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About joekmac

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

An Unexpected Turn of Events

There are times that you are strolling along, minding your own business, when all of the sudden you discover something that hits you at your very core.  You are left speechless, without any way of expressing how you feel, or … Continue reading

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When the Answer is No

The ticket is in your hand as you make your way through the airport.  You have been looking forward to beginning the next leg of your journey.  Woo!  Hoo!  This is going to be the best adventure ever.  The closer … Continue reading

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It’s a Season!

So many times I catch myself preparing for Easter and then treating the season as if it is just one day.  The truth is that the day we celebrate as Easter Sunday is actually the beginning of a period of … Continue reading

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The Time is Coming

The evening is nearing its end, and soon it will be morning.  Tomorrow we will give thanks to our Creator, who redefined God’s relationship with humanity.  The tomb opened, and there was no one there, and the heavens sang a … Continue reading

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It is Finished

The earthly ministry came to an end.  He did what He came to the world to do; show the love and grace of God to humanity.  Through Him, God revealed God’s very self to the world.  And in response, the … Continue reading

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The Darkness and Me

Here we are in the darkest days of the year.  Jesus is betrayed and everything that we know to be true seems to unravel right before our eyes.  He is the Messiah, so why doesn’t he do something?  He could … Continue reading

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Joy Overpowers Despair

Many years ago in Houston, a nurse asked me to bring one of my choirs to entertain a group of children at an event.  Little did I know that I discovered an incredible display of life and love that transformed … Continue reading

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The Language of Praise!

I am sitting in my office enjoying choral music.  Since getting to church this morning, I have heard at least four different languages singing praises to the same God. Each song that is sung in its original form crosses cultural … Continue reading

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Preparations for Passover

Tomorrow night we will have a Seder meal at our church.  This has become one of my favorite parts of Holy Week, as the community comes together to have a meal and celebrate God’s generous acts of deliverance.  We laugh, we … Continue reading

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Moments of Doubt to Hope

When I converted to the United Methodist tradition in my early twenties, I remember observing my first Holy Week.  I attended church every night not knowing what to expect.  Each night brought a different aspect of the final nights that … Continue reading

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