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Archive for July 30th, 2012

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About this book:

Earnestly consider your role in completing the Great Commission.

That was John Piper’s overarching plea when he delivered a biographical message on Adoniram Judson in 2003.

Judson was America’s first foreign missionary and an example of one who considered, and executed on, his own uniquely strategic role in the completing of the Commission.

Though warned not to go to Burma, he entered the country almost 200 years ago — in July of 1813 — and there invested the next 38 years of his life preaching Christ where he had not been named.

And the cost was very high. But in God’s perfect economy, his suffering had a plain purpose. As Piper explains, “I am persuaded from Scripture and from the history of missions that God’s design for the evangelization of the world and the consummation of his purposes includes the suffering of his ministers and missionaries.”

Originally an address to pastors, Piper’s biography of Judson is now available in a short e-book that leads us to ask the same challenging question, “Might God be calling you to fill up what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ, to fall like a grain of wheat into some distant ground and die, to hate your life in this world and so to keep it forever and bear much fruit?”

An EPUB file is formatted for readers like the Nook, Sony Reader, and Apple iBooks (iPad, iPhone, iPod). A MOBI file is formatted for Kindle applications (this option works well on some mobile devices, and not so well on others).

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“What do you want?  What are you passionate about?  What what do your activities and desires today reveal about what you want?”

Terry Enns talks about the inner desires of our hearts and shows how we have one of two choices: to please God or to please self with our heart desires. He provides some excellent biblical counsel in this article and then gives a simple chart that illustrates what goes in our hearts and lives when we are faced with strong desires.  (The chart is in PDF form. Download and print out!)

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Paula Hendricks of True Woman writes about her struggle to see a just Go in a world of injustice. Her wresting might help yours.

“Sometimes it’s too much to take in. Injustice threatens to overwhelm. I try to make sense of the blackest black, but come up short. Looking up, hopeless, I cry out . . . and that one look changes everything. Oh, I still don’t have all the answers. But now I see Him.”

Read her article “Making Sense of God in an Unjust World.” Pass it on to a friend in need.

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Jesse Johnson at the Cripplegate is blogging about one of the most-asked questions Christians ponder: what happens to infants when they die.

He explains why there is a need for answer and present 26 OT passages and NT passages that have some bearing on this question. So far, Mike Ricarrdi then answers one common objection, “Election by Murder”, to  such a position that babies go to heaven when they die.

You may not agree with all the points or the conclusion but it is worth reading because undoubtedly you or someone you know has wrestled with this issue.

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Pray for this outreach opportunity:

Many centuries ago, the Apostle Paul used allusions to cultural sporting events in his writings, and during the next couple weeks, several AiG staff members and friends of the ministry will similarly use the modern Olympic Games as an opportunity to spread the good news about the sacrificial death, burial, and Resurrection of Christ. Dr. David Crandall of Answers Worldwide is leading a volunteer team of evangelists to witness to people from all over the globe who are converging on London for the Olympic Games. Ken Ham will also be traveling to London to speak at some evening sessions to those participating in the outreach. In addition, he will give presentations at conferences throughout the United Kingdom. Please pray with us for their safety and boldness, but also be in prayer for those who will hear the gospel message—perhaps for the very first time. Pray that God will prepare their hearts to receive the only message that can save their souls.

While we may not all be able to travel to another part of the world to share the good news, we should all take part in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18–20) in our current setting. Just as Paul took every opportunity, beating his body and making it his slave (1 Corinthians 9:27, NIV), we must live our lives in full devotion to the Lord. Near the end of his life, Paul wrote the following words to Timothy:

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7–8)

When we reach the end of our lives, may we all have the ability to reflect on our days and say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” We pray that the outreach efforts in England this summer will lead thousands to repent of their sins so they can someday echo those same words before receiving an imperishable crown of righteousness.

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