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unlikely hero

Unlikely Hero

We love stories where the underdog wins. We look at these types of stories with awe as the participants face overwhelming odds and almost certain defeat. David does not let others’ expectations impede his success.  David’s action reminds us that God may already have empowered us for a task, if we have the courage to draw on those skills and resources. (1 Samuel 17:1-50)

chosen & anointed

Chosen & Anointed

I’m sure you all remember the fairy tale Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. In it the Queen asks “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of us all?” Children are often fascinated by mirrors. Dogs too, although I suspect they think it is another dog! But adults? Not so much! How about you? Do you like looking in a mirror? Other than checking your hair or make-up, tying your tie? Our scripture today teaches us that God does not look at outward appearances. God looks into our hearts. (1 Samuel 16:1-13)

do it anyway

Do It Anyway

Jesus calls this story the parable of the sower. It is not so surprising that the seeds in the good soil grew. The surprise is that the sower threw his valuable seed everywhere. Our extravagantly wasteful sower God never gives up on us calls us to take risks and be equally generous in mission. (Mark 4:1-8, 13-20)

catching fire

Catching Fire

We trust in a God who is faithful, a God who brings Resurrection, who out of the ashes fans the embers into flames, who uses fire to refine, who brings new life from dead bones, who sows seeds on rocky ground, and watches them spring to life. We have our Wesleyan legacy, a legacy filled with the Holy Spirit and men and women bursting to tell their stories. I see a community right here that welcomes all without judgment: gay and straight, able-bodied and differently-abled, crying babies and those with dementia, dogs and humans, those with homes and those searching for one. And that includes you, so, go light a fire! (Acts 10:34-48)

persevering to the end

Persevering to the End

Wesley’s preaching offended many as he called folk to a deeper level of commitment and pursuit of a holy life. For 19 years, he had stones, rotten tomatoes, and manure thrown at him and was attacked by mobs and hassled and harassed. Wherever he went there were some who listened and came to faith, and he never gave up! By his 70’s and 80’s he was a national hero. What an example of perseverance. (1 Thessalonians 1:2-7)

works of mercy

Works of Mercy

Salvation is not just from sin but for godliness and works of compassion. For Wesley, evangelism and ministries to the poor were inextricably linked and two sides of the same gospel. The holistic gospel that Wesley preached was called the “scripture way of salvation.” When churches stop serving others, then something seems to die. Spiritual vitality requires a personal faith and God working through us to serve our neighbors. (James 2:14-20)

the necessity of grace

The Necessity of Grace

After his crisis of faith Wesley comes to understand that we do not have to prove our love for God or win divine favor but that good works are our response to God sanctifying our lives and an expression of gratitude and the fruits of the spirit. Wesley believed passionately that God longs for humans to know the love and grace of the Creator, and for those who responded, he had a discipleship development plan. (Ephesians 2:1-10).