The Yost Post: September 12, 2019

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“Where Were You When…?” As I write this, September 11, 2019, remembrances are underway. The question I hear repeated each year, “Where were you when you heard the news?” That day, its events, and our experience of it are indelibly set into our deep memory. All of us continue to mourn that day at varying depths. I offer to you that in that question, “Where were you when…?” is the answer to our grief. I say that not because rehashing the memory is unto itself healing. I say that because in the Bible, we see that question being asked in the face of suffering. In Job 38:4, God asked of Job, “Where were you when…?” You see Job had endured tremendous suffering on an unimaginable scale for the ancient world. His friends came and sat silently with him for a week and offered great comfort in doing so. Then they … Read More

The Yost Post: August 28, 2019

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Nutrition for the Soul Jack Dodd was a dedicated follower of Christ and member of a church I served early in my ministry. Jack was a sailor for Uncle Sam, built dams around the world, and had a lifetime of accomplishments well into his very busy retirement. One day, he drove me around his purple hull pea crops in his “farm golf cart.” As we bounced along, he shared with me his understanding of the church (particularly worship) as a lifelong layman in the Methodist tradition. “You know, preacher, I can’t recall every meal Ann (his wife) has made for me. There are a few meals I remember being particularly good and some things I ask for because I really like them. Early on, there were a few extra crispy meals I pretended were creole blackened but were really burnt and some which may have been bland. But you know … Read More

The Yost Post: August 14, 2019

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I am so excited for this back to school and fall season at Wesley! We are kicking off our back to school season, creating new Christian Education opportunities for all ages, the Onward Campaign will soon crescendo and conclude, Pre School and Parent’s Day Out is beginning, then the fall activities Wesley is known for countywide begin. You get the picture. Be on the lookout for new learning experiences for Children, Youth, and Adults on Sunday mornings. We are adding another Sunday morning learning hour beginning in October to serve our 9:17 worship community. We will also be greatly expanding our learning opportunities throughout the week with a women’s book study, Disciple Bible Study, Bible 101, and Methodism 101. Signups begin this weekend online or in person at the welcome desks. Our worship and sermon line up for the fall and Advent have me excited too. Beginning in September, we … Read More

The Yost Post: July 24, 2019

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My vacation time is coming to a close. We miss our Wesley family. but our family time has been wonderful. And WOW, have you been following all the great stuff that is happening at Wesley? Just today, I was texted VBS pics. The kids are having a great time. I cannot wait to hear more about everything when I get back. Enjoy the rest of July! I’ll be back soon. Pastor Chris

The Yost Post: June 26, 2019

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Recreation: a concept associated with fun, sports leagues, fishing, biking, hunting, hobbies… you know, recreational activities. If we were to ask one another what kind of recreation we enjoyed, we would normally defer to an activity we do. The idea is: when I do “x,” I feel rested and refreshed. Two things I want to offer to you this week as I prepare to have some “recreation time” with my family and friends. The word recreation is not a phrase coined by the boating and tourism industry. The root of the word implies something far more important. According to dictionary.com “Re-” is a borrowed prefix from Latin, and it adds meaning to words to imply “again” or “again and again” to mean repetition. Re- may also imply “back.” Creation — as Christians, we understand the ongoing work of God to make new, to bring forth life, also associated with the … Read More

The Yost Post: June 13, 2019

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It’s summertime. I pray our Lord Jesus guides you through a season with simple times and soulful memories as God’s Grace become yours. I’ve noticed something over the last few years: we very rarely realize while we are having seasons of simple joy, God’s presence on display, memory making that this is indeed something to remember. Having been with hundreds of people as they age, I have heard countless stories of days spent in backyards with neighbors, days when kids sat lazily around on porches, baseball games where the mediocre skills of the players was far outweighed by the laughter of a mistake or tales of an unlikely homerun. The common theme of these stories is: “These are the good times.” In other words, they are the moments of life which are often taken for granted. There will rarely be some sort of banner announcing “remember this day, it is … Read More

The Yost Post: May 29, 2019

2019 Annual Conference

2019 North Texas Annual Conference June 2 – 4, 2019 The theme for the 2019 North Texas Annual Conference is “Create!” In the beginning, when there was nothing but chaos, the voice of our Creator God cut through the darkness and brought forth light. When Abram had settled for a life in Haran, our Covenant God called him out of complacency and created a new and hope-filled trajectory for him and his people. When the old covenant was found broken and powerless to transform the human heart, our Redeeming God created a new covenant, full of grace and truth. When the first disciples were holed up in the upper room, hesitant about what to do next and waiting for direction, our Powerful God sent the Holy Spirit and created a new community – the Church. Gifted and empowered by that same creative Spirit, we now have the privilege of being … Read More

The Yost Post: April 3, 2019

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“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 I was reading my devotional yesterday, which primarily centered upon how we seek and find peace in our lives. I realized how often I can let myself be distracted by some version of peace other than God’s peace. It seems to me there are several ways people intentionally and unintentionally seek peace in their lives. Marketing and products offer versions of peace. I believe we can all agree a product may be able to alleviate pain, make life simpler, even make us forget for a while. Things like these are mere shadows of the real thing, not the same thing as having peace. Another approach to peace involves trying to control the environment around us. In the devotional, the author used an example of a person seeking peace via escape … Read More

The Yost Post: February 14, 2019

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Psalm 148 I cherish being outside in the midst of nature, along flowing water, hills, mountains, animals, beautiful blue winter skies and even hazy gray days — I simply feel as though there is a chorus of God’s handiwork singing and I get to have a part in it all. Psalm 148 captures this feeling so well, “Praise him (God), you sun and moon, praise him all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens (even though we now know there is are not pools of water up there above the sky like they did when they wrote it, their sentiment comes through) … Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, creeping things (even snakes?! ugh ) and flying birds, kings of the earth and all people, princes and rulers of the earth! Young men and women … Read More

The Yost Post: January 31, 2019

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When was the last time you started something new? I’m not talking about a new Netflix series. I’m talking really entered into something new: a new town, perhaps joined the church, a new class, new employment or friendship? What was that like for you? Excitement, curiosity, danger, elation, nervous… the range of our human emotions seem endless. As a church, we have a new experience welcoming Jordan, Sharon, and Leah Cramer. Perhaps we are excited, nervous, curious or elated. I’m sure the Cramers share your feelings too! I am offering to you the same words I shared my family when we arrived in July 2017, and the same thing I shared with the Cramers: “Trust in what God has done to bring us together. We have been praying for each other for a while now, good seeds of Grace have been sown and grace will emerge. Remember, we are cheering … Read More