Monthly Archives: March 2013

Strength of His Name

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Unending Mercy

His grace is greater than all of our sin–Praise God!

Remember, O Lord, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses, for they have been from old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions. According to Your lovingkindness remember me, for Your goodness’ sake, O Lord… For Your name’s sake, O Lord, pardon my iniquity for it is great. (Psalm 25:6, 11)

Martin Luther:

“This life, therefore, is not righteousness but growth in righteousness,

not health but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise.

We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it. 

The process is not yet finished, but it is going on. This is not the end but it is the road.

All does not yet gleam in glory but all is being purified.”

 

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Writing Advice

I appreciated this “advice” from a seasoned writer, even if I don’t always heed it:

“These really are the keys to writing blog posts, op-ed pieces and columns, and even testimonies to Congress:

  • to speak fearlessly from the heart,
  • get to the point immediately,
  • keep the message simple and focused,
  • and use the fewest words you can.” [1]

Boom… goes the Dynamite!

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[1] Vivek Wadwha “My Secrets How I Became a Prolific Writer and Learned to Get Beyond School Essays” (emphasis added).

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The Source

“It is not the bee’s touching of the flower that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time upon the flower that draws out the sweetness.  It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian.” (Thomas Brooks)

 “Resolved, to study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive myself to grow in the knowledge of the same.” (Jonathan Edwards, “Resolutions,” #28)

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Living Like Widows & Beggars

We are all beggars in our hearts–beggars in need of the Bread of Life. We have been given fullness in Christ, but though we have our dear Jesus, we never lose our need of Him. We are like beggars–and in this life, God gives us perpetual need so that we will come hungrily to Him for satisfaction. May we live on this side of glory as persistent widows and salivating beggars who run to God for provision of every need and desire–and may we live expectantly as we trust that He has and will meet us with mercy and grace in our time of need.

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Luke 18:1-8 “And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”

“It is very apparent from the Word of God that he often tries the faith and patience of his people, when they are crying to him for some great and important mercy, by withholding the mercy sought for a season; and not only so, but at first he may cause an increase of dark appearances.  And yet he, without fail, at last prospers those who continue urgently in prayer with all perseverance and ‘will not let him go except he blesses.’” [1]

Lord, teach us to pray and to trust you with everything that we need and desire. Let us be faithful widows and fulfilled beggars.

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[1] Jonathan Edwards, “A Call to United Extraordinary Prayer,” in Works (Edinburgh, 1979), II:312.

[HT: Ray Ortlund, Jr.]

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An Everlasting Love

The love of the Lord is an everlasting, covenantal love rooted in His character rather than ours. We receive His love, not because we are worthy, but because He is! Check out the way He describes His commitment to His people, despite their infidelity:

Hosea 2:14-23

“Therefore, behold, I will allure her,
and bring her into the wilderness,
and speak tenderly to her.
And there I will give her her vineyards
and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth,
as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt.
“And in that day, declares the LORD, you will call me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal.’ For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall be remembered by name no more. And I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down in safety. And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the LORD.

“And in that day I will answer, declares the LORD,
I will answer the heavens,
and they shall answer the earth,
and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil,
and they shall answer Jezreel,
and I will sow her for myself in the land.
And I will have mercy on No Mercy,
and I will say to Not My People, ‘You are my people’;
and he shall say, ‘You are my God.’”

There is no greater love than God has for His people… May we worship Him as we fall in love with Him, and extend that love toward others around us.

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