@ John UK .."we are going through the names of God, and this Thursday we shall be looking at Psalm 23, the Lord our Shepherd."
Ah yes, the Good and Great Shepherd helped me here in answer to prayer 'Hallowed be thy name' see WCF LC Q.&A 190 and From the Companion Bible Notes Appendix 4
"The name Jehovah is combined with other words which form what are known as the Jehovah titles. ...We have seen of these experimentally referred to, in Psalm 23, in as much as Jehovah as the "Good" "Great" and "Chief Shepherd" is engaged in all the perfections of his attributes, on behalf of his sheep: in v. 1 we have Jehovah Jireh will see or provide Gen.22:14 in v. 2 Jehovah Shalom [send] peace Judges 6:24 in v.3 we have Jehovah Ropheka who heals and Jehovah Zidkenu our righteousness Jer.23:6; 33:16 in v. 4 we have Jehovah Shammah is there Ezek.48:35 in v. 5 Jehovah Nissi my banner Ex. 17:15 and Jehovah Mekaddishkem that doth sanctify you Ex.31:13; Lev.20:8; 21:8; 22:32; and Ezekiel 20:12
I have thought on these titles and their significance when leaning on my Beloved was most necessary. S of S 8:5
Good sermon regarding man made in the image of God http://www.sermonaudio.com/playpopup.asp?SID=12211414262110
We discussed wherein I struggled and his gracious response was app
KK wrote: I think that's part of the problem today people are falling for anything and stand for nothing and when it counts they just don't show up â€“â€“ pretty sad state of affairs â€“â€“ I honestly feel it's due to the deep-rooted selfishness within the hearts of mankind â€“â€“ this me, me, me foolishness permeating throughout society.
Who votes for who and for what reason is as vast and variable as the populous. Look at this small SA cross section for example. I suspect that is also true of those who refrain from the political franchise; there are reasons vast and varied.
For example what if one believes that taking an oath is a very serious matter. That without a test of office they are asking a man to swear in whose name? If not in the name of Jehovah it is therefore false swearing. What if for some to bring a man (no woman should be in this position)) without Scriptural qualifications to the place where it is the practice of the land to have elected officials foreswear then are they not for both reasons partakers of other men's sins at the very least and denying Jesus before men in a nation that acknowledges neither Him nor the Scripture? More serious yet. Maybe it it's a matter of the fear of God, and a conscience issue for some?
from M. Henry on S of S 8:5 @Dorcas "The Christian church was raised up from a low and desolate condition by the grace of Christ relied on, Gal_4:27. Particular believers are amiable, nay, admirable, and divine grace is to be admired in them, when by the power of that grace they are brought up from the wilderness, leaning with a holy confidence and complacency upon Jesus Christ their beloved. This bespeaks the beauty of a soul, and the wonders of divine grace, 1. In the conversion of sinners. A sinful state is a wilderness, remote from communion with God, barren and dry, and in which there is no true comfort; it is a wandering wanting state. Out of this wilderness we are concerned to come up, by true repentance, in the strength of the grace of Christ, supported by our beloved and carried in his arms. 2. In the consolation of saints. A soul convinced of sin, and truly humbled for it, is in a wilderness, quite at a loss; and there is no coming out of this wilderness but leaning on Christ as our beloved, by faith, and not leaning to our own understanding, nor trusting to any righteousness or strength of our own as sufficient for us, but going forth, and going on, in the strength of the Lord God, and making mention of his righteousness, even his only, who is the Lord our righteousne
I was reading and trying to understand Rev.2:18-29 but now as I say this I realize it was not the Church I was looking for however I found what M.Henry commented helpful and I will quote him again on this text "(1.) These wicked seducers were compared to Jezebel, and called by her name. Jezebel was a persecutor of the prophets of the Lord, and a great patroness of idolaters and false prophets. The sin of these seducers was that they attempted to draw the servants of God into fornication, and to offer sacrifices to idols; they called themselves prophets, and so would claim a superior authority and regard to the ministers of the church. Two things aggravated the sin of these seducers, who, being one in their spirit and design, are spoken of as one person: - [1.] They made use of the name of God to oppose the truth of his doctrine and worship; this very much aggravated their sin. [2.] They abused the patience of God to harden themselves in their wickedness. God gave them space for repentance, but they repented not. Observe, First, Repentance is necessary to prevent a sinner's ruin. Secondly, Repentance requires time, a course of time, and time convenient; it is a great work, and a work of time. Thirdly, Where God gives space for repentance, he expects fruits meet for repentance. F
L.O. I will call you Lydia and Dorcas see Psalm 133 also for your edification I saved this from SA: An Expert Searcher "For thus saith the LORD God; Behold, I, even I, will both search My sheep, and seek them out" â€” Ezekiel 34:11 This He does at the first when His elect are like wandering sheep that know not the Shepherd or the fold. How wonderfully doth the LORD find out His chosen! Jesus is great as a seeking Shepherd as well as a saving Shepherd. Though many of those His Father gave Him have gone as near to hell-gate as they well can, yet the LORD by searching and seeking discovers them and draws nigh to them in grace. He has sought out us: let us have good hope for those who are laid upon our hearts in prayer, for He will find them out also. The LORD repeats this process when any of His flock stray from the pastures of truth and holiness. They may fall into gross error, sad sin, and grievous hardness; but yet the LORD, who has become a surety for them to His Father, will not suffer one of them to go so far as to perish. He will by providence and grace pursue them into foreign lands, into abodes of poverty, into dens of obscurity, into depths of despair; He will not lose one of all that the Father has given Him. It is a point of honor with Jesus to seek and to save all
Aldred wrote: Congratulations Wills and Kath. I wonder what this world will be like when she grows up into adulthood? Perhaps there won't be a church then in the UK. Judging by the way things are going today.
