Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Home Burdens & Our Great Burden-Bearer

From Octavius Winslow in his book The Ministry of Home (London: 1847), pages 351–352:
"Every home is an embryo kingdom, an epitomized world, of which the parent constitutes the sovereign. There are laws to be obeyed, rules to be observed, subjects to be governed, cares to be sustained, demands to be met, and “who is sufficient for all this?” is often your anxious inquiry. Who can tell what crushing burdens, what bitter sorrows, what corroding cares, what pressing demands, may exist within a single family circle, deeply veiled from every eye but God’s? . . . Your children are an anxiety. Your domestic duties a trial. Your necessities are pressing. Your whole position one of embarrassment and depression financially.
 
What shall you do? Do even as the Lord who loves you enjoins — “Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain you.” Your Heavenly Father knows all your home-trials, for He has sent them! Jesus, though he had no home on earth, yet sympathized with the home-cares and sorrows of others, and is not a stranger, nor indifferent to yours. Bring all to Him, tell Him all, confide to Him all, trust Him in all. You have no family trial too great, and no domestic need too little, and no home-sorrow too delicate, to take to Christ. Obey the precept, “Cast your burden upon the Lord;” and He will make good the promise, ”and He shall sustain you.” O costly and blessed home-burden that brings Jesus beneath our roof! . .
Jesus is the great Burden-Bearer of His people. No other arm, and no other heart, in heaven or upon earth, were strong enough, or loving enough, to bear these burdens but His! He who bore the weight of our sin and curse and shame in His obedience and death — bore it along all the avenues of His weary pilgrimage, from Bethlehem to Calvary — is He who now stretches forth His Divine arm, and makes bare a Brother’s heart to take your burden of care and of grief, dear saint of God, upon Himself."

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dr. Horton on Our Thanksgiving Parade

Dr. Michael Horton's piece over at The White Horse Inn today is absolutely amazing! I would love to quote the entire thing here, but it is a fairly long article (worth every word!). I've copied two quick excerpts below from a couple of exceptionally strong, Biblical, and encouraging points. Read the entire article here>>> Enjoy!

Excerpt:
"the psalmist is pointing to Christ, the one who is not only a guilt offering, but actually renders at last the thank-offering: the covenantal faithfulness that humanity in Adam has failed to yield. ...
.... The old covenant sacrifices did not absolve transgressors of guilt once and for all, so their negative function (forgiveness) was temporary, and furthermore, such sacrifices could not offer to God the positive obedience (justification) that God required of his covenant partner.
In Christ, however, both types of sacrifices converge: not only is he the only qualified substitute for the guilt of sinners; he is the only one capable of rendering the life of thankful obedience in which God truly delights."

In his conclusion he writes:
"We need not wallow in our unworthiness, but join the thanksgiving parade that is already in progress, until one day we join our voices with the rest of redeemed creation. The vision of the heavenly kingdom in Revelation is a restored liturgy, with every part of creation performing its ordained role. It is a universal city without man-made walls or a man-made temple, for the Lord surrounds it in safety and the Lamb is its temple. At last, the symphony resounds throughout the empire: “Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars!…Young men and maidens together, old men and children! Let them praise the name of the Lord” (Ps 148:3, 12-13).  "

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fasting changed to feast


"Then joined the voice of first and least    
A hymn of thanks to raise,
Our day of fasting changed to feast    
And prayer gave way to praise
So once in every year we throng    
Upon a day apart,
To praise the Lord with feast and song    
In thankfulness of heart.”
-excerpt from “The First Thanksgiving,” by Arthur Guiterman  (Mr. Guiterman was most known for writing poetry that appeared in periodicals, such as, Life, the Saturday Evening Post, Harper's, and the New York Times). 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Real World Titus 2 Legacy

"How mistaken the Communists were when they allowed the older women to continue worshipping together! It was they who were considered no threat to the new order, but it was they whose prayers and faithfulness over all those barren years held the church together and raised up a generation of men and young people to serve the Lord. Yes, the church we attended was crowded with these older women at the very front, for they had been the stalwart defenders and maintainers of Christ’s Gospel, but behind them and alongside them and in the balcony and outside the windows were the fruit of their faithfulness, men, women, young people, and children. We must never underestimate the place and power of our godly women. To them go the laurels in the Church in Ukraine."
Quoted from Prayers of the Bible by Susan Hunt, page 24. She was quoting  Pastor Glen Knecht who had written  about his experence attending church in Ukraine after the fall of communism

Prayers of the Bible - new from Susan Hunt @ Monergism

Another great addition for my wish list! New from Monergism.com

Prayers of the Bible: Equipping Women to Call on God in Truth
by Susan Hunt

Prayer is our direct means of communication with God. Yet many people are unsure how to pray. Is there a specific way to do it? Any examples we can study? Just where do you go to learn about prayer? Go to the Bible; specifically, to the prayers in the Bible. Susan Hunt guides women to explore prayers from the Bible, highlighting the overarching story of redemption that shapes these biblical prayers and equips us to know God's nearness and call on Him in truth. She passionately believes that only a true woman can do this-so she lays out foundational, biblical principles of true womanhood, showing that true women are redeemed women. Prayers of the Bible is an excellent study for women's Bible study groups. Each prayer passage comes with an outline, questions to focus your thoughts, a prayer story, practical suggestions for prayer, and suggestions for personal reflection.Sample Chapters - PDF

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Cruciform Press: Getting Back Into the Race

Cruciform Press is an awesome resource that I found through Challies.com.

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Every Christian faces numerous discouragements in striving to follow Christ. Our knees go weak and our hands hang down when we face personal failure, when others let us down, or when providence denies our desires.

Disappointment can lead to discouragement, and discouragement may end in doubt, fear, and even despair. We feel weak and tired, emotionally and spiritually, and we are tempted to throw in the towel. Why should we persist in confessing a faith that is despised and hated in the world?

It all seems pointless and hopeless. We say with Asaph, “Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain” (Psalm 73:13).

But we must press on, firm in the confidence that we run alongside other believers, that we run a well-trodden course, and that we run with God’s inexhaustible assistance and support. J. C. Ryle (1816–1900) said, “We have a race to run,” and went on to explain that every true Christian must endure great opposition:

Without there will be fightings, within there will be fears; there will be snares to be avoided, and temptations to be resisted; there will be your own treacherous hearts, often cold and dead and dry and dull; there will be friends who will give you unscriptural advice, and relations who will even war against your soul; in short, there will be stumbling-blocks on every side, there will be occasion for all your diligence and watchfulness and godly jealousy and prayer, you will soon find that to be a real Christian is no light matter.

But the Lord does not call us to go where he has not gone before. We are called to endure what Christ endured before us, to follow the course he has already taken. Hebrews 12:1–2 says,

Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth
so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race
that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author
and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set
before him endured the cross, despising the shame,
and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

There’s the key: “looking unto Jesus.” The more we fix our eyes on the glory of the one who died and rose and now sits at God’s right hand, the more we will press on to meet him. John Bunyan (1628–1688), himself no stranger to hardship, said, “When men do come to see the things of another world, what a God, what a Christ, what a heaven, and what an eternal glory there is to be enjoyed; also, when they see that it is possible for them to have a share in it, I tell you it will make them run through thick and thin to enjoy it.”

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