Dealing with Uncertainty

Dealing with Uncertainty

Uncertainty of Doubt
Scriptures to turn to when struggling with doubt

  1. Remember that God has been and never will be far from us, despite our own doubts (Acts 17:26-28)
  2. Remember when Thomas doubted, Jesus met him in his doubt (John 20:24-29)
  3. Remember even David wrestled with doubts and fears (Psalm 22:1-31)
  4. Remember even Peter doubted while walking on water (Matthew 14:22-33)
  5. Remember even some of the disciples doubted after the resurrection (Matthew 28:16-20)
  6. Remember even in our own darkness and confusion, we know good will prevail and God will win in the end (Romans 8:18-30)
  7. Remember that even Jesus cried out from the cross (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34)

 

United Methodist Church resources for struggling with doubt

  1. Weathering a crisis of faith
  2. God, why have you left me?
Uncertainty of Forgiveness
Scriptures to remind us why we forgive

  1. Remember Paul’s commands to “let love be genuine” and to not “repay anyone evil for evil.” (Romans 12:9-21)
  2. Remember on the cross, Christ forgave those who crucified him (Luke 23:34)
  3. Remember to “forgive each other, just as Christ forgave you.” (Colossians 3:12-17)
  4. “One who forgives an affront fosters a friendship, but one who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend.” (Proverbs 7:9-11)
  5. In Genesis, Joseph forgave his brothers who left him for dead (Genesis 50:15-21)
  6. The Lord’s prayer commands us to “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” (Matthew 6:9-15)
  7. Remember the parable of the unforgiving servant (Matthew 18:21-35)

United Methodist Church resources for struggling how to forgive

  1. Why those who are forgiven should be forgiving
  2. The secret to forgiveness: Focus within
  3. Forgiveness: A journey filled with choices
  4. Song: “Forgiven” by David Crowder
Uncertainty of Worry

In the moment when we are worried, the best thing to do is STOP whatever we are doing.  Then, take 1-5 minutes to pray, breathe deeply, take a walk or whatever you need to stop worrying. Need a reminder of this on-the-go?  Use our printable Worry Less – Live More card!

Scriptures to turn to when we are worried and anxious

  1. Remember Jesus told us not to worry (Matthew 6:25-34)
  2. Remember just as God was with the Israelites when they left Egypt, God is with you (Exodus 13:17-22)
  3. “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…you are with me,” (Psalm 23:1-6)
  4. “The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1-14)
  5. “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:1-22)
  6. Remember Paul said “do not be anxious about anything,” (Philippians 4:4-7)
  7. Remember Jesus said God is always with us through the Holy Spirit (John 14:26-27)
  8. “So do not fear, for I am with you,” (Isaiah 41:8-10)

United Methodist Church resources for dealing with worry and anxiety

  1. Four Things You Can Do When You Are Anxious by the Rev. Jack Shitama
  2. Throw Your Anxiety to God by the Rev. Martha Epstein
  3. Living in the Moment by Senior Pastor, the Rev. Magrey deVega
Uncertainty of Mortality

Scriptures to turn to when contemplating the uncertainty of morality

  1. Read Paul’s words on the resurrection of the body (1 Corinthians 15:35-57)
  2. Remember that nothing, even death, will separate us from God’s love (Romans 8:31-39)
  3. Remember faith doesn’t mean having all the answers; admitting “I’m not sure” is okay (Hebrews 11:1-3)
  4. Remember everything, even life and death, has its time (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8)
  5. We can be encouraged by the hope of the resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)
  6. God comforts us, even in “the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:1-6)
  7. There will be a time when there will be “no more death or mourning or crying or pain,” (Revelation 21:1-5)

United Methodist Church resources for dealing with worry and anxiety

  1. “What Happens When We Die?” by the Rev. Magrey deVega, Senior Pastor
  2. End of Life Planning Resources
  3. “When a Loved One Dies: Helping Children and Youth Cope with Death,” from the United Methodist Church
  4. Navigating Children’s Grief – Age Specific
  5. “What Happens When a Person Dies?” from the United Methodist Church
Uncertainty of Surrender

Scriptures to turn to when seeking Christ or surrendering to Christ

  1. Remember nothing, even our fear of surrender, can seperate us from Christ’s love (Romans 8:38-39)
  2. We do what we do in the Christian life for Christ and through Christ, not ourselves (2 Corinthians 4:1-15)
  3. When we surrender to Christ, there is so much more to gain than lose.  As Jesus said, “ For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it.” (Luke 9:23-25)
  4. Look at the story of Paul and Ananias: neither wanted to surrender to God’s plan for them, but their lives were changed for the better when they did! (Acts 9:1-19)
  5. Paul seemingly “had it all together” but gained so much more by surrendering to Christ (Philippians 3:1-11)
  6. When the Ethiopian Eunuch sought God, Philip was sent to help him find God (Acts 8:26-40)
  7. Before we surrender to Christ, before we are even born, God already knows and loves us (Psalm 139:1-18)

United Methodist Church resources for seeking or surrendering to God

  1. United Methodist Beliefs: Prevenient Grace
  2. Discovering God’s will: John Wesley’s difficult decision
  3. Holy Spirit moments: Learning from Wesley at Aldersgate
Uncertainty of Obedience

Scriptures to turn to when seeking to hear and obey God

  1. Remember the Rev. Magrey deVega’s “SOS” Method of Listening to God:
    1. Scripture (2 Timothy 3:10-17)
    2. Others (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
    3. Silence (Psalm 62:1-12)
  2. Remember Mary listened and obeyed, despite her uncertainties (Luke 1:46-55)
  3. Remember Gideon followed God’s call, even though he thought he was not qualified (Judges 6:11-40) and obeyed God’s command to go to battle with limited resources, only one hundred men (Judges 7:1-35)
  4. Paul’s ministry began with acts of obedience from Paul and Ananias (Acts 9:1-19)

United Methodist Church resources for seeking or surrendering to God

  1. “Listening for God’s Word” by the Rev. Magrey deVega, Senior Pastor
  2. “10 Ways to Improve your Prayer Life” from the United Methodist Church
  3. Get Your Spirit in Shape: Sacred Spaces
The Bible Project 2020

The Bible Project 2020

For the first time ever, Hyde Park United Methodist Church is going to read the Bible as a congregation, from cover to cover. And we are going to watch how the Holy Spirit unleashes a fresh wave of insight, transformation and possibility in us and in this church as we take this journey together.

