View Screen-Reader Accessible Site

Pastor Blogs


 
 
RSS Feed

Jesus Prayed For Us


4/17/2014 by Dale Lykins
Comments (0)

During this Holy Week we remember those last moments of Jesus’ life.  Before he faced crucifixion on Friday, he spent time in prayer on Thursday.  John 17 records that prayer.

Jesus prays that his followers will be one “as we are one.”  This basic request shows us the importance of being in relationship.  Even...

Read More »



Foundations


4/9/2014 by Dale Lykins
Comments (0)

This week I want to write about foundations, or the why, of missional communities.

I am sharing from my notes from Verge 2014 and the book “Misisonal Essentials.” 

Brad Brisco, from Missional Church Network, shares that the phrase missio Dei is Latin for “the sending of God.”  In English it is often translated as...

Read More »



The concept of AND


4/3/2014 by Dale Lykins
Comments (0)

Hello Church Friends!

It’s good to be back home.  I have been out of worship at MUMC  the past 2 weeks and am really looking forward to being with you Sunday 4/6!  Thanks to Pastor Lisa, Mark Adams, Dave Buckey, and Jerry Wortham, Lila McCabe, and everyone else who serve to make our weekly worship gathering an environment in ...

Read More »



Verge


3/26/2014 by Dale Lykins
Comments (1)

So this week I write before I leave for Austin, Texas.  Pastor Lisa and I are attending Verge 2014.  This was the event that Lisa attended last year which inspired Re: News.  I am excited to experience it myself.

It is amazing what God is doing in the wider world of God’s kingdom.  Across the globe there are communities ...

Read More »



Big Enough!


3/18/2014 by Dale Lykins
Comments (0)

Dear Church Friends:

I have been blessed in my life in so many ways.  The call of God to ordained ministry has given me many opportunities that may not have ever come my way.  I have met an amazing assortment of people.  I have traveled.  I have learned from some really cool people.  I have a great family and some pretty ...

Read More »



Couldn't Have Gone Better


3/13/2014 by Dale Lykins
Comments (0)

Dear Church Friends:

This last Saturday was the last game day for the 2014 Upward Sports season.  It was a very exciting ministry to see become reality.  From the first discussion about the possibility of Mason UMC getting involved, to the last basket made at the buzzer, it couldn't have gone better.

Chris Dudash and Chris

...

Read More »



Reaching, Nurturing, Sending!


3/6/2014 by Dale Lykins
Comments (0)

  
My worship professor at Asbury Seminary, Don Boyd, said: Worship helps with our being.  It helps us to know who we are.  It also helps us in becoming who we are not yet.

Matthew 17 records this story we call the Transfiguration: Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by
...

Read More »



New Life, Please!


2/27/2014 by Dale Lykins
Comments (0)

What a long tedious winter we are having!

I’m not a big fan any way. This year I am really not excited.

No more snow please! Especially on Sunday. And, the bitter cold, what’s up with that?

I don’t know about you, but I think all of the wintry conditions take a toll on us. Our bodies, and also our spirits are effected by the energy

...

Read More »



So, I Get Excited!


2/20/2014 by Dale Lykins
Comments (0)

There comes a time when you just have to go into the future boldly!
(Uh oh, that makes me think of the tag line of a favorite TV show “Boldy go where…”)
 
About a year ago a serious conversation was started among staff and other leaders regarding our database and information system that is used for the congregation. 
...

Read More »



Back in the Game!


2/13/2014 by Dale Lykins
Comments (0)

The month of February Pastor Lisa and I are sharing stories of Olympians in the sermons.  We are linking their stories to every day challenges we all face.  Then we are showing how God strengthens us in the midst of those challenges.

Another story caught my attention today.  It was of Anna Ringsred a speed skater on the US Olympic
...

Read More »



Out of the Bag!


1/30/2014 by Dale Lykins
Comments (0)

When Shelly and I are planning on purchasing new bedding (comforter, shams and the like), we inevitably buy something we think we like when looking at it through the bag in the store.    The picture gives you one impression.  But it is hard to know what it looks like in our bedroom until we get it home, unfold all of it, and ...

Read More »



Trust, Gratitude, and Confidence


1/16/2014 by Dale Lykins
Comments (0)

Hi MUMC Friends:

Today I presided at the funeral for my last grandparent.  Louella Mae Lykins was 92 years old.  It was a difficult thing to do the funeral for such an amazing woman and in front of a large family.  I have 17 cousins and many now have grandkids!  That's alot of people. 

It went really well and I am glad I
...

Read More »



Break The Chains Report


1/9/2014 by Dale Lykins
Comments (0)

 Church Friends:

I wanted to share with you the report I shared in worship on December 22, 2013.

On November 24, 2013 we gathered to celebrate God's presence and work in us, through us, and among us.

We have been praying for God to help us be open to breaking the chains that hold us back.  We wanted to pay off debt as soon as
...

Read More »



A New Year!


1/3/2014 by Dale Lykins
Comments (0)

Here we are at the beginning of a new year!
I thought I would spend this blog post reminiscing about what we have been able to accomplish over the past year or so.  With God’s help we have done much to lay a strong foundation and move us forward into the future.
 
This year we have: (These are in no particular order)

  • Developed a new
...

Read More »



Waiting


12/20/2013 by Dale Lykins
Comments (0)

Today I received the news that the biopsy on my eyelid, for which I had surgery a week ago, was benign.  That’s great news!  I wondered, although always felt it was likely not cancer, but you never know exactly, do you?  At least, not until the word is final.
 
Others have faced more serious news.  Others have waited
...

Read More »