Welcome to Filling Up and Pouring Out

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

From Confession to Confusion and Back Again (#239)

In no time at all Peter goes from hearing Jesus say “upon this rock I will build my church” to “get behind me Satan.” Can we be disciples if we don’t really know who Jesus is?

  • Sermon Title: From Confession to Confusion (and Back Again)
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 9/3/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 16:21-28

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Just Answer the Question (#238)

“Who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked. It is the single most important question that any disciple of Jesus can answer. It’s important because the answer shapes your life and transforms the world. So, let’s make sure we know this Jesus of whom we speak.

  • Sermon Title: Just Answer the Question
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 9/27/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 16:13-20

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They Never Saw It Coming (#237)

In the this text from Matthew, Jesus is approached by a gentile woman who is desperate to obtain healing for her daughter. Jesus seems to not even care one little bit about her plight. Is it his mind that needs changing or ours?

  • Sermon Title: Learning a Lesson
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 8/20/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 15:21-28

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It’s Scary Out There (#236)

This recording includes Pastor McGraw’s response, early in the service, to the racism and violence on display in Charlottesville, VA over the weekend. Following that is a shortened sermon on the text from Matthew.

In today’s text from Matthew, Jesus terrifies the disciples as he approaches them while walking on water. Discipleship can be a scary thing. What does this text teach us about living with our fear?

  • Sermon Title: It’s Scary Out There
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 8/15/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 14:22-33

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Feeding the Multitude (#235)

The “Feeding of the Multitude,” the only miracle included in all four Gospels, reveals the necessity for human cooperation with God in transforming the world. “You give them something to eat” is our mission directive.

  • Sermon Title: Feeding the Multitude
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 8/6/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 14:13-21

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Wheat and Weeds (#233)

In this text from Matthew, Jesus compares the kingdom of heaven to a field where both wheat and weeds are growing. Are you wheat or are you a weed? The answer may be more complex than you think. Maybe the answer has more to do with our conception of “kingdom” than anything else.

  • Sermon Title: Wheat and Weeds
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 7/23/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52

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One Cup at a Time (#232)

Jesus sends out his disciples with the reminder that those who support them with even a “cup of water” will not “lose their reward.” Is this merely a reminder to support God’s ministers or is this something more? Could it be a blueprint for building Christian community?

  • Sermon Title: One Cup at a Time
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 7/2/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 10:40-42

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Daring to be Disciples (#231)

What does it mean to acknowledge Jesus before others? It means “going where Jesus goes and doing what Jesus does.”

  • Sermon Title: Daring to be Disciples
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 6/25/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 10:24-39

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The Kingdom Of Heaven Has Come Near (#230)

Jesus sent his disciples out into the world with a simple message: “The Kingdom of Heaven has come near.” This is a message that is more than mere words, it requires world changing action.

  • Sermon Title: The Kingdom Of Heaven Has Come Near
  • Preacher: Allen McGraw
  • Date: 6/18/2017
  • Time: Morning Worship Service
  • Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
  • Scripture Reference: Matthew 9:35-10:8

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