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About joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of Hamlin Memorial United Methodist Church in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.

It’s Joseph? Uh Oh!

Although the Biblical text never mentions the reaction of the brothers when Joseph revealed to them his true identity, I can only imagine that fear had to overwhelm the dastardly siblings. I picture Jacob’s sons having a shepherd in the … Continue reading

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From Injury to Forgiveness

Yesterday we read the incredible story of Jacob and Esau. In the story, Jacob the trickster robbed Esau out of his birth rite. He lied and with shrewd calculation convinced his father to bless him. It wasn’t right. Esau was … Continue reading

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In the Midst of Sorrow

The reading today, Genesis 20-22, provided many resources for more profound thought and reflection. We see Sarah and Abraham’s trick on Abimelech that nearly cost the king his life, the birth of Isaac, and the ultimate sacrifice pitting father against … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

Today we read Genesis 10-13. We have a look at our very first genealogy tree. I kept thinking to myself, “Why are all these names here?” I tried to follow along and keep everything straight, but I started to loose … Continue reading

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What Do We Hide From God?

“They were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed” (Gen. 2:25 CJSB). This year I committed to reading the Bible through in one year. I will blog through my journey and invite you to read … Continue reading

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Change and Everything Else

It is the time of year in the United Methodist tradition that churches and pastors look forward to a new path, a new adventure.  I am no exception to preparing for a big move.  In June, my family and I … Continue reading

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No One Likes to Walk Through the Darkness

No one likes to walk in the dead of night, unsure where they are going, or what animal they may encounter along the way.  It is a frightening journey, and many times the terror of having to face our biggest … Continue reading

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Making a Way for All Things New

Your house needs a little spring cleaning.  In addition to jobs around the house that are manageable and easy to do, you have to hire painters to give it a professional flare.  All appears set to go, and the house … Continue reading

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Finding Joy, Even in the Midst of Struggle

Both of my sons packed and all three of us MacDonald guys were ready for what my youngest calls a “Daddy and Son Madcapped Adventure.”  My wife had an out of town speaking engagement, so that meant the youngest had … Continue reading

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My Passion and Me

We all have something about which we are passionate.  I love the fine arts.  There is something remarkable about being on a stage or expressing one’s self through movement.  The worries and concerns of the world go away, and troubles … Continue reading

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