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A Worldly Christianity?

Octavious_Winslow“Do not be conformed to this world.” Romans 12:2

Professor of the gospel! guard against the world; it
is your undoing! Watch against conformity to it . . .

in your dress,
in your mode of living,
in the education of your children,
in the principles, motives, and policy that govern you.

Do not grieve the Holy Spirit by . . .
any known inconsistency of conduct,
any sinful conformity to the world,
any inordinate pursuit of . . .
its wealth,
its honors,
its pleasures,
its friendships, and
its great things.

Pray against the sin of covetousness, that canker worm that feeds at the root of so many souls!

Pray against the love of dress, that sin that diverts the mind of so many professors from the simplicity of Christ, and takes the eye off from the true adornment!

Pray against a thirst for light and trifling reading, that strange and sinful inconsistency of so many, the certain tendency of which is to starve the life of God in the soul, to engender a distaste for spiritual nourishment, for the Word of God, for holy meditation, and for Divine communion and fellowship. Yes, pray against the spirit of worldly, sinful conformity in everything!

worldwebReader! are you a professing Christian? Then guard against a worldly Christianity—a Christianity that wears a fair exterior, so far as it is composed of church attendance, but which excludes from it the cross of the meek and lowly Lamb of God—a Christianity which loves the world and the things of the world, “makes a fair show in the flesh,” speaks well of Christ, and yet betrays Him with a kiss. Oh, awful state! oh, fearful deception! oh, fatal delusion!

The world is the sworn enemy of your Savior; let it not be your friend. No; come out of it, and be separate.

(Octavius Winslow, “Morning Thoughts”) HT: Grace Gems

Bible-WhiteBackground.jpegYou adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. James 4:4

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2

but be transformed by the renewing of your mind

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Happy is the family that Worships

John NewtonHappy is that family where the worship of God is constantly and conscientiously maintained. Such houses are temples in which the Lord dwells, and castles garrisoned by a Divine power. I do not say, that, by honoring God in your house, you will wholly escape a share in the trials incident to the present uncertain state of things. A measure of such trials will be necessary for the exercise and manifestation of your graces; to give you a more convincing proof of the truth and sweetness of the promises made to a time of affliction; to mortify the body of sin; and to wean you more effectually from the world.

But this I will confidently say, that the Lord will both honor and comfort those who thus honor Him. Seasons will occur in which you shall know, and probably your neighbors shall be constrained to take notice, that He has not bid you seek Him in vain. If you meet with troubles, they shall be accompanied by supports, and followed by deliverance; and you shall upon many occasions experience, that God is your protector, preserving you and yours from the evils by which you will see others suffering around you. (John Newton John Newton’s Letters, Family Worship.)

Happy is the family that Worships

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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New Life in Christ

I love this video posted by Phil Johnson on YouTube, its clear that the message of Jesus Christ and His saving power never changes over the years.

A 1979 film produced in and around Grace Community Church by Family Films. Vintage John MacArthur with long, open collars and teardrop glasses. Plus: special appearances by Jubilant Sykes. Styles and hairdos have changed dramatically, but the message hasn’t. Then, as now, it was biblical, honest, gospel-centered, and clear.

“Styles and hairdos have changed dramatically, but the message hasn’t.”

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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What Did Mary Know?

Dr. John MacArthurWhat did Mary know, what did she know? Well I don’t think she knew that He’d walk on water specifically. I don’t think she could know that He would give sight to a blind man and make the silent speak, she had no way to know!

Listen to the Christmas story below

And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord;
may it be done to me according to your word.”

Mary knew that she was going to give birth to
the Savior, the only Savior, the Savior of the world.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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The Shepherds Went on a Mission

Despiseand rejectIt was A.W. Pink who said “The whole civilized world celebrates Christmas”  So other that Easter time, where our Lord and Savior died for our sins, Christmas time when we celebrate the birth of our Savior is one of the best times to talk about Christ and why He came into this world.

The Shepherds did!

When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. Luke 2:17-18

Why did Christ come?

ThewordfleshPaul answers that question , when he writes in 1 Timothy 1:15-17 It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all. 16 Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life. 17 Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. 

King James Bible translates Luke 2:17 as And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. 

