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Run to the Darkness…

What a year 2020 has turned out to be…

Two months ago, everything shut down due to the Corona Virus.  It has been a crazy time.  Thank you for your patience as we tried (with God’s help) to navigate through unfamiliar territory.  Thank you also for your prayers and financial support.  You are such a faithful church!

When this virus invaded our lives there were models that predicted an outrageous number of people being infected and dying.  Christians everywhere prayed that God would turn back the Coronavirus.  People humbled themselves and prayed along the lines of  2 Chronicles 7:14

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  – 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV)

The Coronavirus was a wakeup call for a lot of people.  I have observed a genuine move back to God!

Yet, here is what I don’t hear many people talking about:  “What if the reason this virus wasn’t worse than it was projected to be, was a direct result of God’s people humbling themselves and turning to God in PRAYER.”  You can choose to believe the projections were wrong, but I choose to believe God intervened on behalf of His people. 

We are still dealing with the virus, but now there is also CIVIL UNREST in all the major cities of our country.  There is so much hate and darkness.  It is time for the church to rise up and be LIGHT.   

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One of the purposes of the church is to run to the darkness.  LIGHT always overcomes DARKNESS.  I’m reminded of the chorus in Kathy Troccoli’s song, “Go Light Your World”

Carry your candle, run to the darkness.
Seek out the hopeless, confused and torn.
Hold out your candle for all to see it.
Take your candle, and go light your world.
Take your candle, and go light your world.

So, let’s be LIGHT.  And, let’s continue to HUMBLE OURSELVE AND PRAY.  Let’s once again ASK God to move because He wants revival to wash over our Land.  And, let that REVIVAL start with US.

Your Pastor,


Bill

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Helmet of Salvation

Your salvation is something more than something you put on the shelf. God wants you to USE it in Spiritual Warfare. Find out HOW as Bill Stegemueller preaches on Ephesians 6:17 and the HELMET of SALVATION Streaming License: 20210596

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Shield of Faith

CCLI Streaming License 20210596 Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church on the Spiritual Armor. This morning he’s preaching on the SHIELD of FAITH from Ephesians 6:16

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Are You Fighting Barefooted?

CCLI Streaming License 20210596 Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church ) in Medina Texas) on the Armor of God: “Are You Fighting Barefooted” taken from Ephesians 5:15

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The Breastplate of Righteousness

Our CCLI Stream License number is: 20210596 under Medina UMC What do you do when you’ve blown it so bad that you feel that God can’t ever take you back? We answer that question as we look at the Breastplate of Righteousness in Ephesains 6:14b Medina United Methodist Church Medina, TX 78055 https://medinaumc.org

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The Belt of Truth

Our CCLI Stream License number is: 20210596 under Medina United Methodist Church Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church in a message entitled, “Spiritual Warfare: The Belt of Truth” taken from Ephesians 6:14 https://medinaumc.org

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Walking in LIGHT

Billy Graham was one of my heroes.  (1918-2018)

I remember in 1997 chartering a couple of buses and taking a group from church to the Billy Graham Crusade in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, TX. It was POWERFUL time when God REALLY made Himself know. What was amazing to me is that it was a rather SIMPLE message that Billy Graham preached and yet hundreds of people came forward!


RC Sproul tells a story about Billy Graham playing a celebrity golf tournament in his book, “Holiness of God,” in which Graham was put in a foursome with President Gerald Ford and two other professional golfers. After the round someone came up to one of the professionals and asked, “What was it like playing golf with the President and Billy Graham,” and the Pro said with disgust, “I don’t need Billy Graham stuffing religion down my throat!” and then stormed off a HUFF. Bewildered the man turned to the other pro and said, “What did Billy Graham say?” and the PRO sighed with embarrassment and said, “Funny thing is, Billy Graham didn’t even mention RELIGION.” 

Isn’t that something. Billy Graham didn’t even have to SAY anything.  His mere PRESENCE was LIGHT. Light has an interesting characteristic. It exposes the darkness.

