Browsing Posts & Sermons by: Pastor Jeff Nelson

Let the Light Shine Through

Let the Light Shine Through

Dear Friends, A little girl wondered what a saint might be. One day her mother took her to a great cathedral to see the gorgeous stained-glass windows with scenes from the Bible. When she saw the beauty of it all she cried out loud, “Now I know what saints are. They... Read More
Christmas Collections

Christmas Collections

Dear Friends, Could you help us make Christmas happen for some families? Christmas is only 49 days away! I know, right? How did that happen so fast? Part of what makes Christmas so special is the joy of giving, especially giving gifts to the children in our lives.... Read More
Make a Difference

Make a Difference

Dear Friends, Most of us will do two really important things this week: Cast a ballot in the election Fill out a pledge card for the church Each of these acts reflects our values. Each of these acts tells the world what we think is important. Each of these acts... Read More
The Winning Ticket

The Winning Ticket

Dear Friends, 5, 28, 62, 65, 70 and 5 Those six winning numbers would have won $1.6 Billion in the Mega Millions Lottery. I am going to let you in on a little secret. My wife Bridget gets very excited every time the lottery hits these record highs. She loves to dream... Read More
It’s Real

It’s Real

Dear Friends, In our first year together, I did a lot of listening. I was listening to the ways you described what made this place and the movement here so special. What I heard you say over and over was that you experienced God’s love at Royal Oak First. What was... Read More
Do It Anyway

Do It Anyway

“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered; Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives; Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies; Succeed anyway. If you... Read More
Welcome Home

Welcome Home

“Home is a place where, when you go there, they have to take you in.” Robert Frost Dear Friends, Welcome home! For over 180 years, Royal Oak First has been the spiritual home to thousands of different people—people of different ages, races, and backgrounds. It has... Read More
Enjoy the Moment

Enjoy the Moment

Dear Friends, This weekend is a little weird for our family. It is weird because it feels like we have a foot in two worlds. It is still summer. The memories are still pretty fresh of camps and swimming and ice cream on the back porch as the fireflies dance in dusk of... Read More
Downtown for Good

Downtown for Good

Dear Friends, I am learning that there is something really different about being part of a “downtown” church—a church nestled in among businesses and restaurants, with lots of foot traffic and limited parking. Most of my personal and all of my professional church life... Read More
The Hill of Crosses

The Hill of Crosses

“On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross…” I have found myself singing this old hymn over and over since returning from Lithuania on Monday. I was in Lithuania with three of our leaders to visit United Methodist churches that Royal Oak First has been partnering... Read More
In Humble Service

In Humble Service

Dear Friends, You are a blessing. That is why the church exists—to be a blessing. The church exists to take the love of Christ it knows and has experienced for itself and then turn around and share it with the world. And you, the people of Royal Oak First, are indeed... Read More

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