Missions

Five things a Christian in China has to be ready to do:

  1. Pray no matter the circumstances, in all situations
  2. Speak the Gospel
  3. Suffer for the name of Christ
  4. Die for Christ
  5. Escape (Matt. 10:23 ‘flee unto another’ place)

C.T. Studd said:

“Some want to live within the sound of a church or chapel bell; I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell.”

C. T Studd  (1860-1931) As a British Protestant Christian missionary to China he was part of the Cambridge Seven, and later was responsible for setting up the Heart of Africa Mission which became the Worldwide Evangelisation Crusade (now WEC International).

C.T. Studd Quotes

“Some want to live within the sound
Of church or chapel bell;
I want to run a rescue shop,
Within a yard of hell.”
― C.T. Studd

“Only one life, ’twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.”
― C.T. Studd

“If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.”
― C.T. Studd

“Let us not glide through this world and then slip quietly into heaven, without having blown the trumpet loud and long for our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Let us see to it that the devil will hold a thanksgiving service in hell, when he gets the news of our departure from the field of battle.”
― C.T. Studd

“The light that shines farthest shines brightest nearest home.”
― C.T. Studd

“Some wish to live within the sound of church and chapel bell. I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of hell!”
― C.T. Studd

“The “romance” of a missionary is often made up of monotony and drudgery; there often is no glamour in it; it doesn’t stir a man’s spirit or blood. So don’t come out to be a missionary as an experiment; it is useless and dangerous. Only come if you feel you would rather die than not come. Don’t come if you want to make a great name or want to live long. Come if you feel there is no greater honor, after living for Christ, than to die for Him.”
― C.T. Studd

“True religion is like the smallpox. If you get it, you give it to others and it spreads.”
― C.T. Studd

“God’s real people have always been called fanatics.”
― Studd, C. T. (Charles Thomas), The Chocolate Soldier Or, Heroism-The Lost Chord of Christianity

“WE ARE FRITTERING AWAY TIME AND MONEY IN A MULTIPLICITY OF CONVENTIONS, conferences, and retreats, when the real need is to go straight and full steam into battle, with the signal for “close action” flying.”
― Studd, C. T. (Charles Thomas),

Your Role as a Parent

“Dear Strangers: Please Stop Contradicting the Role of a Parent”  (adapted)

They say it takes a village to raise a kid — and while that might be true — it takes only two people to decide HOW that child should be raised.

The other day my three-year-old and I are waiting in the check-out line at a grocery store. It just so happened to be one of those days where my son is full of some serious “Toddler ‘Tude” with me and pretty much everyone and everything he comes into contact with.

For better or for worse, my parenting style has generally been to completely ignore his tantrums because I know he’s just looking for attention.

If he crosses the line, Mean Mama Bear comes out to pointedly tell him if he doesn’t cut the crap we’re leaving, and there will be punishment. (The good news is, he usually takes me seriously, so I haven’t had to figure out what exactly that punishment is yet).

The point is, I don’t take attitude from anyone, let alone a kid that weighs 30 pounds and stands 2 feet off the ground.

Anyway, my toddler is having a tantrum because he wants the cashier to give him some crayons and paper (a treat they sometimes do with little kids at certain grocery chains). The woman goes to get him these items and I stop her.

Me: “Uh-uh. I really appreciate it, but he won’t be getting ANYTHING when he behaves like that.”

The Cashier: “It’s ok! He can have them. I really don’t mind.”

Me: “No, it’s NOT ok. He’s acting like a spoiled brat and he doesn’t deserve your gift. Thank you again, though.”

She looked confused and slightly annoyed, and part of me wanted to sit her down and gently explain why what she did was an issue – something that I wish I could explain to EVERYONE my son and I come into contact with, but I simply don’t have the time. So, I’m going to explain it here and hope it resonates with most – whether they have kids or not.

Simply put, I’m trying to raise my kid not to expect things just because he asks for them. I’m trying the teach him that acting out, crying, screaming, and having tantrums is a guaranteed way to ensure you definitely aren’t getting whatever it is you’re demanding. I’m trying to teach him that good behavior is rewarded and bad behavior results in the exact opposite.

The reason kids become adults who are spoiled, privileged, and inconsiderate is because neither their parents nor society took the time to explain to them that nobody OWES them anything, particularly if their actions or words are demanding, disparaging, or rude.

