Bought by the Blood

November 16, 2007

Overcoming Sin and Temptation Ch. 1

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I’ve decided to take part in reading “Overcoming Sin and Temptation” with Challies and his crew.

It’s a chapter a week and so each week my plan is to post over here what provokes me from that weeks chapter on Friday.  So far already, just by reading chapter 1, the promise and purpose of life with Christ has changed for me.  Owen makes the point that the vigor, comfort and power of my spiritual life depends on how I mortify the deeds of the flesh.

I never thought much before about the difference between spiritual life and eternal life. Jesus has promised me life and life to the full and that isn’t just in reference to my eternal inheritance with Him in Heaven. The best for me to experience life and life to the full is to seek the power of the Spirit to put to death my flesh that impedes my communion with Him right now. Very sobering.   Talk about living your best life now!

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November 13, 2007

Aslan

Filed under: c.s. lewis,music — cubsfan1980 @ 2:04 am
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I’ve never heard of Kendall Payne before, although I had heard of the subject of the song I stumbled across on Pandora.  Without a doubt, this has quickly become one of my favorite songs of all time.  It is based on the character Aslan and the famous quote, “He is not a safe lion, but he is good.”  It’s not a worship song, but the lyrics did definitely make me want to worship.  You can check it out the lyrics below and definitely buy this song on itunes because it’s worth it!

Don’t stop your crying on my account
A frightening lion, no doubt
He’s not safe, no he’s not safe
Are you tempted now to run away?
The King above all Kings is coming down
But He won’t say the words you wish that he would
Oh, he don’t do the deeds you know that He could
He won’t think the thoughts you think He should
But He is good, He is good

I know you’re thirsty, the water is free
But I should warn you, it costs everything
Well, He’s not fair, no He’s not fair
When He fixes what’s beyond repair
And graces everyone that don’t deserve
No one knows Him whom eyes never seen
No, I don’t know Him but He knows me
He knows me, He knows me
Lay down your layers, shed off your skin
But without His incision, you can’t enter in
He cuts deep, yeah He cuts deep
When the risk is great and the talk is cheap
But never leaves a wounded one behind

November 11, 2007

Hope for the Hopeless

Filed under: Holy Spirit,Hope,Prayer — cubsfan1980 @ 11:50 pm
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“But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord.” 1 Samuel 1:15

“Prayer is the natural response to Hannah’s situation:  it is God the giver of live, who has closed her womb, and it is only God who can open it.” Mary J. Evans

There is power in prayer that is in the Spirit.  I wonder how much more effective I would be in my everyday life if I took more advantage of that power instead of thinking too highly of my own.  If God can create life, raise a dead man from the grave and transform my heart of stone into a soft heart moldable by Him then there is nothing that is beyond Him.  How much I daily seek to be filled by Him so that I can be used by Him

November 10, 2007

John Calvin on the hope of eternal life

Filed under: Hope,John Calvin,perseverance of the saints — cubsfan1980 @ 6:40 pm
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For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.”1 Thessalonians 1:9-10

“For unless we are stirred up to the hope of eternal life, the world will quickly draw us to itself.  As it is only confidence in the divine goodness that induces us to serve God, so it is only the expectation of final redemption that keeps us from giving way and losing heart.  Let every one, therefore, who wants to persevere in the path of a holy life apply his whole mind to an expectation of Christ coming.” John Calvin

November 9, 2007

Dever on Evangelism

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“We don’t fail in our evangelism if we faithfully tell the gospel to someone who is not converted; we fail only if we don’t faithfully tell the gospel at all.” Mark Dever

November 6, 2007

“Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness.” 1 Timothy 2:11

Filed under: book,husbands,marriage — cubsfan1980 @ 5:30 pm
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“Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness.” 1 Timothy 2:11

 

Every husband must daily gauge his leadership and ensure that he is leading in a way that allows his wife to be submissive.  Male leadership is a gift to wives.  When husbands embrace their God given role as a leader, then the wife can embrace her call to the home.  Due to the fall, women do not eagerly submit themselves to the leadership of men.  Praise God for Christ work on the cross that we are now in a state of grace, grace that makes women submit and grace that empowers men to lead.  If husbands are to lead in a manner that their wives will trust them and submit to them, then they must be aware of grace.

“However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” Ephesians 5:33

Filed under: book,husbands,marriage — cubsfan1980 @ 1:10 am
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“However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” Ephesians 5:33

 

The role of a husband is to lead his wife.  If a husband is unable to lovingly lead his wife, then he has failed as a leader.  Every leadership action must be done in love.  Correction cannot be brought if it is not mingled with care.  Each husband has married a sinner, just as each wife has married a sinner, so when sin is made evident, love is crucial to overcome the effects of sin (1 Peter 4:8).  A husband cannot put the gospel on display for his wife and the world cannot see Christ when the husband interacts with his wife if love is absent

November 5, 2007

“For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,” Ephesians 5:29

Filed under: book,husbands,marriage — cubsfan1980 @ 12:56 am
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“For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church,” Ephesians 5:29

 

The call to be a husband is a call to die to self.  As a husband dies to his own selfish desires, he is enabled to better look to the needs of his wife.  A husband is called to look not only to his interest, but also to those of his wife (Philippians 2:4), this is the essence of nourishing and cherishing a wife.  With this definition of nourishing and cherishing a wife, it is impossible without the example of Christ and having him lead the way.  The Son of God became a servant endured the shame of the cross (Hebrews 12:4 and Philippians 2:7) for His bride.  Because Christ has gone before us, husbands can follow His model to nourish and cherish their brides.

November 3, 2007

“In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” Ephesians 5:28

Filed under: book,husbands,marriage — cubsfan1980 @ 9:22 pm
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“In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.” Ephesians 5:28

 

The goal of loving my wife as Christ has loved the church is a lofty goal, not just in reality, but also in conception.  I know I do not fully grasp Christ love for me, because if I did I probably wouldn’t sin as much as I do.  In reality, I worship God little, because I worship myself much.  Paul knows this sinful tendency that we all have and how many people often fall short of grasping the love that Christ has for us, so Paul conveys this idea in terms that sinful man is familiar with.  The way I am to love my wife is the way that I love myself.  To the extent that I love myself is the degree that I should love my wife, in other words, I should love my wife a lot.

 

November 2, 2007

“so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:27

Filed under: book,marriage — cubsfan1980 @ 7:32 pm
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“so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:27

 

On my wedding day I thought that my wife was the most beautiful person in the world, and each day she continues to get even  more beautiful.  There will come a day when her beauty surpasses anything that I can imagine.  When Christ takes her home, she will reflect Him perfectly and have a beauty that is nothing less than glorious.  She will be radiant in splendor as she is made like her Savior.  My hope is not for her to be physically perfect in this world.  Instead, my hope is for when we are in glory and she has no blemishes, spots or wrinkles.  My calling is to lead her to this day, so she does not grow weary as we wait for the promise that we have.

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