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Just Making the Cut August 20, 2006

Posted by Joe in Recommendations.
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Lar,

We aren’t missing a day! I am just squeezing in a post at this late hour. But the Lord is good. It is surely a joy to be held up in prayer with the saints!

So any idea what my weekend recommendation might be? How about The Life and Diary of David Brainerd? Surprise, surprise considering that is what I preached on tonight, huh. But really, how could it not be? For there can be little doubt as to its ability to stir up souls unto a greater and more fervent pursuit of God, especially considering that it has never been out of print for the last 250 years. Amazing.

080100976601_aa240_sclzzzzzzz_.jpgFor those who don’t know, David Brainerd was a missionary to the Indians in the 1740’s. He died of tuberculosis at the age of 29 and ministered for only 4 years. But he was a man who walked with God, and who struggled with all His might to make God known among those who didn’t know Him. His diary and journal have inspired many throughout the years. I have no doubt that anyone who reads this book will understand why.

The call of Christ to deny ourselves and take up our cross daily to follow Him can be a little abstract until you see it in action, whoever it might be. Brainerd is one who lost his life in order that he might gain it. He was one who pursued last place to the glory of our great God. You just cannot walk away from his life without being convicted and challenged and encouraged. I might put a quote up tomorrow, but I just had to get that recommendation in!

Seeking the grace to seek last place with you,

Joe

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