Guaranteed in 2021

John 3:16 (NLT)

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.


If there’s anything we’ve learned from 2020, it’s that we have no idea what a year might have in store for us. With one exception.

I have no insight regarding when the pandemic will end. I do have high hopes for the vaccine, and I’m praying for something resembling normal worship during the Easter season. (Easter Sunday will be April 4.) I of course am also praying that the pandemic will not interrupt the establishment in 2021 of a denomination that will help us keep alive traditional, scriptural Methodism.

Let’s also pray that wonderful events during 2021 will lift us up globally. Perhaps a powerful outbreak of the Holy Spirit, another true Great Awakening regarding Jesus Christ’s work in this world? I would so like to see that happen.

About that one certainty I mentioned: I can promise you this, the grace poured out on us by God will remain available. It has remained available in 2020, and it will always be available, until we turn off the calendar and simply stand before God in full, rejoicing and worshiping our savior into eternity.

By “grace,” I mean the love God continually shows us despite the fact we do not deserve it. It is a great, continuous gift, one we simply have to agree to receive.

Grace is available even before people acknowledge God exists. Grace tugs at us; it exists as a feeling there is more to life than what we simply see.

Grace washes over us and into us at the moment we accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. From then on, grace changes us, as much as we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives.

Based on the truth of ever-present grace, I can say that 2021 will be an important, powerful year. People will find Jesus Christ and eternal life through simple belief. People will grow to be more like what God would have them be.

Any more good news will simply be additional evidence of how much God loves us.

Have a blessed, grace-filled 2021!


A version of this article originally ran on Methodist Life, an outreach effort inspired by the work of the Holston WCA. To subscribe to daily “Life Talk” devotionals, go to any page of the Methodist Life website and enter your email address in the registration block.

Good News!

And the angel said to them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good news of great joy, which shall be to all people… a Savior has been born to you… Luke 2:10-11

For the shepherds, it must have been quite a shock when the angels appeared. They were just ordinary working men, feeling comfortable and confident with the world around them. They expected each day to be like the ones past. But this night threw them off balance. Sure, they had heard all their lives that a Messiah was coming, but assumed it was in the distant future. They had no idea God had reached a “fullness of time” moment and would shift everything to another level. In an instant, they had to make a choice—do we believe this really happened, or ignore it as a crazy dream and go back to what we’ve always known?

This year, 2020, has thrown us off balance. Having the lifestyle we’ve always known interrupted, our churches closed, our denomination and nation in turmoil has been very unsettling. Are we in another “fullness of time” juncture? With all that is shaking around us, the angel’s words are still reaching out. We, too, have a choice—will we make the world’s news our source, or the news of the angel?

I hope you choose JOY!

Thank you for your faithful prayers for the new thing the Lord is planning for Methodism, and for those who have made a commitment to our 24/7 Watch and Pray call. If you would still like to sign up, you can go to https://wesleyancovenant.org/2020/09/28/watch-and-pray/.

PRAYER POINTS FOR DECEMBER

  • Global WCA President Rev. Keith Boyette, Vice President Rev. Walter Fenton and Council Members
  • Clear vision from the Lord as they work to prepare for the future
  • General Conference Committee’s exploration of alternative meeting options for GC 2021
  • Wisdom for Judicial Counsel as they review the “Protocol” for any legal corrections
  • Open up ways to get WCA’s message to more Methodist members and churches
  • Provision and bold witness in this Covid-19 time, especially in nations with limited resources
  • Bishop Taylor and Cabinet as they lead Holston
  • Holston WCA Chapter President Rev. Chuck Griffin and other leaders
  • Pastors and congretations to have creative ways to look after one another

The Holston WCA Intercessory Prayer Group meets on Zoom at 11:00 Wednesdays and we would love for you to join us. Contact me at wilderfamily@hotmail.com and I will send you the access link.

Becky Wilder

WCA International Intercessor Leader for Holston Chapter

Watch and Pray

By Becky Wilder
Intercessory Prayer Leader

We are in the one-year countdown to General Conference 2021, which will determine what lies ahead for us as Methodists. As in many times past, God is inviting us to partner with him—to seek his face, declare his heart and do the spiritual warfare necessary to release his Kingdom here on earth.

