Archive for the ‘service’ Category

Forbid it that we should ever consider the holding of a commission from the King of Kings a sacrifice, so long as men esteem the service of an earthly sovereign an honour

January 12, 2010

Forbid it that we should ever consider the holding of a commission from the King of Kings a sacrifice, so long as men esteem the service of an earthly sovereign an honour…I am a missionary, heart and soul. God had an only Son, and He was a missionary and a physician. A poor, poor imitation I am or wish to be. In this service I hope to live, in it I wish to die.

David Livingstone, quoted in Michael A. Robinson, God Does Exist!, Author House 2006, p.188

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A man spoke with the Lord about heaven and hell. The Lord said to the man, “Come, I will show you hell.”

October 14, 2009

A man spoke with the Lord about heaven and hell. The Lord said to the man, “Come, I will show you hell.”

They entered a room where a group of people sat around a huge pot of stew. Everyone was famished, desperate and starving. Each held a spoon that reached the pot, but each spoon had a handle so much longer than their own arm that it could not be used to get the stew into their own mouths. The suffering was terrible.

“Come, now I will show you heaven,” the Lord said after a while. They entered another room, identical to the first — the pot of stew, the group of people, the same long-handled spoons. But there everyone was happy and well-nourished. “I don’t understand,” said the man. “Why are they happy here when they were miserable in the other room and everything was the same?”

The Lord smiled, “Ah, it is simple,” he said. “Here they have learned to feed each other.”

Chinese or Indian story

in attempting to serve my people, I found that was prevented form fulfilling my obligations as a son, a brother, a father and a husband

October 14, 2009

I did not in the beginning choose to place my people above my family, but in attempting to serve my people, I found that was prevented form fulfilling my obligations as a son¹, a brother, a father² and a husband³. In that way, my commitment to my people, to millions of South Africans I would never know are meet, was at the expense of the people I knew best and loved most.  It was as simple and as incomprehensible as the moment a small child asks her father, “Why can’t you be with us?” and the father must utter the terrible words: “There are other children like you, a great many of them…” and then one’s voice trails off.

Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, pp.749-50

1. His mother died while he was in prison and he was refused permission to bury her

2. He was largely estranged from his son and daughters who grew up without him. His daughter, when aged 15, had not seen him sicen she was a baby when he went to prison.

3. His first marriage ended in divorce in 1957 – she was a JW and non-political. His second, to Winniw, ended in divorce in 1996. He married a third time.

He impoverishes himself out of love

September 10, 2009

(a Christian) impoverishes himself out of love, so that he is certain he may never overlook a brother in need, especially if he knows he can bear poverty better than his brother. He likewise considers the pain of another as his own pain. And if he suffers any hardship because of having given out of his own poverty, he does not complain.

Clement of Alexandria, A.D. 190, misc. bk.4, ch.7

Missionaries and Empire

September 10, 2009

In 1957, Nkrumah gave public honor at the Ghana assembly of the International Missionary Council to ―the great work of missionaries in West Africa, particularly those who had died ―for the enlightenment and welfare of this land…the need for devoted service such as they gave is as great as ever . At the same time, Nkrumah and other nationalist political leaders were vocally critical of missionary paternalism reflected in the continued presence of white Christian authority where national churches were already established.

See Brian Stanley, The Bible and the Flag, p.16 source

Fear of the Lord

December 12, 2008

And if we are ever to grow reverent again, we must love more. There never was a time when so much was spoken and written about Christian love. If we loved more and said less about it, we might revive our dying reverence. Oh, how much of our so-called love to Jesus is spurned by an infinite God because the feeling of reverence is not in it. It is so easy to talk of leaning on Jesus’ bosom. It is so easy to forget that he who leaned on Jesus’ bosom fell down at Jesus’ feet as dead. I plead for more love, not to increase, but to remove that light familiarity that blots our Christian service. From: Devotional Sermons: George H. Morrison)

Why do you seek Knowledge?

November 2, 2008

Some seek knowledge for the sake of knowledge:
That is curiosity;
Others seek knowledge so that they themselves may be known:
That is vanity;
But there are still others who seek knowledge in order to serve and edify others;
And that is charity.

– Bernard of Clairvaux

The Investment of Sacrifice

October 8, 2008

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.
Jim Elliot