Bought by the Blood

February 24, 2010

The Meaning of Life

Filed under: ephesians,God's Glory,Matthew Henry,worship — cubsfan1980 @ 2:55 pm
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“We should live and behave ourselves in such a manner that His rich grace might be magnified, and appear glorious, and worthy of the Highest praise…For this we were made, and for this we were were redeemed; this is the great design of our Christianity, and of God, in all that he has done for us: unto the praise of His glory.” Matthew Henry

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February 23, 2010

Nothing But The Blood Jesus

Filed under: cross,ephesians,Gospel,grace,Matthew Henry,Redemption — cubsfan1980 @ 9:11 am
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“No remission without redemption.  It was by reason of sin that we were held captive, and we cannot be realesed from our captivity but by the remission of our sins.  This redemption we have in Christ, and this remission through his blood.  The guilt and the stain of sin could be no otherwise removed than by the blood of Jesus.  All our spiritual blessings flow down to us in that stream.  This great benefit, which comes freely to us, was dearly bought and paid for by our blessed Lord, and yet it is according to the riches of God’s grace.  Christ’s satisfaction and God’s rich grace are very consistent in the great affair of man’s redemption.  God was satisfied by Christ as our substitute and surety; but it was rich grace that would accept of a surety, when he might have executed the severity of the law upon the transgressor, and it was rich grace to provide such a surety as his own Son, and freely to deliver him up, when nothing of that nature could have entered into our thoughts, nor have been any otherwise found out for us.” Matthew Henry

February 22, 2010

Holiness Is The Means To Happiness

“Chosen – that we should be holy; not because he foresaw they would be holy, but because he determined to make them so.  All who are chosen to happines as the end are chose to holiness as the means.  Their sanctification, as well as their salvation, is the result of the counsels of divine love.” – Matthew Henry

February 19, 2010

Teaching A Toddler Scripture Memory

Filed under: communion with God,Family,John Piper,parenting — cubsfan1980 @ 10:02 am
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Traffic in the DC area is still pretty bad due to Snowpocalypse.  While driving in today I decided to listen to an old Piper sermon.  In the message I listened to Piper was talking about teaching his two month old daughter scripture memorization.  Prior to listening to this I had not thought about when to teach Miya Scripture verses, but Piper makes a good point about the sooner the better.

Talitha is now two. She is beginning to learn Bible verses by heart. She is also learning the forms of prayer. Why? Why go to the trouble of taking time and effort to repeat over and over the Bible to her? Very simple – when she is a teenager I want her to be godly and pure and holy and loving and humble and kind and submissive and wise. And the Bible says, as plain as day, this comes by treasuring up the Word of God in your heart. “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against you.”

Jesus put it like this in his great prayer for us in John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.” “Sanctify” is a Biblical word for making a person holy or godly or loving or pure or virtuous or spiritually wise. And these things I want for myself and for my children and for you. So what then should we do this year? If we are sanctified by the truth, and the Word of God is truth, what should we do?

If a doctor says, “You’re very sick and may die of your sickness, but if you will take this medicine, you will get well and live,” and you neglect to take the medicine – too busy, the pills are big and hard to swallow, just forgetful – you are going to stay sick and you may die. That’s the way it is with sin and spiritual immaturity. If you neglect what God tells you will sanctify you and make you mature and strong and holy, then you will not be mature and strong and holy. Reading, and meditating on and memorizing and cherishing the Word of God is God’s appointed way of overcoming sin and becoming a strong, godly, mature, loving, wise person.

via Open My Eyes That I May See :: Desiring God Christian Resource Library.

February 17, 2010

The Cross: Where mercy and justice kissed

On the cross we see sin fully punished and yet fully pardoned. We see justice with her gleaming sword triumphant, and mercy with her silver scepter regnant in sublimest splendor. Glory be to the wondrous wisdom which discovered the way of blending vengeance with love, making a tender heart to be the mirror of unflinching severity, causing the crystal vase of Jesus’ loving nature to be filled with the red wine of righteous wrath.

via The Daily Spurgeon: First, the Cross.

February 8, 2010

Cross Motivated Obedience

Filed under: cross,obedience — cubsfan1980 @ 8:37 am
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“All our obedience, every resolve to do good, and every work of faith is ‘by his power’ and so that the Lord Jesus would be glorified because of the grace he gives. Yes, we must pursue obedience, but that obedience must always be cruciform, formed by Christ’s cross. We must seek to obey because of the cross, find the grace to obey because of the cross, and live free from condemnation whether we succeed or fail in the light of the cross. The cross must be our only story, as Paul boldly proclaimed: ‘For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified’ (1 Cor. 2:2).”

– Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dennis Johnson in Counsel from the Cross (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2009), 171-172.

via Obedience Formed by the Cross « Of First Importance.

Rick Phillips on time with our kids

Filed under: Fatherhood,Rick Phillips,The Masculine Mandate — cubsfan1980 @ 8:19 am
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Rick Phillips is a quality guy and he once spoke at our college retreat.  Here is an excerpt from his newest book “The Masculine Mandate.”  It is a great exhortation on the role of father’s.

This is my simple agenda to ensure I am actively and intimately involved in the lives of my children: Read, Pray, Work, Play. I must read God’s Word to and with my children regularly. We must bear each others’ burdens in prayer and worship the Lord together at his throne of grace. My children need my positive, encouraging involvement in their work (and they need an invitation into some of mine). And we need to bind our hearts with laughter and joy in shared play, both one-on-one and as a complete family. This all requires time, for time is the currency with which I purchase the right to say, “My son, my daughter, give me your heart.”

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p. 103 from The Masculine Mandate (Reformation Trust, 2010)

via Time is the currency by Richard Phillips | Ligonier Ministries Blog.

Experiencing Sanctification

Sanctification means to be intensely focused on God’s point of view. It means to secure and to keep all the strength of our body, soul, and spirit for God’s purpose alone. Are we really prepared for God to perform in us everything for which He separated us? And after He has done His work, are we then prepared to separate ourselves to God just as Jesus did? “For their sakes I sanctify Myself . . .” ( John 17:19 ). The reason some of us have not entered into the experience of sanctification is that we have not realized the meaning of sanctification from God’s perspective. Sanctification means being made one with Jesus so that the nature that controlled Him will control us. Are we really prepared for what that will cost? It will cost absolutely everything in us which is not of God…The resounding evidence of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life is the unmistakable family likeness to Jesus Christ, and the freedom from everything which is not like Him. Are we prepared to set ourselves apart for the Holy Spirit’s work in us?

via The Cost of Sanctification – My Utmost For His Highest.

February 7, 2010

She Calls Me Daddy

Filed under: Family,Focus on The Family,parenting — cubsfan1980 @ 5:54 pm
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If you have half an hour, I’d highly recommend you listen to this Focus on the Family broadcast on raising daughters.  Follow the link here to listen to it: She Calls Me Daddy.

Refiner’s Fire

The altar means fire – burning and purification and insulation for one purpose only, the destruction of every affinity that God has not started and of every attachment that is not an attachment in God. You do not destroy it, God does; you bind the sacrifice to the horns of the altar; and see that you do not give way to self-pity when the fire begins. After this way of fire, there is nothing that oppresses or depresses. When the crisis arises, you realize that things cannot touch you as they used to do. What is your way of fire?

Tell God you are ready to be offered, and God will prove Himself to be all you ever dreamed He would be.

via Oswald Chambers’ “My Utmost For His Highest”: February 6th..

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