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03/28/2015Posted by on
Costly grace and why it costs go much from Dietrich Bonhoeffer (The Cost of Discipleship)
Costly grace is the treasure hidden in the field; for the sake of it a man will go and sell all that he has. It is the pearl of great price to buy which the merchant will sell all his goods. It is the kingly rule of Christ, for whose sake a man will pluck out the eye which causes him to stumble; it is the call of Jesus Christ at which the disciple leaves his nets and follows him.
Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock.
Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: “ye were bought at a price,” and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.
03/02/2015Posted by on
Isaiah 9 English Standard Version (ESV)
For to Us a Child Is Born
9 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
2 The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
3 You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
4 For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
02/26/2015Posted by on
Worship Him through realizing all He is to you. His names, titles, and characters help us understand who He really is. Here are more that help us know Him better.
|Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Jhn 8:58. Holy, Holy, Holy is Jehovah of Hosts. Isa 6:3|
|The Lord Jehovah||Isa 40:10|
|Jehovah my God||Zec 14:5|
|Jehovah of Hosts||Isa 6:3; Jhn 12:41|
|Jehovah, God of Hosts||Hsa 12:4, 5;Gen 32:24|
|The King, Jehovah of Hosts||Isa 6:5|
|The Strong and Mighty Jehovah||Psa 24:8|
|Jehovah, mighty in battle||Psa 24:8|
|The Man, Jehovah’s Fellow||Zec 13:7|
|Jehovah-tsidkenu (the Lord our righteousness)||Jer 23:6|
|The Lord||Rom 10:13; Joe 2:32|
|The Lord of Glory||1Cr 2:8|
|The Same||Hbr 1:12; Psa 102:27|
|I am||Exd 3:14; Jhn 8:24|
|I am (before Abraham was)||Jhn 8:58|
|I am (whom they sought to kill)||Jhn 18:5, 6|
|I am (the Son of Man lifted up)||Jhn 8:28|
|I am (the Resurrection and the Life)||Jhn 11:25|
02/24/2015Posted by on
God bless you as you worship Him!
|Unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever. Hbr 1:8|
|God||Jhn 1:1; Mat 1:23;Isa 40:3|
|Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever||Hbr 1:8|
|The Mighty God||Isa 9:6|
|The Everlasting God||Isa 40:28|
|The True God||1Jo 5:20|
|My Lord and my God||Jhn 20:28|
|God my Saviour||Luk 1:47|
|Over all, God blessed for ever. Amen||Rom 9:5|
|The God of the whole earth||Isa 54:5|
|God manifest in the flesh||1Ti 3:16|
|Our God and Savior||2Pe 1:1|
|The great God and our Saviour, Jesus Christ||Tts 2:13|
|Emanuel, God with us||Mat 1:23|
|The God of Abraham, The God of Isaac, The God of Jacob||Exd 3:2, 6|
|The Highest||Luk 1:76|
- Charles Spurgeon (rulookingforjesus.wordpress.com)
02/20/2015Posted by on
Hebrews 1 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Supremacy of God’s Son
1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
5 For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”?
“I will be to him a father,
and he shall be to me a son”?
6 And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.”
7 Of the angels he says,
“He makes his angels winds,
and his ministers a flame of fire.”
8 But of the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
11 they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment,
12 like a robe you will roll them up,
like a garment they will be changed.
But you are the same,
and your years will have no end.”
13 And to which of the angels has he ever said,
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
02/18/2015Posted by on
The Blue Letter Bible has published a page with information taken from the whole Bible about the God we worship, Jesus Christ. Seeing all the names, titles and other attributes with which he is labeled in both the Old and New Testaments and contemplating those titles and their meaning to me personally is a wonderful way to worship Him. Worshiping Him is what we are made for. Worshiping Him is what those who know Him will do for all eternity. These Name, Titles and Attributes allow practice in this life.
Here is the first list of names, titles, and characters. More are to come. Please use these to worship your God now.
Thank you Blue Letter Bible for this summary. Read more of this post
02/16/2015Posted by on
What is your name?
From Tim Keller: here are some thoughts on what having a name means in God’s domain. Names are important to him
‘To get a name’ in the Bible is to get what we call an identity. God, of course, constantly names people in the Bible. When he names Adam, Abraham, Israel, and even Jesus, he refers to what he has already done or what he is going to do in their lives. When God tells someone ‘what I have done/will do is your name,’ he means that his grace in their lives should be the defining factor.
Our security, our priorities, our sense of worth and uniqueness – all the things we call identity – should be based on what God has done for us and in us. This means that if we do not have a name, if we are insecure and have to ‘find who we are,’ we have either no grasp or an inadequate grasp of what God has done.
God loves us. He has named us. He loves His Son. He gave the Son a Name. He gave the Son many names. See the significant Names of the Son, coming up.
01/21/2015Posted by on
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
01/12/2015Posted by on
Three Words: See, strength, persistence, faithful.
Exodus 15:2: The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The Lord is my strength and song, He is my salvation and is becoming my salvation increasingly., but I must believe it and experience that worked out in the flesh. As electricity courses through neurons. “He is my salvation” becomes real in experientially — as I live life with emotions flying every direction. Desires always there but masked sometimes by wrong thought and negative emotions. He is becoming my salvation. He is becoming our salvation. We are arriving but not yet!
Exodus 15:3 The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name.
LORD is a man. The LORD invites us to see and experience Him on our terms at the same time we realize He is so other and greater. “of war” He fights with us and for us. He is out there in the Larger Story bringing it all together for His own honor and glory. At the same time He allows our smaller story to become part of the Larger Story and for me to play a strategic part in the Larger Story. He is with us in our smaller story. Helping it to come to be blended perfectly into the Larger Story.
Pure, undefiled worship! You–all glory to You! You loved us divinely! Your people whom you redeemed! They saw redemption. The waters closed. Egypt’s best men were under water, never to hurt, enslave the COI again! They experienced redemption. JEHOVAH is bringing them into His Holy Abode or dwelling. That means the dessert. But, there they were in His abode. There is peace, rest, shalom, joy and life–they are home.
01/08/2015Posted by on
I used this version of Let My People Go because Louie Armstrong sings the song.
The journeys of the Children of Israel: into Egypt, slavery and oppression there, judgement on all of Egyptians for 400 years of oppression, journey out of Egypt, miraculous crossing of the Red Sea, wandering 40 years in the dessert, the physical battles to take back the homeland and finally dwelling @ H O M E, are a perfect model for life and the battles we face between good and evil, between God and the fallen evil.
If you look back to the Old Testament, God was working all along the 400 years of slavery. He was very engaged. That’s how it is with our lives, He is very engaged but sometimes we don’t see, we don’t believe, we don’t sense God is doing anything. Then, down the road we look back and we can piece some of the puzzle together that got us where we went. We didn’t see it at the time but it was happening just the same.
God brought the children of Israel to the promise. The promise was grand and glorious. It was not easy–no, nothing worth seeing is never easy to get to where we behold the site. Once we get there, the tough journey becomes worth it.
God help us to see what He sees. God help us to appreciate the journey and the things we behold along the way and at the end.