Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Jesus: Fasting, Treasures, and Light

By Mary Vee
Matthew 5, Luke 6



From Matthew's Journal 

Photo by Mary Vee. View down to the Sea of Galilee from
the Mountain where it is believed Jesus was at this time.
Capernaum is down and to the left by the shore.
My name is Matthew. I am a disciple of Jesus. I am here with other disciples, so they may add something to today's post. 

We are sitting on the side of a mountain bordering the Sea of Galilee, and there is a large number of people here with us, some have traveled a long ways to hear Jesus speak.

Jesus has been speaking most of the morning. You may know this talk as the Sermon on the Mount. Posts telling what he said already are below.  Just scroll down.

I am here to tell you what Jesus said on that day.

Jesus said, "When you set aside eating a meal to worship the Father do not go about looking somber as the hypocrites do. They disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their full reward. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, go about not attracting attention to yourself. Isn't the reason for fasting to give God the glory and not yourself? Your Father who sees what is in secret will reward you.

"I say, do not store up wealth on earth. Moth and rust destroy all these things. Thieves break in and steal these things. Instead, store up for yourselves treasures in heaven. There moth and rust will not destroy and thieves won't be able to break in and steal. Where your treasure is truly hidden, there your heart will be.

"Your eye is the lamp of your body. If your eyes are good, opened wide to see all that God has for you, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are bad, squinting with greed and distrust then your whole body will be full of darkness. If you have blinds blocking the light to your eyes, how great is that darkness! You are empty.

"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money."

And so Jesus continued, but those words will be told next time.


Author's note, this section is from the Sermon on the Mount. Come back to read the next story.


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sources: 
*A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study, An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest DeWitt Burton, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1932
*New International Version, New King James Version. 
*My Bible College training.
*My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
*Pastoral sermons on this time
*Matthew Henry Commentary
*F. LaGard Smith Commentary
*My notes from my trip to Israel.
*Photos from my trip to Israel.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Jonathan Goforth-The Manchurian Harsh Plague

By Mary Vee
Year: summer 1929
Jonathan Goforth 70 years old


Jonathan Goforth's Journal


My name is Jonathan Goforth. My wife, Rosalind, and I are missionaries in China. In all the years I have been here, I have never wanted to do anything else with my life than to tell the people in China about the living God who loves them. 

We live in Manchuria at this time. A place where many Chinese have fled, hoping for a peaceful life. So many people longed to hear about the living God who loves them. The need is very great for workers and we couldn't be any happier about a Bible college in northern China who sent sixty graduates.

We didn't have the space or funds to care for their needs, but we knew God would provide. Somehow.

Days later we received a lot of mail. Many had checks inside from people we'd never told about the sixty missionaries. The money was enough to take care of all the new Chinese missionaries coming to help us. 

A month later the sixty arrived. We put them to work right away. There was so much to do, and they lightened the load. 

More people came to hear about the God who loved them. We needed even more workers. So we prayed. 

More workers helped more people to hear who tell others so that more workers were needed. How could anything be better?

Well, as we know things happen in life. The harsh winter brought a plague. People ran out of fuel to warm themselves. I told all of our workers that we must keep a fire roaring in the big hall where we hold services at all times. We invited people in who were freezing in the streets. They came and sat, warming themselves, so grateful. While they sat they listened to what Jesus did for them. They stayed long hours asking questions and wanting us to tell them more. I loved each day.

In time, Rosalind and I suffered physical problems that took us back to Canada for treatment. I really didn't like leaving the work behind. Sometimes it's difficult to understand that God will send others to do the work. We left 30 evangelist and church workers to do the work.

I can't wait until we are better and can return!



Jonathan has many stories to share. Come back each Monday to find out what happened next.



