Saturday, July 20, 2019

Worship: a new kind of beauty

When human beings with diverse ethnicities, backgrounds, tastes, expectations, desires, priorities, peeves, admirations, and needs join their hearts and mind and voices and actions in unified worship of the one true God through Jesus Christ a reality has come into the world that is beautifully fitting - it befits the power and the worth of God, whose glory can win such humble, self forgetting praises from a diverse people .

John Piper (Page 35 Expository Exultation)

Thursday, July 11, 2019

His particular treasure....

Jim Elliot was one of five missionaries killed in 1956 while participating in Operation Auca, an attempt to evangelize the Huaorani people of Ecuador.

Jim met his future wife Elizabeth whilst at college. Although a relationship was not on the cards for them at that time as their service to God was their main priority. Following college the both served in Ecuador but on opposite ends of the country.

In the end the did marry but in the intervening time they wrote to each other regularly. Many of these letters were kept and now belong to their daughter.

Today I read a few lines from one of those letters from Jim to Elizabeth (Betty).

Now I am a mess.

“You are his particular treasure, Betty, something he paid for at a terrific cost to his own person. . . . He is bound to display you to principalities and powers as a trophy of his searching. . . . Meanwhile he keeps you for himself, hidden away, forming you in secret ways that you don’t understand. Much the same as I keep your letters . . . so he keeps the pious for himself.”

Read the post by her daughter here