Christmas

Blankets and bathrobes

Blankets and bathrobes

The service had not begun on time and quiet whispers echoed in the quaint sanctuary. Nearly every pew in the sparsely decorated church was full as we anxiously awaited the beginning of the annual children’s Christmas pageant. It was the Sunday before Christmas, the...
Without incarnation there is no Christmas

Without incarnation there is no Christmas

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made … The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:1-3, 14)....
He Sapa preparing for Christmas outreaches

He Sapa preparing for Christmas outreaches

Each December, the four church sites of He Sapa New Life Native Ministries uses the Christmas season to share about Jesus and build bridges in native communities for future ministry opportunities. Through seven large outreach events scattered across native communities...
Kingswood annual carol service a favorite

Kingswood annual carol service a favorite

The annual service of Christmas carols at Kingswood University is always a picturesque and inspiring experience. More than 40 participants joined in the choir sing, with approximately 700 in attendance at this year’s December 11 event held in Saunders Irving...
​Shepherds and wise men made it to Bethlehem

​Shepherds and wise men made it to Bethlehem

Some people come to Jesus like the shepherds. Out in the fields, minding their own business–and kablammo! Something big happens. Angels show up–a huge angel choir. Glory to God in the highest! Life change in a moment. The shepherds drop everything and run to...
​From deity to dust

​From deity to dust

It is almost unheard of for anyone who has been a somebody to become a nobody. For example, how ridiculous and insane it would be for Donald Trump to voluntarily surrender all the glitz, glamour and glory—all the presidential power and prestige—that is his to become a...
100 new Christians at Christmas

100 new Christians at Christmas

It’s two months after Christmas and Red Cedar Church in Rice Lake, Wisc., is still seeing positive results from the services and outreach it held. Post-Christmas numbers show that over 2,600 attended Christmas services with over 100 people placing their faith in...
Reverse Offerings bless numerous recipients

Reverse Offerings bless numerous recipients

Some Wesleyan churches have participated in a “Reverse Offering” in this Christmas season, choosing to bless countless people. 12Stone Church, the largest within The Wesleyan Church, celebrated its “Reverse Offering” during its December 6...
A simple question changed Sherry’s life

A simple question changed Sherry’s life

They lived across the street from us in a suburban neighborhood of split-level homes. One night we heard a knock at the door. The three children, two boys and a girl, had been kicked out of their home by their stepfather. My husband Wayne and I took them in for the...
Wesleyans in the news

Wesleyans in the news

Each week, both Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. As we are alerted to those news items, we are privileged to pass them along. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward to communications@wesleyan.org. The...
Peace on earth

Peace on earth

There are places in Europe where you can sink a spade into the earth, Bruce Thielemann observed, and bring up a piece of history. In just two or three spades full of earth, you can dig up ancient artifacts as well as bits of metal from much more modern times. You...
Christmas is the kiss of God

Christmas is the kiss of God

In his book Mortal Lessons, Richard Selzer, M.D., writes: I stand by the bed where a young woman lies, her face post-operative, her mouth twisted in palsy, clownish. A tiny twig of the facial nerve, the one to the muscles of her mouth has been severed. She will be...
​Instant save

​Instant save

NBC’s The Voice has this phenomenon called the “instant save.” Many refer to it as the first and most impactful Twitter-based vote spectrum on television. Some even go so far to say it is the most successful social TV integration of all time. Some of...
Christmas recaps across The Wesleyan Church

Christmas recaps across The Wesleyan Church

Here is short list of Christmas recaps from some Wesleyan churches. West Michigan District Kentwood Community Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., welcomed 3,818 at the Christmas Eve services, witnessed three new commitments and 5 recommitments to Christ, and received an...
Wesleyans in the news

Wesleyans in the news

Each week, both Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. As we are alerted to those news items, we are privileged to pass them along. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward to communications@wesleyan.org. The...
“Don’t say ‘Merry Christmas!’”

“Don’t say ‘Merry Christmas!’”

On December 23, a passenger was tossed off a plane at New York’s La Guardia Airport because of his reaction to an airline worker who wished him a Merry Christmas. The man was waiting to board American Airlines Flight 1140 when the gate agent began welcoming...
#LoveColumbus transforming Ohio’s capital

#LoveColumbus transforming Ohio’s capital

#Love Columbus is more than just a hashtag used for social media purposes. Cypress Wesleyan Church in Galloway, Ohio, has made it a point to love the Columbus area, having begun a campaign during the Christmas season. The idea is to show kindness in intentional ways...
What did Jesus’ grandparents think?

What did Jesus’ grandparents think?

Maybe it’s because we have been blessed with nine grandchildren, but I began to think about Jesus’ grandparents. Who were they? Obviously, Mary had parents. So when Jesus was born in Bethlehem, where were the grandparents? Back in Nazareth? Probably. What...
You’d better be good for goodness’ sake!

You’d better be good for goodness’ sake!

One little boy sent a letter to Santa Claus that said: “Dear Santa, you did not bring me anything good last year. You did not bring me anything good the year before that. This is your last chance. Signed, Alfred.” Another went like this: “Dear Santa,...
Wesleyans in the news

Wesleyans in the news

Each week, both Wesleyans and Wesleyan churches are featured in online news publications. As we are alerted to those news items, we are privileged to pass them along. If you see a news item that relates to Wesleyans, please forward to communications@wesleyan.org. The...
A season of remembrance and gratitude

A season of remembrance and gratitude

Paul cultivated some great friendships among the people he met in Philippi. Upon disembarking a ship in the seaport of Neapolis, he climbed the steep hill north of the port, and walked on to Philippi, about nine miles away. Some of the first people he met were Lydia,...
The untaken, untouched gift

The untaken, untouched gift

It would be rude to leave a gift under the Christmas tree that had your name on it. How inconsiderate knowing that someone went to a lot of trouble to leave you a special gift to be discovered Christmas morning and enjoyed the whole year ahead. Time, money, sweat,...
Cypress Wesleyan shows generosity to its community

Cypress Wesleyan shows generosity to its community

Senior pastor Ken Murphy, staff, and attendees at Cypress Wesleyan Church in Galloway, Ohio, greeted the Christmas season of 2013 with four compassion projects this year: give gifts, give warmth, give joy, and give hope. Give gifts: Cypress Wesleyan filled and sent...
The wonderful, awful truth about Christmas

The wonderful, awful truth about Christmas

The wonderful, awful truth about Christmas As we set up our Christmas trees, drink up eggnog, and create our Christmas list on Amazon, it’s really easy to miss something. The epicenter of modern human history was turned upside down by a man named Jesus. His own people...