Starting January 1, we will begin with Genesis 1. And we will follow the same daily reading plan for all 365 days until we get to the end of Revelation at the end of the year.

There is no better way for you to learn to live your story as God intends it than for you to find yourself in the stories in this book. Did you know there’s between 600 to 800 stories in this book? And each one is an invitation for you to learn how to live your own story.

You don’t have to wait until January 1 to start reading the Bible, of course. You can start with the daily Scripture readings that are listed in your sermon insert this morning (and on the website.) And I’ve also put together an insert that you might consider tucking in your Bible and keeping handy for reference. I’ve written a quick guide of Scriptures to read when facing certain challenges and situations. It’s available on our website.

Hyde Park Game Night

Hyde Park Game Night

 Craving more family connection time?

Join us for Hyde Park Game Night!

Conversation starters, board games, and more – fun for the WHOLE family!

We know families are busy with school and work and outside activities, but still long to have fun together and talk about more than just day-to-day events. How do you find time for conversations, both silly and meaningful, and play as a family?

All of our Hyde Park family, including children and students from our Children’s Ministries and Youth Ministries, and their parents/guardians/grandparents are welcome! This event is a time for families of all ages and stages to connect with each other. There will also be childcare for children ages 2 and under so family members are able to participate in all the games.

6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, Harnish Activities Center

Pizza dinner starts at 5:30 p.m. $8/adults $5/children

RSVP here!

Financial Peace University LIVE!

One thing that Dave Ramsey has learned through more than 25 years of guiding people on how to win with money: It doesn’t happen in one day. But it can start in one day!

Join Dave, Chris Hogan, and Anthony O’Neal on Sept. 28 for the first-ever Financial Peace Accelerated — a live teaching of all nine lessons in just one day.

At Financial Peace Accelerated, you will learn how to:

  • Break the cycle of financial stress by creating and living on a monthly budget. It’s time to tell your money where to go instead of wondering where it went.
  • Attack your debts one at a time with gazelle intensity, so that one day you can scream, “’I’M DEBT FREEEEEEE!”
  • Put yourself on the path toward millionaire status by understanding how to save for the future, invest like a pro, and give with outrageous generosity!

At the event, you will also receive a year-long membership to Financial Peace University where you can review all nine lessons, discover all the tools you need and enjoy free access to EveryDollar Plus, our game-changing budgeting app.

Individual tickets are $89 and couple tickets are $129. Register here.

The all-day event is Saturday, Sept. 28 at Calvary Orlando, 1199 Clay Street, Winter Park FL 32789.

Bike Ministry Training May 11

Bike Ministry Training May 11

Hyde Park’s Bike Ministry continues to roll along and is very much in need of more volunteers. While there is always room for new mechanics, we also have non-mechanical need such as:

 

  • metal recycling once a month
  • intake assistance for an hour on Sunday mornings to tag bikes with people’s names and the repairs required
  • storeroom organization once a month
  • donation intake and processing
  • storage for bikes near the church
  • transporting donation bikes to and from storage
We currently have a small crew of three mechanics working up to 5 hours on 20 bikes on any given Sunday morning and would appreciate some additional assistance.
 
We will hold be a Bike Repair Training Class held from 8-10 a.m. on Saturday May 11, in the carport of the Madison building, corner of Magnolia and Azeele. You can meet everyone and find out how you might want to participate, or just learn more about bikes. You can also use our tools to work on your own bikes, if you would like to bring them.
 
While we try to offer services on a weekly basis, this all depends on the manpower available to facilitate them.
 
Please feel free to contact Maria Colfer at mecolfer@gmail.com with any questions or to sign up for the class.
“I’m sorry” – Two Words Sticky Faith Taught Me To Say

“I’m sorry” – Two Words Sticky Faith Taught Me To Say

Dr. Kara Powell recently published The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family and through her research and parent interviews, the power of parents apologizing to their kids quickly became clear. Here’s one thing that she has learned through her research:

What separates Christianity from every other religion is grace. All other religions believe we reach God through obedience and behaviors; in Christianity, God reaches us through unmerited grace.

If we want our homes to drip with grace, we as parents need to be quick to apologize. Confessing our mistakes to our kids and asking them to forgive us not only builds closer family relationships, it also helps our kids experience the closeness of God’s tender mercies.

So thanks to our research, I’ve started saying two words more frequently to my kids. I’m sorry.
“I’m sorry for the tone of voice I used when I asked you to empty the dishwasher.”
“I’m sorry that I misunderstood the conflict you were having with your brother and jumped to an unfair conclusion.”
“I’m sorry that I wasn’t sensitive enough to how tired you were from soccer.”

If you want to make your home a hub of grace, try the following:
1. Keep your personal antennae up for times when your own fatigue causes you to speak unkindly to your kids.
2. When you feel like you’ve wronged your kids, tell them that you’re sorry and ask for their forgiveness.
3. Make sure you are quick to extend forgiveness to your kids when they need to do the same.
According to our research, saying “I’m sorry” isn’t a sign of parental failure. It can be a bridge to greater family intimacy and faith.

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