Resources Used for This Series
Being, Janet, and Geoff Benge. Jonathan Goforth: An Open Door in China. Seattle. WA: YWAM Pub., 2001.Print
Doyle, G. Wright. Builders of the Chinese Church: Pioneer Protestant Missionaries and Chinese Church Leaders. Eugene Oregon: Pickwick Pub, 2015. Print.
Goforth, Jonathan, and Rosaline Goforth, Miracle Lives of China, London" Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1931, Print.
Goforth, Jonathan. "By My Spirit" Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1942. Print
Goforth, Rosalind. Climbing; Memories of a Missionary's Wife. Chicago: Moody Pub, n.d. Print
Goforth, Rosalind, How I Know God Answers Prayers; The Personal Testimony of One Life-time, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1921. Print
Goforth, Rosalind. Jonathan Goforth. Minneapolis, MN: Bethan House, 1986. Print
Goforth, Rosalind, How God Answers Prayer: The Mighty Miracles of God from the Mission Field of Jonathan Goforth. USA: Revival, 2016. Print Original copyright not stated.
Jackson, Dave, and Neta Jackson. Mask of the Wolf Boy: Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 1999. Print.
McCleary, Walter. An Hour with Jonathan Goforth: A Biography. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1938. Print.
Meloche, Renee Taft., and Bryan Pollard. Jonathan Goforth: Never Give up. Seattle, WA: YWAM, 2004. Print.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Jesus-This is How You Should Pray-Sermon on the Mount

By Mary Vee
Matthew 5, Luke 6



From Matthew's Journal 

Photo by Mary Vee. View down to the Sea of Galilee from
the Mountain where it is believed Jesus was at this time.
Capernaum is down and to the left by the shore.
My name is Matthew. I am a disciple of Jesus. I am here with other disciples, so they may add something to today's post. 

We are sitting on the side of a mountain bordering the Sea of Galilee, and there is a large number of people here with us, some have traveled a long ways to hear Jesus speak.

Jesus has been speaking most of the morning. You may know this talk as the Sermon on the Mount. Posts telling what he said already are below.  Just scroll down.

I am here to tell you what Jesus said on that day.

Jesus said, "Be careful not to do good deeds so that other can see what you've done. If you do, your reward will be given to you by those who saw, instead from your heavenly Father. 

"So, when you give to the needy, don't announce it in front of everyone like the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets. I tell you the truth, they have received their full reward. But, when you give to the needy, do it in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.


"Let's talk about how to pray. When you pray don't be like the hypocrites who love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by everyone. I tell you the truth, they have received their full reward. But when you pray, go into your private room, close the door, and pray to your Father who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done is secret, will reward you. 

"When you pray, don't babble like the pagans who think they will be heard because of their many words. Don't do that because your Father knows what you need even before you ask him.

"This is how you should pray:

Our Father who is in heaven
Holy is your name
your kingdom come
your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us for our debts as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one

For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever and ever, Amen.

"If you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you don't forgive them, your Father will not forgive you."



Author's note, this section is from the Sermon on the Mount. Come back to read the next story.


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sources: 
*A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study, An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest DeWitt Burton, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1932
*New International Version, New King James Version. 
*My Bible College training.
*My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
*Pastoral sermons on this time
*Matthew Henry Commentary
*F. LaGard Smith Commentary
*My notes from my trip to Israel.
*Photos from my trip to Israel.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Jonathan Goforth-The Unexpected Letter

By Mary Vee
Year: summer 1926
Jonathan Goforth-67 years old


Jonathan Goforth's Journal


My name is Jonathan Goforth. My wife, Rosalind, and I are missionaries in China. In all the years I have been here, I have never wanted to do anything else with my life than to tell the people in China about the living God who loves them. 

The mission board gave me permission to return to China and search for villages and cities that did not have any missionaries present. Rosalind and I traveled throughout the country for two years. We then went to Manchuria and found many new villages. Places built by Chinese who wanted to escape the problems in their country.

Three young missionaries joined us in Manchuria. We were so excited to tell people about Jesus. 

The day we arrived a terrible blizzard came.

We received letters from home right away telling us we were crazy for doing this. They said an old man and his sick wife shouldn't be in such a place. But, deep down, I knew I was in the right place. I couldn't have been happier any where else. 

