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Episode 14 April 2021; RISEN
Transformed by Faith Today by Bona Bourlier Romans 12:21  Don't be defeated by evil, but defeat evil with good.
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April 15, 2021
Episode 14 April 2021; OVERCOMING IN CHRIST
Transformed by Faith Today by Rev. Jenn Fenner 1 John 5:4 Because everyone who is born from God defeats the world. And this is the victory that has defeated the world: our faith.
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April 14, 2021
Episode 13 April 2021; RISEN
Transformed by Faith Today by Pastor Yolanda John 16:33 I've said these things to you so that you will have peace in me. In the world you have distress. But be encouraged! I have conquered the world.
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April 13, 2021
Episode 9 April 2021; CHANGED BY LOVE
Transformed by Faith Today by Rev. Jenn Fenner Ephesians 2: 8-9 You are saved by God's grace because of your faith. This salvation is God's gift. It's not something you possessed. It's not something you did that you can be proud of.
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April 13, 2021
Episode 8 April 2021; CHANGED BY LOVE
Transformed by Faith Today by Bona Bourlier John 3:16 God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won't perish but will have eternal life.
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April 13, 2021
Episode 7 April 2021; CHANGED BY LOVE
Transformed by Faith Today by Rev. Jenn Fenner Colossians 1: 13-14 He rescued us from the control of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. He set us free through the Son and forgave our sins.
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April 13, 2021
Episode 6 April 2021; CHANGED BY LOVE
Transformed by Faith Today by Pastor Yolanda 1 John 4:10 This is love: it is not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as the sacrifice that deals with our sins.
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April 13, 2021
Episode 5 April 2021; CHANGED BY LOVE
Transformed by Faith Today by Rev. Jenn Fenner 1 Peter 2:24 He carried in his own body on the cross the wins we committed. He did this so that we might live in righteousness, having nothing to do with sin. By his wounds you were healed.
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April 13, 2021
Episode 2 April 2021; HOLY FRIDAY: CROWN OF THORNS
Transformed by Faith Today by Rev. Jenn Fenner John 19: 1-11 Then Pilate had Jesus taken and whipped. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and dressed him in a purple robe. Over and over they went up to him and said, "Greetings, king of the Jews!" And they slapped him in the face. Pilate came out of the palace again and said to the Jewish leaders, "Look! I'm bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no grounds for a charge against him." When Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, "Here's the man." When the chief priests and their deputies saw him, they shouted out, "Crucify, crucify!" Pilate told them, "You take him and crucify him. I don't find any grounds for a charge against him." The Jewish leaders replied, "We have a Law, and according to this Law he ought to die because he made himself out to be God's Son." When Pilate heard this word, he was even more afraid. He went back into the residence and spoke to Jesus, "Where are you from?" Jesus didn't answer. So Pilate said, "You won't speak to me? Don't you know that I have authority to release you and also to crucify you?" Jesus replied, "You would have no authority over me if it had not been given to you from above. That's why the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin."
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April 13, 2021
Episode 1 April 2021; HOLY THURSDAY: TOWELS AROUND OUR WAISTS
Transformed by Faith Today by Bona Bourlier John 13: 1-15 Before the Festival of Passover, Jesus knew that his time had come to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them fully. Jesus and his disciples were sharing the evening meal. The devil had already provoked Judas, Simon Iscariot's son, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew the Father had given everything into his hands and that he had come from God and was returning to God. So he got up from the table and took off his robes. Picking up a linen towel, he tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a washbasin and began to wash the disciples' feet, drying them with the towel he was wearing. When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?" Jesus replied, "You don't understand what I'm doing now, but you will understand later." "No!" Peter said. "You will never wash my feet!" Jesus replied, "Unless I wash you, you won't have a place with me." Simon Peter said, "Lord, not only my feet but also my hands and my head!" Jesus responded, "Those who have bathed need only to have their feet washed, because they are completely clean. You disciples are clean, but not every one of you." He knew who would betray him. That's why he said, "Not every one of you is clean." After he washed the disciples' feet, he put on his robes and returned to his place at the table. He said to them, "Do you know what I've done for you? You call me 'Teacher' and 'Lord,' and you speak correctly, because I am. If I, your Lord and teacher, have washed your feet, you too must wash each other's feet. I have given you an example: Just as I have done, you also must do.
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April 13, 2021
Episode 31 March 2021; GIVE YOUR COAT
Transformed by Faith Today by Rev. Jenn Fenner Matthew 5: 38-42 "You have heard that it was said, An eye for and eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you that you must not oppose those who want to hurt you. If people slap you on your right cheek, you must turn the left cheek to them as well. When they wish to haul you to court and take your shirt, let them have your coat too. When they force you to go one mile, go with them two. Give to those who ask, and don't refuse those who wish to borrow from you.
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April 13, 2021
Episode 30 March 2021; COATS OF FAVOR
Transformed by Faith Today by Pastor Yolanda Genesis 37: 1-11 Jacob lived in the land of Canaan where his father was an immigrant. This is the account of Jacob's descendants. Joseph was 17 years old and tended the flock with his brothers. While he was helping the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father's wives, Joseph told their father unflattering things about them. Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons because he was born when Jacob was old. Jacob had made for him a long robe. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of his brothers, they hated him and couldn't even talk nicely to him. Joseph had a dream and told it to his brothers, which made them hate him even more. He said to them, "Listen to this dream I had. When we were binding stalks of grain in the field, my stalk got up and stood upright, while your stalks gathered around it and bowed down to my stalk." His brothers said to him, "Will you really be our king and rule over us?" So they hated him even more because of the dreams he told them. Then Joseph had another dream and described it to his brothers: "I've just dreamed again, and this time the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me." When he described it to his father and brothers, his father scolded him and said to him, "What kind of dreams have you dreamed? Am I and your mother and your brothers supposed to come and bow down to the ground in front of you?" His brothers were jealous of him, but his father took careful note of the matter.
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April 13, 2021
Episode 26 March 2021; OIL FOR WORSHIP
Transformed by Faith Today by Rev. Jenn Fenner Numbers 4:16 But Eleazar son of Aaron the priest will have oversight of the oil for lighting, the fragrant incense, the regular grain offering, and the anointing oil, as well as oversight of the entire dwelling and everything in it related to the sanctuary and its equipment.
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April 13, 2021
Episode 25 March 2021; HEALING OIL
Transformed by Faith Today by Bona Bourlier James 5:13-18 If any of you are suffering, they should pray. If any of you are happy, they should sing. If any of you are sick, they should call for the elders of the church, and the elders should pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord. Prayer that comes from faith will heal the sick, for the Lord will restore them to health. And if they have sinned, they will be forgiven. For this reason, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous person is powerful in what it can achieve. Elijah was a person just like us. When he earnestly prayed that it wouldn't rain, no rain fell for three and a half years. He prayed again, God sent rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
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April 13, 2021
Episode 24 March 2021; OIL OF COMPASSION
Transformed by Faith Today by Rev. Jenn Fenner Luke 10: 25-37 A legal expert stood up to test Jesus. "teacher," he said, "what must I do to gain eternal life?" Jesus replied, "What is written in the Law? How do you interpret it?" He responded, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself." Jesus said to him, "You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live." But the legal expert wanted to prove that he was right, so he said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. He encountered thieves, who stripped him naked, beat him up, and left him near death. Now it just so happened that a priest was also going down the same road. When he saw the injured man, he crossed over to the other side of the road and went on his way. Likewise, a Levite came by that spot, saw the injured man, and crossed over to the other side of the road and sent on his way. A Samaritan, who was on a journey, came to where the man was. But when he saw him, he was moved with compassion. The Samaritan went to him and bandaged his wounds, tending them with oil and wine. Then he placed the wounded man on his own donkey, took him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day, he took two full days' worth of wages and gave them to the innkeeper. He said, 'Take care of him, and when I return, I will pay you back for any additional costs.' What do you think? Which one of these three was a neighbor to the man who encountered thieves?" Then the legal expert said, "The one who demonstrated mercy toward him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."
