Category Pressing Issues

The Exchanged Life

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A Letter from Hudson Taylor (out in China with the Mission he Founded) to his Sister Amelia in England

(slightly adjusted to modern English, with Bible references added).

Chinkiang, October 17th, 1869.

My Dear Sister,

So many thanks for your long letter… I do not think you have written me such a letter since we have been in China. I know it is with youimage005 as with me — it is not that you will not, rather that you cannot. Mind and body will not bear more than a certain amount of strain, or do more than a certain amount of work. As to work, mine was never so plentiful, so responsible, or so difficult; but the weight and strain are all gone. The last month or more has been, perhaps, the happiest of my life and I long to tell you a little of what the Lord has done for my soul...

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But How?

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by David Tryon

“To will is present with me;
but how to perform that which is good I find not”
(Romans 7:18).

This is the cry from the heart of many a disappointed, defeated, disheartened, and troubled Christian. The beginning of the Christian pathway was so bright. He looks back to the time when he received the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. He rejoiced in the joy of knowing that his sins were forgiven; a great burden was lifted from his heart; he was filled with love for his newly-found Savior. It seemed then that he would never want to sin again, that nothing could be simpler than to live always in the power of this new joy. But this did not last...

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The Vine and the Branches

A testimony:

“About two years after I had begun my Christian life I was trying very hard to do all the things which preachers said I was meant to do. But nothing seemed to be working, and although I knew God had forgiven me, I was thoroughly frustrated and miserable. At that point someone gave me a little booklet by David Tryon called The Vine and the Branches, and within a few hours I was relaxed and again trusting God to work in and through me.”

Robert Brow.

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by  David Tryon

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There are many Christians, struggling to live the Christian life, who have never discovered where the strength to live that life is to be found...

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Vast Oil Crisis Just Ahead!

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“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten girls who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. The foolish girls brought their lamps, but they took no extra oil. The wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. But the bridegroom delayed, and so they all dozed off to sleep.

“At midnight there was a shout, ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out and meet him!’ Then all those girls woke up and got their lamps ready.

“But the foolish ones asked the wise,

‘Give us some of your oil. Our lamps are going out.’

“The wise girls answered, ‘There will never be enough for us and for you. Better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’

“While they were away buying it, the bridegroom came, and the girls who were read...

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THOU, THEE, THY – The Language of the Holy Spirit?

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The Language of the Holy Spirit ??

 Jim van Heiningen

It happened at an international airport.

Hundreds of travelers were milling about, while many others quietly waited to board their flights. With several races in evidence, it was obvious that not all were fluent English speakers; the kind of spectacle any “fisher of men” relishes.

So when I suddenly noticed what looked like a tract, left by someone on a seat, it warmed my heart. It turned out to be a beautiful tract with an inviting title. How wonderful; someone busy on the King’s business was meaning business!

I picked it up and started reading. Good stuff! Much money expended on its production! Much love and probably prayer, poured into it!

And yet…!

Something didn’t click...

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