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Friday
Dec122014

Our Certain Hope

The older I get, the more I know that life is hard, and not just temporarily hard, and then things get back to normal. Life in this world will always be a struggle.  

But there is hope because Jesus came. You can read more of my thoughts on life’s pain and our certain hope at Out of the Ordinary today. 

Thursday
Dec112014

Thankful Thursday

This week I’ve been thankful for

  • my new grandson, Ezra. I’m thankful for the rest of my grandchildren, too, and their very tender little hearts.

  • warmer winter weather, good for tobogganing, and for yesterday’s successful toboganning adventure with the three older grandchildren.

  • full cupboards and a cleanish house, and the energy for today’s hard work.

  • the opportunity to sing in my church choir. That’s a rare thing, these days. 

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.

Tuesday
Dec092014

Theological Term of the Week

eschatology
The study of what the Bible says about final things (or last things), including personal last events like individual death and the intermediate state; and corporate or general last events like the return of Christ, the final judgment, the millennial kingdom, etc.

  • In scripture: 

    But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 ESV)

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Monday
Dec082014

Heidelberg Catechism

Question 66. What are sacraments?

Answer: Sacraments are holy signs and seals for us to see. They are instituted by God so that by our use of them he might make us understand more clearly the promise of the gospel and might put his seal on that promise. (a)

And this is the gospel promise: to forgive our sins and give us eternal life by grace alone because of Christ’s one sacrifice finished on the cross. (b)

(Scriptural proofs after the fold.)

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Saturday
Dec062014

Sunday's Hymn: As with Gladness Men of Old

As with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold;
As with joy they hailed its light,
Leading onward, beaming bright;
So, most gracious God, may we
Evermore be led to thee.

As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly cradle bed,
There to bend the knee before
Him whom heaven and earth adore;
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek thy mercy-seat.

As they offered gifts most rare
At that cradle rude and bare;
So may we with holy joy,
Pure, and free from sin’s alloy,
All our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to thee, our heav’nly King.

Holy Jesus, ev’ry day
Keep us in the narrow way;
And, when earthly things are past,
Bring our ransomed souls at last
Where they need no star to guide,
Where no clouds thy glory hide.

In the heav’nly country bright
Need they no created light;
Thou its Light, its Joy, its Crown,
Thou its Sun which goes not down;
There for ever may we sing
Alleluias to our King.

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.