The Influence of One Person (Part 2)

Hudson Taylor (1832-1905), As a young man he forsook the faith of his parents but, at the age of seventeen, embraced Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior.  As a British missionary, he founded the China Inland Mission to proclaim Christ for 51 years in every province of China.  Heaven was moved and the nation was changed; today the Chinese church is one of the largest, fastest growing churches in the world.

Jim Elliot (1927 -1956, who embraced Jesus at six years of age.  As a young adult he felt called to share Christ to the Quechua Indians of Ecuador.  While working with them, he heard of an unreached, violent group whose name means ‘savage’ – the Auca Indians.  He and four other missionaries made contact with the Aucas.

After receiving encouraging responses to their overtures, the five missionaries landed their small plane along the Curaray, where they established a base.  In spite of the seeming friendliness of the Indians, all five young men were speared to death. Even though Jim Elliot’s life was brief, his core belief was expressed in his most well-known quote, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

His powerful witness resounded around the world when he was featured in a Life magazine cover story shortly after his death.  His wife, Elizabeth Elliot continued his legacy through writing two biographies that described his life and death, Shadow of the Almighty and Through Gates of Splendor.  Heaven was moved and the Aucas were radically, eternally changed.

These are from the book, The Daniel Prayer by Anne Graham Lotz.  Look for more next week

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The Influence of One Person

Prayer moves Heaven and changes a nation.  These are examples of how God used one person who was fully committed to Jesus to change a nation.  May you and I be the one God uses in our generation.

William Carey (1761-1834) a cobbler who heard God’s call in the quietness of his shoe shop:  “If it be the duty of all men to believe the Gospel . . . then it be the duty of those who are entrusted with the Gospel to endeavor to make it known among all nation.”  It is said that he burst into tears and responded “Here am I; send me.”  He proclaimed the Gospel in India for 41 years.

He is considered the greatest missionary of the modern world.  He translated and published the Scriptures into forty different languages and successfully worked to ban the practice of burning widows alive when their husbands died.  He is quoted repeatedly, “Expect great things from God.  Attempt great things for God.”  The nation of India was changed because of the obedience of one man.

David Livingstone (1813-1873) embraced Jesus as Savior at age 10.  Shortly thereafter he stated his life purpose.  “It is my desire to show my attachment to the cause of Christ by devoting my life to His service.” His heart was broken by the thought that millions of people were dying without knowing the Gospel.  He was especially burdened for the African continent.  He wrote, “As for me, I am determined to open up Africa or perish.”  He wanted every African to have opportunity to embrace Jesus.  The entire continent was changed as David Livingstone’s explorations and maps and message opened up the interior.

These vignettes were taken from the book: The Daniel Prayer, by Anne Graham Lotz.  There will be more next week.

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The Secret Place

“The secret place is made to hold just one person . . . one person and the glory of God.

The most holy moment, the most secret moment and the most holy of places is the secret place.  It is wherever you make it.

It is where you go to be with Him.  It is a place for just you and the presence of God, no more.  The most holy place only has room for you and Him.

It’s the most important place you can dwell.  For it is there that you’ll:

Find His presence

Hear His voice

See His glory.

His presence, His voice, His glory only reside in the most holy place.  Today’s challenge:   go into the secret place, apart from the world and even the things of Him, away from everything – but His presence.  He will meet you there.

From Jonathan Cahn in The Book of Mysteries

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The Law of Reflection

As a Christmas gift from one of my sons, I received a copy of The Book of Mysteries by Jonathan Cahn.  It is written in daily devotional format.  This is from that source.

“As you do, so it will be done to you.

If you bless others, you will be blessed.  If you withhold blessing, your blessings will be withheld.

If you live by taking, it will, in the end, be taken from you.  If you live a life of giving, it will, in the end, be given to you.

Condemn others, and you will be condemned.

Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.

Live with a closed hand, and His hand will be closed to you.  Live with an open hand and His hand will be opened to you.

What you give will be given back.  What you take will be taken back.

Therefore, live a life of love, of giving, of blessing, of compassion, of an open hand and heart.” 

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God’s Mysterious Ways

Three of us from the office attended the annual Statehouse Prayer Service that is held at noon each January before the state legislators meet for the first governing session of the New Year.  The sixty-minute prayer time includes petitions for various areas of our society:  families, churches, military, emergency personnel and media.  The focus then moves to government with representatives from each of the following areas praying for their specific leadership roles:   local government, courts, House of Representatives, Senate, staff working in the statehouse, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

Around the fringes were less than five protestors holding signs urging passing of the bill which will legalize marijuana.  Sitting behind us, in a motorized wheel chair, was a middle aged man, holding a colorful sign with this message.  When the prayer service ended and we were all preparing to leave, he was heard to say, “I thought this was supposed to be a protest.”

