Monday, December 29, 2014

Book review

Proof: Finding Freedom Through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible GraceProof: Finding Freedom Through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace by Daniel Montgomery

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In a world that stresses and rewards performance the idea of God's free, unmerited, irresistible grace flies in the face of our self-centered, self improvement culture. Using the acronym PROOF (Planned Grace; Resurrecting Grace; Outrageous Grace; Overcoming Grace; Forever Grace)authors Montgomery and Jones have written a delightful little book that "liberates (us) from the tyranny of trying to please others ... empowers us to pursue authentic holiness." "... proclaiming anew the intoxicating joy of grace."
The book is great, but I found the footnotes to be indispensable.
My advice is to buy the book and upon its arrival immediately sit down and read it!

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

For The Lord's Day - the first Sunday of Christmastide:

The people walking in darkness
Have seen a great light
On those living in the land of the shadow of death
A light has dawned.
Jesus Christ is our life and light.
In his name and in his power, let us worship God!

Christmastide, literally “Christmas time,” refers to the Twelve Days of Christmas, from Christmas eve to the eve of Epiphany, January 5, the same season celebrated in the Christmas song of the same name. Epiphany, January 6, is celebrated in Liturgical churches as the time when the Magi brought their gifts to the Christ child.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

For The Lord's Day - The Third Sunday of Advent

Hark, the glad sound! The Savior comes,

The Savior promised long;

Let every heart exult with joy,

And every voice be song!

Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,

Thy welcome shall proclaim;

And heavens exalted arches ring

With Thy most honored Name.

 --Philip Doddridge

Advent – We use the Advent Wreath as a reminder of the promise of the one who said “I am the Light of the world,” and whose return we anticipate. Today’s candle is the Shepherd’s candle, colored pink to symbolize joy. “When they saw this, the shepherds made known what had been told them about this child.” Luke 2:17. The Shepherds heard a message too good to be true… and then went to see it anyway. But they didn’t stop there. They witnessed it… then witnessed to it, sharing the news with those whom they met. And so should we.