I might get a terrible illness here, I could get sick back in Canada too. I might fall or get injured. The same could happen in Canada. Why not use these years God has given me to do his will and tell people who might otherwise not hear about a God who truly loves them. No. I am happy to be in Manchuria, even in a blizzard.

Not everyone tried to talk us into going back to Canada. Young Allan from Toronto, Annie from Holland, and Nancy from New Zealand asked to come help us.

May of 1927, we held our first church service in a building we rented. There were rooms for us to sleep, a huge room to hold the church service. Everything we needed all in one building.

The hall filled every night. Word spread about the meetings. We had to hold more services to meet the need On average 12 people per day put their faith in the living God who loves them. By June 1, two hundred people had formed the new church. 

There wer so many opportunities. I knew the mission didn't have money but we needed workers.  I wrote a letter to the board telling them all the great things God had done in Manchuria. The building, the many people who put their faith in God, the church. I was convinced they would change their mind and send missionaries to help. 

They wrote back impressed with the news, but unwilling to send anyone else because of financial problems. The news stunned all of us. When I told Rosalind she said, "Well, God will have to find another way to send help."

The next morning during prayer time, I remembered an old friend, Dr. Hayes who had a Bible college in North China. I wrote to him and asked if any of the graduating class might consider coming to help us.

Something quite funny happened next. The day after I sent the letter I received one from Dr. Hayes. It would have been impossible for him to have received my envelope so soon. His letter said, "The Chinese have closed the doors to all missionary work, even from their own people. Do you have any work for the sixty graduates?" I laughed so hard Rosalind and the others came running to hear what had happened.

"Look what God did!!" I showed them the letter.

Rosalind, my very practical wife said, but we only have room to care for two, maybe three.

I hugged her. "Rosalind, God is sending sixty workers. I think He can find a way to house and feed them."


Jonathan has many stories to share. Come back each Monday to find out what happened next.



Resources Used for This Series
Being, Janet, and Geoff Benge. Jonathan Goforth: An Open Door in China. Seattle. WA: YWAM Pub., 2001.Print
Doyle, G. Wright. Builders of the Chinese Church: Pioneer Protestant Missionaries and Chinese Church Leaders. Eugene Oregon: Pickwick Pub, 2015. Print.
Goforth, Jonathan, and Rosaline Goforth, Miracle Lives of China, London" Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1931, Print.
Goforth, Jonathan. "By My Spirit" Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1942. Print
Goforth, Rosalind. Climbing; Memories of a Missionary's Wife. Chicago: Moody Pub, n.d. Print
Goforth, Rosalind, How I Know God Answers Prayers; The Personal Testimony of One Life-time, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1921. Print
Goforth, Rosalind. Jonathan Goforth. Minneapolis, MN: Bethan House, 1986. Print
Goforth, Rosalind, How God Answers Prayer: The Mighty Miracles of God from the Mission Field of Jonathan Goforth. USA: Revival, 2016. Print Original copyright not stated.
Jackson, Dave, and Neta Jackson. Mask of the Wolf Boy: Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 1999. Print.
McCleary, Walter. An Hour with Jonathan Goforth: A Biography. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1938. Print.
Meloche, Renee Taft., and Bryan Pollard. Jonathan Goforth: Never Give up. Seattle, WA: YWAM, 2004. Print.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Jesus Teaches From On the Mount By the Sea

By Mary Vee
Matthew 5, Luke 6



From Matthew's Journal 

Photo by Mary Vee. View down to the Sea of Galilee from
the Mountain where it is believed Jesus was at this time.
Capernaum is down and to the left by the shore.
My name is Matthew. I am a disciple of Jesus. I am here with other disciples, so they may add something to today's post. 

We are sitting on the side of a mountain bordering the Sea of Galilee, and there is a large number of people here with us, some have traveled a long ways to hear Jesus speak.

Jesus has been speaking most of the morning. You may know this talk as the Sermon on the Mount. Posts telling what he said already are below.  Just scroll down.

