Posts Tagged ‘christianity’

The Miracle Church

Many years ago Rev. Robert Burris, now 92 years of age, worked for four and one-half years as a missionary in South China. As part of his ministry he journeyed into the mountains carrying copies of the Scriptures in Chinese for distribution. In this way, although he could not speak fluent Chinese, the people were given God’s word.

Toward the end of his term Mr. Burris and three companions began a 180- mile journey with 4,000 copies of the Chinese New Testament. In the first ten days about half of these New Testaments had been distributed. Then, in the remote countryside, they were stopped by five armed bandits who took everything–money, clothing, shoes— and the remaining 2,000 copies of the New Testament. Mr. Burris and friends limped home barefooted in their shirts and trousers, glad to
be alive.

Approximately 25 years later when Mr. Burris was the pastor of a church in Ohio, he and his wife attended a lecture with slides presented by a missionary to South China. Among the slides shown was a picture of the very place in which he had been robbed by the bandits.”Now,” the missionary said,”we come to the most important slide in my collection.

I call it The Miracle Church.” The picture on the screen showed a large rough empty building.”This is The Miracle Church,” the missionary continued,”Because no one knows who started it, or how, every Sunday, 400 people attend, each with a copy of The New Testament in Chinese.

No one knows were they got these New Testaments. So far as is known, no missionary or distributor ever went into these mountains which are infested with bandits and robbers. Yet today, the church is there and the people have God’s Word”.

Mr. Burris smiled in gratitude. God’s Word, taken from him that day by bandits had been building it’s own church in China for 25 years.

We should never underestimate the work that we do in the name of the Lord. God is able to be bring extraordinary results from the most ordinary of people. The Lord doesn’t look for ability or talent when seeking servants, but He does seek for a surrendered heart ready to follow where God leads. When we take the limits off of God and allow Him to work through us, we  will see amazing results in our life and in the lives of those around us. Be encouraged to surrender your will to the Lord and allow His will to take root in your heart where your life will be used to minister God’s grace to a hurting and dying world. (1 Samuel 16:7) (1 Corinthians 1:25-29)

I hope this message encourages your heart to be a surrendered vessel in which God can work through to touch others all around the world and make them better.

Internet Hoaxes and Christians

The Internet is a great resource for Christians. Through the Internet, the Gospel can reach places and people that otherwise would never have had the opportunity, or desire, to hear God’s Word. The Internet can also destroy the testimony of all Christians in the eyes of non-believers when used recklessly.

As email became a common form of communication for the world, email hoaxes became more and more prevalent. Some are rather harmless, but others are misleading, deceptive and even dangerous.

While most of these Internet hoaxes are not related to Christians or Christianity, a small number attempt to make false claims in order to promote the cause of Christ. These emails are naively forwarded by thousands of Christians every day to everyone on their email lists. These Internet hoaxes make grandiose claims that attempt to validate Christian beliefs or further the cause of Christianity.

Think about all of the ramifications of these emails! Does God want His cause promoted through deception? Obviously not. This goes against the very principles of Scripture.

One such Internet hoax gives a detailed account of how Charles Darwin accepted Christ and denounced evolution on his death bed. This story is completely fabricated. By spending five minutes doing a little research you could find the truth behind Internet hoaxes such as this. On the other hand, by blindly forwarding such an email, you risk losing your credibility and damaging your testimony with every person that reads your email.

But it goes even further than your own credibility and testimony. You open all Christians up to ridicule and further close the minds of those that haven’t accepted Christ. In their eyes, Christians are small minded people who blindly follow a false God.

Do YOU want to reinforce that view of Christians… and our Savior? Verify the validity of any email before sending it to your friends. Most Internet hoaxes can be found at

via Internet Hoaxes and Christians.