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April 13, 2021
Episode 23 March 2021; EXPENSIVE OIL
Transformed by Faith Today by Pastor Yolanda Matthew 26: 6-13 When Jesus was at Bethany visiting the house of Simon, who had a skin disease, a woman came to him with a vase made of alabaster containing very expensive perfume. She poured it on Jesus' head while he was sitting at dinner. Now when the disciples saw it they were angry and said, "Why this waste? This perfume could have been sold for a lot of money and given to the poor." But Jesus knew what they were thinking. He said, "Why do you make trouble for the woman? She's done a good thing for me. You always have the poor with you, but you won't always have me. By pouring this perfume over my body she's prepared me to be buried. I tell you the truth that wherever in the whole world this good news is announced, what she's done will also be told in memory of her."
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April 13, 2021
Episode 22 March 2021; OUT OF OIL
Transformed by Faith Today by Rev. Jenn Fenner Matthew 25: 1-13 "At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten young bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. Now five of them were wise, and the other five were foolish. The foolish ones took their lamps but didn't bring oil for them. But the wise ones took their lamps and also brought containers of oil. 'When the groom was late in coming, they all became drowsy and went to sleep. But at midnight there was a cry, "Look, the groom! Come out to meet him.' "Then all those bridesmaids replied, 'No, because if we share with you, there won't be enough for our lamps and yours. We have a better idea. You go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.' But while they were gone to buy oil, the groom came. Those who were ready went with him into the wedding. Then the door was shut. "Later the other bridesmaids came and said, 'Lord, lord, open the door for us.' "But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.' "Therefore, keep alert, because you don't now the day or the hour. 
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April 13, 2021
Episode 19 March 2021; SHOES FOR ESCAPE
Transformed by Faith Today by Rev. Jenn Fenner Exodus 12:11 This is how you should eat it. You should be dressed, with your sandals on your feet and your walking stick in your hand. You should eat the meal in a hurry. It is the Passover of the LORD.
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April 13, 2021
Episode 18 March 2021; PUT ON YOUR BELT AND YOUR SHOES
Transformed by Faith Today by Bona Bourlier Acts 12: 6-11 The night before Herod was going to bring Peter's case forward, Peter was asleep between two soldiers and bound with two chains, with soldiers guarding the prison entrance. Suddenly an angel from the Lord appeared and a light shone in the prison cell. After nudging Peter on his side to awaken him, the angel raised him up and said, "Quick! Get up!" The chains fell from his wrists. The angel continued, "Get dressed. Put on your sandals." Peter did as he was told. The angel said, "Put on your coat and follow me." Following the angel, Peter left the prison. However, he didn't realize the angel had actually done all this. He thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself. After leaving the prison, they proceeded the length of one street, when abruptly the angel was gone. At that, Peter came to his senses and remarked, "Now I'm certain that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me from Herod and from everything the Jewish people expected."
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April 13, 2021
Episode 17 March 2021: NOT EVEN WORTHY TO TIE HIS SHOES
Transformed by Faith Today by Rev. Jenn Fenner John 1: 19-28 This is John's testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him, "Who are you?" John confessed (he didn't deny but confessed), "I'm not the Christ." They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?" John said, "I'm not." "Are you the prophet?" John answered, "No." They asked, "Who are you? We need to give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?" John replied, "I am a voice crying out in the wilderness, Make the Lord's path straight, just as the prophet Isaiah said." Those sent by the Pharisees asked, "Why do you baptize if you aren't the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the prophet? John answered, "I baptize with water. Someone greater stands among you, whom you don't recognize. He comes after me, but I'm not worthy to untie his sandal straps." This encounter took place across the Jordan in Bethany where John was baptizing.
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April 13, 2021
Episode 16 March 2021; NEW SHOES
Transformed by Faith Today by Pastor Yolanda Luke 15: 11-14 Jesus said, "A certain man had two sons. The younger son said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of the inheritance.' Then the father divided his estate between them. Soon afterward, the younger son gathered everything together and took a trip to a land far away. There, he wasted his wealth through extravagant living. "When he had used up his resources, a severe food shortage arose in that country and he began to be in need."
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April 13, 2021
Episode 15 March 2021; SHOES FOR MISSION
Transformed by Faith Today by Rev. Jenn Fenner Mark 6: 6b-13 Then Jesus traveled through the surrounding villages teaching. He called for the Twelve and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority over unclean spirits. He instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a walking stick--no bread, no bags, and no money in their belts. He told them to wear sandals but not to put on two shirts. He said, Whatever house you enter, remain there until you leave that place. If a place doesn't welcome you or listen to you, as you leave, shake the dust off your feet as a witness against them. So they went out and proclaimed that people should change their hearts and lives. They cast out many demons, and they anointed many sick people with olive oil and healed them.
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April 13, 2021
Episode 12 March 2021; COINS FOR THE BUILDING FUND
Transformed by Faith Today by Rev. Jenn Fenner Ezra 2: 64-69 The whole assembly together totaled 42,360, not including their 7,337 male and female servants; they also had 200 male and female singers, 736 horses, 245 mules, 435 camels, and 6,720 donkeys. When they arrived at the LORD'S house in Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families brought spontaneous gifts for the rebuilding of God's house on its site. According to their means, they gave to the building fund 61,000 drachmen of gold, 5,000 manehs of silver, and 100 priestly robes.
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April 12, 2021
Episode 11 March 2021; TWO SPARROWS FOR A PENNY
Transformed by Faith Today by Bona Bourlier Matthew 10: 26-31 Therefore, don't be afraid of those people because nothing is hidden that won't be revealed, and nothing secret that won't be brought out into the open. What I say to you in the darkness, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, announce from the rooftops. Don't be afraid of those who kill the body but can't kill the soul. Instead, be afraid of the one who can destroy body and soul in hell. Aren't two sparrows sold for a small coin? But not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father knowing about it already. Even the hairs of your head are all counted. Don't be afraid. You are worth more than many sparrows.
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April 12, 2021
Episode 10 March 2021; POURED OUT COINS
Transformed by Faith Today by Rev. Jenn Fenner John 2: 13-22 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord.
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April 12, 2021
Episode 9 March 2021; COINS
Transformed by Faith Today by Pastor Yolanda Luke 2: 1-4 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David.)
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April 12, 2021
Episode 8 March 2021; COINS
Transformed by Faith Today by Rev. Jen Fenner  Luke 15:8 Either that woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 
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April 12, 2021
Episode 12 April 2021: RISEN
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg MD Romans 8:37 No, in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  Step into the victory and strength of the risen Christ when you rest in the assurance that God's love is enough and nothing can separate you from it! 
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April 12, 2021
Episode 5 March 2021: Lent: Looking through the Lens of the Cross: Colossians 1:17: Rev. Jen Fenner
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg MD LENT: Looking through the lens of the cross Episode 5 March 2021 Can God hold together your relationships with other people? Certainly in cases of abuse or neglect there is need to separate from relationships, but the every day challenges that all relationships face still leave us in deep need of a third person. And that person is God Christian marriage understands that two individuals,however committed as they are to each other, always need the work of God between them in order to keep connection. In your ministry, your profession, your friendships, and your relationships with your children, there is often space that cannot be filled with human effort. Colossians 1:17 reminds us that Christ holds all things together Today, will you make space for grace? Forgive first Forgive again if the resentment returns. Seek peace Model true love Tell the truth Seek justice Stand in humility And see the log in your eye not the speck in your neighbors
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March 5, 2021
Episode 4 March 2021: Lent: Looking through the Lens of the Cross: Colossians 1:17
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY: Bona Bourlier is featured in todays daily podcast from Epworth United Methodist Church Gaithersburg Maryland LENT: Looking through the lens of the cross Episode 4 March 2021 What keeps you connected to the center even when it’s hard? Colossians 1:17  says In Christ all things hold together Every relationship, community, congregation, family struggles at times. There will be division, disagreement, hurt feelings, need for forgiveness of self and others, and hurdles to overcome. So what holds you in relationship, even when its hard? I am not talking about abuse which should not be tolerated or normalized - but I am talking about conflict which is normal, present, and part of our daily journey. Are you one of the first to disconnect, run and hide, accuse, or explode? Or do you have the connection of Christ to keep you attached to God and to others.
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March 4, 2021
Episode 3 March 2021: Lent: Looking at the Cross: Philippians 2:1-11
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg Maryland  LENT: Looking at the Cross Episode 3 March 2021 Have you ever showed encouragement, compassion, and generosity to another person and found you changed as much as those around you? Jesús was counter cultural And in Philippians 2:1-3 we are invite to live differently in the details Sometimes it’s radical to Show compassion To put others before yourself To point out hope in another’s circumstances Philippians 2:1-8 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5 Let the same mind be in you that was[a] in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, 7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, 8  he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross.
