Anyone who has dedicated his or her life to the service of the Lord is a priest who has emulated the ministry of Jesus. Those who have committed their lives to the service and glory of the Lord have the assurance of salvation and God's continued and unending presence.
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, served the Lord his entire adult life. At times he was criticized, often he was persecuted, but he continued to proclaim the message of salvation. On March 2, 1791, he died in his home on City Road. His last words were, "The best of all is, God is with us!"
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.