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How the Bible came alive for me

How the Bible came alive for me

It wasn’t when I stood on Mount Nebo, where Moses stood to look at the Promised Land, that the Bible came alive for me. From Dan to Gilead, we could see the vast plains, the Dead Sea, the opportunities for vegetation and surrounding mountains. It was breathtaking to...
Moving when God speaks

Moving when God speaks

It is so frustrating to speak and have no one move! Typically, my children respond by yelling “we hear you mom” while comfortably sitting carrying on with whatever they were doing. Hearing without action is incomplete. My response to God is usually incomplete when his...
Biblical illiteracy isn’t funny, it’s scary

Biblical illiteracy isn’t funny, it’s scary

Last week biblical illiteracy in the news media was put on display like never before. First, the Wall Street Journal misquoted Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu as saying that “Moses brought water from Iraq.” What the prime minister actually said was that...
​Who’s job—God’s or mine?

​Who’s job—God’s or mine?

I first heard John Ortberg speak a number of years ago and I was immediately struck with his biblical, common-sensical approach to teaching God’s Word. Since them I have considered him to be a long-distance mentor, of sorts. While taking a few days of vacation...
​Muslim experiences peace through God’s Word

​Muslim experiences peace through God’s Word

Prior to meeting him, all I knew about this young man was that he wanted to talk about the Bible and that Jesus comes to him in dreams up to three times a week. As we talked, he explained that he doesn’t believe the Islam he was raised in. He also explained that...
Bible Bowl national Wesleyan competition results

Bible Bowl national Wesleyan competition results

Wesleyan quizzers from across the nation gathered at Oklahoma Wesleyan University for the 2016 National Wesleyan Bible Bowl (WBB) Tournament this summer. Teams from seven Wesleyan churches participated in this year’s tournament from Oklahoma, Virginia,...
​Matthew Sleeth’s 7 practical ways to be gospel-driven

​Matthew Sleeth’s 7 practical ways to be gospel-driven

It was like a scene out of a movie: Last Saturday, I was washing my hands in the ladies’ room when I overheard a woman exclaim to a gaggle of her friends, “Oh my, that doctor speaker! Usually I hate sitting through graduation ceremonies, but . . .”...
Tortured for his faith but still praising God

Tortured for his faith but still praising God

Sara is part of one of our Wesleyan congregations in Central Asia. Her nephew, Rafael, who is in prison, has come to faith and reads his Bible daily to a group of 10 or more inmates as a result of her visits. Recently, a new director was hired at the prison and...
Lent: an invitation

Lent: an invitation

Read with us. Download the Lent reader. William Faulkner once wrote, “The salvation of the world is in man’s suffering.” Well, he was almost right. It’s in one man’s suffering. The cross of Jesus is the pivot point of salvation. And as it...
Dropping off God’s Word

Dropping off God’s Word

I just returned from dropping off our younger child for her freshman year of college. The day went by quickly with unloading boxes, setting up her dorm room, and participating in new student orientation activities. Having been through the drill before with her older...
Wesleyan Bible Bowl results

Wesleyan Bible Bowl results

Fifty-six quizzers gathered this summer at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind., for the 2015 National Wesleyan Bible Bowl Tournament (WBB). The teens came from nine Wesleyan churches, from South Dakota, Oklahoma, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana....
An inside view

An inside view

Jane Hall tells about engaging in a rural pottery project in Nicaragua. In a remote area, she came to a gathering of mud and stick homes. The residents were friendly and answered her questions about their town. When she pulled out her camera and began taking pictures...
I love The Wesleyan Church

I love The Wesleyan Church

I love Jesus most, but while participating in a recent General Board Meeting of The Wesleyan Church (my 20th General Board session), I realized how much I love the church of my youth. There are many facets that make up a denomination. I suppose some would rather be a...