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March 3, 2021
Episode 1 March 2021: Lent - Looking at the Cross: Hebrews 12:1-3
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg MD LENT: Looking at the Cross Episode 1 March 2021 Have you ever needed motivation to just keep going? I have. And many days during this past year..... Today's scripture comes from Hebrews 12:1-3. In verse 2 we are reminded to run with perseverance the race set before us. If all you can do is keep going....keep going! We are reminded that we get further if we look to God who goes before us - as a pioneer opening the way and as one who is perfecting us, forming us, molding us in a faith that grows in the challenges of real life. Hebrews 12:2-3 says  we fix our eyes - and don't let go - on Jesus - AND we seek Joy. For the sake of Joy - we endure the things like the cross - the injustice, the struggle, the suffering, the pain, knowing that there is more beyond the hardest moments. Living faithfully and well, pressing on when we want to give up, facing the real realities of sin and death are not easy - but for the sake of JOY we push forward, believing that the cost of following the WAY really is worth the journey and worth the struggle. Be encouraged today
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March 1, 2021
Episode 24 February 2021 Lent: Looking at Bread: Ecclesiastes 11:1
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church  Lent: Looking at Bread Episode: 24 February 2021 Do you know what it means to cast your bread upon the waters? Ecclesiastes 11:1 says Send out your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will get it back. Are you willing to give generously without knowing when or if  you will get it back? Are you willing to give freely today without knowing what the future holds? God's economy is full of bounty - Give you will receive Trust a little and it will be multiplied. Give God of yourself and God will receive it and use it! Even today when it feels like the future is uncertain and your supply of bread limited, cast your bread upon the waters and allow in faith for it to come back in God's way and time.
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February 24, 2021
Episode 23 February 2021: Lent 2021: Looking at Bread: Mark 7:24-30
Transformed by faith today by Rev. Yolanda Pupo Ortiz of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg Maryland  Lent: Looking at bread Episode 23 February 2021 Have you ever asked for a little and received a lot? Have you ever persisted, even beyond others prejudices and judgements, to receive the abundance of God? In Mark 7 a Greek woman asks Jesus to  heal her daughter. Jesus imitates the judgement of his community with a derogatory reference to her outsider status. But this woman insists......even dogs eat bread that falls form the table. Just give me a little, she asks. And Jesus does! The only way Jesus' actions make sense to me is to read them as an exercise in revelation.  By pushing to expose the prejudice she faces - Jesus also exposes her deep faith, her persistence. and God's provision beyond the worlds injustice. Ultimately the story becomes a show of God's blessing upon the outcast and the persistent in faith. Sometimes bread is easily given to us and we are grateful. Sometimes we must preserver. In both instances God provides. Take courage and PUSH THROUGH today. God indeed sees and ultimately responds with abundance. Take a listen at Epworth United Methodist Church Gaithersburg Maryland Mark 7: 24-30 24 Jesus left that place and went to the vicinity of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know it; yet he could not keep his presence secret. 25 In fact, as soon as she heard about him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an impure spirit came and fell at his feet. 26 The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter. 27 “First let the children eat all they want,” he told her, “for it is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.” 28 “Lord,” she replied, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” 29 Then he told her, “For such a reply, you may go; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 She went home and found her child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
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February 23, 2021
Episode 22 February 2021: Lent: Looking at Bread: Exodus 16:2-7
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg Maryland  LENT: Looking at Bread Episode 22 February 2021 Like waves that wash and wane, God provides what we need in rhythm with our daily life; one day at a time! The bread God gave the Israelites in the wilderness was enough for one day and came each day. Have you ever questioned why it’s just light for the next step or bread for this day? Why not more or for longer? The Israelites even tried to save mana for more than one day but it rotted! Mana could only be collected  on the day God provided and the next day’s sabbath once a week. Does God not want us to consider the future? To look ahead? I don’t think that’s it Scripture says we should not worry about tomorrow - today has enough trouble of it’s own. Today we will trust God I confess to wrestling and becoming restless when I can’t see beyond today. But God must know today is all I need, all I can handle, and full of enough to keep me full! Here’s to today’s daily bread Exodus 16:2-7 2 In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3 The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. 5 On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.” 6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of Egypt, 7 and in the morning you will see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling against him.
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February 22, 2021
Episode 19 February 2021: Lent Looking at Dust: 1 Samuel 2: 1-10
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD  LENT: Looking at Dust Episode 19 February 2021 Does your heart feel the pain of others in a deeper way, once you have been in the dust of suffering yourself? Hannah's heart certainly did. Or does your current joy blind you to the pain of others? is looking at "Lent in Plain Sight' following the devotional by Jill Duffield. And this week we are looking at Dust as seen in scriptureEpworth United Methodist Church Gaithersburg Maryland Today we meet Hannah, mother to the prophet Samuel. Hannah prayed to God for years to have a son, and spent years accused, pushed away, and diminished because of her suffering. When God answered and she conceived Samuel, her heart rejoiced and she ultimately dedicated Samuel to God - under the teaching of Eli the prophet. But Hannah's joy never blinded her to the pain of others. To the contrary - because Hannah knew what it was like to be in the ash heap of suffering she was acutely aware of the needs of others and the power of God. Her time in the dust made her ever aware of walking with others from the ashes to their own song of rejoicing. And like many after her,  Hannah's experience with her own dust  made her aware of God's strength and power beyond any judgement or impossibility imposed by others. May our own mortality, need, struggle open us to God's call to walk with others in compassion and grace. We as a people seem to have lost the capacity to feel another's suffering. And what is the gospel if not a call to the shared journey of redemption? 1 Samuel 2: 1-10 Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn[a] is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. 2 “There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. 3 “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. 4 “The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength. 5 Those who were full hire themselves out for food, but those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children, but she who has had many sons pines away. 6 “The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up. 7 The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. 8 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. Take a listen to our daily podcast
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February 19, 2021
Episode Feb 18: Dust: Finding Meaning in Lent and Easter: Job 30:16-23
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY DUST: FINDING THE MEANING IN LENT AND EASTER Episode 18 February 2021 Have you ever felt like your feet turned  to dust under so much pressure? Have you held on just to the tiniest bit of faith in the face of what felt like God’s silence? Listen as Bona Bourlier of Epworth reflects on Job’s experience of dust, still pointing us to honest engaged wrestling faith in God! Hear Job's lament as part of his honest walk with God: Job 30:16-23 16 “And now my life ebbs away; days of suffering grip me. 17 Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest. 18 In his great power God becomes like clothing to me; he binds me like the neck of my garment. 19 He throws me into the mud, and I am reduced to dust and ashes. 20 “I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me. It's ok to share our feelings with God  - even our anger and self pity and pain - but in our sharing may we draw closer to God and not allow the enemy to use them to separate our heart from the ONE who holds us, heals us, saves us.
