Listen to this! Psalm 22 read aloud


2 Corinthians 9:15

 NKJV

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

HT: Sherry’s blog: quotes and notes and opinions, In My Seat

Thanks, sister!


 

Food Fight at The Masters Table

Bless the Lord for how He works to correct us!

Spiritual Abuse Sanctuary

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Let me preface this post by saying I don’t belong to Facebook, or Pal Talk. I used to belong to Pal Talk a number of years ago. In the beginning I found a group where one could worship the LORD JESUS, and felt the Holy Spirit moving amongst those who gathered there. But that group disbanded for some reason. Since then, lets just say it seems to have become a haunt for every evil spirit out there, with constant infighting, insults, mud slinging and “bouncing out of the room” or “red dotting”, those who disagreed with, or questioned, even innocently, something the speaker is saying. And this, mind you, happens in “Christian” rooms.

After several bad experiences, I decided it wasn’t a healthy environment for spiritual growth and/or fellowship and so, I left and moved on.

Now, about Facebook, as I said, I never felt led to join, and having…

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A word in season – Jesus Christ


Anwoth Old Kirk. Samuel Rutherford was the minister here from 1627 to 1638, Mick Garratt - own work, May 1997, Wikimedia

John 6

35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

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Anwoth Old Kirk, where Samuel Rutherford was minister from 1627 to 1638, Mick Garratt photo, May 1997, Wikimedia.


 

Brotherly love and Calvin


Calvin, as if standing on the precipice of our good opinion

Some Christians who reject the doctrine of election are loving toward and tolerant of those who believe in it. Others not only reject the doctrine itself but in their genuine zeal for God’s glory hate Calvin, thinking that he not only invented the doctrine but was a murderer, because in Geneva, where he pastored, heretics were executed. (He was an expert witness – or prosecutor – in the case against Michael Servetus, who denied the Deity of Jesus Christ.)

Because of their rejection of God’s work in election and hatred of Calvin, they sometimes do their best to get Christians who believe in election to confess to being a “Calvinist”, even when in most circumstances these people would rather simply bear the name of Christian. They also will try to make a Reformed Christian feel and look guilty if they don’t acknowledge that Calvin had “blood on his hands.”

At the risk of raising a ruckus by writing about this poor sinner saved by grace, I would like to offer some counsel which I want to take myself. At all times, and especially in trigger issues, we need to remember to be careful in what we say – a tough thing to do, and I fail.

James 3:2-3

2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Indeed, we put bits in horses’ mouths that they may obey us, and we turn their whole body.

And the LORD gave us this command:

Exodus 20:16

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

That is, if in their zeal they’ve taken up an offense against John Calvin, they need to examine how much of his history they truly know.

Also, we cannot be filled with hatred toward him and still be walking in the light. Let’s remember God’s mercy toward us. Plus, we’re commanded to love him. (And to pray for James White.)

1 John 5:1

Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 

Calvin was a Christian, begotten by the Word of truth, the Gospel. I 💗 my brother. Since the Lord forgave him, should I do less?

There are probably people who want to be called by Calvin’s name as a prideful thing, because of his intellect, and others who idolize him. (I don’t know any.) But there are some who use his name simply to be clear about what they believe, that is, that they believe in God’s election of sinners. And there are some who are cornered, made to admit that just as he did they believe in election and then slandered or injured in the process.

Please allow me to confess my faith in the Lord Jesus Christ by calling myself a Christian. This name is my treasure.