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Wesleyan Accent

Following Jesus in the Company of the Wesleys

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Danny Morris ~ Corporate Spiritual Discernment

"Our use of consensus would not be a litmus test, nor a safeguard, nor an effort to prove something. It would be a spiritual ingredient of our relationship. We would be committed to hear each other, learn from each other, and bring forth the best in each other. Consensus would not mean that the many would hold out, or gang up on a few until they abandoned their position, or came around to what a majority wanted to do. It meant that God's will was so important to each person that nothing else mattered."

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Christine Johnson ~ Take Up Your Cross

"Bearing a cross is humbly accepting difficult circumstances over which we have no control. Taking up a cross is embracing the will of God and choosing that which is painful when we could do otherwise. It is voluntarily suffering that which we find distasteful because to do so will further us along the path toward Christ. It is doing the good we know to be right and true, not only when it is convenient, but when we find it most inopportune."

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Elizabeth Glass Turner ~ The Bread Line at the End of Your Rope

"This Thanksgiving and Christmas, we need food pantries and nonprofit organizations, churches and kind social workers, homeless shelters and business donations, we need Good Samaritan funds and people who order a coffee in the drive-thru for the guy with the sign at the intersection. The Church is really good at putting programming in place. Only when you're at the end of your rope, it's not always programming that you need. In fact, programming can be a tool to distance ourselves from uncomfortable need."

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Danny Morris ~ How God Communicates

"To discern God's will, two basic understandings must be fixed in one's prayer life and personal theology: first, God is good! If you don't hold that basic conviction, why would you want to know God's will? Second, communication with God is possible."

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Michael Smith ~ The Table

"Did your family have a kid’s table? Mine did. This was actually a fun experience, but as you age, you wonder when you might be given a chance to sit at the real table. Though we can joke about these memories, in reality there are people in our world who are wanting and waiting for their chance to gather around the table. This Thanksgiving let’s remember to invite all to the feast and to the table of grace."

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Elizabeth Glass Turner ~ Pastoral Care and Contagion

"Despite my excellent undergraduate education preparing me for Christian ministry, despite my thoroughly-enjoyed seminary training, I don't remember any discussions on how to provide pastoral care during a plague. Of all people, though, Christians must be conversant in the language of mortality, fluent in the evils of death and the beauty of resurrection, articulate in tragedy and triumph. What else is the rhythm of the church year for, but to practice us in the art of living the pattern of Kingdom life, of Christ-life, of birth, death, and resurrection? We must talk of these things if we have any hope of acting on them, putting hands to ideas. We must all find our inner Mother Teresa and touch the dying - even if you choose to wear three layers of gloves."

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Talbot Davis ~ Lost Hope

"The answer to this painfully large prayer is massively small: bread, water, and a bed. Elijah wants a snap answer, a quick fix, and God grants the start of a slow process – bread, water, bed. As if recovering hope can never be a matter of great leaps, but always involves small steps."

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