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  Those Who Counted The Cost...And Paid It

Since the time of Christ numerous men and women have had to make the choice about forsaking all to follow Christ. These are some of their stories. May they encourage you in your own faithwalk.

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Those who counted the cost... and paid it: william tyndale
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This evening I watched a DVD about William Tyndale. I have been familiar with his story since I was a young girl. My mother had actually taught a series of lessons for children of how the Word of God was passed down through the ages. It was during those lessons that I learned that a terrible price had been paid for the English language Bible which I held in my hands. During Tyndale's lifetime, it was illegal to print and distribute Bibles in the English language. At that time, the Roman Catholic Church forbade the Bible to be translated into common languages. While Wycliffe had translated an earlier version of the Bible more than a hundred years before it was scarce. Also, Wycliffe's Bible was translated from the Latin Vulgate as opposed to the original languages of Hebrew (Old......
Those who counted the cost... and paid it: casper ten boom
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Millions are familiar with the name of Corrie ten Boom made famous by the book and later the movie, The Hiding Place but I'd like to focus on her father, Casper ten Boom who she wrote about extensively in her later books as well. He was a humble watchmaker who lived in the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands who had a passion for God. He lovingly opened up his home to everyone and was equally at home with the rich and the poor. Though he was a poor man, who struggled to support his family, he never turned away anyone in need. Water could always be added to the soup and bread could always be sliced just a bit thinner in the ten Boom home. Though he was not a man of great wealth or power, the community where he lived held him in such esteem that he was known as "Haarlem's Grand......
Those who counted the cost... and paid it: stephen
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As the early church began to grow by leaps and bounds, the Hellenistic or Greek-speaking Jews began to complain that their widows were being overlooked. (Acts 6:1) So the twelve called a meeting to propose a solution to this problem. They could not spend all of their time waiting on tables and preach and teach at the same time. What they could do, however, was delegate that responsibility to others and this is exactly what they did. Seven men of good reputation, filled with the Holy Spirit and wisdom, men with a heart to serve others within the Body of Christ were chosen to oversee this task. One of the men was a man named Stephen. You find the names of these men listed in Acts 6:5. It is interesting to note that while the this passage simply lists the names of six of these men, there is......
Those who counted the cost... and paid it: mary jones
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When we think of paying the cost for following Christ, we often think of people who gave their lives for the sake of the Gospel but it is not restricted to that. It means to be willing to do whatever you must do to follow Christ, no matter how difficult that might. She was born in Wales in 1784. The daughter of a poor weaver, she became a Christian at the age of eight. She became passionate about having a Bible of her own. However, the nearest Bible was at a farm several miles away and the nearest place where she could buy one of her own was 25 miles away. Needless to say, the price of a Bible was beyond her means. Determined to have a Bible at all cost, Mary worked and carefully saved her earnings for six years until she had enough money to buy the precious book. She set out one day,......
Those who counted the cost...and paid for it: jim elliot and four friends
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He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. --Jim Elliot, October 28, 1949 In this series Those Who Counted The Cost...And Paid It, I cannot forget Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Pete Fleming and Roger Youderian. These five men desired to take the Gospel to the Waodani (commonly known as the Auca), a tribe in living in Ecuador. The Waodani were considered to be a savage-warlike people and those living in the surrounding area were terrified of them. They had resisted all contact and were at war with their own people as well as outsiders. The men and their wives knew they were taking a risk in attempting to make contact with the Waodani. In fact, they kept their intent secret knowing that what they were planning to do would be considered to dangerous......
Those who counted the cost...and paid it: vera
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I don't even know her real name but that does not matter. God does. I was first introduced to her in the late 1970's when I read about her in a now out-of-print book entitled "Of Whom The World Was Not Worthy". My paperback copy of this book is so tattered that the front cover has fallen off. Still, I love this book! While Vera is not the main character in the book, rather she only comes into the story briefly, her story pierced my heart. It still does even today. I don't even know if Vera is her real name. I suspect it is not because when this book was written, the true names of individuals were changed as well as some of the exact places and dates. This was done for the safety of the people who this book is about. In the early 1940's during WWII, Vera lived......
Those who counted the cost...and paid it: gladys staines
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In the 1960's an Australian by the name of Graham Staines traveled to India. He would devote his life to ministering to those suffering from the terrible disease of leprosy. I suppose to friends, it seemed like he would always be a bachelor but in the early 80's an Australian nurse by the name of Gladys arrived in the area. They married in 1983 and God blessed them with three children. On January 22, 1999. Graham and his two son, aged 10 and 6, attended the annual Jungle Camp where they met with other Christians. Afterwards, he and his sons bedded down for the night in their vehicle. Shortly after midnight, a mob descended upon the vehicle. According to later testimonies, they first flattened the tires with an axe to prevent escape. The the windows were smashed and Graham and his......
Those who counted the cost...and paid it: richard wurmbrand
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Born Jewish, Richard Wurmbrand was orphaned at an early age and raised by a family that did not recognize any religion. By the time he was 14, he had fully embraced atheism. However, although he had convinced himself that there was no God, he wished that his beliefs were not true. Ironically it was during the late 1930's that a German carpenter in a Romanian village introduced him to Jesus Christ. When the Germany invaded Romania during WWII, Richard and his wife Sabina were not only targeted because they were Jews; they also suffered persecution because they were Christians. On more than one occasion they faced beatings and imprisonment because of who they were. However in his autobiography, "Tortured For Christ", Richard writes that what he and his family endured during......
Those who counted the cost...and paid it: john bunyan
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Martyr from the Greek word martys meaning: witness Today many people believe the word martyr means someone who has died for their religious beliefs or a principal. While it can mean that, it is so much more. The word really means witness and since we are all to be witnesses of what Christ has done in our lives and what He can do in the lives of others, we should all be martyrs of the Gospel. Today, we usually do not think of it in that sense but to say that one is a martyr only if they have lost their life is erroneous. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary of the English Language the word martyr is defined as: 1: a person who voluntarily suffers death as the penalty of witnessing to and refusing to renounce a religion 2: a person who sacrifices something of great value and......
The amersham martyrs
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I had never heard of them until just a few days ago I read an article about them. I would like to share their story. Between 1506 and 1521, seven people were burned at the stake in Amersham which is located about 27 miles northwest of London. These people were "Lollards" which meant that they were followers of John Wycliffe. Their names were William Tylsworth, John Scrivener, Thomas Barnard, James Morden, Robert Rave, Thomas Holmes and Joan Norman. What was their crime? They wanted the Bible to be translated into their native tongue which was English so that they could read and understand it. At that time in England, the only "legal" Bibles were Bibles which were written in either Greek or Latin. The translating of the Bible into English so that the common individual......