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By Rueben P. Job

A Wesleyan non secular Reader offers assets for a 26-week devotional adventure. the quantity comprises Scripture, non secular readings (primarily rates from the writings of John Wesley), and an essay by way of the writer. This fabric is woven right into a trend for day-by-day prayer and mirrored image. This devotional event will lead readers to stay with Wesley's rules and spirit as a window or motor vehicle for attaining God. one of the 26 subject matters explored are: Scriptural Christianity; lifestyles in Christ; attaining Out to the bad; The technique of Grace; Holiness of existence; Justifying Grace; The Ministry of All God's humans; Sanctifying Grace; and God's Love and Ours. whereas meant for devotional use through either clergy and laity, pastors also will locate this a valuable source for sermon guidance. this excellent advisor to deeper spirituality becomes a adored significant other for all who search to develop in religion and information of God.

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If God were to withhold participation, the creation itself would collapse. Humankind is eternally linked to and empowered by God. In the spiritual reading for this week, Randy Maddox points out that God’s grace works powerfully but not irresistibly. God does not rob us of our liberty and freedom or force us to walk in holiness. But God’s grace does invite us compellingly and seek to persuade us powerfully to walk in companionship with the One who has made us and redeemed us. If God is sovereign, then we can pray confidently and boldly for the redemption of the world, the conversion of evil to good, the transformation of a timid church to a faithful church, the renewal of a morally bankrupt society to one of justice and mercy, and the salvation of our own troubled souls.

Journal, Vol. 3, p. 158 ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ It was in pursuance of an advice given by Bishop Taylor, in his “Rules for Holy Living and Dying,” that, about fifteen years ago, I began to take a more exact account than I had done before, of the manner wherein I spent my time, writing down how I had employed every hour. This I continued to do wherever I was, till the time of my leaving England. The variety of scenes which I then passed through, induced me to transcribe, from time to time, the more material parts of my diary, adding here and there such little reflections as occurred to my mind.

1, p. 12 ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ (We) “have not so learned Christ,” as to renounce any part of his service, though men should “say all manner of evil against us,” with more judgment and as little truth as hitherto. We do indeed, use all the lawful means we know, to prevent the “good which is in us from being evil spoken of:” But if the neglect of known duties be the one condition of securing our reputation, why, fare it well; we know whom we have believed, and what we thus lay out He will pay us again. Your son already stands before the judgment-seat of Him who judges righteous judgment; at the brightness of whose presence the clouds remove: His eyes are open, and he sees clearly whether it was “blind zeal, and a thorough mistake of true religion, that hurried him on in the error of his way;” or whether he acted like a faithful and wise servant, who, from a just sense that his time was short, made haste to finish his work before his Lord’s coming, that “when laid in the balance” he might not “be found wanting”.

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