Archive for December, 2013

Inspiring Words of Great Missionaries

William Carey’s words:

“Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

After hearing an account of the spiritual needs of India, the secretary of the meeting remarked, “There is a gold mine in India, but it seems almost as deep as the center of the earth. Who will venture to explore it?”

Carey said, “I will venture to go down, but remember that you must hold the ropes.”

Shortly before his death, Carey said to a friend, “You have been saying much about Dr. Carey and his work. When I am gone, say nothing about Dr. Carey; speak about Dr. Carey’s Saviour.”

Adoniram Judson’s words:

“The prospects are bright as the promises of God.”

“I feel it is my duty to plod on, while daylight shall last…”

Shortly before his death, Judson said: “I am not tired of my work, neither am I tired of the world; yet, when Christ calls me home, I shall go with gladness…”

David Brainerd’s words:

“Here am I, send me; send me to the ends of the earth; send me to the rough, the savage pagans of the wilderness; send me from all that is called comfort on earth; send me even to death itself, if it be but in Thy service, and to promote Thy kingdom.”

Robert Moffat’s words: Writing to his parents from London shortly before sailing for Africa, he said:

“Oh, that I had a thousand lives and a thousand bodies! All of them should be devoted to no other employment but to preach Christ … I have not repented in becoming a missionary, and, should I die in the march and never enter the field of battle, all would be well.”

While the Moffats were on their first furlough in England, David Livingstone asked Mr. Moffat whether he thought that he, perhaps, might also be used in the missionary work in Africa. Mr. Moffat replied:

“Yes, particularly if you will not go to an old station but will push on into unoccupied fields.” And then he added, “In the north I have seen in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been.”

C.T. Studd’s words:

“I cannot tell you what joy it gave me to bring the first soul to the Lord Jesus Christ. I have tasted almost all the pleasures that this world can give. I do not suppose there is one that I have not experienced, but I can tell you that those pleasures were as nothing compared to the joy that the saving of that one soul gave me.”

Have You Prayed for Your Missionaries Today?

If you are going to pray for your missionaries, you must be informed and communicate with them. Make an effort to know basic facts about their lives and their countries. Here are a few guidelines to use when praying  for your missionaries.

Pray:

  • For health and safety of their families
  • For husbands and wives to keep their love alive and keep good communication with each other
  • For strength to adjust to their new culture and to learn their new language
  • For wisdom to use their time wisely
  • For  humility to be able to work with other missionaries  and nationals
  • For the spiritual condition of their families.  Pray that their families will stay close to the Lord and their children will stay holy and grow spiritually
  • For protection from Satan’s tactics. Pray that they will be aware of ways Satan will try to defeat and discourage them
  • For the eyes of the people to be open to the Gospel

The Unspeakable Gift

Long ago, there ruled in Persia a wise and good king. He loved his people. He wanted to know how they lived. He wanted to know about their hardships. Often he dressed in the clothes of a working man or a beggar, and went to the homes of the poor.  No one whom he visited thought that he was their ruler. One time he visited a very poor man who lived in a cellar. He ate the coarse food the poor man ate. He spoke cheerful, kind words to him.  Then he left.

Later he visited the poor man again and disclosed his identity by saying, “I am your king!” The king thought the man would surely ask for some gift or favor, but he didn’t.  Instead he said, “You left your palace and your glory to visit me in this dark, dreary place. You ate the coarse food I ate. You brought gladness to my heart! To others you have given your rich gifts. To me you have given yourself!”

The King of glory, the Lord Jesus Christ, gave Himself to you and me. The Bible calls Him, “The Unspeakable Gift!”

The Story of the Candy Cane

“I am only a candy maker,” he thought sadly. “No one will listen to me when I tell the wondrous love of my Lord, about how and why God entered our world, born as a babe in Bethlehem.”

“How can I tell the children about the love of Jesus?” he wondered.

Then he smiled, “I will make them some candy. I will begin with pure white for the virgin birth of Jesus and His sinlessness. It will be hard and pure. I will make it into the letter “J” so that all may be reminded  that it is by the name of Jesus that we are saved from our sins. It will also look like a shepherd’s staff, so that we may know Jesus is our shepherd, our Savior and Lord.”

“To remember the awful price of Jesus’ love for me, I shall include red to tell of the blood He shed to save me from my sins. Three small stripes to show His scourging, and a large red stripe for His blood shed on the cross by nails and spear.”

And so the candy cane was made: Crafted in love, and made to help us remember the costly love of Jesus.

Taken from the tract The Candy Maker  www.tractleague.com

Five “P’s” of the Christmas Season

1. Put Christ First

Because the government is taking away our rights as Christians to celebrate the Christmas season, many people today are failing to even recognize the real reason for the celebration. As Christians, we might get busy during this season, but we must not allow our busyness to keep us from putting Christ first in everything we do.

2. Plan Family Traditions Ahead of Time

Every family needs to establish traditions. Traditions give families stability and make the Christmas season more meaningful to them. Traditions might include taking a sleigh ride, cutting down your own Christmas tree, baking cookies together, doing kind acts of service for those who are less fortunate, or going caroling with your church family at nursing homes.

3. Pay Cash for Gifts

What are Christmas gifts? They are expressions of  your love and appreciation to others. Consider giving gifts that are “homemade” or giving away some personal items that are very special to you.  If at all possible,  try to avoid using credit to purchase Christmas gifts.

4. Place Tracts in Christmas Cards

Everyone needs to know what it means to trust Christ as his Savior. This is a great way to share God’s Word with your family and friends. A great tract to give other Christians is 10 Guidelines for Keeping Christ in Christmas (www.tractleague.com)

5. Provide for Those in Need

There are many people who are lonely and in need of financial assistance during this season. Look for ways to be a blessing to those who suffering during this season. There are people who are sick and shut-in,  who have lost their jobs or are between jobs, and who have no family to celebrate the season.