will take you off without comment at any time.

The purpose is to connect my day with friends and be held accountable to a daily discipline.  Comments are welcome at this site. 

Thanks for being my fellow traveler in Christ. Please share your GODWORD and other scriptures that give you focus in a comment below.  

Advent 1: The Sunday of Hope-Interactive

Cheatham Memorial’s Sermon series for Advent is “Christmas is a family Story” with firstcandlelight-151224-155_0036 Sunday of Advent being the Sunday of Hope.  Our message for Sunday, November 27, 2016 came from Matthew 1:18-25  and was titled “A Family of Hope”.  Please read this before you finish this post.

The Blble’s focus is on the Holy Family and lifts them up as an example of how our families need faith to be healthy and thriving.  Mary and Joseph are struggling here but HOPE KEPT THEM GOING. If your family, whatever it looks like, is struggling, there is hope for you in Christ. 

Hope is born at home when our home is in Christ.  Hope is born in a family, hope is learned in our families, and hope is a key element in our life of salvation. Family is where God created the space for your faith to be formed. This is why family is so important to God

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The beautiful young ladies are our hope and remind us  what hope looks like. They beam with the life of Grace.  We owe them the gift of Hope that Jesus brings to our family and share the story.

The Bible’s word for hope is elpis (el-pees) and is defined as a trust, confidence, expectation and anticipation of welcome and security.  It is the sweet sister of the word faith and is the fruit of good character which is founded on faith in Christ.  Hope is how faith carries on when times get tough.  We can do anything as long as we don’t lose hope.  Hope as a family value is multiplied as our family grow in both number and spiritual maturity.

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One carrying a grandson due in January, one with twins in April and one Son-in-Law absent- that is 15!

Teresa and I married.  That makes a family of two.  We have three married children, two grand’s and three more grand children on the way.  Our family is now 15 which means our influence has gone up over seven fold. 

Hope is more than a numerical change though, also we have all grown in faith.  Our family is not perfect.  We have all had times of darkness and doubt but draw on the foundation of Jesus Christ and His living hope that we will outlast our troubles.  Our relationship with Jesus is eternal, our trials are temporary, and our life of salvation is always growing stronger.  THE FAMILY IS THE PLACE WHERE THE SEEDS OF HOPE ARE PLANTED AND NURTURED AND TOLD IN OUR FAMILY STORY.

Matthew chapter 1 begins Jesus’ genealogy and lists the super heroes of faith.  If Fred the donkey thief was in there somewhere but somehow became forgotten.  The family story  of hope has a healing amnesia that conquers the darkness.   It shows up in Jesus family just as it does in ours. There are two lessons here.  One, that the Holy family is called of God and two-family MATTERS!

Joseph was not superman, he was a working guy-a carpenter- and he knew without a doubt that Jesus wasn’t his child.  He also knew the living God and was a spiritually sensitive soul.  When the angel of God spoke he obeyed, knowing the cost to his reputation, his family relationships, knowing he was losing his home town, and his business.   Joseph chose to cling to the hope of the future and the direction of God rather than divorce.

Mary knew her lord, knew without a doubt that God is the source of hope for her family, that hope wouldn’t come from the neighbors,  She and her husband would cling to their faith and live the promise growing within her body.  This family is not so different from yours and mine.  They could have doubted and split. Instead they clung to God’s hand and their unique calling as a family and overcame.

Here are my observations and some questions for myself that I found in the text-

  • First, The center of everything in this text is HOPE from Christ. That hope is caught by faith, taught in the hard lessons of life, and transmitted to the next generation.
  • Hope begins with a praying parent, preferably TWO, but God will use what you have
  • No family is perfect but faith perfects life and forges hope
  • The Christian life is real life and God meets you where you are.
  • If any member of the family grows in faith, the whole family grows in faith.

Here is the interactive part-Add your comments below and share the overcoming hope that you either have or need.  We are all better if we share

  • If you aren’t a Christian or are but don’t go to church, would you be willing to try worship during the Christmas season?  What would encourage you to go?
  • What is God calling your family to do?
  • How do you plant or communicate hope during a hard time to your family?
  • How are you growing personally as a disciple of Jesus Christ?
  • How do you pray for your family members?

