A man is three things

A man is three things. … He is a body to act, a mind to think, a spirit to feel. —André Norton, Witch World

Is the spirit for feeling? Is it not rather for relating to God? Or perhaps for spirit we should read heart (or as the ancients considered it, the entrails or the kidneys), and consider a fourth: the soul to love God.

Jerry Hill: sending nationals to train in the US

We haven’t learned this lesson yet. Actually, it’s ignored. There are unspiritual interests behind this practice that continue to harm the church.

By that time, we had heard of others who had been sent to the U. S. to study who would not go back home. We began thinking that it was not a good idea to educate our converts in the U. S. For one thing, you lose all they could have contributed to the local work during the time they were gone. Too, the local studies would be tailored to local needs, while in a foreign college, the foreign curriculum would be followed. And if they didn’t come back at all? Or if they came back with an attitude? No, we thought the church would be better off if we taught them ourselves.

Jerry Hill shared a negative experience that convinced them of this.

Promises free and sure

The promises made to faith are so free and sure; the invitations and encouragements so strong; the mighty power of God on which it may count is so near and free,—that it can only be something that hinders faith that hinders the blessing being ours.

Andrew Murray