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Dear Friends,

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

Tearing Open the Heavens for You: Sermon Audio

On this first Sunday of Advent, we begin turning our hearts toward Bethlehem where we will encounter our King in the strangest of places. If we are to fully celebrate Christmas, we must first reconnect with the longing of the ancient Israelites. The ache for God’s presence leads us to a new encounter with God in Bethlehem.

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Sermon Title: Tearing Open the Heavens for You
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 11/30/2014
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Isaiah 64:1-9

Answer THE Question: Sermon Audio

In Matthew chapter 16, Jesus asks the disciples a simple question. “Who do you say that I am?” It is the most important question we will ever answer.

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Sermon Title: Answer THE Question
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 8/24/2014
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 16:13-20

Sowing Good Seed: Sermon Audio

The parable of the “Wheat and Weeds” seems to be a simple story urging us to choose the good and reject the bad. But if I know anything about Jesus, I know that it can’t be that simple.

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Sermon Title: Sowing Good Seed
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 7/20/2014
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43

A Farmer’s Delight: Sermon Audio

The “Parable of the Sower” or “Parable of the Soils” may be one of Jesus’ best known parables. How can we hear this parable in a way that’s fresh and transformative? Maybe we need to ask the right questions.

Sermon Title: A Farmer’s Delight
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 7/13/2014
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23

Rest for the Weary: Sermon Audio

Life is full of opportunity, yet we cannot seem to find peace. Maybe it’s because we are looking in the wrong place.

Sermon Title: Rest for the Weary
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 7/6/2014
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Yes You Can: Sermon Audio

“To Sin or not to Sin” is not the important question. The important question is, “In whom do you place your trust.” Sin has consequences, but freedom from sin comes only through trusting Jesus.

Sermon Title: Yes You Can
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 6/29/2014
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Romans 6:12-23

Do You Love Him: Sermon Audio

Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” Seems pretty simple, but experience says it is far from simple. So many commandments, what’s a person to do?

Sermon Title: Do You Love Him
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 5/25/2014
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: John 14:15-21

Arthur Raymond – A Poem

Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents in Olive Branch, Mississippi. They were simple people, not very religious, but they loved with fierceness. Memories I have of my grandfather, “Tataw” I called him, are more precious to me now than ever. I’m not much of a poet, but the following is just something I wrote in honor of him. I hope you like it.

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Arthur Raymond

As old as I was young
yet closer than a minute
Tall as a memory
in tee shirt and tan pants

Smells of blue Aqua Velva
     sweat and cigarettes

A roofer by trade
building men by vocation
Patching leaks dripping water
and a boy losing father

Fishing for the fish
     catching for the cooking

A soldier you would think
Sharp dressed in Army khakis
Just a photo on the wall
Not a warrior, just a roofer

He warms a feather pillow
     cool on the underside

while Roofer sleeps us away
in his big iron bed
To a land of giants and pigs
Where we dream of nothing

And everything, everywhere
     and nowhere, because

Another roof needs roofing
His garden needs tending
Pocket knife needs sharpening
And I am always listening

And the roofer simply says
Yea the lord would say
     unto thee,
“Peace on you boy, get outta here"

That’s My King

Jesus is taken by the religious authorities, tried, brutalized, tortured, and crucified. We proclaim this Jesus to be our king. His crucifixion says as much about who God is and who we are as the resurrection.

Sermon Title: That’s My King
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 11/24/2013
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Luke 22:33-43

He Went Home With Who: Sermon Audio

Zacchaeus is a tax collector, hated by his neighbors. Yet, Jesus sees fit to not only speak to him, but to invite himself to his home. What does this say about who we are to be as Christians in the world today.

Sermon Title: He Went Home With Who
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 11/10/2013
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Luke 19:1-10