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September 2011

     Years ago, the communist government in China commissioned an author to write a biography of missionary Hudson Taylor, with the purpose of distorting the facts and presenting him in a bad light.  They wanted to discredit the name of this consecrated missionary of the gospel.  As the author was doing his research, he was increasingly impressed by Taylor's saintly character and godly life, and he found it extremely difficult to carry out his assigned task with a clear conscience. Eventually, at the risk of losing his life, he laid aside his pen, renounced his atheisem, and received Jesus as his personal Savior.  

     Whether we realize it or not, our example leaves an impression on others.  God's word reminds us in Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."  May our lights so shine that others will see Jesus in each of us, every day!!! God Bless.

In Christ,



December 2009

     As we celebrate Christmas 2009 and say good-bye to 2009, I would like us to go back in time to the year 1809.  1809 was a year also marked by uncertainty and war.  In 1809, the international scene was turbulent.  Napoleon was sweeping through Austria; blood was flowing freely.   No one seemed to care about babies.  However, the world was overlooking some very significant births. 

     For example, William Gladstone was born that year.  He was destined to become one England's finest statesmen.  That same year, Alfred Tyson was born to an obscure minister and his wife.  The child would one day greatly affect the literary world in a marked manner.  On the American continent, Oliver Wendall Holmes was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  Not far away in Boston, Edgar Allan Poe began his eventful, but tragic life.  That same year produced the cries of a newborn infant in a rugged log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky.  The baby's name was Abraham Lincoln.  Lewis Braille was also born that year.  Blind from the age of three, Braille went onto develop the Braille system that has been a life-line to many blind people today.  Enshrined in popular mythology, even in his own lifetime; Kit Carson, a trapper, scout, Indian agent, soldier and authentic legend of the West, was born on Christmas Eve of 1809.

     If there had been news broadcast at that time, I'm certain these words would have been heard:  " The destiny of the world is being shaped on an Austrian battlefield today."  But, history was actually being shaped in the cradles of England and America.  Similarly, everyone thought taxation was the big news when Jesus was born, but a young Jewish woman cradled the biggest news of all:  The birth of the Savior.  Isaiah 9:6 tells us, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace."  Think on these things this Christmas.  

Merry Christmas & God Bless,





November 2009

     I read something the other day that I felt was appropriate to consider for Thanksgiving.  It deals with what we consider precious.  The word precious means:  Of great price, costly, valuable, very dear, highly esteemed, expensive.  People and things are said to be precious to us; yet, how much more precious to us should things of a spiritual nature be?  Peter loved to use the word, "precious" in his epistles.  Let's take a look at Peter's precious treasures.

1.  Precious Trials - That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perishes. (I Peter 1:7)

2.  Precious Blood - Redeemed...with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.  (I Pet. 1:18, 19 )

3.  Precious Corner Stone - To whom coming, as unto a living stone...chosen of God, and precious...a chief corner stone, elect, precious. (I Peter 2:4,6)

4.  Precious Lord - Unto you therefore which believe, He is precious. (I Peter 2:7)

5.  Precious Faith - To them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness God and our Savior Jesus Christ.  (II Peter 1:1)

6.  Precious Promises - Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises:  that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having excaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (II Peter 1:4)

7.  Precious Death - Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints  (Psalm 116:15)  This last verse is not from Peter, but should be included in the list of God's precious things, serving as it does, as the final evaluation of the things of this life.  It is a precious, comforting thought to know that "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. (II Corinthians 5:8)

      This Thanksgiving let's think about what's precious to us.  God Bless.

In Christ,




October 2009

There was an interesting story in  Our Daily Bread on August 1995 (p.7).  The story reminded me of the temptation and pitfalls of looking back.  On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister became the first man in history to run a mile in less than 4 minutes.  Within 2 months, John Landy eclipsed the record by 1.4 seconds.  On August 7, 1954, the two met together for a historic race.  As they moved into the last lap, Landy held the lead.  It looked as if he would win, but as he neared the finish he was haunted by the question, "Where is Bannister?"  As he turned to look, Bannister took the lead.  Landy later told aTime magazine reporter, "If I hadn't looked back,  I would have won!"  One descriptive picture of the Christian life in the Bible is of an athlete competing in a race.  I Corinthians 9:24-27 tells us that discipline is the key to winning.  In Hebrews 12:1-2, we are encouraged to lay aside anything that might hinder our spiritual advancement and to stay focused on Christ.  And in Philippians 3:12-13, the apostle Paul said,  "I press on,...forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead."

I pray that we will ask God to give us peace and endurance as we run the race of life; that we will not wallow in past failures, nor brag on past accomplishments but simply be disciplined and shun sinful ways.   May we fix our eyes on the author and finisher of our faith, Jesus Christ. 

In Christ, Thomas





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