A balmy breeze blew across the crowd. The fresh air perked up everyone, and they sat straighter listening to Jesus speak. One child off to the side pushed another. The second child pushed the first one back.

Jesus pushed strands of hair away from his face and said, "You've heard these words, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say, Don't resist an evil person. If someone hits you on the right cheek, turn the other cheek. If someone wants to sue you and take the clothes off of your back, let him have your coat too. 

"If a soldier forces you to go one mile, go two miles with him. Give to the one who asks and don't turn the one who wants to borrow away from you. What I am saying is to do to others what you would like them to do for you.

"Now I will talk about our enemies. You have heard these words, 'Love your neighbor and hate you enemy.' But I say, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. This is what your Father in Heaven has done and expects of you.

"God cause his sun to rise on evil and good, He sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous. It really isn't difficult to love someone who loves you. Don't the tax collectors do the same? You welcome your brothers into your home, how is that different from those who worship idols? Or if you lend money to someone whom you know will pay you back, how is that different from anyone else who expects to be repaid?

"I say, love your enemies, do good to them. Lend to them without expecting anything back. Then you will receive a great reward, and you will be call the sons of the Most High, because God is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful."

This teaching of Jesus was completely different from what we've heard in the past. He isn't asking us to rise up and fight the Roman rule. Instead He speaks of respect. The people sitting around me were very intrigued.

Author's note, this section is from the Sermon on the Mount. Come back to read the next story.


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sources: 
*A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study, An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest DeWitt Burton, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1932
*New International Version, New King James Version. 
*My Bible College training.
*My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
*Pastoral sermons on this time
*Matthew Henry Commentary
*F. LaGard Smith Commentary
*My notes from my trip to Israel.
*Photos from my trip to Israel.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Jonathan Goforth-Manchurian Railway

By Mary Vee
Year: summer 1924
Jonathan Goforth-65 years old


Jonathan Goforth's Journal


My name is Jonathan Goforth. My wife, Rosalind, and I are missionaries in China. In all the years I have been here, I have never desired to do anything else with my life than to tell the people in China about the living God who loves them. 

I recently had my 65th birthday. At my age, friends, family, and those who know of me asked if I planned to retire.

I just couldn't see myself sitting in a rocking chair doing nothing with my day. Or golfing, or anything like that because my life had a meaning. I was alive for a reason and I believed God asked me to tell people about Him.

When I asked the mission board to go back to China, I learned they had too many bills to pay and had planned to call several missionaries back home to save money. They wanted to combine stations in China. One station they planned to close was mine.

The news made me very sad. I couldn't give up. I searched for places that didn't have missionaries. Some place I could start a church. Maybe a place that had been overlooked, or where missionaries didn't want to go.

I heard about a new railway stretching across Manchuria. Chinese who wanted to escape their country's political problems were moving there and starting villages along the railroad. 

I told the mission board about this need and asked if I could go. This time I received permission. And to my great surprise three students from the college I'd attended said they wanted to go too. What a team we would make? They wouldn't be able to speak the language well, Rosalind and I could. We wouldn't be able to do some of the physical activity, they could. I was really excited.

Living in Canada gave us a lot of experience with winter storms. We arrived in Manchuria in January. A terrible blizzard arrived the same day. This storm was much worse than we had experienced in Canada. We stopped at an inn and let Alan from our group scout ahead.

Jonathan has many stories to share. Come back each Monday to find out what happened next.



