Be Encouraged: Notes and Thoughts from Bishop Trimble

We Are Easter People

We Are Easter People

We Are Easter People   Water washed and Spirit born. Fragile and favored all together, Creatures not Creator, Clay vessels full of hope, We Are Easter People.   We know the story and still weep. We hear the question and pause in prayer. Must Jesus Bear the Cross Alone? From Gary to ...

Fasting Without Excuses

Fasting Without Excuses

Procrastination has been defined as disobedience in slow motion. I laughed when I first heard a pastor friend illuminate our disobedience to God in a sermon. Since hearing this poignant description of putting off what we know to be the right path, I approach the season of Lent differently....

Make a world of difference: 2017 Indiana Miracle Offering for Global Health

Make a world of difference: 2017 Indiana Miracle Offering for Global Health

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  As we continue to prepare ourselves for the 9th Session of the Indiana Annual Conference, guided by our conference theme of "Together: We. Are. More,” we are reminded that together we can do all that God has called us to in and throughout the state of Indiana,...

Is it well with your soul?

Is it well with your soul?

Be encouraged. In a recent visit with a confirmation class at Castleton UMC, I was reminded how the church is an instrument of God’s grace and a place for discipleship growth. When we meet in groups including 7th and 8th graders, we can see glory sightings of discipleship incubators. When ...

Taking Jesus Seriously

Taking Jesus Seriously

When we read of the ministry of Jesus in the Bible, we are reminded that every encounter with Jesus resulted in changed lives. Listening, learning, healing, following, forgiving, sharing, and calling those who would become followers to bring others to a new way of living. When calling ...

Where Have All the Prophets Gone?

Where Have All the Prophets Gone?

To preach biblically is to preach prophetically. Loving God and following Jesus who calls us to love our neighbor is a reminder for me that no flag of any country flies higher than the cross. “Learn to do right! Encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case ...

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

May 2017 bring you joy during the journey. In conversation with a sister of mine, I was reminded of the important work I have to do in 2017. She reminded me that OUR MOST IMPORTANT WORK is the work we do on and with ourselves, "inside work." In the winter months Tim, the handyman, doing ...

What Gift Shall We Bring

What Gift Shall We Bring

They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh. In a dream, they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, ...

Christmas is coming

Christmas is coming

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you ...

Celebrating Children this Christmas

Celebrating Children this Christmas

As I reflect upon my first several months as the resident bishop of the Indiana Area, I can’t help but feel a deep gratitude towards the warm welcome that you have offered my family and me, as well as the Kingdom work we have witnessed thus far during our time in Indiana.   One of the many...

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