"Let the bones you have crushed rejoice"

"Let the bones you have crushed rejoice"

Across my life, I’ve had a couple of broken bones.  I finally got cleared from my latest break to resume all activities – but I still can’t lift much of anything.  Still, it is mending.  I’m thankful.
            At the beginning of Lent, Psalm 51 is read at the Ash Wednesday service each year.  There’s one verse that grabbed my attention this year: “Let the bones that you have crushed rejoice” (Ps 51:8).

A Goodbye and a Thanks!

Hello BUMC family!

A bittersweet announcement: On September 14, Captain Shreve High School offered me a social studies position and I accepted! As many of you already know, early this year I began the
certification process to begin teaching high school social studies. While it is earlier than what I expected or planned for, the opportunity is one that I could not pass up. I will begin at
Shreve on October 2.

The last 4 years at BUMC have been an incredible, life-changing experience. I have learned so much from working with the students and their families, and I am eternally grateful. They are the most fantastic group of students I have ever met. It has been a blessing to be in community with them!

Our Youth Ministry will remain in great hands. I have full confidence in our search team to find the right person to fill the role ofYouth Ministry Director. In the meantime, our team of dedicated Youth Ministry volunteers will continue to love our students and keep all of our programs moving forward.

I am very excited to begin this new journey in the field of education and look forward to the new challenge and experiences. BUMC is still my church home and I am looking forward to seeing our ministries continue to grow. Thank you to all who have supported me along the way!

Brandon Winningham

Learning to Love

By Dr. Greg Davis, Senior Pastor

You will love your fellow human beings if you are to be happy and fulfilled. The world is such that it is impossible to live without love. Some people try and they live nothing more than a slim existence. The deepest and best experiences of your life have come because you were willing to love. How much richer life would be if that love could extend to more than one person, or a few persons, if you could indeed learn to love your fellow human beings.

The more you are able to do this, the more fulfilled you will become. The more you are unable to love, the more isolated you will become.

We are not necessarily born knowing how to love. We need to be taught. We need to learn to love. You can teach yourself. If you are willing to risk – if you are willing to go out on a limb – if you are willing to make the act that is for the other – you can teach yourself.

Love brings an assurance of immortality. It puts you in touch with a feeling of transcendence. The more love that is in your life, the more you become aware of the reality of life beyond.  

Jesus is the one who can teach us to love. He teaches a love that is not just for those who are easy to love but for those who are difficult to love. Once you cross the boundary and begin loving the unlovable, you have crossed into a new world and have become a new being, a being that will love forever.

The good news is that whether you choose to love is in your hands. It is not in the hands of the government, or your neighbor, or your spouse, or the Russians. It is in your hands. It is a power that God gives you. The more you are able to use it, the happier and more fulfilled you will be. The more you are in touch with Jesus, the easier it will be to love.