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Thoughts on The Lord’s Day

Man’s goings are of the Lord: how can a man then understand his own way?
—Proverbs 20:24

To know that our daily experiences are of the Lord must encourage our continual trust of Him and submission to His mysterious ways. He will provide for all His people who follow Him. Think of your past and how you have been guided and carried through to this point in your life. Praise the One who has richly sustained you. Look to the future glory that will follow those who have trusted and continue to live “looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb 12:2). Walking by faith rather than by sight is the theme of much Scripture and Christian experience. Though we may not fully understand the meaning of our lives, how can we build up our faith and trust in the God who rules over us?

I would suggest by using the means that God has given us; the regular gathering together with God’s people in worship, submitting to the faithful preaching of the Word of God, prayer and participation in Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

 

The note above, with the exception of my suggestion, is from The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible.                                                   —Joel R. Beeke is the General Editor.

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Thoughts on Indwelling Sin From the Pen of John Newton

“As to the remedy, neither our state nor his honor are affected by the workings of indwelling sin, in the hearts of those whom he has taught to wrestle, strive, and mourn, on account of what they feel. Though sin wars, it shall not reign; and though it breaks our peace, it cannot separate from his love. Nor is it inconsistent with his holiness and perfection, to manifest his favor to such poor defiled creatures, or to admit them to communion with himself; for they are not considered as in themselves, but as one with Jesus, to whom they have fled for refuge, and by whom they live a life of faith. They are accepted in the Beloved, they have an Advocate with the Father, who once made an atonement for their sins, and ever lives to make intercession for their persons. Though they cannot fulfill the law, he has fulfilled it for them; though the obedience of the members is defiled and imperfect, the obedience of the Head is spotless and complete; and though there is much evil in them, there is something good, the fruit of his own gracious Spirit. They act from a principle of love, they aim at no less than his glory, and their habitual desires are supremely fixed upon himself. There is a difference in kind between the feeblest efforts of faith in a real believer, while he is covered with shame at the thoughts of his miscarriages, and the highest and most specious attainments of those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight. Nor shall this conflict remain long, or the enemy finally prevail over them. They are supported by almighty power, and led on to certain victory. They shall not always be as they are now; yet a little while, and they shall be freed from this vile body, which, like the leprous house, is incurably contaminated, and must be entirely taken down. Then they shall see Jesus as he is, and be like him, and with him for ever.”

This is an excerpt from a letter he wrote to William Legge, Earl of Dartmouth in April, 1772.

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Repentance by John Chrysostom

We have dealt very corruptly against thee, and have not kept the commandments…which you commanded your servant Moses.    Nehemiah 1:7

We have not known thee as we ought, nor learned thy wisdom, grace and power;
the things of earth have filled our thought, and trifles of the passing hour.
Lord, give us light thy truth to see, and make us wise in knowing thee.

We have not feared thee as we ought, nor bowed beneath thine awful eye,
nor guarded deed and word and thought, remembering that God was nigh.
Lord, give us faith to know thee near, and grant the grace of holy fear.

We have not loved thee as we ought, nor cared that we are loved by thee; Thy presence we have coldly sought, and feebly longed thy face to see.
Lord, give a pure and loving heart to feel and own the love thou art.

We have not served thee as we ought, Alas! the duties left undone,
the work with little fervor wrought, the battles lost or scarcely won,
Lord, give me the zeal, and give the might for thee to toil, for thee to fight.

When shall we know thee as we ought, and fear, and love, and serve aright!
When shall we, out of trial brought, be perfect in the land of light.
Lord, may we day by day prepare to see thy face, and serve thee there.

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Drunks and Pigs (Luther) from the pen of Shane Lems

(This is a repost from February 2013.) Sadly, some Calvinists think it’s cool to cuss and drink.  To be sure, cussing is neither calvinistic nor is it Christian.  A person who really understands Ca…

Source: Drunks and Pigs (Luther)

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A Word for Ministers from John Newton

“I measure ministers by square measure. I have no idea of the size of a table, if you only tell me how long it is; but if you also say how broad, I can tell its dimensions. So when you tell me what a man is in the pulpit, you must also tell me what he is out of it, or I shall not know his size.”

——From Mr. Newton’s Memoirs

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The Lord’s Day, April 24, 2016

Psalm 115

Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto your name give glory, for your mercy, and for your truth’s sake.

Why should the heathen say, “Where is now their God? But our God is in the heavens: he has done whatsoever he has pleased.

Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: they have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: they have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusts in them.

O Israel, trust thou in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.
You yourselves that fear the LORD, trust in the LORD: he is their help and their shield.

The LORD has been mindful of us: he will bless us; he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron. He will bless them that fear the LORD, both small and great. The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children.

You yourselves are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth. The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth has he given to the children of men.

The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence. But we will bless the LORD from this time forth and for evermore. Praise the LORD.

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In regards to verse 8 here are some thoughts from a study Bible I own. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusts in them.

“Ironically, just as genuine believers are to be conformed to the image of the Lord, the unregenerate resemble the gods of their own making and imagination.”

“Ultimately God will also remove all their natural abilities as well, leaving them powerless and hollow as vessels for everlasting fire. Therefore flee idolatry, and fervently pray for Christ to save you from its soul-killing influences.”

“The hinge upon which true worship turns is faith. Idolaters are like their idols because they trust in them. Salvation is by faith in the Lord. This also suggests that if we trust in the Lord alone for salvation, we will become like Him.”

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Invocation of Saints and Prayer to Mary?

Invocation of Saints and Prayer to Mary?.

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