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Longing for the Savior: A Christmas message from Bishop Ough

The key to putting Christ back into Christmas is to enkindle or re-ignite or fan our heartfelt longing for Jesus, our hunger for the Christ to be born within us. This hunger is God’s gift to every human being. This longing paves the way for the second part of the incarnation mystery – Christ alive in our souls, our hearts, our inner beings. Read Bishop Ough's entire message and watch a video of the message here.
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The Vital Connection episode five: Challenges of church transformation and change

In this episode of The Vital Connection, Rev.Kermit Culver, Northwest District Superintendent talks about the processes of church change and transformation. Culver was appointed Bismarck First United Methodist Church, the church had once been a very strong church. The membership dwindled by about 40 young families and struggled. Congregants told Culver they wanted to grow, but, he learned, “There is no growth without change, and there is no change without pain.” How do you go about the change and survive the pain? Kermit has some great insights.
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Connecting across the globe: Rebecca's Random Thoughts

A few weeks ago, Steve and I had the opportunity to journey to the other side of the globe. I (Rebecca) am a member the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) and this spring we held our board meeting in conjunction with the 25th anniversary celebration of Africa University (AU). Africa University was founded by the United Methodist Church 25 years ago in the country of Zimbabwe. It is a Pan-African Institution designed to reach students from across the continent, provide them with quality education as well as strong United Methodist values and ethics, in order to positively impact the continent of Africa and the entire world. The experience was phenomenal and we learned and observed many things.
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A Message from the Bishop

Today, I grieve the horrific violence of the shooting at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. In this small community, at least 26 people died and 20 others are injured. In the United States, we have assumed safety and comfort as Christians. It is unimaginable to think that going to church could be dangerous.
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