YouTube Documentary on George Mueller

Yesterday, I quoted George Mueller on the Bible.  Here again is what he said:

The vigor of our spiritual life will be in exact proportion to the place held by the Bible in our life and thoughts.  I solemnly state this from the experience of fifty-four years…I have read the Bible through one hundred times, and always with increasing delight.  Each time it seems like a new book to me.  Great has been the blessing from consecutive, diligent, daily study.  I look upon it as a lost day when I have not had a good time over the Word of God.

I thought you might want to know more about this fascinating man of God.  Here’s what Wikipedia says about him in the opening of its article:

George Müller (German – born as : Johann Georg Ferdinand Müller) (27 September 1805 – 10 March 1898), a Christian evangelist and Director of the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England, cared for 10,024 orphans in his life.  He was well known for providing an education to the children under his care, to the point where he was accused of raising the poor above their natural station in life. He also established 117 schools which offered Christian education to over 120,000 children, many of them being orphans.

Here’s the full article from Wikipedia.  In short, Mueller cared for orphans in the age of Charles Dickens.  And Dickens even came to see him…and commended him.

And here is a one-hour documentary on Mueller’s life.  It’s on YouTube and broken up into six ten-minute segments.  It’s not the best documentary ever produced, but Mueller and his wife were an amazing couple and did a lot for the victims of England’s Industrial Revolution.

By the way, Mueller was a German, living most of his adult life in England.  I have seen his name spelled various ways and you see some of that variety even in this post.

Financing Ministry

The blog post linked below presents a well-argued case by Lydia McGrew for the self-financing of Christian ministry where possible.

In this post, Wintery Knight gives links similar counsel from Christian apologist J. Warner (Jim) Wallace.

Wintery Knight also provides links to some of his own thoughts on this subject.

All three of these voices are consistent in the advice that they give.

Likewise, I myself neither solicit nor accept donations.  Nevertheless, I encourage you, when you are willing and able, to donate to others who are preaching the true gospel of Jesu Christ so that they may not be distracted in their work for the Lord.  This, too, seems consistent with the counself from the three folks listed above.  Just remember not to do anything under compulsion “for the Lord loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

In short, there are two directions the Lord would have us give money and other resources if we want to give to Him:  to the poor and to the proclaimers of Jesus Christ.

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