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The Truest Kind of Work

Posted by on Aug 30, 2013 in Quotes | Comments Off on The Truest Kind of Work

The Truest Kind of Work

“Jesus did more work with His hands and feet disabled than any man ever did.”

Binsey Cote

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Watchman Nee on Faith

Posted by on Aug 3, 2013 in Quotes | Comments Off on Watchman Nee on Faith

Watchman Nee on Faith

“True faith is not about you trying; it’s about you dying.”

Watchman Nee

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Seek the Lord Before Doing Good

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in Quotes | Comments Off on Seek the Lord Before Doing Good

Seek the Lord Before Doing Good

“Good isn’t always God’s will but God’s will is always good.”

Watchman Nee

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How To Do Nothing But God’s Will

Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in Quotes | Comments Off on How To Do Nothing But God’s Will

“It is as obedience becomes the passion of your life that the ears will be opened by God’s Spirit to wait for His teaching, and we will be content with nothing less than a divine guidance into the divine will for us.”  Andrew Murray (1828-1917), The School of Obedience, 1941, The Moody Bible Institute.

LISTEN, WAIT FOR DIVINE GUIDANCE, MAKE OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S SPIRIT THE PASSION OF YOUR LIFE

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Social Justice Goodness Exposed

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Articles, Quotes | Comments Off on Social Justice Goodness Exposed

Social Justice Goodness Exposed

When it comes to helping the poor, how often does doing-good result in tangible, long-term good? Rarely, according to Laura Seay, a professor at Morehouse College. In the July/August 2013 issue of Fast Company magazine, Seay describes a phenomenon of goods-giving (known as dumping) to impoverished communities as “just treating one symptom of a much deeper problem, and treating symptoms is not a cure.” In reference to Tom’s Shoes, which donates a pair of shoes for every pair sold, she says, “The shoe seller goes out of business. He can’t send his kids to school.”

In strange fact, Tom’s Shoe disbursements haven’t been as damaging as expected to local economies but only because the beneficiaries, though thankful, say that the cloth shoes don’t survive the mud and dirt beyond 2-3 months. Poor parents still buy when they can from the local shoe sellers a product that is of sufficient quality to keep their customers loyal.

One of my favorite books about poverty states, “We must arm ourselves with patience and wisdom and listen to the poor what they want. This is the best way to avoid the trap of ignorance, ideology and inertia on our side.”
― Abhijit V. Banerjee, Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty

Christians often pursue activities of the heart. And when those strings to our hearts get pulled we too often bandwagon without wisdom. But going, giving and doing without the guiding voice of the Holy Spirit is presumptuous, arrogant and even dangerous.

Love the Lord thy God with all of your heart, all of your mind and all of your spirit.” To love the triune God, the heart’s one-third must be balanced with mind and spirit. Only then can we better discern the mind of Christ which can then “prove” what is that “perfect will of God.”

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-3

How should Christians help the poor? Housing? Education? Political influence? Dumping?

There will not be a blanket answer. Every “good” idea needs to be examined with the wisdom which can only come from above. With time, the ability and willingness to listen as “living sacrifices” we will hear as promised and when we hear, we must obey even if what we hear doesn’t satisfy our hearts.

We are Christians and though we are a people of mercy we do not stand as sentries at the crossroads of physical life and physical death. We stand the crossroads to point the way to Life Himself.

Rejoice! 

Binsey

 

 

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A Night in the Chestnut Tree, John G. Paton

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Quotes | Comments Off on A Night in the Chestnut Tree, John G. Paton

A Night in the Chestnut Tree, John G. Paton

Out of all our experiences on this earth, none will transform us like that of being met by Christ in the midst of our pain, our fear, our need.

John G. Paton describes one such occasion he experienced while fleeing the clubs of the natives who sought to take his life:

“I climbed into the tree, and was left there alone in the bush. The hours I spent there live all before me as if it were but of yesterday. I heard the frequent discharge of muskets, and the yells of the savages. Yet I sat there among the branches, as safe in the arms of Jesus! Never, in all my sorrows did my Lord draw nearer to me, and speak more soothingly to my soul, than when the moonlight flickered among these chestnut leaves, and the night air played on my throbbing brow, as I told all my heart to Jesus. Alone, yet not alone! If it be to glorify my God, I will not grudge to spend many nights alone in such a tree, to feel again my Saviour’s spiritual presence, to enjoy His consoling fellowship.”

Paton wasn’t removed or transported to safety by the Spirit. Instead, Christ overcame his temporal terror by His loving presence.

Is this enough for you Beloved? Will you be satisfied with Him only or with only what you think He should do for you?

He offers you the the nonperishable rubies of fellowship. He longs to adorn you with the eternal.

Cry out to Him Beloved!  Tell Him all your heart. Rest in His arms right in the middle of the war which rages all around you.

Rejoice Beloved! When He is for you, nothing can be against you.

Binsey

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