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A Place to Call Home

A Place to Call Home

My wife Felida and I were officially homeless for almost four months in 2020, from Aug. 24th when we sold our home in Sierra Vista to Dec. 14th when we got the keys to our new home in Vail southeast of Tucson.  Because we’re blessed to have a steady income and supportive family, our ‘homelessness’ was a much different and easier experience for us than it is for many people – a walk in the park, really.  Three vacation rentals and several visits to my wife’s parents later, we are once again homeowners.

God With Us

God With Us

And as a sign that God was with them, Isaiah spoke of a sign, a symbol of hope, an assurance of God’s promise that God is always with us, even when things are awful or scary. That sign, that symbol, was the birth of a child. Someone was pregnant, and with the birth of her child, hope would come anew into the world. 

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  We saw the signs back in October, when the stores started displaying their holiday wares and a few cable channels started airing endless Christmas movies. And now, in this strange season of Covid19, it’s suddenly also Advent Season. 

Thoughts from Matt – Signs of New Life and Hope

Thoughts from Matt – Signs of New Life and Hope

When it rains, it pours.  Last week, my wife Felida was looking on her Facebook page when she saw that her cousins in the Philippines were stranded on the second floor of their home during a terrible flood.  They had small children with them and were using Facebook to call for help.  Nobody could get to them, but thankfully the waters receded by the next day and they were okay. Last week, three separate typhoons hit the Philippines in succession, and so the Manilla area flooded.  This is nothing new, just as hurricanes are nothing new on the East Coast and Gulf Coast of the United States.  In fact, Filipino homes used to be built on stilts so that they could stay above water when the floodwaters came.  They aren’t built that way anymore, so residents know to just keep their heads above water and survive.

Treasure the Memories of our Saints

Treasure the Memories of our Saints

Who did you think of on All Saints Day this week?  I thought of my friend Jeanne Long, a church member at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Phoenix when I served there from 2006-2009.  Jeanne died last year, close to 90 years old.  Jeanne had a heart for reaching out to the world with the love of Jesus Christ that could not be stopped.  We had a small and aging congregation at Aldersgate that had been declining for more than three decades, but all Jeanne saw was opportunity.

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