Monthly Archives: October 2010

A little of this and a little of that

A little of this and a little of that got a lot more exciting when I did this to my wife’s car… Here’s what happened. It’s around 6:30 ish  or dusk… last night and I’m driving into town to get some dinner and boom… A big old Deer jumps out of the ditch and this is what happened.

Better my wife’s car than my truck I say! ( I only said that once ) That’s not the amazing thing… the deer was thrown over my car and I went under it and I looked up through my rear view mirror and there was a whole pack of deer… it could have been a lot worse. That deer could have gone right through the windshield being a low profile car… Also two seconds later I would have hit a lot more than just one.

Is that a miracle? NO! just God’s providence in orchestrating all things. Praise God I wasn’t hurt and give Him the glory. Amen to that!

Lets get right to A little of this and a little of that.

Do We Have Free Will? by Andrew Naselli… Non-Christians and Christians alike often give the same answer to difficult questions like these: Why did God allow sin in the first place? Why does God save some people and not others? Why does God send people to hell? Why can living like a Christian be so frustrating? The immediate solution often suggested is simple: “free will.” To many people

Parental Mythbusting from Grace To You blog… Myths—they intrigue, entertain, and sometimes even humor us. From health and history to sports and science, myths and misconceptions seem to find their way into every realm of human thought and activity—including parenting… Myth # 1: “Children must be the first priority in our family.”

In a Digital Age, Students Still Cling to Paper Textbooks… They text their friends all day long. At night, they do research for their term papers on laptops and commune with their parents on Skype. But as they walk the paths of Hamilton College, a poster-perfect liberal arts school in this upstate village, students are still hauling around bulky, old-fashioned textbooks — and loving it. Read the rest Here   HT: Tim Challies

The Prodigal God by Tim Keller… Taking his trademark intellectual approach to understanding Christianity, Timothy Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, locked inside his most familiar parable. Within that parable, Jesus reveals God’s prodigal grace toward both the irreligious and the moralistic. This book will challenge both the devout and the skeptics to see Christianity in a whole new way. Listen to the sermon series above link or Here

If you missed Ben’s post Bach’s Mass in B Minor… Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?  ~Michael Torke… Here is a quote from a modern secular composer, I thought it was interesting.  He talks about Bach’s B Minor Mass as being better than therapy.  Below is the first half  from Bach’s B Minor Mass, the only full mass that Bach ever composed. Go Here

In Christ Alone

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Bach’s Mass in B Minor

Why waste money on psychotherapy when you can listen to the B Minor Mass?  ~Michael Torke

Here is a quote from a modern secular composer, I thought it was interesting.  He talks about Bach’s B Minor Mass as being better than therapy.  Below is the first half  from Bach’s B Minor Mass, the only full mass that Bach ever composed.  If you enjoy that, you should listen to the whole thing at Magnatune.com


JS Bach – CD1 – Mass in B Minor by American Bach Soloists

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What Amazing Grace!

John Newton called himself a wretch who was lost and blind. Then at the age of 82… just before he died… He said “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: That I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior!”


When we come to Christ by His doing… Let us all say with John Newton, that I was a wretch… Spiritual dead Ephesians 2:1, 2, 3, 4 But He made me alive in Christ. How much more is grace amazing knowing how wretched and sinful we were.Romans 5:20, 21 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

That’s the love God… For those who are His… That’s Amazing Grace.

Amazing grace-how sweet the sound-that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed!
Thru many dangers, toils and snares I have already come; ’tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me; His word my hope secures; He will my shield and portion be as long as life endures.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.


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Who Is Jesus?

HT: Reformation Theology

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Tozer-What Good Is It?

Isaiah 6:3 And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”

If you want to pray strategically, in a way which would please God, pray that God might raise up men who would see the beauty of the Lord our God and would begin to preach it and hold it out to people, instead of offering peace of mind, deliverance from cigarettes, a better job and nicer cottage…What good is all our busy religion if God isn’t in it? What good is it if we’ve lost majesty, reverence, worship-an awareness of the divine? What good is it if we’ve lost a sense of the Presence and the ability to retreat within our own hearts and meet God in the garden? If we’ve lost that, why build another church? Why make more converts to an effete Christianity? Why bring people to follow after a Savior so far off that He doesn’t own them? We need to improve the quality of our Christianity, and we never will until we raise our concept of God back to that held by apostle, sage, prophet, saint and reformer. When we put God back where He belongs, we will instinctively and automatically move up again; the whole spiral of our religious direction will be upward. (The Attributes of God, Volume 1)

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Forgive

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A little of this and a little of that

Bankruptcy in the Cathedral… It turns out that Robert Schuller offers the best analysis of this crisis with his own words. “No church has a money problem; churches only have idea problems.” The theological crisis in Garden Grove is far more significant than the financial crisis. By Albert Mohler… Read the rest Here.

