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Spreading the Gospel 300,000 miles

13 Jan Posted by in Encouragement Today | 1 comment
Spreading the Gospel 300,000 miles

by Diane Musil ~

Spreading the Gospel 300,000 Miles*

During the Revolutionary War, Francis Asbury was the only Methodist minister to remain in America, and he rode on horseback a total of 300,000 miles.  He travelled from Maine to the Gulf of Mexico for 45 years spreading the Gospel.

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The Ordination of Bishop Asbury, an engraving of an 1882 painting of the scene. Thomas Coke Ruckle, painter; A. Gilchrist Campbell, engraver – Drew University Methodist Collection (Madison, New Jersey). Winter of 1784.

This unique preacher was born August 20, 1745.   When the war started Asbury said, “I can not leave America, where there is such a field for gathering souls to Christ.”   Preaching 16,000 sermons, Asbury’s leadership resulted in the Methodist Church in America growing from 1,200 people to 214,000 with 700 ordained ministers.  In 1785, Asbury broke the Methodist movement away from the Episcopal Church, forming the METHODIST denomination.

Methodist Bishop Francis Asbury influenced newly elected President George Washington who sent a note back to Asbury, “It shall still be my endeavor . . . to contribute . . . towards the preservation of the civil and religious liberties of the American people.”

In 1799, Francis Asbury ordained the first African-American Methodist minister, Richard Allen, and dedicated the first  African Methodist Episcopal Church.

In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge stated “Francis Asbury, the first American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church . . . made a tremendous contribution.  Our government rests upon religion.  It is from that source that we derive our reverence for truth and justice, for equality and liberty, and for the rights of mankind.  Unless the people believe in these principles they cannot believe in our government . . . We cannot depend on the government to do the work of religion.  I cannot see how anyone could recount the story of this early Bishop without feeling a renewed faith in our country.”

Jesus replied, “The Son of Man is the farmer who plants the good seed.  The field is the world, and the good seed represents the people of the Kingdom” Matthew 13:37-38a (NLT).

Are you willing to spread the Gospel 300,000 miles? 

SONG:

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet
of them that bring Good News, Good News.
Announcing peace, proclaiming news of happiness,
Our God Reigns, Our God reigns.

PRAYER:

Lord, wake up our Nation to the Power of the Truth of the Gospel. In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

* Excerpts from www.AmericanMinute.com, August 20th

Note:  According to historians at Clarke School for the Deaf in Northampton, Massachusetts, Calvin Coolidge lived on campus where he met his future wife, Grace Anna Coolidge.  Clarke School for the Deaf was founded in 1867 as the first permanent oral school for the deaf in the United States.

 

About the Author:

 

Diane Musil is a prayer warrior and an awesome woman of God. Diane is Deaf and legally blind. Gary shares, “For over 25 years Diane has been an incredible blessing to Rhonda and me personally and also to this ministry!”

 

 

 

 

 

One comment

  • Eileen Hellwig says:

    Interesting first deaf school in 1867 opened in Massachusetts. I found it interesting how Ashbury was a strong leader in spreading God’s words and prayers leading to opening the Methodist churches and sharing important verses such as book of Matthew.


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