Sunday, December 27, 2015

For The Lord's Day

All the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why we utter the Amen through Him, to the glory of God”
2 Corinthians 1:20 (RSV)

“Amen” means, “Yes, Lord, you can do it.”
It means, “Yes, Lord, you are powerful.
Yes, Lord, you are wise.
Yes, Lord, you are merciful.
Yes, Lord, all future grace comes from you
and has been confirmed in Christ.”
“Amen” is an exclamation point of hope after a prayer for help.
 -- John Piper in Future Grace

Sunday, December 20, 2015

For The Lord's Day: The Fourth Sunday of Advent

Angels, from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o'er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation's story,
Now proclaim Messiah's birth;
Come and worship, come and worship,
Worship Christ, the newborn King.
-- James Montgomery

AdventWe 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 Angels’ candle. “Suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God…” Luke 2:13. Today, as all four candles blaze, we remember the light of heaven’s glory and the celestial choir God sent to herald the birth of His Son, “…glory to the newborn King!”

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Book Review

Joy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C. S. LewisJoy: Poet, Seeker, and the Woman Who Captivated C. S. Lewis by Abigail Santamaria
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Abigail Santamaria has done C.S. Lewis fans a great service in this wonderful biography of Joy Davidman (Gresham) Lewis. She fills in many of the blanks in our knowledge of Joy. Joy Davidman was a brilliant individual, a one time Communist, Scientologist and an excellent writer. She was obsessed with C.S. Lewis and her pursuit of him is chronicled here in full.
I read this along with Joy's son Douglas' "Lenten Lands," about his childhood with Joy and "Jack."
Give yourself a treat and read this book.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

For The Lord's Day, Second Sunday in Advent

“Welcome to earth, thou noble guest,
through whom the sinful world is blest!
In my distress thou com’st to me;
what thanks shall I return to thee?”
-- Martin Luther, 1535

Sunday, November 29, 2015

For The Lord's Day, the First Sunday of Advent:

“In Bethlehem long years ago a virgin mother nursed her child.
Who was that baby? Do you know? He was our Savior, meek and mild.
If you know why the Savior came, I’m sure you’ll love and trust him too.
Will you tell others? Speak his name? And tell them what he came to do?”
-- A Child’s Christmas Carol, James Montgomery Boice

Sunday, November 22, 2015

For The Lord's Day

“While I regarded God as a tyrant, I thought my sin a trifle; but when I knew him to be my Father, then I mourned that I could ever have kicked against him. When I thought God was hard, I found it easy to sin; but when I found God so kind, so good, so overflowing with compassion, I smote upon my breast that I could ever have rebelled against One who loved me so, and sought my good.”    ~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Sunday, November 8, 2015

For The Lord's Day

“If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means he does not understand Christianity very well at all.        – J. I. Packer, Knowing God

Sunday, November 1, 2015

For The Lord's Day

“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.”              - - D. A. Carson, For the Love of God