The WCA Intercessory Prayer Network would like to cover the coming new expression of Methodism with 24/7 prayer around the world. Would you join us by committing to a personal prayer time at the link below? https://wesleyancovenant.org/2020/09/28/watch-and-pray/

PRAYER POINTS FOR OCTOBER

  • Global WCA President Rev. Keith Boyette, Vice President Rev. Walter Fenton and Council Members
  • Clear vision from the Lord as they work to prepare for the future
  • Ongoing work for General Conference 2021 and the “Protocol”
  • Open up ways to get WCA’s message to more Methodist members and churches
  • Provision and bold witness in this Covid-19 time, especially in nations with limited resources
  • Holston WCA Chapter President Rev. Chuck Griffin and other leaders
  • Formation of Small Groups within Holston
  • Holston General Conference delegates to hear God clearly
  • Bishop Taylor and Cabinet as they lead Holston

The Holston WCA Intercessory Prayer Group meets on Zoom at 11:00 Wednesdays and we would love for you to join us. Contact me at wilderfamily@hotmail.com and I will send you the access link.

Becky Wilder

WCA International Intercessor Leader for Holston Chapter

Election Results

Gregg Benefiel and David Bowden will serve as lay delegates to the Wesleyan Covenant Association’s Global Legislative Assembly, and John Grimm and Ronnie Collins will serve as clergy delegates.

Holston WCA members also voted to retain their current board of directors, authorizing the board to add new directors as needed as we move toward a possible division of the United Methodist Church into at least two denominations in 2021.

The Holston WCA directors are:

Laity: Charles McEntyre (vice chair), David Bowden, Fielden Sanders, Gregg Benefiel (treasurer), Jeff Weiss.

Clergy: Rowland Buck, Ronnie Collins, Sherri Franklin, Chuck Griffin (chair), Jake Herron, Brad Stapleton (secretary), and Russ Young.

Because of Covid-19 safety precautions, the Holston Chapter of the WCA held its elections online this year. The Holston chapter is not holding in-person meetings anywhere in the conference until pandemic numbers improve. Once Covid-19 transmission is less of a concern, Holston WCA board members and delegates will resume meeting in person with interested church groups about the Protocol Legislation, which is scheduled to go before the United Methodist Church’s General Conference in 2021.

raise a hallelujah

What a key time we live in. It is both exciting and sobering – exciting to anticipate the new that God has on the horizon, for our church and our nation, and sobering to realize the very real spiritual warfare it will take to get there.

As the countdown to General Conference 2021 begins, the global WCA Intercessory Prayer Network urges you to join us on Sept. 19 for an evening of prayer and praise to raise our hallelujah to the heavens. The battle over worship is raging in our nation. Are we going to stay silent, or are we going to use the powerful weapon of our mouth to declare that Jesus Christ is Lord?

We will also introduce plans for building a 24/7 Prayer Wall that will reach around the world to seek the heart of God for his new Methodist expression. He gave one man, Bishop Yambasu, the vision and grace to bring all the various groups of the UMC together to form the “Protocol”; just imagine what the Lord can do if we all look to him expectantly during the year ahead.

Please join us on September 19 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time to Raise A Hallelujah through the WCA IIPN YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp1AK8usmg64r5XNa2HQqeg. Special guest speaker will be Dr. David Watson, Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at United Theological Seminary.

PRAYER POINTS FOR SEPTEMBER

  • Global WCA President Rev. Keith Boyette, Vice President Rev. Walter Fenton and Council Members
  • Clear vision from the Lord as they work to prepare for the future
  • Ongoing work for General Conference 2021 and the “Protocol”
  • Open up ways to get WCA’s message to more Methodist members and churches
  • Provision and bold witness in this Covid-19 time, especially in nations with limited resources
  • That Bishop Yambasu’s death will result in a multiplied release of God’s glory in Africa and the UMC
  • Holston WCA Chapter President Rev. Chuck Griffin and other leaders
  • Formation of Small Groups within Holston
  • Holston General Conference delegates to hear God clearly
  • Bishop Taylor and Cabinet as they lead Holston

The Holston WCA Intercessory Prayer Group meets on Zoom at 11:00 Wednesdays and we would love for you to join us. Contact me at wilderfamily@hotmail.com and I will send you the access link.

Becky Wilder

WCA International Intercessor Leader for Holston Chapter