Monday, August 26, 2013

Adoniram Judson to His Children

At Historia ecclesiastica Evan Burns has posted a letter Adoniram Judson (1788-1850; missionary to Burma) wrote to his sons. This is a powerful letter from a believing father yearning for the salvation of his children. Here is an excerpt. May it move us in sharing the gospel with and praying for our own children.

Go on, my dear boys, and not rest until you have made your calling and election sure.  I believe that you both and Abby Ann will become true Christians, and meet me in heaven; for I never pray without praying for your conversion, and I think I pray in faith.  Go to school, attend to your studies, be good scholars, try to get a good education; but, O, heaven is all.  Life, life, eternal life!  Without this, without an interest in the Lord of life, you are lost, lost forever.  Dear Adoniram, give your heart at once to the Saviour.  …

Dear sons, so soon as you have a good hope in Christ that your sins are pardoned, and that Christ loves you, urge your pastor and the church to baptize and receive you into communion.  They will hold back, thinking you are too young, and must give more evidence.  But don’t be discouraged.  Push on.  Determine to do it.  Determine to stand by Christ, come what will.  That is the way to get to heaven


Thursday, August 08, 2013

Worst Books

At this link one mother gives her list of "The 5 Worst Books for Your Children." I don't know what my "5 Worst Kids Books" list would be, and I haven't read all the books she lists. However, I appreciate the issues she is concerned with and many of the counter-recommendations she makes. The list will likely be useful to readers of this blog.