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Darien Methodist Church, by Beverly Hicks Burch

Darrien Methodist Church

John Wesley at Darien Methodist Church

Thanks to John Wesley and the Scots, the Methodist flourished in this part of Georgia. As a matter of fact, John Wesley himself visited the Scots in Darien in 1737 and as a result had an indirect affect in helping this little church be built. It was the faith he built and stirred in the souls of those Scots and others that created the desire to have a place of worship.

The Methodist became quite famous for their “circuit riding preachers” in the South. As a matter of face they reached far and wide and my own ancestors in the foothills and mountains of East Tennessee were touched by those same circuit riding preachers. They say my Papaw was Methodist…I dare say because of a circuit rider…before he converted to another denomination.

Just a little side note for all of you doomsayer out there today…supposedly there is some little misguided man somewhere in the US that swears the Rapture will happen today May 21, 2011. I hate to disappoint, but the man doesn’t know what he’s talking about. It could happen, but it may not.

For those of you that don’t know the Good Book, this is what is says: “For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night.”  I Thessalonians 5:2 NASB

What does that mean? As men, we don’t know the exact hour or the Lord’s return. It’s such an important consideration that it not just mentioned once in the Word, but several times. John Wesley would have known this, I’m quite sure…

For those of us who do know what the Good Book says, I would have hoped there would have been more clarity coming from us about all this nonsense going on. Shame on you, for you know better.

And, for those of you not so familiar with the Word, or just plain don’t care…let me ask you this. Rapture parties?! Really?! Would you be quite so insensitive with another faith, say Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and mock Mohammed, the Dali Lama, Buddha or Confucius? Would you be having Mohammed and the 72 Virgins parties, or the Dali Lama died parties, or Buddha belly parties? I think not…kinda crass, huh? Just saying…

© 2011 Beverly Hicks Burch All Rights Reserved.

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