The Yost Post: August 2, 2018

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A Casual Midsummer Musing for You This Week. Enjoy! I came across two quotes while on vacation the past 2 weeks. “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” – Abraham Lincoln The quote above was new to me. It came from a book about astronomy. On its face, I think for Lincoln’s part, I can see what he means. How many people live uninspired lives in lands all too familiar to them. They miss the glory of it all until they look up to the heavens. Okay, I get it. Then I went to the Grand Canyon and saw this quote on a building overlooking the South Rim: “O Lord, How manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast … Read More

The Yost Post: June 27, 2018

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What a year we have had together. That’s right, one year is this Sunday (July 1)! If someone would have tried to tell me all that would happen, I would have said there is no way. What a journey we have been on together. I would be foolish to write down all which we have accomplished and quite frankly I am sure I’d leave something out. I am so grateful for God’s work before I arrived, for the grace you all have shared with my family and I, and the “can do” approach to ministry we thrive on at Wesley. People who are unfamiliar with ministry and what a “pastor does” often get around to asking me what ministry is like. Few people have a frame of reference to compare ministry to. I have found there are two main approaches to ministry: A pastor is a meek, quiet manager whose … Read More

The Yost Post: May 24, 2018

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I have several things to comment on in this edition. I should have Natalie rename it Coffee Time with Chris. Here are the snippets of what’s on my mind: Jane Goulding deserves our heartfelt gratitude for her 5 years of service getting our mission with Carver Elementary School where it is today. Thank you, Jane! Thank you to all the Seniors who lead an inspiring worship Sunday, May 20th! We look forward to seeing what our Lord Jesus does through your lives! Our Early Childhood Development program wrapped up their school year this week. I have enjoyed my weekly Pastor times with them. Hats off to all our teachers for their hard work and dedication to this ministry. We are blessed to share in the many gifts and graces in the people of Wesley. Dick Fox, you continually work along side Jesus in the carpenter shop. Dick built the new alter … Read More

The Yost Post: April 25, 2018

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It is April 24th as I write this. I woke up, drank a cup of coffee, spent time with God, got ready to take Emma to school and dropped her off. Now I am in my office writing this, with other ministry work waiting in the wings. Just a “regular” day participating with you all in the miracle of life. There are folks out there who were firmly convinced that should have never happened. For nearly the 70th time since I was born, a so called prophet claimed yesterday, April 23rd, would be the end of the world. Same story: they have broken a secret code, they know something the rest of us don’t, the bible says … , people will regret not believing them, etc. etc. etc. At best they did not learn how to study and read scripture from reputable sources … at worst they are false prophets … Read More

The Yost Post: April 12, 2018

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Clay-footed Gods In the Old Testament book of Daniel chapter 2, the prophet Daniel interprets the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar. The central image of the dream is a statue, set up as a demi-god or idol image of dynastic kings. The statue is described in great detail, massive in size and girth, shiny with “a head made of gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, its legs of iron,” The impressive image serves as a portent of the lineage of Nebuchadnezzar’s dynasty. Then we hear, “the feet are made of iron mixed with clay” and eventually a stone (hewn out by the hand of the One God) would strike the feet of the statue. The feet being of clay and iron mixed would crumble and the entire statue would come tumbling down. The text describes how all the other metals would be pulverized in … Read More

The Yost Post: March 28, 2018

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n the Resurrection, God put the defining stamp on the whole matter and began an era of history when the church would further the word and work of Christ to all corners of the world.

The Yost Post: March 14, 2018

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The North Texas Conference of The UMC is trying to clarify a calling we believe God is laying on our hearts. The initial indication is pointing to planting a new United Methodist church in Greenville.

The Yost Post: February 8, 2018

Lent self-examination and reflection

The season before Easter, called Lent, is a time when Christians have an intentional “turn around” spot for our lives.

The Yost Post: January 25, 2018

When we leave town, our comfort zone, for 8 days and give of ourselves — completely for the sake of others, a change occurs. When we become tired and weary, when we rely on the strength of one another and of God — discipline is discovered.