Bought by the Blood

December 8, 2007

Calvin on Waiting on God

Filed under: John Calvin,Quotes,Sanctification — cubsfan1980 @ 10:02 pm
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“Waiting for Christ teaches us to disdain the world, to mortify the flesh, and to endure the cross.”
“Waiting for the Redeemer is the only thing that sustains us in the warfare of the present life.  This waiting requires endurance as we take up Christ’s cross.”

-John Calvin

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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.

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

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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.

October 22, 2007

Spirit and Truth

Filed under: Poetry — cubsfan1980 @ 2:03 am
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I come humbly before you now,
Asking you to use this time,
When I peer into your word
For a greater vision of you,
That you will meet me.

Let my time in your word
Be my greatest joy and delight,
As I see the God who is rich in grace
Evidenced by sending His Son to die for me,
So I can be filled with the Spirit and His child.

Give me an expectant heart for your presence,
Help me to hear your voice in every verse,
Open my eyes to see your cross on every page.
I am nothing and have nothing
Unless you fill me now.

Through your word I see your cross more clearly,
This is the only way I truly know hope and peace.
It does not matter if I come to your courts
For an hour or fifteen minutes,
But only that I am transformed by your Spirit and Truth.

October 10, 2007

Improved sight lines

Filed under: sports — cubsfan1980 @ 2:03 pm
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I was listening to the radio while I was driving in to work today and I had an advertisement for the new Washington National’s baseball stadium. In the announcement they listed three amenities and it was in this order: high def jumbotron, start of the art surround sound and improved sight lines. The first concern for anyone going to game shouldn’t be all of the technology, but the sight lines and how well they can see the game. Give me the game before you give me all the extra stuff. Baseball does not need to be disnified and made into a theme park experience. Baseball has been great throughout the years without technology, just add any fan of the minor leagues.

It’s the same way with the church today. Many churches today get caught up with programs, causes, worship styles, dress codes, etc. The most important thing is Jesus. If there is no Jesus then there is no church. The most important thing for the church is the sight lines and how it improves our vision and clarity of the cross. The persecuted church isn’t dying for a multi-media experience that makes them feel good about themselves, people are being martyred for the priceless blood that has obtained for them an eternal inheritance. There is lots of nice extra stuff for the American church today, but it’s all meaningless without the name and renown of Jesus

O Lord, we wait for you;
your name and remembrance
are the desire of our soul. (Isaiah 26:8)

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