I personally believe that the success of any missionary endeavor can be measured by the degree that nationals on any mission field are themselves fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. For this goal of
Our present-day culture can be described as a comfort-at-any-cost society. In this environment, things such as affliction, pain, persecution, and other forms of suffering are viewed as obstacles and enemies. Missionaries are not immune from
Millions of professing Christians waiver, when confronted with the need to follow Christ whole-heartedly. Millions more excuse themselves by saying, “I am thinking about it. Perhaps one day I will decide.” The latter group is
“Not found in the Old Testament, but repeatedly in the New. The” Mosaic legislation (Lev. 25:35; Deut. 15:7) tended to promote a “spirit of charity, and to prevent the occurrence of destitution” “among the people. Such passages as these, Ps. 41:1; 112:9; Prov.” “14:31; Isa. 10:2; Amos 2:7; Jer. 5:28; Ezek. 22:29, would also” naturally foster the same benevolent spirit. “In the time of our Lord begging was common (Mark 10:46; Acts 3:2). The Pharisees were very ostentatious in their almsgivings (Matt. 6:2). The spirit by which the Christian ought to be actuated in this duty is set forth in 1 John 3:17. A regard to the state of the poor and needy is enjoined as a Christian duty “(Luke 3:11; 6:30; Matt. 6:1; Acts 9:36; 10:2, 4), a duty which” was not neglected by the early Christians (Luke 14:13; Acts 20:35; Gal. 2:10; Rom. 15:25-27; 1 Cor. 16:1-4). They cared not “only for the poor among themselves, but contributed also to the” necessities of those at a distance (Acts 11:29; 24:17; 2 Cor. 9:12). Our Lord and his attendants showed an example also in this (John 13:29). “In modern times the “poor-laws” have introduced an element which modifies considerably the form in which we may discharge this Christian duty.
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