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Don't have any plans for this week? It's the perfect time to find your spot at RSUMC
Check out this week's schedule!
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Dont have any plans for this week?  Its the perfect time to find your spot at RSUMC  
Check out this weeks schedule!
#RSUMC #FeelsLikeHome #ChurchAtTheSprings #WhatsHappeningAtTheSprings

Join us this morning for our livestream service!

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It’s not too late to join us this morning at 9AM! Join us live and in person or virtually on our YouTube channel We can’t wait to worship with you!
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It’s not too late to join us this morning at 9AM!  Join us live and in person or virtually on our YouTube channel   We can’t wait to worship with you! 
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Any virtual today?

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We need candy!!! Truck or treat is coming up really quick and we need lots of candy for all the little people.  Bring your candy this Sunday and drop it in the totes in the lobby. #Rsumcinthecommunity #rsumceveryone #churchatthesprings

Wednesday is a BIG DEAL around here! Make your plans to join us this evening at 5:30 for Motion

We begin with a meal at 5:30 and then elementary students head off to Friends and Boys & Girls Academies, High School student head off to Student Life, and adults gather around for Alpha!

It’s one of the best nights of the week around here and we encourage you to check it out. Tonight at 5:30 - load up the family and come on over We have a seat for you!
#rsumc #feelslikehome #rsumcchildren #rsumcstudentlife #rsumcadults #churchatthesprings #alpha #friends #studentlife #Motion
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Wednesday is a BIG DEAL around here!  Make your plans to join us this evening at 5:30 for Motion 

We begin with a meal at 5:30 and then elementary students head off to Friends and Boys & Girls Academies, High School student head off to Student Life, and adults gather around for Alpha!  

It’s one of the best nights of the week around here and we encourage you to check it out.  Tonight at 5:30 - load up the family and come on over   We have a seat for you! 
#rsumc #feelslikehome #rsumcchildren #rsumcstudentlife #rsumcadults #churchatthesprings #alpha #friends #studentlife #Motion

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This seems like really good advice #RSUMC #FeelsLikeHome #ChurchAtTheSprings #TakeEveryThoughtCaptive

Y’all, I’m telling ya, this is such a great thing!! Please join us as we share a meal and visit around the table. Wednesday at 5:30 at Russell Springs United Methodist Church. For more info or transportation call 270-866-5180

ALPHA USAOct 13, 5:30pmRussell Springs United Methodist ChurchHave you ever longed for a place that you can be completely honest about your doubts, your fears, your questions? Me too!
We invite you to join ALPHA! Every Wednesday at 5:30PM We will begin with a meal and then just hang out together. There is no judgment, no question too strange or difficult, no limits.
Join us! Wednesday 5:30PM at Russell Springs United Methodist Church. Contact us for more info - 270-866-5180 #RSUMC #FeelsLikeHome #AlphaUSA #rsumcadults
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Dustin quoted Tim Keller in his message yesterday and the quote holds a great deal of truth.

Has the quote gotten you to checking your heart? #TrueRepentance #BreakingGodsHeart #RSUMC #FeelsLikeHome
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Dustin quoted Tim Keller in his message yesterday and the quote holds a great deal of truth.  

Has the quote gotten you to checking your heart?  #TrueRepentance #BreakingGodsHeart #RSUMC #FeelsLikeHome

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Hey friends!  We will only be on YouTube this morning. Join us there for the service at 9AM. Search Russell Springs United Methodist Church to find our channel and watch today’s service

TODAY IS THE DAY!! This is the day that you are free to ask anything you want in a judgment free zone! Doesn't that sound awesome!?

Join us this evening and every Wednesday at 5:30PM as we share a meal, watch a quick video, and just hangout around the table talking about all the things we wonder about but are afraid to ask.