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February 18, 2021
Episode Feb 17 2021: Dust on Ash Wednesday: Psalm 119:25; Genesis 2:7
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg Maryland.  LENT: The meaning of the cross and the resurrection Episode 17 February 2021 Have your own limitations ever scared you? Have you ever cried out like the writer of Psalm 119:25 - My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to your word. Have you ever absolutely known you needed strength and life beyond what you had? Have you ever let go enough to watch God provide? Ash Wednesday is the start of lent and the day in which Christians mark themselves with the sign of the cross made from ashes. ASHES? Why ashes? Pastors painting with ash often say - from dust you have come and to dust you will return. But why? Who wants to be reminded that we start as dust and our bodies return to dust? Maybe there is freedom in dust, when we can name our need and declare that STILL there is One who gives us life, strength, worth, call, purpose beyond our deepest fears......REVIVE us GOD. We are only dust without you. There can be deep freedom in our frailty. What if you served in the freedom that God did not depend on you? What if you lived like you knew you were temporary? What if you loved knowing that every breath you take is a gift of life, not an entitlement? What if you breathed knowing you don't create the breath only relax enough to let it flow? Genesis 2:7 reminds us that Then the Lord God formed a person  from the dust of the ground and breathed into nostrils the breath of life, and the person became a living being. If God is the source of our breath and our life, God can revive us again....and again....and again..... Our bodies are made of dust. And our bodies return to dust. But the breath in our lungs, given from the BREATH of GOD, gives us life - and makes us living. And when we breath our last, the SPIRIT of GOD invites us to eternal life beyond any an all frailties of sin and brokenness, and tiredness. Today embrace your frailty as the beginning of your Strength in God
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February 17, 2021
REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD: Episode 26 January 2021: Luke 10:38-42
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg Maryland  REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD Episode 26 January 2021 Can you find a place to just sit and listen today, even if for a few minutes? For me, I hear best on the shores of Lake Michigan - the place - in my grandmother's presence - where I would just go to BE and TO LISTEN. Most of us have a place where we can more easily hear God. Sometimes we have a person whose quiet supportive presence helps us hear better. (I miss you Nan!) Priscilla Shirer suggests that God always has a word - tailor made - for each of us. But hearing OUR WORD requires us to make space. to listen. We often try to hear through every other means - pastors, podcasts, studies, the opinion of our friends. But God is always ready to pour directly into our soul, if we sit still long enough to be filled. Luke 10 tells the story of Mary and Martha. Martha readies the house for Jesus' visit. Mary sits at Jesus feet and LISTENS. Martha complains to Jesus that Mary is not doing her share. Jesus suggests that this quiet listening of Mary is rest that CAN NOT BE TAKEN AWAY. Time resting and listening to God can not be erased or replaced by anything. Perhaps more than before I was struck by Martha's insistence that Mary's rest at Jesus' feet was not ok. How often do we criticize when others finally take a moment to rest and listen to God alone? The peace that passes understanding.... The strength that lifts us on eagles wings..... The joy of the Lord are gifts we find - tailor made - when we sit in God's presence. Resting any other way is not the same. Vacations end. Problems return. Massages cost money and need to be repeated. But resting and listening to God offers rest that can not be taken from us! As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
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January 26, 2021
REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD: Episode 25 January 2021: Proverbs 23:4-5
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD Episode 25 January  2021 Do you go to sleep in peace, content with what  you have? Can you see the light in the night sky or are you blinded by all your restless searching? Gratefulness for what is and contentment with where we are- are fundamental to living in peace. Proverbs 23:4-5 offers the following counsel: Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness. 5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. I believe deeply in setting goals, in growing in faith, and in striving to live more deeply into our calling - but living discontented, chasing after wealth and what we do not have, using our cleverness to seek what is temporary will not grant us peace, will not fill our hearts with gratitude, and will most certainly not get us closer to where God calls us to go. Contentment and daily gratitude - even while standing against injustice and continually asking God to search our hearts - will give us the peace and footing to grow into so much more in God.
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January 25, 2021
REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD: EPISODE 22 January 2021: Psalm 16
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church Gaithersburg MD REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD EPISODE 22 January 2021 God has carved out  boundaries for the rivers and  lines for the mountain peaks against the clearest sky. Do you have boundaries in your life? Do you have boundaries which according to Psalm 16:5 create pleasant places? Rest and renewal require boundaries. Deepening in joy, grace, peace require the space to enter into things abundantly. Carey Niewhouf suggests that many of us spend January re-orienting how we will spend the year. We plan for greater efficiency and effective work towards our physical, spiritual relationship goals. But at some point, no new efficiency  can create the space we need. We must prioritize. We must say yes to some things in deeper ways, and no to others. We must have boundaries in order to rest. Psalm 16 describes the security and protection we can find in the boundaries of God. It ends with the promise that we can find  the true path of life, fullness of joy.  and unending pleasures. Bring us to the beauty of your boundaries God - that we might have space - Space  for open sky with clear mountains that do not obstruct but heighten the landscape, and  space for running rivers that feed life but do not overwhelm the land. Psalm 16 Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge. 2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.”[a] 3 As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble, in whom is all my delight. 4 Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;[b] their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names upon my lips. 5 The Lord is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. 6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; I have a goodly heritage. 7 I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. 8 I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices; my body also rests secure. 10 For you do not give me up to Sheol, or let your faithful one see the Pit. 11 You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
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January 25, 2021
REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD: EPISODE 21 January 2021:1 Peter 5:6-7
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church Gaithersburg MD  REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD EPISODE 21 January 2021 What burden is so big, it's blocked your ability to see? What weight is so heavy you’ve lost the joy of life? Renewal, rest, re-creation give us a lighter heart and the joy of being carried -like on river waters or on eagle wings. Romans 12:2 suggests Our minds can be renewed so that we can see the good and perfect and acceptable will of God. Carrying the weight of the world makes it impossible to see anything - let alone God's vision. 1 Peter 5:6-7 Suggests  that we cast our anxieties on God and out of love and kindness God will carry them for us. Giving God what was never ours to carry is the only thing that gives us the lightness to make it through the WHOLE JOURNEY. Let God's care hold you. Give yourself days to float in that love. And trust that what you think ONLY you can hold, are precisely the things God wants to take from your heart.
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January 25, 2021
REST and RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD: Episode 20 January 2021: Ezekiel 37
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD REST and RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD Episode 20 January 2021 Have you ever felt something was too far gone to be repaired? Has your life been in too many pieces for God to bring wholeness? Rest and renewal in the Word of the Lord can restore ALL THINGS! Ezekiel 37 is the powerful chapter of Scripture in which God tells Ezekiel to speak the word of the Lord over a valley of bones so old they have dried out. Scattered and weak, God pulls them together - first growing tendons, then flesh, than standing beings, then the breath of the Lord, then an army of the Lord.
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January 25, 2021
REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD: EPISODE 19 January 2021: Jeremiah 31
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD  REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD EPISODE 19 January 2021 Have you ever tried to rush your process of rest or renewal? Have you ever desired renewal or healing to happen in one day because you think that’s all the time you can spend? Not surprising -God doesn’t often work this way. In Jeremiah 31 God promises to watch over Israel as they build and plant again. If you have planted or built you know results do not come overnight. They are slow growing -one brick and one sprout at a time. Today, consider your timeline for rest and renewal and how open you are to the process of healing and wholeness with God. Like the colors of an unfolding sunrise or the steps of a heron taking flight - our walk with God is not a quick fix, but a renewing healing salvation! I took this picture in Palm Harbor Florida on the morning I officiated my Grandpa Hamilton's funeral. Like every process - the recovery from this grief and the integration if his life witness into mine continues still today. Rest and renewal are not an escape. They are a daily trusting in the ongoing work of a God who is always watching over what we build and what we plant. May our lives bear fruit to God's glory.
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January 25, 2021
REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD 18 January 2021: Galatians 4:6-7
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD 18 January 2021 God offers us home  and belonging. And rest that comes from the being held in the arms of one who loves us just because. Sometimes rest needs to be the belonging of home. Galatians 4:6 -7 Because you are his children, God, sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out Abba Father. So you are no longer a slave, buts Gods child and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir. Children carry the genetic imprint of their parents. We, as heirs, carry the richness of Gods grace, wisdom, strength, and peace if we allow the gifts of our inheritance to flow through us. As this nation celebrates Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man the white establishment pursued, persecuted, and sought to silence, may our rest be renewal to continue the work for justice and peace. It is amazing what one person set free by the Spirit and Beloved of God can do if we know whose we are and from where our strength comes!
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January 25, 2021
REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD Episode 15 January 2021
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY Did you know God offers us rest as a loving gift? What other -only God- gifts have you experienced? Does it soften your heart to know God gives to you as an intimate expression of love? Do we receive Gods gifts given? Listen to @Epworth United Methodist Church Gaithersburg Maryland podcast Psalm 127 verse 2 Says God gives rest Will you receive the gift today?
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January 25, 2021
REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD Episode 14 Jan 2021: Psalm 62
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church Gaithersburg Maryland What are you standing on today? PSALM 62:5-6 Find rest, oh my soul, in God alone: my hope comes from God. God alone is my rock and my salvation: God is my fortress, I will not be shaken. What a beautiful thought that God can be a rock upon which we stand. A place that cannot be moved or shaken even as the world seems to spin, our emotions overflow, and the trials never end. Psalm 62 verse 11 and 12 ends the Psalm  this way. One thing God has spoken and two things have ....I heard that you, oh God, are strong and that you, oh Lord, are loving. There’s nothing like being in the mountains to sense the magnitude and fortitude of rock. Hundreds of thousands of years are present before your very eyes. And to look out from the one rock upon which you stand and see the rest of the mountainous formations gives an amazing sense of the strength and the love and creative care of God. I have heard it described that Satan can overwhelm us with a flood of words. Words that fill our life and thoughts and that overtake our hearts such but there is no space to hear the word of the Lord  or to sense God‘s unchanging power in the midst of so many voices. Psalm 62 asks how long were you assault an individual? Will all of you throw him down this wall, this tottering fence? Are you fully intending to topple him from his lofty place and take delight in lies. With your mouth you bless but in your hearts you curse. Satan may attack us with a flood of words, some  that even come through the mouth of others as supposed blessings,  but our soul is called to find rest in the Lord. We are called to hope in God. We are called to stand on God as the unshaken rock and foundation. Today, may you see God —but not in a flood  of words, but in the sheer silence as you stand upon the rock and look out on the magnitude and fortitude of all God has created for you and for me.