Yes, giving in to your kid’s tantrums (particularly when you’re in public) is significantly easier and less stressful in the short term. But in the long-term, it will prove to be a straight-up nightmare.

So, my public service announcement to all of society is this: please don’t go against a parent’s wishes. I realize it might be awkward for you and you’re just trying to be nice and do the right thing. But you’re not. When a parent point-blank says their child cannot do something or have something, there is probably a legitimate reason for it. When you say things like “it’s ok” or “I don’t mind”, what you’re REALLY doing is contradicting a parent’s authority and that, in turn, sends a confusing message to the child. If you find yourselves inadvertently being interjected in these awkward interactions, just graciously smile at the kid and say, “I think your mom (or dad) knows what’s best.”

Truly, 95% of parents will appreciate you for doing this. It reinforces their decision and authority and often alleviates further conflict between the child and parent.

(Adapted: Posted by: Mcclain W. in Family Focus, Mom Talk)

Suffering

Elisabeth Elliot said… Jan 8th 1956:
“When I sat by my short wave radio and learned that my husband was missing,
the Lord brought to mind what the prophet Isaiah (43:2) said …
‘when thou passest through the waters I will be with thee’ “.

“Suffering is the irreplaceable medium
through which I learned the indispensable truth that
He is LORD.”

She was soon to learn that her husband Jim Elliot was one of 5 men who were speared to death trying to give the Gospel to a tribe of Indians in Ecuador.

Jim Elliot, Martyred for Jesus Christ in 1956

 The following are excerpts from the Journal of Jim Elliot:

 Introduction:

Psalm 42

11 Chron. 15:8…repair the altar of the Lord;   verse 12:  “seek the Lord…with all your heart…”;  verse 15;  “sought Him with their whole desire”, and “He was found by them.  And the Lord gave them rest…”.

Psalm 57:7   “My heart is fixed”;   verse 11: “Be Thou exhaulted…”

Psalm 63   (Verse 7 …“rejoicing in the shadow of His wings.)

Psalm 37

 Jim Elliot:

Committed myself to God….a sacrifice as Isaac…Accept me…

Anything else….if He should consume it…not laying a hand on it to retrieve it for myself.  If Thou should call me to resign what most I prize, it never was mine. I only yield what was Thine.   Thy will be done.         (Joshua 5 & 6)

Devoted things to God as a burnt offering….

Fix my heart wholly Lord to follow Thee….in no detail to touch what is not mine.

The cross is final.

His withholding has served to intensify my desire for Him.  The hungrier one is, the greater the appreciation for food.  He has given me a hunger for Him.  He Only…. promises water to the thirsty….satiation to the “unsatisfied” (not dissatisfied), filling those famished for righteousness.  He has, by concealing Himself, longings that can only be satisfied when Psalm 17:15 is realized.

He holds us from each other, that He might draw us to Himself. Draw me, Lord.

Isa.8:17

11 Chron.20:12b … “Our eyes are upon Thee.”  I will run after Thee.   I seek His will only…alone.

“Lord, saturate me with the oil of the Spirit that I may be a flame for Thee.”

( “Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God.” …Amy Carmichael)

The “rest” of faith…is fact, especially the resurrection of Christ.

 If our faith rests on things we hope God is going to do for us temporarily in this world only, that kind of faith is bound to be shaken.

 Even flowers need to be in the dark…apart from light for a time.

Jim’s Covenant  with God:

….glorify Himself to the uttermost in me …or

….slay me

By His grace I shall not have His second best.

He heard me…a life of sacrificial Sonship.

 He cannot fail me.

Trust Him…He will not lead His child into situations he cannot bear…he becomes our “way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

 I must bear “spirit-fruit” where I am.  Do I expect Him to change this…….?  This is my opportunity designed by a sovereign God for me to bear fruit for Him.

 Conclusion:

 What is it in my life   ….for which I cannot trust Him?   ….for which I am not trusting Him?

(Excerpt from the hymn…. “All for Jesus”)

“Oh, what wonder! How amazing!

