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Saturday, 28 November 2009

Spiritual Sundays

Welcome to my Spiritual Sundays post. I get so much nourishment from reading the Bible and different books, and I really enjoy Our Daily Bread. Today I would like to share another short devotional from this little booklet with you.


Francis Asbury rode 6,000 miles a year on horseback for nearly half a century. Despite ill health, he drove himself tirelessly. He sustained himself with venison jerky - a food that wouldn't spoil during his extended travels. Asbury is remembered for introducing the Methodist "circuit-riding preacher" as an effective way to capture the American frontier for Christ. Planting new churches in remote areas was central to his approach.

At the close of Asbury's ministry, he had recruited over 700 traveling preachers. In 1771, when Asbury arrived in the colonies, there were only about 600 Methodists in America. Forty-five years later, there were 200,000!

In many ways, Asbury's strategy fpr planting churches reflects the approach of the apostle Paul. To the church he had planted in Thessalonica, Paul wrote, "From you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place." { 1 Thess. 1:8}

The days of the ''circuit-riding preacher'' have come and gone. But each of us has a ''frontier'' where friends, relatives, and neighbors are our mission field. Can you think of someone today who needs to hear the good news? - Dennis fisher

Please join Charlotte and Ginger this weekend for Spiritual Sundays. They would welcome you and I know you will go away feeling inspired and refreshed in your spirit.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend everyone and the Lord bless you!

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


Fairy Footprints said...

Sandi I adore your spiritual Sunday posts. I love hearing how the Lord works in others lives, it is truly a great inspiration.



Charlotte said...

This is interesting information. I have so much admiration for people like Mr. Asbury. I like to think that in a small way our Spiritual Sundays blog is being used by God to bless lives. Thank you for this inspiring post.

Andrea said...

Amen...truly we all have a frontier.
Blessings and hugs, andrea

Debbie said...

This was good, and it is true. We all have a mission field right around us to work. Thanks for posting this. Have a great week. Blessings, Debbie

Cathy said...

Thanks for those thoughts today and for your sweet visit.

Shelia said...

Hi Sandi! Beautiful post and thank you for sharing this with us! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and blessings to you.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ginger said...

This was so interesting to me. We do need to tell our neighbors and loved ones the good news. Thank-you so much for this post today.
God Bless,

Rebecca said...

I so wish I could have known some of those men and women from the past. Long suffering, committed Christians who put sharing the gospel before everything.

I wonder today where the passion for Christ is? People say they are followers of Jesus but you'd never know by the way they live their lives.

I love your Spiritual Sunday posts. I pray they minister to all who read them.

Beautiful and thought provoking.

Love, Rebecca

Fairy Footprints said...

Hello Sandi, the pictures of the giveaway if you left click on them another screen will pop up and it will allow you to save them this way.

Thank you for adding it god bless you.

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micey said...

awesome exhortation!

Cindy said...

Very interesting! Great post

Clif said...

This is such an important post. It seems to me we have lost the urgency of reaching out to those who do not know Christ as Savior. We almost have an Universalist attitude that feels that everybody will eventually be saved. Thank you for this important reminder

Mary said...

This is wonderful, Sandi...we all need to be a Mr. Asbury.
God bless,


RCUBEs said...

We are commanded after all by the Lord to share the Good News so thank you for this great reminder. God bless.

SmilingSally said...

Spreading the Word is the way we all were reached. Thanks, Sandi.

Saleslady371 said...

It's humbling to think of those in our personal spheres that are touched just by the Holy Spirit within us!

kymber said...

Great post today! You are right - we ALL have a mission field and I pray that more people in this world would hear the call of the Lord to put others ahead of themselves - what a blessing it is to serve the Lord in this way!
Thank you for sharing today!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Sandi! I loved reading this. Some of my family are Methodists, and my grandfather who had to quit school to work, took correspondence courses so that he could be a Methodist minister. He completed his seminary education, but he died before he could achieve that dream.

I had two Presbyterian clerics who were missionaries to the South, and they helped establish the Presbyterian Church in the Deep South. There is no telling what they endured to spread the gospel, but one of them had two churches and never missed a Sunday (except when he had a death in the family). The last time he rode, he went to marry a young couple, caught pneumonia from exposure, and went home to be with the Lord on his final ride. What comfort, though, to know that people loved the Lord so much that they would risk all so that others might know the Good News. Makes me ashamed of myself for not being a bolder witness.


Sheila :-)

daylily777 said...

Great Post,Yes we need to witness to & pray for the unsaved .There is still work to be done .

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