February 2015 Post

I have found myself dwelling on the concept of “love” lately. I guess it might be that time of the year, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, but it could be something else. Quite a bit of my research for sermons has certainly revolved around the idea of God’s love for us, Christ’s love for His church, and brotherly love that we all should have towards one another, but I think it might be something else.

One thing that I have noticed is that a loving person is more valued and looked up to these days. Maybe the pendulum has swung the other way after the past decades where decadence was sought in the ‘80s, introspection and loathing in the ‘90s, and a false sense of entitlement in the ‘00s. Maybe we are finally realizing, once again, what is important.

I have attended a number of funeral services in the last seven months and I believe that these gatherings have me thinking about love more than anything else. Love and legacy, that is. People respect loved ones who loved their God, family, and church above everything else. That gives me hope.

I pray that I am one day remembered only for my love. That should be the goal for the church as well. We are called to love no matter what. That is our inheritance and legacy as the body of Christ. So let’s love like there’s no tomorrow! Our love should not become a status symbol, but a part of our DNA.


Pastor Ebb

January 2015 Post

This is a wonderful time of reflecting on the year that has passed and dreaming of
what the new year will bring. God is such a caring Father that we sometimes forget
that His plans are much better than our own.

It is crazy for me to think of what I had planned this time last year. I was starting my
last semester of seminary, had applied to Asbury’s Pastoral Counseling program, and
was set to start training to be a hospital chaplain. The farthest thing from my mind
was being a solo pastor at a church in the panhandle of Florida! However, God’s
plans for me were much different and as the old TV show states...Father Knows Best!
Twelve months later, I can’t imagine being anywhere else in the world than where I
am right now. Jay UMC has been so open and welcoming to me and my family. While
there was (and still is) a learning curve to be reckoned with, I have no doubt now that
this is what God created me for. It is a pleasure to serve a vibrant and dedicated
group of Christians like you all.

I personally have high hopes for the coming year. Doubtless there will be more
learning to come, but I know I have a great support system here at Jay UMC. I pray
that we all seek to love Christ’s church and stay focused on serving God’s people
throughout the year!

Blessings, Pastor Ebb