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Tuesday’s Links – Refugee family turns to Christ, Signs of Being Backslidden and How to Recover, First World Problems and an Open Letter to Millennials

30 Oct

Tuesday’s Turning Point – a daily devotion by Dr. David Jeremiah.
The prayer He taught His disciples to pray contains around 70 Greek words (Matthew 6:9-13), yet it covers all the basics: praise, petition, provision, and protection.

Unlikely friendship leads refugee family to Christ” – Posted on Oct 29, 2012 | by David Johnson/The Alabama Baptist
Abid Hussain walked into my life more than two years ago. He was dejected, fearful and unhealthy. In broken English he described leaving his home country with his family and coming to Bangkok. Their problems began when his wife converted from Islam to his own Hindu religion. The penalty — not just for her but for the entire family — was death by beheading.

25 Marks of a Backslidden Christian” – Joe Thorn
If there is one consideration more humbling than another to a spiritually-minded believer, it is, after all God has done for him,–after all the rich displays of his grace, the patience and tenderness of his instructions, the repeated discipline of his covenant, the tokens of love received, and the lessons of experience learned, there should still exist in the heart a principle, the tendency which is to secret, perpetual, and alarming departure from God.
– Octavius Winslow, Personal Declension
See also his follow-up article:  “The Cure for Backsliding.”

First World Problems” – Amber Lee
In 2008, my dad’s ministry took a mission trip to Vietnam.  While we were there, we visited the Presidential Palace.  The Palace has many stairs and because my dad is in a wheelchair, we took the elevator.  When we were nearing the end of the tour, my Dad asked our tour guide while on the elevator “Are you a communist?”  I almost fell over, because to me that sounds like an insult, but to them it’s like saying, “Are you a republican or democrat?” Well, this sweet Vietnamese woman, who spoke great English, replied to my dad, “Yes, I am, but I do not like it!”  My dad went on talking with her and he gave her one of his tracts.  She quickly stuffed it into her pocket so that no one else could see it, and she thanked him.  We later found out that she probably felt somewhat comfortable having this conversation on the elevator, because it’s the one place in the Presidential Palace that is not monitored with video and microphones.  Ladies and Gentlemen, her statement about communism was such an honest statement.  She was stuck in a place with very limited rights and freedoms.

Millennials, Politics, and an Open Letter” – Thom Rainer

To the Millennials,

We have borrowed from your future and left you an incomprehensible national debt. We have polluted the world and left you dirtier air and water. Our politicians have failed you. Our religious leaders have failed you. Our business leaders have failed you. It is no wonder that you care little for the institutions of our nation. It is no wonder that you have always had a cynical view of those institutions.

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