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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

Why Healing: Sermon Audio

Most would agree that healing was an important part of the ministry of Jesus. What does that tell us about Jesus and what does that mean for us today?

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Sermon Title: Why Healing
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 2/8/2015
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Mark 1:29-39

Jesus, Showing Us “The Way”: Sermon Audio

In The Gospel of Mark, the author wastes no time in showing us what it looks like to be in ministry to the world. Jesus enters the synagogue in Capernaum and begins to teach. Those listening are astounded because he speaks “as one with authority.” What would that look like for us today?

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Sermon Title: Jesus, Showing Us “The Way”
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 2/2/2015
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Mark 1:21-28

What If I Don’t Like to Fish: Sermon Audio

When Jesus called Peter, Andrew, James and John, he said, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” As fishermen, I’m sure that this made perfect sense to the four would-be disciples. But what if you don’t like fishing? What would you hear Jesus say to you?

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Sermon Title: What If I Don’t Like Fishing?
Preacher: Allen McGraw
Date: 1/25/2015
Time: Morning Worship Service
Location: First United Methodist Church of Water Valley
Scripture Reference: Mark 1:14-20

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