Advice to Missionary Candidates – A. Judson

Here is a letter from Adoniram Judson to young missionary candidates. It caught my eye, ’cause I would like to go into missions… here are a couple of his points:¬†

Fourthly. Take care that the attention you receive at home, the unfavorable circumstances in which you will be placed on board ship, and the unmissionary examples you may possibly meet with at some missionary stations, do not transform you from living missionaries to mere skeletons before you reach the place of your destination. It may be profitable to bear in mind, that a large proportion of those who come out on a mission to the East die within five years after leaving their native land. Walk softly, therefore; death is narrowly watching your steps.

Fifthly. Beware of the reaction which will take place soon after reaching your field of labor. There you will perhaps find native Christians, of whose merits or demerits you can not judge correctly without some familiar acquaintance with their language. Some appearances will combine to disappoint and disgust you. You will meet with disappointments and discouragements, of which it is impossible to form a correct idea from written accounts, and which will lead you, at first, almost to regret that you have embarked in the cause. You will see men and women whom you have been accustomed to view through a telescope some thousands of miles long. Such an instrument is apt to magnify. Beware, therefore, of the reaction you will experience from a combination of all these causes, lest you become disheartened at commencing your work, or take up a prejudice against some persons and places, which will embitter all your future lives.

Click here for the full letter from A. Judson.

Give Away – $200 Shopping Spree

Click here to learn about the give away. Click here to sign up for a give away (this link automatically puts in my referral #, which is 71315).

Prizes:

1st – $200 gift certificate for Monergism Books and a Five Solas t-shirt
2nd – $75 gift certificate for Monergism Books and a Five Solas t-shirt.
3rd – $35 gift certificate for Monergism Books and a Five Solas t-shirt.

Barack Obama on Abortion

Here is a post that is completely stolen (from Justin Taylor’s blog)… ’cause I really want you to read the whole thing, and watch some of the video:

Every evangelical should watch the first 10 minutes or so of this speech by Barack Obama, delivered to Planned Parenthood in July 2007. It contains an impassioned defense of partial-birth abortion.

Note carefully:

“This is what is at stake in this election.”

“It is time to write a new chapter in American history.”

“I have worked on these issues for decades now.”

“This election is not just about playing defense, it’s about playing offense. It’s not just about defending what is, it’s about creating what might be in this country.”

“On this issue, I will not yield.”

Vatican Says Aliens Could Exist

Yep, no joke!

“The Pope’s chief astronomer says that life on Mars cannot be ruled out. Writing in the Vatican newspaper, the astronomer, Father Gabriel Funes, said intelligent beings created by God could exist in outer space. Father Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory near Rome, is a respected scientist who collaborates with universities around the world. The search for forms of extraterrestrial life, he says, does not contradict belief in God.” (BBC)

Click here for the rest of the article.

What to Say

As I have recently been thinking quite a bit about words (i.e. the things I allow to come out of my mouth), I decided to post a couple of resources that have helped me to gain a better understanding on how my mouth can be used to glorify God.

Here is an article about allowing the gospel to impact your every day conversations.

Parts one, two, three and four (each one 15 minutes long) of a message by Michael Ramsden entitled “Conversational Apologetics”