This morning I asked the Lord, “Why do you want me to always forgive?
Is it because You want me to be a good person?”
This is what I heard in my heart:
“Every time you forgive, you open the door for My kingdom
to come in and be expanded on earth.”
I have two pictures in mind .... one is of a Harvest meadow, the other is of beautiful stretches of blue bell flowers.
Both pictures mean something to me... they speak to me of being in the Lords will ready for the harvest of souls, & also of being in a place of rest.
The harvest is ripe and ready, and the wind of the Holy Spirit will instigate the gathering of the seed. We need to be positioned where He wants us to be, resting, not striving in Him, and ready to reap what the Lord Himself is gathering.
"The life and the teachings of John Wesley, the famous founder of Methodism, have probably had a greater influence than those of any other man since the days of the apostles in deepening the spiritual life of the present time."
- John Gilchrist Lawson
This is the kind of endorsement often found in biographies and articles about John Wesley. Born in England, June 17, 1703, he was fifteenth of nineteen children. From the moment he came into the world there seemed to be a mighty wrestling between heaven and hell for his life. Nine of his brothers and sisters died in infancy, and he was almost consumed in a fire that destroyed the Wesley home when he was only six. He survived and started a spiritual conflagration of his own that would sweep the world for two centuries, and still burns strong in the hearts of many believers. He drew more people into the Methodist Church during the last two centuries than would be found in any other Protestant denomination, and his teachings and actions had a profound impact on the politics of not only his time, but even into the present.
What are the characteristics of apostolic ministry? For those who believe the church is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20) this is a vital question. Because the strength of the church depends on its foundation, the importance of the apostle is non-negotiable.
The Bible identifies apostles such as Peter, John, James, and Paul. But what about the 1900 years since John’s death? Have there been other individuals in church history that exhibited apostolic character and authority? Can we identify men and women who served as apostles and laid foundations upon which others could build? Is there any hope in our day for apostles known by their devotion and deeds?
More than 1300 years ago a man whose Celtic name, Aiden, which means “bright flame,” served his generation as an apostle of Jesus Christ. During a time known today as the Dark Ages, the light of Jesus in Aiden’s life drove back the darkness that covered the northern half of the island now called England.