“I would like to leave on your hearts the sense of the perfectness of God’s love, and that His love has done all that is needed for us. God’s love was not exhausted – it was proved at the cross.”
J N Darby, “The Character of Christian Life (2 Cor. 3)”; found here: http://www.stempublishing.com/authors/darby/MISCELLA/34030E.html. Accessed 9/16/2014.
But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. Matthew 23:13 NKJV
Recorded: Sunday March 16, 2014 Bethany Gospel Chapel, Worcester, MA.
The whip and the scourge may be righteous; but there is no winning the heart of man with these…
How many brethren alienated for all time, who might have been won back to God and to us, because we have hammered at the conscience merely, with the heart ungained – with the heart, I may say, almost unsought! We have not overcome evil, because we have not overcome it with good. We have taken readily the judge’s chair and have got back judgment; but the Master’s lowly work we have little done…
…that judgment, however temperate and true, will not touch and soften and subdue hearts to receive instruction, which, by the very facts of the case, are shown not to be in their true place before God. Man is not all conscience; and conscience reached, with the heart away, will do what it did with the first sinner among men – drive him out among the trees of the garden to escape the unwelcome voice.
J. N. Darby, Righteousness without Grace, Bible Treasury Vol. 15, page 380. http://www.stempublishing.com/authors/darby/New7_96/WHIP.html Accessed on March 18, 2014.
On 1 Timothy 1:5 – “The ministry of one who handles the truth is to be dominated and characterized by love. Since God’s love has been shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, Romans 5:5, it is designed to find its refection in the life and conduct of the believer. The ministry of the Scriptures is never to be a matter of cold theology. The heart must be aglow with the impulse of divine love. Its source and character, in the human channel of its exercise, is described in what follows in this verse.”
W. E. Vine, Collected Writings of W.E. Vine: 1 Timothy. (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1996).
Love makes drudgery divine. Love cannot help itself, it outruns and leaves law far behind. The question is not what must I do, but what may I do?
Theodosia A. Viscountess Powerscourt commonly known as Lady Powerscourt. Letter #49. 2 Sept, 1832. The Letters & Papers of Lady Powerscourt. STEMPublishing.com. Accessed May 10, 2013.
Brother Larry Price has graciously shared with Digital Sojourner the recording of the sermon he preached yesterday (Sunday Dec. 16, 2012) regarding the Newtown, CT massacre.
While brother Larry readily admits that he does not have all of the answers, he does share some very helpful thoughts from God’s Word.
As virtually the entire world knows by now, Newtown, CT, a previously quiet little town in western Connecticut experienced an unimaginable tragedy this past Friday morning. What is the ‘proper’ Christian response to the sudden and unprovoked slaughter of 26 people ~ most of whom were only 6 or 7 years old?
I’m not so sure there is a simple answer to this question ~ or even just one ‘correct’ answer. However, I have been moved by the gracious and loving response of the New Testament patterned gathering of believers in Newtown, CT. Through their website the assembly offers to the community their love and concern.
Below is a screenshot of their open letter to the residents of Newtown. As you think about this recent tragedy please remember to include the Newtown Christian Fellowship in your prayers as they navigate through this difficult time and shine the light of hope that only the Lord Jesus Christ can give.
He came into the world of which He was Creator [John 1:3] in order that, as the Eternal Word, He might reveal to men the depths of divine affection which filled the heart of the blessed God from eternal ages. He, and He alone, was competent to make known the wonder and glory of the eternal purpose of God Himself.
F.A. Hughes, “Grace and Truth“. Accessed on 11/10/12.
My regular Wednesday post on the Why We Web Blog is now available.
Yesterday brought the unexpected. No, not the election results. I’m referring to something much more personal: an unexpected medical emergency. Yet, as I look back at everything that transpired God’s fingerprints of love are stunningly obvious– and He used an unexpected tool: Facebook.
In other words, we are supposed to live according to these verses, not just memorize them. And, if we hear a truth and abide by it, live accordingly, then we are following New Testament principles.
In today’s post, let’s look at Ephesians 5:19-21, “Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to one another in fear of Christ.” Here we see that we are supposed to be “subject to one another.” I can almost imagine the chills that this gives some people!
First, let’s be perfectly clear. Submission or subjection of one person to another is NOT about superiority and inferiority. It is not about qualifications. Submission and subjection is about order and, ultimately about God’s glory.Read More