You may have seen this guy on a 2 dollar bill. 2nd President and 1st Vice President. Writing in a private letter to his wife, which he likely thought others would never see...
I confess I am not fond of the Presbyterian Meetings in this Town. I had rather go to our Church. We have better sermons, better prayers, better speakers, softer, sweeter musick, and genteeler company.
And I must confess, that the Episcopal Church is quite as disagreeable to my taste as the Presbyterian. They are both Slaves to the Domination of the Priesthood. I like the Congregational way best - next to that, the Independent.
John Adams to Abigail Adams, Oct. 9, 1774; Butterfield, Abigail and John, pp. 78-79. The first Vice President (1789-1797) and second President (1797-1801) of the United States.
Why would a book such as this be mentioned on a Christian missions site? Because Jesus is the Lord of all things. In fact, his church has a political name: Kingdom. Part of his commission was to "teach all things." And yes, he had much to say about national righteousness as well as personal righteousness.
"Benjamin Franklin Morris' book has been out of print for over 100 years. If you can find an original copy, it's only because you have looked in the deep recesses of university libraries where the volume is likely collecting dust on dimly lit library shelves.
Organizations like the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State have done their best to ignore the content of the massive compilation of original source material found in this book. If Americans ever become aware of the facts assembled by the author in this historic encyclopedia of knowledge, arguments for a secular founding of America will turn to dust.
Don't miss out on the fantastic wealth of information this 1000+ page book has in store. Your children and grandchildren are not being taught the truth of history in public school, and this book will correct that travesty! Christian Life and Character could very well be responsible for the rediscovering of the truth of America's foundation in Christianity. This book should be the cornerstone of any personal, professional, church or school library." From Amazon.
How do you get it? A free digital copy can be found at archive.org.
A print copy might be available on ebay or amazon. More likely, a new one can be found at American Vision.
Somewhere in America today, on a street corner or at a water fountain, two devout Christians run into each other. They sigh and discuss the news of the day. There is a long pause... One says to the other: "See, things are worse and worse - He's coming again soon." They nod their heads in agreement.
I have personally witnessed many of these conversations. Conversations which all end in the same way.
Truly, no man knows the day or the hour. Truly, there are passages in Scripture which appear to call for his soon return. The question is: "So, do we just give up and cease to work and pray that His will would be done on earth as it is in heaven. And have we really come to understand the subject of future events?"
I see many Christians who have given up - so I must make this inquiry.
About 3 in 10 U.S. Adults Are Now Religiously Unaffiliated. Self-identified Christians make up 63% of U.S. population in 2021, down from 75% a decade ago.
Therefore let us employ every means and method to reach them. And let those not 'professionally' involved in ministry step up to their task. As it Acts, let those scattered abroad go everywhere preaching the Good News.
Every problem is but an opportunity in disguise. Let's roll!
Once more, he who really has this high estimate of Jesus will think much of him, and as the thoughts are sure to run over at the mouth, he will talk much of him. Do we so? If Jesus is precious to you, you will not be able to keep your good news to yourself; you will be whispering it into your child’s ear; you will be telling it to your husband; you will be earnestly imparting it to your friend; without the charms of eloquence you will be more than eloquent; your heart will speak, and your eyes will flash as you talk of his sweet love. Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor.
Recollect that. You either try to spread abroad the kingdom of Christ, or else you do not love him at all. It cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus and a totally silent tongue about him. Of course I do not mean by that, that those who use the pen are silent: they are not. And those who help others to use the tongue, or spread that which others have written, are doing their part well: but that man who says, “I believe in Jesus,” but does not think enough of Jesus ever to tell another about him, by mouth, or pen, or tract, is an impostor. You are either doing good, or you are not good yourself.
