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take heart…

John 16:33 This text is a such a helpful one to have written on our hearts. It is confirming something that we all hate to hear and don’t want to accept or believe as truth. But then, It offers us the most unexpected hope. The reality is, for us, sometimes it is easier to acceptContinue reading “take heart…”

even youth grow tired…

Our verse this week is from the prophet Isaiah. This was for the people of Israel at the time but speaks forward even for us today. Oftentimes we see adults drag through day after day with unbelievable fatigue.  It is almost like caffeine is the only thing keeping them from completely falling on the floorContinue reading “even youth grow tired…”

tempted beyond…

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 Well, this starts out a little scary. “When you think you are doing a great job, you might fall!!” This is such a lesson for the Corinthians at the time and for us today. What verse 12 is pointing to here is a directive for us to not think that we areContinue reading “tempted beyond…”

Set an example…

1 Timothy 4:12 It is no secret that in most cases, age often comes with wisdom.  The more experiences you have the more likely you are to have gained some sort of knowledge from them.  But Paul is warning us in this verse to not think that our lack of age, experience, and maybe evenContinue reading “Set an example…”

not of fear

For God has given us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 What if we believe this?  It is so easy to get wrapped up in what the world tells us to think and believe. This scripture points to one of our deepest desires; to not beContinue reading “not of fear”

Create in me

Create in me a clean heart, oh God, and renew a right spirit within me. -Psalm Psalm 51:10 What if we allow this to be our prayer? The word “create,” used here, is the word “bera”. Bera, by definition, is a creation act which is only able to be performed by God. It is theContinue reading “Create in me”

think on these things

Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think on these things. Philippians 4:8 This week’s scripture is connected to last weeks. It is the continuation of the verses. Do you ever find yourself agitated, angry, responding with fear orContinue reading “think on these things”

don’t be anxious

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 Memorizing scripture is an act of writing scripture on our hearts. If youContinue reading “don’t be anxious”

The Kingdom of God

I’ve been thinking recently about the Kingdom of God.  I’ve been thinking about how we sometimes think that life is this one thing here and now and then we die and live in the Kingdom of God.  It seems like oftentimes we separate the two and make them even more disconnected.  One is here andContinue reading “The Kingdom of God”

Pieces of Hope

Hey friends, what’s good?! My name is Anna Rose Corell, and I’ll be a senior in a few weeks (what!). Three years ago I found Wesley on Instagram before my freshman year started, and even as I scrolled through their account, the Holy Spirit whispered to me that this was good. That this place, andContinue reading “Pieces of Hope”

Hidden Gems: Elisha

WIKIPEDIA COMMONS Has there ever been a time when someone was making fun of you and you wished you could just make that person disappear?  At the snap of a finger everyone making jokes at your expense would be gone just like that.  While this is not exactly how it happened, today we are goingContinue reading “Hidden Gems: Elisha”

Hidden Gems: Jael

Jael and Sisera: Artemisia Gentileschi It is not uncommon to hear people say that God works in mysterious ways.  Part of the mystery, is the ways in which God uses us to carry out His will.  One thing that I know to be true, is that God can use anyone and everyone to do somethingContinue reading “Hidden Gems: Jael”

Why go to church?

Anna and Ali Hi Wesley!! My name is Anna Mug, and I will be a senior this fall (WOW!) I’ve been a part of Wesley since the very first Tuesday of freshman year. (Thanks Ali Garrett for taking me to the first house party!!!)  Over the past three years, Wesley has meant a lot ofContinue reading “Why go to church?”

Who would you follow?

Art by Otto Elliger Chapter 21 Last week we got to the point where David and Jonathan realized that as long as David was around Saul he was not safe.  So now we are on a completely new journey that David sets out on completely on his own.  David’s first destination is a place called NobContinue reading “Who would you follow?”

Before You – Augustine

College can be a time of great opportunity.  Trying new things, meeting new people, and gaining experiences are all part of the joys of this time in your life.  However, in some instances, the opportunities presented to you are not always the best for you.  In many cases, these sorts of opportunities come to usContinue reading “Before You – Augustine”

Before You – Wesley

One of my favorite things about Wesley is the diversity of religious backgrounds that our students have.  We have people who grew up in the church, people who didn’t, Catholics, Methodists, and everything in between!  This allows for a really cool space where so many different viewpoints can be shared and everyone has something toContinue reading “Before You – Wesley”

Fear: Saul & David

1 Samuel 18-19 Recap: The main focus of our summer bible study is David and his rise from being a shepherd to become the king of Israel.  We know that David was a man after God’s own heart and was ordained to be a great ruler through the gift of the Holy Spirit.  However, hisContinue reading “Fear: Saul & David”

Who are we Living for?