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January 14, 2021
REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD: EPISODE 13 Jan 2021: Psalm 1:2-3
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY Podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church Gaithersburg Maryland DO YOU HAVE A PLACE WHERE YOU DRAW STRENGTH FOR EACH DAY? And if not, how can you possibly make the long journey?? Psalm 1: 2-3 says Blessed is the one who delights in the word of the Lord and on God’s word meditates day and night. This person is like a tree planted by streams of water which yield fruit in season and whose leaves do not wither. I love that God invites us to a place where we continually and quietly  in underground unspoken ways  draw water and strength daily from God. I invite us in these days when the journey is long and justice continues to need to be sought, and the pandemic rages on and we feel tired and weary, I encourage us to plant ourselves beside streams of living water that will feed us. These are days to be fed by God for the long journey
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January 13, 2021
REST AND RENEWAL IN THE WORD OF THE LORD: Episode 12 January 2021
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg What sustains you daily? Philippians 4:13 is known for emphasizing ALL THINGS we can do through Christ who strengthens us But starting the verse before enriches even further. Philippians 4:12 is Paul laying out the daily strength he has found in God. He says - I have learned to be content or rest in all things whether I am well fed or hungry. - This daily undeterred rest is essential in hard times. Similarly Joshua 1:6 Is famous for God encouraging Joshua to be strong and courageous. But Joshua 1:8 outlines how Joshua is to find that courage. It is by daily meditating on the word of God. Learning to rest and find renewal and strength in Christ is not just on vacation or sabbath, it is necessary to be sustained each day. Courage, strength, and rest in all circumstances, come when we are sustained by God's word and when we DAILY feed our spirits not just our bodies. Especially in hard times we are tempted to lean only on our understanding, analysis, effort. Let us cling more tightly now to the spaces God speaks to us.
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January 12, 2021
Rest and Renewal in the Word of the Lord: Episode 11 January 2021
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg Maryland Where are you headed this year? When Jesus was tempted by Satan He reminded us all that we cannot live on physical bread alone -we must be fed by the word of God When Elijah is pursued on every side God reminds him -that God is found not in the wind that breaks mountains into rocks. Not in the earthquake that moves foundations, not in the fire that burns too hot But in the sheer sound of silence God speaks when we stop long enough to hear! Isaiah 40:30 reminds us that those who wait, rest, hope in the Lord will be renewed This pandemic is far from over There is clear resurgent boldness amount white supremist Our Capitol was assaulted And our financial pressures are great! How will you enter 2021? Join Epworth for 21 days of podcast focused on resting and renewing in Gods strength We cannot make it even today without the word of the Lord
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January 12, 2021
Episode January 8 2021: New Beginnings: Revelation 21:1-3
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY from @Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaitherburg and the Rev. Jennifer Fenner New Beginnings: Episode 8 January 2021 Revelation 21:1-3 The newness of the new year already does not seem like enough, right? Ready for a do-over for 2021? The truth is the passing of one calendar year to the next never will be our fulfillment. God is the newness we need. Revelation 21 - the powerful vision given to John as he is incarcerated on the Island of Patmos and his church under great trial - includes the prophetic words from Isaiah 25. The newness, the complete renewal God promises for this earth has three profound components. 1. We will be God's people  and God will be our God in a way that is deeper and more intense than even our best moments now. We will belong completely! All of us! 2. There will be no more death. None. The wages of sin are death. There will be justice and righteousness that overtakes our brokenness and sin. And death will be permanently swallowed in the victory of God. ALL OF IT. 3. And - my favorite honestly - as it seems to show God knows we need not just justice but Gods attention and tenderness - God ---with all the power of hands that created the universe - God, will personally and specifically take tender fingers to wipe every tear from your eye and from mine! There is newness and renewal. And then there is God's newness. As we struggle in these days may we draw hope from these profound promises of God! And may we look and be - signs of God with us, - hope in the face of death and redemption in the face of sin, and - - compassion and tenderness in the moments of deep suffering and need. It is amazing how those three things can change even today!
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January 8, 2021
Episode January 7 2021: New Beginnings: Lamentations 3:22-23
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY with the Rev. Jen Fenner of @Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg   New Beginning Episode 7 Jan 2021 Lamentations 3:22-23 If there has ever been a day to begin anew in this nation it is today. Did yesterday’s events leave you feeling consumed? Because of the Lords compassion we are not consumed. God’s steadfast love is our foundation. Great is God’s faithfulness. And yet injustice and evil are still present in so many ways. Today God we ask for the stillness of mind and heart, so that we would hear you. We ask for your truth that you promise will set us free. We ask to abide in You Apart from you we can do nothing, and certainly nothing in Your Name for Your Kingdom
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January 8, 2021
Episode January 6 2021: New Beginnings: Epiphany and Isaiah 43:18-19
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY New Beginnings Episode 6 January 2021 - Epiphany and All Things New Isaiah 43:18-19 Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Do you believe that new things are possible? Or do the former things - the things you have experienced, the things that have scarred you, the things that have inspired you - what you have seen and what you have come to believe - forever dictate what you see for the future? Will  you leave space for GOD to do a NEW THING? Epiphany - God pushing open WIDER the message of salvation to include all nations is important. We so often make God in our image, according to what we have experienced, and what we believe. We believe some lives are worth saving but not all! We believe God is about our nation when God will not be constrained! For all our limiting attempts, God will always be God. Jesus was the long awaited Messiah. Jesus was not the one to save just the people of Israel. Jesus had come to save ALL from their sins. Believing new things in God are possible requires always leaving the door open to what God does beyond what we see or imagine - the  impossible is possible with God. Leave the former things behind. Look I am doing a new thing, God says. Is God big enough in your life to lead you into new ways, to include new nations, to provide streams in the wasteland and a way in the wilderness......God must be God to you - if this is possible. May it be so!
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January 8, 2021
Episode January 5 2021: New Beginnings: Psalm 121
TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY PSALM 121: New Beginnings New Years resolutions can feel like a hopeful fresh page on January 1 and quickly become another burden to carry by January 3rd God promises to be the shade at our right hand as we cross deserts of open road. The newness of a new year is only sustained by the God that constantly and consistently makes all things new. Are you taking God up on the offer to be your strength and your shade? Where does your help for all thing new come from? Psalm 121 says our help is from the Lord who made heaven and earth. Will you let God author the newness in your life this year?
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January 8, 2021
Episode January 4 2021: New Beginnings: 2 Corinthians 5:17
Transformed by Faith Today with Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg Maryland and the Rev. Jennifer Fenner There is a new year ahead of us and we are grateful. But new year rarely bring newness if there is not an internal change. 2 Corinthians 5:17 speaks of the ways in which faith brings new creation - new beginnings. The foundation of faith is the possibility that God's grace in Christ allows us to start anew. You and I are not bound by past choice or even our weakest moments. Newness is not based upon our own strength or skill or even dedication to this year's resolution. God's grace makes things new. And the ability to start anew is a door that remains open always by God's grace. Will you find a deep sense of newness? Will you live with others granting them the possibility to begin anew as well? New creation in Christ does not limit accountability or responsibility but rather softens hearts to the possibility that things can be change and the world can become what we do not yet see!
