Saturday, November 30, 2013
OULD there be a sweeter word in any language than that word "forgiveness," when it sounds in a guilty sinner's ear, like the silver notes of jubilee to the captive Israelite? Blessed, for ever blessed be that dear star of pardon which shines into the condemned cell, and gives the perishing a gleam of hope amid the midnight of despair! Can it be possible that sin, such sin as mine, can be forgiven, forgiven altogether, and for ever? Hell is my portion as a sinner—there is no possibility of my escaping from it while sin remains upon me—can the load of guilt be uplifted, the crimson stain removed? Can the adamantine stones of my prison-house ever be loosed from their mortices, or the doors be lifted from their hinges? Jesus tells me that I may yet be clear. For ever blessed be the revelation of atoning love which not only tells me that pardon is possible, but that it is secured to all who rest in Jesus. I have believed in the appointed propitiation, even Jesus crucified, and therefore my sins are at this moment, and for ever, forgiven by virtue of His substitutionary pains and death. What joy is this! What bliss to be a perfectly pardoned soul! My soul dedicates all her powers to Him who of His own unpurchased love became my surety, and wrought out for me redemption through His blood. What riches of grace does free forgiveness exhibit! To forgive at all, to forgive fully, to forgive freely, to forgive for ever! Here is a constellation of wonders; and when I think of how great my sins were, how dear were the precious drops which cleansed me from them, and how gracious was the method by which pardon was sealed home to me, I am in a maze of wondering worshipping affection. I bow before the throne which absolves me, I clasp the cross which delivers me, I serve henceforth all my days the Incarnate God, through whom I am this night a pardoned soul.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
I used to own this record, and now to buy the CD it costs $50. I actually sold all my old R&R records when my Savior brought me into his kingdom, and now I realize good music is not a sin. Oh well. Jesus is still my first love.
The is some incredible guitar work, and riffs in this LP. Love southern R&R. And the lyrics, and thoughts from these guys are also good. But it mainly the music, and the percussion blend with these sweeping guitars, and the bass, and all that goes with that. Superb music.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Here's a song that shows the frustration, even of a man who is on top of the world. I have to believe he is sharing his heart here, though not completely. The words here are well written to ponder upon, and then, I can say, Jesus has given me my Way out. He is the Way. There is a way out Pete, and Roger, and all sinners who identify with this tune: Jesus is the Way. Wow. Jesus says: "Come unto me, if you are weary and heavy laden, I will give you rest and peace, and help you, if you repent, and admit you are a failure, and a sinner, and need me." Come even now.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
You know, there are Christians I know who get the "heebee geebees" when they listen to this terrific song from Mick Jagger and the Stones. Mick, surely still needs the Lord Jesus' mercy, and must repent and trust in Him, and I pray he will come to Christ.
But doesn't this song say a lot more for us to think about than so much of our modern day Christian music on the airwaves we listen to nowadays? I admit there are different styles of music for different ears, and I like Classic R&R music, but even still, can't the Church be full of confidence and gentleness to approach any artist's work, and representable art.
I pray the Church will grow more and more spiritually mature, and be able to comment on art like this particular song before us, and not be afraid of it; and hate it; and outright scream condemnation at it right off.
And if so, then we will be able to confront the world with the true Gospel of love and grace.And so our Lord's truth will touch hearts of sinners like us, and the kingdom will grow for the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ, and our Father.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
"She means we're bouncing into Graceland And I see losing love Is like a window in your heart Everybody sees you're blown apart Everybody feels the wind blow ."-Paul Simon
Not sure what this song is about, and yet it is about love in some sense, and I like the song, and shall think about what Paul is trying say here.
Friday, November 08, 2013
"Boundaries". . . . In John 10:7, Jesus famously said: "Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep." I cannot envision any useful purpose for having a "door [for] the sheep" if there is no sheep-pen or enclosure of some kind with well-defined, secure barricades, sturdy fences, or a protected perimeter of some kind.-Phil Johnson
"So today's evangelicals bend over backward not to sound the least bit dogmatic. Because certainty is perceived throughout our culture as a kind of cruel arrogance. Clarity, authority, careful definitions, and firmness are likewise looked upon with deep suspicion. Stating your beliefs with settled conviction is a sure way to start trouble these days.
Want proof? Just page through our blog and read any random comment thread where 30 or more people have replied. You'll see, I think, that the most common complaint we get from angry commenters is that we sound too sure of our position—or some variation on that theme. (We're too rigid; too reluctant to change our minds; too emphatic in the way we make our case; or whatever.) We're expected to qualify and over-qualify everything we say in a way that practically nullifies every critique and ultimately countermands every concern.
We are told we always ought to look for things to commend if ever it is absolutely necessary to criticize something, and above all, we must be brotherly to everyone who comes in Jesus' name. See: the concept of "unity" commonly touted today has nothing whatsoever to do with "being in full accord and of one mind" (Philippians 2:2). Instead, it is a broad, visible, ecumenical homogeneity without boundaries. And that is nothing like the biblical concept of unity."--Phil Johnson