Doug Phillips on The New vs. The Old in Our New Life with Christ – Kevin DeYoung
Saturday, July 31, 2010
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
If I die here in Glasgow, I shall be eaten by worms; if I can but live and die serving the Lord Jesus, it will make no difference to me whether I am eaten by cannibals or by worms; for in the Great Day my resurrection body will arise as fair as yours in the likeness of our risen Redeemer. - John G. Paton, Missionary to New Hebrides
Thursday, July 22, 2010
This is a well known quote from Hudson Taylor. I get frustrated with the American church and myself as well that we risk so little. The older I get the less I want to risk. Missionary Biographies are great reads for inspiring radical acts of faith. Maybe I need to do a series on Radical Exploits for God! What do you think? But is risk taking really risky?
If we truly believe that God is sovereign, that nothings escapes his care and control then there is really no such thing as risk in the Christian life. I am not encouraging recklessness (that is not an issue for most Christ followers) but I am encouraging us to really believe that because God is sovereign - over history, over economies, over atoms and molecules, over our lives and our very breathe, then there is great freedom to take radical acts of faith!
How could the world be different if you doubled your giving to the cause of Christ? Or if you gave up your job to pursue missions for a year or two? What if all of us sold everything we have not touched in the last year and gave it to a good cause?
One of my children is considering missionary work in Yemen. Yemen of all places! I have had other fathers question me this 'plan.' I think it is awesome and am blessed that I have had a small part in shaping the life of a young Christ follower who understands Jesus' saying, "For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself (Luk 9:24-25). Or 'To live is Christ and to die is gain (Phil 1:21). The safety of each one of my four children are in the hands of God and they could as easily die in Alaska from exposure as they could from the hands of someone hostile to the gospel in Yemen. I would much rather all of them to live reckless lives for the cause of Christ and die early deaths than waste their lives in lukewarm Christianity and waste their lives with passionless living.
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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"Many religions begin by telling men and women what they should do; Christianity begins with what God has done. The shorthand word for this is ‘gospel’, referring not to a set of good instructions or a piece of good advice, but to the good news of what God himself has achieved – for me, for us, for the world – in Christ." - Anthony Billington