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January 4, 2021
Edition 48: Mary did you Know?: 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs
MARY DID YOU KNOW? sung by Floyd Jones TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY with 30 Days of reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs Is there something God has told you that you JUST KNOW? No circumstances or conversations with others can take away the certainty of what God has given you? Claim it! and Hold on to it! God is faithful. Mary, had that kind of knowing, when it came to the nature of her son. Mark Lowry, author of the lyrics to Mary did you Know? detailed the idea for the song. "It came from a conversation with my mother," he said. She told me - no one but Mary - had the 100% conviction that Jesus was born from a virgin. And perhaps that certainty, the knowledge that Jesus was not an ordinary child,  was the only thing that strengthened her as she watched him suffer and die on the cross. Lowry shared that his mother's reflection on Mary led him to consider other questions he might have for her...... Mary do you know that the baby you cradle will one day cradle you? Do you know that he will walk on water, heal the sick, give sight to the blind? Do you know? Today as the Christmas festivities fade, hold tight to the secret, the promise, the gift God has spoken in you. THERE IS SOMETHING you KNOW because GOD HAS SAID so. Trust it! Claim it! Lean into it! God is amazingly personal and connected to each of us. It is part of the depth of love we are given. Rest in what you know even in the face of evil and sin and challenge and heart ache! As Mary said, may we all say ....here we are, your servants! May it be with us ACCORDING TO YOUR WORD!
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December 31, 2020
Edition 49: Go Tell it On the Mountain: 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs
O TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN sung here by Floyd Jones TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY from Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church Gaithersburg Maryland Have you stood in a thin place - where God reached from the heavens to the mountain top you were standing upon? Do you have a story to tell and a witness to hope for someone today? The Christmas Song Go Tell It on the Mountain was published in the early 1900s by John Wesley Work Jr, a choir director, educator and Harvard alum. Wesley Work is credited as being the first African American collector of African American Spirituals. Obviously the song existed much earlier than that - sung by those who believed in the good news of God even in the midst of the incomprehensible injustices of a slavery system whose remnants continue today. The song speaks of mountains - and scripture is full of them. Many times God speaks to Abraham on Mount Moriah, Moses (with the ten commandments), Jesus on the Mount of Temptation and later on Mt Calvary, the disciples as they witness Jesus' transfiguration. Modern day Christians of the Iona community refer to mountain top God experiences as thin places. Isaiah 52 speaks of the beauty of mountain spaces and the feet of those who share the good news of Gods Hope 7 How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” 8 Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices; together they shout for joy. When the Lord returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes. To whom will you bear HOPE today? Go tell it from the mountains.....the power of an incarnate God with us!
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December 31, 2020
Edition 47: Joy to the World: 30 Days of Reflection on Advent and Christmas Songs
Joy to the World! After this year - WHO ISNT LOOKING FOR JOY!?! But where do we find deep true lifting joy? Has 2020 left you reeling from the pain of human sin - whether lies, selfishness, or death? Do you long for a world in which systemic racism, concentrations of power, and the misallocation of resources would be overcome by compassion and truth and grace? Do you just simply wish that even in this pandemic some would not be standing in 100 car+ lines for food while others feel less effect? Psalm 98 is the foundation of the lyrics to Joy to the World. Powerfully the joy described is two part - Joy that God has revealed God's love through Christ who literally saves us from sin and death. AND -Joy that God will come again to rule in truth and grace Methodism was founded on the theological understanding that we need personal holiness through God's grace in Christ and a role in social holiness - the ultimate work of the kingdom of God! Methodist's hold the basic Christian belief that  God took human form in the person of Christ and God will come again to bring complete righteousness to earth. Hasn't 2020 shown us enough? We need JOY! Joy that comes from salvation. Joy that comes from the knowledge that Christ will come again. Sin hurts and breaks and diminishes. Death is real And generations, systems, and structures of injustice really do imprison all of human kind Come Lord Jesus to rule in truth and grace. WE NEED YOU! Make known your salvation And show your righteousness in all the earth! Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things! His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him. 2 The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! 5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord! 7 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! 8 Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together 9 before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.
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December 29, 2020
Edition 46: The Hallelujah Chorus: 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs
The Hallelujah Chorus composed by Handel was originally part of an Easter oratorio. Gradually the Hallelujah Chorus found its way into Christmas celebrations. That is in part because there is no one season to worship God. Praising is what we do. Taken from Revelation 19:6-7 it describes the beauty of God's glory and reign. Scripture says:  Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunderpeals, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God  the Almighty reigns. 7 Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, Hallelujah is the Hebrew word for Praise. It is the highest form of Praise. There is something about the days after Christmas that can feel hollow and empty. For all the effort, all the lights, all the gifts, food, and reach to people - some of the empty places remain empty. Perhaps because, it is only God who is worthy of our praise! And praising God fills some of the deepest places of need and calling within us. You and I were made to worship. Worshipping God fills places within us like nothing else can. Try worshipping God just because today. Lift your hands and heart in praise Seek to see God's glory. It is so much more lasting and powerful than any tradition or holiday we try to re-create. Revelation 19 details  praise in the days when Christ returns again in final victory - in complete justice and truth. There will be a day.....when the emptiness is filled, the wrong righted, and Truth will prevail. In the meantime we wait and hope with patience and worship the Glory of the God that still breaks in around us each day.
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December 28, 2020
Edition 45: I Heard The Bells on Christmas Day; 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs
I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY TRANSFORMED BY FAITH TODAY 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs Has the fanfare of Christmas ever just felt like too much? Have the bells of Christendom rung so much their sound has become hollow and commercial? Have you ever just had enough?! That was how Henry Wadsworth Longfellow felt as he grappled with national racism, deep personal grief, and the heartache of parenting a grown son wounded in war. The year Longfellow wrote the words to this song  had been a hard one following on the heals of several hard ones. His beloved wife of 18 years, Frances,  caught fire and burned to death as Longfellow tried to save her. The fire scarred his face so badly he wore a beard the rest of his life and was too ill to attend her funeral. An abolitionist in the midst of the U.S. Civil War, Longfellow could hardly see peace and justice winning out in the nation that still to this day can not see all lives of equal value. Still the Christmas bells insisted..... And his son Charles was wounded in the war, forcing Longfellow to travel to the hospital and bring him home to nurse him to health. 2020 was not the only hard year in history. And as the bells rang long into the night, Longfellow resisted what felt like false hope and unfulfilled promises. Hence the second to last stanza: And in despair I bowed my head; "There is no peace on earth," I said; "For hate is strong, And mocks the song Of peace on earth, good-will to all! And yet is it not into the midst of heartache and brokenness that any real hope must come? Hope that is seen - is not hope at all, scripture tells us. And the promise of Hope Born this Day in the City of Bethlehem (still under oppression and in the midst of violence in 2020) is a true promise, a real promise, a God-sized promise. Longfellow wrote, as the hope infused his heart: "Then pealed the bells more loud and deep: "God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, With peace on earth, good-will to All.” Beyond all the plastic, artificial, commercial, and even fabricated light - may the true light - the Light of the World - the Light that is never overcome by darkness - break into your heart and mine! God does and will have the last word! The true hope of Christmas will not be thwarted. God is with us. God has overcome the world. And God invites us to be brave enough to continue to speak for justice, live with hope, and walk by faith, not by sight. That is the power of Christ among us today.
08:36
December 25, 2020
Edition 44: Silent Night: 30 Days of Reflection on Advent and Christmas Songs
Do you need real peace? How about deep rest? Like the kind you find by a mountain lake or in a silent night? The narrative of God breaking into the world is beautiful in its raw display of love. But it was hardly perfect or sublime.  The people of Israel had long been oppressed by Rome. Travel for a Roman census was not easy or always safe. Mary was young and unknown. Jesus was jostling in the womb as she rode. And still - God brings peace. We have made the story too perfect and our expectations of this season out of line with God's power to bring true peace in heavy storms. In Luke 8 - the grown Jesus awakens in a boat tossed by wind and waves. Peace be still he says to the wind and the waves and they are silent. This pandemic has been long. Racial injustice and devaluing of black and brown voices has been longer still - yet God offers peace. Not a peace that ceases the struggle - but a rest from the wind and the waves that we might continue. The silent and holy night into which a savior was born was the beginning of an earthly life of confrontation, healing, sacrifice, and ultimately sacrificial love on the cross. Find peace this Christmas that we might together continue working out our salvation with fear and trembling in an oh so broken world! Edition 44 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD. 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs.
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December 24, 2020
Edition 43: Rise Up Shepherd and Follow: 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs
It is easy to give into a life that is structured by other peoples expectations, needs, demands. But the star in the East points to One whose priorities are different. What do you need to leave behind this week, in order to get up and follow? Maybe they are voices in your head? Demands that are not truly the top priorities in a life following after Christ? In Luke's gospel not only the shepherds are asked to follow. Later in his ministry Jesus speaks to a tax collector Levi who ends up leaving everything and following Jesus. In this Christmas season we can pour out love, and gifts, and commitment on those we love, our friends and family, our faith community, our larger community. But if their voices and unmet needs become our Star in the East, we end up following unattainable expectations that leave others still in need and us, resentful and unclear. The song says - leave your ewes, leave your rams - Rise up Shepherd and follow Christ. Christ alone shows us how to love and live fully without being bound by the needs of this world! Edition 43 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD. 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs.