Contact us for more information at 270-866-5180

We can't wait to see you tonight!
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No matter where you are on your journey - a Christian following Jesus for many years, a new Christian just beginning your journey, a wandering soul not sure of what to believe, or a stark atheist, we invite you to join us for this series! Alpha is a safe place to ask all the questions you may wonder about but don't know where to go for answers. It is just a discussion! It isn't a "try to convert you" effort - just discussion and you are free to ask any question, have any opinion, or believe anything and we will just talk about it. You have a voice here and a seat at the table.
Join us at 5:30PM on Wednesday evenings. We will start with a meal, watch a quick video, and then just hang out around the table. We want to share this time with YOU!
Contact us for more information! 270-866-5180
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ALPHA USAOct 13, 5:30pmRussell Springs United Methodist ChurchHave you ever longed for a place that you can be completely honest about your doubts, your fears, your questions? Me too!
We invite you to join ALPHA! Every Wednesday at 5:30PM We will begin with a meal and then just hang out together. There is no judgment, no question too strange or difficult, no limits.
Join us! Wednesday 5:30PM at Russell Springs United Methodist Church. Contact us for more info - 270-866-5180 #RSUMC #FeelsLikeHome #AlphaUSA #rsumcadults
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Have you ever longed for a place that you can be completely honest about your doubts, your fears, your questions? Me too!
We invite you to join ALPHA! Every Wednesday at 5:30PM We will begin with a meal and then just hang-out together. There is no judgment, no question too strange or difficult, no limits.
Join us! Wednesday 5:30PM at Russell Springs United Methodist Church. Contact us for more info - 270-866-5180 #RSUMC #FeelsLikeHome #AlphaUSA #rsumcadults
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RSUMC, please like and share 🙂

Ricky Egnew share it from here.

TOMORROW!! // Tuesday Oct. 12 // 6pm Russell Springs United Methodist Church

Tomorrow we start a brand new study!! This is the perfect opportunity to reach out to a friend and invite them to CrossPointe!! We can’t wait to see you guys again & see where the Lord takes us in this new study!! See you tomorrow!❤️
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TOMORROW!! // Tuesday Oct. 12 // 6pm Russell Springs United Methodist Church

Tomorrow we start a brand new study!! This is the perfect opportunity to reach out to a friend and invite them to CrossPointe!! We can’t wait to see you guys again & see where the Lord takes us in this new study!! See you tomorrow!❤️
#Crosspointe #Crosspointeministry

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT. I know we had complications last week for the live stream. This week the live stream will be ON YOUTUBE ONLY.

We will not be going live on Facebook this Sunday. There will be a link shared to our Facebook that you can click on and access.

BUT GREAT NEWS!

We now are able to stream in 1080P and a higher audio quality! To make sure you get the best quality available, once we go live click the options (3 dots) button and select the highest quality available to you.
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Good morning, watching but the sound goes up and down at low volume.

Good morning, mine is jerking. Bro. David looks like he is in slow mo!

We were able to watch and hear this good message and beautiful song by Ella! Thankful for our church family ❤️

Good morning church!!!!!!

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Thank you for all you do, Nathan!

We are aware! We just had a full upgrade so we will have to make adjustments! It will improve guys! Just be patient with us!

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Check us out this Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and/or this Wednesday night at 5:30 p.m. We have something for everyone and would love to see you there!

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Sundays @ 9:
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Livestream

Tuesdays @ 6:
Crosspointe - Young Adults

Wednesdays @ 5:30:
Friends - Preschool to 4th Grade
Boys & Girls Academy - 5th to 6th Grade
Student Life - 7th to 12th Grade
Alpha Series - All Adults

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For more information, message us here or give us a call at 270-866-5180!
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Need something to do on this Friday? Well, we have just the thing…check out this message from Bro. Jason Davidson as he walks us through Mark 2:1-12. We pray this message blesses you and moves you even closer to the Lord. Have a blessed day!

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Is this the message that should have aired on Sunday?

We all have a story
The challenge is to write your story in only 6 words. It doesn't have to be your whole story - just something that you believe is a significant part of your life, in just six words. Here are some examples:

Grossly over-estimated my importance. Big mistake.
Story of my life? Bad timing.
I still make coffee for two
Buried my brother on my birthday.
Lonely in a very crowded room.
For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.

What's your story? If you don't want to share publicly in the comments, just send us a private message. But just know, your story matters!
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We all have a story
The challenge is to write your story in only 6 words. It doesnt have to be your whole story - just something that you believe is a significant part of your life, in just six words.   Here are some examples:

Grossly over-estimated my importance. Big mistake.
Story of my life? Bad timing.
I still make coffee for two
Buried my brother on my birthday.
Lonely in a very crowded room.
For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.

Whats your story?  If you dont want to share publicly in the comments, just send us a private message.  But just know, your story matters!

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Adulthood started early, but Jesus interceded.

Rough beginning but a happy ending

God has uniquely gifted every individual

Glorious days are coming in Heaven.

