Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Another valid point against homosexual marriage

I came across this at Christian Research Network and wanted to share it with all. This is yet another reason why homosexual marriage is not right.

Over at World Net Daily, Joseph Farah has written a provocative piece on Same-sex marriage and consummation and brings to light what the law actually says on this. He begins,

People were shocked – shocked, I tell you – when I raised the issue of “consummation” for the first time in the debate over so-called “same-sex marriage.”

Some said they had never heard of the idea that a marriage is null and void without the act of consummation. It shows you how much Americans have been dumbed down over the years about a concept so foundational to the idea of marriage.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

We only learn the hard way

This is a fantastic truth from Jon Cardwell's blog,Justification by grace; this comes from Charles Spurgeon...

School of Trouble

“Most of the great truths of God have to be learned by trouble; they must be burned into us with the hot iron of affliction, otherwise we shall not truly receive them. No man is competent to judge in matters of the kingdom, until first he has been tried; since there are many things to be learned in the depths which we can never know in the heights. We discover many secrets in the caverns of the ocean, which, though we had soared to heaven, we never could have known. He shall best meet the needs of God’s people as a preacher who has had those needs himself; he shall best comfort God’s Israel who has needed comfort; and he shall best preach salvation who has felt his own need of it.”

—Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Monday, September 13, 2010

Our 'Walk'

Since God graciously saved a wretch like me, I have been through a few 'trials' and am being refined even as we speak. I am grateful to the Lord for the trials that He sends to 'whip me into shape'! I understand the world hating me, even when that includes my own family. When you point out sin, and refuse to embrace it as they do, you naturally come under attack. I praise God for His mercy and love, without Him I could not withstand these trials.
I came across this short study by Mike Ratliff; it reassured me and blessed me as well. I do hope you will be blessed as you read this...

The Spirit-filled Christian’s Walk is an Act of Worship
September 12, 2010 — Mike Ratliff

by Mike Ratliff

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 ESV)

The Christian walk that John Bunyan set before us in his masterpiece The Pilgrim’s Progress is not one of “having your best life now” nor is it having all of your problems suddenly replaced with “opportunities.” No, Bunyan understood, and we need to as well, that no where in God’s Word are we promised that all we have to do is “come to Jesus and all our problems are over.” No, in fact, the opposite may very well be true. Jesus was not exaggerating when he said in John 15:18-19, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”

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