Pastor Cosand: October 2018
"HIS BLOOD IS BIBLINE"
lessons from the suffering of John Bunyan
Beginning in November the next book the men of our church will study (and anyone else who wants a book) will be The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan. The Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory describing the journey of a man ("Christian") from this world to heaven, including his conversion and the obstacles and trials he encounters on his way to the "Celestial City." This book, written almost 350 years ago, has been described as "the widest circulating single piece of literature in the history of the human race outside the Bible" and has been translated into over 200 languages. Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892), the great London pastor, is said to have read Pilgrim’s Progress through at least once every year. The book was written during Bunyan's twelve-year stay in a jail in England.
John Bunyan (1628-1688) was a Baptist Puritan pastor in Bedford, England during a time when the English government was intolerant of worship practices outside the established Church of England. The Act of Uniformity in 1662 required strict adherence to Church of England doctrines and the Common Book of Prayer and, as a result of dissent, 2,000 Puritan pastors and teachers were forced out of their positions. During this period, from 1660 to 1672, Bunyan was imprisoned for his unwillingness to conform to corrupt church practices and doctrines. He was 32 when he entered prison, with a pregnant wife and four children under the age of 10 at home. His first wife had died one year earlier. His oldest child, daughter Mary, had been born blind. His second wife, Margaret, miscarried during Bunyan’s first year in prison. He would spend 11 more years away from his family.
Missions Update: October 2018
TINE & JAN HARDEMAN OC International
P.O. Box 2016 M.C.P.O.
0706 Makati City, M.M. - Philippines
What does a Sports Chaplain do in summer? Many times, we travel to visit our partners in this venture. Along the way, we see family and other friends. We love to bring them up to date concerning our ministry and the Philippines. But what about when we don’t travel and we stay at home?
This summer has been a wonderful time for Jan and me to catch up on our reading. What have we read? Our first book, No Time for Tombstones, was about a family who ministered to primitive tribes in Vietnam. They sent their daughter to Faith Academy in the Philippines for school. Her father lost his life in the Communist invasion.
Interwoven was about three families who ministered in the Philippines: the Goehrings, the DeVries, and the Eborsoles. The DeVries family was here during the war with Japan and was taken as prisoners of war. Gene was scheduled to be executed, but American forces arrived just in time to prevent it. Six of their children came to Faith Academy. Tine had several of them in class and on teams.
Up the Notched-Log Ladder was about a family that served in Indonesia. The Mouws did an amazing work with the Dyaks of Borneo. Bod truly blessed their ministry. This story was written by one of my Westmont friends, Siddy Mouw. I had dated her a few times. I must say that knowing Siddy and hearing of her struggles as a missionary kid was the beginning of God’s work in my life, leading me to spend 60-plus years as a teacher, providing a place for missionary kids to get an education while their parents are doing missionary work out in the Province. Thanks, Siddy.
And thank you to all of you who support us and pray for us.
Tine and Jan
Joe Teisan: October 2018
WHY DO I NEED A SUBSTITUTE?
If Psalms, the prayer book, is the most popular volume of the Old Testament, Leviticus, with its shadow-pictures of Christ, is the least read. Jews have not made these offerings since the Temple’s destruction by the Romans in 70 A.D., and we wonder if they will ever regain the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and reinstate the sacrificial system. Psalms is the Temple’s songbook, while Leviticus gives rules for the daily sacrifices, yearly feasts, and regular work of the priests. When Christ said, “It Is Finished!”, He completely fulfilled Leviticus, as explained in Hebrews. But today, we find enormous teaching value in Leviticus, because it better helps us to understand the sufferings of the Lamb of God.
The law of the whole burnt offering requires that the entire lamb, goat or bull is consumed by fire upon the brazen altar located in the court of the Tabernacle. It must be a male without blemish, and its skin is kept by the priests for their support. The atoning blood is caught in a bowl by the priest and sprinkled at the base of the altar. Just as the Jews did long ago, I stretch out both arms and lay hands on the head of Christ. With confession of sins, this is a transfer of my guilt to the innocent LAMB. Christ, who knew no sin, becomes sin for me! Christ is accepted by God, to make atonement, or a cover for my sins so that God’s holy eyes do not even see them. “He shall kill”, means that my sins killed Jesus, and that the Innocent had to die for the guilty. In trusting Him, I yield my life to Christ, and serve, not sin, but Him only. His one sacrifice is like a sweet aroma, well-pleasing to the Father. There is no space to brag about my self-righteousness, because salvation is all from the Lord.
Odds & Ends: October 2018
For several years I have read the Bible through twice in 12 months. It is a great and powerful tree, each word of which is a mighty branch. Each of these branches have I well shaken, so desirous was I to know what each one bore and what it would give me. And the shaking of them has never disappointed me.
Minister to your ministers
In honor of Pastor Appreciation Month, use these alphabetical reminders of how to treat your pastors:
Accept them as people.
Build them up. Say “thank you.”
Communicate with them.
Defend them when someone tries to run them down.
Entertain them. They like to have fun, too!
Family. Allow them to have a family life.
Genuine. Be honest with them. Be yourself around them.
Honor them. Don’t put them on a pedestal, but respect them.
Income. Pay them enough so money isn’t a concern.
Judge not! Avoid being critical.
Kind. Treat pastors as you want to be treated.
Love. See 1 Corinthians 13.
Maintain. Their families have the same needs as other families.
Nurture. Help them grow in grace.
Offer to help. The list of things you can do is endless.
Pray for them. Lift up their names to God daily.
Quelch not. Encourage instead!
Rejoice in and with them.
Surprise them — in little and big ways.
Trust them. Believe in them.
Understand them. Put yourself in their place.
Vacation. They need time away.
Welcome them into your home. Don’t wait for an invitation.
eXpend yourself, not them.
Yoke. Help them bear their burdens with grace and dignity.
Zap all gossip!
Faithful Christian, seek the truth, hear the truth, learn the truth, love the truth, speak the truth, adhere to the truth, defend the truth to death; for truth will make you free from sin, the devil, the death of the soul and finally from eternal death. —John Hus (1369-1415)
Pastor Cosand: September 2018
"I WILL NOT OFFER TO THE LORD THAT WHICH COSTS ME NOTHING"
a call to systematic Bible reading
Each September the people of our fellowship are encouraged to begin, again, reading through the Bible in one year. Bible reading schedules are available in our foyer. We start in Genesis every September and end in Revelation every August. To read with any regularity takes no small amount of discipline, but the benefits to soul and life far outweigh the sacrifice. The Christian life, if it is anything, is a life of discipline. The call of the gospel of Jesus Christ has radical, far-reaching implications. We know the verses that tell us that Christ demands our all, but we often do not take them to heart. “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it” (Lk 9:23,24). “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple” (Lk 14:26,27). “And if your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; it is better for you to enter life crippled or lame, than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the eternal fire. And if your eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and throw it from you. It is better for you to enter life with one eye, than having two eyes, to be cast into the fiery hell” (Mt 18:8,9).
We sing "Take my life and let it be consecrated, Lord, to Thee." We know that Jesus requires of us commitment, but all too often the idea is just a word and we don’t stop to think about the day-to-day implications of our allegiance to Christ and the totality of what He calls us to do, in our living, if we want to follow Him.