Resources Used for This Series
Being, Janet, and Geoff Benge. Jonathan Goforth: An Open Door in China. Seattle. WA: YWAM Pub., 2001.Print
Doyle, G. Wright. Builders of the Chinese Church: Pioneer Protestant Missionaries and Chinese Church Leaders. Eugene Oregon: Pickwick Pub, 2015. Print.
Goforth, Jonathan, and Rosaline Goforth, Miracle Lives of China, London" Marshall, Morgan & Scott, 1931, Print.
Goforth, Jonathan. "By My Spirit" Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1942. Print
Goforth, Rosalind. Climbing; Memories of a Missionary's Wife. Chicago: Moody Pub, n.d. Print
Goforth, Rosalind, How I Know God Answers Prayers; The Personal Testimony of One Life-time, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1921. Print
Goforth, Rosalind. Jonathan Goforth. Minneapolis, MN: Bethan House, 1986. Print
Goforth, Rosalind, How God Answers Prayer: The Mighty Miracles of God from the Mission Field of Jonathan Goforth. USA: Revival, 2016. Print Original copyright not stated.
Jackson, Dave, and Neta Jackson. Mask of the Wolf Boy: Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 1999. Print.
McCleary, Walter. An Hour with Jonathan Goforth: A Biography. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1938. Print.
Meloche, Renee Taft., and Bryan Pollard. Jonathan Goforth: Never Give up. Seattle, WA: YWAM, 2004. Print.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Jesus-Broken Promises - Sermon on the Mount

By Mary Vee
Matthew 5, Luke 6



From Matthew's Journal 

Photo by Mary Vee. View down to the Sea of Galilee from
the Mountain where it is believed Jesus was at this time.
Capernaum is down and to the left by the shore.
My name is Matthew. I am a disciple of Jesus. I am here with other disciples, so they may add something to today's post. 

We are sitting on the side of a mountain bordering the Sea of Galilee, and there is a large number of people here with us, some have traveled a long ways to hear Jesus speak.

Jesus has been speaking most of the morning. You may know this talk as the Sermon on the Mount. Posts telling what he said already are below.  Just scroll down.

Jesus took a moment break between each subject, giving us time to think about His words. The break has ended and He is ready to tell us more.

Jesus said, "You have all heard from people who lived long ago these words: Do not break a promise, but keep the promises you have made to the Lord.

"There is more to this than is being taught by the Rabbis.

"When saying something that for another person to believe, you might rashly say, I swear by heaven this is so. When you do this you are calling on heaven to back your words, and heaven is a very scared place, it ought to be taken seriously. You show no grace or honor to God when you say you can call on heaven to back your words. Are you God? 

"Can you even say I swear by earth as proof of your words? God has given life to the earth. What right have you to say you have power over that life when calling on it to back your words?

"Or can you say, I swear by Jerusalem as your witness? Jerusalem is a place of honor, a place on the earth, a place set aside for you. David wrote, Jerusalem is the city of the great King. God, the great King, is interested in Jerusalem and every single promise that you make by it.

"Even though your head is a part of you, something you cannot do without, it belongs more to God than you because He made it. Can you make one hair that grow from you head emerge as a different color? God formed all the workings in your head, your brain, eyes, ears, mouth, nose. So, you cannot promise by your head, you have no authority.

"Rather, let those whom you speak with see by your actions that your words are true. They should not doubt you because you daily live an honest and truthful life. Those around you should know that when you say yes, that alone is yes and needs nothing extra. And when you say no, that alone is no and needs nothing more.

"An honest life is one that is respected and believed. When cursing or strong promises are added to what you say, doubt and disbelief will be the listener's response. Don't let your protests, cursing, and promises taint your words.

"Promises should rarely be made. They are too easy to break and are not respected as the commitment they are. 


Yes, this does make sense. He teaches with such a deep understanding. I am sure we all learned more than we had in a very long time. Jesus has more to say. I will share them next time.


Author's note, this section is from the Sermon on the Mount. Come back to read the next story.



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sources: 
*A Harmony of the Gospels for Historical Study, An Analytical Synopsis of the Four Gospels by William Arnold Stevens and Ernest DeWitt Burton, Charles Scribner's Sons, New York 1932
*New International Version, New King James Version. 
*My Bible College training.
*My notes and walk through classes I've taught in Children's church. Answers to student questions, etc.
*Pastoral sermons on this time
*Matthew Henry Commentary
*F. LaGard Smith Commentary
*My notes from my trip to Israel.
*Photos from my trip to Israel.