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Alan Weatherly
Senior Pastor at Asbury UMC in Madison, AL.
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For over thirty years, I have been a huge advocate for the Walk to Emmaus. This 72-hour spiritual renewal program has had a profound effect on many individuals and churches. I believe that the Holy Spirit moves in a powerful way for many reasons, three of which are: (1) the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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The Dry Tortugas National Park | Photo Source: www.drytortugasinfo.com Carla and I have recently returned from an absolutely wonderful trip to Key West and The Dry Tortugas National Park. We drove the 2000-mile two-way trip with our son, Stephen, daughter-in-law Rachel and five-month-old grandson Thomas. We had a great deal... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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Asbury Church has begun a new program this summer called the Asbury Academy. Asbury Academy is designed to equip and educate the next generation of Christian leaders who feel God’s calling to have a Kingdom impact in the world by living out and declaring the Gospel of Christ. The Academy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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More than two years ago, I outlined a vision for Asbury Church. Contained within the Reveal vision document was the goal to have 3 new satellite campuses for Asbury by the year 2020. This Sunday, we are privileged to see this vision becoming a reality. On June 11, we will... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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The video that accompanies this blog is of our grandson, Thomas. This video was made when he was about 3 months old. Obviously, I just love this video of the best looking baby there has ever been!! As grandparents, Carla and I anticipate the joy of Thomas growing in his... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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For most of my life I have had a vegetable garden. This year, though, I am giving my garden plot a much-needed rest. Also, the gardener gets a break too! All I have is two eggplants, and a few tomato and pepper plants. Over the years I have discovered that... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, a series of relevant topics is addressed one at a time. Among other matters, Paul discusses church leadership, sexual behavior, lawsuits, marriage, food sacrificed to idols, corporate worship and the unity of believers. His last major topic (1 Corinthians 15) addresses the resurrection... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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This past Sunday we recognized Mother’s Day and mothers. This day is a beautiful family day for many people and yet for some it is one of the most difficult days of the year. One of our pastors, Ted Amey, has compiled a beautiful Mother’s Day litany. He led us... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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I am so grateful for the priority that Asbury Church places on the missional component of the Gospel. We believe that the local church is called to heed the directive of Jesus (Acts 1:8) to be on mission locally, regionally, globally and to those who could easily be ignored. We... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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My favorite day of the year is Easter Sunday. I love the focused celebration on the event that is central to our faith: the resurrection of God’s Messiah, Jesus. This year was another highlight reel for me. We had over 4,200 persons on our campus. Including Kid’s Ministry, there were... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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Throughout the world Christian communities are entering a four-day period of time (Holy Thursday – Easter Sunday) in which we commemorate the pivotal point in human history. As Christ followers we reflect on the incredible depth of divine love that would compel Jesus to surrender his life in a horrific... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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Recently I received an article written by Dr. Robert Goldman, who is World Chairman-International Medical Commission and founder and former Chair of Life Science Holdings. He has some fascinating predictions of which I will share a couple. In 2018 the first self-driving cars will appear for the public. Around 2020,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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I was in a meeting yesterday in which someone made the statement that UPS drivers only turn right. This was completely new information to me. I have done a little exploration. In a post by Alex Mayyasi, I discovered the following: In 2004, UPS announced a new policy for its... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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This post concludes what I began a couple of days ago. The Breath Prayer has its origins in the story of Jesus meeting blind Bartimaeus, as recorded in Mark 10:46-52. After Bartimaeus cried out, Jesus responded by asking, What do you want me to do for you? Bartimaeus told him... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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This past Sunday I concluded my message with a brief introduction to the Breath Prayer. I first learned of the Breath Prayer in 1983 from The Rev. Ron DelBene, an Episcopal priest. Ron wrote a book, The Breath of Life, describing the Breath Prayer. For nearly 34 years, the Breath... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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We have been presenting a series of messages based upon the teachings of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Jesus offers a broad range of wisdom on many different subjects, which for some people seem problematic. Richard Beck, professor of psychology at Abilene Christian University has outlined... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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The other day a skeptic friend of mine posed an interesting question. As we were reflecting on the Christian hope of heaven he asked, “Do you suppose that for the person who believes that death is not the final word, the level of grief is diminished when they lose a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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February 8, 2017 will forever have a different significance for my wife Carla and me. We were awakened by a text message from our son Stephen saying that our first grandchild arrived at 1:46 a.m. He was born weighing 10lbs 3oz and measuring 21.0 inches in length. You’ve already guessed... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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This past Sunday, we hosted Mark Nysewander, the teaching pastor at RiverStone Church in Kennesaw, Georgia. Mark has ministered as a pastor, evangelist, missionary, church planter and conference speaker. He has also authored four books, his latest being Revival Rising. Mark spoke to us about the need for and the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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It has been less than a week since there occurred a transfer of political power in our country. The political turmoil in our country has certainly exposed great division and revealed a sustained high level of anger that doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon. I am reminded... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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When the World Trade Towers were hit on September 11, 2001, 343 firefighters died in their attempts to rescue people from the burning, then collapsing buildings. The only photo taken inside Tower One shows firefighter Mike Kehoe going up the stairs while everyone else is hustling down them. It was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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Our oldest son Stephen was named for Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr. December 26th is celebrated as his feast day. Stephen’s story is told in the Book of Acts, chapters 6 and 7. He was one of the seven deacons chosen to serve the early church in Jerusalem. Stephen... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at AlanWeatherly.com
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As we begin 2017 we will be delivering a series of messages with the title “Anomaly.” The word anomaly means a deviation from the norm; something unusual, strange or unexpected. For me, the word anomaly is most appropriate when I observe how our culture celebrates this Advent/Christmas season and how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at AlanWeatherly.com
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I spoke at a funeral service yesterday for a woman named Debra. She was 61 years old. One of the hallmarks of her life was her love for children. She gave birth to three and then over the years took into her home many children who were badly in need... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at AlanWeatherly.com
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I recall that a year or so ago an atheist friend of mine asked me, “How sure are you that what you believe about Jesus is true?” Fair question. I responded to his question with a question: “When you have asked other people the same question, have they responded with... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at AlanWeatherly.com