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Breaking down the walls

Breaking down the walls

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (John 4:9) Marvin McNair was a forty-seven-year-old African-American pastor in a rough, downtown Denver neighborhood. One evening he died suddenly...
Living loved

Living loved

Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. (Ps. 36:5) CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES can result in twisted views. For example, those who have been abused may grow up feeling inadequate and unworthy of love. In today’s passage, we are given...
Living paradoxically

Living paradoxically

I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. (1 Cor. 9:22) IN 1520 MARTIN LUTHER, the great Reformer, wrote a treatise called “The Freedom of the Christian.” He began it with this paradox: A Christian is a perfectly...
Living for the sake of the gospel

Living for the sake of the gospel

I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings. (1 Cor. 9:23) “MOTHER KILLED BY A RUNAWAY Tractor-Trailer.” The headline gripped my heart when I saw the picture-perfect mom, dad, and three small children. “Just a good,...
Living vulnerably

Living vulnerably

To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. (1 Cor. 9:22) SUSANNA WESLEY NEVER IMAGINED her role as a vulnerable mother would impact the world the way it did. Behind closed doors, the mother of John and Charles Wesley lived a challenging life. Married to a preacher...
Living to win

Living to win

To those not having the law I became like one not having the law . . . so as to win those not having the law. (1 Cor. 9:21) THE SEA OF GALILEE has blue water and is full of vibrant life, fauna, and flora. Children splash and play on its banks and enjoy life there. The...
Living as an undercover agent

Living as an undercover agent

To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. (1 Cor. 9:20) ONE JEWISH MISSIONARY’S STORY captures the idea of our verse today. Since she spent most of her free time only with fellow believers, she thought, “I am trained as a flute player and also...
Living as a Timocrat

Living as a Timocrat

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. (1 Cor. 9:19) WHILE USING AN ONLINE DICTIONARY, the “Word of...
​Renuevo: renewal, relationships and relaxation

​Renuevo: renewal, relationships and relaxation

Renewal, relationships and relaxation brought over 500 Hispanic and multiethnic people together in July at Indiana Wesleyan University for Renuevo (Re-new-Way-vo) 2017, a Hispanic family camp. In its seventh year, Renuevo, which means “renew” in Spanish,...
Goals and dreams

Goals and dreams

May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, “The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.” (Ps. 35:27) DAVID WAS IN HIDING while he ran from his enemies. He hadn’t done anything...
​Three new district superintendents elected

​Three new district superintendents elected

Three new Wesleyan district superintendents were elected in the summer of 2017. Rev. Wesley Smith (left) was elected by the Northwest District on June 28 to become its superintendent upon the retirement of former district superintendent Rev. Isaac Smith. Wesley, the...
​Ecuadorian pastors make history

​Ecuadorian pastors make history

On May 12, history was made for The Wesleyan Church of Ecuador as Gustavo Viejo, Nino Medina, Diana Esteves de Cruz and Juancarlos Cruz became the first ordained Wesleyan pastors in the country. The ordination took place in Guayaquil, a city of about three million...
From Saul to Paul

From Saul to Paul

“We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. (Acts 14:22) MANY PEOPLE REPORT that after undertaking a mission trip to change the lives of others, they themselves were changed in the process. Their understanding of the world...
​Celebrating and partnering with Poland churches

​Celebrating and partnering with Poland churches

Wesleyan churches in Poland are using things like Facebook Live and auto repair to meet their neighbors. They’re following Jesus into their neighborhoods—virtually and literally—to introduce themselves and help with real-life problems like car trouble and...
Out of my hands

Out of my hands

Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. (Acts 14:23) ON HIS FIRST DAY OF KINDERGARTEN, I watched my son’s small frame carrying his huge backpack ascend...
Spiritual checkup

Spiritual checkup

Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. (Acts 14:21–22) VISITING THE DOCTOR is something I usually reserve for when I am feeling ill or notice a problem. Even though I know I...
Sent by the Holy Spirit

Sent by the Holy Spirit

The two of them, sent on their way by the Holy Spirit, went down to Seleucia and sailed from there to Cyprus. (Acts 13:4) EACH SUMMER FAMILIES spend time packing, planning, unpacking, sightseeing, repacking, and then heading home. Family vacations are a great...
​Maine church burns mortgage

​Maine church burns mortgage

More than 700 gathered at Presque Isle Wesleyan Church on July 30. This Sunday morning was special as Rev. Rick Kavanaugh, lead pastor when the church was first built in 1999 in Presque Isle, Maine, spoke during the service. Presque Isle had incurred a mortgage...
​One person’s influence

​One person’s influence

Each person has a personal sphere of influence and is called to steward that responsibility well. Because of individuals who were faithful to steward their sphere of influence, Brady and Sydney Bond are in ministry today. The Bonds love ministry and that love...
Need answers?

Need answers?

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (Acts 13:2) IT MAKES SENSE to ask for help when we need directions. That is how our world works. And it...
​Wesleyans in the news

​Wesleyans in the news

Each week, Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward the link to communications@wesleyan.org. OKWU host families serve important role Some residents in Bartlesville,...
​IWU to open music therapy clinic

​IWU to open music therapy clinic

Indiana Wesleyan University’s Music Therapy program recently converted a portion of Center School, an academic building on IWU’s residential campus, into a music therapy clinic that is expected to open in September 2017. The clinic will provide free music...
​Why is it important to be part of a local church?

​Why is it important to be part of a local church?

I didn’t grow up attending church regularly. I did attend a neighborhood church on Easter and Christmas if my parents took me. But it seemed like something you did for the holidays. It wasn’t until I was 18 years old and invited by a friend that church...