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
“House of bread. (1.) A city in the “hill country” of Judah. It” “was originally called Ephrath (Gen. 35:16, 19; 48:7; Ruth 4:11).” “It was also called Beth-lehem Ephratah (Micah 5:2),” “Beth-lehem-judah (1 Sam. 17:12), and “the city of David” (Luke” 2:4). It is first noticed in Scripture as the place where Rachel “died and was buried “by the wayside,” directly to the north of” the city (Gen. 48:7). The valley to the east was the scene of the story of Ruth the Moabitess. There are the fields in which “she gleaned, and the path by which she and Naomi returned to the” “town. Here was David’s birth-place, and here also, in after” “years, he was anointed as king by Samuel (1 Sam. 16:4-13); and” it was from the well of Bethlehem that three of his heroes brought water for him at the risk of their lives when he was in the cave of Adullam (2 Sam. 23:13-17). But it was distinguished “above every other city as the birth-place of “Him whose goings” “forth have been of old” (Matt. 2:6; comp. Micah 5:2). Afterwards” “Herod, “when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men,” sent” “and slew “all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all” “the coasts thereof, from two years old and under” (Matt. 2:16,” 18; Jer. 31:15). “Bethlehem bears the modern name of Beit-Lahm, i.e., “house of “flesh.” It is about 5 miles south of Jerusalem, standing at an” “elevation of about 2,550 feet above the sea, thus 100 feet” higher than Jerusalem. “There is a church still existing, built by Constantine the Great “(A.D. 330), called the “Church of the Nativity,” over a grotto” “or cave called the “holy crypt,” and said to be the “stable” in” which Jesus was born. This is perhaps the oldest existing “Christian church in the world. Close to it is another grotto,” where Jerome the Latin father is said to have spent thirty years of his life in translating the Scriptures into Latin. (See VERSION.) “(2.) A city of Zebulun, mentioned only in Josh. 19:15. Now “Beit-Lahm, a ruined village about 6 miles west-north-west of” Nazareth.
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