John Wesley is noted for his detailed journals in which he recorded the events of his life and ministry. His vocation as an Anglican priest and itinerant preacher, a priest without a geographical parish, brought great criticism upon him during his ministry in England. It is an open air preaching event that he describes in a journal entry in April 1752. Wesley is taken by carriage to the spot where a multitude is gathered. Some of the people are rather hostile and begin to throw stones and clods of dirt at him as he preaches. Miraculously, he is not hit and completes his sermon.
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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.