Notes from Brother Jay

Heart Language

     Kathy and I are away at Camp J.D. Tygart for the Women’s Walk to Emmaus #112 this weekend.  A team of lay people and 5 clergy, along with 38 “pilgrims,” will finish up about 5:30 this afternoon and return to our normal lives.  For some it will be a relief, but for most of the women, those “pilgrims” who attended their initial Emmaus weekend, Camp Tygart became holy ground.
     Mike Green is preaching in Ocilla today having returned from his own pilgrim experience last weekend.  Now Mike is special, having been employed in the church and holding a Masters in Divinity, he knew a lot of what the speakers taught.  Mike also arrived at the camp with a history of intentional spiritual growth.  Most of us aren’t nearly that intentional when it comes to spiritual things.  

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What Now?

 The path to Jesus    On Mondays, a group of women from both churches attend a book study using “A Grace-Full Life” by Jorge Acevedo and Wes Olds.  I discovered it when I attended the Grace In Action Conference at their church, Grace Church (UM) in Cape Coral, Florida.  In their book Olds and Acevedo explore God’s grace, His unmerited favor, which God presents through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.  
     John Wesley used different terms to understand God’s grace as it intersects with us at different stages of our spiritual journey.  God approaches and “woos” us with prevenient grace, revealing love for us long before we acknowledge Him or give Him a place in our lives.  
   

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The Worst of Our Habits

Some behaviors are addictions and require intense treatment.  Usually indicated by disruption in several areas of a person’s life, addictions are subject to denials and when addressed, cannot easily be stopped.  Habits, however, are the sum of our practicing a behavior until it’s automatic.

“An addiction is a compulsive need of a certain thing or substance to the body, which when deprived causes horrible effects. A habit can be controlled or modified, while addiction cannot be controlled and requires professional help for modification.” (http://www.differencebetween.info/difference-between-habit-and-addiction)

      So, what is our worst habit?  You might think the answer subjective, and for the most part you would be correct.  However, one habit many of us have, and enjoy, is the worst habit of them all, GOSSIP!  The wisdom of the Proverbs says:

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