by John Barnett

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Crown of Life (15 of 38)
John Barnett

John Monsell's hymn focuses on the virtue of true commitment:
Fight the good fight with all thy might;
Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right.
Lay hold on life, and it shall be
Thy joy and crown eternally.
Run the straight race through God's good grace,
Lift up thine eyes, and seek His face;
Life with its way before thee lies,
Christ is the path, and Christ the prize.
Cast care aside, lean on thy Guide;
His boundless mercy will provide;
Trust, and thy trusting soul shall prove
Christ is its life, and Christ its love.
What did James write as the opening chapter of God's New Covenant people? Simply this, a clear and simple way of life that reflects a maturing walk of faith.

As Christ was received by faith, so the way of life flowing from His presence in a life would be reflected in the walk of faith. So James gives 12 clear indicators of how the walk of faith is going.
James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
The Martyrdom of Stan Dale
On September 25 th, 1968 Americans were reeling from the capture of the US Navy ship Pueblo, the riots in Chicago and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. On that same day, few of us heard about the brutal and savage martyrdom of two missionaries, Stan Dale and Phil Masters. Their bodies riddled with arrows fell on a remote riverbank in the dense jungles of Irian Jaya the victims of Christ-less cannibal savages. Their last (2)moments were witnessed by hundreds of warriors. Two of these men later were converted and retold the story I am about to share with you now. One Nalimo, helped to kill them. The other Yemu was a helper and guide who tried to prevent their murder. The story picks up on the second visit these two Regions Beyond Missionary Union missionaries have to these remote tribesmen. On the first visit they had b ...

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