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Charles Wesley Biography

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" She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matt. 1:1 ESV)

Sunday was Charles Wesley's birthday. I've always liked Charles Wesley, for more than just his prolific hymn writing. And make no mistake he was prolific. what amazes me about Wesley is not just how many hymsn he wrote, but how many theologically rich, musically sound they are. it's one thing to write a lot of hymns. It's quite another to write so many good ones.

While I admire, respect, and am indebted to Charles' older brother John for so many things, I don't know if he'd be the brother you'd want to spend time with. Oh I'd want t hear him preach and ask him about his faith and how he organized his small groups.
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His interference in the love life of his brother caused a tremendous rift between them for many years. It seems that while he wasn't willing to risk his personal happiness for the sake of the movement, h was wilignto risk John's. I don't believe Charles was being hypocritical. I think he saw Joh as being more important, or at least a greater driving force behind Methodism, and he feared what might happen if John settled down.

So no, although I think Charles might have been more fun to hang out with He was simply different than his brother. The Wesleys embody the idea that God sues the entire Body fo Christ without different gits, and personalities to further the Kingdom of God. Perhaps rather than spending so much time trying to make everyone the same, we and the world would be better suited if we allowed

In this season of giving we celebrate the greatest gift of all, the birth of Jesus. The one who's birth, Wesley reminds us, came to give us a "Second Birth" "Born than men no more may die" New life now, and an eternal life as well. It's for this reason we give gifts at Christmas. Oh, I know our greed can put gift giving all out of proportion. But isn't giving a gift and receiving them still a wonderful way to celebrate the greatest gift of
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