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“So may the words of my mouth, my meditation-thoughts, and every movement of my heart be always pure and pleasing, acceptable before Your Eyes, Yahweh, my only Redeemer, my Protector.”
Psalms 19:14 TPT
“How would I discern the waywardness (errors) of my heart? Lord, forgive my hidden flaws whenever you find them.
Keep cleansing me, God, and keep me from my secret, selfish sins; may they never rule over me!
For only then will I be free from fault and remain innocent of rebellion.”
Psalms 19:12-13 TPT
“Yahweh’s decrees are trustworthy. The fear of Yahweh is pure, enduring forever. The rarest treasures of life are found in His Truth.
That’s why God’s Word is prized like others prize the finest gold. Sweeter also than honey are his Living Words — sweet words dripping from the honeycomb!
For they warn us, your servants, and keep us from following the wicked way, giving a lifetime guarantee: great success to every obedient soul!” - Psalms 19:9-11 TPT
“Yahweh’s Word (The Torah) is perfect in every way; how it revives our souls! Yahweh’s laws lead us to Truth,
and His ways change the simple into wise.
Yahweh’s teachings are right and make us joyful; His precepts are so pure! Yahweh’s commands challenge us to keep close to His heart!
The revelation-light of His Word makes my spirit shine radiant.” Psalms 19:7-8 TPT
“God, give me grace to guard my lips from speaking what is wrong. Guide me away from temptation and doing evil.
Save me from sinful habits and from keeping company with those who are experts in evil. Help me not to share in their sin in any way!”
Psalms 141:3-4 TPT
“Teach me Your ways, O Lord, that I may live according to Your Truth. Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor You.
With all my heart I will praise You, O Lord my God. I will give glory to Your Name forever, for Your Love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death.” Psalms 86:11-13 NLT
“This I know: God is on my side!
I praise God for what He has promised; yes, I praise the Lord for what He has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?
For You have rescued me from death; You have kept my feet from slipping. So now I can walk in Your presence, O God, in your Life-giving Light.” Psalms 56:9b-11, 13 NLT
“But when I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.
I praise God for what He has promised. I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? What can mere mortals do to me?”
Psalms 56:3-4 NLT
“How great is our Lord!
His power is absolute!
His understanding is beyond comprehension!
The Lord supports the humble, but he brings the wicked down into the dust. Sing out your THANKS to the Lord; sing PRAISES to our God...
The Lord’s delight is in those who fear Him, those who put their hope in His unfailing love.”
Psalms 147:5-7, 11 NLT
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“Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and decisions and how unfathomable and untraceable are His ways!
For from Him [all things originate] and through Him [all things live and exist] and to Him are all things [directed]. To Him be glory and honor forever! Amen.”
Romans 11:33 & 36 AMP
“Don’t keep hoarding for yourselves earthly treasures that can be stolen by thieves. Material wealth eventually rusts, decays, and loses its value.
Instead, stockpile Heavenly treasures for yourselves that cannot be stolen and will never rust, decay, or lose their value.
[Note: Heavenly treasures are eternal realities: loving others, doing good, revealing Truth, bringing Christ's light to the lost]
For your heart will always pursue what you esteem as your treasure.”
Matthew 6:19-21 TPT
Jesus to His disciples:
“So you must remain in life-union with Me [grafted into Me], for I remain in life-union with you. For as a branch severed from the vine will not bear fruit, so your life will be fruitless unless you live your life intimately joined to mine.
“I am the sprouting Vine and you’re my branches.
As you live in union with m
Me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you — but when you live separated from Me you are powerless.”
John 15:4-5 TPT
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Got it done!!! Thanks to my son-in-law and 2 of my grandsons.
MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR WESLEY LEXA ON SAT. 4/10 - Wesley Bryan Lexa, son of Rev. Julia Lexa and Matt Lexa, went to Heaven on April 5, 2021. Wesley was born on December 17, 2020. n his short stay on Earth he provided joy and expressed courage and enlightened all those who knew him and cared for him. Julia serves as Associate Pastor at the Gun Barrel City TX Church of the Nazarene
A memorial Service will be held at 10:30 am on April 10, 2021 at Victory Church of Scurry, 7325 South, TX-34, Scurry, Texas. For those who are unable to attend, the service will be available online on the church's page at https://www.victorychurch.ch/ (press the "Watch Live" button at 10:30am on Saturday.)
On this date, March 31, Francis Asbury died in Spotsylvania, Virginia, in 1816.
Asbury was one of eight missionaries that John Wesley sent to the American colonies. Wesley sent them in pairs, and Asbury was in the second pair. He was to be a simple circuit preacher. Yet, today, he is considered the effective founder of American Methodism.
Asbury was born near Birmingham, England, in 1745. He lacked formal education but was reading the Scriptures by age ten. He became a blacksmith’s apprentice, but experienced an evangelical conversion soon afterward. The blacksmith was a Methodist who recognized Asbury’s gifts for ministry, so he allowed their contract to be terminated. Asbury became a young lay preacher, gaining experience and a far different kind of apprenticeship under John Wesley’s watchful eye.
Asbury was 26 and had served five circuits before the fateful 1771 Methodist conference in Bristol. Wesley appealed for preachers to go to America and serve the Methodists who had immigrated from England and Ireland. Methodist societies in the New World had local leaders but no full-time workers to build them up and expand Methodist revivalism. Asbury answered this appeal. He soon was aboard ship and never again saw his native land.
He reached Philadelphia in October. He found that preachers sent earlier tended to stay in one location, like parish priests. He rejected this strategy. Wesley’s strategy for the British Isles was for preachers to itinerate, or move about, preaching in different locations and changing assignments frequently. Asbury determined to follow this model, even if others did not.
His spent his first year preaching and nurturing societies on Staten Island and northern New Jersey. He spent the next in Maryland. Methodist societies multiplied, their members increased, and several Americans joined the ranks of the lay preachers.
Thomas Rankin arrived in 1773, appointed by Wesley to lead the Methodists in America. Rankin and Asbury came to represent contrasting styles in leadership. Rankin reflected Wesley’s own style--leadership from the top down. And in politics, he was strongly loyal to the British crown. Asbury, though, was being changed by the American environment and by the spirit of the colonists he shepherded. He came to appreciate the democratic aspirations propelling the colonies toward confrontation with the English monarchy.
The American Revolution proved a watershed event. Once the Revolutionary War was underway, Rankin and Wesley’s other appointees returned to England--except Asbury, who cast his lot with the colonists.
All of America’s churches lost members during the American Revolution, except the Methodists. Under Asbury’s guidance, membership in the Methodist societies increased from under 5,000 at the war’s beginning to nearly 14,000 by 1783. The number of preachers tripled to over 80.
Asbury faced a serious crisis as the war moved toward its conclusion. Lay preachers were not authorized to administer the sacraments. The Methodists were technically a part of the Church of England, but the Anglican priests who could administer the sacraments had largely fled to England. Methodist preachers in the South met in Fluvanna County, Virginia, in 1780. They decided to ordain one another to the ministry and offer the sacraments to the Methodist members at large. Asbury, unable to attend, was dismayed. The preachers in the North had resisted this step, so the question arose: would the Methodist movement in America split? Asbury attended the Southern conference the next year and persuaded its preachers to stop administering the sacraments until the entire company of preachers could decide the issue as one body.
In England, Wesley was also concerned about Methodists in America. The Church of England was slow to send priests to the newly independent states. Wesley felt that emergency ministers were needed, so in 1784 he authorized Thomas Coke—a fellow priest in the Church of England—to ordain Asbury to the ministry. Wesley, on his own authority, also ordained several lay preachers to the ministry and sent them to America along with Coke. He instructed Coke and Asbury to be “superintendents” of America’s Methodists.
