Sunday, December 06, 2009
I remember when I was quite young spiritually, and I had to take a stand, and it was very hard. I felt the reproach, and I felt it keenly, and the bitterness of it. All my companions were going out, and I had to refuse to go with them. I was in Rochdale that day, and I was going quite close to John Kershaw's chapel, when this word came:
"Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt."
You children, you young people, there will be that reproach that you will have to bear.
By B.A. Ramsbottom
A king of the ancient kingdom of Syracuse once asked one of his wisest men, Simondes, the question: "What is God?"
He asked for a day to think over his answer. But the next day he returned and asked for an extension of two more days, and then four more days and eventually eight more days!
The king was getting rather exasperated and impatiently asked why he needed so much time: to which the wise man replied: "The more I think of God, the more I realise how little I know of Him."
Perhaps this man knew what Job said:
"Lo these are parts of His ways: but how little a portion is heard of Him?"
By Gerald D. Buss
Some while ago, a gamekeeper was walking through part of the estate for which he was responsible, when he heard the moaning of a dog. He turned aside and found a dog with its leg trapped in a snare. When he first tried to approach the dog to free it, he was met with snarls and vicious growls. But notwithstanding the hostile dog, he managed at length to release its leg, whereupon the dog turned and licked his face appreciatively and followed him as if it was his own dog.
What a picture is this of the effects of grace!
When the Lord begins to call a sinner by His grace, the natural heart of that sinner is totally opposed to God and godliness. This is seen when the sinner says: "We will not have this Man to reign over us." But grace conquers this in the end, and by love changes the heart, renews the will, and turns the feet to Zion's hill.
By Gerald D. Buss
Saturday, December 05, 2009
Jesus affirmed the reality (historicity) of the following people and events, often the targets of most sceptical and liberal mockery:
Matthew 19:3-6, Mark 10:5-9 - God created Adam and Eve as the first man and woman, "from the beginning of the creation;" and this was the basis for marriage.
Luke 11:51 - Abel.
Matthew 24:37-39; Luke 17:26-27 - Noah and the Flood.
John 8:56-58 - Abraham.
Matthew 10:15; Matthew 11:23-24; Luke 10:12 - Sodom and Gomorrah.
Luke 17. 28-32 - Lot and his wife.
Matthew 8:11; Luke 13:28 - Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
John 6:31, John 6:49, John 6:58 - Manna from heaven.
John 3:14 - Moses and the brazen serpent.
Matthew 12:39-41 - Jonah and the whale.
Matthew 12:42 - Queen of Sheba.
Luke 16:31 and John 5:46-47 - Moses as inspired author of the Pentateuch.
Matthew 24:15 - Daniel the Prophet as author of the Book of Daniel (citing Daniel 9:27).