Words of Hope

Have You Seen Any Burning Bushes Lately?

Making a difference in the world.

Adapted from a sermon at First United Methodist Church of Orlando.
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16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. 18 Jesus came near and spoke to them, “I’ve received all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to obey everything that I’ve commanded you. Look, I myself will be with you every day until the end of this present age.”

Our experience in worship is like the team gathering in the locker room before going onto the field where the real game will be played. What we do inside the church is intended to equip us to be the agents of God’s love, grace, justice, and peace on the outside.

“The intent is to get back on mission, which is making a difference in the community,” said Bob Bushong, who has been district superintendent for the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church for three years. “We have gotten away from that.”

God’s insistent command to Moses was, “Get going!” The only question was whether Moses would be the one to do it. But if he had not obeyed the call, Moses would have missed his opportunity to be a part of God’s transforming work in this world.

With Christlike eyes open to the world around us, we look then for the place where our strengths, talents, and availability connect with that need.

Have you seen any burning bushes lately?

Have you seen any burning bushes lately?

Have you seen any burning bushes lately?

Have you seen any burning bushes lately?

Have you seen any burning bushes lately?

Earth’s crammed with heaven,
And every common bush afire with God;
But only he who sees takes off his shoes,
The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.

Have you seen any burning bushes lately?

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Co-Founder of The Writing Cooperative ➡️ Connect at JustinCox.com.

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