Round Up

The Hollowing Effect of Sin – Evil does not usually make people incredibly wicked and violent – that would be interesting, and tends to wake people up. Rather, sin tends to make us hollow.

No Turning Back – The sun rises just before 6:30 A.M. in Bethany, the small village on the southeastern slope of the Mount of Olives, just a mile and a half east of Jerusalem.

I Will Praise You In This Storm – On Monday afternoon around 4:00 a tornado 200-300 yards wide tore down Beech Ridge Road in Beaufort County, North Carolina, a peaceful rural road where I spent the latter part of my youth and still consider home.

How Do You Know I Am Wrong – “If I say, ‘A cooked egg is better than a raw egg. Would you reply, “You stated an opinion about eggs. You must believe in an objective standard of egg quality.”

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Whoever relies not on the providence of God, so as to commit his life to its faithful guardianship, has not yet learned aright what it is to live. On the other hand, he who shall entrust the keeping of his life to God’s care, will not doubt of its safety even in the midst of death. – John Calvin

Round Up

Preaching is Dangerous – A preacher’s authority does not come merely from his calling or anointing, but he has authority only to the degree that he correctly interprets and clearly proclaims the truths of Scriptures.

A Practical Understanding Of The Sufficiency of Scripture – Part 1 – I can’t wait for Part 2!

Where Did All These Calvinists Come From – A visual to show you where they have come from.

Celebrity Pastors:  A Retrospective – In retrospect, the critics were to be treated as the problem, but the band was to play on.

A Time Lapse – I love these things and would like to create my own one day.

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Phil Johnson on the Imminence of God from the sermon Providence is Remarkable:  God personally and constantly and permanently and exhaustively pervades and sustains and governs every aspect of His creation.  God is personally present and meticulously at work in everything that happens, even when He is not manifesting His presence by miracles.

The Dead Still Speak

Of The Providence of God

Thomas Boston

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. – Matt. 10:29

Our Lord is here encouraging his disciples against all the troubles and distresses they might meet with in their way, and particularly against the fear of men, by the consideration of the providence of God, which reaches unto the meanest of things, sparrows and the hairs of our head. Sparrows are of a mean price and small value; and yet, for as mean as they are, God preserves them, guides and disposes of all things concerning them, so that one of them cannot fall to the ground by shot or any other way, without his sovereign ordering and disposal.

The instruction deducible from the text is,

Doctrine. “There is a providence that extends itself to the least of things.

In discoursing from this doctrine, I shall.
I. Shew that there is a providence.
II. Consider its object.
III. Explain the acts thereof.
IV. Consider its properties.
V. Lastly,. make improvement.
I. I am to shew that there is a providence. This appears,
From plain scripture-testimonies; as Psalm 103:19. “His kingdom ruleth over all.” Acts 17:28. “In him we live, and move, and have our being,” Eph. 1:11. “Who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” Providence is also held forth by a threefold scripture-emblem. Chiefly, (1.) Mount Moriah, which upon occasion of the miraculous preservation of Isaac, and a ram to be put in his room in order to be sacrificed, was called JEHOVAH JIREH, i.e. The Lord will provide, Gen. 22:14. (3.) Ezekiel wheels, where there was a wheel in the middle of a wheel, denoting the agency of the first cause, and the superintending and directing providence of God, Ezek. 1.

From the nature of God, who being independent, and the first cause of all things, the creatures must needs depend upon him in their being and working. He is the end of all things, wise, knowing how to manage all for the best; powerful to effectuate whatever he has purposed; and faithful to accomplish all he has decreed, promised, or threatened.

From the harmony and order of the most confused things in the world. Every thing appears to a discerning eye to be wisely ordered, notwithstanding the confusions that seem to take place. What would become of the world, if there were not a providence seeing men that despise all order, and would fain give loose reins to their lusts and unbridled inclinations, are always the greatest party. and would overpower and destroy the smaller and most virtuous party? Herein the truth of providence clearly appears. The extraordinary judgments that have pursued and been inflicted upon wicked men, and the remarkable deliverances that have been granted to the church and people of God in all ages, do loudly proclaim a providence.

From the fulfilment of prophecies, which could not possibly be without a providence to bring them to pass.
II. Let us, in the next place, consider the object of providence, or that which it reacheth and extendeth to. And this is all the creatures, and all their actions, Heb. 1:3. –“Upholding all things by the word of his power,” Psalm 103:19. “His kingdom ruleth over all.” The angels are subject to this providence, Neh. 9:6. “Thou, even thou art Lord alone, thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all things that are therein, the seas and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all, and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.” So are also the devils, these infernal spirits, Matt. 8:31, “If thou cast us out (said they to Jesus), suffer us to go away unto the herd of swine.” It reacheth natural things, as clouds, snow, winds, &c. as appears from Psalm 104, 147. and from daily observation. Continue reading

A Hymn From Years Gone By

I. Trust (“My Father, it is good for me”)

By George Rawson (1807–1889)

MY Father, it is good for me
To trust and not to trace;
And wait with deep humility
For Thy revealing grace.

Lord, when Thy way is in the sea,
And strange to mortal sense,
I love Thee in the mystery,
I trust Thy providence.

I cannot see the secret things
In this my dark abode;
I may not reach with earthly wings
The heights and depths of God.

So, faith and patience, wait awhile!—
Not doubting, not in fear;
For soon in heaven my Father’s smile
Shall render all things clear.

Then Thou shalt end time’s short eclipse,
Its dim, uncertain night
Bring in the grand apocalypse,
Reveal the perfect Light.

I find some of these hymns to be so uplifting in that they are so different than the songs of today.  The line, “I love Thee in thy mystery, I trust Thy providence,” is so profound because it says we are to leave the deep things to God and just trust Him.  That is so foreign to our world today that tries to figure out everything.  Our puny, finite, brains are incapable of comprehending God no matter how much we strive and struggle too.  Like this song says, “For soon in heaven my Father’s smile shall render all things clear.”  Such hope and joy awaits us, let us in patience, trust the One who leads us home.