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Monday
Oct202014

This Week in Housekeeping

  

I’m finally updating Theological Terms again. I haven’t done any since June!

ascension of Jesus

sola gratia

Monday
Oct202014

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 58. How does the article concering “life everlasting” comfort you?

Answer: Even now I feel in my heart the beginning of eternal joy, (a) and after this life, I will inherit perfect blessedness, such as no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor human heart imagined—a blessedness in which to praise God forever. (b)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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Saturday
Oct182014

Sunday's Hymn: Let Us Love, and Sing, and Wonder

Let us love, and sing, and wonder,
Let us praise the Saviour’s name!
He has hushed the law’s loud thunder,
He has quenched Mount Sinai’s flame;
He has washed us with his blood,
He has brought us nigh to God.

Let us love the Lord who bought us,
Pitied us when enemies,
Called us by his grace, and taught us,
Gave us ears and gave us eyes:
He has washed us with his blood,
He presents our souls to God.

Let us sing, though fierce temptation
Threaten hard to bear us down!
For the Lord, our strong salvation,
Holds in view the conqueror’s crown,
He who washed us with his blood,
Soon will bring us home to God.

Let us wonder; grace and justice
Join, and point to mercy’s store;
When through grace in Christ our trust is,
Justice smiles, and asks no more:
He who washed us with his blood,
Has secured our way to God.

Let us praise, and join the chorus
Of the saints enthroned on high;
Here they trusted him before us,
Now their praises fill the sky:
“Thou hast washed us with thy blood;
Thou art worthy, Lamb of God!”

Hark! the name of Jesus, sounded
Loud, from golden harps above!
Lord, we blush, and are confounded,
Faint our praises, cold our love!
Wash our souls and songs with blood,
For by Thee we come to God.

—John Newton

The older tune

 

Indelible Grace

 

Other hymns, worship songs, prayers, sermons excerpts, or quotes posted today:

Have you posted a hymn (or sermon, sermon notes, prayer, etc.) today and I missed it? Let me know by leaving a link in the comments or by contacting me using the contact form linked above, and I’ll add your post to the list.

Friday
Oct172014

Everything Changes

I posted at Out of the Ordinary this morning on the results of the new birth. 

Before we are reborn, we are governed by Satan and our own sinful desires, but when we are reborn, we come under the dominion of the Holy Spirit. Or to put it another way, in the new birth, the Spirit unites us to Christ, who lives his resurrection life in us.

At the moment our new life begins, everything changes. Without new life, we see no need for repentance, but with new life, repentance becomes a life principle. Without new life, we have no desire or ability to follow Christ, but with new life, we do.

Read the rest of Believers Have New Life.

This is the fourteenth item on the list of truths every Christian woman should know. Here are the previous thirteen:

  1. God Has Spoken (posted at the True Woman Blog)
  2. God Is Three and God Is One
  3. God Is Who He Is
  4. God Had a Plan
  5. God Created the Universe
  6. We Are Made in God’s Image
  7. We Are All Sinners
  8. God Saves
  9. The Son Came
  10. Jesus Lived and Died
  11. Jesus Is Risen
  12. Jesus Is Lord
  13. We Must Believe
Thursday
Oct162014

Thankful Thursday

Here are a few things I’ve been thankful for lately.

  • a Canadian Thanksgiving dinner with my family.

  • the work my sons did taking down the big tree in the front yard, and for their safety while they worked. 

  • autumn dog walks with no snow … yet.

  • crisp apples from this year’s harvest.

  • new life.  

Also thankful today:

What are you thankful for? Leave a comment with your thanksgiving, post your thanksgiving on your blog, or tweet it. Give me the link by email or in a comment and I’ll add your thanksgiving to the list in the post.