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Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary Collated from his Diary by Benjamin Funk   By: (1797-1864)

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Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary Collated from his Diary by Benjamin Funk is a compelling and inspiring account of the extraordinary life of Elder John Kline. Written by Benjamin Funk, this book masterfully brings to light the exceptional journey of a dedicated missionary and ultimately, a martyr.

From the very beginning, the reader is drawn into Kline's world as Funk adeptly utilizes Kline's personal diary entries to recount his life experiences. Through this unique approach, we gain an intimate glimpse into the joys, trials, and sacrifices that encompassed Kline's mission work, making the narrative truly authentic and moving.

Kline's unwavering commitment to spreading the Gospel is awe-inspiring. Throughout the book, the reader is witness to his tireless efforts in establishing churches, baptizing numerous converts, and imparting wisdom and guidance to those around him. The impact he had on countless lives is remarkable and serves as a reminder of the profound difference one individual can make in the world.

Indeed, this book delves deep into the challenges and dangers faced by Kline during his missionary work. From his encounters with hostile Native American tribes to facing imprisonment during the American Civil War, Kline's unwavering faith and courage shine through. The trials he endured only seemed to strengthen his resolve, showcasing his unshakable commitment to his calling.

What makes this memoir all the more poignant is the shocking and tragic realization that Kline ultimately became a martyr for his faith. His unwavering dedication to his beliefs led him to an untimely death, yet his legacy lives on. Funk skillfully captures the heart-wrenching circumstances surrounding Kline's martyrdom, leaving the reader with a profound sense of admiration and respect for this remarkable man.

Benjamin Funk's writing style is clear and engaging, making it easy to immerse oneself in Kline's experiences. He seamlessly weaves together Kline's diary entries, historical context, and personal insights into a cohesive narrative that captures the essence of this extraordinary missionary's life and mission.

Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary Collated from his Diary by Benjamin Funk is a captivating and poignant biography that highlights the exceptional journey of an individual who dedicated his life to serving others. This book serves as a testament to the power of faith, highlighting the resilience, sacrifice, and selflessness of Elder John Kline. It is a must-read for anyone seeking inspiration, guidance, and a deeper understanding of the remarkable impact one person can have on the world.

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In the burying ground of the Linville's Creek German Baptist church in Rockingham County, Virginia, there is to be seen a marble slab engraved with the name JOHN KLINE.

In walking through a cemetery and pensively viewing the memorials of the departed, one question of deep interest often presses upon the mind and heart: Are these, whose names are here recorded on slab and obelisk, still alive and in the possession of conscious being, or are they dead

"All to mouldering darkness gone; All of conscious life bereft?"

We turn to earth, and from her lips the ear of reason catches deep toned words of assurance that death is not the end of life. The hue of the butterfly's wing, "the flower of the grass," the beauty of the vernal year, these all, all teach the sublime truth that "all great endings are but great beginnings." The voice of God from the unrolled page of plainer if not diviner truth, says: "These are not dead, but sleeping they shall wake again."

Satisfied on this point, the next question turns to the lives and characters, works and words of those who lie buried here... Continue reading book >>

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