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In reading about the life of Amy Carmichael (1867-1951), missionary to India, I came across her perspective on being photographed. It is interesting, to say the least, perhaps convicting. Once while being photographed with a church group, she expressed her thoughts succinctly.
“I wish it were possible to keep from this mode of embalmment, but one can’t without hurting kind feelings and making a fuss.”
Amy always resisted being photographed. She didn't want to be photographically embalmed as she was, for she had the hope of someday being clothed upon with a glorious body like unto Christ's glorious body.
I wonder how this attitude would fare under the selfie generation of today? Many appear to be lovers of their own selves, photographically embalming the...
The words, “think” and “thank” come from the same root word.
There’s a tremendous connection between these two concepts – thankfulness and thoughtfulness.
Spurgeon was right: “We are in a wrong state of mind if we are not in a thankful state of mind.” And almost no one in the world has more reason to be in a thankful state of mind than those who live in the United States of America. Think about it: With all of the negatively there is around us, we Americans can rejoice in the fact that our nation was founded within the context of belief in Almighty God. We can be thankful for the individual freedom we enjoy; freedom that is unprecedented in the history of nations. And, we can be thankful that the freedom we still have is freedom enough to enable us to...
As a young man, I once overheard an older and very much-used man of God make a confession, by way of counsel, to a young preacher. He said, “I have always had a great sense of humor and a knack for story telling and making people laugh. When I was very young, I incorporated too much of this into my preaching. I will never forget the night that the Lord convicted me that I had been, on too many occasions, little more than the devil’s clown when I was in the pulpit."
There are not a few preachers today, both young and old, who apparently have yet to learn what my old friend had learned. Preaching the Word requires the preaching of the Word of God, not telling funny stories. John Henry Jowett, in his book, The Preacher, His Life and Work wrote, “We never...
Note: The account of Jesus’ healing of the ten lepers reminds us that while some people are very conscious of the importance of being thankful for the blessing they have received, others appear to be clueless as to the appropriateness of, and the wisdom in, thanksgiving.
I. THE REASONS FOR A THANKFUL HEART
A. the blessing he had received
Note: v. 15b “And one of them when he saw that he was healed … ”
Note: how often do you think about your “benefits” / blessings? When is the last time you “saw” how good God has been to you? Thanksgiving is a good time to real...