Browsing Posts & Sermons by: Pastor Jeff Nelson

Bible Sunday

Bible Sunday

Dear Friends, As I write this letter, the temperature outside is rapidly dropping. Yesterday it was in the 80s (in October), and by tomorrow night the forecast says we will be in the 30s. At the same time, Hurricane Michael is cutting a path of devastation from the...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Love (like) Jesus

Love (like) Jesus

Dear Friends, Christians talk often about how much they love Jesus. But what exactly does that mean? How does one love Jesus? Is loving Jesus an act of worship? Is it adhering to a set of beliefs? Is it an adherence to a set of doctrine? Is it through acts of personal...
The First 100

The First 100

Dear Friends, It all started in 1838 when the Reverend J.M. Arnold was assigned to organize a Methodist church in a small village just north of Detroit called Royal Oak. The Royal Oak Methodists met in a one room schoolhouse on the corner of Main and Lincoln. It was...
Welcome Home

Welcome Home

  “Like the pine trees lining the winding road, I got a name” Jim Croce, I Got a Name “Whether we like it or not, we all come from someplace. And at some point in our lives, we have to make peace with that place.” Jeffrey Stepakoff, The Orchard “Hello, Wisconsin!”...
What is Pentecost?

What is Pentecost?

Dear Friends, So what is this Pentecost thing? The term Pentecost comes from the Greek word for “fiftieth” (50th). It refers to the festival celebrated on the fiftieth day after Passover, also known as the “Feast of Weeks.” For the early church,...
Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Dear Friends, Of all the Sunday’s of the year, Mother’s Day might be the hardest to preach. It is hard because Mother’s Day brings up a lot of different emotions. For me, it is a day that I just miss my mom who has been gone for 20 years. For others, Mother’s Day can...

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