1 John 2:1, 2
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous,” 1 John 2:1.
While on a mission trip in Thailand, some of the team members with us were curious about the Buddhist temples. We took them to see a couple of the temples.
The doors of the temple are usually open during the day and evening and anyone may enter. Before entering, one must remove his shoes. The buildings are cool even though there is no air conditioning because the ceilings are steeply pitched and high. Large, carved, wooden chairs line the sides of the main room. These are where various monks, according to their rank, will sit on Buddhist holidays. On these days, people gather to bless the monks with gifts. In return, the monks will sprinkle water on their heads with some sort of good luck blessing. The monk cannot forgive any transgression the people may have committed. For that, they must do good deeds for merits.
Conversely, we go to church to worship the living God, praise Jesus and be convinced or convicted by the Holy Spirit through a biblical message. Furthermore, Jesus is our constant advocate, not just on Sundays. He makes intercession for us to the Father. I am so glad; more than glad, I am ecstatic that we have Jesus on our side!
REFLECTION – God demands no money, gifts or favors, only faith, in Jesus as our Savior.
Saw the sham of French Revolution
1760 – Morgan John Rhees, was born in Glamonshire, Wales. He was provided the best educational opportunities of his time, and then at age twenty-two entered the Bristol Baptist College – England and studied under the famed Caleb Evans. During those days he became an advocate for political freedom and especially became enamored with the French Revolution. After graduation he returned to his homeland and became pastor of the Baptist church in Monmouth. Though he was being used in evangelism his interest in the political scene led him to France in an itinerant ministry. He soon saw through the sham of the political leaders in France and returned to Wales. However, to escape being prosecuted on pretext of being friendly with the French, he sailed for America in Feb. 1794, and was well received by Dr. William Rogers, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Philadelphia, and provost of the U of Philadelphia. He preached extensively through the South and West with great success, and was compared to Whitfield. He then married the daughter of Col. Benjamin Loxley, an officer of the Revolutionary War. In time, Rhees united with Dr. Benjamin Rush, one of the signers of the Dec. of Independence in purchasing a large tract of land in Pennsylvania, which in honor of Rhee’s homeland was named Cambria. A large group from Wales settled there and Rhees served them as Pastor of the Baptist church in Beulah, Penn. At the age of forty-four he took on a sudden attack of pleurisy that led to his demise on Sept. 17, 1804. Those who were there said that his home going was more of a translation than a death. [This Day in Baptist History II: Cummins and Thompson, BJU Press: Greenville, S.C. 2000 A.D. pp. 670-72. William B. Sprague, Annals of the American Pulpit (New York: Robert Carter and Brothers, 1865), p. 345.] Prepared by Dr. Greg Dixon
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Ten years that equaled a century
It is for some to go, and for others to hold the rope for others that go to the heathen world. Such was the lot of the Rev. Samuel Pearce who was ordained in 1789 as pastor of the Cannon Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, England in which he served until his death on Oct. 10, 1799. Though it only lasted ten years, William Cathcart said, “Measured by usefulness instead of years this young pastor preached for at least a century.” Pearce was a dear friend of Wm. Carey before the beginning of the missionary enterprise, and was one of the strongest advocates of the worldwide mission’s cause that the world has ever known. He desired to go with Carey but because of his physical frailties, the Missionary Society convinced him that he was of greater value for the cause of missions in England. His eloquence in the pulpit stirred many throughout England and Ireland to volunteer for and support of the work in India. As a staunch prayer warrior, Pearce carried every matter to the Lord and expected and received answers to his prayers. In 1794 he wrote to the ministers in the U.S. urging the formation of the American Baptist foreign missionary society, land credit must be given to Pastor Pearce, for the seed fell on good soil and bore fruit a hundredfold. Pearce was born in Birmingham, England, ln July 20, 1766. As a boy he experienced seasons of great conviction as he considered his sin. When he was fifteen he saw a man die who cried out, “I am damned forever.” He was filled with terror for a year and hearing Rev. Birt of Plymouth, England, he was pointed to the Lamb of God, and found full assurance and peace with God. He was trained in the Bristol College. At 33 years of age he fell victoriously asleep in Jesus, with his dear wife comforting him.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon: adapted From: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, pp. 297-98.