Sunday, August 23, 2015

Vacation post

Fall is coming to the Adirondacks. The squirrels and chipmunks are busy gathering acorns and apples and stashing them away. They are also fussing with each other about whose tree and whose stash belongs to which critter.

For The Lord's Day

For The Lord's Day:
Overcoming Evil by doing good.
"But when a man not only keeps himself from revenging the injuries which he has received, but endeavours to overcome evil by doing good, he manifests one of the graces of a renewed and sanctified nature, and in this way proves himself to be one of the children of God; for such meekness proceeds only from the Spirit of adoption." Calvin commenting on Psalm 7:3-5

Sunday, August 9, 2015

For The Lord's Day

“To be entitled to use Another's name, when my own name is worthless; to be allowed to wear Another's raiment, because my own is torn and filthy; to appear before God in Another's person, the person of the Beloved Son - this is the summit of all blessing. The Sin-bearer and I have exchanged names, robes, and persons! I am now represented by Him... He now appears in the presence of God for me (Hebrews 9:24)”. - Horatius Bonar, The Everlasting Righteousness
Thanks to Pastor Chuck Isaac, Christ the King PCA, El Paso TX

Sunday, August 2, 2015

For The Lord's Day

How to avoid a wasted life: “God created me – and you – to live with a single, all-embracing, all-transforming passion – namely, a passion to glorify God by enjoying and displaying his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. Enjoying and displaying are both crucial. If we try to display the excellence of God without joy in it, we will display a shell of hypocrisy and create scorn or legalism. But if we claim to enjoy his excellence and do not display it for others to see and admire, we deceive ourselves, because the mark of God-enthralled joy is to overflow and expand by extending itself into the hearts of others. The wasted life is the life without a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples.   -- Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper

Sunday, July 26, 2015

For The Lord's Day

“I am not worthy, Master and Lord, that you should come beneath the roof of my soul: yet, since you in your love toward all wish to dwell in me, in boldness I come. You command, ‘Open the gates’ – which you alone have forged; and you will come in with love toward all as is your nature; you will come in and enlighten my darkened reason. I believe that you will do this: for you did not send away the harlot that came to you with tears; nor cast out the repentant publican; nor reject the thief who acknowledged your kingdom; nor forsake the repentant persecutor, a yet greater act; but all of those who came to you in repentance, were counted in the band of your friends, who alone abide blessed forever, now and unto endless ages.”     – John Chrysostom (c. 347-407)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

For The Lord's Day

“Our need of Christ does not cease with our believing; nor does the nature of our relation to Him or to God through Him ever alter, not matter what our attainments in Christian graces or our achievements in Christian behavior may be. It is always in His “blood and righteousness” alone that we can rest. There is never anything that we are or have or do that can take His place, or that can take place along with him. We are always unworthy, and all that we have or do of good is always of pure grace.” - - B. B. Warfield, Works, vol 7, p. 113

Monday, July 13, 2015

For The Lord's Day +1

God Substituting Himself for Man
“The concept of substitution may be said to lie at the heart of both sin and salvation. For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting Himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices Himself for man and puts Himself where only man deserves to be. Man claims prerogatives which belong to God alone; God accepts penalties which belong to man alone.”     
~ John Stott in The Cross of Christ