Asbury United Methodist

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Asbury United Methodist is listed in the Churches Methodist category in Saint Louis, Missouri. Displayed below is the only current social network for Asbury United Methodist which at this time includes a Facebook page. The activity and popularity of Asbury United Methodist on this social network gives it a ZapScore of 74.

Contact information for Asbury United Methodist is:
4001 Maffitt Ave
Saint Louis, MO 63113
(314) 371-4863
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Matthew 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot." What is Jesus talking about when he mentions salt that has lost its flavor? Jesus, his audience and most who stop to think about it know that salt is very stable and never loses its flavor. In the Talmud there is a great story that demonstrates that salt is always salty. “They asked Rabbi Joshua, ‘When salt became unsavory wherewith is it to be salted?’ He replied, ‘With the afterbirth from a mule.’” (B. Bekh. 8b, Talmud) As a mule is a hybrid, it can have no offspring, so Rabbi Joshua is telling them that both are impossible. Salt cannot lose its flavor and there will never be afterbirth from a mule. However, salt that has been used generally cannot be used again. Salt absorbs waters and oils and, when used as a preservative, becomes contaminated. Salt that is contaminated cannot be used again. It is thrown out and trampled underfoot. These images, though foreign to us, would have been understood by Jesus’ audience. As the salt of the earth we will fail in our mission and purpose if we become contaminated. There are many things that can be absorbed from the world that will make us and our message impure. Both must be held as precious and guarded. As salt of the earth we have a mission, so let’s be salty for the benefit of the world.

Matthew 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot." What is Jesus talking about when he mentions salt that has lost its flavor? Jesus, his audience and most who stop to think about it know that salt is very stable and never loses its flavor. In the Talmud there is a great story that demonstrates that salt is always salty. “They asked Rabbi Joshua, ‘When salt became unsavory wherewith is it to be salted?’ He replied, ‘With the afterbirth from a mule.’” (B. Bekh. 8b, Talmud) As a mule is a hybrid, it can have no offspring, so Rabbi Joshua is telling them that both are impossible. Salt cannot lose its flavor and there will never be afterbirth from a mule. However, salt that has been used generally cannot be used again. Salt absorbs waters and oils and, when used as a preservative, becomes contaminated. Salt that is contaminated cannot be used again. It is thrown out and trampled underfoot. These images, though foreign to us, would have been understood by Jesus’ audience. As the salt of the earth we will fail in our mission and purpose if we become contaminated. There are many things that can be absorbed from the world that will make us and our message impure. Both must be held as precious and guarded. As salt of the earth we have a mission, so let’s be salty for the benefit of the world.

Psalm 27 is counted among the favorites of many Christians, and it is no wonder. What a glorious Psalm of praise and declaration of faith by David. David certainly knows what it means to be in a time of trouble, as it seems that so much of his life was filled with trouble. Yet his heart is continually filled with praise to God. Instead of seeking vengeance against his enemies, David is continually seeking help from the Lord. Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies . . . I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Psalm 27:11 and 13, NKJV As we face times of trouble and temptation our heart should be focused on God and not on those around us. Too often we are more concerned about what others think rather than what God sees in our actions and in our heart. Work to please God; cry out to Him for help. When our lives please God, then it does not matter what anyone else thinks. David closes this Psalm with this advice. Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord! Pray today that God would give you the desire and help to work to please Him instead of those around you.

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The Shining of the Great Light The coming of the Messiah means so many things to those who follow in His footsteps. Isaiah describes this Messiah as a great light. Indeed, those who were once in darkness have seen a great light. Jesus said of Himself, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:4:) One might be disappointed by the clause at the beginning of this verse, “while I am in the world” but as Christians we know that the Spirit of God that rested on Jesus also resides in us. We have the same Spirit and because of that we bear the light of Jesus in the world. Thus, even though He is returned at the right hand of the Father, we are His light and we must finish the work of shining the light into the darkness all over the world. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you. (Romans 8:11) This is why we are instructed not to hide our lights. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16) Copyright www.dustoffthebible.com