Sweet 16 – Day 1

The Sweet 16 is this week with matches Monday-Thursday and final voting ending on Saturday. Each match up has two days before voting is called

1 – John Wesley – Sermon: The Use of Money
Speaking on money – “But in the present state of mankind it is an excellent gift of God, answering the noblest ends. In the hands of his children it is food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, clothes for the naked. It gives to the traveller and the stranger where to lay his head. It offers provision for the widow and the orphan; it may be a defense for the oppressed, a means of health to the sick, of ease to them that are in pain. It may be as eyes to the blind, as feet to the lame; yeah, a lifter up from the gates of death. It is therefore of the highest concern that all who fear God know how to employ this valuable talent.”


5 – William Willimon – from the book – United Methodist Beliefs
“We are on a journey. We believe some things about Jesus, but we don’t understand everything. Through study of the scriptures and conversation, we are questioned in our commitments. Not to leave us to our own devices, Jesus comes and walks with us, reveals himself, speaks and gives us what we need to believe. Our lives are changed as we walk with him. We journey not alone. He is undeniably present to us, though still not completely grasped by us; he is on the move and never confined by us. And we run back home shouting, “We have seen the Lord.”


8 – Ted Loder – from the book Guerrillas of Grace
“God, are you there? I’ve been taught, and told I ought to pray. But the doubt won’t go away; yet neither will my longing to be heard. My soul sighs too deep for words. Do you hear me? God, are you there? Are you where love is? I don’t love well, or often, anything or anyone. But, when I do, when I take the risk, there’s a sudden awareness of all I’ve missed; and it’s good, it’s singing good. For a moment life seems as it should be. But, I forget, so busy soon, that it was, or what or whom. Help me! God, are you there?”


4 – Howard Thurman
“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls”

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