Pastor Tyler Horton

January 2014

Help Me Experience It To The Full

“I adore the wonders of thy condescending love, marvel at the true believer’s high privilege within whom all heaven comes to dwell, abiding in God and God in him; I believe it, help me experience it to the full.” (The Valley of Vision, “Election”) For those who don’t know, ‘The Valley of Vision’ is a collection of Puritan prayers.  Arthur Bennett pulled, edited and compiled them from a bunch of different sources.  They are a great help to my prayer life because these prayers will often say something to God that I wouldn’t or say something in a different way.  The service this provides is that it shows a different depth or side to relating to God that I have not experienced.  It is easy to keep saying the same things to God out of no higher motive than habit.  It may seem ironic, but this collection of prayers from men who have been long dead have frequently brought my prayers to...

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Dilligence

As a follow-up to the post I wrote in the fall, I have another one up on the Acadia Divinity College Student Perspectives Blog.  You can read it here. "In many ways I am studying for my kids, so that I can be part of a church that can read the Bible well.  But I must also study diligently and with discipline so that I can give them the rest of what they will need from me over these next months as well."

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The Outcome of Long Tarrying

Don has posted another article I did for the Fellowship of the Burning Heart blog.  It is from my reading in Hudson Taylor's biography and you can read it here.

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Holding God's Faithfulness

“Want of trust is at the root of almost all our sins and all our weaknesses; and how shall we escape it but by looking to Him and observing His faithfulness?  The man who holds God’s faithfulness will not be foolhardy or reckless, but he will be ready for every emergency.  The man who holds God’s faithfulness will dare to obey Him, however impolitic it may appear.  Abraham held God’s faithfulness and offered up Isaac, ‘accounting that God was able to raise him...from the dead’.  Moses held God’s faithfulness and led the millions of Israel into the waste, howling wilderness.  ‘And what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell’ of those who, holding God’s faithfulness, had faith and by it, ‘subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises...out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens’. Satan too, has his...

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Do Not Join Our Mission

(Hudson, with the grey beard at center, posing with a group of China Inland Mission missionaries in 1891) Hudson Taylor wrote the following home for instructions on recruiting new missionaries: “Might we not with advantage say to our candidates: ‘Our work is a peculiar one.  We aim at the interior, where the whole of your society will be Chinese.  If you wish for luxury and freedom from care, do not join us.  Unless you intend your wife to be a true missionary, not merely a wife, home-maker, and friend, do not join us.  She must be able to read and be master of at least one Gospel in colloquial Chinese before you marry.  A person of ordinary ability may accomplish this in six months, but if she needs longer there is the more reason to wait until she has reached this point before you marry.  She must be prepared to be happy among the Chinese when the duties of your calling require, as they often will, your temporary absence from...

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Remember the Lord

My good friend Don Longworth runs a blog and asked me to write as a guest.  Here is the link to that post: "Remember the Lord"  

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Was Maria Walking in the Spirit?

Hudson Taylor speaking about his wife, Maria, and her help with the tasks and atmosphere of his medical work: “She was accustomed to take real comfort from a heartfelt belief in the overruling providence of God in small as well as great matters.  She was accustomed, too, to seek His counsel in all things, and would not write a note, pay a call, or make a purchase without raising her heart to God.” (pg. 219) As most of you know I have started work on a Master of Arts in New Testament Studies.  It requires a thesis and I plan to look at Galatians 5:16 with an aim to understand what it means to ‘walk in the Spirit’.  It will be academic in nature but I also have an eye to things like this as I read.  Maria Hudson was obviously looking for direction in what were quite mundane issues of her day.  What sort of guidance did she expect?  How would it come to her?  How would she discern it when it did come?  Are we...

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Why Did You Not Come Sooner?

One of Hudson Taylor’s early converts was a business man named Nyi.  The biography records a conversation between the two of them that reminds us that the Great Commission rests upon our shoulders. “He it was who, talking with Hudson Taylor, unexpectedly raised a question the pain of which was not easily forgotten.  ‘How long have you had the Glad Tidings in England?’ he asked all unsuspectingly. The young missionary was ashamed to tell him, and vaguely replied that it was several hundreds of years. ‘What,’ exclaimed Nyi in astonishment, ‘several hundreds of years! Is it possible you have known about Jesus so long, and only now have come to tell us?  My father sought the truth for more than twenty years,’ he continued sadly, ‘and died without finding it.  Oh, why did you not come sooner?’” (Biography of James Hudson Taylor by Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor [Hodder and Stoughton/OMF, 1985],...

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Lavished

“...according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us...” (Ephesians 1:7-8) God is not sparse with His grace to me.  This passage calls me to look at what I already have in Christ and see that the riches of grace have been lavished upon me.  I read this passage this morning as the kids were around and Caleb stopped by to see what I was looking at.  After reading the verses he wanted a little help understanding so I told him that God does not give us grace the way that I give him candy.  By his smile I knew he understood.  We talked a bit about the word ‘lavished’ and the conversation moved on when I told him that it sounds like God would be great in a water fight.

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Loved

I am currently reading through a biography of Hudson Taylor and came across this: "Now I know what it is to have my name written on His heart, and why He never ceases to intercede for me.  His love is so great that He cannot.  It is overwhelming, is it not?  Such depths of love, and for me?"  (Hudson Taylor) Do you believe that you are loved by Christ?  That you are really and truly loved?  I do not believe that God loved Hudson Taylor any more than He loves any other of His own chosen people.  But I do believe we fail to see and therefore enjoy that love.   Taylor was thinking of Hebrews 7:25.  "Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them."  The idea of our names being written on His heart is not explicit here but fits because Jesus is being pictured as the true high priest.  As the high...

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