Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord! Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice; tender to me the promise of His word; in God my Savior shall my heart rejoice.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of His Name! Make known His might, the deeds his arm has done; His mercy sure, from age to age to same; His holy Name–the Lord, the Mighty One.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of His might! Powers and dominions lay their glory by. Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight, the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.
Tell out, my soul, the glories of His word! Firm is His promise, and His mercy sure. Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord to children’s children and for evermore!
Lyrics: Timothy Dudley-Smith
Originally posted 2009-08-09 09:39:32. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
Perseverance of the Saints
( Is it the Doctrine of Eternal Security? )
by Tony Warren
There are those theologians who seem to be infatuated with convoluting and over complicating the litigation of scripture. This is often seen in attempts to make artificial distinctions between the doctrines of “eternal security, perseverance of the Saints, and once saved, always saved.” Now I fully realize that there are some who misunderstand and misapply these terms. But defining them differently is like trying to find a difference between believers being washed in the blood of the lamb, and Christ having died for believers’ sins. I.e., they are both speaking of the exact same thing. We should not be confused or puffed up in reading long platitudinous essays purporting distinguishing qualities of different phrases, which declare the exact same thing. They all declare that the Saints cannot lose their salvation, and by the Spirit of God they will persevere. That is eternal security. And it’s not invalidated, it’s the doctrine delivered to the saints.
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Originally posted 2012-01-24 13:45:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
This is a message preached by Pastor Mark Stocker at Spring Road Evangelical Church, Southampton, U.K.. The text the sermon is based on is from 1 John 2:1-2 also drawing from text in previous chapter too.
The message is a little over 30 minutes long, and gives us both encouragement to pursue holiness unto the Lord, but moreso assurance that we have an Advocate in the presence of God, even now pleading on our behalf according to the sacrifice He has made on our behalf, in order to satisfy the wrath of God against sin.
Originally posted 2011-08-21 01:26:47. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
On Musical Mediatrixes
By Pastor Larry DeBruyn
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us . . . seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus . . .” (Ephesians 2:4-6)
The Matrix: Though defying rational explanation, it is what it is. Foremost, music is spiritual. In whatever venue, whether a rock concert, a national anthem before a sporting event, a funeral, a military parade, or a church worship service, etc.—music delivers powerful experiences to its hearers. Music’s subliminal message can prove mind-altering. One newspaper columnist accounts for its popularity for reason that, “Music is a vehicle that propels [the disc jockey]—and me and so many others—toward the place we might call enlightenment, or God, or the higher consciousness, or Grace.”
But not only is music spiritual, it is also mystical. Like hand in glove, the [Continue reading…]
07.05.10 J.A. Matteson
“…there was given me a thorn in the flesh….” 2 Corinthians 12:7
Pride is the greatest danger to effective ministry. Fallen human nature, even among the redeemed, tends toward self-exaltation. And as the apostle earlier observed, knowledge puffs up, but love edifies (1 Cor. 8:1). As an ardent student of the Old Testament Paul often borrowed literary terminology from the ancients in his letters. For the last two thousand years many explanations of the “thorn in the flesh” have been offered and none have been conclusive. Therefore it is not the intent or claim of this brief editorial to assert new insight (as though any could be!), but merely to offer my own observation on the question. It seems to this author, based on the context of the passage, chapter, and the entire theme of book (in conjunction with 1 Corinthians) that the thorn to which [Continue reading…]
How powerful is our praise when we surrender ourselves totally unto Jesus? Focus your eyes upon Him, lift Him up with praise and thanksgiving in all circumstances, and witness His power at work in your life!
Originally posted 2009-06-04 07:15:15. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ… Philippians 3:20
Slumbering soldiers on foreign soil behind enemy lines quickly find themselves in mortal peril. The life of faith requires that the saint press on toward the goal of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus and be constantly on guard against temporal sidetracks that hinder progress in grace. The realization of desired attainments in grace appears elusive for the weary pilgrim, yet the Lord in His goodness has ordained that grace be extended towards His saints ensuring their progress in their travels towards the New Jerusalem, for the Apostle confidently asserts, “I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6).
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Originally posted 2009-03-04 15:56:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter
1 The LORD reigns;
Let the earth rejoice; Let the multitude of isles be glad!
2 Clouds and darkness surround Him;
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.
3 A fire goes before Him,
And burns up His enemies round about.
4 His lightnings light the world;
The earth sees and trembles.
5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD,
At the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6 The heavens declare His righteousness,
And all the peoples see His glory.
7 Let all be put to shame who serve carved images,
Who boast of idols. Worship Him, all you gods.
8 Zion hears and is glad,
And the daughters of Judah rejoice Because of Your judgments, O LORD.
9 For You, LORD, are most high above all the earth;
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“We believe that Jesus Christ, according to his divine nature, is the only Son of God– eternally begotten, not made nor created, for then he would be a creature. He is one in essence with the Father; coeternal; the exact image of the person of the Father and the “reflection of his glory,” Col. 1:15 Heb. 1:3 being in all things like him. He is the Son of God not only from the time he assumed our nature but from all eternity, as the following testimonies teach us when they are taken together.
Moses says that God “created the world”; Gen. 1:1 and John says that “all things were created by the Word,” John 1:3 which he calls God. The apostle says that “God made the world by his Son.” Heb. 1:2 He also says that “God created all things by Jesus Christ.” Col. 1:16 And so it must [Continue reading…]