Among its other joys, the Advent season invites us into the setting of Jesus? first coming'not a Roman palace, but a cramped, dirty stable in a hamlet named Bethlehem.
Sue, a retired missionary who served many years in Haiti, regularly volunteers her time to serve as the nurse for holiness camp meetings.
In Nazarene polity, tradition, and current practice, the local church pastor has many roles.
United Methodist Bishop Robert Schnase stated in an address:
Dear Twentysomethings,I don?t blame you for leaving the church. I really don?t.When researchers report, 'About 8 million twentysomethings who were active churchgoers as teenagers . . .
I can't juggle. I don't do magic. I'm not good at puppets. I can't even make a decent balloon animal. But believe it or not, I am a Nazarene children's pastor! I did not enter seminary to prepare to be a children's pastor.
As I entered a barbershop that was new to me, a bench in the waiting area caught my attention. It was a church pew!
It was an ordinary day. The weather was ordinary. The work was ordinary. Life seemed ordinary. But a divine appointment had been made for that Saturday afternoon.
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