Proverbs
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7

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For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 3:16-18

Sola gratia
"by grace alone"

Ephesians 2:8

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In The Hours – Indelible Grace Music

Originally posted 2011-06-10 22:50:23. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Look in the mirror!

I came across the following video in of all places, on our own website! One of the other guys must have added it to our video gallery, but when I watched it, I was convinced the guy in the video was talking about me. Anyone who knows me will probably attest to the way in which I am prone to swing like a pendulum when facing exposed error, so much so that I can quite often over compensate, or become over focussed (if that’s proper English?) on a particular subject or doctrine.

This isn’t me promising to change my ways, although I hope they do change, but it is simply an acknowledgment to the truth of this smacking me in the face. If you are reading this and have been affected in some way by my impetuousness or immaturity, please forgive me and know that it was without any [Continue reading…]

The Lord's Wisdom

THE LORD’S WISDOM

01.21.10

J.A. Matteson

“…And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.”

Luke 17:14

Two observations may be made with regard to this text; that the Lord tests the faith of His people, and that thankfulness for His grace revealed in response to obedience is pleasing to Him.  First, testing of the would-be follower of Jesus Christ unto obedience characterizes the Lord’s wisdom in strengthening their faith as well as ferreting out the sincere from the disingenuous, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Lk. 6:46).

On pilgrimage saints repeatedly encounter stretches of difficulty where the path ahead is ominous, uncertain, confusing by means of natural reason.  Herein is the crux of faith; the Lord has spoken, will the pilgrim believe Him or not?  Faith is active with her fruit known by [Continue reading…]

The Characteristics of Sheep

Throughout Scripture, sinners in general, and God’s people in particular, are described as sheep. And those God sends to lead them are equally frequently called shepherds. Today we will look at the character of the sheep, and tomorrow at the character of the shepherd. We start with the sheep because the key to leading as a shepherd is in understanding the nature of sheep.

I pastored for 12 years in the Scottish Highlands. During that time, I was surrounded by sheep: sheep on the roads, sheep on the mountains, sheep on the beeches, sheep in my yard. O, yes, and sometimes sheep in the shepherds’ fields. My study on the Isle of Lewis was 12 inches away from a field full of sheep. Sometimes at night I would look up from my computer and see many pairs of luminous green eyes staring at me through my window! I [Continue reading…]

Tell Out My Soul

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

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Perseverence of the Saints – by Tony Warren

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.

…Continue Reading This Article.

Originally posted 2012-01-24 13:45:14. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Assurance of an Advocate

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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

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“Into” the Mystery

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.”[1]

But not only is music spiritual, it is also mystical. Like hand in glove, the [Continue reading…]

Paul's Thorn in the Flesh

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…]