Pastor John Hodge will begin a series titled,  Strength For Life the series will run for the next 3 weeks...

                    Sunday, May 21st.; Strength For Life; Found Only in Christ,                                         Philippians 4:10-13

                    Sunday, May 28th.; Strength For Life: Where To Turn When Tempted,                       I Cor. !0:13

                    Sunday, June 4th.; Strength For Life; When Life Seems to be Against                         You, II Cor. 12:7-10

 

SAME BIBLE

May 10, 2017

Recently, Konita and I went to a dinner held by the are Amish. We sat with a couple from our Charge. They introduced us to the Amish folks sitting with them. One of the men was an Amish Pastor. As we talked he shared that we both have the same beliefs. We discussed versions of the Bible. We shared the same thought I expressed. With so many different versions available, more people should be reading the Bible. I wonder, with so many versions that are easier to read than the King James Version, why aren’t more people reading the Bible? How many Christians’ only contact with the Bible is on Sunday morning?

How many Christians are aware what the Bible says about life and our relationship to God and to each other. What are we told about the work of the Church and each one’s role in that work.  How many spend time reading Scripture each day? Daily Bible reading along with prayer is nourishment for our spiritual life. How many would go a whole day without eating food? Yet we do so with our spiritual wellbeing.

I encourage you to find a version of the Bible that you can understand. Some are better than others. A translation is preferred to a paraphrase. If you are not sure we can discuss which is best. I encourage you to become familiar with the Scriptures. They are vital to our life as a Christian. There is a way to read the Bible, which is different than all other books. We can discuss this as well. Let’s begin to be familiar with the word God has given to us, the Bible.

 

Your Pastor

John W. Hodge

 

 

What's That Building?

March 23, 2017

A grandfather was driving down a road. His young granddaughter was riding with him. They drove passed a building which was boarded up. The grass around it was in need of mowing. The granddaughter asked, “Grandpa, what is that building?” Her grandfather replied, “Why that is a church building.”  “What’s a church building?’ The young girl asked. “It is where people used to go to worship God,” Said the grandpa. “You mean people worshiped God in a special building, and not i...


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March 2017

February 22, 2017

          From The Pastor                                                                                      

   
March 1st is a special day for Christians. This year March 1st is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
Now upon hearing the word Lent, many begin to ask, "What will I give up for Lent this year?" But Lent is more
James White in his book, Introduction to Christian Worship, defines this season by saying, "Lent is the season
in which we anticipate that final trip to Jerusalem and ...


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NEW PASTOR JOHN

July 28, 2016

This writing comes from your new Pastor. My names is john Hodge. Like your former Pastor, you can call me Pastor John. Some have referred to me as Pastor John II. Although it has been revealed that Pastor John III is more accurate. But Pastor John will work. I was born and raised in the Oil City area. At the age of 14  I received Jesus as my Savior and Lord at the 1968 Billy Graham crusade in Pittsburgh.

  Shortly thereafter I felt God’s call to preach the Gospel. I am a graduate of Asbury...


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Farewell

April 28, 2016

     How do you say goodbye?  I sure haven't figured it out yet.  I know that for funerals, saying goodbye to a friend or loved one is the hardest thing we ever do.  When God picks you out of a church setting where you have become part of a community, part of the daily lives of 200+ people, well... all I know is that you can't refuse God.  Jonah tried that once... thank you Jonah for the life lesson.
     After eight years, I have made a few friends, discipled about a dozen of you, and believe...
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Expressible Joy!

September 24, 2015

     Inductive or Deductive... what's the difference?  I invite you to attend our Tuesday night Bible studies at the Jamestown United Methodist Church on Depot St.  We start at 6:30 pm and end around eight o'clock.  Bring your Bible and an open mind, guided by the Holy Spirit.  The things we discover about God, and about ourselves is a source of great and expressible joy!  The peace of mind and comfort that comes from a deeper examination of the scriptures not only gives us great joy within, ...
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Is Time Speeding Up?

August 20, 2015

     Where has the summer gone?  The kids start back to school next week, the teachers are already doing their in-service training and setting up their classrooms for the new school year, the presidential election campaign trail is heating up... didn't we just elect a president to a second term?!!  It seems like only last week summer finally arrived, and now it's time (almost) for the infamous Jamestown Community Fair.
     I can't believe my son will be 30 years old in just a few months... I ...
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Safe Sanctuaries

July 23, 2015

Good Morning, Church!
     I have been chatting with God recently (you know, those talks that seem mostly one-sided) about how we can keep our congregations safer from the craziness of the world.  I don't know about you, but I would really appreciate actually "hearing" God's Charlton Heston sounding voice once in a while... it would make decision making a whole lot easier....
Anyway, in light of the recent shooting in the A.M.E. church in Charleston, S.C., more than a few folks are concerned ab...
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Feeling Blessed

June 18, 2015

What a wonderful time I had at Annual Conference this year.  I renewed some great friendships, made some new friends, hugged lots of necks, and even had the opportunity to anoint a few people and pray over them (right in the middle of the Display Room floor).  The food was good, as always and I enjoy the expansive use of air conditioning at Grove City College (they are finally arriving into the 21st century).  I had the opportunity to have my fingerprints taken electronically for my FBI clea...
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CHANGES

January 22, 2015

I recently read about a new church start that was purchasing a McDonald's franchise to be located within the building.  Not unlike the picture above, they had done their homework and determined that they could draw a larger crowd by catering to the mainstream culture.  I have also read about, and spoken to, some of the pastors of "MEGA" churches.  Some of their comments concerning what they had provided within their churches shocked me.  One such comment concerned "Fear" of standing in judge...
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