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What story does the “Bible” of your life tell??
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“Christmas is a Family Story”-Interactive

Cheatham Memorial’s Theme for Advent2016 is, “Christmas is a Family Story”.  The title has two meanings.  First, the Holy Family of Mary, Joseph and Jesus is central to the Gospel. However, and second, so is OUR family story, and OUR family traditions.  SO….with the telling of the Gospel at Advent and Christmas, interacting with our deep sense of family traditioncandlelight-151224-155_0036s, a rich potential for spiritual growth is born at Christmas.

Your family may look like a Norman Rockwell Christmas card or it may look like quite the opposite.  God is not impressed with mere appearances either way.  The Christ came at Christmas for all families in their many forms.  You don’t have to meet some ideal to be moved by the love of Christ as shown in HIS family.

The Bible tells us that on the first Christmas, Jesus family was a day labor carpenter named  Joseph, travelling with his pregnant fiancé Mary, to pay taxes they couldn’t afford without the money to for transportation and a proper hotel room.  Jesus came as a surprise that night.  There was desperation and poverty in Jesus’ family all over this story including His dad disappearing from the family without explanation.  The thing that held this family together was a strong relationship with the living God and a deep connection to their extended family and church family.

childrens-play-151220-154_0098The only reason that they didn’t divorce was that God reached out to Mary and Joseph to assured them both that they were ok even if the rest of world didn’t understand. AND THEY LISTENED TO GOD. What does your family story need from the Gospel of Jesus’ family this Christmas Season?

We welcome you to join our family in East Texas or to follow along on our website.  The five sermons from November 27 through Christmas day will be outlined here at thethoughtfulpastor.com and you are welcome to give a comment or ask a question

A list of our Christmas projects and worship can be found at our main website.  Plug in to any of our activities and add us to your family traditions.  We are an easy church to “break in to”.  You may contact me through the site or email me at revavanhooser@aol.com. 

God’s richest blessings to you as we prepare together for the coming of Jesus at Christmas!

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May 2016 sermons at Cheatham Memorial UMC

The Cheatham Memorial Family invites your to a brand new year of Spiritual Growth in Jesus Christ?  We worship at 10:00 AM each Sunday with activities for disciples of all ages and places.  The Theme for May is preparation for Pentecost and titled, “God Led Change” and focuses on spiritual unity and prayers of discernment. Mother’s day is May 2016

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May 1: The 6th Sunday of Easter, Communion Sunday,
Text: Acts 5:17-40, “ The First Church of the Cup Holder”
The question is asked, will we attend a church where we aren’t in control. The answer is yes because control is illusion to we who are in Christ. Discernment and not management are the goals for Christian living and the peace that it provides.
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May 8: Mother’s Day and the 7th Sunday of Easter. Prayers for General Conference
Text: John 14 23-29 “ ‘Cause Momma Says…”
Discernment is obedience, Obedience requires Discernment. True peace in our childhood came when we did what our parents said to do. However, that came with the comfort in knowing, even when we did not show it, that they wanted only what was best for us. Our heavenly father operates in that same loving way and is worthy of our trust. We will follow someone or something in our daily living. God offers a peace that we cannot find anywhere else.
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May 15: PENTECOST SUNDAY
Text Acts 2:1-21, “The Pouring”
You cannot discern what God wants apart from the Holy Spirit because the Holy Spirit IS God. Pentecost is not the beginning of the Holy Spirit but the pouring of that precious facet of God into the Church.
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May 22: Trinity Sunday
Text: Romans 5:1-5, “Produce the proper Produce”
Faith is where the life in Christ starts. The produce is character that proclaims truth and spreads the message of eternal hope. The Holy Trinity is merely a framework of understanding. How scary it is to pray for faith though! Faith is access, the open door and worth the risk
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May 29: Memorial Day Weekend, Annual Conference Kick off
Text : Galatians 1:1-12 “Winning”
Half of the struggle in Discerning God’s will for our lives is knowing what a “win” is. What is the goal line of the life in faith, What is a win for the church. Where is the win for our lives? Our congregation? Our Conference? Jesus has a direct and final answer!
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