London Journal – Tuesday, October 14, 2008

This world that we see with our eyes is not the sum total of reality.

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, these days I am reading through the book of Revelation, which shows many things that will come to be, or that are going on in heaven right now. Chapter 4 includes this poem of worship:

You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created and have their being.

To comtemplate how great and worthy our God is, is the grandest exercise of human thought and imagination.

This morning I met with RL to review areas of cooperation between his organization and our London Team. He told about the sermon he preached as he visited his supporting churches in USA this summer. The theme of the message was forgiveness. People often repeat the old phrase: Forgive and forget. RL says that the biblical teaching is quite different: Forgive and take positive action toward that person.

In the evening we went to the home of team members C and BL for a meal (chicken prepared Pakistani style) and conversation. We learned about the experiences this couple had in visiting a Middle Eastern nation recently. We talked in depth about “missiological principles.” What happens, or should happen, when a person becomes a follower of Christ? To what extent can that person continue in his cultural customs and previous religious community? What customs and practices must one abandon in order to be faithful to Christ?

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