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Filling Up Pouring Out“Filling Up and Pouring Out” is a phrase that captures the heart of who we, as children of God, should long to be. In Romans 5:5 Paul says that, “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Our lives are filled continually with God’s love and we are called to share that love with others.

We are travelers together on this journey of faith, supporting each other along the way. My  hope and fervent prayer is that you will experience God’s overwhelming love in ways that transform your life and the lives of those around you.

Blessings on you and yours,
Allen

Easter Sunday: It Takes More Than That (#221)

It’s Easter! In the text from John, two of the twelve disciples, along with Mary Magdelene, encounter the empty tomb. But it’s Mary Magdelene who becomes the first evangelist, sharing the Good News of the Risen Christ. What made the difference?

  • Sermon Title: Easter: It Takes More Than That
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 4/16/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: John 20:1-18

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Is This Your King? (#220)

It is Palm Sunday, where we celebrate the “triumphant” entry of Jesus into the holy city of Jerusalem. But it won’t be long until the cries of “hosanna” turn to “crucify him.” All that we say and do should be filtered through the lens of the Crucified Christ. Jesus doesn’t just ask us to witness the crucifixion but calls us to take up our cross and follow him. Is this a king you can follow?

  • Sermon Title: Is This Your King
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 4/9/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 21:1-11

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Lent 5: Do You Believe? (#219)

This is the fifth and final sermon in our Lenten Sermon Series, “Living Our Baptismal Calling.” Martha is faced with the faith-altering death of her brother Lazarus. Yet in the midst of her grief, she still finds a reason to believe. What does this mean for us as we seek to live as Christians in the world today?

  • Sermon Title: Lent 5: Do You Believe?
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 4/2/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: John 11:17-41

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Lent 4: Include These Persons Now Before You (#218)

This is the fourth sermon in our Lenten Sermon Series, “Living Our Baptismal Calling.” Jesus sees a blind beggar and heals him. The “blind” beggar may not have been able to see physically, but is that the only kind of blindness we need to worry about? What does this mean for us as we seek to live as Christians in the world today?

  • Sermon Title: Lent 4: Include These Persons Now Before You
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 3/26/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: John 9:1-41

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Lent 3: Confess, Trust, Promise (#217)

This is the third sermon in our Lenten Sermon Series, “Living Our Baptismal Calling.” Jesus spends time with a woman at a well in a Samaritan town. This is a remarkable scene of acceptance that would have appeared scandalous to many 1st century inhabitants of this part of the world. Not only does Jesus spend time with her, but she becomes one of the first evangelists. What does this mean for us as we seek to live as Christians in the world today?

  • Sermon Title: Lent 3: Confess, Trust, Promise
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 3/19/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: John 4:5-42

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Lent 2: Resist Evil, Injustice, Oppression: Sermon Audio

This is the second sermon in our Lenten Sermon Series, “Living Our Baptismal Calling.” Jesus said we must be “born again” or “born from above.” What does this mean for us as we seek to live as Christians in the world today?

  • Sermon Title: Lent 2: Resist Evil, Injustice, Oppression
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 3/12/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: John 3:1-17


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Lent 1 – Renounce, Reject, Repent: Sermon Audio

This is the first sermon in our Lenten Sermon Series, “Living Our Baptismal Calling,” where we walk the way of temptation with Jesus and learn from him what it means to continue to renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin.

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Sermon Title: Turning the Other Cheek
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 3/6/2017
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 4:1-11

God On The Mountain Is God In The Valley: Sermon Audio

The account of the transfiguration gives us a glimpse of God’s glory, revealed in Jesus Christ, but is that dramatic display of God’s power the most significant way in which God’s glory is revealed? How is God’s glory revealed deep in the valley?

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Sermon Title: Turning the Other Cheek
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 2/26/2017
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 17:1-9

Turning the Other Cheek: Sermon Audio

Concluding our series on The Sermon on the Mount, we come to what may be the most challenging of all the commandments of Jesus. Turning the other cheek and loving our enemies doesn’t come easy. So, what are we to do with these difficult passages?

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Sermon Title: Turning the Other Cheek
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 2/19/2017
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 5:38-48

Hospitable and Then Some: Sermon Audio

In a follow-up to last week’s sermon, we explore what it means to be salt and light in the world today. It starts with a focus on Christian hospitality that flows from the heart of God that “so loved the world.” This recording also includes a bit of my testimony. And yes, this Christian pastor was an atheist.

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Sermon Title: Hospitable and Then Some
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 2/12/2017
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 25:31-46