Archive for January, 2008

“A preacher is not divinely called and elevated to be a facile weathercock, turned by the wind; but, like a tower of strength in scenes of danger, not less luminous than resolute, he is to turn the winds.”

Source: Introduction to Spurgeon’s sermons in the series published by Baker House

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Christian Spirituality

A great article is to be found here: http://exiledpreacher.blogspot.com/2008/01/ten-things-on-christian-spirituality.html

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Scripturize other websites!

To turn Bible references in web pages into pop-ups go to here and scroll down to Bookmarklet and follow instructions. This is very useful!

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Chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures

1. The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience, although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God and his will which is necessary unto salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord at sundry times and in divers manners to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his church; and afterward for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan, and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which maketh the Holy Scriptures to be most necessary, those former ways of God’s revealing his will unto his people being now ceased.

(2 Tim 3:15-17; Isa 8:20; Luk 16:29, Luk 16:31; Eph 2:20; Rom 1:19-21; Rom 2:14-15; Psa 19:1-3; Heb 1:1; Pro 22:19-21; Rom 15:4; 2 Pet 1:19-20)

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This a title used by William Cowper to refer to the person ordained to speak God’s Word from the pulpit. Unusual but catches my attention with its connotations.

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This saying is apparently a dutch saying.

It was introduced to me by a member of our church.

A nice word picture to describe God’s sovereign power.

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Depth of mercy! Can there be
Mercy still reserved for me?
Can my God His wrath forbear,
Me, the chief of sinners, spare?

I have long withstood His grace,
Long provoked Him to His face,
Would not hearken to His calls,
Grieved Him by a thousand falls.

I have spilt His precious blood,
Trampled on the Son of God,
Filled with pangs unspeakable,
I, who yet am not in hell!

I my Master have denied,
I afresh have crucified,
And profaned His hallowed Name,
Put Him to an open shame.

Whence to me this waste of love?
Ask my Advocate above!
See the cause in Jesus’ face,
Now before the throne of grace.

Jesus, answer from above,
Is not all Thy nature love?
Wilt Thou not the wrong forget,
Permit me to kiss Thy feet?

If I rightly read Thy heart,
If Thou all compassion art,
Bow Thine ear, in mercy bow,
Pardon and accept me now.

Jesus speaks, and pleads His blood!
He disarms the wrath of God;
Now my Father’s mercies move,
Justice lingers into love.

Kindled His relentings are,
Me He now delights to spare,
Cries, “How shall I give thee up?”
Lets the lifted thunder drop.

Lo! I still walk on the ground:
Lo! an Advocate is found:
“Hasten not to cut Him down,
Let this barren soul alone.”

There for me the Savior stands,
Shows His wounds and spreads His hands.
God is love! I know, I feel;
Jesus weeps and loves me still.

Pity from Thine eye let fall,
By a look my soul recall;
Now the stone to flesh convert,
Cast a look, and break my heart.

Now incline me to repent,
Let me now my sins lament,
Now my foul revolt deplore,
Weep, believe, and sin no more.

Words: Charles Wes­ley

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Assurance of salvation

When asked in his final days how his soul was faring, Sibbes replied, “I should do God much wrong if I should not say, very well.”

Richard Sibbes (1577-1635)

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Matthew Henry says, “I would advise that the sacred dialect be most used [in public prayer], and made familiar to us and others in our dealing about sacred things; that language Christian people are most accustomed to, most affected with, and will most readily agree to.”

– source: Matthew Henry “A Method for Prayer”

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