We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Stand Firm and Fight

While audiences long for reality in their media that is filled with aggressive, violent behavior, their own lives are becoming less real and more complacent. Now this may surprise some of you, but I don’t think this propensity toward violence is entirely bad. Let me explain: Men are warriors are heart. That is why they love their football teams, they love to watch the ball hit out of the park, or that diving save at the goal. Men in the 21st century have been tamed and reduced to mere spectators. I love what John Eldredge wrote in his book, Wild at Heart, a must read for every man: “A man must have a battle to fight, a great mission to his life that involves and yet transcends even home and family. He must have a cause to which he is devoted even unto death, for this is written into the fabric of his being. That is why God created you—to be his intimate ally, to join him in the Great Battle.” The Apostle Paul wrote in 1Co 16: “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” It is noteworthy to mention that this quote comes from a Philistine out of the book of 1st Samuel where he is challenging his comrades to step up to the plate and act like men so they don’t become enslaved to others. It is time for us to do the same…it is time to join the King of kings and Lord of lords in this Great Battle that requires our complete devotion.

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This letter below is from our office director at Lamplighter. I think you will enjoy reading this! To All, First of all, we did not know that Prime Time America was re-airing the interview with Mark, yesterday. I have had a number of calls as a result of that. But this one beats them all: A gentleman that just called is 88 years old and he told me his story through his tears – he was in a foster home as a young boy in southern Ireland. They only had 3 books in the house – the Bible, Pilgrim’s Progress and Christie’s Old Organ. When he heard Mark’s story about meeting Charlie and him giving Mark Christie’s Old Organ, this gentleman was amazed – he has not heard the title of that book for many, many years and did not even know that it was in print any longer. He said that Christie’s Old Organ was the very first book that he had ever read. From the foster home he went to an orphanage in England and then came to Canada as a young man with a work crew from the orphanage to work on a farm (a program that they regularly did). He is now retired in Florida. He was so overwhelmed by Mark’s story of how he got Christie and how VERY special that book is to him – he could hardly speak to me a few times !!! What a great way to end this year of 2009 in LP’s ministry!!! So glad to be a part of this ministry with you all.

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