For The Love of God

Dear Church,

When Hudson Taylor was director of the China Inland Mission, he often interviewed candidates for the mission field. On one occasion, he met with a group of applicants to determine their motivations for service. “And why do you
wish to go as a foreign missionary?” he asked one. “I want to go because Christ has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,” was the reply. Another said, “I want to go because millions are
perishing without Christ.” Others gave different answers.

Then Hudson Taylor said, “All of these motives, however good, will fail you in times of testings, trials, tribulations, and possible death. There is but one motive that will sustain you in trial and testing; namely, the love of Christ.”

A missionary in Africa was once asked if he really liked what he was doing. His response was shocking. “Do I like this work?” he said. “No. My wife and I do not like dirt. We have reasonable refined sensibilities. We do not like crawling into vile huts through goat refuse…But is a man to do nothing for Christ he does not like? God pity him, if not. Liking or disliking has nothing to do with it. We have orders to ‘Go’ and we go. Love constrains us.”

Truly as the bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” Let us do what we do for the sake of love, and nothing else.

Warm regards

Joshua Lee

Tips for Good Parenting

Dear Church,

Tips For Good Parenting

How do we raise godly children in marriage? One of the reasons God brings two
people together in marriage is for the purpose of raising godly children, children who
look like Him. Malachi 2:15 says:
Has not the LORD made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one?
Because he was seeking godly offspring.

And yet the most stressful time for any couple is parenthood. New parents often
report more conflict and lower satisfaction after having an addition to the family,
due to the fatigue and strain of parenthood.

However, those who have had training in parenting e.g. Duranno Father and Mother
schools do have an edge over others as will be more prepared to face the challenges
of parenthood.

In order to raise godly children, the following are recommended:

  1. Parents must model godliness. Children often model the character of their
    parents. Paul urged Christians to be imitators of God (Ephesians 5:1)
  2. Parents must discipline their children. It means to train them in the same way God
    trains us. Hebrews 12:5-11 says “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline..”
  3. Parents Must Teach God’s Word. This is what Moses commanded Israel’s parents.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9. He said: These commandments that I give you today are to be
upon your hearts. Impress them on your children.

May God grants us all wisdom to raise up godly men and women of God for His glory.
Warm regards

Joshua Lee