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A Discipline of Consecration and Listening

prayer4I made a small change to my morning prayers. It’s a response to some of the things I’ve been reading lately. There are two issues that came to mind — consecration and openness.

I noticed that Phoebe Palmer — in her letters — emphasized not only the need for a particular moment of consecration and faith in a believer’s life, but also the need to remain in that consecrated state. This got me to thinking that praying a prayer of consecration in the morning would be a good idea — a way of reminding myself whose I am, and whose goals I am seeking. Thomas C. Upham discussed the Christian’s prayer of consecration here: On the Act or Covenant of Religious Consecration — and he includes an impressive (and lengthy) prayer written by Philip Dodderidge (1729-17510). I was wondering how I could include a Prayer of Consecration in my morning devotions — which, due to circumstances, are sometimes rather rushed. I was looking for something simple, but something that would seriously address the issue. (more…)

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Kevin Jackson: Women Leaders in the Wesleyan Movements

Kevin Jackson

Kevin Jackson

Guest blog by Kevin Jackson. In light of the celebration of Women’s History Month, I am posting this piece by Kevin Jackson of the Wesleyan-Arminian blog. Kevin says of himself: “I live in the Pacific Northwest (the Tri Cities).   I work at a credit union, doing network administration.  I’ve been married since 1993.  We have three children.  We are active in our church, and both come from a Nazarene background.  I love to study God’s word. My favorite scripture passages are: Matthew 5-8, Romans 8, Philippians 2, and the book of First John. My hobbies are: blogging, studying theology, memorizing scripture, hiking, backpacking, gardening, politics, and wasting time on the computer.”

This post is a well researched list of women who were leaders in the early Wesleyan movements. (more…)

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