Another example of how God accomplishes His purpose in ways concealed to us!

. . . .Reova

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Deliver Me Jesus . . .

Litany composed by Rafael Cardinal Merry de Val

O Jesus! Meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed, Deliver me, Jesus.  (repeat after each line)

From the desire of being loved,

From the desire of being extolled,

From the desire of being honored,

From the desire of being praised,

From the desire of being preferred to others,

From the desire of being consulted,

From the desire of being approved,

From the fear of being humiliated,

From the fear of being despised,

From the fear of suffering rebukes,

From the fear of being the subject of malicious charges,

From the fear of being forgotten,

From the fear of being ridiculed,

From the fear of being wronged,

From the fear of being suspected,

Deliver me Jesus.

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What is Central to Your Christmas?

As a tradition of many years, the aging nativity was safely in place again under the protection of the porch.  Its size made it visible by day and when lighted by night, it was impossible to not impact the hundreds who daily chose this street as an alternative route through town.

My sister, Becky and her husband Wayne decided to buy rotating Christmas laser lights to shine on the portion of the house not covered by the porch.  After putting the light projector in the ground and viewing how beautiful, and commenting how eye-catching it was, they turned out the light and went to bed.

At 4:00 am Becky was awakened and the Holy Spirit said to her, “If you leave these moving lights up, people who drive by will be captivated and will miss the nativity.”  She and Wayne removed the moving laser lights.

Two personal thoughts:

Thank you, Becky and Wayne for being sensitive and obedient to the voice of God.

Do your neighbors know that the coming of Jesus is the central theme of your Christmas?

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Blessed Mary (Part 2) By Ann Dillon

Blessed Mary, did you shout along with all the crowd,

As they waved their palms about and sang hosannas loud?

Your precious son, so much adored – did you know He was your Lord?

Blessed Mary, did you fear when you heard the cry

That harshly fell upon your ear, “Crucify Him!  Crucify!”

With hatred to the cross they sent your son, beloved and innocent.

Blessed Mary, did you faint or scream or only moan,

As you watched Him hanging there rejected all alone,

Bearing the wrath poured from above, that we might know the Father’s love?

Blessed Mary, did you glow as the rising sun,

When they brought the word to you the victory had been won,

That Christ had risen to proclaim, throughout eternity He’d reign?

Blessed Mary, did you learn, through His glory and His shame,

And in His Spirit’s blessed return, the power of His Name?

For, not in your womb, as in the start, but now He dwells within your heart.

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Blessed Mary

This I am dividing into two parts.  This week is about Christ’s birth and life. Next week will be about His death and resurrection.  This is written, as one poem, by Ann Dillon, a loyal friend of CWM since 2006.

Blessed Mary, did you know when the Angel came

What God had in store for you when he called your name?

Fear, fulfillment, suffering, joy – all came with your baby boy.

Blessed Mary, did you sing as He played about?

Were you hopeful He would be a soldier strong and stout

To free you from the Romans’ cruel and to establish His own rule?

Blessed Mary did you weep when He stayed behind?

Did His reasons, wise and deep, confuse and tease your mind?

What a child He must have been, fully man, yet free from sin.

Blessed Mary, were you proud when He made the wine, when He fed the hungry crowd,

And when He gave the sign of eyes that saw and men that walked to prove He was divine.

Blessed Mary, did you mind, as He walked the roads and hills

And left your family behind to tend to other peoples’ ills?

Your sacrifice and love for Him was greater than mine would have been.

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This is from my childhood.  In fact I think I recited this poem at a Christmas Children’s Program:

 “Ready for Christmas,” she said with a sigh as she gave a last touch to the gifts piled high,

Then wearily sat for a moment to read, till soon, very soon, she was nodding her head.

Then quietly spoke a voice in her dream, “Ready for Christmas”, what do you mean?

Ready for Christmas” when only last week you wouldn’t acknowledge your friend on the street?”

Ready for Christmas” while holding a grudge?

Perhaps you’d better let God be the judge.

She woke with a start and cry of despair, ‘there’s so little time and I’ve still to prepare.’

“Oh, Father, Forgive me, I see what you mean:  To be ready means more than a house swept clean.

Yes, more than the giving of gifts and a tree.

It’s a heart swept clean that He wanted to see.  A heart that is free from bitterness and sin.

So Be Ready for Christmas – and ready for HIM.

Myrtle Haynes

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