After we watch Beauty and the Beast, how might we talk to our kids about Jesus? And what should we do about that “gay moment” in the movie?”…
Robert Traill (Sermons from 1 Peter 1:1-4), Works 4:150:
You are never right at this work of praise unless you can praise in every condition. This was Job’s practice, chap. 1:21, The Lord hath given, and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord. He could bless his name in giving and bless his name in taking away. He had the same thoughts of the name of God, whatsoever changes there were in his dispensations towards him. We understand a little how to bless the name of God when he gives. This is the common carnal frame of a great many Christians. If God gives, they know how to give thanks, though but poorly, God knows; but if God takes away, they know not how to thank him for taking, for smiting, for correcting, for afflicting. Oh! how few are there, if I may so say, such skilful musicians, as to make a song of praise on a sharp rod? How few are there who can sing in the stocks, who can praise God in the furnace, and bless his name whatever condition they are in? It hath been well said, and it holds true in several things, that those who cannot be contented in every condition will never be able to bless God, as they should do, in any. If God comes down to our humours, we can bless him; but if he takes his own wise way of dealing with us, how backward are we in this work of praise!
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/praise-in-every-condition.92645/, Comment 1
What an inspiring tribute this family wrote after the loss of their precious 3-year-old son:
James Durham, in his extensive lectures on Revelation (Chapter 6, Lecture III) observes:
The persecutions of the Church of God are particularly ordered as well as the preaching of the Gospel, and the thriving and flourishing of the Church. This horse hath a rider, that hath his armor and a sword given to him, and it is told what he shall do, he shall take peace from the earth, go so far and no further: yea, there is a more particular commissionating of this nor the former, to point out that there is a particular hand guiding the sufferings of the Church and people of God. See it in Job, how in all the commissions Satan getteth, he is straitly bounded and limited. If the world rage at Christ and his followers and persecute, yet that horse is not without a rider, and a bridle, and the sword he carrieth is limited, it cannot hurt a hair of the head of any but as it is commissionated, The hairs of your head are all numbered (Matthew 10:). Persecution cometh not without a particular commission, more than one is converted without the influence of his Spirit. He that guideth the one, guideth the other: and our Lord Jesus reigneth now as before.
Not committed Christians:
People who seriously practice a traditional religious faith—whether Christian or other—have a divorce rate markedly lower than the general population.
The factor making the most difference is religious commitment and practice.
Read more: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/factchecker-divorce-rate-among-christians (note the astronomically lower divorce rate among practicing Jews!)
I will be taking a hopefully short break from posting on this blog due to circumstances beyond my control that currently prevent me from being able to prepare daily posts. Please feel free to read through older posts while I am away. I hope to be back with you shortly.
Tyler O’Neil, from an October 2016 article:
“Evangelical Christians are supposedly united in their belief that only those who believe the gospel — that Jesus Christ died on the cross for humanity’s sins and rose from the dead three days later — will be saved. But not all who identify as evangelicals even believe this.
According to a September study by LifeWay Research, Americans don’t know much about theology. While most Americans identify as Christians, they seem confused about the details of their faith.
“Contradictory and incompatible beliefs are OK for most people,” explained Scott McConnell, executive director of LifeWay Research. Even those who identify as evangelicals often fell into some of the worst theological errors.
Here are twelve lies about God, morality, and salvation which Christians in the study believed, and why they are wrong…”