And again, I got up.

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It has been a wonderful Sunday here at RSUMC! Bro. Jason challenged us to remember that if God calls us to it, then we CAN do it.

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Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” - Mark 2:5
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Amazing sermon!

Welcome to our livestream! Bro. Jason Davidson will be bringing us the word this morning. In addition to that, the praise team is back and will be leading us in some great worship. So, grab your coffee, prepare your heart, and enjoy todays service!

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HELLO RSUMC!! We will be worshipping in the ROCK this Sunday! Please bring and wear your mask and let's glorify the Lord together. ... See MoreSee Less

HELLO RSUMC!! We will be worshipping in the ROCK this Sunday! Please bring and wear your mask and let's glorify the Lord together. ... See MoreSee Less

HELLO RSUMC!! We will be worshipping in the ROCK this Sunday!  Please bring and wear your mask and lets glorify the Lord together.

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Welcome to our livestream! Pastor David will be bringing us the word this morning and you don’t want to miss it! In addition to that, the Praise Team will be leading us in worship so, join us right here on the livestream, prepare your heart, and enjoy todays service!

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Don’t forget that we are outside today. The weather is perfect, the Lord is good, and the time is right 🙌 #rsumc #worshipoutside #togetherGrab a lawn chair, blanket, cup of coffee, and whatever else you think you might want or need and head on out to church tomorrow morning. We will meet in the back parking lot at 9. It will be a beautiful morning to be outside and we can’t wait to see you!! #RSUMC #feelslikehome #RsumcOutside ... See MoreSee Less

Don’t forget that we are outside today.  The weather is perfect, the Lord is good, and the time is right 🙌 #rsumc #worshipoutside #together

They say, “the more things change, the more they stay the same”. Maybe that’s true but we all have times of significant change in our lives: starting school, graduating high school, getting a job, going to college, getting married, starting a family, and on and on.

Change is often exciting and/or uncertain – especially graduating high school and becoming an “adult”. Whether it is taking a job, going off to college, leaving our family at home (only to start a new one) or even just laying up on the couch in the basement at home with a controller in hand, that time right after high school may be the biggest transition of all! It’s usually the time we realize that we need a re-route on life’s GPS!

The Church at the Springs (RSUMC) wants to come alongside you on life’s journey. That’s what CROSSPOINTE is all about! As a part of CROSSPOINTE you will…

➢ Find a safe place to ask the tough questions of life
➢ Join fellow travelers on the same journey because we were never meant to travel alone
➢ Make deep connections in small groups as we explore questions of life, faith, and meaning
➢ Enjoy fellowship, fun, and food as we gather at the table and other opportunities to do life together
➢ Seek spiritual direction for the journey as we connect to our true GPS (God’s Positioning System)

So, if this is the road you’re on, from those last couple of years in high school to the time of transition to your career or college or even if you have no idea where the road is taking you, we invite you to join us at 6PM, Tuesdays, September 14, 21, and 28 at RSUMC for CROSSPOINTE! Let’s come together and see where it takes us!
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They say, “the more things change, the more they stay the same”. Maybe that’s true but we all have times of significant change in our lives: starting school, graduating high school, getting a job, going to college, getting married, starting a family, and on and on.  
 
Change is often exciting and/or uncertain – especially graduating high school and becoming an “adult”.  Whether it is taking a job, going off to college, leaving our family at home (only to start a new one) or even just laying up on the couch in the basement at home with a controller in hand, that time right after high school may be the biggest transition of all! It’s usually the time we realize that we need a re-route on life’s GPS!
 
The Church at the Springs (RSUMC) wants to come alongside you on life’s journey. That’s what CROSSPOINTE is all about! As a part of CROSSPOINTE you will…
 
➢ Find a safe place to ask the tough questions of life
➢ Join fellow travelers on the same journey because we were never meant to travel alone
➢ Make deep connections in small groups as we explore questions of life, faith, and meaning
➢ Enjoy fellowship, fun, and food as we gather at the table and other opportunities to do life together
➢ Seek spiritual direction for the journey as we connect to our true GPS (God’s Positioning System)
 
So, if this is the road you’re on, from those last couple of years in high school to the time of transition to your career or college or even if you have no idea where the road is taking you, we invite you to join us at 6PM, Tuesdays, September 14, 21, and 28 at RSUMC for CROSSPOINTE! Let’s come together and see where it takes us!

