Monthly Archives: November 2012

The Voice of the Martyrs’ 2013 Prayer Calendar

Christians are persecuted for their faith all around the world. But in their darkest moments, they cling to prayer and trust in Jesus Christ.

The Voice of the Martyrs’ 2013 Prayer Calendar serves as a reminder to join Christians around the world in daily prayer for persecuted believers and for the lost. Each day on the calendar includes a specific prayer request for Christians in a hostile or restricted nation who are persecuted because of their faith in Christ.


The VOM prayer calendar makes an excellent gift for family and friends. It is not only a gift to remind our friends and family to pray for the persecuted church but also a gift of prayer to the persecuted church.

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Heroes of the Faith: Dr. David Livingstone Found by Henry Stanley

Once asked why he decided to be a missionary, Livingstone replied: “I was compelled by the love of Christ.”

Here’s his story, taken from Christianity.com:

For years, no one had heard from the Scottish missionary explorer, David Livingstone. In l866, he had disappeared into the East African interior, searching for the source of the River Nile. Livingstone’s reports of his earlier explorations in Africa had fascinated multitudes of readers at home. Once asked why he decided to be a missionary, Livingstone replied: “I was compelled by the love of Christ.”

His Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa, published in 1857, told of treks totaling more than 20,000 miles back and forth across the African continent. His explorations provided valuable information about the people and geography of Africa’s interior. However, when he didn’t know, he guessed; and his dreams were often bigger than the facts; this cost a number of missionary their lives because they relied on his accounts. James Stewart (founder of Lovedale mission) was so disgusted with Livingstone’s personal life and misinformation that he threw one of his books into an African river.

All the same, Livingstone awakened the world to the horror of the Arab slave trade, which he called a “monster of iniquity brooding over Africa.” By publicizing the evil of slavery, Livingstone worked effectively to see it abolished. For every 20,000 slaves captured and exported, he estimated 100,000 Africans were killed, wounded, or died of disease on the slave trails. He wrote: “The many skeletons we have seen along the paths of the wilderness attest the awful sacrifice of human life that must be attributed to this trade in hell.”

In 1871, concerned that for five years no one had heard from Livingstone and eager to obtain a “scoop,” the New York Herald sent journalist Henry Stanley to find him. Landing in Zanzibar, Stanley traced Livingstone’s steps into the interior. To do so, he had to find his way (sometimes fighting) through hostile territory and overcome attacks of malaria, the jaws of crocodiles, mutiny and desertion.

After months of misery, learning that Livingstone was close, Stanley and his porters donned their best clothes. At last, on this day, November 10, 1871, they saw an old white man by the shores of Lake Tanganyika. Knowing this could be only one person, Stanley greeted him with his now world-famous comment: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume.”

The foods Henry brought with him saved Livingstone’s life, for he was desperately ill and able to eat only African porridge. “You have brought me new life,” said the missionary over and over. Unable to persuade Livingstone to leave Africa, Stanley joined him in exploring part of Lake Tanganyika and then returned to England. Unlike James Stewart, Stanley was impressed with Livingstone’s Christianity, and wrote: “It is not of the theoretical kind, but it is a constant, earnest, sincere practice…and it is always at work.”

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Henry Alford – Author of Thanksgiving Hymn “Come Ye Thankful People Come”

Here are the words to the Hymn:

Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home!
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to God’s own temple, come;
Raise the song of harvest home!

We ourselves are God’s own field,
Fruit unto his praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear;
Grant, O harvest Lord, that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.

For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take the harvest home;
From His field shall in that day
All offences purge away,
Giving angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast;
But the fruitful ears to store
In the garner evermore.

Then, thou Church triumphant come,
Raise the song of harvest home!
All be safely gathered in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified,
In God’s garner to abide;
Come, ten thousand angels, come,
Raise the glorious harvest home!

Now, here’s the link to read the story of Henry Alford:

Henry Alford – Author of Thanksgiving Hymn “Come Ye Thankful People Come”

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Original Mayflower Compact – Its Historical Importance

“There are more than l60 independent nations in the world. Whether dictatorships or democracies, nearly all have written constitutions, but that of the United States is by far the oldest.”

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Hooray for Hymns: Top Ten Favorite Hymns From “godmadeknown” Blog

“Hymns can be a powerful (and catchy) way of conveying really big truths about God often straight from His Word…”

Here is a “Top Ten Favorite Hymns” List from the “godmadeknown” blog.
We think you’ll enjoy the list-and really admire and appreciation this blog about true Christian home schooling:

Hooray for Hymns.

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Voice of the Martyrs Online Workshops: Persecution Studies

Visit www.VOMClassroom.com to view a selection of online workshops that will guide you through persecution studies. These courses will deepen your knowledge of and effectiveness in ministry to the persecuted church. Each class is self-enrolled and self-paced, allowing you to study on your own time.

Using audio lectures, video clips and other reading materials, these courses offer a broad range of topics, such as Persecution Studies, History of Persecution, Preparing for Persecution, Praying for the Persecuted Church, Muslim Evangelism, and courses in Biblical Studies in Persecution and Suffering for the Old and New Testaments.

Click below to view the current online courses being offered and to register:

Voice of the Martyrs Online Workshops

Don’t miss these opportunities to broaden your understanding of our response to today’s persecuted church.

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Online Blog-Christian Hymns History: Wordwise Hymns

Here is a great resource for you:

Here, in almanac form, is a huge collection of hymn histories.

This blog features the history and the biblical themes of hymns.

Enjoy:

wordwisehymns.com

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