Quote of Note #46: Christ is Lord, Not Party or Nation

"The question to ask about such things -- the identification of the Bible with England in the nineteenth century or American foreign policy in the twenty-first -- is 'What does this do to the reach of the gospel and the church?'  The answer is simple:  It creates a dividing line in the church, which is … Continue reading Quote of Note #46: Christ is Lord, Not Party or Nation

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Quote of Note #45: Humility and Personal Peace

"The strength of humility is that it builds a spiritual defense around your soul, prohibiting strife, competition, and many of life's irritations from stealing your peace." Francis Frangipane, The Three Battlegrounds: An In-depth View of the Three Arenas of Spiritual Warfare: the Mind, the Church, and the Heavenly Places.  Cedar Rapids, IA: Arrow Publications, 2006, … Continue reading Quote of Note #45: Humility and Personal Peace

Pastor Note #82: Learning to Hear God’s Voice

From Digital Camera to Bird Songs When I got my first digital camera, photography opened up for me in a new and exciting way.  In the old days of film photography, every time you took a picture, it cost you half a dollar for the film and the processing.  That could run into money pretty … Continue reading Pastor Note #82: Learning to Hear God’s Voice

Pastor Note #81: The Problem with Hymns

Recently, in an on-line discussion forum for pastors in the Reformed tradition, I read a complaint by one of the participants that he could not comprehend the appeal of what are sometimes called “7-11” songs – praise choruses that, it is claimed, are seven words long and are repeated over and over eleven times.  He … Continue reading Pastor Note #81: The Problem with Hymns

Quote of Note #44: Instruments of Grace to Others

"Bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking, and malice [Ephesians 4:30-32] are characteristic of words that qualify as ungracious speech.  These are forbidden vices that grieve the Holy Spirit.  God has a personal concern that His children use their speech in kind and merciful ways and not at all in ways that are harmful: 'But love … Continue reading Quote of Note #44: Instruments of Grace to Others

Bible Note #32: Righteousness, Perseverance, and God’s Grace — Proverbs 24:16

“[F]or the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.”  Proverbs 24:16 [ESV] I’ve been coming back to this verse a lot in the past couple of weeks.  It’s helped me a lot in thinking about grace, sanctification, and the life of following Jesus.  To fallen people living in … Continue reading Bible Note #32: Righteousness, Perseverance, and God’s Grace — Proverbs 24:16

Quote of Note #43: Being Re-Made by the Spirit of God

"The Spirit which Jesus promised would lead his followers 'into all truth' is very actively at work wherever he is allowed.  Some of his work is painful in the extreme.  There has often to be the breaking-up of old ways of thinking, the expansion of responsibility, and the checking of priorities.  Anyone who opens his … Continue reading Quote of Note #43: Being Re-Made by the Spirit of God

Quote of Note #42: Passing on God’s Generosity

"Scripture urges and warns us that whatever favors we may have received from the Lord, we have received them as a trust on condition that they should be applied to the common benefit of the church.  The legitimate use of the Lord's favors is liberally and kindly to share them with others.  You cannot imagine … Continue reading Quote of Note #42: Passing on God’s Generosity