Grab a lawn chair, blanket, cup of coffee, and whatever else you think you might want or need and head on out to church tomorrow morning. We will meet in the back parking lot at 9. It will be a beautiful morning to be outside and we can’t wait to see you!! #RSUMC #feelslikehome #RsumcOutside ... See MoreSee Less

Grab a lawn chair, blanket, cup of coffee, and whatever else you think you might want or need and head on out to church tomorrow morning.  We will meet in the back parking lot at 9.  It will be a beautiful morning to be outside and we can’t wait to see you!! #RSUMC #feelslikehome #RsumcOutside

Sometimes when God calls us to something, it is completely outside of our comfort zone and thus completely uncomfortable for us. But His greatest blessings are often in the places we least expect them. Let's just trust Him - even when it gets uncomfortable! #rsumc #feelslikehome #rsumceveryone ... See MoreSee Less

Sometimes when God calls us to something, it is completely outside of our comfort zone and thus completely uncomfortable for us.  But His greatest blessings are often in the places we least expect them.  Lets just trust Him - even when it gets uncomfortable! #rsumc #feelslikehome #rsumceveryone

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A decision has been made about tomorrow's service- we will be in the sanctuary with overflow in the ROCK. We will require a mask until everyone is seated and any time you are up moving around.

Tomorrow we will also be celebrating Holy Communion and taking up the 5th Sunday offering (we are a little late). 1/2 will go to the Kentucky Methodist Home for Children and half will go to UMCOR for Hurricane relief efforts.

We look forward to seeing you in the morning at 9 in the sanctuary (overflow in the ROCK). Don't forget your mask and your gift to the Methodist Children Home and UMCOR.
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A decision has been made about tomorrows service- we will be in the sanctuary with overflow in the ROCK.  We will require a mask until everyone is seated and any time you are up moving around.  

Tomorrow we will also be celebrating Holy Communion and taking up the 5th Sunday offering (we are a little late).  1/2 will go to the Kentucky Methodist Home for Children and half will go to UMCOR for Hurricane relief efforts. 

We look forward to seeing you in the morning at 9 in the sanctuary (overflow in the ROCK).  Dont forget your mask and your gift to the Methodist Children Home and UMCOR.

One thing about Kentucky weather is that if you don't like it, wait 15 minutes and it will change.

With that in mind, we want to let you know that our plans for Sunday's worship service are kinda "up in the air". In the event that the weather is cooperative, we will meet outside in the back parking lot. Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, and/or an umbrella. We will also have chairs available so don't worry if you don't have one or if you forget.

If the weather is too hot or it is raining, we will meet in the ROCK. If we meet in the ROCK, we ask that everyone wear a mask until seated.

There are so many uncertainties but we do know that Sunday is the day of the Lord and that regardless of the temperature, location, requests, etc., we will worship Him! #rsumc #feelslikehome #rsumceveryone
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One thing about Kentucky weather is that if you dont like it, wait 15 minutes and it will change. 

With that in mind, we want to let you know that our plans for Sundays worship service are kinda up in the air. In the event that the weather is cooperative, we will meet outside in the back parking lot.  Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, and/or an umbrella.  We will also have chairs available so dont worry if you dont have one or if you forget. 

If the weather is too hot or it is raining, we will meet in the ROCK. If we meet in the ROCK, we ask that everyone wear a mask until seated.  

There are so many uncertainties but we do know that Sunday is the day of the Lord and that regardless of the temperature, location, requests, etc., we will worship Him! #rsumc #feelslikehome  #rsumceveryone

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Don’t tell Pastor David but it will probably start around here sooner rather than later 😂🤫 #SaveChristmasCampaign #YearRoundChristmas #ChristmasAndThanksgivingCanBeFriends

We have a little project we want to start working on but we are going to need some people who are willing to do a short little video (1-3 minutes). If you are willing, shoot us a message and let us know! Thanks so much!! #RSUMC #feelslikehome #rsumceveryone ... See MoreSee Less

We have a little project we want to start working on but we are going to need some people who are willing to do a short little video (1-3 minutes).  If you are willing, shoot us a message and let us know!  Thanks so much!! #RSUMC #feelslikehome #rsumceveryone

