Notes from Brother Jay

Nourishment

     The late Dr. Robert Mulholland stood ramrod straight.  He soared above most of us at 6’5” and, to top it all off, he wore a wide brimmed hat.  As Vice president and Provost of Asbury Seminary he kept two assistants busy, taught classes in Biblical Interpretation and the Book of Revelation, both in Greek!  Once a year he preached at our bi-weekly Chapel service.  We listened closely, for we knew of both his Biblical scholarship and his love for Christ and for us.
   

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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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