Friday, April 19, 2013

Good Singing

If you enjoy hearty singing of the hymns of the faith, I can recommend this  as a good place to visit!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Value of Veterans

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their country."

- President George Washington                                                                                                                                     

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Deal with Jesus Christ

"Christianity is the only world faith based on the identity of its Founder, rather than on His teachings.. which means that anybody wanting to destroy Christianity must deal with Jesus Christ."  -- John Blanchard

This excellent observation emphasizes afresh (1) the uniqueness of Christianity, and (2) the need we have to keep our evangelistic presentations Christ-centered. The enemy loves to use the tactic of trivializing by duplication as a smoke screen to hide the truth.  At the time our Lord 'came on the scene,' there were multiple men making Messianic claims and gathering followers.  By planting a plethora of fakes, Satan sought to trivialize the impact of the Lord Jesus' claims.  This could explain much behind the numerous times the Lord Jesus spoke of being sent (John 3:17; 17:3, 8, 21, 23, 25), to cite a few.  The sheer number of times He mentioned it speaks to its importance for Him.

  His personal presence, His flawless life, and His authenticating miracles, all confirmed the truthfulness of His words.  Still, sad to say, His words are often distorted (putting the person's prejudiced "spin" on them), in an effort to avoid His sovereignty.  Too, the enemy enjoys re-direction, steering clear of the issue, by highlighting the hypocrisy of church members.

Yet I have found that, when handed the church's hypocrisy as the supposed final, unanswerable justification for the lost person's refusal to embrace Christianity, what's needed is to agree (!)... "Yes, that's true, (which produces a mild shock)...but what about Jesus?  Where is His hypocrisy?  After all, at the time of judgment you won't be standing before any church members, hypocrites or not.  It is the Lord Jesus before whom you'll stand.  What are you going to do about Him?"

  Haven't heard a criticism of the Master yet.  Faced with simply Him, the force of the choice is powerfully felt.  Then, having had a nose-to-nose encounter with the Savior, the individual goes away mad, sad, or glad.  But that's up to the Lord... our responsibility is to present Him, in the power of the Holy Spirit.  

Thursday, April 11, 2013

And Can It Be: A Testimony to God's Sovereign Grace!

1.  And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Savior's blood?
Died He for me who caused His pain!
For me who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be That
Thou, My God, should die for me?

CHORUS: Amazing love!  How can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?
Amazing love!  How can it be
That Thou, my God, should die for me?

2. He left His Father's throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace!
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam's helpless race.
'Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For O my God, it found out me!

3. Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature's night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

4. No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine;
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne,
And claim the crown, through Christ my own.

A beautiful rendition of this classic hymn of testimony can be found here.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Scripture Memory's Benefits: Short & Sweet!

Please click here for amazing benefits of hiding God's Word in our heart, as proclaimed by John Piper.

Is Infant Baptism Biblical?

Please click here for a needed word by John MacArthur on this timely subject.

A Mighty Fortress is Our God: My Favorite Hymn

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

That Word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth;
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

Please click here for an inspiring performance of this great old hymn.