Emily Shelton Hey Wesley! My name is Emily Shelton, and I just finished my sophomore year at SMU. In these two years, I’ve made many changes in my life…surrounding myself with new people and experiences. I changed majors and went from the STEM field to finding a true passion in Art History. I started growing out my hairContinue reading “Who are we Living for?”

Wesley Leadership

Hi everyone, my name is Ryan Kelson and I am going to be the worship leader this year! Worship has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I started leading worship when I was 11 years old, and I have continued to lead at various churches since then. IContinue reading “Wesley Leadership”

Before You – Pascal

Have you ever wondered if being a Christian even makes sense?  Is it even reasonable to have faith in an unseen God?  Maybe people around you have called you foolish for believing what you believe.  If this is the case, I assure you that you are not the first person to think this…not even close. Continue reading “Before You – Pascal”

I dont really know.

I don’t really know anything.  I would love as a leader in the faith, as a person who has worked as a pastor for 15 years that I would have good, insightful words to help navigate our world we live in right now.  Unfortunately, I have almost nothing to bring to the table.  So whatContinue reading “I dont really know.”

Dear Wesley,

Dear Wesley,  Hello sweet friends! My name is Kayleigh Dilworth and I am officially a SMU alum (wow crazy). I grew up in Schertz, Texas and majored in business with minors in Spanish and Law and Legal Reasoning. I want to start off by saying that I miss each of you more and more everyContinue reading “Dear Wesley,”

Dear Wesley,

Dear Wesley,  My name is Dalton Gibson and I’m a senior here at SMU who just submitted his last project for his undergraduate career! I majored in Mechanical Engineering and Math, though most are often surprised that I’m so STEM focused because my true passion is people and one thing I love most about theContinue reading “Dear Wesley,”

Dear Wesley,

I am Melissa Brill and will be graduating this week (from home) with a degree in civil engineering. There were highs and lows along the way but we made it! Grateful that today I get to share how Wesley impacted and enriched my SMU experience.  If there is one thing I know about God, itContinue reading “Dear Wesley,”

Full of Wisdom

Tribute to Seniors from Alyssa Dear Seniors,          I have learned so much from you this year! You have taught me the value of sticking to and staying committed to a community for several years in a row. I think it really hit me during our last family group when you reminisced for 2 hoursContinue reading “Full of Wisdom”

Dear Wesley

My name is Adara Patel, and I just finished the last final of my undergraduate career from my home in Spring, TX! In about a week, I will be graduating with degrees in Biology and Business Management with a Pre-Health specialization.  While I have loved my time with the Wesley House, my story differs fromContinue reading “Dear Wesley”

Dear Wesley,

Dear Wesley, My name is Carson Yeager and I am from Dallas, TX. Here in two weeks, I will be graduating with degrees in Engineering Management, Information, Systems, Finance and Math. Basically, what that means is I am better with numbers than words, but here we go! Growing up a member at HPUMC and livingContinue reading “Dear Wesley,”

Sacred Space

1 Kings 8 Have you ever thought about where God is?  We know that God exists outside of our reality but we also believe that God is with us.  How is it that God can be in heaven and on earth with each and every one of us? For the past few weeks we haveContinue reading “Sacred Space”

Crepe Night

Crepe night is one of our favorite carry-overs from the SMU Wesley Foundation. I believe a student had studied abroad in Paris and ate crepes and suggested that the Wesley Foundation up their game to host a crepe night instead of a measly “pancake dinner”! What a huge success and a culture booster. Crepe nightContinue reading “Crepe Night”

the crack

If you read Matthew Lee’s post, or if you attended the last zoom Table, you have heard us mention crack. Now, let me assure you that this is not technically a drug, but it is highly addictive and oh my gosh so delicious. This post is dedicated to those of you who first tasted theContinue reading “the crack”

Dear Wesley,

I’m cutting this one down to wire a bit. Sarah asked for this before Thursday and its Wednesday night. I’m giving her a second version in Wingdings but if you’re reading this, this probably isn’t it. My name is Matthew Lee and I am almost done with my undergraduate degree in Computer Science. I haveContinue reading “Dear Wesley,”

A Tribute to Our Seniors

By Sean McDonald How do you measure the success of a ministry?  There is an initial compulsion to equate size, number, and attendance with achievement.  Bigger is better right?  At least that is what we are told.  However, most of us know that this isn’t an adequate way to determine if we are actually accomplishingContinue reading “A Tribute to Our Seniors”

