November 1, 2015
He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
the rough ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation.’”
This week’s Sunday voice is actually a voice within a voice. My colleague and Seedbed’s Director of Publishing, Andy Miller, came into the possession of an unpublished journal of the late Oswald Chambers. In a part of the journal he had hand written an excerpt from a book authored by R.W. Dale, entitled The Evangelical Revival. The quote stirs me deeply. I think it will do the same for you. Explore the connection to today’s Scripture text.
“There was one doctrine of John Wesley’s—the doctrine of perfect sanctification—which ought to have led to a great and original ethical development; but the doctrine has not grown; it seems to remain just where John Wesley left it. There has been a want of the genius or the courage to attempt the solution of the immense practical questions which the doctrine suggests. The questions have not been raised—much less solved. To have raised them effectively, indeed, would have been to originate an ethical revolution which would have had a far deeper effect on the thought and life—first of England, and then of the rest of Christendom—than was produced by the Reformation of the sixteenth century.”
See you back here Monday where we will continue our journey through Corinthians.
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J.D. Walt serves as Seedbed’s Sower in Chief. firstname.lastname@example.org.