 Jesus, glorious King of Kings,

 Deigns to call me His beloved,

 Lets me rest beneath His wings.”        (Excerpt from “All for Jesus”)

Suffering and Trials:

 

         Victoria Falls:

Victoria Falls (or Mosi-oa-Tunya) is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. David Livingstone, the Scottish missionary and explorer, is believed to have been the first European to view Victoria Falls on 16 November 1855 from what is now known as Livingstone Island, one of two land masses in the middle of the river, immediately upstream from the falls on the Zambian side. Livingstone named his discovery in honour of Queen Victoria, but the indigenous name, Mosi-oa-Tunya—”the smoke that thunders”—continues in common usage as well.

 Victoria Falls is the largest falls in the world.  It is a mile wide and there is 1000 ft. drop.  It also has the world’s largest rapids. In classifying these rapids, they are a “7 & 8”, which by comparison, in the USA, a “5” is the legal rapid on which to raft.

 A man, donning his life jacket, was preparing to attempt to raft these rapids when he was told:

“When the raft flips (not if it flips…but when), do not go to the calm waters on the side of the river.  You will be tempted to do so ….but do not.  Lurking in the calm, still, stagnant waters are alligators. They are waiting for you to come there.  Stay in the rapid white water.  The rapid white water is where safety is.”

 In life we are tempted to try to go to the place where things are not in such turmoil and the tempest is not raging.  But the Lord has designed the white water for our good and His Glory.  That is where He is growing us, showing us Himself, and proving Himself to be faithful.

 Sometimes in our lives when there is calm, we get lax, let our guard down, and become victim to the things in life that cause destruction.  We can be tempted to trust in our own strength and wisdom, thinking we are doing OK.  We do not grow in the calm as much as when we have something thrusting us into the very arms of Jesus.

 C. H. Spurgeon said…

“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages.”

 Phil. 1:27-30a :

 “Only let your conversation (conduct) be as it becometh the gospel of Christ, that …I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel; and in nothing terrified by your adversaries, which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake….”

 Verse 28: the word “terrified” is referring to a horse that panics in battle (fear in battle that leads to disastrous results)….. scared, and ready to bolt.

Don’t bolt…stay the course…stay in the “white water rapids”:

  • they are by God’s design
  • to draw us to Himself (“be found in Him”…Phil. 3:9)
  • in a closer walk with Him
  • a greater manifestation of Christ in our life
  • to a greater (deeper) belief (trust) in Him
  • through this “suffering” for His sake, He is magnified
  • experience his everlasting arms around us
  • penetrated with His everlasting love (Jere.31:3)
  • saturated with Him in strength
  • fulfilled in His purpose
  • sensing His perspective on the eternal
  • strengthened in spirit by his victory in us and through us
  • ….and knowing in the depths of our soul that… He Is Enough…!!!!

 

The result is that ….

-the things of earth become strangely dim…

-our sight becomes fixed on Jesus….

-we sense what it means to be “crucified with Christ” (Gal. 2:20)

-we get a glimpse of the “fellowship of His suffering” (Phil. 3:10)

-we see and know the “power of the resurrection” in our lives (Phil. 3:10)

-we see the Crucified with enhanced spirit vision….

 11 Tim. 3:12 – 14

“Yea, and all that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.  But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of Whom thou hast learned them.”

1 Peter 4:12 – 13

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you, but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings, that, when His glory  shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”

Elisabeth Elliot says…”Think of your pain, trial, troubles as a challis, to be held up and offered up to the Lord, even in the midst of your suffering…stop what you are doing and offer it up as an act of worship……..anything offered up to God  becomes a gateway to joy.”

What is worship…is it not giving back to Him what is already His?  …ourselves?  our money?

Our praise and adoration already belongs to Him…He is worthy of all of it.

Should we not offer up the trial that He gives us?  The situation is His; it is of His doing;

All things are from His hand (Colos. 1:15-18).  Can we trust that nail-pierced hand?

When we lay it at His feet, are we not worshiping Him in all things?

What work is that doing in our heart…is it not saying to Him exactly what Christ said to Him in the garden of Gethsemane?

 “ Father…  not my will, but Thine be done.” (Luke 22:42)

 Did the Father suffer with Christ in the garden, and on Calvary?

(He suffers with us, as we suffer for Him.)

 Was the Father touched with that suffering?

 He is “touched with the feeling of our infirmities”…

Does he care how we feel?  Yes, offer that up to Him as an act of worship.

