“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles?” (Matthew 7:15-16)


Last week Dr. Sam, Rev. DeHart, and I attended the Florida Annual Conference, along with our Lay Delegate, Leah Pittard. This was an amazing time to gather in fellowship and truly experience the theme of the Conference: “Come, Holy Spirit, Come!” Between the singing, the sermons, the Bible studies, the prayers, the Laity and Committee reports, and the licensing and ordination of clergy, this was a time of inspiration, education, understanding, and connection.

Missing from this Conference were the people trying to leave the United Methodist Church or change the church through condemnation of our views on love, peace, and social justice. This year all people attending looked toward the future and to the tremendous impact that the United Methodist Church has on people around our state and in our world. It was easy to see who was a member of Christ’s Church, for they clearly bear fruit and show by word and deed that they are following the path of Christ’s Holy teachings.

Praise God for His grace and mercy!

-Pastor Woody