First United Methodist Church
225 Ludlow Street
Hamilton, OH  45011
(513) 896-5683

Sunday Services
9:00 a.m. - Praise Service
10:45 a.m. - Traditional Service

Dear Friends,

February is the month of presidents, Lincoln born on the 12th and Washington born on the 22nd. Both men were responsible for major landmarks in our history. George established how the office of the president was to be run. He established the decorum of a citizen leader rather than a king. Lincoln emancipated a people held in bondage over 400 years and saved our country in the process. Both men are now highly regarded. Yet if you would go back and look at the newspapers of 1732 there is no mention of a baby boy born to Augustine and Mary Ball Washington. The same is true for the Lincolns, Thomas and Nancy Hanks. No one paid attention to the cries of Abraham coming from the small cabin in Sinking Springs, Kentucky in 1809. No-one knew that great men were being born at the time of their birth. Humble beginnings that changed the course of history.

It was from humble beginnings our Jesus came to change forever how we should view and treat our neighbors. It is pretty safe to assume that the residents of Bethlehem did not know the child born in the stable behind the inn would rise, not to just greatness, but to sit at the right hand of God.

The men we celebrate this February, these political leaders, were guided by the very principles that Jesus established during his time on earth. Great men using the principles of Jesus to establish a “…more perfect union.” Something we should think about.

"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Mark