Harriet Tubman The “Moses” of Her People

“I always tole God, ‘I’m gwine [going] to hole stiddy on you, an’ you’ve got to see me through.'”

In 1831 a Kentucky slave named Tice Davids made a break for the free state of Ohio by swimming across the Ohio River. His master trailed close behind and watched Davids wade ashore. When he looked again, Davids was nowhere to be found. Davids’s master returned to Kentucky in a rage, exclaiming to his friends that Davids “must have gone off on an underground road.” The name stuck, and the legend of the underground railroad was born. Continue reading

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Catherine Booth The Power of Relentless Spiritual Passion

By Leslie Ludy | June 1, 2014

Not long ago I gave a short exhortation about the importance of keeping prayer and time with God as one of the highest priorities in our lives—even if it means that we must get less sleep or skip certain social and leisure activities in order to do so.  Many responded enthusiastically to this reminder, but some balked.  One woman remarked, “Sometimes we just need to let go of these ‘unrealistic spiritual expectations’ and take a nap!”

This attitude is common in modern Christianity.

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Gladys Aylward The Power of Childlike Faith

Gladys Aylward

The Power of Childlike Faith

God’s dreamers are always impractical—but in the end, some of their dreams come true.
-Amy Carmichael

About seven years ago God gave my husband, Eric, and I the nudge to start a discipleship training college. But the idea was completely impractical. We’d been writing books and speaking for many years and had a well-established ministry, but we certainly didn’t have the resources to purchase an entire college campus. In fact, we didn’t even know of a college campus that was available. We didn’t have a large church or major organization backing us that could help fund large ministry endeavors such as this one. It was just the two of us, and handful of faithful staff members. We knew that many people around the world were longing for Gospel-centered spiritual training. We felt burdened to answer that call. But we were at a loss when it came to making the vision a reality.

Some advisors told us that our dream of starting a discipleship training college would never become a reality—that we weren’t qualified or well-funded enough to tackle something so big and ambitious. Yet no matter what people told us, we continued to feel a strong conviction that it was His desire to establish a discipleship training ministry through us, where eager Christians would be trained to make an eternal impact for the Gospel all around the world. We had no idea where to start or what the first steps should be. So we began to ask God to infuse us with the childlike faith to believe that what He had called us to, He would equip us for. We took our impractical dreams to Him, and asked Him to make them into a real

ity, by the power of His hand.

What happened over the next several years

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Calvary Love

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Love is the identification card of the Christian. From the expression from the Gospel of  John: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:34).

God is agape love

1 John 4:7-9 Dear friends, let us continually love one another, because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born from God and knows God. 8 The person who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent his unique Son into the world so that we might live through him. Continue reading

My Spotless Spouse (1)

Love, Courtship, and Marriage.

By Mrs. C. H Spurgeon.

(“Ah! how little I then thought that my eyes looked on him who was to be my life’s beloved; how little I dreamed of the honour God was preparing for me in the near future! It is a mercy that our lives are not left for us to plan, but that our Father chooses for us; else might we sometimes turn away from our best blessings, and put from us the choicest and loveliest gifts of His providence”)-.Mrs. C. H Spurgeon.

When the family returned from the morning service, varied emotions filled their souls. They had never before heard just such preaching; they were bewildered, and amazed, but they had been fed with royal dainties. They were, however, in much concern for the young preacher himself, who was greatly discouraged by the sight of so many empty pews, and manifestly wished himself back again with his loving people, in his crowded chapel in Cambridgeshire”What can be done?” good Deacon Olney said; “we must get him a better congregation to-night, or we shall lose him!” So, all that Sabbath afternoon, there ensued a determined looking-up of friends and acquaintances, who, by some means or other, were coaxed into giving a promise that they would be at Park Street in the evening to hear the wonderful boy preacher. “And little Susie must come, too,” dear old Mrs. Olney pleaded. I do not think that “little Susie” particularly cared about being present; her ideas of the dignity and propriety of the ministry were rather shocked and upset by the reports which the morning worshippers had brought back concerning the young man’s unconventional outward appearance! However, to please my dear friends, I went with them, and thus was present at the second sermon which my precious husband preached in London. Continue reading

The Diary of Ruth Bryan (1805-1860) for the years 1822 – 1829

 

 

 

“It has been said that hers was emphatically “the life, walk, and triumph of faith.” But be it remembered, that this was not the lesson of a day; before such a blessed life could be attained, self must be brought low. The process was a painful one. Many years of darkness were appointed her, during which time she had to wade through deep waters of heart-exercise, while groaning under the bondage of the law.” – http://womenofchristianity.com/