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On October 8,1918 Sergeant Alvin C. York single handedly capture 132 German soldiers which earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. Definitely, he was a hero to be honored. In this battle he displayed courage and selflessness that is required of heroes.
Today’s society doesn’t know truly what a hero is. We found out a little bit about heroes during the World Trade Center Bombing.
But in Sergeant York’s case, the reason that he was a hero in many peoples mind was not the way he carried himself during the battle but how he lived his life.
Listen to a quote that he made in his diary of his experience in World War II,
On July 1st, 1918 he wrote:
I carried a Testament with me. I have the Testament I carried with me
during all my fighting at home now. I read it through five times during my stay in the army. I read it everywhere. I read it in dugouts, in fox holes, and on the front line. It was my rock to cling to. It and my diary. I didn’t do any cursing, no, not even in the front line. I cut all of that out long ago, at the time I was saved.
Sergeant York lived his life in Humble, Submissive, Obedience to the Lord.
A hero is someone who does much more than just an amazing thing. A hero is someone who reflects heroism in his life. A hero is someone who does heroic things because his character demands it.
"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another, and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it."
Frank Retif South African Bishop in Cape town tells all his clergy to organize their diaries with this mission statement on every page.”People without Christ go to hell”
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David Brainerd was an American colonial missionary to the Indians who died at the age of twenty-nine. His diary reveals a young man intensely committed to God. Brainerd once said to Jonathan Edwards: “I do not go to heaven to be advanced but to give honor to God. It is no matter where I shall be stationed in heaven, whether I have a high seat or a low...
SEND ME ANYWHERE, ONLY GO WITH ME
David Livingstone was a pioneer missionary to Africa. His wife died early in their ministry, and he faced stiff opposition to his ministry from his Scottish brethren. He ministered half blind, and walked over 29,000 miles.
Listen to these words from his diary: "Send me anywhere, only go with me. Lay any burden on me, only sustain me. Sever me from any tie but the tie that binds me to Your service and to Your heart."
I'LL BE THAT MAN!
Sometimes an easy conversation between friends can have ramifications far beyond what either person expects.
Such was the case in the summer of 1872 near Dublin, Ireland, when two prominent evangelists were discussing ministry. The two men were the British evangelist Henry Varley and the renowned American evangelist Dwight L. Moody.
As they were talking Varley made a throw away remark, but the Holy Spirit took that remark and burned it into the heart & mind of D.L. Moody. It was a remark that affected him for the rest of his life. This is how Moody recorded it in one of his diaries:
"'The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.' ... A man! Varley meant any man. Varley didn't say he had to be educated, or brilliant, or anything else. Just a man. Well, by the Holy Spirit in me I'll be that man!"
[As quoted in John Pollock, Moody: The Biography (Chicago : Moody, 1963, 1983), 115].
David Brainerd was an American colonial missionary to the Indians who died at the age of twenty-nine. His diary reveals a young man intensely committed to God. Brainerd once said to Jonathan Edwards: “I do not go to heaven to be advanced but to give honor to God. It is no matter where I shall be stationed in heaven, whether I have a high seat or a low seat there...My heaven is to please God and glorify Him, and give all to Him, and to be wholly devoted to His glory.”
Today in the Word, November 19, 1997
BRAINERD: HONOR TO GOD
Let me leave you with some words from the famous American colonial missionary to the Indians, David Brainerd, who died at the age of twenty-nine. His diary reveals a young man intensely committed to God. Brainerd once said to Jonathan Edwards:
"I do not go to heaven to be advanced but to give honour to God. It is no matter where I shall be stationed in heaven, whether I have a high seat or a low seat there.
One of God’s faithful missionaries, Allen Gardiner, experienced many physical difficulties and hardships throughout his service to the Savior. Despite his troubles, he said, "While God gives me strength, failure will not daunt me." In 1851, at the age of 57, he died of disease and starvation while serving on Picton Island at the southern tip of South America. When his body was found, his diary lay nearby. It bore the record of hunger, thirst, wounds, and loneliness. The last entry in his little book showed the struggle of his shaking hand as he tried to write legibly. It read, "I am overwhelmed with a sense of the goodness of God."
When we think of Stewardship, we also must include time. One statement I remember hearing is that God desires, ten percent of our posessions, seven percent of our time, and one hundered percent of our time.
Deauville Walker wrote a biography of William Carey, who was a pioneer missionary to India. Mr. Walker putin his book the time record from a typical day in the life of the missionary, taken from his diary in 1806. His day might well prove an inspiration to our day and the porportion of it we dedicate to God.
Cary rose at a quarter to six, read a chapter from the Hebrew Bible and spent some time in private devotion.
At seven the servants came in for family prayers in Bengali, after which, while waiting for his breakfast, he spent some time reading Persian with a [local pastor]and then read a portion of Scripture in Hindustani.
The moment breakfast was over, he settled down to the translation of the Ramayana from Sanskrit into English.
At ten o’clock he went to the college, where his classes and other duties kept him until two p.m.
On returning to his lodgings he examined a proof sheet of his Bengali translation of Jeremiah until dinner time.
After this meal, assisted by the chief pundit of the college, he translated most of the eighth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel into Sanskrit, and then sat down with a Telugu pundit more fully to study that language.
At half past seven he preached in English to a congregation of forty persons,
At nine o’clock, "the service being over and the congregation gone," he sat down and translated Ezekiel 11 into Bengali -- which took him nearly two hours.
He wrote a letter to a friend in England; then, after reading a chapter from his Greek Testament by way of private devotion, he went to bed.
F. Deauville Walker, William Carey: Father of Modern Missions (Moody Press, American Edition, 1980), page 223.+ (Autoillustrator.Com)