From Slave to Bishop

Who was Richard Allen?  He was America’s first black bishop.  He was born to parents who were slaves. Soon after the family was sold to a Delaware farmer.  Richard faced racism, cruelty and inequality.  He wasn’t educated and anything he wanted to undertake he needed his master’s permission.  His master, in order to pay his …

Frances Havergal

I have sung this wonderful hymn so many times but it wasn't until recently that I came across the woman who wrote it. Frances Havegal was an English religious poet and hymnwriter. Her two best known hymns are Take My Life and Let it Be and Thy Life for Me, also known as I Gave My Life for Thee. …

Sarah Doremus

They call me, “the mother of Missions.”  I suppose it’s because many missionaries came and went from her home.  I have been interested in foreign missions ever since I was a child.  And God has given me the opportunity to engage in this interest. My husband, Thomas is a merchant like my father was and …

Love Compels Us

Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too.  Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular …

We Cannot Keep Silent

“For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20, NKJV). When you have good news, do you keep it to yourself or are you just bursting to share it with others? It's the same thing when it comes to the Gospel. We are to tell others about what we have …

Unexpected Blessing

Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk” (Acts 3:6) It was at the hour of prayer that Peter and John went to the temple. There a lame man was at the gate …

The Virtuous One

“If God has called you to China or any other place and you are sure in your own heart, let nothing deter you. Remember, it is God who has called you and it is the same as when He called Moses or Samuel” - Gladys Aylward Gladys Aylward was born in Edmonton, North London. She …

Esther John

Her name was Qamar Zia and she was born into an Islamic family on 14 December 1929, in British India. At the age of 17 she attended a Christian school where one teacher's faith so deeply affected her that she was moved to read the Bible with great earnest. Inspired by the book of Isaiah, …

Imaginary? Illusions?

"I read a story recently about a man who when caught claimed that the devil made him do it. Instead of admitting that he was guilty and taking responsibility for his crime, he blames it on an imaginary, fictional character." "The devil isn't an imaginary, fictional character. He's real." "Says who?" "Says the Bible." "Men …

The Harvest

After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you …

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