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A lady once asked John Wesley that suppose he were to know that he would die at 12:00 midnight tomorrow, how would he spend the intervening time. His reply: “Why madam, just as I intend to spend it now. I would preach this evening at Gloucester, and again at five tomorrow morning; after that I would ride to Tewkesbury, preach in the afternoon, and meet the societies in the evening. I would then go to Rev. Martin’s house, who expects to entertain me, talk and pray with the family as usual, retire to my room at 10 o’clock, commend myself to my heavenly Father, lie down to rest, and wake up in Glory.”

Summarised as: When John Wesley was asked what he would do if he knew he were to die that night, he said that he would eat his supper, preach at the candlelight service, say his prayers, and go to bed.

John Wesley was asked what he would do if he knew his Lord would return at that time the next day. He said in effect, "I would go to bed and go to sleep; wake up in the morning, and go on with my work, for I would want Him to find me doing what he had appointed."

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Regeneration

Regeneration is a sovereign work of God (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-8; Jas. 1:18; 1 Pet. 1:3) a radical work or total transformation (Ezek. 36:26-27; 1 Jn. 3:9) not just an addition.

The source of regeneration is Christ (1 Pet 1:3; Eph 1:3, 2:4, 4:24; 2 Cor 5:17).

The agent of regeneration is the Holy Spirit (Jn. 3:3-8; Titus 3:5).

The instrument of regeneration is the Word of God (Jas. 1:18; 1 Pet. 1:23, 25) which precedes and causes faith (Jn 6:63-65, 1 Jn 5:1, Eph. 2:5; Col. 2:13)

source: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Monergism-Books/15086969948

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The second coming is one further example that the sheep hear the voice of the Shepherd, and they follow him (John 10:3) … The simultaneous explosion of cemeteries across the globe is a globalization [of] Jesus’ calling of Lazarus from his grave. Just as then, in Jesus’ death defying voice we see the glory of a God who always hears his Son (John 11:40–42).

source: Moore to the Point – A Pre-Tribulational Rapture?
http://www.russellmoore.com/2011/05/19/a-pre-tribulational-rapture/

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1Ti 5:21  In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels …

that the holy angels shall not now fall does not proceed from an indefectibility of nature, but from the election of God; they are elect angels.

source: Matthew Henry on Hebrews 7

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Sorrows

God sanctifies our sorrows.

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Justification, the outstanding blessing of salvation, is the Triune God’s counterintuitive gift of forensic acquittal and right status, an end-time decision announced now in the middle of history, consisting of Christ’s own righteous obedience freely imputed to sinners united to Christ through self-divesting and Christ-riveted faith.

source: Dane Ortlund after several moths of pondering Herman Bavinck’s writings on justification. His attempt at a single (run-on) sentence articulating Bavinck’s view. http://hermanbavinck.org/2011/04/06/bavinck-on-justification/

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The crying need of the church today is for men who will preach the Word with passionate conviction and in the power of the Holy Spirit. Then hurting churches will heal, many will be saved, Christian fellowships will be formed, the world will take note (Psa 126:2) and above all, God will be glorified.

What he did through the preaching of men like Calvin, Rutherford, Edwards, Whitefield and Spurgeon – to name but a few – he can do again: ‘The LORD’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save’ (Isa 59:1). The hammer of his Word can break the hardest heart (Jer 23:29).

… when you read the Bible, or hear it read and expounded, Christ is speaking to you; this is his Word. And God the Father says, ‘Hear him’, ‘Listen to him’ (Mark 9:7). Hear him now as he speaks in grace and love; do not wait until he speaks to you in judgement – for it most certainly will be the one or the other.

Source: Frederick Leahy, Is it nothing to you? : the unchanging significance of the cross (Edinburgh ;Carlisle  Pa.: Banner of Truth Trust, 2004), 125-126.

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