Archive for the ‘obedience to the Lord Jesus’ Category

I will give you anything you want except my money or my Chess set

April 12, 2011

Dear God,

If you give me Genie lamp like Alladdin, I will give you anything you want except my money or my Chess set.

– Raphael

Children’s Letters to God

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Soren Kierkegaard tells a parable of a community of ducks waddling off to duck church to hear the duck preacher

January 12, 2010

Soren Kierkegaard tells a parable of a community of ducks waddling off to duck church to hear the duck preacher. The duck preacher spoke eloquently of how God had given the ducks wings with which to fly. With these wings there was nowhere the ducks could not go, there was no God-given task the ducks could not accomplish. With those wings they could soar into the presence of God. Shouts of “Amen” were quacked throughout the duck congregation. At the conclusion of the service, the ducks left, commenting on what a wonderful message they had heard — and waddled back home.

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Be not merely hearers of the word but doers.

When it says ‘at the name of Jesus every knee should bow’, it means both your knees

December 19, 2009

When it says ‘at the name of Jesus every knee should bow’, it means both your knees.

People will never set their faces decidedly towards heaven and live like pilgrims until they really feel that they are in danger of hell

October 21, 2009

Now I believe the likeliest way to cure and mend…defective… religion is to bring forward more prominently the old scriptural truth about the sinfulness of sin. People will never set their faces decidedly towards heaven and live like pilgrims until they really feel that they are in danger of hell. Let us all try to revive the old teaching about sin in nurseries, in schools, in training colleges, in universities. Let us not forget that “the law is good if we use it lawfully” and that “by the law is the knowledge of sin” (1 Tim. 1:8; Rom. 3:20; 7:7). Let us bring the law to the front and press it on men’s attention. Let us expound and beat out the Ten Commandments and show the length and breadth and depth and height of their requirements. This is the way of our Lord in the sermon on the mount. We cannot do better than follow His plan. We may depend upon it, men will never come to Jesus and stay with Jesus and live for Jesus unless they really know why they are to come and what is their need. Those whom the Spirit draws to Jesus are those whom the Spirit has convinced of sin. Without thorough conviction of sin, men may seem to come to Jesus and follow Him for a season; but they will soon fall away and return to the world.

J.C.Ryle, Holiness, ch.1, ‘Sin’

My feelings were those of a man who should suddenly be told, that every friend he had in the world was dead

September 28, 2009

In a letter to Charles Simeon, Henry Martyn recounted the moment when the full realisation of leaving England to be a missionary in India hit him:

It was a very painful moment to me when I awoke, on the morning after you left us, and found the fleet actually sailing down the channel. Though it was what I had anxiously been looking forward to so long, yet the consideration of being parted forever from my friends, almost overcame me. My feelings were those of a man who should suddenly be told, that every friend he had in the world was dead. It was only by prayer for them that I could be comforted ; and this was indeed a refreshment to my soul, because by meeting them at the throne of grace, I seemed to be again in their society.

Henry Martyn, missionary, translator of the Bible into Hindi and New Testament into Persian. His memoir is highly recommended to inspire spiritual devotion.

From, John Sargent, The Life and Letters of Henry Martin, Banner of Truth, 1985, p.91

I’d rather be with God against men, than with men against God

September 12, 2009

Aristides de Sousa Mendes was, in 1940, Consul General for Portugal in Bordeaux, France. He was a graduate of the University of Coimbra, a wealthy lawyer from an old aristocratic family and he had represented Portugal in diplomatic posts in Brazil, Zanzibar and the United States. Hitler’s Nazi forces had marched into Paris and a flood of humanity had departed for the south, hoping to leave France. Their destination was Bordeaux where a Portuguese visa could assure them passage through Spain into Portugal, which was nominally neutral; from there they could perhaps hope to obtain a passport or a visa to America. Salazar had ordered his embassies not to issue exit visas to Russians, Portuguese political exiles or any Jews.

Thousands of refugees reaching Bordeaux had found the Portuguese Consul General’s apartment and had congregated outside, hoping for visas de Sousa Mendes, with great compassion, decided to disobey the Salazar orders and he, with his two sons, wrote by hand some 30,000 visas in order to save as many refugees as possible from the Nazis. 10,000 of these refugees were Jews. He was quoted as saying, “I have to save these people, as many as I can. If I am disobeying orders I’d rather be with God against men, than with men against God.”

The result of this magnificent action was that he was recalled to Lisbon in disgrace, but on the way he stopped in Bayonne and wrote out more visas by hand, thus saving another thousand refugees. When he reached Lisbon he was fined and prohibited from practicing law. He was reduced to selling off all his personal possessions to procure food for his family. He died in 1954 penniless and still in disgrace.

Aristides de Sousa Mendes’ name has been honored by the United States Congress, the Government of Israel, and has been recently restored to a place of honor and respect by the President of Portugal, Mario Soares.

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But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” Acts 5.29

Whitefield the field preacher

August 7, 2009

George Whitefield often preached outdoors. After dark he arrived once at Marylebone Fields to preach at the fair. As he mounted a pulpit bare-fisted boxers left their booths and stalked with fury in their faces. They had not waited to put their shirts on. Cauliflower ears and broken noses were not a pretty sight to a man timid at heart. Hearing ferocious and horrid imprecations and menaces, his courage began to fail.

He felt a tug on his gown and looked down. His wife said, ‘George, play the man for God!’

George Whitefield, John Pollock, 1972, pp.198-199

The whole world is now my parish.

ibid., p.113

Wherever my master calls me, I am ready to go and preach his everlasting gospel.

Laying Down our life

July 30, 2009

Irene Gut Opdyke…once she became aware of the plight of Jews, was determined to save them no matter what the costs. For years, Gut’s rescuing relationships were central to her life and to her being.

Irene Gut, as a nineteen-year-old nursing student, had become aware of the plight of the Jews from the moment she pushed back the curtains from the window of the hotel in Radom where she worked as a waitress for the Nazi Major Ruegemer. She had seen the misery of the Jews in the ghetto outside and could not forget that misery. Irene and her sister left food for the Jews, but when the Nazis closed down the ghetto behind her hotel, they could only watch in helpless horror from across the street.

One day she and her sister heard shooting. Major Ruegemer, seeing how upset Irene and her sister were at what they had just witnessed, excused them from the day’s work. As the two headed home, they heard still more shooting.

They followed a group of Gestapo to the edge of town. There Gut and her sister saw a mass of shallow graves. The gestapo stood people in front of the graves and opened fire with machine guns. “The earth was shaking with the breath of those who had been buried alive,” Gut recalled. That day, that moment, Gut made a covenant with God. She asked Him for the opportunity to do something. “I asked God to give me responsibility, to bring me the opportunity to help, even if my own life should be taken,” she said.

Gut’s first rescue activity, that of leaving food at the ghetto fence, was motivated by an empathy and a conviction that these were human beings like her, not something “other.’ She saw that these people were suffering, and her sense of humanity compelled her to….”

http://holocaustrescuers.blogspot.com/2007/04/19-year-old-nursing-student.html

The punishment for harbouring Jews in Poland was death