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Monday
Jul072014

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 43. What further benefit do we receive from the sacrifice and death of Christ on the cross?

Answer: Through his death, our old man is crucified, put to death and buried with him; (a) so that the corrupt inclinations of the flesh may no longer reign in us; (b) but that we may offer ourselves to him a sacrifice of thanksgiving. (c)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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Sunday
Jul062014

Sunday's Hymn: Though Troubles Assail Us

Though troubles assail us and dangers affright,
Though friends should all fail us and foes all unite,
Yet one thing secures us, whatever betide,
The promise assures us, The Lord will provide.

The birds, without garner or storehouse, are fed;
From them let us learn to trust God for our bread.
His saints what is fitting shall ne’er be denied
So long as ’tis written, The Lord will provide.

We all may, like ships, by tempest be tossed
On perilous deeps, but can not be lost;
Though Satan enrages the wind and the tide,
Yet Scripture engages, The Lord will provide.

His call we obey, like Abraham of old:
We know not the way, but faith makes bold;
For though we are strangers, we have a sure guide,
And trust in all dangers, The Lord will provide.

When Satan assails us to stop up our path,
And courage all fails us, we triumph by faith.
He cannot take from us, though oft he has tried,
This heart cheering promise, The Lord will provide.

He tells us we’re weak, our hope is in vain,
The good that we seek we never shall obtain,
But when such suggestions, our graces have tried,
This answers all questions, The Lord will provide.

No strength of our own and no goodness we claim;
Yet, since we have known of the Savior’s great name,
In this our strong tower for safety we hide:
The Lord is our power, The Lord will provide.

When life sinks apace, and death is in view,
The word of His grace shall comfort us through,
Not fearing or doubting, with Christ on our side,
We hope to die shouting, The Lord will provide.

—John Newton

Matthew Smith sings John Newton’s words to the newer tune he wrote for them:

Here’s the more traditional tune:

 

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.

Thursday
Jul032014

Status Report: July

Eating…a roast beef, cheese, and avocado sandwich for lunch. 

Enjoying…summer. It was slow coming this year, and I’m very happy it finally made it. 

Anticipating…picking the first ripe tomatoes from my patio tumbler tomato plant.

Thinking…about the things I want to accomplish this summer. Our summer is so short, and I don’t want to use it all up doing the many chores I can do only in the summer. I’ve already cut way back on the gardening I’m doings. What else can I give up, at least for a year?

ReadingThe Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate, because I’m finally done with From Heaven He Came and Sought Her. I was afraid The Question of Canon might be a revisitation of Canon Revisited, but it’s not. 

Also reading…The House of Wittgenstein: A Family at War. It’s a whole lot of fun, especially for a book with so much suicide. I chalk this up to the way Alexander Waugh tells the story.

Thanking…God for his many provisions in answer to prayer. We (my family) have had so many lately, and I want to acknowledge them even though I can’t give more details than this.

Laughing…at these. You’ve probably seen them already, but it not, you might enjoy them, too. (I woudn’t have used one of the words included. In case you were wondering.)

Needing…to call a refrigerator repairman. My frost-free is not defrosting and the fan stops working when the ice builds up. 

Thinking…the dog must have fished the half-eaten bean burrito out of the garbage. 

Taking…him out for a walk.

Wishing…you a joyful July. And may you have more fireworks than we did.
Tuesday
Jul012014

Theological Term of the Week

Unitarianism
“[T]he view that there is only one God—the Supreme Being whom Jesus referred to as ‘Father’—and that Jesus himself was not divine, at least not in any literal sense.”1 (Although Unitarians do not believe Jesus was divine, they do claim to follow him.)

  • Scripture that proves that Jesus’ disciples were not Unitarians, and neither was the author of Hebrews:

    And behold, Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came up and took hold of his feet and worshiped him. (Matthew 28:9 ESV)

    And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” (Hebrews 1:6 ESV)

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Monday
Jun302014

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 42. Since Christ died for us, why must we die, too?

Answer: Our death is not a payment for our sins, (a) but it abolishes sin, and is a passage into eternal life. (b)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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