Coke’s party arrived in America, and a conference of preachers was scheduled for late December. Wesley had wanted American Methodists to have their own organization, but he had not envisioned that it would be a separate church. Yet, in the spirit of America’s new-found independence, the “Christmas Conference” proceeded to set up the first Methodist denomination in the world.
Asbury refused to accept Wesley’s appointment as superintendent unless the American preachers approved it. They did, and Asbury consented. He was ordained deacon, elder, and superintendent on three successive days.
The Americans also approved Coke as a superintendent, but he was “too English” for everyone’s liking, and he visited America sporadically until his death. It was Asbury who exercised the reins of leadership in the new church.
Bishop Asbury’s life was driven (in Albert Outler’s words) by “a monomania for mission.” He expected the Methodist preachers to itinerate and set an example as an itinerate bishop, traveling constantly, preaching daily, encouraging the work, and presiding at conferences. He became a well-known visitor to the camp meetings along Maryland’s shore, the mountains of North Carolina, and New England’s cities. He crossed the Appalachian mountains repeatedly and was probably the most widely traveled American of his day.
To sinners, he preached a simple message of repentance and trust in Christ. To the Methodists, he preached the necessity of a life of holiness before God and one another.
Asbury was convinced of the accountability of Christians to one another. Thus, he insisted that the Methodists in America plant religious societies modeled after Wesley’s societies in England, where lay class leaders helped the members in their spiritual development.
Asbury died in 1816 and was buried in Baltimore, Maryland. At the time of his death, there were nearly a quarter million Methodists in America, served by some 2,000 ministers.
[Adapted from the book “Nazarene Roots.”]
“This church is not different from other churches in the general statements of doctrine, but it believes in the reality of the truths stated in the creed, and insists not only on the belief of the truth but in knowing the reality of the transforming power of the Spirit of God.
"This is the doctrinal peculiarity of the Church of the Nazarene--it believes in the incarnation of the truth by the Holy Spirit in human hearts.” (Phineas F. Bresee, 1907)
In these words, Phineas Bresee was stating that the nascent Nazarene movement was aligned with the Wesleyan insistence that Divine Grace is imparted, and not merely imputed; that grace is a real force that transforms human lives.
John Wesley always nourished the hope that the Methodists would be dedicated readers, for he sincerely believed that "a reading people will always be a knowing people." Further, he believed that Christians would fail to "grow in grace unless they give themselves to reading." So he strongly supported the early Sunday school movement, which was devoted to teaching basic literacy in order to create a group who could read the Bible and other religious literature. And he created The Christian Library to offer Methodists a range of spiritual works.
Wesley's vision was carried on in Phineas Bresee.
Bresee was an avid reader and once contrasted the person who reads with the shallow person who simply flits around from one entertainment to another. Reading creates thinking, and Bresee once said in a sermon: “It is the devil’s trick to keep [people] from thinking. He will amuse them, dazzle their eyes with illusions, and fill their hands with playthings. He will overwhelm them with appetites and passions to keep them from thinking.” (Bresee, "Sermons on St. Matthew," 66.).
Bresee's most recent biographer was Carl Bangs. Bangs wrote that when Bresee was a young district superintendent in Iowa, “he emulated John Wesley by reading during his long travel across the prairies. He read George Bancroft’s 'History of the United States' and John L. Motley’s 'United Netherlands' and 'The Rise of the Dutch Republic,' and many other books. His sermon manuscripts show a wide acquaintance with world and national history.” (Bangs, Phineas F. Bresee, 68).
Bresee's first biographer was E. A. Girvin, a personal friend. Girvin's biography appeared in 1916, a year after Bresee's death. Girvin noted that Bresee was given to “very extensive reading” and that his library was rich in “biographies of the great men and women in the kingdom of God through the ages.” He further noted that Bresee “was fond of poetry and philosophy, and appreciated the importance of historical studies. He read with relish, and enjoyed discussing the works of Carlyle and Emerson, the former of whom had a marked influence on his life and literary style.” Bresee also “subscribed for and read two or three of the leading papers of other denominations.” (Girvin, A Prince in Israel, 373 and 375).
