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Saturday
Nov082014

Sunday's Hymn: When Morning Gilds the Skies

When morning gilds the skies,
My heart awaking cries
May Jesus Christ be praised:
Alike at work and prayer
To Jesus I repair;
May Jesus Christ be praised.

When sleep her balm denies,
My silent spirit sighs,
May Jesus Christ be praised:
When evil thoughts molest,
With this I shield my breast,
May Jesus Christ be praised.

Does sadness fill my mind?
A solace here I find,
May Jesus Christ be praised:
Or fades my earthly bliss?
My comfort still is this,
May Jesus Christ be praised.

In heav’n’s eternal bliss
The loveliest strain is this,
May Jesus Christ be praised:
The powers of darkness fear,
When this sweet chant they hear,
May Jesus Christ be praised.

Let earth’s wide circle round
In joyful notes resound,
May Jesus Christ be praised:
Let air and sea and sky,
From depth to height, reply,
May Jesus Christ be praised.

Be this, while life is mine,
My canticle divine,
May Jesus Christ be praised:
Be this th’eternal song,
Through all the ages on,
May Jesus Christ be praised.

  

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
Nov072014

Linked Together: Knowing God

Three suggestions for weekend reading on the character of God.

As He Is
“Let’s be sure to delight in the character of God and not in a caricature of God.”—Erik Raymond

What He Knows
God knows everything:

Divine omniscience includes the following: First, God fully knows himself, his infinite knowledge encompassing his infinite being. As Scripture notes, the Father knows the Son, and the Son knows the Father (Matt. 11:27), and the Holy Spirit knows all the mysteries of the Godhead (1 Cor. 2:10). Second, God fully knows his own decree or eternal purpose, and all the events that transpire as the outworking of this sovereign will (Acts 15:18).

From a human, timed perspective, God fully knows the past, present, and future. Thus, third, he fully knows the past, which is as vivid to him as the present. Accordingly, God’s “forgetfulness” of our past sins refers to his commitment not to count them against us (Heb. 10:17). Fourth, he fully knows the present, from its loftiest realities (the number of the stars in the universe; Psa. 147:4) to its smallest details (the number of the hairs on one’s head and the death of a sparrow; Matt. 10:29-30). Fifth, God fully knows the future, even the free will decisions and actions of his creatures (for example, the future home of Israel in the promised land, the birth of Isaac to old Abram and barren Sarah; Gen. 15:1618:10).

Moreover, sixth, he fully knows all actual things, that is, people and events that actually exist and happen; and seventh, all possible things, that is, all people and events that could possibly exist and happen but never do (for example, the would-be response of people long gone if they had witnessed Jesus’s miracles centuries later; Matt. 11:20-22).  

Read Dane Ortlund’s whole interview with Gregg Allison.

About His Wrath
Five biblical truths about the wrath of God: 

  1. God’s wrath is just.
  2. God’s wrath is to be feared.
  3. God’s wrath is consistent in the Old and New Testament.
  4. God’s wrath is his love in action against sin.
  5. God’s wrath is satisfied in Christ.

Read Joseph Scheumann’s explanation of each of these truths.  

Thursday
Nov062014

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful 

  • for a perfect sledding hill for my preschool grandchildren.

  • for ice cream. I’m stuck eating only soft foods for a week or so—no meat, crunchy cereals, or crisp fruits and vegies—so my food choices are boring, boring, boring. Except for the ice cream, which is allowed and encouraged.

  • for more work for my youngest son. He’s employed project to project, so when one project stalls or ends, he needs new projects to take on. Work for him is a constant petition when I pray, and so far, the “yes” answers keep coming.

  • for this Bible study and time to listen while I work. 

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.

Wednesday
Nov052014

Theological Term of the Week

Historical Theology
The study of the history and development of Christian doctrine; the study of the history of what the church has believed. 

    1. Historical theology helps the church distinguish orthodoxy from heresy.

    2. Historical theology provides sound biblical interpretation and theological formulations.

    3. Historical theology presents stellar examples of faith, love, courage, hope, obedience and mercy.

    4. Historical theology protects against the individualism that is rampant today among Christians.

    5. Historical theology not only helps the church understand the historical development of its beliefs, but enables it to express those beliefs in contemporary form.

    6. Historical theology encourages the church to focus on essentials, that is, to major on those areas that have been emphasized repeatedly throughout the history of the church.

    7. Historical theology gives the church hope by providing assurance that Jesus is fulfilling his promise to his people [to build his church].

    8. Historical theology [enables us] to enjoy a sense of belonging to the church of the past.1

Learn more:

  1. GotQuestions.org: What is historical theology?
  2. Theopedia: Historical theology
  3. Tim Chester: Why study historical theology
  4. Sam Storms: What is Historical Theology?
  5. Sam Storms: Historical Theology Series

Related terms:

Filed under Theology

1From Why study historical theology by Tim Chester

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Monday
Nov032014

Status Report: November

Sitting…on the couch in the living room.

Drinking…an after supper cup of Lady Grey tea.

Watching…the Raptors game. When the game is over, I’ll switch over to American election results. You see my priorities.

Thanking…God that the gum surgery I had yesterday went well, that I have no pain or swelling. This was minor surgery to take away a bit of gum tissue so I can have a crown fitted on a tooth that broke off, but still, I expected to feel things more than I have. 

Feeling…pleased that acetaminophen works so well as a painkiller for me. I discovered recently that I’m allergic to ibuprofen, and it’s nice to know that there’s an adequate substitute for me. (My little grandson had a bad reaction to ibuprofen a few weeks ago, too. I just get rash, he got rash and a swollen lip, too. So the Advil allergy might be genetic.) 

Getting...used to snow on the ground. Yes, winter is here and won’t be leaving until April or May.

Sharing…my thanksgiving this month at Out of the Ordinary. Read the details here.

Reading…The Intolerance of Tolerance by D. A. Carson and Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully: The Power of Poetic Effort in the Work of George Herbert, George Whitefield, and C. S. Lewis by John Piper. I’m reminded that these are both men that I enjoy more as speakers than writers. 

Anticipating…the birth of my fourth grandchild in one month. I’m thinking it’s time to start freezing dinners for the family to use during the early days with the new baby. But they have to be dairy-free, nut and peanut-free, with no onions, peppers or cooked veggies except spinach, carrots and tomatoes. These limitation make the task much more difficult. Any suggestions? 

Wishing…you a November filled with thanksgiving to our heavenly Father.