Here is the Kyrie from Beethoven’s Mass in C major. Unlike Bach or Mozart, Beethoven chose to set the mass in a major key, which I think is a good idea. It is interesting to hear how this differs from the Bach I posted last week. Same text, completely different music. What do you think?
“Jesus is Lord and I am His slave”
Being a slave of Christ may be the best way to define a Christian. We are, as believers, slaves of Christ. You would never suspect that, however, from the language of Christianity. In contemporary Christianity the language is anything but slave language. It is about freedom. It is about liberation. It is about health, wealth, prosperity, finding your own fulfillment, fulfilling your own dream, finding your own purpose. We often hear that God loves you unconditionally and wants you to be all you want to be. He wants to fulfill every ambition, every desire, every hope, every dream. In fact, there are books being written about dreams as if they are gifts from God which God then having given them is bound to fulfill. Personal fulfillment, personal liberation, personal satisfaction, all bound up in an old term in evangelical Christianity, a personal relationship. How many times have we heard that the gospel offers people a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? What exactly does that mean? Satan has a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and it’s not a very good one. Every living being has a personal relationship with the living God of one kind or another, leading to one end or another. But what exactly is our relationship to God? What is our relationship to Christ? How are we best to understand it? John MacArthur… Read the rest Here
SLAVE by John MacArthur… coming this January.
The Glory of God is the health of the universe; the essential soundness of things requires that He be honored among created intelligences. Where God is honored fully is heaven, and it is heaven for that reason; where He is honored not at all is hell, and for that cause it is hell. Among men we see a mixture of honor and dishonor. Basically this is the cause back of earth’s tragic, confused history. God has not finished with His saints till He has brought them to a place where they honor Him on earth as He is honored in heaven. God gives away His full purpose in redeeming man when He says, “Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified” Isaiah 49:3. If we can convince God that we are sold out to His high honor, the problem of unanswered prayer is solved. God will withhold nothing from that man who is determined to live to His glory alone. The sinful instinct to arrogate to ourselves some amount at least of praise is deep-seated and hard to destroy. But there is hope for us nevertheless. At the cross human pride withers like the cursed fig tree, from the root up. There will be a period of agonized struggle when life-loving old Adam is led out to die; but if the Christian will have the courage to go through with it, the whole quality of his life will be changed from that moment on. God has said, “them that honour me I will honour” 1 Samuel 2:30. He can honor us only when He knows His glory is safe in our hands. A.W.Tozer The Necessity of Honoring God
Like I said Yesterday… I was going to do What I Learned In Church Yesterday in two post, Because I missed last weeks. Today’s post is for this past Sunday, so here it goes. We are close to ending I think a very fruitful study in the Parable of the lost son. We’re at the older son’s response to the Fathers lavish love for the lost son Luke15:25-26, 27-28. Remember now this older son is the Pharisee… the audience Jesus is telling this story to Luke 15:1-3. I can just imagine the Pharisees fuming at this story and at the Fathers lavish love for this repentant sinner… Jesus said the older son became angry. The Pharisee is self-righteous person, a religious legalistic phony… He is righteous in his own eyes, He is full of pretenses… His only desire is to look holier and spiritual than thou. Look what God’s word says to the person with the attitude of the self-righteous person who wants to be holier than thou… who is full of pretenses “Who say, ‘Keep to yourself, do not come near me, For I am holier than you!’ These are smoke in My nostrils, A fire that burns all the day. Isaiah 65:5 Matthew Henry said this “Christ denounced many woes against the pride and hypocrisy of the Jews. The proof against them is plain. And let us watch against pride and self-preference, remembering that every sin, and the most secret thoughts of man’s heart, are known and will be judged by God.”
Where’s the rejoicing for his younger brother that he has this wonderful amazing grace poured out on him? The older brother knows not what grace is… He works for his righteousness and salvation. Jesus said his work in the field is the world Matthew 13:38 and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one. As one writer puts it ” This elder brother, the Scribe and Pharisee, the religious legalist, is in the world, walking after the course of the world, after the lusts of his own flesh, and ruled by Satan, the god of the world; and was taken up with the things of the world Ephesians 2:2, 3.” But look!… the Father wants him to come in Luke 15:28 “But he became angry and was not willing to go in; and his father came out and began pleading with him.; As Yogi Berra was heard saying “It ain’t over ’till it’s over”… It’s not over for the sinner, until God says so… so come, repent and believe Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” You see the Gospel is exclusive, hand-picked by God. Ephesians 1:3-4 It’s not over for those who do not believe… Not until they appear before God in judgment. But the work by Christ is done, once and for all Hebrews 10:10. I came across this.
“Nothing, either great or small; Nothing, sinner, no; Jesus did it, did it all, Long, long ago! When He, from His lofty throne, Stooped to do and die, Everything was fully done; Hearken to His cry -‘It is finished!’ Yes indeed, Finished every jot. Sinner, this is all you need. Tell me, Is it not? Weary, working, plodding one, Why toil you so? Cease your doing, all was done, Long, long ago! Till to Jesus’ work you cling By a simple faith, Doing is a deadly thing. Doing ends in death! Cast your deadly ‘doing’ down, Down at Jesus’ feet. Stand in Him, in Him alone, Gloriously complete!” James Procter
And that’s what I learned in church Sunday
First let me say I’m sorry I missed last weeks post on What I learned in church yesterday, I was really sick… So I’m looking forward to sharing with you. But before I begin let me say that this is my 1000 post… I really never thought I would hang in there this long. Every time I think to myself am I really making a difference… I get some email or comment that keeps me going, or somebody from my church will thank me for the encouraging and/or convicting words I may have posted. My desire has always been to proclaim the word of God boldly without compromising… either by thoughts from other godly men I trust or thoughts of my own. My overwhelming desire has always been to give God the glory Romans 11:36 for this site and for any fruit that may come from it.
I want to do this in two post… We will deal with last week… the one I missed today and yesterday on Tuesday. Last week in Sunday school we learned about God’s love… His great love that He has for those who believe on His Son Because of his great love for us, God the Father sent his Son into the world to be the propitiation for our sins by offering up His body to appease divine justice. We looked at Romans 5:5 The love of God is sealed to us by the Holy Spirit… so what else can we do when we have tribulation in our lives but to rejoice in the Lord and wait for Him in hope, Because hope never disappoints for a believer in Christ. Look what Paul says about the love of God for us Romans 5:6-8 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
This is what the lost son in this Parable is getting… God’s lavish love being poured on him a sinner, the one who comes with a repentant heart… And with knowledge of his own sinfulness. Look what the Father does Luke 15:22-24 “But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate. That’s how our God saves those who are His lavishly… Makes me think just who the prodigal really is in the story. That’s last week. And that’s what I learned in Church yesterday(last week) Tomorrow this weeks.
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
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