You say, well that was Billy Graham! But if you are in Christ, the same Holy Spirit that was in Billy Graham is also in you!

Jesus says that we are the SALT of the Earth and the LIGHT of the WORLD. (Matthew 5:13-16) We were put on the planet to bring LIGHT to an otherwise DARK world. Jesus said that when you light a candle, you don’t put it under a BUSHEL, but put it out for all to see.

Let your LIGHT SHINE!

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“The NEW Man”

Bill Stegemueller preaching at Medina United Methodist Church in a message entitled, “The NEW Man,” taken from Ephesians 4:25-32.

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The Body of Christ at Work

Recently in our study on Ephesians we talked about how the CHURCH is a body made up of many different parts with EACH serving a purpose. 

(Ephesians 4:11-16,  Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-31; 1 Peter 4:10-11)

What is a Spiritual Gift?  It helps me to think about being BORN.  All of us have been born PHYSICALLY, right?   As we grow PHYSICALLY we begin to discover our PHYSICAL GIFTS AND ABILITIES.   Well, when we become Born Again, SPIRITUALLY the same thing happens; only SPIRITUALLY.  As we grow spiritually in the Lord, we begin to discover our SPIRITUAL gifts and abilities. 

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The beautiful thing is that when the Church’s Spiritual Gifts are pooled together you get a beautiful expression of the Body of Christ. 

For the next few Sundays we are going to HIGHLIGHT various ministry opportunities by having a Ministry Fair in the Foyer of the Church.   I encourage you to check it out every week to learn more about the ministry scope of the church and to prayerfully discern where you might fit into the body. 

This is the first time we’ve done this and it is a work in progress.  If you have any ideas or suggestions please feel free to contact anyone on the VISIONING COMMITTEE:  Janna Klein, Rick Turner, Inmann Dabney, Darlene Stevens or myself. 

The following is what is going to be happening for the next THREE SUNDAYS:

Sunday, February 2nd              Missions
Sunday, February 9th                 The Core House Ministries
Sunday, February 16th            Agape Ministries

More to come, were still fine tuning the calendar. 
 Pastor Bill

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A NEW YEAR

It’s a new year with NEW opportunities.

As we come into a new year, I want to encourage us to GROW and not be content where we are as a church.  We are taking some incredible momentum into 2020! 



John Maxwell calls MOMENTUM a Leader’s Best Friend and points out that you can’t steer a ship that isn’t first moving forward.  So my challenge for the new year is for us to keep moving forward using the momentum for 2019 to take us NEW places in 2020.

Paul in Philippians 3:12-14 gives a wonderful way to approach a NEW YEAR. 

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”    (Philippians 3:12–14, NKJV)

In Acts 2:17 it says, “I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS.”   Those days are here!  We live in exciting times in terms of church history.  There has never been so many opportunities to reach people with the Gospel as we have today.  The harvest is truly plentiful. 

I want to encourage you to prayerfully dare to dream big for 2020!  I am convinced of the truth of Ephesians 3:20 that God is “able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.”   I think a lot of times we sell God short.  He’s waiting for us to step out in faith so that He can show us how big he really is!  Let’s let 2020 be another great year in which we can say at the end, “Look at what the Lord has done!” 

One of my major goals for this next year is to treat every Sunday as if it’s my last Sunday.   I think a lot of pulpits in America have lost the URGENCY to win people to Jesus Christ.   Therefore, I’m going to be INTENTIONAL about inviting people into a relationship with Jesus Christ.  I invite you to be a part of this by PRAYING for the lost and bringing them to church.   Also, remember that you too preach a sermon.  I love what Augustine wrote, “Preach the Gospel always… if necessary, use words.”   I encourage you to be intentional on how you live out 2020.  People are watching you to see if what you claim you believe lines up with how you live.   YOU can be the most power sermon someone ever hears!

Finally, I want to remind us of our MISSION at Medina United Methodist Church is to “Know Christ and to Make Him Known.”

Let’s continue to let God show us how BIG He really is.

Bill

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