Rebuked 

I love Gods Word, I love Gods people, I love going before His throne in prayer, and I love the beautiful way God can use each of these things to chasten me.


I know that we live in a Christian culture today that sees no value in rebuke. How unloving, they say, a rebuke is. Can’t you just love me where I’m at? Pray for me if you think I’m wrong! Why is this the case? Why do so many calling themselves Christians bristle at a rebuke of a beloved member of the body of Christ, or the chastening of God Himself?

There are only two reasons;

1. They’re false converts.

2. They’re true converts who have spent too much time listening to false converts.

If 1. is the case than we must not begin or end with a rebuke, we must begin and end with the Gospel. To an unbeliever playing church being rebuked will either give them the opportunity to cry victim, or it will give them a chance to prove themselves a Pharisee indeed.

If 2. is the case we must remember that once saved, discernment will follow. Do rebuke this beloved brethren, if you win them over it’s a wonderful thing! If they become angry, continue to pray for them that God would work in them from grace to grace.


In both of these cases there is no fear of God. Gods Word tells us repeatedly, fear God. It says the fear of God is the beginning of wisedom. Pastors don’t preach on this subject anymore, everyone wants God to be their buddy, no one wants to hear of the wrath to come. 

I was chastened by Gods Word this morning. This is why I stress starting your day in prayer and study. The beautiful thing about being chastened by God is that His Word doesn’t just show us what not to do, but it tells us why as well. Then when we take it before Gods throne in prayer, the Holy Spirit strengthens us. Don’t fear chastening, beloved brethren, pray for it! God chastens those He loves

As always, dear brethren, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved. 

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Hymns From the Past – O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

This is a Charles Wesley Hymn, written on the one year anniversary of his salvation. When I celebrated my second ‘birth’day this year on July 4th I would have loved to have written something just like this. I hope you are all blessed today, beloved brethren, in fellowshipping with other believers, singing praise to our King, and hearing the Word clearly and rightly expounded. As always, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved!
1 O for a thousand tongues to sing

my great Redeemer’s praise,

the glories of my God and King,

the triumphs of his grace!

2 My gracious Master and my God,

assist me to proclaim,

to spread thro’ all the earth abroad

the honors of your name.

3 Jesus! the name that charms our fears,

that bids our sorrows cease,

’tis music in the sinner’s ears,

’tis life and health and peace.

4 He breaks the power of cancelled sin,

he sets the prisoner free;

his blood can make the foulest clean;

his blood availed for me.

5 To God all glory, praise, and love

be now and ever given

by saints below and saints above,

the Church in earth and heaven.

Hymns from the Past – Come Though Fount

This Hymn is my daughters favorite. In her lessons she’s been going through brother Paul Washers family catechism. Afterwards we like to sing a Hymn and this is the one she usually picks. So, for an overdose of adorableness I’ve attached a video of her trying to learn the lyrics at the bottom. 

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing,

Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;

Streams of mercy, never ceasing,

Call for songs of loudest praise.

Teach me some melodious sonnet,

Sung by flaming tongues above.

Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,

Mount of Thy redeeming love.
Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,

Till released from flesh and sin,

Yet from what I do inherit,

Here Thy praises I’ll begin;

Here I raise my Ebenezer;

Here by Thy great help I’ve come;

And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,

Safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,

Wandering from the fold of God;

He, to rescue me from danger,

Interposed His precious blood;

How His kindness yet pursues me

Mortal tongue can never tell,

Clothed in flesh, till death shall loose me

I cannot proclaim it well.
O to grace how great a debtor

Daily I’m constrained to be!

Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,

Bind my wandering heart to Thee.

Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,

Prone to leave the God I love;

Here’s my heart, O take and seal it,

Seal it for Thy courts above.
O that day when freed from sinning,

I shall see Thy lovely face;

Clothed then in blood washed linen

How I’ll sing Thy sovereign grace;

Come, my Lord, no longer tarry,

Take my ransomed soul away;

Send thine angels now to carry

Me to realms of endless day.

