(Was anybody gonna tell me I spellt compilation wrong?)
On Cavman Unleashed there was this great quote from Calvin or Augustine, I’m researching the quote now.
**“Because we do not know who belongs to the number of the predestined, or does not belong, our desire ought to be that all may be saved; and hence every person we meet we will desire to be with us a partaker of peace.”**
(If anyone knows where this came from, let me know)
And on his site I saw this link:
League of Reformed Bloggers. Might be interesting to check out.
Also this quote from Calvins Institiutes:
For it is right that the stupidity of the human mind should be punished with fearful destruction, whenever it attempts to rise in its own strength to the height of divine wisdom. And this temptation is the more fatal, that it is the temptation to which of all others almost all of us are most prone. For there is scarcely a mind in which the thought does not sometimes rise, Whence your salvation but from the election of God?
Hehe, Calvin called us stupid. 🙂
First, if we seek for the paternal mercy and favor of God, we must turn our eyes to Christ, in whom alone the Father is well pleased, (Mat 3: 17). When we seek for salvation, life, and a blessed immortality, to him also must we retake ourselves, since he alone is the fountain of life and the anchor of salvation, and the heir of the kingdom of heaven. Then what is the end of election, but just that, being adopted as sons by the heavenly Father, we may by his favor obtain salvation and immortality? How much soever you may speculate and discuss you will perceive that in its ultimate object it goes no farther. Institutes, book 3, chapter 24, section 5
And this from a Family Life e-newsletter:
But showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
I’ll be honest with you: The thought of my kids sinning in the same areas that I sin has bolstered my obedience to God. I’m reminded of the piercing statement by C. H. Spurgeon, “Sin would have fewer takers if its consequences occurred immediately.”
Just think for a moment of the sins that could be visited upon your children. What do you struggle with? Lust? Selfishness? Anger? Lack of discipline? Jealousy? Pride? How about deceit? Broken promises? A gossiping tongue?
The twenty-first century could be a scary time to be alive. I wonder how the sins of adultery, divorce and addictions will affect future generations?
So what are we to do? Wallow in guilt because we are far from perfect? Are we enslaved to our ancestors’ wrong choices and, thus, permanently under the punishment of God?
No, we can stop the chain reaction by our repentance and confession. God in His grace stands ready to forgive us and grant us favor. You can, by faith, stop even the most tyrannical control of a sin that has beset your family for generations.
The good news is that God also gives us a wonderful promise: Your righteousness can still be influencing others a thousand generations from now. That’s encouraging!
Discuss: What type of faith would you like your children and grandchildren to have?
Pray: Ask God to protect your life, marriage and family from sin. Ask Him to enable you to leave a legacy of righteousness to a thousand generations.
And from my Integrity Notes;
“Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be broken” ~missionary prayer
We have hope today~
not because of our circumstances, but because of Him in Whom we trust.
We are strong today~
not because of our great might, but because of the power of the One at work within us.
We have victory today~
not because if anything we can accomplish, but because of what He did for us on the cross.
Our bible study discussed fornication, adultery, harlotry and the such, not a blog topic per se.
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, 5 not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 and that no man transgress and defraud his brother inthe matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. 8 So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.
This week we are going over brotherly love and christian work ethic;
9 Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for anyone to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another; 10 for indeed you do practice it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, 11 and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, 12 so that you will behave F47 properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.
And next week;
Those Who Died in Christ~
13Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep, or to grieve like the rest of men, who have no hope. 14We believe that Jesus died and rose again and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 15According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 18Therefore encourage each other with these words.
More on that later.
The New Issue of Knitty is up, YEAH!!!!
Me and the boy are off to see my nephew play basketball in Seattle.
I’m stealing this idea from All & Sundry
Post a note and tell me what you are doing this weekend.
**We are watching 8 year olds play b-ball tonight.
Saturday night; my son’s school has its annual auction.
a cat trap +Cat food=good times
we have a few strays in the ‘hood and one of them is hurt bad, eye all swollen up. Gonna get them taken somewhere to a good home.
Should be interested to see what gets caught.
Sunday, church and the pastor is having a deacon dinner. Have no clue what that is, but I’m kinda scared. Some sort of reformed/dutch/old ritual consisting of bloodletting, maybe?
Just teasing 🙂