The Father’s Love

August 31, 2009

This song is theologically rich and the lyrics are amazing!

How has the sinner been forgiven
How has the rebel been made clean
Or blinded eyes been made to see
How have the orphans been adopted
Who hated Your love and ran from grace
Despised and rejected all Your ways

Chorus
How wonderful the Father’s love
The Father’s love for us
That He would send His only Son
To come and rescue us
He has saved us, called us blameless
Guides us now and will sustain us
Oh how wonderful the Father’s love

Your mercy floods our lives with kindness
Your grace has colored all we see
And You have promised not to leave
You freely give Your Spirit to us
So we can be sure we’re sons of God
And rest in the hope of what’s to come

Bridge
Though sufferings may fill our lives
We’re confident we’re heirs with Christ
And so we cry, “Abba, Father”

By Joel Sczebel. As recorded on Sons & Daughters. © 2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

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War?

August 19, 2009

I was reading an article from a conservative DC paper this morning as I waited for my SUV to get an inspection and I came upon this, “Why Christian conservatives are losing the culture war?”

As I read further, it made me think…
1. Why are Christians losing this war?
2. Is it a war that we need to fight?
3. Isn’t there a more important war to fight?
4. Who are these figures that are struggling in their possible Christian-faith?
5. Is Satan attacking more and more nowadays or is it just the ‘lust of the eyes and pride of life’ tripping people up?

More questions and comments ahead after a few quotes from the article.

“Many conservative Christians struggle to live up to the moral standards they espouse.”

-True.
-Do they rely fully on Christ and of the Holy Spirit for power to overcome the temptations?
-Are they repenting from their sin?
-Are we, those who are directly affected from their sin, forgiving, just as Christ forgave us?

“The faithful are falling short. Practicing Christians and political conservatives rightly warn of the perils of the same-sex unions. But it is in their hands that the institution of marriage has suffered.”

-Okay, an interesting observation.

“These sad facts prove only that Christians are subject to the same temptations common to us all.”

-True and sad.

The article named these men as Christian and conservative: Gov. Sanford, Jon Gosselin, and Rev. Cutie.

The Great Exchange

August 16, 2009

Have you heard of the ‘Great Exchange’?

O Holy Ghost, You make us new;
Renew our hearts, begin in me.
Your Word declares you supply our needs;
For mercy, blessings, O Lord, I humble plead.

By Ralph P. Merrifield, New Hope Music

Lord, take my life and make it Yours;
Fill my poor heart with Your great love.
Take all my will, passion, self, and pride.
I now yield myself–O Lord, in me abide.

I praise You, Lord, for cleansing me;
Fulfill Your Word and make me pure.
Fill me with fire, where I burned with shame;
And grant me desire to magnify Your Name.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there be harmful ways in me.
Then cleanse me, change me,
and lead me in Your ways.

Both/And

August 2, 2009

As John Stott has rightly said, in relation to the cross, “every Christian is both a Simon of Cyrene and a Barabbas. Like Barabbas we escape the cross, for Christ died in our place. Like Simon of Cyrene we carry the cross, for he calls us to take it up and follow him (Mk 15:21).”

Blood. Yes, Blood

August 2, 2009

“Interposed His precious blood,”

This quote is from the famous hymn, ‘Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing’.

Reread the line again.

What amazing love!

What are your thoughts on it?