– Robert Robinson 1757

Thursday Book Review – Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards


A while back I wrote about Jonathan Edwards testimony, which you can read here, and at the time I was working my way through his treasured work Religious Affections. It took me a little longer to finish this book due to its length, and dutiful use of the Word. It was well worth the read! It was published in 1746, written by the American theologian who helped kick off the first Great Awakening.

One of the best parts about this book is that everything Edwards (October 5, 1703 – March 22, 1758) speaks of he gives multiple verses to back up. This makes reading the book a lot like having a long, edifying, Bible study with the great theologian. It still has so much relevance in the body of Christ today.

I recommend this book to anyone questioning their own affections for Christ, or those that win souls and wish to better judge whether others are in the faith. This book is in the public domain so it’s accessible in pdf form, audible form, Kindle form, or you can purchase your own copy. As always beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

https://www.ccel.org/ccel/edwards/affections.html

Thursday Book Review – A Pamphlet 

Shall We Accept the Pope’s Invitation to Unite with the Roman Church? H. A. Ironside 


This pamphlet was recommended by Excatholic4Christ, our brother in Christ. I’m so thankful he did, it’s an excellent read! In the short pages you’ll get a mixture of scriptures, church history, a clear explanations of what makes the church the Church, and a refutation of ecumicalism. 

I think this is a double recommendation, friends, as I’d like to recommend this pamphlet AND my dear brothers blog. His perspective, and ministry, have been a tremendous blessing to me. I hope you will check out his posts, and this pamphlet.

I recommend the pamphlet to anyone who wants to better understand ecumenicalism and the dangers therein. As always, beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourself approved! 

Be a Living Sacrifice

Friends this Wednesday, like last Wednesday, I want to encourage and edify you. We’ll return to testimonies soon, I promise. First, I want to continue in the same flavor as last Wednesday’s post.

In regards to recent behavior within the body of Christ, I want to remind you all that we are to be a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God.


     “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans‬ ‭12: 1-5


Beloved, let us never forget that we have a race to run, a good fight to fight. We need to be growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord, Jesus Christ. The world has many distractions, and we tend to mimic the distractions we become emerged in. This is why we need to be careful what we watch, what we listen to, and what we waste spend our time on. Run the race toward the Celestial City, away from the City of Destruction. Fight the good fight against sin, let the Holy Spirit so work in your life that you, yourself, become a living sacrifice unto the Lord. After all, what does light have to do with darkness? Walk in the light, beloved!


Paul Washer explained once that when we feel the desire to let our minds wander, yet pull our thoughts back and listen to God’s Word, we are loving God with our minds. That needs to ring true in all that we do, say, or watch. It’s harder to fall into the temptation of sin if our eyes are focused on God’s righteousness, rather than worldly things.

I wish I could write to you more about this, brethren, but I’ve had to quickly write out my thoughts while preparing for another long trip. As many of you know, we travel full time for my husbands work. This means we make it home far less than we would like. We’ve been blessed with an opportunity to make the 16-hour track home, as you read this we’ll already be on our way to good food, family, and fellowshipping with our home church.

I have not done this subject justice, however, there are so many brothers and sisters here, strong in the faith, who can expound the issue. If that’s you, please feel free to add to what I’ve written for the edification of the saints. As always beloved, be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.

 

Twisted Tuesday – Replacement Theology

#ReplacementTheology

Let Everyman be a liar and Gods Word true.

Has God transferred His promise from Israel to the Church? This is a strange viewpoint held by many throughout the history of the Church. It was probably an easier sell before Israel became its own nation again. For me, the answer is clear. God means what He says, He keeps His Word, and He knows the end from the beginning. 


Had God wanted the promises He made to Israel to really be promises for the Church than He would have said so. Gods plan for the Church is separate from His plan for Israel. This is clearest when we look at the women often compared to both. Israel is often seen as the woman giving birth. The Church is always dipected as a virgin bride. Two separate groups of people with distinct roles. 


Why is this important? Any thought that leads to God being a liar, or in error, is a direct affront against His sovereignty. We need to be careful when we muse about different ideas and opinions to take the whole counsel of Gods Word. This is why I extol you, beloved, earnestly, to be good Bereans and study to show yourselves approved.