Archive for December 2014

Deaf to All Other Calls

December 31, 2014

John R. Mott was once offered the post of Ambassador of the United States to Japan. In declining the honor, he said to President Coolidge, “Mr. President, since God called me as a student to be His ambassador, my ears have been deaf to all other calls.”

J Oswald SandersJ. Oswald Sanders (1902-1992)
Consider Him, page 47

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The Purpose of God’s Choosing

December 29, 2014

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My servant whom I have chosen: that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He (Isaiah 43:10).

Notice that, according to this verse, God has a specific purpose in His choosing: that the chosen may know Him, believe Him, and understand Him. God draws His chosen into personal relationship with Himself. This is the initial stage of God’s grand work of the ages.

To know Him, to believe Him, to understand Him: this is our calling. this is the journey of our lives.

The religious are satisfied to learn about Him, the chosen are given the heart actually to know Him. It happens to be that our particular culture’s religious masses are “Christian”; but if they lived in another culture they undoubtedly would have adapted the context of its religious persuasion (e.g. Islam, Buddhism, etc.).

God is now tutoring His chosen for service in the celestial realms – in the “heavenly places.” This has nothing to do with us, and everything to do with Him! The rest of creation will follow in due time.

C2Pilkington-4Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The Humble Heart of a Servant of God

December 27, 2014

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Very few care to be thought peculiar … But this is the very reason why the mists of tradition have been allowed to take the place of independent research.

Tradition is like the leash which prevents an animal from getting a blade of grass beyond the length of that leash. We thankfully acknowledge that there are a few who have been delivered from that bondage, and have given us the results of their labors …

None are more cognizant of imperfection and failure than ourselves; and, after all we have done, there is still much left for others to do. We do not exhaust the Book; and may, after all, have only laid out a road on which others may follow with far greater success.

We claim only one thing: an earnest desire to believe God and to receive what He has said, regardless alike of the praise of man or the fear of man; and quite apart from all traditional beliefs or interpretations.

May the Lord own and use and bless our efforts for His Own Glory and the good of His people.

EWB2E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)
Commentary on Revelation, Preface
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