“Work hard at the passing on of the gospel” by D.A. Carson

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“Work hard at the passing on of the gospel. As you know as well as I, there were no chapter breaks or verse breaks when these manuscripts were first written, so the end of chapter 1 runs smoothly into the beginning of chapter 2.

‘You, then, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.’

In other words, in the light of the flow from the end of chapter 1, the way you preserve the pattern of sound teaching, the way you guard the gospel, the way you elevate the good news of Jesus Christ is not simply by going in an isolated fashion to a defensive posture but precisely by training a new generation.

In other words, one of the…

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“Remembering a Dark Past” prose by me.

2/16/17
Written by me.

“Remembering a Dark Past”

I’m walking through the valleys of temptations,
Wading through the mire of sin,
Crawling through swamp of selfishness,
Sinking in this quicksand of pride.

The more I take and the less I give
The faster I sink.
I see now how much I’ve lost
And how little I have gained.

It’s all bringing me down,
It’s all working against me,
When I get what I want
I don’t feel fulfilled or complete,
I’m left feeling empty and unsatisfied.

The world’s remedies and cures can’t make me whole.
The things of this world can’t satisfy my soul;
The lust of the flesh leaves me empty, filthy, guilty;
The pride of life leaves me feeling dead inside.

It’s all for nothing if it’s not for God’s glory.
If it’s all for myself then it’s all loss,
Then it’s all wasted and I’ll be left with nothing.

If I gain Christ, I’ll gain all that I need;
If I lose Christ, I’ll lose everything.

All of my pride I want to see die,
Replace it with humility, O Lord.

I want to die to self, to sin, to this world,
And live unto Christ, live for God’s glory.

All the temporal things I’ve lost
Are nothing to me now
For in Christ I have eternal life,
So I keep my eyes on Him
And do what matters eternally.

All that I do I want it to be for God’s glory,
I want to live obeying His perfect will.

I can do all that I’m called to do
For Christ strengthens me to obey God’s will.

I will not perish as a slave to sin,
I will live as a child of God
Saved by His grace through faith in Christ.

……………………..

“Do Not Lose Heart” by Caroline Cobb, Lyric video.

Song: Do Not Lose Heart
Artist: Caroline Cobb

[by the artist] ABOUT THE SONG:
Based on Romans 8 and 2 Corinthians 4, “Do Not Lose Heart” speaks about the eternal, unwavering hope we have, even in the most difficult of trials. It is a hope achieved for us by Jesus’s death on the cross and victorious resurrection. We do not lose heart, even when our flesh fails and we grow weary with suffering, because we know Jesus has conquered death and is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all compare. As believers, we have a living, eternal hope that does not change when our circumstances change. One day, He will return and even death, that last enemy, will be soundly defeated. Come, Lord Jesus, come.

Words and music by Caroline Cobb. Copyright 2016 by Caroline Cobb Smith.
http://carolinecobb.com

Again, the experience of the Spirit’s fullness…

“Again, the experience of the Spirit’s fullness coming upon the believer’s heart is often judged by the amount and quality of emotional charge that accompanies it. Some go so far as to declare bluntly that no one is filled with the Spirit who has not experienced certain physical phenomena, particularly the act of speaking in unidentified tongues. Others will settle for an increased degree of joy or more effectiveness in their service.
All this is wrong, both scripturally and psychologically. It is the result of a misunderstanding of the nature of man’s soul and of the relation of the spirit of man to the Spirit of God.
The workings of God in the hearts of redeemed men always over flow into observable conduct. Certain moral changes will take place immediately in the life of the new convert. A moral revolution without will accompany the spiritual revolution that has occurred within. As the evangelists tell us, even the cat will know it when the head of the house is converted. And the grocer will know it too, and the old cronies in the haunts where the man used to hang out will suspect that something has happened when they miss the new Christian from his accustomed place. All this is collateral proof of the validity of the man’s Christian profession. But it is in no sense evidence to the man’s own heart. It is not the witness of the Spirit.”
A. W. Tozer

Psalm 113 (Psalm Sunday, Week 8)

Psalm Sunday
Week 8

Psalm 113
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

“1) Praise ye the Lord! Praise, O ye servants of the Lord; praise the name of the Lord!
2) Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore.
3) From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same, the Lord’S name is to be praised.
4) The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens.
5) Who is like unto the Lord our God who dwelleth on high,
6) who humbleth Himself to behold the things that are in heaven and on the earth?
7) He raiseth up the poor out of the dust and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill,
8) that He may set him with princes, even with the princes of His people.
9) He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord!”

“Story 1” by Battle, Adventure, Beauty. (electronic/instrumental LMMS track)

“Story 1” by Battle, Adventure, Beauty.
Simple electronic/instrumental LMMS track