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Faith

From "Streams In The Desert"

"He went out, not knowing whither he went" (Heb. 11:9).

It is faith without sight. When we can see, it is not faith, but reasoning. In crossing the Atlantic we observed this very principle of faith. We saw no path upon the sea, nor sign of the shore. And yet day by day we were marking our path upon the chart as exactly as if there had followed us a great chalk line upon the sea. And when we came within twenty miles of land, we knew where we were as exactly as if we had seen it all three thousand miles ahead.

How had we measured and marked our course? Day by day our captain had taken his instruments and, looking up to the sky, had fixed his course by the sun. He was sailing by the heavenly, not the earthly lights.

So faith looks up and sails on, by God's great Sun, not seeing one shore line or earthly lighthouse or path upon the way. Often its steps seem to lead into utter uncertainty, and even darkness and disaster; but He opens the wa…

Evangelism: Too Easily Converted

My good friends father told her last week that he had asked Jesus to be his savior. This came after eighteen years of my friend sharing with him, including some years in which they were estranged. Despite the difficulties of their relationship, she put aside her own hurts for the sake of her fathers eternal fate. Once he told her, "I just need to think about it some more, because I know if I do it (choose Christ)I have to really mean it." Her father took seriously the message his daughter shared with him, thought it through, looked at the evidence and reckoned God real, Jesus His Son, and himself in need of a savior.

His conversion is real, she says he is truly a different person. One woman shared with her that she had prayed for and shared with her dad for forty two years before he came to know the Lord at eighty. My husband and I once sold a car to an eighty year old buddhist whose late wife shared the gospel with him for over forty years. My husband led him to Jesus in our…

Joshua & the Word:

I read this book once a year.

From Christ Indwelling and Enthroned, J. Oswald Sanders on God’s command to Joshua:

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth, but thou shalt meditate therein day and night….for then shalt thou make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8 & 9

The written Word of God was henceforth to be his hand-book, his manual of instruction in warfare. Obedience to it would constitute the secret of his success. This, not the might of his sword, was Joshua’s only equipment, even as it was Christ’s in His conflict in the Wilderness. If he did not literally soak himself in the Word, his strength and courage would ooze out of his fingertips when he came to meet the foe. In it he was to find his marching-orders, the science of warfare and the plan of his campaign.

Had Joshua lived in our day, he would not, like so many professing Christians today, have saturated himself in magazines and tasty novels, but in the Word of God, of whi…