Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Cutting the Proverbial Apron Strings

 
 
Letting go of our kids can  be a  tough process for both  parents and children.  

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Thanksgiving Message From Abraham Lincoln


"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven.    We have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity.    We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.     But we have forgotten God ... We have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.  Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! (1)
~Abraham Lincoln

"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights with whom
there is no variation or shadow due to change. "
James 1:17
 
 
Happy Thanksgiving!

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Painting: "The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth"
By Jennie A. Brownscombe (1914)
(1)  Abraham Lincoln: Washington, D.C. March 30, 1863   Proclamation Appointing A National Fast 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Lot’s Wife—a Woman to Be Remembered

 
Perhaps one of the most chilling admonitions in Scripture can be found in  the words  of  Christ,  “Remember Lot’s wife!”    Speaking to His disciples, Christ foretells  how His  return to judge the world  will be unexpected and  that judgment will be as swift  as  it was in the days of Noah and Lot.    The abiding truth  He who has found his life will lose it, and he who has lost his life for My sake will find it.”  (Mt. 10:39)  is a sobering  warning for people in every age.    Who was this woman who lived nearly 2,000 years before Christ and why does He want us to remember her?   Continue reading....
 
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

12 Steps to a Happy Marriage

There is no more lovely,  friendly,  and charming relationship,  communion,  or company than a good marriage."     Martin Luther

When I  first considered  writing this blogpost I  said to Robert something to the effect,   “I think I  can sum up our marital felicity  these past 43 years in just two words:  'Christ and Grace’  - What do you think?”    Without hesitation he said,  “Honey,  I’ve never known you to say anything in just two words."  

On that note,  these are some things we've learned  together over the years.   
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

20 Surprising Ways a "Believer" Can Be Self-Deceived

 
In 1937 Arthur Pink wrote,  
The "Gospel" which is now being proclaimed is,  in nine cases out of every ten—but a perversion of the Truth, and tens of thousands, assured they are bound for Heaven, are now hastening to Hell, as fast as time can take them!” 1

And the beat goes on.  Evangelicals en masse believe they will inherit eternal life because they have “asked Jesus into their heart”,  even though many know nothing of  what it means to test themselves to see if their faith is genuine.
In the past the practice of carefully examining ourselves was considered normal and necessary in order to expose self-deceived professors and hypocrites,  rebuke worldly Christians, and assure genuine believers.....continue reading   
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Contending for Old School Hermeneutics

“what is one small hermeneutical step in the wrong direction turns out to be one giant step toward the wrong theology” 1  - Norman L. Geisler
 The times they are-a-changing again in and  a new wave of liberalism is sweeping the church.    It behooves us to be aware of how  changes in  hermeneutics have affected the church’s thinking regarding feminism,  missiology,  ecumenism,  Gnosticism, and  homosexuality,  among many other things.     Please join me today at Out of the Ordinary as we reaffirm some of the time honored principles of interpretation that have safeguarded us against false teachings for centuries.



 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Created for Companionship

 
Some Christians try to go to heaven alone, in solitude. But believers are not compared to bears or lions or other animals that wander alone. Those who belong to Christ are sheep in this respect, that they love to get together. Sheep go in flocks, and so do God’s people.” 1 ~ Charles Spurgeon
 
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Friday, April 8, 2016

What is Genuine Conversion?


 “Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.  Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS" Matthew 7:21-23

  “ Christianity itself, in all its full- orbed light, may be embraced as a system of religious belief.   A person may be intellectually delighted – almost entranced with the glorious doctrines of grace, a full, free gospel, salvation without works common, justification by faith; in short, all that goes to make up our glorious New Testament Christianity.    A person may profess to believe and delight in this; he may even become a powerful writer in defense of Christian doctrine, and earnest eloquent preacher of the gospel. All this may be true, and yet the man be wholly unconverted, dead in trespasses and sins, hardened, deceived and destroyed by his very familiarity with the precious truths of the gospel – truths that have never gone beyond the region of his understanding – never reached his conscience, never touched his heart, never converted his soul.

   This is about the most appalling case of all.   Nothing can be more awful, more terrible, than the case of a man professing to believe and delight in, yea, actually preaching the gospel of God, and teaching all the grand characteristic truths of Christianity, and yet wholly unconverted, unsaved, and on his way onto an eternity of ineffable misery – misery which must needs be intensified to the very highest degree, by the remembrance of the fact that he once professed to believe, and actually undertook to preach the most glorious tidings that ever fell on mortal ears.”

  O! Reader, whoever thou art, does, we entreat of thee, give thy fixed attention to these things. Rest not, for one hour, until thou art assured of thy genuine, unmistakable conversion to God.

...A truly converted person is one who has turned from idols-has broken with the world-broken with his former self-turned to God, to find in Him all he can possibly want for time and eternity, to serve Him, and Him only-and, finally, "to wait for the Son of God from heaven."   Such we conceive to be the true and proper answer to the question, "What is conversion?"

  Reader, art thou [wholly] converted?  If not, what then?  If thou art, does thy life declare it?

 

C H Mackintosh: Miscellaneous Writings Volume 4 pages 17-18, 71-72 published Loizeaux Brothers. NY. 1898

 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Good in Good Friday



Oh, to see my name written in the wounds,
For through Your suffering I am free.
Death is crushed to death; Life is mine to live,
Won through Your selfless love.
This, the pow'r of the cross:
Son of God—slain for us.
What a love! What a cost!
We stand forgiven at the cross. 1
  
"When Jesus had received the sour wine,
he said, “It is finished,”
and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."
John 19:30   
 
 " “It is finished."  What was finished?  The work of atonement.
The sins of the believer - all of them - were transferred to the Saviour.  As saith the scripture, "The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all" (Isa. 53:6).  If then God laid my iniquities on Christ, they are no longer on me.   Sin there is in me, for the old Adamic nature remains in the believer till death or till Christ’s return,  should he come before I die,   but there is no sin on me.  In like manner, everyone out of Christ has the sentence of God’s condemnation resting upon him.   
But when a sinner believes in the Lord Jesus, receives him as his Lord and Master, he is no longer "under condemnation" - sin is no longer on him, that is, the guilt, the condemnation, the penalty of sin, is no longer upon him.   And why?  Because Christ bore our sins in his own body on the tree (1 Peter 2:24).   The guilt, condemnation and penalty of our sins, was transferred to our substitute. Hence, because my sins were transferred to Christ, they are no more upon me.  
"It is finished."  Reader, do you believe it? or, are you trying to add something of your own to the finished work of Christ to secure the favour of God? … Rest not on your feelings and experiences but on the written word.   There is only one way of finding peace, and that is through faith in the shed blood of God’s Lamb. 
"It is finished." Do you really believe it?"  ~ A.W. Pink  
 

Why it is essential to believe in justification by faith alone
 apart from good works  in order to be saved.
  
   
“Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scripture.”  I Corinthians 15:1-3
1. The Power of the Cross - lyrics by Keith Getty and Stewart Townend: 2005 Listen HERE
2. The Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross; by Arthur Pink;  1947