I learned today of an urgent need for prayer for our Brother from Emmaus Andy Barnard. Andy walked on TW-76, and is in very critical condition following a heart attack this past Friday. He is on the waiting list for both a heart and kidney. He’s currently at Norfolk Heart Hospital, taking no visitors as he is unconscious and on dialysis. Please keep Andy in your thoughts and prayers.
This was originally posted on our Facebook page by Brother Mark
During the past couple of months we have been studying the exodus of the tribes of Israel from Egypt, the crossing of the sea, the march to Mt. Sinai, the handing down of the 10 Commandments, 40 years of wandering in the wilderness; all because the tribes of Israel refused to have faith in God. ALL BECAUSE THE TRIBES OF ISRAEL REFUSED TO HAVE FAITH IN GOD.
What if God has grown tired of our refusal to have faith in Him? What if God is tired of our worshipping other Gods; the gods of money, greed, possessions, arrogance, beauty; the list goes on and on. What if God, who describes Himself as “a jealous God,” is tired of His children wandering away from Him? What if God has decided to take us on another trip through the wilderness?
We do not know the origins of COVID. We do no seem to understand how this disease works. We are doing unthinkable things to our nation and to our world. Each day we move farther and farther away from God. We have allowed our churches to be closed. Our leaders threaten to shut down Jewish synagogues if they have the temerity to reopen, we are not allowed in public without masks, we have been ordered to stay away from one another, group meetings are for all practical purposes banned, jobs have been taken away by the millions, businesses have been shut down by the tens of thousands. Our world has changed and we are supporting the change.
What if God has brought this disease as retribution for our actions? What if God is angry about our lack of faith? What if God is steering us towards a guided tour of the wilderness? Who do we follow? Who do we believe? In whom do we have faith? All it takes to begin following God is a prayer. Somehow, all it takes is a beginning . . .
Dear God in Heaven . . .
Heavenly Father . . .
Almighty God . . .
Try. He can help.
By Brother Mark
As I write tonight, I am thinking about the past eight or nine months and how much we have allowed our lives to be changed.
Our churches have been closed and have cooperated in that endeavor. Did we ask God for permission to lock the doors of ten of thousands of His churches? Our primary responsibility to our children is to love them and train them to exist and succeed in God’s world. Yet we have made the decision to keep them out of school, keep them at home, and have accepted the blatant lies that our children are being educated. Why have we done that?
Today I went in for my quarterly examination with my doctor. For 30 minutes I listened to him while he never listened to me. I heard all about how insurance companies were greedy, how a doctor’s time is spent on everything but practicing medicine, how tests and screening are no longer adequately funded and allowed and came away feeling depressed by the entire visit. That is funny, because at the beginning of the appointment I was required to answer questions about being depressed, which I was not, so that the government can intrude into my life. What has changed this doctor? What has affected his attitude? Has he prayed to God for guidance?
In our world, people act as if God were a supernatural figment of the imagination. Most people do not believe and scoff at those who do. Why is that? In our country the descendants of men and women who pushed the borders of our nation from the Atlantic Coast all the way to the Pacific Coast and beyond, who landed men on the moon, who cured polio, invented the airplane, who fought a Civil War and granted freedom and independence to those enslaved, are now living in absolute fear of a virus which is not much more than a case of the flu. Why is that? Why have we lost our way?
I believe the answer lies in faith. When in Egypt, the Jews came to accept the idols of Egypt, they came to worship pagan Gods, the forgot that they were the chosen people. God took them out of Egypt. Within days they were wishing to go back to being slaves. They did not trust God to get them over the sea and beyond reach of the Pharaoh. God did both things. Their faith was weak and it ended up taking 40 years in the wilderness to once again learn who they were. They had lost their way; lost their belief in God.
We are the same. Most of our churches today are filled with vacant seats each Sunday. Bible Studies suffer from chronic low-attendance. Many people who do attend are only in attendance for social reasons, for networking, for image boosting. We have lost our way, lost our souls to the idols of money, status, possessions, and belief in man rather than in belief in our creator.
The mantra today is “follow the science.” The mantra ought to be “FOLLOW GOD.” God commands us over and over and over “FEAR NOT.” Get out of your homes and live. Have faith in and bask in the protection of the only God; our God in Heaven and His son, Jesus Christ.
A look at Google Analytics
Today I did something I seldom if ever do, and that was to look at our Google Analytics, or in other words what’s happening behind the screen at our ministry. The first thing you need to understand is that New Wesleyan Ministries and Moyock Christian Fellowship are separate entities that are connected at the hip. Hope that clears that up.
Moyock Christian Fellowship (MCF) is born
Moyock Christian Fellowship is the first born, and grew out of our split from Moyock United Methodist Church, in Moyock, NC on August 4th of 2019. MCF took off at a pretty good pace, with a wide range of ministries that followed us from the Methodist Church. MCF flourished absent the non-biblical constraints of the UMC, which is in disarray over the issue of ordaining gay clergy and performing same sex weddings in the church.
New Wesleyan Ministries is born
By January 2020 MCF’s reach had gone international and New Wesleyan Ministries was born to better reach and identify with the global community we were reaching. You will see a better and more refined approach to the identities of these two dynamic siblings in the coming days and weeks.
So lets look at some of our behind the scenes analytics
- We are viewed in over 114 counties worldwide
- Most of our guests in the US come from California and Texas
- Most of our international guests come from the UK (England)
- Average page load time in the US is 3 seconds
- Average page load time in Canada is 2 seconds
- 68% of guests view our page in english
- Our site in translated into 90 different languages
- 56% of guests use Google Chrome as their browser
- 50.46% of guests use Android and 49.54% us iOS
- 72% of guests visit from an organic search
- 21% of guests visit from social media
The way ahead
The goals we will be working on in the coming weeks and months are to expand and grow our reach in the local community while meeting the growing needs of our global community as well. This is the burden God has placed on our hearts and a burden we gladly accept.