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In this message, Pastor Mark shares a few lessons that surfing has taught him about life and faith. He talks about facing our fears, the importance of perseverance, letting go of control, and drawing strength from a life of prayer. This message was given during the Surfing VBS at First UMC Cocoa Beach. Click the share button to bless others!…
 
Do you ever feel overwhelmed in life? News of war, mass shootings, climate change, global pandemics, racism, poverty, and cancer. Experiences of loss, chronic pain, fear, anxiety, and depression. Sometimes it all feels like too much. Remember that all of us feel this way from time to time, and our faith can provide critical resources to help us fin…
 
Check out this message where we explore what real peace is all about. Drawing on Romans 5:1-5, we will see how peace with God leads to the peace of God, which empowers us to be peacemakers of God. Find more serenity! Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To donate: www.fumccb.com www.revmarkreynolds.co…
 
Check out this last message in the series, "Shifting to Team Church," that focuses on the responsibility of the pastor and staff to equip the members of the church for ministry. Once we truly get this, it creates a paradigm shift in the way we think about the purpose and function of the church.
 
This is the first message in a new three-week series, "Shifting to Team Church." Pastor Mark reminds us of Jesus' mission for all churches and then talks about how every single baptized Christian has an important role to play in accomplishing this mission together. More specifically, we reflect on four sacred promises that we all make when joining …
 
In this final message in the Re-Assembly Required Series, we talk about the third and fourth decisions necessary to repair broken relationships and how reconciliation is both a posture and a process. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To donate: www.fumccb.com www.revmarkreynolds.com Facebook: https…
 
In this message, we continue the series, "Re-Assembly Required: A Beginners Guide to Repairing Broken Relationships," by discussing the second decision we make to pave the road to reconciliation, a decision that requires a good look in the mirror! Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To donate: www.fu…
 
In this message we continue the new series, "Re-Assembly Required: A Beginners Guide to Repairing Broken Relationships" by reflecting on the first decision we make to pave the road to reconciliation: I will get back to, not get back at. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To donate: www.fumccb.com ww…
 
This week we start a new series, "Re-Assembly Required: A Beginners Guide to Repairing Broken Relationships." In this first message, Pastor Mark explains how relationship repair is a skill that must be learned. Once we do, it can help us make decisions that pave the way for reconciliation, which allows us to live without regrets. Speaker: Pastor Ma…
 
In this Easter message, Pastor Mark explains how the relationship between suffering (cross) and joy (resurrection) reveals the true nature of joy as the gift of God's unfailing presence. It also helps us better understand how faith, hope, love, and joy are all connected in the economy of grace. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Meth…
 
In this message, we reflect on perhaps the two most important pillars of joy: compassion and generosity. After highlighting a universal spiritual principle, we see how love is connected to compassion and how compassion is connected to generosity in the pursuit of joy. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, …
 
In this message, we explore how gratitude can become a way of life that gives us greater access to joy, even during times of great suffering. Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7 (This series is based on "The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World" by Desmond Tutu and the Dalia Lama [Avery 2016].) Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First Unit…
 
If we want to experience more joy, we must accept our lives with all the good and bad and learn to forgive well. Check out this message to see how acceptance and forgiveness work together to set us free from our past and move us forward on our spiritual journey. (This series is based on "The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World" by De…
 
In this message we explore how humility and humor can lead to a change in perspective that gives us greater access to joy. Check out this message to discover how to detach, step back, and rise-up! (This series is based on "The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World" by Desmond Tutu and the Dalia Lama [Avery 2016].) Speaker: Pastor Mark …
 
In this message, we continue the series on joy by exploring how envy can block our happiness. After looking at how envy distorts our basic sense of fairness, we consider four ways to counteract its corrosive effects. (This series is based on "The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World" by Desmond Tutu and the Dalia Lama [Avery 2016].) S…
 
In this message, we continue the new series on JOY! by exploring two things that derail our happiness: fear and anger. After looking at the source of these obstacles and how they are intimately connected, we briefly explore how to overcome them according to the teachings of Jesus. (This series is based on "The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Ch…
 
