Warmed Within; Empowered Without

Aldersgate

John Wesley, an Anglican priest, went to a bible study with some Moravians. He was well educated. He was disciplined. But his religion was more in his head than anywhere else. But on May 24, 1738, he reluctantly attended a bible study, and, as Wesley recorded in his journal, around 8:45 PM, he felt his heart “strangely warmed“, with a conviction that  Christ had died for him.

Wesley would have struggles with his faith, even questioning his salvation at times; but this moment with the Moravians stands as a defining one for him.

Have you had a “moment” like that? Have you felt a need for something that was missing, only to discover it (reluctantly perhaps) at a time and place when you least expected it?

May your heart be warmed today by the good news that you are a child of God, that Jesus lived, died and rose for you. Let that good news give you the strength and wisdom you need for the day ahead.

A blessed Tuesday.

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.