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December 23, 2020
Edition 42: Nino Lindo: 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs
Have you ever just taken an experience of God and savored it for yourself? You didn't try to explain it. You didn't try to study it. You didn't try to share it. You just treasured it - turning it over and over in your heart, allowing the experience of God to soften and change you. Luke 2:19 says that Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. It is perhaps one of my favorite verses in the Christmas Narrative. She just held them close - and let God bring her to worship. Nino Lindo is a Venezuela Christmas carol that seems to capture this sacred personal moment. The refrain of this song tells the story through the tender gaze of Mary's eyes as she sings.... Nino Lindo, ante Ti me rindo Nino Lindo, eres Tu mi Dios. Child so lovely, before you I bow Child so lovely, You are my God! God moves across nations and changes political and historical landscapes. God brings justice and God's glory is without rival, always. However sometimes it is important to experience this God quietly for ourselves. The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob, The God of Mary, is the God who meets you as well! Seek Him!Edition 42 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD. 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs.
08:59
December 23, 2020
Edition 41: Away in a Manager: 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs
In the midst of all that is - have you invited God to come near? King David - in Psalm 73:28 says: “But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.” The last verse of Away in the Manager literally asks God to come near and to stay with us. Sometimes - the most secure place of all is knowing that God is near. Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever, and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in thy tender care, And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there. “But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.” – Psalm 73:28 Edition 41 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD. 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs.
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December 23, 2020
Edition 40: O Holy Night: 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs
"O Holy Night" was written by a French poet Cappeau and a Jewish composer Adolphe Adam to commemorate the inauguration of a new organ in a small French church in 1834. Christianity's own anti-Semitic bias would later cause it to shy away from the hymn as Cappaeu questioned the church and Adams was Jewish. Still God prevails. Always, throughout history, continuing with Mary and the shepherds, God speaks through those the establishment ignores or pushes away. And still God! As Cappeau meditated on Luke 2 he penned the lyrics - "long lay the world in sin and error pining until Christ appeared and the soul felt its worth!" The love of God gives our souls an amazing sense of worth and purpose! And especially when God chooses to use us in our unassuming places of brokenness or in the persons considered to be outsiders in this world - God's call gives a life altering sense of worth. Today consider each soul to be of deep worth to God. And assume in the ones you count out  - to be the most likely appearances of the God you seek! Edition 40 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD. 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs. 
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December 23, 2020
Edition 39: What Child is This?: 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs
Have you ever  slugged through personal deep darkness to find Light? Have you ever felt like the entire world around you was shrouded in death and darkness, only to finally find the dawn breaking daily around you? This was the context of this beloved Christmas song. William Dix penned the lyrics to this song in 1865 in the midst of an illness that left him bedbound, severely depressed, and contemplating taking his life. In his struggle he turned to God; reading scripture, meditating, and ultimately writing several poems that became the lyrics for this and other songs. The song rings with Isaiah 9:2-7 and its pronouncement of a child born who will be Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace to a community in exile, under oppression, and, as the scripture says, walking in darkness. Isaiah 9:2 begins The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest.... Our challenging moments are not times to hide from God, rather opportunities to lean into God more completely. Our personal darkness does not overwhelm God, rather if we seek even in the darkness we often find a great light and a dawning among us. God can increase our joy even through the valleys of our life. Why do we wait, like Dix, to our moments of deep darkness, to seek God? The light of the dawn comes daily! May we see it, live in it, and share it TODAY! Edition 39  of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD. 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs.
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December 17, 2020
Edition 38: El Burrito Sabanero: 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas songs
El Burrito Sabanero is a Venezuela children's song that depicts Jesus riding a donkey. The famous refrain - Tuki Tuki Tuki Tuki - imitates either the sound of Jesus encouraging the donkey to keep walking or the clacking of donkey hooves on hard surfaces as he walks.  Mary is supposed to have written a donkey on the long journey to Bethlehem with baby Jesus jostling in her womb. But scripture does not say so explicitly. In Luke 28 however, scripture tells us Jesus sends his disciples to go ahead and get an unridden colt or donkey for him to enter Jerusalem. Any other triumphant king or conquering Messiah would have entered the city from the East Gate on a stallion. Jesus rides in to his death on a cross mounted on a humble donkey.   How might Jesus ride through your disappointments in unexpected ways - arriving at the center of your heart and need for His saving grace?  Edition 38 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD. 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs.
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December 17, 2020
Edition 37: Hark the Heard Angels Sing" Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs
Have you seen God's glory? The glory of the Lord shown around the shepherds and they were terrified. In 2 Chronicles 5 we hear that the glory of the Lord filled the temple where Solomon was with the Ark of the Covenant. It was so thick the worship leaders had to leave the temple. Do you let God's glory take up space in your life or are you too focused on every detail of your to do list? Lets remember the Glory of God in the birth of Jesus is the power of Christmas this year Edition 37 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD. 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs.
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December 17, 2020
Edition 36: O Come All Ye Faithful: as part of 30 days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs
How has God been faithful to you? Today, have you given thanks for the breath in your lungs and the ability to awaken? Be among those who come to God faithful and grateful even in the hardest of times. Todays meditation is by Bona Bourlier.  Edition 36 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD. 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs.
04:40
December 14, 2020
Edition 35: Reflections on Advent and Christmas Song- Venid Pastores Venid
What is of great joy to you? Fears and joys can be personalized. But Luke 2 speaks of a great Joy that will be for ALL people. Freedom, healing, and salvation are universal desires of every human heart.  Today, let your personal fears be overwhelmed by God's universal joy. 
07:60
December 14, 2020
Edition 34 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear: Reflections on Advent and Christmas Reflections
Do you seek peace? Do you contribute to peace? Or do you leave the hard work of peace to someone else? Isaiah 26:1-12 suggests a mind stayed on the Lord finds perfect peace. What is your center? What is your North Star? Your light in the midnight sky? Where is the Prince of Peace calling you to live in grace? Edition 34 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD. 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs, focused today on the song It Came upon a Midnight Clear
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December 14, 2020
Edition 33: Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs: Once in David's Royal City
Edition 33 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD. 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs. This edition focuses on the British carol, Once in David's Royal City. Written as a poem in 1848 by Cecil Frances Alexander, this poem was set to music 60 years later. The poem and later song were used as a tool to help children memorize the important parts of  Christian faith in Christmas. The song describes that Jesus knew tears and smiles. And because of God's incarnate experience in Jesus, God feels our sadness and shares in our rejoicing. The Christmas Season, especially in the midst of a pandemic, can bring great swings in emotion. It is powerful to believe that God not only experiences our pain and joy but ultimately leads us, through the redeeming love of Jesus, to a place where there is no mourning or sadness or injustice. 
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December 9, 2020
Edition 32: Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs: O Little Town of Bethlehem
Edition 32 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD. 30 Days of Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs. This Edition focuses on the hymn O Little Town of Bethlehem. When was the last time someone counted you out as not able, or not worth it, or unimportant?  Bethlehem was a little town and according to the gospel of Matthew, least among the clan of Judah. Yet God often does powerful things using what the world determines to be obscure or insignificant. And as we hear in the prophet Micah 5:2 it was from Bethlehem that God brought a king, foretold from ancient times and for everlasting. God does great things through unassuming people and circumstances, and often brings big blessings from the littles of things!
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December 9, 2020
Edition 31: Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs: The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy
Edition 31 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD. This edition focuses on the West Indies Carol - The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy based off the Luke 2:26-48 scripture.  Luke 2 tells us that Mary was overcome by the glory of God - overshadowed in some translations. I've heard God's glory described as EVERYTHING that is GOD. Have you ever felt God TUG on your life? Perhaps you've felt the pull like the string of a kite held taut by the wind high above it. Have you ever felt so overshadowed by God's presence and EVERYTHING THAT GOD IS, that you just felt overwhelmed? Mary was....but eventually she responded in perhaps one of the boldest statements of faith ever, May it be with me according to God's Word! May it be in your life as well!
