The Kingdom Of Thingdom (1 of 5) by Dan Hill
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Series: In God We Trust
If you were to go to Cairo, Egypt, there - way off the main streets, there is a little run down, overgrown cemetery for American Missionaries. And if you were to move back the over grown grass from the gravestones there and look very closely, you'd find a weathered tombstone that reads: "William Borden, 1887-1913."
Let me tell you just a bit about William Borden. William Borden was already a multi millionaire when he graduated from a Chicago high school in 1904. He was the primary heir to the Borden Dairy estate. He went from high school to Yale University. He graduated from Yale at the top of his class and went on to do post-graduate work at Princeton University.
God was working in this young man's life and while at Princeton, he took what was known at that time as the "Princeton Pledge." Here's a small part of it: "We, the undersigned, declare ourselves willing and desirous, God permitting, to go to the un-evangelized portions of the world." And that is exactly what he did. He left all of his wealth and worldly materials behind and traveled to Cairo to study Arabic so that he could take the gospel to the Arabic people. He gave away millions of dollars to mission and ultimately, he gave his life, because after four months on the mission field, he contracted spinal meningitis and died at the age of 25.
At the bottom of William Borden's tombstone are these words: "Apart from faith in Christ, there is no explanation for such a life."
Now, if you were to leave that little run-down missionary graveyard and go just a little ways over to the Egyptian National Museum (my favorite place in the world!), you would find the remains of another young man named Tutankhamen, or King Tut. He was only 17 years old when he died. And when they buried him, they buried him with all of the royal wealth of Egypt. He was buried with solid gold chariots and thousands of golden artifacts and ...
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