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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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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.


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

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.


Theological Term of the Week

Biblical Theology
The theological discipline that “seeks to discover what the biblical writers, under divine guidance, believed, described, and taught in the context of their own times,”1 in order to mark out “the message of the books of the Bible in their historical setting”;2 the study of “the progressive unfolding of God’s special revelation throughout history.”3

    Biblical Theology finds its starting-point in the diversity and variety of Scripture.  …

    There can be no denying the variety. Not only were the scriptures written at ‘sundry times’: they were also written in ‘diverse ways’ (Heb. 1:1). This was partly a function of their long historical time-line. They were written over a period of at least a thousand years and some of the oral and written traditions which they used may well go back a good deal further. They inevitably reflect, then, a wide variety of social, cultural and political settings: and, corresponding to this, a wide variety of forms of revelation.

    The result is that instead of a Bible in monochrome we have a Bible of varied landscapes, myriad voices and ever-changing colour: a wide variety of literary genres, ranging from narrative to poetry to law to parables to highly didactic epistles and even to fables (Judges 9:8-15); and, even more important, a wide variety of individual authors each with his own experience, gifts, temperament, vocabulary, favourite concepts, unique style and unique life-setting.

    The task of Biblical Theology is to highlight the distinctiveness of the various contributions … .  

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