Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Moody - Ten Boom - Nee - Livingstone

Over the last three weeks I gave our Ministry Staff here at Gaylord E-Free what I called a “Reading & Rubbing” assignment.  I equipped each of them with a book of a great Christian from the past and a $10 gift card to a local restaurant.  No two books were alike nor were any restaurants the same.  In lieu of staff meeting the past three Mondays, they were to go to their assigned restaurant and read their assigned book for that hour.  Beginning yesterday, each of our staff began to share a 20 minute report on their assigned character.  They were to include the following:

A brief overview of who their book was about

The thing that surprised them the most about the person 

A quote this person made that impacted them

How this person’s life challenged their personal walk with Christ

How this person’s life challenged them in their ministry here at E-Free

A verse of Scripture that comes to mind when they think of this person’s life

Four of our staff went yesterday.  These included reports on D.L. Moody; Corrie Ten Boom; Watchman Nee; and David Livingstone.  It just may have been the best staff meeting I have ever been part of in all my years of pastoral ministry.  It is amazing how we can be challenged and sharpened by reading of faithful followers of Jesus from the past.  After all, isn't that what Hebrews 11 is all about?  Below are four quotes that were shared in yesterday’s staff meeting as part of this assignment:

The world has yet to see what God will do with a man fully consecrated to Him.” (D.L. Moody)

In God’s world there are no ‘if’s’” (Corrie Ten Boom)

I don’t want to be more like Jesus.  I want Jesus to be Himself living in me.(Watchman Nee)

The sweat on one’s brow is no longer a curse when one works for God but actually is a blessing.” (David Livingstone)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Corrie Ten Boom from The Hiding Place movie had a huge impact on me when growing up. The one verse that stands out to me from that is "No pit is so deep that he is not deeper still"