There is a special invitation to RSUMC for Worship on Main! September 18th is gonna be an awesome night at the Billy Grider Stage on Main Street in Russell Springs. At 6PM we will kick off an evening and worship with the Church House Worship Group which is a house church group of RSUMC, we will hear a short testimony by Paul Wilson, and then RSUMC's own Dustin Gosser will deliver a message. It is exciting to see and hear Jesus proclaimed on Main Street and we would love to see all of you there to share in that as well!
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There is a special invitation to RSUMC for Worship on Main!  September 18th is gonna be an awesome night at the Billy Grider Stage on Main Street in Russell Springs.  At 6PM we will kick off an evening and worship with the Church House Worship Group which is a house church group of RSUMC, we will hear a short testimony by Paul Wilson, and then RSUMCs own Dustin Gosser will deliver a message.  It is exciting to see and hear Jesus proclaimed on Main Street and we would love to see all of you there to share in that as well!  
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Well, the important thing is that we are all together, right?

In an abundance of caution and pursuant to the CDC and Lake Cumberland District Health Dept recommendations, beginning immediately, masks will be worn inside the building until seated.

We are all aware that it isn't our favorite but it isn't a huge problem either, and it is only until you are seated. It won't really be that bad, especially if you look as cute as Pastor David's grandson, Nathaniel!

Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you very soon!
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Well, the important thing is that we are all together, right?

In an abundance of caution and pursuant to the CDC and Lake Cumberland District Health Dept recommendations, beginning immediately, masks will be worn inside the building until seated.  

We are all aware that it isnt our favorite but it isnt a huge problem either, and it is only until you are seated.  It wont really be that bad, especially if you look as cute as Pastor Davids grandson, Nathaniel!

Thank you for your cooperation and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

It has been a wonderful Sunday here at RSUMC! If you couldn’t join us this morning or even if you’d just like to relive it all again, here is a video recap of our day. Remember your baptism; remember who you are!

Our online Baptism Renewal Service will air again tonight at 7 p.m. right here on Facebook Live and over on our YouTube Channel. We hope to see you there!
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One of my very favorite days at RSUMC!

40 Days with Jesus
Day 24 – Clean
Read Luke 5:12

In Christ’s time, leprosy was a vicious condition with no known cure. It caused lumps as well as scale like wounds to grow all over a person’s body and could lead to the complete degeneration of the skin and twisting of the bones, ultimately deforming its victims. Fingers, toes, ears, and noses would rot away and fall off, making it difficult for a person to breathe and more likely for them to go blind, as well as making it impossible to do the daily work required to survive.

Those suspected of contracting the disease had to show themselves to the priest, who would evaluate their condition, diagnosing them as clean or unclean. And “unclean” meant you were counted as good as dead and banished from the city to keep the disease from spreading. Lepers were forced to live in tents or caves in designated colonies in the wilderness, wore bells in order to alert people to their presence, and were required to yell, “Unclean! Unclean!” should anyone accidentally come within the legal range.

Having been ripped from their homes, families, friends, and all other comforts in life, the only hope of relief for them was death.

Enter Jesus.

News of the preaching healer had been spreading from town to town – to leper colony. Luke says there was a man “full of leprosy” who approached Jesus, which means (1) he’d had the disease for a while, (2) he’d been living in physical and emotional hell, and (3) somehow there remained in him a modicum of hope enough to violate the law and throw himself at the feet of Jesus.

Perhaps prior to getting sick he’d studied the Torah and knew its prophecies about the coming Messiah, such as Isaiah 61:1: “The Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (which Jesus quoted in Luke 4:18-19).

But perhaps his understanding of the prophecies had changed since he’d become a captive in his own body. Healthy Jews were longing for the Messiah to bring relief from the Roman occupation and heavy taxation – they assumed that liberty for captives meant freedom from the Roman Empire. But despite living in a conquered land, they still got to go home after work, eat at their own table,, and watch their children grow up. But this man, this broken soul now living out his years in isolation, maybe he’d come to understand what the prophecies actually meant – that the Messiah’s purpose was much more personal than anyone yet knew.

Whatever his story, something drove him past the law that required him to stay back, past the wall of disbelief that he could ever be restored, past the fear that the preacher man would shun him too.

“Lord, if you will, you can make me clean,” he said (Luke 5:12).

So Jesus “stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I will; be clean.’ And immediately the leprosy left him” (v. 13).

