Hunger for His Word

Calvinism Debate on the Dividing Line

Posted by on Mar 23, 2010 in News | 0 comments

For those interested, we will be covering three texts of Scripture on Thursday: John 6, Romans 8/9, and Ephesians 1. Each will have 8 minutes to provide their exegesis of the text; then we will have four minutes of cross-ex each, then three minute conclusions before moving on to the next text. I know, not a lot of time, but that still covers 90 full minutes (we will not be taking any breaks at all).
The following Thursday we will repeat the process, but this time covering Michael’s chosen texts, Luke 13:34-35 (Deut 5:28-29) Ezek 18:21-32 (Jer 3:19-20; Ezek 22:30-31) I John 2:1-2 (2 Pet 2:1).
Remember, to make room for Michael’s program (which cannot, like the DL, be moved around at will), we will be starting at 10am our time (1pm EDT).

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Saved from Spiritual Cancer; Content with Physical Cancer

Posted by on Mar 23, 2010 in Testimonies, Videos | 0 comments

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“Meet the Puritans” Book Giveaway

Posted by on Mar 11, 2010 in Books, News | 0 comments

The kind people over at the J.C. Ryle Quotes blog is giving away a copy of Meet the Puritans by Joel R. Beeke and Randall J. Pederson.

Head on over to find out how to enter!

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A New Kind of Christianity?

Posted by on Mar 11, 2010 in Books, Videos | 0 comments

Jim Hamilton: “It is a new kind of Christianity that is no Christianity at all. It is a wholesale rejection of the Gospel and he calls the God of the Bible ugly and so if you want to make Christianity in the image of the culture this is the place to read it.”

Bruce Ware: “I would suggest the title ought to be “An Old Kind of Apostasy” rather than A New Kind of Christianity. I have thought of Brian McLaren for years as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but I think in this book he took the sheep’s clothing off and we see the wolf who is here. It really is, as Jim said, a wholesale rejection of everything fundamental in the Christian faith and blatantly.”

Panel Discussion – A New Kind of Christianity? – Brian McLaren Recasts the Gospel

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O How Marvelous! O How Wonderful!

Posted by on Mar 9, 2010 in Music | 0 comments

O how marvelous and wonderful are hymns?  I just wish there were more people who professionally recorded them in their original forms.  Anyone agree with me?!?

I Stand Amazed in the Presence

(CyberHymnal | MIDI)

I stand amazed in the presence
Of Jesus the Nazarene,
And wonder how He could love me,
A sinner, condemned, unclean.

Refrain

O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
And my song shall ever be:
O how marvelous! O how wonderful!
Is my Savior’s love for me!

For me it was in the garden
He prayed: “Not My will, but Thine.”
He had no tears for His own griefs,
But sweat drops of blood for mine.

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In pity angels beheld Him,
And came from the world of light
To comfort Him in the sorrows
He bore for my soul that night.

Refrain

He took my sins and my sorrows,
He made them His very own;
He bore the burden to Calvary,
And suffered and died alone.

Refrain

When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
’Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of His love for me.

Refrain

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The best way to run the goats out of the church!

Posted by on Mar 9, 2010 in D. J. Ward, Grace Gems | 0 comments

“Feed My sheep.” John 21:17

“Feed the flock of God entrusted to you.” 1 Peter 5:2

The best way to purify the church and keep it pure–is to get rid of all the goats! And the best way to run the goats out of the church–is to feed them ‘sheep food’. God’s sheep will grow in grace under the preaching of grace–but goats will go hungry because they choke on ‘sheep food’. They will soon leave and go somewhere else. Preach sovereign grace!

“Now I commit you to God and to the message of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified.” Acts 20:32

(D. J. Ward)

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Our words and deeds are irrevocable

Posted by on Mar 4, 2010 in Grace Gems, J. R. Miller | 0 comments

“But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken!” Matthew 12:36

We cannot recall any word we have spoken. It may be a false word or an unkind word–a word which will blast and burn! Instantly after it has been spoken–we may wish it back and may rush after it and try to stop it–but there is no power in the world that can unsay the hurtful word–or blot it out of our life!

It is just so with our acts. A moment after we have done a wicked thing, we may bitterly repent it. We may be willing to give all we have in the world to undo it, to make it as though it never had been. But in vain. A deed done takes its place in the universe as a fact–and never can be recalled.

We should be sure before we speak a word or do an act–that it is right, that we shall never desire to have it recalled–for when once we have opened our lips, or lifted our hand–there will be no unsaying or undoing possible.

Our words and deeds are irrevocable. We cannot recall anything we have done, neither can we change it. But by other words and deeds, we may in some measure modify the effect of that which we cannot blot out. Paul could not undo his persecutions of Christians–but by a life to devotion to Christ’s cause–he could in a sense make reparation for the terrible harm he had done.

Just so, we cannot undo the wrong things we have done–but we should strive to set in motion other influences which may at least compensate in some sense for the harm they have wrought. We cannot unsay the sharp word which wounds our friend’s heart–but we can by kindness and loyal devotion–yet bring good and blessing to his life.

(J. R. Miller, “Devotional Hours with the Bible”)

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