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I am honored to be a part of this wonderful church family and to be serving as the Associate Minister of St. Pete First United Methodist Church. You have welcomed me with open arms, and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know some of you during the past month and a half. I hope to be getting to know more of you in the coming months. Just like Pastor Riley, I am convinced that the Lord has something great for this church and I look forward to the future with great anticipation because of this conviction.

After sermon prepping this week, I have had time to reflect on some things. I began to think about the meaning of truth, for often we tend to think of truth as a concept. But we know from Scripture that truth is not a concept, it is a Who. Jesus proclaims in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no one comes to the Father except through me.” My prayer for this church is that each of us centers our lives around Jesus, who is truth. He holds everything together. He unites the body of Christ, the church, despite differences and imperfections. We serve a God who loves us perfectly and endlessly. Let us set our eyes upon Him, who is the way and the truth and the life.



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