If It’s God’s Will

Forging hot iron(John Newton’s Letters)

My dear friends,
We sympathize with you in what you must feel for dear Rebecca’s illness. You know that the Lord has an absolute right to dispose of all His creatures as He sees fit. As sinners–we have no rights. As believing pardoned sinners–we can have no reason to complain.

I trust that Rebecca’s illness is sanctified to give her nearer, deeper, and more precious views of the truths which she learned while in health. As low as she is brought, the Lord can raise her with a word; and He will–if it is for His glory and her best benefit. If He appoints otherwise, He can make her last days her best days–and enable you to cheerfully resign her to Him. Whether she lives or dies–she is the Lord’s. The time is short–and we hope to follow her to a better world, where there will be no more sin or sorrow or painful separation!

You know that the sovereignty of God toward His people is not arbitrary. It is connected with a wisdom which can make no mistakes–and a love which can give no unnecessary pain to those for whom He died upon the cross.

If we are in heaviness–then there is a need-be for it, and it is but for a season. His thoughts and ways are high above ours. What we do not know now–we shall know hereafter. Even now, we may be sure that He does all things well. May His gracious presence be with you–and then you will be able to rejoice, even in tribulation.

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As a Pig In His Muck

800px-Three_Pigs_Sleeping(John Newton’s Letters)

“Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful–but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life!” Revelation 21:27

If we do not exactly know the particulars of what Heaven is–then we know to a certainty what it is not. We are sure that it is not like earth–there are no ale-houses, gambling parlors, or theaters there.

How then could those whose hearts are set upon these things–possibly be happy even in Heaven, where they would be separated forever from all that they love? Heaven must be a Hell to an unhumbled, unsanctified sinner–even if he could be admitted there. The company, the employments, the enjoyments–are of the same kind with what he despised on earth. If you admit a pig into your parlor among your friends–he would find no pleasure there. He would rather be in the sty, or wallowing in the mire in a ditch!

Well, such were some of us–yes, such were all of us once! And you, my dear friends, though you were not vile profligates like me–you were carelessly swimming down the stream of the world, and, when upon the edge of the whirlpool which would have eternally swallowed you up–He snatched you with a strong hand, set your feet upon a rock, established your goings, and has put a new song in your mouth!

“By the grace of God I am what I am!” 1 Corinthians 15:10

Matthew 24 Prophecy Yet to be Fulfilled?

463px-Wailing_Wall_by_Gustav_BauernfeindMatthew 24

1 And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

As I look at pictures of Jerusalem and the Wailing Wall, one can plainly see that there are still stones in place which have not been “thrown down”.

This being said, that means that the prophecy of Christ’s in Matthew 24 has NOT been fulfilled yet! Many Christians have said down through the years that Titus fulfilled this prophecy in AD 70 when he marched in and squelched the rebellion in Jerusalem.

No. There are still very large stones that are still in  place and the time when “There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down” has not taken place…yet.

Interesting.

 

Motherhood Is a Calling And Where Your Children Rank

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Guest Contributor

A few years ago, when I just had four children and when the oldest was still three, I loaded them all up to go on a walk. After the final sippy cup had found a place and we were ready to go, my two-year-old turned to me and said, “Wow! You have your hands full!”

She could have just as well said, “Don’t you know what causes that?” or “Are they all yours?!”

Everywhere you go, people want to talk about your children. Why you shouldn’t have had them, how you could have prevented them, and why they would never do what you have done. They want to make sure you know that you won’t be smiling anymore when they are teenagers. All this at the grocery store, in line, while your children listen.

A Rock-Bottom Job?

The truth is that, years ago, before this generation of mothers was even born, our society decided where children rank in the list of important things. When abortion was legalized, we wrote it into law.

Children rank way below college. Below world travel for sure. Below the ability to go out at night at your leisure. Below honing your body at the gym. Below any job you may have or hope to get. In fact, children rate below your desire to sit around and pick your toes, if that is what you want to do. Below everything. Children are the last thing you should ever spend your time doing.

If you grew up in this culture, it is very hard to get a biblical perspective on motherhood, to think like a free Christian woman about your life, your children. How much have we listened to partial truths and half lies? Do we believe that we want children because there is some biological urge, or the phantom “baby itch”? Are we really in this because of cute little clothes and photo opportunities? Is motherhood a rock-bottom job for those who can’t do more, or those who are satisfied with drudgery? If so, what were we thinking?

It’s Not a Hobby

Motherhood is not a hobby; it is a calling. You do not collect children because you find them cuter than stamps. It is not something to do if you can squeeze the time in. It is what God gave you time for.

Christian mothers carry their children in hostile territory. When you are in public with them, you are standing with, and defending, the objects of cultural dislike. You are publicly testifying that you value what God values, and that you refuse to value what the world values. You stand with the defenseless and in front of the needy. You represent everything that our culture hates, because you represent laying down your life for another — and laying down your life for another represents the gospel.

Our culture is simply afraid of death. Laying down your own life, in any way, is terrifying. Strangely, it is that fear that drives the abortion industry: fear that your dreams will die, that your future will die, that your freedom will die — and trying to escape that death by running into the arms of death.

