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Why I Am Happy After the Sad U. S. Ruling on Marriage

27 Jun

Though saddened, I am not surprised at the U. S. ruling to legitimize and promote sexual sin. The bible warns that itching ears will hear what they want, that sin will spread, people will call good, evil and evil, good, and that even within the church, false teachers will arise. In this historic time when our society legitimises yet another sin (murder of children in abortion and now marriage degradation and the further approval and rejoicing in sinful sexual practice), I am yet happy.

Happy? Did you say… Happy? Yes. I remain happy and rejoice, knowing that the Christ and his Bride, the Church, will not be prevailed over by Satan and sin. I am happy because I know that the good news of Jesus Christ is still, and forever will be, the best news – there is no greater. No bad news will ever triumph over Christ’s message. I am happy because, sinners will continue to be brought to repentance, faith, and godliness. I am happy because, Christ reigns and will return to set all aright, even though sin and evil is present. I am happy because I have Scripture’s testimony that these things were to happen–I am not caught unaware–and the promise that it will not always be so. God will be gloried and every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, even those who reject him. I am happy because I can currently write such things in the U.S.A. without imprisonment or death. I am happy because my God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I am happy because all things work together for the good of those that love Jesus. I am happy because my faith is not affected by the world’s rejoicing in sin; the world has always been contrary to the truth. I am happy because the wickedness of the world is also encouraging more Christians to boldly speak the truth as the Spirit moves them. I am happy because as the world becomes more contrary to the Word and will of God, the brighter Christ’s light will seem in a progressively darkening society. I am happy because God’s Word stands forever true even if the whole world would deny it. I am happy because God is sovereign and therefore he will bring about his will with all certainty. I am happy because salvation is sure for those who belong to Christ. I am happy because sin only makes me long that much more for the day when I will meet my Saviour face to face and all sickness and sin is behind me. “Man may trouble and distress me–’twill but drive me to Thy breast” (Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken). I am happy because Christ has already dethroned Satan and evil at the cross, and the reason that the final judgement on the Day of the Lord taries, is that Christ is bringing more and more souls into his kingdom daily. Though sin exists, this is the age of grace and the time of salvation. Thank you, Lord Jehovah!

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22 Grand Gleanings from the Book of Job: The Big Picture

12 Jun

Perhaps you have a hard time with the book of Job. Maybe you can’t get past the seemingly unfairness of Job’s suffering. It might be that you question the historicity of the details since it is written in poetical form. Then again, Job might be your favorite book to read. It might be the one you relate to the most. Job may have given you a sense of peace in your times of hardship. Whether you struggle with aspects of Job, relish in the deep honesty of its pages, and/or see how it points to the coming of Jesus, the long-awaiting Messiah, these 22 grand-picture gleanings may help you further appreciate and understand this wonderful, inspired, historical passage of Scripture. The next time you read through Job (which really should be read as a whole or in large chunks), watch for these 22 gleanings to come to the surface as you meditate upon it. May this be a blessing to you.

  1. God’s glory takes precedence over all.
  2. Satan and his activity are confined, determined, and limited by God’s will. Take comfort in that.
  3. All that befalls God’s people will benefit them now or in eternity (See Romans 8:28-39. We often skip the context of v. 28.).
  4. Store up treasures in heaven.
  5. True, saving faith endures till the end.
  6. Job is real and honest. It expresses our own struggle with hardship and suffering.
  7. God is both sovereign and good; we do well to trust in Him.
  8. Not all suffering is a result of specific sins we commit.
  9. We should view suffering as an opportunity to glorify God, grow in him, and witness to others through our words and behaviours.
  10. Job teaches us about caring for those who suffer. Even truth can be used in a sinful way. We are to live not only by the letter, but also the Spirit of the Word.
  11. Job shows us our need for a mediator between God and Man, who is Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour.
  12. The suffering of man points us to the greater suffering of Christ.
  13. Job shows us our need for a redeemer and rescuer.
  14. God is the reason that all things exist and are sustained. Apart from him nothing exists. Without him all things would cease to be.
  15. God can, and does, test the faith of the believer without tempting a person, causing them to sin, or being an agent of evil. God was the ultimate reason for Job’s hardship and suffering, yet Satan, not God, was guilty of the evil committed. We do not fully understand the complexities of how this all plays out, but we know this to be true by the testimony of Holy Scripture.
  16. Suffering is temporary and limited.
  17. Our current hardships necessarily point us to eternity and its glories awaiting us.
  18. Man’s wisdom (Job’s, his wife’s, his friends’, etc.) is not God’s wisdom.
  19. Job demonstrates the importance of prayer and waiting on the Lord.
  20. Suffering is real and sadness and grief are okay (to a point).
  21. We ought to be careful of what we accuse God of.
  22. God is mighty and should fill us with holy fear.

Is There Growth?

12 Jul

“I [Paul] planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:6,  NASB).

Are we growing in the Lord? Is the fruit, product of a healthy plant, apparent? Is the green foliage even present? If not, then we ought to be properly concerned, and respond by turning our hearts and minds away from sin and self-worth, toward faith, repentance, and life in Jesus – the author, giver, and perfector of faith.

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Psalm 18:16-19 ESV

23 Apr

“He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.  He rescued me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me.  They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support.  He brought me out into a broad place; he rescued me, because he delighted in me.”

David speaks of God’s loving arm of providence in worldly concerns and threats. Yet, I wonder if David didn’t also have in mind the LORD’s rescuing-hand from the many drowning waters of sin.  For was it not He who drew us out of sin and death? He who rescued us from the strong enemy, according to His good pleasure and will?

The context of the verse speaks specifically of David’s salvation from his earthly enemies; failing to recognize that would be improper. But  surely the truth of God’s salvation from sin, death, and wrath are echoed here. Afterall, salvation is from the LORD, whether from the vices of man, calamity, or the Grave.

God and Man (Unregenerate) Revealed in Scripture

27 Feb

God and humilityMan (click on the link)

This in-exhaustive, yet revealing, compilation of scriptures shows the passivity and incapability of unregenerate man to be quickened to the truth and call of the gospel. Regeneration by the Spirit is a necessary precursor to faith in Jesus Christ.

The more that I look to scripture for the truth found therein, the more the radical corruption of unregenerate man is blatantly perspicuous. This contrasted with the complete, eternal, authoritative sovereignty of God, drives me to true gratitude for the grace given me. I believe without a doubt, that my salvation lies only in the hands of its giver: the gracious, long-suffering, just, merciful God.

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