July 18, 2017

BURNING THE BOATS

    In 1518 Herman Cortes outfitted some ships in Cuba to explore the coast of Mexico.  After landing he ordered his men to have all sails and metal fittings and cannon removed from the ships.  Then he ordered the ships burned so that there could be no...

July 17, 2017

ENCOURAGEMENT

            Nathaniel Hawthorne worked at the customs house in Boston.  When there was a change in administrators there, he lost his job.  He went home dejected and almost desperate.  He was worried about his family, and in particular how his wife would ta...

July 14, 2017

VICTORY IN DEATH

            It was a dark night in Marshfield, Massachusetts, October 24, 1852.  A great American named Daniel Webster was dying.  He was ready.  His physician Dr. Jeffries, a sensitive Christian, administered as much medicine as he could.  Since he kne...

July 13, 2017

DEAD, BUT REALLY ALIVE

            The Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC is striking in its simplicity.  Etched in a black granite wall are the names of 58,156 Americans who died in that war.  Since its opening in 1982, the stark monument has stirred deep emotions.  Bu...

July 12, 2017

THE POWER OF SACRIFICAL LOVE

            In Ernest Gordon’s classic work Miracle on the River Kwai, he tells the story of Scottish soldiers forced by their Japanese captors in World War II to labor on a jungle railroad.  Because of the cruelty and torture, the prisoners...

July 11, 2017

HOW TO HANDLE CRITICISM

            Abraham Lincoln was the object of vicious criticism.  In fact, he avoided reading newspapers because he considered himself too “thin-skinned” not to let the criticism bother him.  He said, “If I were to try to read, much less answer,...

July 10, 2017

GETTING THE MAN RIGHT FIRST

    A small boy, confined to the house one rainy Sunday afternoon, became somewhat of a pest to his father who wanted to take a nap.  Finally in order to get some relief, the father picked up the Sunday newspaper.  He found a large map of the...

July 7, 2017

SERMON ON THE MOUND

  The great baseball pitcher Orel Hershiser in his book “Out of the Blue” describes an encounter with Los Angeles Dodgers’ manager Tommy Lasorda that would change his life.  Lasorda called Hershiser into his office and shouted. “Orel, you don’t belie...

July 6, 2017

ETHICS ARE PERSONAL

    In 2002, S. Truett Cathy, the founder and chairman of Chick-fil-A, Inc., was invited to Washington, DC to appear before the House Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Subcommittee.  At that time Cathy was 81 years old.  He told the lawmakers...

July 5, 2017

A GOOD SAMARITAN ON THE BRIDGE

  In 2004 the Associated Press reported on a genuine Good Samaritan in Nanjing, China.  A man named Chen Si goes to the landmark Yangtze River Bridge each day to serve as a savior of suicidal people.  Suicide is now the leading cause of de...

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Other Wesleyan Resources

April 9, 2020

     Everyone has heard about the famous Hatfield-McCoy feud.  From 1864 through 1921, members of those two families murdered each other in the mountains of East Kentucky and West Virginia.  The end of the feud came when a Hatfield with the awful first name of “Devil” met a West Virginia preacher named William Duke Garrett.  Garrett had fought with the Logan County Wildcats during the Civil War before being called to the minis...

April 8, 2020

     Ezra Taft Benson, former Secretary of Agriculture in the Eisenhower Administration, wrote the following:

“The Lord works from the inside out.  The world works from the outside in.  The world would take people out of the slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out of the slums.  The world would mold people by changing their environment.  Christ changes people, who then chang...

April 7, 2020

    A little boy had six tiny puppies for sale.  He was asking only two dollars for each one, but he wasn’t having any success in selling them.  In fact, only one man had even stopped to look at them despite the large sign the boy had made.  Several days later the same man passed by and saw that the price of the puppies had been raised to ten dollars each.  He stopped to ask about the increase in price.  The boy held up one of...

April 6, 2020

    An amazing person lives in Nanjing, China.  His name is Chen Si.  Each day he goes to the landmark Yangtze River Bridge.  Thousands of people cross that bridge every day.  He has become the bridge’s self-appointed guardian angel.  He has stopped 42 people from jumping off that bridge to their death.  He stands on the bridge, watching people, wearing sunglasses and a cap to block the boiling sun.  He says it is easy to spot...

April 3, 2020

    When St. Francis of Assisi turned his back on worldly wealth and walked out of his village, he left all his possessions behind.  As he left the city he saw a leper standing on the edge of the path. He walked past him…and then walked back and embraced the leper.  He then turned and continued on his journey.  He looked back one final time, and the leper was gone.  For the rest of his life, St. Francis was convinced that lepe...

April 2, 2020

           Philip Yancey in his book THE JESUS I NEVER KNEW tells about Dr. Paul Brand, a leprosy specialist who works all over the world on that ancient disease which has killed so many.  The greater pain of leprosy comes from the outside, the pain of rejection imposed on its victims by the surrounding community.

           Dr. Brand tells about a bright young man in India whom...

April 1, 2020

     One night, at 11:30 PM, an older African-American woman was standing on the side of an Alabama highway in the midst of a lashing rainstorm.  Her car had broken down and she desperately needed a ride.  Soaking wet, she decided to flag down the next car.  A young white man stopped to help her.  The man took her to safety, got assistance for her car, and helped her into a taxicab.  She seemed to be in a big hurry.  She wrote...

March 31, 2020

    Joan Laney recalls that while growing up in Korea as a daughter of missionaries, the Koreans had a special way of responding to requests for directions.  The helpful Korean would drop what he was doing and accompany us most of the way to our destination.  We found that even when the person didn’t know the way, they would try to figure it out by walking with us, and then turn around and retrace their steps....

March 30, 2020

Pastor Jim Ozier’s adopted son got into drug problems as a teenager.  Even after several treatment programs, he still could not shake the addiction.  Finally in desperation he attempted to commit suicide and almost succeeded.  When he regained consciousness, he was terribly disappointed that he had failed.  He told his parents that he would do it again and would succeed.  Both of his parents had been through the Walk to Emmaus...

March 27, 2020

    Going down some old cement steps, I noticed an ant carrying a leaf on its back.  The leaf was many times bigger than the ant.  Then the ant came to a big crack in the cement that it couldn’t cross.  The ant stopped a moment.  I wondered if the ant would turn back or proceed into the crack without the leaf.  Instead, the ant put the leaf across the crack and then crossed the crack by walking across the leaf.  On the other s...

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Press Release: UMC Africa Initiative Consultative Meeting on the Future of the Global UMC

UMC Africa Initiative Consultative Meeting on the Future of the Global UMC Clergy and lay leaders from the three Central Conferences of Africa, repres...

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