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This came to me as anonymous, which is most probably is not, the author’s name having dropped out somewhere along the way. If you know you wrote it, please let me know and provide a link. I almost never repost things without an author’s name. This is one of those rare moments.

Count your gains instead of your losses,
Count your joys instead of your woes,
Count your friends instead of your foes,
Count your courage instead of your fears,
Count your health instead of your wealth,
Count on God instead of yourself.

All obey

A good prayer, if one understands the truth of the gospel:

O God and Father of all, whom the whole heavens adore: Let the whole earth also worship you, all nations obey you, all tongues confess and bless you, and men and women everywhere love you and serve you in peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Prayer

A lifetime to learn

“Job came to the same conclusion that all of God’s mature followers learn: God is great, and we are weak. Sometimes this lesson takes a lifetime to learn. Only then can God’s followers be used and blessed by Him in ways they never dreamed.”

—Sherry Kughn, Heart Tree for Empty Nesters, 138

Ironic history

“For Miller, history was fundamentally ironic. Victory and achievement produce disappointment and disaster; progress results from causes other than one’s own intentions; and no advance is finally secure since all growth contains within it the seeds of a new and possibly more catastrophic decline. As the historian Henry May once summarized, “His works on Puritanism all illustrate the slogan that nothing fails like success.”

Abram Van Engen

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

Study the inspired writings

When one disobeys God, he has done foolishly, because in the long run he will only hurt himself. God’s commands are not arbitrary, but are uttered with man’s best interests in mind. Although Samuel instructed Saul to wait seven days since Samuel was Yahweh’s prophet, it was the commandment of the Lord. God usually revealed his will through his inspired messengers, rather than through some direct, awe-inspiring method, in both OT and NT times. If one wishes to know his will, he should study the inspired writings which these messengers have left (cf. Eph. 3:3-4; 2 Tim. 2:2; 3:14-17).

—J.T. Willis, First and Second Samuel, 138.