Monday, December 11, 2017

The Trinity Conspires to Save the Sinner

Do not think that a decision or a prayer can or will save you. The Father draws you, the Son accepts you, and the Holy Spirit applies the work of atonement to your heart. 

Your salvation flows from three (3) aspects of Divine Will and Wisdom: 

1) Reservation: God determined to save you (election)

 2) Redemption: the Son died to save you (definite atonement)

 3) Regeneration: the Spirit decided to save you. (irresistible grace)

Thomas Goodwin puts it this way: "...God the Father rose up in heaven...'Son, yonder is a soul which I have given you from everlasting, which you died upon the cross for; now is the fullness of time for you to have mercy upon him; go take him and own him for your own, and now actually possess him." 

I beg you to stop dishonoring God by saying that through your own free will you can conjure saving faith on your own to and choose to either reject or accept and believe or repent by your own will. 

I beg you when the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit moves upon your heart, honor His Free Grace and trust in His glorious salvation.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

God's Great Design

Related image"Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
(Matthew 6:10)

Thomas Watson once wrote, "The great design of God in His Word is to make us doers of His will." (Thomas Watson, The Lord's Prayer, pp. 151-156). 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Congratulations Pvt. Bryttany Abramson

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The Crucible is Over!

Recruit Bryttany Abramson 

is now

Private Bryttany Abramson

Congratulations to a new member of the
 United States Marine Corps!

The Crucible is a test every recruit must go through to become a Marine. It tests every recruit physically, mentally and morally and is the defining experience of recruit training. The Crucible takes place over 54-hours and includes food and sleep deprivation and over 45 miles of marching. The Crucible event pits teams of recruits against a barrage of day and night events requiring every recruit to work together to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and help each other along the way.
The obstacles they face include long marches, combat assault courses, the leadership reaction course, and the team-building warrior stations.
Each warrior station is named for a Marine hero whose actions epitomize the values the USMC wants recruits to adopt.
The bottom line is this—the Crucible is a rite of passage that, through shared sacrifice, recruits will never forget. With that memory and the core values learned in recruit training, they will be able to face any challenges in their path.

Friday, December 8, 2017

All Hail King Jesus

All Hail King Jesus
by Gregg Metcalf
Vancouver, WA


Chorus:
All Hail King Jesus
 You are the One
Praise your holy name 
From God you have come
All Hail King Jesus 
To thee we now bow
Glory to our Lord and King
 Don’t delay come rule right now

Verse 1
Lowly and sitting on a donkey
You came unto your own
To the sound of glorious praise
To all the world you’re known

Verse 2
Tell the daughter of Zion’s realm
 That the her King is now near
 Come to Him all His peoples
There is no need to fear!

Chorus:
All Hail King Jesus 
You are the One
 Praise your holy name 
From God you have come
All Hail King Jesus
 To thee we now bow
Glory to our Lord and King
 Don’t delay come rule right now

Verse 3
 Treading on branches green
Amidst the shout and praise
Shouts of Hosanna ringing loud
Thanks to God for glorious days

Verse 4

 Blessings to David’s fair Son!
 Blessed who come in His Name
Heavens rejoicing triumphantly
As they testify to His fame!

Chorus:
All Hail King Jesus 
You are the One
Praise your holy name
 From God you have come
All Hail King Jesus 
To thee we now bow
Glory to our Lord and King 
Don’t delay come rule right now

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Entangled Affections Lead Us to Sin

Image result for john owenOne of my goals or purpose for producing this blog is to expose you, my readers to a wide variety of godly men and women. I desire to expose you to a variety of spiritually beneficial topics, books, articles, thoughts, and people.

John Owen (16816-1683) was an English Nonconformist church leader, theologian, and academic administrator at the University of Oxford. He was briefly a member of parliament for the University, sitting in the First Protectorate Parliament of 1654 to 1655. He was a tremendously deep thinker and prolific writer. 

Ryan McGraw wrote, "First, everything Owen wrote stands head and shoulders above most of his contemporaries. You will not find here the illustrative powers of Thomas Watson or the personal anecdotes of Richard Baxter. You will find a man who drank deeply from the wells of the best theology available at the time, who filtered this material through a brilliant intellect, and who set it on fire with the warmth of pastoral devotion. The two words that come to mind in describing Owen are precision and piety." 

Others have said that he is a most difficult read but it is well worth the effort. Therefore, this morning I give you a quote concerning temptation from John Owen with the hopes that his thoughtful insight will help you understand how improperly placed affections cloud our thinking which can lead to sin.

Temptation can also darken the mind by a sad entangling of the affections. When the affections are engaged, they have a strong influence in blinding the mind and darkening the understanding.” (John Owen)