Solomon Builds

Incase you missed Midweek Bible Study – Here is a breakdown for you! 1 Kings 5-6 Background                Already heading into this week’s reading we know a couple of things: first, that Solomon is the son of David who was an amazing king of Israel (although broken himself) and united God’s people. His leadership skillsContinue reading “Solomon Builds”

Blurry Vision

God isn’t subtle. If he wants you to do something, he makes it known. Last week, I woke up around 5:30 one morning and immediately felt like I needed to text Sarah and ask if there was any opportunity to help Wesley members. After reaching out, I happily agreed to write a blog post andContinue reading “Blurry Vision”

The belly of a fish

Jonah Background                Caution: this book is so weird. The first time we hear about the prophet Jonah of Israel (God’s people) is during the reign of King Jeroboam II, Israel’s worst king (2 Kings 14). Jonah prophesied over Jeroboam that he would have favor in battle and win back a lot of Israel’s northernContinue reading “The belly of a fish”

Dear Wesley,

Hi friends! My name is Laura Bell. Well, my first name is Laura, but some people call me by my first and last name, some people just call me LB… you can call me anything! We digress. I am a senior studying mechanical engineering and math with a minor in Spanish. Full disclosure: I won’tContinue reading “Dear Wesley,”

FOMO

We know that FOMO (fear of missing out) is usually a thing that we get when we know that other people are hanging out without us. In this season of life there are not many things we get FOMO about, primarily because no one is hanging out together. EXCEPT for when we meet up forContinue reading “FOMO”

Jesus we love you…

If you didn’t know, Corbin Healy is on our leadership team for Wesley House and his role is Worship. Corbins heart for setting the space for us to engage with the spirit has blessed me and Andrew far beyond what we could imagine. He has worked passionately and diligently this year to make sure thatContinue reading “Jesus we love you…”

Fasting

If you have been keeping up with our spiritual discipline segments thus far, chances are you have in some way practiced the things we have discussed at some point in your life.  But for many of us fasting is unfamiliar territory. It may even be intimidating to think about. Today I want to discuss fasting,Continue reading “Fasting”

Click and Snack

Today is less of a homemade recipe, but dang…you will thank me. Well, you actually thank Tami Armstrong, Abi’s sweet momma! She sent me a bag of these and yall…I CAN’T EVEN! The Texas Chipotle is my jam but the original is great if you don’t like any spice. And! I just realized there wereContinue reading “Click and Snack”

One of Us

As Wesley House grows, and continues to grow even now, I wonder if it is possible for everyone to know what resources you have among you. We decided that if one of us is doing something awesome, you should all know about it! A few weeks ago, I got a text from Dan Lafferty, aContinue reading “One of Us”

Dear Wesley,

Dear Wesley, My name is Ryan Mendez.  I am from Durant, Oklahoma and am studying Finance. As an introvert starting classes in a new city with no familiar faces, I knew that I needed to find a place that felt like home.  Before I left Durant, my high school youth pastor recommended that I checkContinue reading “Dear Wesley,”

Graves Into Gardens

A few weeks ago it started to wear on me not being with Wesley House students.  I started missing worship with you. I started missing The Table in its pre digital form.  I started missing Nights of Worship. I started missing retreat and the times of worship on retreat.   Around that same time, Alyssa sentContinue reading “Graves Into Gardens”

Stepping into Scripture

Reading Scripture as a Spiritual Discipline Similar to prayer, scripture reading is one of the most commonly practiced spiritual disciplines amongst Christians.  Not a single Sunday goes by where scripture is not read in some form or fashion. There is an entire industry of daily devotionals dedicated to providing daily scripture reading for you andContinue reading “Stepping into Scripture”

Sliders and Sangria

Wesley has been taking retreats for years. Our menu has varied on these retreats, but there was a time when every saturday lunch looked the same…THESE AMAZING AND SIMPLE SLIDERS. For Wesley Hour, we simplify our food, but since most of you are home with others I thought I would bulk this one up aContinue reading “Sliders and Sangria”

A Holy In-Between

Saturday.  Holy Saturday.  This day is caught between Good Friday and Easter Sunday.  It’s a day that is absent of the shock of Good Friday, but without the revelation of resurrection on Easter Sunday.  It isn’t the beginning of the journey, but it is also not the end. Holy Saturday for us is a dayContinue reading “A Holy In-Between”

Dear Wesley,

Hi My Sweet Wesleyans, My name is Alli Barta, I am a BFA Film and Media Arts Major, and hail from Palm Bay, Florida. I first discovered Wesley as a three-week-old freshman after attending Cornerstone at HPUMC and seeing an ad for the Well on the back of the bulletin. From there, I asked myContinue reading “Dear Wesley,”