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Welcome to our new Pastor of Hispanic Ministries. Pastor Moy Marquez, his wife Araceli and their children Andrea, Moises and David. God bless them as they lead our Spanish worship service.
“The Nazarene community in Oklahoma City was disturbed recently when the activities of one of their clergymen were publicized over television and in the newspapers. The Reverend Joe Edwards, pastor of the Providence Church of the Nazarene, was jailed for his participation in the recent sanitation workers’ strike, and the events of ‘Black Friday.’ Sitting in his study, behind the sanctuary of his church, Mr. Edwards told why he became involved in these activities with his Negro parish. ‘My people are in danger, and I want to lead them to safety.’”
So began John Eppler’s front-page news story in “The Reveille Echo,” the student paper of Bethany Nazarene College (Nov. 13, 1969). Eppler, a BNC student, allowed Edwards to present his case through the pages of the paper.
Joe Edwards moved to Oklahoma City in June 1955. He began a home mission church among the Black population of the city and within two years it was self-supporting.
In his interview, Edwards noted that not any area Nazarenes had expressed support for the Black workers who were striking. In fact, he said, no one said anything at all until they learned that he was involved in the protest, and then they objected to his involvement. He noted that Nazarenes have tended to look down on mainline Protestants as “cold” and “dead,” and yet these same mainliners have offered money, food, and other assistance to the people of his neighborhood. “Episcopalians and Catholics have given money for them to eat, and the Nazarenes are having a holiness convention out in Bethany. Who do you think sinners are going to believe loves them?” he asked.
Edwards said that he felt isolated from other Nazarene pastors in the area because those other pastors viewed the sanitation workers strike through a racial lens. “White people,” Eppler noted, “are irritated when Negroes band together to get things done, but don’t stop to think that Negroes have to fight for equality when they get it.”
Edwards told the reporter solemnly: “Very few Negroes have faith in any white man’s Christianity, because you have let them down so many times. I try to tell my people that many Nazarenes are good Christians, but then I take my choir to your churches , and they come back and tell me about the remarks they have heard behind their backs.”
Edwards was born in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1908. His father, a coal miner, was a Baptist deacon. He joined the church when he was 10. After high school, he attended Talladega College, where he earned his B.A. degree. He put himself through college through a combination of athletic scholarships, working in the dining hall, and as a social worker for the Tennessee Coal & Iron Railroad Company.
After college, he spent a year teaching in a rural school, then worked for six years as a railroad brakeman. In Birmingham, he organized a non-denominational Sunday school that grew to over 165 members. In 1938, he married Miss Chennie Green, also of Birmingham. They were eventually parents to five children.
He moved to Detroit and became involved as a lay minister at a church there. He also developed his considerable abilities as a musician and participated in the “Wings Over Jordan” choir. During World War II, the choir traveled the USO circuit, singing to the troops.
He made contact with the Nazarenes when he was invited to participate in a three-month home missions campaign in Canada.
He joined the Church of the Nazarene and entered Wayne State University to earn a Bachelor of Theology degree, which he received in 1952. He was ordained that year. Before moving to Oklahoma City, he was involved in starting churches in Oakland, CA, and Memphis, TN.
His work in Oklahoma City included pastor of the Providence congregation, foster parent for dozens of children, and participation on the cultural life of his community. In 1959, the University of Oklahoma had him conduct an 8-month course on the history of Black spirituals that was broadcast on television. In 1970, Bethany Nazarene College conferred upon him an honorary doctorate.
Joe Edwards died on May 17, 1995. By then, his denomination had turned a corner and become more active in compassionate ministries. Joe Edwards' lonely witness reminds us that we are ever in need of repentance and reform.
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