Monday, September 1, 2014

Judas Was a Preacher

This quote is taken from Ray Comfort’s Spurgeon Gold (Bridge-Logos: Alachua, Florida, 2005. Page 10-11). Late Charles H. Spurgeon writes,

“Judas was preacher; nay, he was a foremost preacher. ‘He obtained part of this ministry,’ said the Apostle Peter. He was not simply one of the seventy; he had been selected by the Lord Himself as one of the twelve; and honourable member of the college of the apostles. Doubtless, he had preached the gospel so that many had been gladdened by his voice, and miraculous powers had been vouchsafed to him, so that at his word, the sick had been healed, deaf ears had been opened, and the blind had been made to see. Nay, there is no doubt that he, who could not keep the devil out of himself, had cast devils out of others. Yet how are you fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!

He that was as a prophet in the midst of the people, and speak with the tongue of the learned, whose word and wonders proved that he had been with Jesus and had learned from him – he betrays his Master. Understand, my brethren, that no gifts can ensure grace, and that no position of honour or usefulness in the Church will necessarily prove our being true to our Lord and Master. Doubtless, there are bishops in Hell, and crowds of those who once occupied the pulpits are now condemned forever to bewail their hypocrisy. You that are Church-officers do not conclude that because you enjoy the confidence of the Church, therefore there is an absolute certainty the grace of God in you.

Perhaps it is the most dangerous of all positions for a man to become well known and much respected by religious world, and yet to be rotten to the core. To be where others can observe our faults is a healthy thing, though painful; but to live with beloved friends who would not believe it possible for us to do wrong, and who, if they saw us err, would make excuses for us – this is to be where it is next to impossible for us ever to be aroused if our hearts be not right with God. To have a fair reputation and a false heart is to stand upon the brink of Hell.”

This is scary, yet it is the truth. Amen.

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

This is Where We are Most Unjust to the Poor - We Don't Know Them!

On Our Life of Service and Evangelization, Mother Teresa writes:

“Sometime ago a man came to our house and said: ‘Mother, there is a Hindu family that has eight children. They have not eaten for a long time. Do something for them.’ So I took some rice and went. When I arrived at their house, I could see the hunger in the children’s eyes. Their eyes were shining with hunger. I gave the rice to the mother. She took it and divided it into two, and she went out. When she came back, I asked her, ‘Where did you go?’ she said, ‘They are hungry too.’ Her neighbors were also hungry. What struck me most was not that she gave the rice but she knew they were hungry. Because she knew, she shared. I did not bring more rice that night. I waited until the next morning so that they could experience the joy of sharing and loving.

Love, to be true, has to hurt, and this woman who was hungry – she knew that her neighbor was also hungry. That family happened to be a Mohammedan family. It was so touching, so real. This is where we are most unjust to our poor – we don’t know them. We don’t know how great they are, how loveable, how hungry for that understanding love. Today God loves the world through you and through me. Are we that love and that compassion? God proves that Christ loves us – that He has come to be his Father’s compassion. Today God loves the world through you and through me and through all those who are his love and compassion in the world.” And I [Richard] say, Amen.
[Quote from Mother Teresa: Contemplative at the Heart of the World. Page 118-119]

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Faith Secures, Doubt Shut the Doors

I know that this might never happen, but what if our government high official says, “Come graduates, go to our nearby PTPTN office on Saturday between 10am to 1pm, we will cancel your entire education loan!” How would you respond? Unbelievable, right? I think so. But here is true story: I read that Lord Congleton of Dublin once devised a clever plan for teaching his tenants how faith secures forgiveness of sins, while unbelief shuts one out from the benefits of the Gospel. Many who owed him several years’ rent were expecting severe action in the court. Instead, he posted a notice promising remission of back dues to any who would meet him on a certain day before twelve noon. One the designated day, he sat in his office waiting their response. They crowded the street, whispering and talking, but not one of them entered the open door. Just a few minutes before twelve o’clock, a tenant who had been delayed came running in to ask for his receipt.

Do you really expect to be forgiven for your debt?” ask Lord Congleton.
Yes sir, because you faithfully promised it.”
“And do you believe me?”
“Yes, I do, because you would not be the kind to deceive a person.”
“But are you a good and industrious man?” the landlord inquired.
The notice said nothing about that, sir.”
“So you just believed what I said and have come for your receipt?”
“Indeed, I have.”

Lord Congleton wrote “paid in full” on his bill and handed it to him. Just as the hour struck, the happy fellow ran out of the house waving the release crying, “I’ve got it! I’m a free man!” The others milling in the street rushed to the house, but the door was shut! One man had believed, and he alone received the benefits.

Doubt sees the obstacles –
Faith sees the way!
Doubt sees the darkest night –
Faith sees the day!
Doubt dreads to take a step –
Faith soars on high!
Doubt questions, ‘Who believes?’
Faith answers, ‘I.’

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