If you know Christ, you are as one that has found honey; thou wilt call others to taste of it; you are like the lepers who found the food which the Syrians had cast away: thou wilt go to Samaria and tell the hungry crowd that thou hast found Jesus, and art anxious that they should find him too. Be wise in your generation and speak of him in fitting ways and at fitting times and so in every place proclaim the fact that Jesus is most precious to your soul.
Charles H. Spurgeon, from the March 1873 Sword and Trowel
Evidences, they are called, have their place in persuading unbelievers. The evidence works hand in hand with the gift of faith. We see this over and over in the words of the apostles.
This joyful puppy is proof of a loving and caring Diety. Only God could create a self-replicating, bouncing companion like this. No one else comes close. God also knew that mankind would be living in a fallen world. So he gave us faithful pets to alleviate the loneliness.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. Romans 1.
Would we not we give special attention to the last words of a friend? What if that friend was someone who had cheated death and rose from the grave? What if the Almighty Creator had given this friend all authority in heaven and in earth? What if this friend promised to accompany us every step of the way?
How will we respond?
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28.
It’s a simple story that can be summarized in just two sentences: Persecution threatened to wipe out Iran’s tiny church. Instead, the Iranian church has become the fastest growing in the world, and it is influencing the region for Christ.
Everyone loves a good story. As Christians, we especially love stories that tell us how, when all seems lost, God makes a way. One such story is about the Iranian church—and it’s one of the greatest stories in the world today. As simple as it is, such an amazing story is worth examining deeper.
The Iranian revolution of 1979 established a hard-line Islamic regime. Over the next two decades, Christians faced increasing opposition and persecution: All missionaries were kicked out, evangelism was outlawed, Bibles in Persian were banned and soon became scarce, and several pastors were killed. The church came under tremendous pressure. Many feared the small Iranian church would soon wither away and die.
But the exact opposite has happened. Despite continued hostility from the late 1970s until now, Iranians have become the Muslim people most open to the gospel in the Middle East.
How did this happen? Two factors have contributed to this openness. First, violence in the name of Islam has caused widespread disillusionment with the regime and led many Iranians to question their beliefs. Second, many Iranian Christians have continued to boldly and faithfully tell others about Christ, in the face of persecution.
As a result, more Iranians have become Christians in the last 20 years than in the previous 13 centuries put together since Islam came to Iran. In 1979, there were an estimated 500 Christians from a Muslim background in Iran. Today, there are hundreds of thousands—some say more than 1 million. Whatever the exact number, many Iranians are turning to Jesus as Lord and Savior.
More from this article which appeared several years ago.
Amazing new STOL (short take-off and landing) aircraft provide access to remote corners of the earth, where eager people await the gospel. Food and medicines, too..
Some models can take off in just a few feet. A long runway is not necessary.
Source: Steve Henry
The most serious error in much of the current 'prophetic' teaching of today is the claim that the future of Christendom is to be read not in terms of revival and victory, but of growing impotence and apostasy, and that the only hope of the world is that the Lord will by His visible coming and reign complete the task which He has so plainly entrusted to the church...
This claim is pessimistic and defeatist. I hold it to be unscriptural. The language of the Great Commission is world-embracing... The duty of the church is to address herself to the achieving of this task in anticipation of her Lord's coming, and not expect Him to call her away to glory before her task in accomplished.
from the Foreword by O.T. Allis in a book entitled Israel and the New Covenant by Roderick Campbell
Psalm 86:9. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name.
David was not a believer in the theory that the world will grow worse and worse and that the dispensation will wind up with general darkness, and idolatry. Earth's sun is to go down amid tenfold night if some of our prophetic brethren are to be believed. Not so do we expect, but we look for day when the dwellers in all lands shall learn righteousness, shall trust in the Saviour, shall worship Thee alone, O God, and shall glorify thy name.
The modern notion has greatly damped the zeal of the church for missions, and the sooner it is shown to be unscriptural the better for the cause of God. It neither consorts with prophecy, honours God, nor inspires the church with ardour. Far hence be it driven!
C.H. Spurgeon, 1869.