Follow Me

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Job 22-24; Acts 11

Jesus spoke to the people again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12, Common English Bible).


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That is how many times Scripture uses the term “Follow Me.” I won’t make you count them, there are 41 of them. 41 times God spoke to people telling them to follow.

It may seem like many but we are talking something like 6000 years. In that light, it isn’t that much. But, when you also consider that a fair number of those were during the three year period of Jesus’ ministry, now we might need to rethink the idea.

All of us need to be attentive to how God might be speaking to us. And, make no mistake, God does speak to us today. God still says “Follow Me,” today.

Yesterday, at the end of worship, I announced that I had taken a position and have already signed a contract to teach government and history at Center High School (Center is about 20 minutes southwest of Logansport Louisiana). After July 29th worship, I likely will no longer be your pastor.

It is no secret, in our congregation, that Cindy and I have not lived together during the week since I moved to Sweeny two years ago. I want to live with my wife again. I began praying about this several months ago. I prayed that if it was God’s will for me to go back home, open a door and the first door that opened I would walk through. The reverse of that prayer (something I admittedly did not say often in my prayer), if it is not your will God, don’t open the door.

I signed a contract with Center ISD on Thursday, June 28th. I then wrote a letter to our district superintendent. He is working with Bishop Jones and the cabinet to find a person who fits your needs. Tony plans to meet with our Staff-Parish Committee. Following that meeting, there will probably be a better idea of how this will all play out.

Please let me emphasize, this decision has nothing to do with Sweeny. I love the people here, I love the church, and I love this community. FUMC Sweeny is among my favorite churches all time. This is about two things, my family and following God. I love each of you, but I love Cindy more and I want to go home.

We still have a few weeks together and we have some events during that time I am excited about. I am always excited about weekly worship. But this month I am really excited about Vacation Bible School for Grown Ups. This will be my last major event with you. I enjoy this and I hope you will come join us. There is more information elsewhere in the newsletter about it. I hope you will come.

These next few weeks I am choosing to praise God for what we have been able to do together during the last two years. I don’t want us to lament what we didn’t manage to do and I certainly don’t want us to forget to praise God because we are too busy being upset with the idea of upcoming change.

Join me and let’s praise God together like FUMC Sweeny has not seen in a long time.

I pray your days are blessed.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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