Jim Elliot, who died as a martyr on the beaches of Ecuador (58 years ago today), to his parents when he told them he was going:
“I do not wonder that you were saddened at the word of my going to South America. This is nothing else than what the Lord Jesus warned us of when He told the disciples that they must become so infatuated with the kingdom and following Him that all other allegiances must become as though they were not. And he never excluded the family tie. In fact, those loves which we regard as closest, He told us must become as hate in comparison with our desires to uphold His cause. Grieve not, then, if your sons seem to desert you, but rejoice, rather, seeing the will of God done gladly. Remember how the Psalmist described children? He said that they were as an heritage from the Lord, and that every man should be happy who had his quiver full of them. And what is a quiver full of but arrows? And what are arrows for but to shoot? So, with the strong arms of prayer, draw the bowstring back and let the arrows fly–all of them, straight at the Enemy’s hosts.
‘Give of thy sons to bear the message glorious, Give of thy wealth to speed them on their way, Pour out thy soul for them in prayer victorious, And all thou spendest Jesus will repay.’”
Updates to the blog coming soon. Needing to revive this thing.
I will begin posting again sometime in January.
Until then – enjoy the rest of 2013!
A short documentary about the impact that the words and actions of a father have on his children.
For more information, visit TheFatherEffect.com.
Interact: How has the absence of a father affected your life? What are some negative/positive things that have come from that? If your father was/is present in your life, how has that affected you?
THE END OF CHURCH DISCIPLINE IS EVANGELISM: “The end of church discipline is not harshness; it’s evangelism.” An article worth reading by Michael Kelley about the end result of church discipline. Click the link to check it out!
WHEN TO SHARE AND WHEN TO CONSUME: “When we pour into others and share what we have learned, our first response afterwards should be to fill ourselves up again with new knowledge.” Adam Smith challenges us to consume for personal growth, but also to let that growth compel you to share what you have consumed.
STUPID, CRAZY FAITH: “[A]nyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Ben Reed shares an inspirational conversation with his four-year-old son and encourages us to have the faith of a child instead of that of an adult.
SPRING IS IN THE AIR (ULTRA HD): “This video was filmed and edited at 4K (4096×2304) resolution, four times greater than regular 1080p HD.” Wow! You’ve gotta check out this amazing quality!
NOT FOR A MOMENT: “In the middle of it all when I thought you were a million miles away, not for a moment did you forsake me.” This song session highlighted the song “Not For A Moment” by Vertical Church Band. Let this song serve as a reminder to you today that God never forsakes us. He is always faithful even when we are not.
“Our joy in God is bound up with our trust in God. The two cannot be separated — not ever. Trust is the backbone of joy. And joy is the outflow of trust in One who is fully Trustworthy.”
– Tony Reinke