He suffers with us (Hebr. 4:13-16) (I Peter 5:7)

It is Ok to say …”Lord, you know I do not want to do this, but I will do it for you.”

Then offer it up to Him in an act of worship.  Make daily things an offering up in worship.

 Here are some results of suffering (which is a gift of His grace), and points to the reality that you are genuinely His:

  1. It strengthens the testimony of the one that endures.
  2. Weeds out superficial beliefs/believers.
  3. Crushes our pride (suffer shame for His name).
  4. Adds to our future rewards
  5. Weans us from self-sufficiency and self-promotion
  6. Informs us we are not in control
  7. Causes us to worship God with purified motives
  8. We stop asking for temporal trivial things.

 Acts 5: 40-41…”beaten…rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for His name.”

Calvary Love:

Calvary Love:

What is Calvary all about…..  Jesus showed us Calvary Love:

…Jesus is God

…Gave up heaven

…Voluntarily took on human flesh

…Limited himself in a fleshly body

…Chose to obey his parents

…Set his face toward Jerusalem

…Garden of Gethsemane decision

…The cross of Calvary

 Amy Carmichael talks about Calvary love….

What are some characteristics of Calvary love?

  1. Humble (James 4:6,10)
  2. self-less…..self-sacrificial (1 Peter 2:15-25)
  3. not feelings oriented  (Hebr. 10:22-25)
  4. focused on others  (Phil. 2:1-4)
  5. focused on a higher plan  (different plan / a greater plan) (Luke 22:42)
  6. dependent on a higher power  (Hebr. 12:1-2;  Rom. 12:1-2)
  7. willing to be used for a higher purpose  (Acts 20:24)

What did that mean in Amy’s life?      And what does it mean in our lives?

(”Grace in rivers is required for this, day by day…”)

Amy Carmichael’s Dohnavur Fellowship:

 

My Vow:

 Whatsoever Thou sayest unto me, by Thy grace,

I will do it.

My Constraint:

Thy love, oh Christ, My Lord.

My Confidence:

Thou art able to keep that which I have committed unto Thee.

My Joy:

To do thy will, Oh God.

My Discipline:

That which I would not choose, but which Thy love appoints.

My Prayer:

Conform my will to Thine.

My Motto:

Love to live, and live to love.

My Portion:

The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance.

 Teach us, good Lord, to serve Thee as Thou deserves;

To give and not count the cost;

To fight and not to heed the wounds;

To toil and not to seek for rest;

To labor and not to ask for any reward

save that of knowing that we do thy will,

Oh Lord our God.

 

(A Chance to Die, by Elisabeth Elliot, p241-242

Quote from Amy Carmichael)

Amy Carmichael’s Aim for Her Ministry in India:

  To lead children out of themselves and into the service of others,

“untarnished by earthly thoughts”.

            This meant that Dohnavur workers must be “of one mind” about at least

eight things:

  • following the Crucified  (John 15:18; I John 3:13)
  • loyalty towards one another  (“speak to not about or of”)
  • continuing to be a family, not an institution (Phil. 1:27)
  • being on guard against foes of keenness and spiritual joy  (John :15:11)
  • counting it an honor if they were made a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men
  • asking the Lord to mark His Cross on natural choices (What are natural choices?)
  • unreserved renunciation of everything human beings generally love, and desire for what the Lord Jesus Christ loved.  (die to self)
  • willingness to be “set at nought” (Rev. 4:8-11)

Truth, loyalty, and honor were put first.

“A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in little things is a very great thing.”

“The great reward was to be trusted with harder, more responsible work.”

 I Cor.1:10…”be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement.”    “Of one mind” need not mean identity of opinion.

The “gold cord” which held the family together was love.

 In this love, three things that she felt they needed to be bound together:

  • the verbal inspiration of scripture ( 11 Tim. 3:16)
  • the power of God to deal with His enemy  (11 Tim. 4:18;  1 John 4:4)
  • loyalty to one another  (James 4:7;  Phil. 2:1-4)

 Her goals then were:

  • to save the children in moral danger
  • to train them to serve others
  • to minister to the desolate and the suffering
  • to do anything that may be shown to be the will of our Heavenly Father, in order to make His love known, especially to the people of India.  (An example of this is that they did not eat beef.  They ate chicken, pork, fish, etc. but not beef, so as not to offend the ones they were trying to win for Christ.)