Run to the Cross

But a Christian should have a different paradigm. We should run to the cross. To death. So, lay down your hopes. Lay down your future. Lay down your petty annoyances. Lay down your desire to be recognized. Lay down your fussiness at your children. Lay down your perfectly clean house. Lay down your grievances about the life you are living. Lay down the imaginary life you could have had by yourself. Let it go.

“We are to imitate God and take pleasure in our children.”

Death to yourself is not the end of the story. We, of all people, ought to know what follows death. The Christian life is resurrection life, life that cannot be contained by death, the kind of life that is only possible when you have been to the cross and back.

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The Sanctifying Work of Trials

800px-Smidse_3(John Newton’s Letters)

“Naked I came from my mother’s womb–and naked I will depart. The LORD gave–and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” Job 1:21

Believers are free from condemnation–but not free from pain, sickness, poverty, losses, crosses, sudden trying changes, and what we call premature death. These trials give occasion for the exercise and manifestation of many graces which are not so visible in the sunshine of prosperity. Our trials are further sanctified, to wean the people of God more from the world, and to weaken the body of sin which still dwells in them.

He who gave–has an undoubted right to take away. We are sure that His sovereignty is combined with His infinite wisdom and goodness–and that, when He crosses our wishes, no less than when He grants them–He does all things well! He does not afflict without a need-be–neither will He permit a trial to continue longer than is necessary. Be still, my soul, and know that He is God!

You are in the best hands–and I leave you with Him who loves you and will make all things work for your final benefit.

Oh, the mercy to be enabled to trust ourselves and those whom we love–to Him, and to see them confiding in Him likewise and resigned to His wise disposal. This all-sufficient God can and does make His people more than equal to any and every trial He appoints for them.

But I am a poor creature–and am daily learning that without Him I can do nothing.

Heaven and Hell! – Charles Spurgeon Sermon

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Heaven and Hell! – Charles Spurgeon Sermon

Matthew 8:11 I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Luke 12:5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.

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Pastors: Do Not Neglect Your Responsibilities

Dutch Venice(Thomas Brooks, “A Word in Season to Suffering Saints”)

“Covetousness, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5

Covetousness is explicit idolatry.

Covetousness is the darling sin of our nation.

Covetousness being idolatry–is highly provoking to God.

This leprosy has infected all sorts and ranks of men.

Whatever a man loves most and best–that is his god. The covetous man looks upon the riches of the world as his Heaven–his happiness–his great ALL.
His heart is most upon the world,
his thoughts are most upon the world,
his affections are most upon the world,
his discourse is most about the world.

He who has his mind taken up with the world, and chiefly delighted with the world’s music–he has also his tongue tuned to the same key, and takes his joy and comfort in speaking of the world and worldly things. If the world is in the heart–it will break out at the lips. A worldly-minded man speaks mostly of worldly things. “They are of the world, therefore they speak of the world,” John 4:5. The love of this world oils the tongue for worldly discourses, and makes men . . .
forget God,
neglect Christ,
despise holiness,
forfeit Heaven.

Ah! the time, the thoughts, the strength, the efforts–which are spent upon the world, and the things of the world–while sinners’ souls lie a-bleeding, and eternity is hastening upon them!

I have read of a greedy banker, who was always best when he was most in talking of money and the world. Being near his death, he was much pressed to make his WILL. Finally he dictates:

First, I bequeath my own soul to the devil–for being so greedy for the muck of this world!

Secondly, I bequeath my wife’s soul to the devil–for persuading me to this worldly course of life.

Thirdly, I bequeath my pastor’s soul to the devil–because he did not show me the danger I lived in, nor reprove me for it!

“People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction!” 1 Timothy 6:9

Urgent Prayer Request

As some of you know, our van is getting on in years and needs a lot of things fixed and/or repaired on it.

This has become very apparent lately with the blowing of our tire on the highway.

When I took it in to get the van looked at, the mechanic gave me a list of things that need replacing NOW. This is just a list of things from the front end that were noticeable.

1) The rotors have pitting and grooving on them. $300
2) Calipers have moisture on them – (leaking? or something?) $400
3) The break pads are almost needing to be replaced. $200
4) left wheel bearing is almost shot $500
5) Alignment needs fixing $500
6) Right strut is gone $500
7) Power steering is leaking $500

Total $2900

We don’t have this kind of money nor do we have credit to borrow it. We need a reliable vehicle for work, errands and life.

Dear friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, this brother is calling upon you to search within yourselves to see if you can contribute something to help us get another vehicle. Please pray and seek God’s voice on this.

Our van is unsafe and if the wheel bearing goes while we are trying to get to work, we will be in a serious accident.

This is the link to our Go Fund Me page.

GoFundMeBayneFamily

Please give. We need your generosity to continue on.

Treasury of David: Commentary on Psalm 88 – Charles Spurgeon

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Treasury of David: Commentary on Psalm 88 – Charles Spurgeon

Psalm 88

King James Version (KJV)

1 O lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:

2 Let my prayer come before thee: incline thine ear unto my cry;

3 For my soul is full of troubles: and my life draweth nigh unto the grave.

4 I am counted with them that go down into the pit: I am as a man that hath no strength:

5 Free among the dead, like the slain that lie in the grave, whom thou rememberest no more: and they are cut off from thy hand.

6 Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.

7 Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves. Selah.

8 Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me; thou hast…

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