God of Revival

Todays worship post comes from one of our newest additions to the Wesley House worship team. Wesley is totally blessed to be able to be led by first year, Bailey Hacker. Y’all, am I right? It is one of our beliefs as a ministry that you cannot lead people in a direction that you yourselfContinue reading “God of Revival”

Move More

Exercise  In our last segment on spiritual disciplines we talked about prayer.  Today I want to talk about the importance of physical activity. Initially it may seem as if exercise would not qualify as a spiritual discipline. However, we will see that scripture tells us otherwise and when we care for our physical wellbeing weContinue reading “Move More”

Midweek – Philemon

Letters From Prison Question: Have you ever had to convince someone to do something that you knew that they wouldn’t like?  Maybe you had to really think of how you were going to craft your argument in order to lead that person to the conclusion that you want them to reach.  If you haven’t hadContinue reading “Midweek – Philemon”

Holy Week

This week is one of the most important weeks in the Christian calendar.  It is a week that is complex. A week that is filled with shouts of celebration, rich teachings, sobering realizations, promises made, promises broken, betrayal, lies, denials, hypocrisy, shouts of hate, murder, death, and resurrection.  It is a week that both beginsContinue reading “Holy Week”

Dear Wesley,

I think Boyz II Men said it best when they this… How do I say goodbye to what we had?The good times that made us laughOutweigh the bad I thought we’d get to see foreverBut forever’s gone away It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday… And I’ll take with me the memoriesTo be myContinue reading “Dear Wesley,”

Be Still

I am finding that my regular rhythm of life has been totally decimated in this current season.  With that, it is easy for me to forget what is most important. So, I am actively working to create a new rhythm and routine.  I hope you will join me. Don’t waste this time. If you missedContinue reading “Be Still”

Goodness of God

If my world was literally crumbling beneath my feet, there are only a couple of songs (4?) that I could sing with a smile because they reminded me how real my God is. I hope I get to write about all of them. That’s how much power God gives songs of worship in our lives.Continue reading “Goodness of God”

Order up!

Todays menu: Buffalo Chicken dip & Mockaritas! It is true that one of my favorite things is making something delicious and watching you enjoy it! This recipe is smash hit every time we make it for Wesley Hour. When you walk into the house and this is in the crockpot it is mouth watering inducing!Continue reading “Order up!”

Wrestling with God

A written sermon from Sean McDonald Sometimes life can be really difficult.  We don’t get the job or internship we want, we lose a loved one, friendships break apart.  And sometimes that leads us down a road of doubt. We ask ourselves, “why would God allow this to happen” or in certain cases “Do IContinue reading “Wrestling with God”

The Blessing

If you haven’t had the opportunity to join us for worship at Wesley House, sorry ’bout it. One of the things I love most about our worship leaders is their hearts for worship and music. Connor Healy is one of my favorite humans to worship with and that is because he allows the music toContinue reading “The Blessing”

Wesley Hour

I don’t know about y’all, but I really missed Wesley Hour today. I missed getting excited for what we were going to get to eat, and seeing a lot of your faces, and smelling the smells, and hearing your laughter and multiple conversations going on at once. Andrew lovingly posted his chocolate chip cookie recipeContinue reading “Wesley Hour”

Worship With Wesley

2 years ago it was the very end of the semester.  We were wrapping up school year Wesley stuff with our last few events.  At one of the last Wesley Mobile House meetups of the semester this guy showed up with Carson Yeager.  I did my usual thing and asked him his name, what year,Continue reading “Worship With Wesley”

simple comforts

When you are stuck at home there isn’t a lot I can give you.  You are someplace, hunkered down with your family, “preparing” for online classes, and in all actuality likely binging on Netflix.  This is undoubtedly the weirdest spring break since the spring break of 1918.  Right now, you may be missing Wesley.  YouContinue reading “simple comforts”

music moves

I was first told to check out this song sometime in January. My first listen was sort of “eh”. This song is repetitive. For me, sometimes this is good and sometimes it is not. I listened to it a few times. As I listened over and over, I realized that sometimes we need to repeatContinue reading “music moves”

Midweek…

Letters From Prison Colossians Chapter 1 Key Insights –    What seems to be Paul’s primary purpose in writing this letter to the church at Colossae? o   To show that Christ is preeminent, which means surpassing, greater or above all things (1:15-23) §  Christ is preeminent in these things: creation (1:15-17), in the ChurchContinue reading “Midweek…”

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