Daily Archives: February 4, 2013

A Pastor's Thoughts

What is the “John WesleyFast?
Each Thursday evening, after the evening meal, until mid-afternoon on each Friday, Methodist people are invited to follow Wesley’s example of fasting and prayer. During this time he did not take solid food but fasted and focused much of his time in prayer.

What is a fast? 
Normally persons do not use solid food, but continue with liquids during such a short but regular fast.

Who is invited to participate in the “John Wesley Fast?”
John Wesley expected the “preachers” to participate, and he wanted all of the Methodist leaders and people to follow this discipline.

Why this pattern?
Methodist people are invited to discover the power in this regular pattern and discipline that John Wesley followed for a half a century. For Wesley, the more important reason for fasting was that fasting is a help to prayer.

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From the Desert

The law of freedom teaches all truth. most people read [this law] in the light of what they know, but a few think of it as an analogy for the fulfilling of the commandments. do not look for its perfection in human virtues, for nobody is found to be perfect in them; its perfection is encrypted in the cross of christ.”

Abba Poemen also said, “if a monk hates two things, he can become free of the world.” “what are they?” said the brother to him, and the elder said, “repose of the flesh and vainglory.”

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