The best part of the story isn’t the healing that took place, though the healing was awesome. And it isn’t the faith of the man, though he’s an example for us to follow. The best part is when Jesus reached our His hand and touched him. Because Jesus could’ve just spoken the words; instead He moved in and bent low to touch a man who no one had been willing to touch for a very long time. He touched him before he was clean. So while the words of healing restored his body, no doubt Jesus’ touch restored his soul.
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40 Days with Jesus 
Day 24 – Clean
Read Luke 5:12

In Christ’s time, leprosy was a vicious condition with no known cure. It caused lumps as well as scale like wounds to grow all over a person’s body and could lead to the complete degeneration of the skin and twisting of the bones, ultimately deforming its victims. Fingers, toes, ears, and noses would rot away and fall off, making it difficult for a person to breathe and more likely for them to go blind, as well as making it impossible to do the daily work required to survive. 

Those suspected of contracting the disease had to show themselves to the priest, who would evaluate their condition, diagnosing them as clean or unclean. And “unclean” meant you were counted as good as dead and banished from the city to keep the disease from spreading. Lepers were forced to live in tents or caves in designated colonies in the wilderness, wore bells in order to alert people to their presence, and were required to yell, “Unclean! Unclean!” should anyone accidentally come within the legal range.

Having been ripped from their homes, families, friends, and all other comforts in life, the only hope of relief for them was death.

Enter Jesus.

News of the preaching healer had been spreading from town to town – to leper colony.  Luke says there was a man “full of leprosy” who approached Jesus, which means (1) he’d had the disease for a while, (2) he’d been living in physical and emotional hell, and (3) somehow there remained in him a modicum of hope enough to violate the law and throw himself at the feet of Jesus.

Perhaps prior to getting sick he’d studied the Torah and knew its prophecies about the coming Messiah, such as Isaiah 61:1: “The Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; He sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” (which Jesus quoted in Luke 4:18-19).

But perhaps his understanding of the prophecies had changed since he’d become a captive in his own body. Healthy Jews were longing for the Messiah to bring relief from the Roman occupation and heavy taxation – they assumed that liberty for captives meant freedom from the Roman Empire. But despite living in a conquered land, they still got to go home after work, eat at their own table,, and watch their children grow up. But this man, this broken soul now living out his years in isolation, maybe he’d come to understand what the prophecies actually meant – that the Messiah’s purpose was much more personal than anyone yet knew. 

Whatever his story, something drove him past the law that required him to stay back, past the wall of disbelief that he could ever be restored, past the fear that the preacher man would shun him too.

“Lord, if you will, you can make me clean,” he said (Luke 5:12). 

So Jesus “stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, ‘I will; be clean.’ And immediately the leprosy left him” (v. 13). 

The best part of the story isn’t the healing that took place, though the healing was awesome. And it isn’t the faith of the man, though he’s an example for us to follow. The best part is when Jesus reached our His hand and touched him. Because Jesus could’ve just spoken the words; instead He moved in and bent low to touch a man who no one had been willing to touch for a very long time. He touched him before he was clean. So while the words of healing restored his body, no doubt Jesus’ touch restored his soul.

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Welcome to our livestream! Pastor David will be bringing us the Word this morning as we participate in a Baptism Renewal Service. It will be great and we don’t want you to miss it! In addition to that, the praise team will be leading us in some beautiful worship. So, sit back and enjoy today’s service!

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What a great song! He is the King of Kings!

Good morning everyone!

I am so very thankful for that Blessed Assurance!

Good morning!! So happy to be with you today!

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ITS GONNA BE A GREAT DAY AT RSUMC!!!
This is going to be a very special Sunday at RSUMC. We will be sharing in a Baptism Service.
We are very excited about this service and how the Lord will move among us as we celebrate baptism or remember our own baptism.
Service will begin at 9AM and will take place in the ROCK
#RSUMC #feelslikehome #rsumceveryone
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ITS GONNA BE A GREAT DAY AT RSUMC!!! 
This is going to be a very special Sunday at RSUMC.  We will be sharing in a Baptism Service. 
We are very excited about this service and how the Lord will move among us as we celebrate baptism or remember our own baptism.  
Service will begin at 9AM and will take place in the ROCK
#RSUMC #feelslikehome #rsumceveryone

40 Days with Jesus
Day 23 – Relationship
Read John 2:23-25

From Adam’s first breath, God has been watching. Every choice, every thought, every motive for every act – can you imagine what He’s seen? Sure, there have been moments of goodness, righteousness, and love; many were recorded in Scripture and rewarded by God. But the bad far outweighs the good. Look at today’s headlines and multiply the negative by a gazillion, and you’ll begin to grasp just how wretched and sinful the human race is.

