The church in Smyrna signifies the church under the persecution of the Roman Empire during the first few centuries of the church’s existence. The Greek word smyrna means myrrh. Myrrh signifies suffering in the Bible. This was a time of persecution and martyrdom in the church. What this epistle shows us is that the church […]

And you have endurance and have borne all things because of My name and have not grown weary. But I have one thing against you, that you have left your first love.” – Revelation 2:3-4 The seven churches in Revelation 2 and 3 bear a double significance. On the one hand, they were actual local […]

Someone who pursues the truth is also someone who, despite the cost to his reputation and living, will obey the truth. We see this exemplified by Robert Govett. In this podcast we take a look at how the Lord raised up this servant. Many of the truths we enjoy today came at a cost, and […]

In this podcast, we focus on the end of Hudson Taylor’s life and service. We look at the spiritual heritage he left us with as well as an important lesson we can learn from his ministry. At the end of his life, there were many missionaries in China, but few had his testimony. It could […]

This is the touching story of how Hudson Taylor persevered through sufferings and privations to fulfill the great commission. We chronicle some of the devastating losses and trials he suffered while in China, but only the Lord knows how much this faithful servant endured to plant the seed of the gospel. Hudson Taylor once said, […]

Hudson Taylor’s work in the interior of China came to be known as the China Inland Mission. In this podcast we take a look at how this labor came to be and why it proved to be so enduring. We’ll see how the life Hudson Taylor lived shaped the foundation and mission of the China […]

Hudson Taylor is generally credited with opening the interior of China to the gospel, but he did not do it alone. He needed others to serve with. In this podcast we take a look at some of the companions who the Lord provided during his years of labor, including the most important–his wife, Maria Dryer. […]

Taking the gospel into the interior of China in the 19th Century was a real challenge. Almost all missionary work in the mid 1800’s was consigned to the coasts of China, where there was easy access to ports and protection offered from troops stationed in those cities. The interior of China held many unknowns for […]

God moves primarily through persons, not movements. It may take God a long time to gain a person, but once God has the person, He has the way. In this podcast we take a look at Hudson Taylor’s formative years and the experiences that God sovereignly used to shape this vessel who would open up […]

On Robert Morrison’s tombstone it is written, “After a service of twenty-seven years cheerfully spent in extending the kingdom of the blessed Redeemer…he sweetly slept in Jesus.” Anyone familiar with Morrison’s missionary endeavors in China knows that he often met with privation and hardship. Yet despite his outward circumstances, Morrison’s life stands as a record […]

One of the great accomplishments of Robert Morrison was his translation of the Bible into the Chinese language. As an early pioneer in the mission field, Morrison was observed closely by Catholic and Chinese officials. He was prohibited from teaching or preaching the gospel to any Chinese besides those who labored closely with him. God sovereignly […]

Buried? Yes, but it is seed From which Continents may feed; Millions yet may bless the day When that seed was laid away. – M.E. Barber China owes a great debt to Robert Morrison. He was the first Protestant missionary to pioneer a gospel work in a land that most Christians at the time deemed […]

In August of 1806, five students from Williams College gathered in a meadow near the Hoosack River to discuss their burden for spreading the gospel abroad. Their meeting was suddenly interrupted by a thunderstorm and they were forced to take shelter under a nearby haystack. There they continued their fellowship and prayer for the spread […]

In this delightful episode we take a glimpse into Martin Luther’s married and domestic life. Katie Luther, Martin’s wife, is the subject of this podcast. After they each left the Romish practice of convents and monasteries, Martin, a former monk, and Katie, a former nun, settled down to enjoy a normal Christ-centered marriage and family […]

The recovery of justification by faith was a great turning point in the history of the church. We may take it for granted today, but without it we would enjoy precious little of God’s salvation. In this podcast we take a look at this recovery and how it opened the way for the Word of […]

“I see in Luther an energy of faith, for which millions of souls ought to be thankful to God. I can truly say I am.” – John Nelson Darby In this podcast we come to Martin Luther’s momentous break with the church of Rome. Sometimes history allows us to peer into the souls of men […]

In this week’s podcast we cover the fascinating story of how Luther, an Augustinian monk, came to know grace through faith in Christ. We begin with Luther’s encounter with the Bible in his monastery’s library. We then turn to Luther’s pilgrimage to Rome to see how the corruption and extravagance he witnessed there greatly disillusioned […]

God uses all manner of things and persons to mold us into the kind of vessel that He needs for His up-to-date move. In this introductory podcast we take a look at young Martin Luther and the formative experiences that prepared him to boldly stand against the corruption of the church in the Middle Ages. […]

In this week’s podcast we take a look at John Huss’ martyrdom. His testimony sowed seeds that would spring up a century later to influence Martin Luther. Luther once said of him: “I was seized with a curiosity to know what doctrines this great heretic had taught. The reading filled me with incredible surprise. I […]

In this introduction to John Huss (1369-1415) we take a look at another faithful witness that God raised up during pre-Reformation times. God in his sovereignty was preparing the groundwork for the Reformation through men like Huss. In this podcast we examine the ways in which God’s sovereign hand was at work in world affairs […]