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December 9, 2020
Edition 30: Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs: Star Child
Edition 30 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD. Based off of the hymn Star Child by Shirley Elena Murray, this podcast helps us look at the child within. Does the child in you need God's presence? Can you be the Hope - for - Peace Child, the Star Child, the Love Child for the street child, the used child, the hurt child, the grown child? Perhaps God knew we were much more prone to welcome a child God into our places of deepest need and greatest joy. 
09:23
December 9, 2020
Edition 29: Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs: The Carol of the Epiphany
Edition 29 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner of Epworth United Methodist Church of Gaithersburg MD. 30 days of Reflection on Advent and Christmas Songs. This episode focuses on The Carol of the Epiphany. Written by John Bell of the Iona Community in Scotland, this carol tells the story of Jesus who shows up not in wealth but poverty; not in prestige but humility; not in spotlight but obscurity.  Explore how God always defies expectation and perhaps most radically in taking flesh in the tiny human hand of a baby born in Bethlehem. 
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December 9, 2020
Edition 28: Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs: Lo How A Rose Ere Blooming
Edition 28 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner.  30 day of Advent and Christmas Songs and Reflections. Focused on the hymn Lo How a Rose Ere Blooming, this reflection invites us to consider the beauty that flourishes in the depth of winter, the flowers that bloom in the middle of our deserts. Isaiah 35:1 ...the wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as a rose.  Have you ever seen beauty bloom in your desert, found belonging in wilderness spaces, or felt help in solitary spaces? Sometimes God gifts us the simplest beauty in the hardest times. 
07:43
December 6, 2020
Edition 27: Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs: O Come O Come Emmanuel
Edition 27 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. 30 days of Advent and Christmas Songs and Reflections. Today's song is O Come O Come Emmanuel. It is beautiful to consider that God moves towards us, better said, comes to us, instead of waiting for us to approach God. Where do you need God to come and be with you today. 
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December 6, 2020
Edition 26: Reflections on Advent and Christmas Songs: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Edition 26 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. 30 Days of Advent and Christmas Songs and Reflections. This edition focuses on the song Come Thou Long Expected Jesus. The song was written by Charles Wesley, brother to the founder of Methodism, John Wesley. Charles Wesley was overwhelmed by the homelessness, poverty and need in  18th century England. Both Wesleys called the church back to God's heart. Psalm 34:11 says the Lord is close to the broken hearted. Listen to how we can be the people of faith that hear the need in this world, find release from our fears and sins, and claim rest, even in hard times, in the One who sets us free!
06:44
December 6, 2020
Edition 25: Thanksgiving and the Lords Prayer
Edition 25 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner.This episode focuses on the last lines of the prayer that Jesus taught us - FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM, AND THE POWER, AND THE GLORY, FOR EVER AND EVER. AMEN
04:36
December 6, 2020
Edition 24: Thanksgiving Day and The Lords Prayer
Edition 24 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. This edition is focused on thanksgiving day and our need, often on holidays, to forgive as we have been forgiven. As the Lords Prayer says - FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES, AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US,
05:58
December 6, 2020
Edition 23: Thanksgiving and The Lord's Prayer
Edition 23 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. This edition focuses on the part of the Lords Prayer where we ask GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD. How many times in our anxiousness for tomorrow, do we give up the peace for today? Focus on day's provision trusting that tomorrow has trouble of its own!
05:45
December 6, 2020
Edition 21: Thanksgiving and the Lords Prayer
Edition 21 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. This edition begins a focus on the Lords Prayer. The prayer begins OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE THY NAME. What a blessing it is to be able to speak to God by name, acknowledging that even God's name is Holy.
06:04
December 6, 2020
Edition 20: Thanksgiving: 2 Corinthians 9:11
Edition 20 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. "You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." 2 Corinthians 9:11
05:22
December 6, 2020
Edition 19: Thanksgiving: 1 Corinthians 1:4
Edition 19 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner.  Edition focused on "I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus." 1 Corinthians 1:4
07:12
December 6, 2020
Edition 18: Thanksgiving: Colossians 4:2 and 1 Timothy 4:4-5
Edition 18 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. Edition focused on two scriptures.  For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer." 1 Timothy 4:4-5 "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." Colossians 4:2
05:56
December 6, 2020
Edition 17: Thanksgiving: Colossians 3:15
Edition 17 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. This edition is focused on the scripture that says: "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." Colossians 3:15
04:54
December 6, 2020
Edition 16: Thanksgiving: 1 Chronicles 16:34
Edition 16 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. This edition is focused on the scripture "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." 1 Chronicles 16:34
03:45
December 6, 2020
Edition 15: Jeremiah 29:10- 13 Hope and a Future - focused today on Verse 13
Edition 15 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. This edition focuses on verse 13  of Jeremiah 29- 13 You will worship me with all your heart, and I will be with you 14 and accept your worship. Then I will gather you from all the nations where I scattered you, and you will return to Jerusalem.
05:20
December 6, 2020
Edition 13: Jeremiah 29:10-13 focused on verse 11b - I will give you success.
Edition 13 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. This edition is focused on verse 11 - 11 I will bless   you with a future filled with hope— a future of success, not of suffering. This edition explores specifically what success in our faith looks like. 
05:31
December 6, 2020
Edition 12: Jeremiah 29:1-13 specifically focused on verse 11a
Edition 12 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. This podcast focuses on verse 11-  11 I will bless   you with a future filled with hope—a future of success, not of suffering. The podcast explores what it means to have a future filled with hope. 
05:45
December 6, 2020
Edition 11: Jeremiah 29: 10-13 focused on verse 10
Edition 11 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner.Jeremiah 29:10  After Babylonia has been the strongest nation for seventy years, I will be kind and bring you back to Jerusalem, just as I have promised.
08:05
December 6, 2020
Edition 10: St Francis Peace Prayer - last line
Edition 10 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner.  What does it mean to pray - It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that   we are born to eternal life. Amen.
05:37
December 6, 2020
Edition 9: St Francis Peace Prayer - It is in giving that we receive
Edition 9 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner.  This podcast focuses on the part of the prayer that asks....To be understood, as to understand; To be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive;
06:26
December 6, 2020
Edition 8: St Francis Peace Prayer - let me seek to console not be consoled
Edition 8 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. This podcast focuses on the line of the prayer - O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled, as to console;
04:43
December 6, 2020
Edition 7: St Francis Peace Prayer - where there is despair use me to give hope
Edition 7 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. This podcast focuses on the line of the prayer - Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where there is sadness, joy.
05:39
December 6, 2020
Edition 6: St Francis Peace Prayer - First line
Edition 6 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. This podcast focuses on the first line of St Francis Prayer - Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is error, the truth; Where there is doubt, the faith;
05:43
December 6, 2020
Edition 5: The Wesleyan Covenant Prayer - I surrender all things to your glory and service
Edition 5 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. This podcast focuses on the line of the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer - I freely and fully surrender all things to your glory and service.
05:09
December 6, 2020
Edition 4: The Wesleyan Covenant Prayer - Let me be full; Let me be empty
Edition 4 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. This podcast focuses on the line Let me be full, let me be empty. Let me have all things, let me have nothing.
04:56
December 4, 2020
Edition 3: Wesleyan Covenant Prayer....Let me be put to work for you or set aside for you, Praised for you or criticized for you.
Edition 3 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. Continuing with the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer, this edition explores the challenge in rising above criticism, willing to serve God whether others praise us for it or criticize our actions .
04:43
December 2, 2020
Edition 2: Wesleyan Covenant Prayer ...Put me to doing; Put me to suffering
Edition 2 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. This Edition continues in the Wesleyan Covenant prayer focusing on the second phrase. It states: Put me to what you will, place me with whom you will. Put me to doing, put me to suffering. We find it far easier to be with those we want to be with. We of course prefer to be active and industrious instead of suffering and waiting. But growth in faith requires an ability to do both. 
05:18
December 2, 2020
Edition 1: Wesleyan Covenant Prayer...I am no longer mine, but thine.
Edition 1 of "Transformed by Faith TODAY" podcast by Rev. Jennifer Fenner. This focuses on the first phrase of the Wesleyan Covenant Prayer. Attributed to John Welsey, the founder of Methodism, this prayer is often used in renewal services and as part of New Year's Eve Services.  Edition 1 focuses on the first line of the prayer  - I am no longer mine, but thine. 
06:05
December 1, 2020