Repentance: fake and real… False repentance is worse than no repentance Here and part 1 Repentance: the vital element Here. Both by Dan Phillips at PyroManiacs

Why I Love the Church… A young man contemplating conversion to Roman Catholicism wrote me to explain why he was thinking of leaving Protestantism: Protestants don’t seem to appreciate the Church. The Bible describes the Church as an institution Christ founded and loves. The Church is everything to Catholics; it is nothing to most of my Protestant friends. In a similar vein, the 15 July 1998 issue of Christianity Today included an article by Timothy George, dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University: “What I’d Like to Tell the Pope About the Church.”  by John MacArthur  Read the rest Here.

Preach the Word… Every season of reformation and every hour of spiritual awakening has been ushered in by a recovery of biblical preaching. This cause and effect is timeless and inseparable. J.H. Merle D’Aubigné, noted Reformation historian, writes, “The only true reformation is that which emanates from the Word of God.” That is to say, as the pulpit goes, so goes the church. by Steven Lawson Read the rest Here

If you missed Ben’s post yesterday… He wrote… Here is the theme I wrote for my piano theme and variations.  I am now in the process of writing variations on it, more to come in the future…

The Bridegroom’s love

(John Fawcett, “Christ Precious”)

“Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb!” Revelation 21:9

Jesus is the BRIDEGROOM of His people, and He is so unspeakably excellent in that view, that none in heaven or earth can rival Him. We were deformed, polluted, and in every respect, unworthy of standing in so near and intimate a relation to Him. There was no excellency in us, to render us desirable in His eyes—but everything to provoke His resentment. And yet He was resolved to betroth us to Himself forever—in loving-kindness, in faithfulness, and in mercy!

Sin had reduced us to a state of absolute beggary, poverty, and wretchedness. Yet it was His good pleasure to take us into union with Himself—that we might share in His unsearchable riches! Nay, though He was rich, yet for our sakes He became poor—that we through His poverty, might be made rich!

Do we speak of the Bridegroom’s love? It is absolutely without parallel. There is nothing which will bear any comparison with it. Its height and depth, its length and breadth are immeasurable! It passes the knowledge of men or angels. It is stronger than death—for Christ loves His church, and gave Himself for it. Jesus Himself says to those who are married unto Him, “As the Father has loved me—so have I loved you!” The love of the nearest relations among men, falls inconceivably short of setting forth the nature, or the ardency of His love. No husband loves the dearest wife—as Christ loves His people.

Believers, by virtue of their marital union with Jesus—are advanced to great riches and honors. They are heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. The riches of eternity are their own! They are taken from the dust and the dunghill—and set among glorious princes! The angels in heaven think it no dishonor to be their servants. The contract is made, and it will be consummated at the great day, when the marriage supper will be celebrated with solemnity, triumph, and glory—suited to the dignity of the glorious Bridegroom. “Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb!” Revelation 19:9 HT: Grace Gems

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Christ My Substitute

2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

To put it bluntly and plainly, if Christ is not my Substitute, I still occupy the place of a condemned sinner. If my sins and my guilt are not transferred to Him, if He did not take them upon Himself, then surely they remain with me. If He did not deal with my sins, I must face their consequences. If my penalty was not borne by Him, it still hangs over me (Leon Morris The Cross in the New Testament)

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My Theme

Here is the theme I wrote for my piano theme and variations.  I am now in the process of writing variations on it, more to come in the future…

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The Sovereignty of God

Jeremiah 18:6 “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.

Job 12:9-10 “Who among all these does not know That the hand of the Lord has done this, 10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?
Job 12:16-17 “With Him are strength and sound wisdom, The misled and the misleader belong to Him. 17 “He makes counselors walk barefoot And makes fools of judges.

Job 33:13 “Why do you complain against Him That He does not give an account of all His doings?

To say that God is sovereign is to say that He is supreme over all things, that there is no one above Him, that He is absolute Lord over creation. It is to say that His Lordship over creation means that there is nothing out of His control, nothing that God hasn’t foreseen and planned. It means that even the wrath of man must ultimately praise God and the remainder of wrath God will restrain (Psalm 76:10). It means that every creature on earth, in heaven and in hell must ultimately bow the knee and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:10).

God’s sovereignty logically implies His absolute freedom to do all that He wills to do. God’s sovereignty does not mean that He can do anything, but it means He can do anything that He wills to do. The sovereignty of God and the will of God are bound up together.

The sovereignty of God does not mean that God can lie, for God does not will to lie. God is truth and therefore God cannot lie, for He wills not to lie. God cannot break a promise, because to break a promise would be to violate His nature, and God does not will to violate His nature. Therefore it is silly to say that God can do anything. But it is scriptural to say that God can do anything He wills to do. God is absolutely free-no one can compel Him, no one can hinder Him, no one can stop Him. God has freedom to do as He pleases-always, everywhere and forever. A. W. Tozer The Attributes of God Volume 2

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