Update: The mission resourcing campaign of the Virlina District has attained 171 pledges which total $340,934. As of the October 4 we have received $134,014 toward the fulfillment of these pledges. The majority of these first pledges were from the district and camp leadership. Lead Gift visitation is now underway in parts of the district.
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by Andy Murray, 2016 Annual Conference Moderator and native of the Cloverdale Church of the Brethren
"Let's Get Agitated"
By the time we get to the 8th Chapter of Nehemiah, the wall has been built, the temple has been repaired and some of the suffering and danger of recent years is being relegated to memory. When the people hear the Law being read they are so overcome with sorrow for those that were lost during the years of exile, and joy, relief and gratitude for a more secure future, that some of them begin to weep. Ezra and Nehemiah gently rebuke them.
“Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Neh. 8:10-11
STEP OUT OF THE BOAT; THE LORD IS CALLING!
J.W. Rhoades, District Conference Moderator
Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. From Matthew 14:22-33 (NRSV)
This section of scripture is referred to as "Jesus walks on the water". This is an amazing feat that occurs in the early morning hours on the Sea of Galilee. The evening before Jesus had fed a multitude of more than five thousand and then had spent some quiet time to Himself while the disciples headed across the sea.
This familiar scripture has often been shared through story and song. Through the years, I personally viewed this story as the miraculous power Jesus had over the forces of nature. I had seen Him as the only person to ever walk on water because of His divine nature. But it wasn't until I read it as part of my scriptural
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