Human beings have a handful of primary emotions that shape the quality of their lives, things like fear, anger, guilt, and sadness. Most of these emotions are experienced as negative, but one is positive--JOY! What is the true nature of joy? What prevent us from experiencing it, and what helps us access it? This new series on JOY! will help us answ…
 
What will people say at your funeral? In this message, Dr. Phil Maynard talks about how we can finish our lives well by embodying the virtue of generosity. Speaker: Phil Maynard Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To donate: www.fumccb.com www.revmarkreynolds.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PastorMarkReynolds…
 
In this message, Pastor Mark explains how to find a meaningful place of service in the church that will multiply God's grace and advance the mission of Jesus. Reflecting on our spiritual gifts, passions, abilities, personality, and experience, we will see how God has wired us in unique ways for ministry and given us a process of discernment to know…
 
Many people want to read scripture more regularly but encounter obstacles along the way. I don't have time. I don't know where to start. It's hard to understand the Bible. It can be boring or offensive. I'm afraid to get it wrong. I don't like to read. Everyone faces these kinds of obstacles at one time or another, but the good news is that there a…
 
In this message, Pastor Mark explains how ordinary practices help us to connect with God on a daily basis. We often look for God in the dramatic and spectacular, but more often than not God speaks to us through mundane activities like reading, conversing, singing, giving, and serving. Check out this message to see how God doesn't ask us to do more …
 
In this message, Pastor Mark explains that worship is more than a weekly service in a church building. In regular services, we engage in formative practices that are intended to be integrated into our everyday lives. This is how real transformation happens--when worship becomes a way of life. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Method…
 
Life is too hard to do alone, and we cannot fully become the person God created us to be without good friends. To create opportunities for deep, authentic relationships, First UMC Cocoa Beach is launching a new small group ministry. In this message, Pastor Mark explains the purpose, shape, and rhythm of the groups. In addition, you get to meet the …
 
As we celebrate Christmas and the beginning of a new year, we are expected to be happy. Unfortunately, many people are struggling with deep sadness and isolation. In this message, Pastor Mark talks about his long battle with depression, the medical facts behind the illness, how to recognize symptoms, and ways that we can all better support those na…
 
When thinking about our happiness, we often focus on mountain top experiences like our wedding day or the birth of a child. However, if we pay attention and have eyes to see, there are more subtle moments that can elicit heart exploding joy. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To donate: www.fumccb.c…
 
In this message we talk about the true nature of the church and how we extend the hospitality of God by engaging the larger community in acts of loving service. Learn how to be an agent of positive transformation! Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To donate: www.fumccb.com www.revmarkreynolds.com F…
 
Part of what it means to love people is to offer support by sharing our story and inviting them to be part of our group of friends. Check out this new message in our series about divine hospitality and authentic relationships. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To donate: www.fumccb.com www.revmarkr…
 
The Christmas story is all about friendship, friendship with God and friendship with others. Check out this message to learn how to live the true meaning of Christmas. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To donate: www.fumccb.com www.revmarkreynolds.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PastorMarkRe…
 
There are two kingdoms in which we can live: the kingdom of self or the Kingdom of God. True happiness comes from choosing the latter. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To donate: www.fumccb.com www.revmarkreynolds.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PastorMarkReynolds Source: Tom Berlin, "Defyi…
 
Becoming a generous person doesn't happen by accident--it happens by design. When looking at the lives of the most generous people around us, we discover three secrets that help us devise a plan so we can live our values. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To donate: www.fumccb.com www.revmarkreynol…
 
How is your identity related to your money and possessions? In this message, we talk about how the answer to this question reveals much about the quality of your life. Check out this message to see how God helps us break free from financial gravity by shifting our identity from that of an owner to a steward. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: Fir…
 
In this message, we reflect on how our consumeristic culture creates a kind of financial gravity that can pull us away from the generous life God intends. The good news is that Jesus gives us a way to defy gravity and experience life to the fullest. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To make a donat…
 