That gives me the idea that those shepherds went on a mission and they had something to say about the events that just took placed, no doubt they had Micah 5:2 spilling out of their mouths. The whole town was over flowing with people because of the decree from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth. Luke 2:1 This was by God’s sovereign design that those shepherd went and told of the birth of the Messiah.

Shouldn’t we do the same?

God_in_the_MangerHere is the two most important things I have learned from those shepherds.

  1. How can anyone wonder or consider these things about Christ without being told? Luke 2:18.
  2. How can anyone come to saving faith without being told about the things of Christ? Romans 10:17

When you are with your unbelieving family and friends, share the gospel of Jesus Christ with them. Tell them about Christ, tell them that Baby in the manger is God come in the flesh John 1:14 and ask them to consider Jesus Christ as their Savior. Then let the Holy Spirit do the rest, your job is not to save them, your job is to share the gospel and God will not let His word come back void or without accomplishing what He desires  Isaiah 55:11.

Go and tell them about Christ.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Should Believers Celebrate Christmas?

fortnerNo one knows the day of our Lord’s incarnation. The Holy Spirit did not reveal it to us. And, as believers, we must not be brought into a bondage observance of any day. We must not honor one day above another. We do not observe holy days and sabbath days of any kind. To be sure, the world’s observance of Christmas has little, if anything, to do with the worship and honour of Christ. For these reasons, and many others, some of the Lord’s people conscientiously choose not to join in any form of Christmas celebration. I respect their opinions and convictions – I must, because I once shared them. While we must not look upon those who differ with us in scorn or contempt (Rom. 14:1-5), I believe it is best for us wisely to use this season of the year.

CHRIST CAME

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

At this season of the year people everywhere are reminded of the fact that Jesus Christ lived and died in this world. At this season of the year virtually everyone in this world is confronted with the fact that 2000 years ago God almighty assumed human flesh and came into this world. Most have no idea who Christ is, why he came, what he did, or where he is now. But they cannot escape the fact that the Son of God came into this world. Above all else, I have chosen to celebrate Christmas, because it gives me an open door for preaching the gospel for the honor of Christ and the salvation of men. This season of the year gives me an opportunity to tell sinners the good news of grace, salvation and eternal life through the Lord Jesus Christ, by virtue of his sin-atoning sacrifice at Calvary and the power of his almighty grace.

A TIME FOR GIVING

christmas-givingAnother motive for celebrating this season of the year is the fact that it is a time for giving. It does my heart good to see men and women engaged in seeking the happiness of other people. Such a spirit should be encouraged and nourished, not dampened and reprimanded. Giving is always good. I grant that most giving at Christmas time has little to do with real generosity and sacrifice; but giving is always good. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if people were as thoughtful, generous, and caring the year round as they are at Christmas time? May God give me such a spirit.

A TIME FOR FAMILIES

children-decorating-christmas-treeAnd Christmas is a time for the family. More than at any other season of the year, families try to get together for Christmas. All the children come home with all their children. It is truly a happy time. I am for anything that promotes such warm family feelings of love and joy.

Yes, I think that it is best for us to celebrate Christmas, not as a religious holy day, but for the remembrance of that blessed event when the Son of God assumed our nature, that he might live and die as our Substitute and accomplish our eternal redemption. December 25 is nothing to us. But Immanuel is everything to God’s elect. We will magnify our Lord, our Savior, our King for his birth! He was born at Bethlehem that he might die at Calvary, and obtain eternal redemption for his people! Surely, no one can find fault with us celebrating such a glorious Savior! (Donald S. Fortner, Grace For Today Radio Message #881)

GOD WITH US

We will magnify our Lord,
our Savior, our King
for his birth!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Glory to God in the highest

nativity_sceneI love reading the Christmas story, especially in Luke 2:8-20 where we read about the Shepherds who are watching over their flock, then an angel of the Lord appears before them and it says in Luke 2:8 “the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.”  It wasn’t given to the religious élite but to these common shepherds, they were the ones to see King Jesus first. I know what you’re thinking, wasn’t it the wise men that saw the birth of Jesus first?

No they came two years later and they saw Him as a Child, not a Baby, in a house, not a manger.

9 After hearing the king, they went their way; and the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 After coming into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Matthew 2:9-11

Every year when I see people set up their nativity scenes, I always have to say they are a couple of years away, but they are placed over baby Jesus because they match the set. Oh well, maybe next year we’ll get it biblical right and match the bible!

