“There are a thousand ways to magnify Christ in life and death. None should be scorned. All are important. But none makes the worth of Christ shine more brightly than sacrificial love for other people in the name of Jesus. If Christ is so valuable that the hope of his immediate and eternal fellowship after death frees us from the self-serving fear of dying and enables us to lay down our lives for the good of others, such love magnifies the glory of Christ like nothing else in the world” (p 15).
A missionary in China asks, “Can a missionary lie in order to do ministry in a closed or persecuted country? For example, can he sign a statement saying he agrees to obey the laws of that country when he actually plans to break some of them, particularly religious based ones?”
“The greatest ministry you can have to me is for you to enjoy Christ. Turn that around and ask, ‘How can I be the greatest blessing to the people around me?’ The answer: Get up in the morning, go to the word of God, and, like George Mueller said, ‘Get your heart happy in God’ before you meet other people.”
“No pastor lives up to what he preaches. If he does, he is preaching too low.” You wrote that on Twitter a few years back, Pastor John. How does a pastor think through this? Talk to the pastor who is preaching high, and feels overwhelmed and burdened because of it. Is this a healthy tension for him to feel?
In Episode 51 Pastor John talks about faith and relationships.