Jesus was doing amazing things in Jerusalem, and the people were in awe. They followed Him around and listened while He preached, no doubt motivated by the things they were seeing. In other words, as long as the people were experiencing miracles, they were willing to stay. But being in attendance, being in awe, being emotionally impacted, and even believing in the supernatural don’t always result in a relationship with Jesus.

Case in point:
On the way to Jerusalem He was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as He entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:11-19)

The lepers called Him Master and begged for mercy. And Jesus obliged. He sent them to the priests because according to the Law, lepers had to be deemed clean in order to reenter society. They obeyed and went, and along the way were miraculously healed, which means by the time they arrived at the synagogue, the priests did indeed pronounce them clean. After that, I’m guessing most of them ran home to their families and friends, then resumed their lives.

Only one of the ten ran back to thank Jesus. Why?

Jesus posed the same question, but it was rhetorical because He knew what was in that man. He’d been watching since the beginning.

Far too often, people want the perks of a relationship with Jesus without the actual relationship. They take credit when things go well and offer up Hail Mary prayers when things go badly. They attend church, but only on holidays of only half-heartedly. They want assurance of heaven while maintaining devotion to the world. They have a faith-someday mentality – I’ll go to Jesus when I’m older; when I’m done living life on my terms. But unfortunately, human terms are sin soaked.

Jesus is looking for people who are willing to run to Him, to fall on their faces, to repent, surrender, and worship because of who He is, and to learn and grow in a faith that remains even when the miracles cease. Jesus knew what was in people’s hearts – it’s the reason He came. And so, true believers aren’t just in it for the miracles; they have been fundamentally and irrevocable changed by Jesus Himself, making relationship with Him the ultimate prize!
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40 Days with Jesus 
Day 23 – Relationship
Read John 2:23-25

From Adam’s first breath, God has been watching. Every choice, every thought, every motive for every act – can  you imagine what He’s seen? Sure, there have been moments of goodness, righteousness, and love; many were recorded in Scripture and rewarded by God. But the bad far outweighs the good. Look at today’s headlines and multiply the negative by a gazillion, and you’ll begin to grasp just how wretched and sinful the human race is.

Jesus was doing amazing things in Jerusalem, and the people were in awe. They followed Him around and listened while He preached, no doubt motivated by the things they were seeing. In other words, as long as the people were experiencing miracles, they were willing to stay. But being in attendance, being in awe, being emotionally impacted, and even believing in the supernatural don’t always result in a relationship with Jesus.

Case in point:
On the way to Jerusalem He was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. And as He entered a village, He was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” When He saw them, He said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving Him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And He said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:11-19)

The lepers called Him Master and begged for mercy. And Jesus obliged. He sent them to the priests because according to the Law, lepers had to be deemed clean in order to reenter society. They obeyed and went, and along the way were miraculously healed, which means by the time they arrived at the synagogue, the priests did indeed pronounce them clean. After that, I’m guessing most of them ran home to their families and friends, then resumed their lives. 

Only one of the ten ran back to thank Jesus. Why?

Jesus posed the same question, but it was rhetorical because He knew what was in that man. He’d been watching since the beginning. 

Far too often, people want the perks of a relationship with Jesus without the actual relationship. They take credit when things go well and offer up Hail Mary prayers when things go badly. They attend church, but only on holidays of only half-heartedly.  They want assurance of heaven while maintaining devotion to the world. They have a faith-someday mentality – I’ll go to Jesus when I’m older; when I’m done living life on my terms. But unfortunately, human terms are sin soaked. 

Jesus is looking for people who are willing to run to Him, to fall on their faces, to repent, surrender, and worship because of who He is, and to learn and grow in a faith that remains even when the miracles cease. Jesus knew what was in people’s hearts – it’s the reason He came. And so, true believers aren’t just in it for the miracles; they have been fundamentally and irrevocable changed by Jesus Himself, making relationship with Him the ultimate prize!

40 Days with Jesus
Day 22 – All Y’all
Read Luke 5:30-32

To grumble not at Jesus but at His disciples – what a passive-aggressive way for the Pharisees and scribes to behave. They had the legal authority (and personalities) to chastise Jesus; instead, they directed their challenge to the ones they were insulting.

