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Faith as Wesley Lived It

Attending a Methodist seminary and studying on the deacon track in the United Methodist Church means I have read a lot of and about John Wesley.  What draws me to Wesley’s theology is that whenever I read it, it feels as though it was written for the times we are living in right now, not two hundred years ago.  The timeless relevance makes me look at my life differently.

Adam Hamilton has an upcoming book titled Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It.  On August 7, at 2:00 PM CT, Ministry Matters will be hosting a webinar with Hamilton to discuss this new book.  Please consider yourself invited to join in.

The webcast will be available at this link: http://www.spreecast.com/events/revival-live-event-with-adam-hamilton

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Aaron, Adam Hamilton, and Hur went up the mountain …

No, this is not the start of a joke…

At the Church of the Resurrection All-Church Gathering yesterday, Adam Hamilton spoke a little about his experience preaching at the Inauguration Worship Service.  (You can view it at this link.)  He described some of his anxiety as he ascended the podium just before beginning to speak.  Once he began to preach, however, he said he felt a powerful presence like none other, like he was being lifted up by 1,500 people in prayerful support.

When he uttered those words, I could not get the image of Moses out of my mind from Exodus 17:11-12.

As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.  When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.

I imagined the Resurrection congregation that was watching online as he preached, praying for Adam, and taking on the role of Aaron and Hur, lifting him up, and giving him strength.

During times of anxiety, sometimes I have felt a calming presence come over me, too, only later to find out that someone who knew I was undergoing something stressful had been praying for me.  The power of prayer is mysterious, but difficult to deny.

Please take a few minutes today, and every day, to think about those people who need to have their arms lifted up, and pray for them.
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Exodus 17:12 by reevveez on Flickr

Adam Hamilton to Preach at National Prayer Service

Adam Hamilton

Adam Hamilton, senior pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection will preach at the National Prayer Service as part of the Presidential Inauguration this year.  I look forward to his message to hear what he will say to a national audience.  You can read his message to the church about it here, and his related blog post here.

If you are able, you can watch the service online on Tuesday, January 22, at 9:30 AM CT at the National Cathedral website.  For those in the Kansas City area, the Leawood sanctuary of the Church of the Resurrection will be live streaming the service.

I admire Rev. Hamilton for many reasons, and have no doubt God will use his moment in front of such a large audience well.  Please remember him in prayer as he addresses the leaders of our nation.

Rev. Adam Hamilton practicing his sermon at the National Cathedral


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