He rules the world with truth and grace

He rules the world with truth and grace

Getting back to the Shepherds and the glory of the Lord, can you imagine what they were thinking? It says that “they were terribly frightened” and why wouldn’t they be, it’s not everyday you see the angle of the Lord is it? But wait, there’s more to come, they get to hear about the “Good News of great joy”

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Amazingly as that sounds, the best part of this proclamation by the angel for me is what happens next!

13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14″Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.” Luke 2:13-14

The skies opened up with a literal army, thousand upon thousand of heavenly host are praising God, Can you imagine that scene?

GOD WITH USGloria in Excelsis Deo which means “Glory to God in the highest, we sing it every year at our Christmas Eve service. God coming in the flesh is not something that happens quietly, nor should it be! It is proclaimed from the heavens and should be by us also. It ends with “ on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

So who are those that He is pleased with?

Those who repent of their sins and place there trust in this savior God, the Lord Jesus Christ who lays in the manger. So this year when you look at the manger scene and see little baby Jesus, that’s God in that manger, that’s the Savior of your soul, that’s the same God who was nailed to that tree for your sins, 2 Corinthians 5:21 who took the wrath of God for you.

Be one of those who He is well pleased and believe!

It’s God in that manger
It’s God on that tree
It’s God who saves
Repent and believe!

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria

Gloria in Excelsis Deo
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God With Us

If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: “God with us.” We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!  (John MacArthur God With Us, Zondervan, 1989, p. 16.)

GOD WITH US

 

“God with us.”
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Christian Thanksgiving is the life of Christ

thanksgivingChristian thanksgiving is the life of Christ in the heart, transforming the disposition and the whole character. Thanksgiving must be wrought into the life as a habit—before it can become a fixed and permanent quality. An occasional burst of praise, in the midst of years of complaining, is not what is required. Songs on rare, sunshiny days; and no songs when skies are cloudy—will not make a life of gratitude. The heart must learn to sing always. This lesson is learned only when it becomes a habit which nothing can weaken. We must persist in being thankful. When we can see no reason for praise—we must believe in the divine love and goodness, and sing in the darkness. Thanksgiving has attained its rightful place in us, only when it is part of all our days and dominates all our experiences. 

ThankyouLordWe may call one day in the year Thanksgiving Day, and fill it with song and gladness, remembering all the happy things we have enjoyed, all the pleasant events, all the blessings of our friendships, all our prosperities. But we cannot gather all our year’s thanksgivings into any brightest day. We cannot leave today without thanks, and then thank God tomorrow for today and tomorrow both. Today’s sunshine will not light tomorrow’s skies. Every day must be a thanksgiving Day for itself. (From The Thanksgiving Lesson by J. R. Miller, 1912 Read the attire The Thanksgiving Lesson HERE)   HT:Grace Gems

Christian thanksgiving is the life of Christ in the heart,
transforming the disposition and the whole character.

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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Stop Sinning and Run With The Righteous

Sometimes Paul just speaks out boldly “Stop Sinning” Then again sometimes we need that from people don’t we?

Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame. 1 Corinthians 15:33, 34

If you hang around Ducks for a long time, soon you’ll find yourself acting like them Ducks! You’ll first start quacking like a Duck, then soon enough you’ll start thinking like a Duck and then eventually your walk will be just like a Duck, You see its impossible to associate with unbelievers thinking and views as a way of life and not be contaminated by them in some way… Soon enough you will start picking up their ideas and their habits. They have a world view and that world view is bad theology and bad theology Paul says corrupts good morals.

Paul’s answer “Stop Sinning and Run With The Righteous”

Need help? Turn to the word of God as John Piper points out below…

Out of all the armor God gives us to fight Satan, only one piece is used for killing – the sword. It is called the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17). So when Paul says, “Kill sin by the Spirit” (Rom. 8:13), I take that to mean, Depend on the Spirit, especially His sword. What is the sword of the Spirit? It’s the Word of God (Eph. 6:17). Here’s where faith comes in. …The Word of God cuts through the fog of Satan’s lies and shows me where true and lasting happiness is to be found. And so the Word helps me stop trusting in the potential of sin to make me happy, and instead entices me to trust in God’s promise of joy (Psm. 16:11).

You will make known to me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever. 

and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria
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