And I imagine this ragtag dinner party had no idea how to respond. All of it was so new: They just met Jesus, so while they were thinking He was maybe the long-awaited Messiah, they couldn’t have been 100 percent sure. Not to mention they were, in fact, hanging out with society’s most despised – a category that included a few of them. Certainly the Pharisees’ question had crossed the minds of everyone sitting at the table.

I’ll bet they leaned in to hear Jesus’ response.

He had recently gained a lot of notoriety. People were traveling from Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem to hear Him preach and see Him heal. No doubt the assumption of the religious leaders was that He’d be impressive – that He’d look and behave like them; like someone worthy of the reports they were getting.

On the contrary.

Instead, they found a normal-looking guy, hanging out with normal people, doing normal people things like eating – that is, when He wasn’t casting out demons and making blind men see. Luke 5:29 says that Jesus was “reclining at [the] table with them”. He was relaxed and shooting the breeze. He was getting to know them (and they Him) when the Pharisees showed up at Matthew’s house uninvited.

I wonder if they rang the doorbell before barging in. I wonder if they stood in the corner whispering like middle school girls. I wonder if they grumbled loudly but pretended Jesus couldn’t hear them from three feet away. I wonder if they came prepared with specific questions but changed course when they saw Jesus with the riffraff. I wonder if anyone at the table was offended by their question, or if they were too used to being hated and judged to care. I wonder if the Pharisees’ question endeared the insulted guests to Jesus all the more.

Surely His answer did.

I’ll see your passive-aggressive, indirect question and raise you with an indirect statement of My own – I’m calling sinners to repentance, not the righteous.

Hmmmmm. While His answer shut them up (which was no doubt fun for the spectators), I have a feeling the Pharisees sensed the meaning of Romans 3:10-12: “None is righteous, no, not one; no on understands; no one seeks God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, no, not one.”

Perhaps a more direct response would’ve been, “I’m hanging out with the people who know they need Me. I don’t hang out with people who are too self-righteous to know they need Me. But you do need Me. All y’all desperately do.”
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40 Days with Jesus 
Day 22 – All Y’all
Read Luke 5:30-32

To grumble not at Jesus but at His disciples – what a passive-aggressive way for the Pharisees and scribes to behave. They had the legal authority (and personalities) to chastise Jesus; instead, they directed their challenge to the ones they were insulting.

And I imagine this ragtag dinner party had no idea how to respond.  All of it was so new: They just met Jesus, so while they were thinking He was maybe the long-awaited Messiah, they couldn’t have been 100 percent sure. Not to mention they were, in fact, hanging out with society’s most despised – a category that included a few of them. Certainly the Pharisees’ question had crossed the minds of everyone sitting at the table.

I’ll bet they leaned in to hear Jesus’ response. 

He had recently gained a lot of notoriety. People were traveling from Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem to hear Him preach and see Him heal. No doubt the assumption of the religious leaders was that He’d be impressive – that He’d look and behave like them; like someone worthy of the reports they were getting.

On the contrary.

Instead, they found a normal-looking guy, hanging out with normal people, doing normal people things like eating – that is, when He wasn’t casting out demons and making blind men see. Luke 5:29 says that Jesus was “reclining at [the] table with them”. He was relaxed and shooting the breeze. He was getting to know them (and they Him) when the Pharisees showed up at Matthew’s house uninvited.

I wonder if they rang the doorbell before barging in. I wonder if they stood in the corner whispering like middle school girls. I wonder if they grumbled loudly but pretended Jesus couldn’t hear them from three feet away. I wonder if they came prepared with specific questions but changed course when they saw Jesus with the riffraff.  I wonder if anyone at the table was offended by their question, or if they were too used to being hated and judged to care. I wonder if the Pharisees’ question endeared the insulted guests to Jesus all the more. 

Surely His answer did.

I’ll see your passive-aggressive, indirect question and raise you with an indirect statement of My own – I’m calling sinners to repentance, not the righteous.

Hmmmmm. While His answer shut them up (which was no doubt fun for the spectators), I have a feeling the Pharisees sensed the meaning of Romans 3:10-12: “None is righteous, no, not one; no on understands; no one seeks God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, no, not one.”

Perhaps a more direct response would’ve been, “I’m hanging out with the people who know they need Me. I don’t hang out with people who are too self-righteous to know they need Me. But you do need Me. All y’all desperately do.”