We all have brokenness in our lives, and Jesus offers to help. But this healing requires our participation, which rises the question, "To what lengths am I willing to go to be made well?" In this message, Dr. Phil Maynard offers inspiring words that will empower you to take your next step in experiencing deep healing.…
 
In this message we look at the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10) and talk about the importance of friendship and helping people, not at a distance, but in up-close and personal ways. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To make a donation: www.fumccb.com www.revmarkreynolds.com Facebook: https://w…
 
Check out this message as we reflect on the importance of knowing and sharing your story. When we are faithful in this regard, God uses our story to bless and help our neighbors. Everyone has a story and your story is important! Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To make a donation: www.fumccb.com w…
 
In this message, Pastor Mark talks about how sharing a meal with someone can be an act of love that helps us bless our neighbors and change our community. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To make a donation: www.fumccb.com www.revmarkreynolds.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PastorMarkReynol…
 
In this message, Pastor Mark explains how listening without judgement is a great act of love that helps us discern the needs of our neighbors and community. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) To make a donation: www.fumccb.com www.revmarkreynolds.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PastorMarkReyn…
 
After recently losing his friend, Scot Colburn, Pastor Mark speaks from the heart about suicide. Reframing suicide as a mental health issue, he talks about why people usually take their own life, how God responds, and what this means for those who seek to follow Jesus in a hurting world. Check out this message as Pastor Mark seeks to share his expe…
 
In this message, we continue the B.L.E.S.S. series by focusing on the importance of praying for our neighbors. See how God uses prayer to direct our lives, bless others, and change the world. We thought this message failed to record, but we found it this week on the sanctuary computer! Enjoy!
 
In this message we start a new 6-week series, B.L.E.S.S., to reflect on how God uses us to bless other people and change the world. We hope you will tune in for the whole series and see how God uses it to help you find your next steps on the path of discipleship. Speaker: Pastor Mark Reynolds Venue: First United Methodist Church (Cocoa Beach, FL) T…
 
Senior citizens are taking martial arts classes where they learn how to use their everyday walking canes as self-defense weapons. Paul teaches a similar class in Ephesians 6, reminding us that it's the simple things that Christians carry with them every day that can be our best defense against spiritual attack. Check out this message as we reflect …
 
We tend to think of wisdom as something that accumulates with age, but that’s not always the case. Real wisdom is often the product of hardship. And divine wisdom is lived out on the hard road of obedience to God and in relationship to the community of God’s people. Join us tomorrow as we seek the kind of wisdom that leads to a good life. Speaker: …
 
The way we talk reveals how committed we are as Christians. Positive, upbuilding talk is a counterweight to the kinds of destructive speech described in the Bible. It's all about how we use the God-given gift of speech as a strong and grateful response to the forgiveness and grace we have received from Jesus Christ. Check out this message as we ref…
 
Jesus says, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry." As we think about what this could possibly mean, we are faced with some important questions. For what do I hunger? Do I hunger for the right things? What do I seek to satisfy my hungers? In this message, we explore these questions, not only as individuals but as a commu…
 
Wherever Jesus went, says Mark, needy people “begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed” (6:56). Jesus responds to their needs by showing compassion, which raises some questions: Do we have the compassion of the Christ? Are we willing to “suffer with” the hurting people around us? Can we be li…
 
Given our current context and the daily challenges we all face, it is often difficult to feel blessed. Life for Christians of the early church was no picnic, either. So why is the apostle Paul so ecstatic about how blessed he is? Why is so intentional about cultivating gratitude? Does Paul know something we don’t? Check out this message to find out…
 
Since this past Sunday was July 4th, it was a great time to reflect on freedom. Most people think of freedom as the liberty to do whatever they want as long as it doesn't hurt someone else. But the Bible says that this understanding actually leads to more slavery and redefines freedom in a way that really sets us free!…
 
A recent survey of people with investable assets exceeding a million dollars reveals that many of these people do not think of themselves as rich. What has to happen before people think they're rich? The Bible talks about Jesus being rich, but becoming poor. It also talks about those who no doubt were already relatively poor, digging deep to help o…
 
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