Archive for October 14th, 2011

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A story that exemplifies faith, grace, and hope:

During China’s Boxer Rebellion at the turn of the twentieth century, no foreigner was safe. The Boxers opposed all foreign influences, including Christian missionaries. Diplomats fled to a compound in Beijing, but missionaries in the outer provinces had few choices.

Local officials in Fenzhou, Shanxi province, were relatively accepting of missionaries, so a number of missionaries fled there in hope that they would be sage until the uprising ended. After the arrived, the governor of Shanxi, a noted Boxer sympathizer, assigned a new magistrate to Fenzhou. The magistrate promptly posted an armed guard over the foreigners.

One of the missionaries, Lizzie Atwater, was pregnant at the time. She wrote a final letter to her parents on August 3, 1900:

“Dear Ones, I long for a sight of your dear faces, but I fear we shall not meet on earth… I am preparing for the end very quietly and calmly. The Lord is wonderfully near, and He will not fail me. I was very restless and excited while there seemed a chance of life, but God has taken away that feeling, and now I just pray for grace to meet the terrible end bravely. The pain will soon be over, and oh the sweetness of the welcome above!

My little baby will go with me. I think God will give it to me in Heaven, and my dear mother will be so glad to see us. I cannot imagine the Savior’s welcome. Oh, that will compensate for all of these days of suspense. Dear ones, live near to God and cling less closely to earth. There is no other way by which we can receive that peace from God which passeth understanding…. I must keep calm and still these hours. I do not regret coming to China, but am sorry I have done so little. My married life, two precious years, have been so very full of happiness. We will die together, my dear husband and I.

I used to dread separation. If we escape now it will be a miracle. I send my love to all of you, and the dear friends who remember me.”

Twelve days later, Lizzie, her husband, their unborn baby and six other missionaries were hacked to death by their guards.

Later, when Lizzie’s parents in Oberlin, Ohio, heard the dreadful news of the death of their daughter, son-in-law, and unborn grandchild, they said, in tears, “We do not begrudge them – we gave them to that needy land; China will yet believe the truth.”

~ AsiaHarvest.org

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As to the object of your affections, in a special manner, let it be the cross of Christ, which has exceeding efficacy toward the disappointment of the whole work of indwelling sin: “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, whereby the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world” (Gal. 6:14). The cross of Christ he gloried and rejoiced in; this his heart was set upon; and these were the effects of it—it crucified the world unto him, made it a dead and undesirable thing. The baits and pleasures of sin are taken all of them out of the world, and the things that are in the world— namely, “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.” These are the things that are in the world; from these does sin take all its baits, whereby it entices and entangles our souls. If the heart be filled with the cross of Christ, it casts death and undesirableness upon them all; it leaves no seem ing beauty, no appearing pleasure or comeliness, in them. Again, says he, “It crucifies me to the world; makes my heart, my affections, my desires, dead unto any of these things.” It roots up corrupt lusts and affections, leaves no principle to go forth and make provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof. Labor, therefore, to fill your hearts with the cross of Christ. Consider the sor rows he underwent, the curse he bore, the blood he shed, the cries he put forth, the love that was in all this to your souls, and the mystery of the grace of God therein. Meditate on the vileness, the demerit, and punishment of sin as rep resented in the cross, the blood, the death of Christ. Is Christ crucified for sin, and shall not our hearts be crucified with him unto sin? Shall we give entertainment unto that, or hearken unto its dalliances, which wounded, which pierced, which slew our dear Lord Jesus? God forbid! Fill your affections with the cross of Christ, that there may be no room for sin. The world once put him out of the house into a stable, when he came to save us; let him now turn the world out of doors, when he is come to sanctify us.

~John Owen~

Overcoming Sin & Temptation (Wheaton, IL; Crossway Books; 2006) p.332. Indwelling Sin – Part 1, Chapter 2: The Power and Efficacy of Indwelling Sin. http://www.crossway.org – eBook.

HT: The Old Guys

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Why should you know about Mormonism? Because lots of people are talking about it right now in terms of the presidential racce!  And because it is a religion that is popular and is a truth claim that many find intriguing.

Want to have  a brief and balanced overview of Mormonism.  Check this piece out by Kevin DeYoung. 

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That was random #24

“What matters most in this life is not what God does with us but who God is for us in Christ. Not Providence but Gospel.”–Ray Ortlund

“God notices every one of us; there is not a sparrow or a worm that continues to live apart from His decrees.”–Charles Spurgeon

“When Job questions God, God does not offer “Chicken Soup for the Soul” but takes Job straight into the disorienting depths of sovereignty.”–Jared Wilson

“The Psalms are an anatomy of all the parts of the soul.” – Calvin

“We know but little of true Christianity, if we don’t feel a deep concern about the souls of unconverted people.” – JC Ryle

“No matter how clearly and how much of the gospel we already see, we’re still like the blind staring at the sun.”–Scotty Smith

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”~DL Moody

“For the damned who inhabit that place of eternal wrath, Hell is truth learned too late.” William Nichols

Don’t invite Jesus into your life. Your life’s a wreck. Jesus invites you into his life.–Dr. Russell Moore

“The only Christian you want to listen to is the one who gives you more of a hunger for God.” Tozer

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