I was responding as women do at this kind of News, I cried. I was grateful for the safe delivery for mother and child and dumbfounded by the unspeakable kindness of God. I too wondered, what kind of world will she and her brother grow up in. I looked at her elder brother Prince George and wondered what the Lord would do? O that Prince William, who seems to sincerely love his family would love their souls as well as their lives in this world. So much is on his plate; in his place calling and station.
What history has shown us is how to understand the Scripture applied for there is nothing new under the sun. God's word is infinite and time marches on until God Himself has concluded on the matter. How do the people of God know where to find the shepherds' tents Song of Solomon 1:8? unless Scripture and history cause us to conclude by the Spirit's witness, who these are?
As Frank pointed out, this is an unsettled time for the Church (visible) the state of Society at large indicates that. In M.Henry's day he expected the ministry of the visible Church to know the flock by their fruits not their profession or 'testimony'.
Did I not read about Mrs. Clinton's affiliation with the Methodist Church from her own account? The Methodist Church began in the UK and it had separated itself contrary to their covenant engagements, the Wesley's grandfather I believe was Samuel Annesley, at least I think he was the father of Susannah Wesley their mother. Mr. Annesley was one of the signers of the wCF's address 'to the Christian Reader especially Heads of Families'
Which states in part:"The two great pillars on which the kingdom of Satan is erected and by which it is upheld are ignorance and error."
Do we not pray "Hallowed be thy name"? see WCF LC Q.190 We ask God to remove
@ Get Real I did put ozmilad in a search engine the first time I saw it. But I went no further then the search engine results.
I am sorry to hear you are not well. Only great grace and the support of others can help at such a time. In recent days I have been much in thought concerning the Lord's use of sickness in our lives. I recently copied for my family who have experienced much illness in recent days, a section out of the WCF Directory for Public Worship 'Concerning Visitation of the Sick' It was direction for ministers in their visitation, how they should approach the sick.
When my 20 year old son almost died no one approached him in that manner. Two ministers did come and showed many practical kindnesses to our family but none spoke to him, I am aware of in this manner,and there was a lengthy bedside attendance. I'm posting the link for you to read but you must find Concerning Visitation of the Sick. http://www.reformed.org/documents/index.html
May the Lord who brought you to mind bear your burden this day; lift up your countenance and give you peace and health as you cast your cares on him, that he may lift you up in due season. see Psalm 46& 47 He is the Almighty God. I will be praying for you.
partial information I listened to Israel's efforts in a pod cast on J post. I must agree that their effort to assist Nepal were commendable and well thought out. It is not the first nation they have assisted in disaster and for a lengthy period of time allowing time to put the pieces back together. They are humanitarian as a nation and for good reason. They have suffered and know how to minister to others.
But it is biased to omit the fact that their interest in surrogate mother's and children is not exclusively related to heterosexual couples. There was a time when the Jewish people did not see sodomites as a minority. In Lot's case they were in the majority, Of Lot it is said:2 Peter 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:
10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
I thought it good to read the first text that comes to mind in context. Interestingly it was the religious establishment that had imprisoned and threatened the apostles; and it was to them that this statement was made. It was at this time that Gamaliel exhorted 38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought:
39 But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and beaten them, they commanded that they should not speak in the name of Jesus, and let them go.
41 And they departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.
42 And daily in the temple, and in every house, they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.
@ Carl in Greensboro , Isn't it meet that we, each of us ought contend for the truth in our place, calling and station? We are not all called to ministry or the civil sphere. If we concern ourselves with the calling God has given us, won't we still have ample opportunity to contend for t
(2.) Now why should the wickedness of this Jezebel be charged upon the church of Thyatira? Because that church suffered her to seduce the people of that city. But how could the church help it? They had not, as a church, civil power to banish or imprison her; but they had ministerial power to censure and to excommunicate her: and it is probable that neglecting to use the power they had made them sharers in her sin.
History has shown us there have been Ministers that feared God more than man and made a right use of the keys, i.e. Mr. Donald Cargill and the Excommunication at the Torwood is just such an example. 2 Cor. 10:3-6
King Solomon said: Eccles.7:12 "For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.
Any nation that refuses to kiss the Son will have to come under his rod of iron, according to Psalm 2. I think that it is reasonable that any nation that has been so privileged with the Gospel of peace would think it a small matter to acknowledge the Prince of peace as the only redeemer of mankind and accordingly acknowledge Him as the God/man and His word as authoritative being that He is the Creator and Sustainer of all men and the only hope that enables a sinner to be reconciled to God.
His Church is the apple of his eye, she is engraven on His hand. Whether it is leaders in Church, loosely 'so called' or her Christ denying National leadership tells her that His word is irrelevant and her Master debatable is very dangerous stance. This mindset hasn't begun with recent church apostasies or Supreme Court decisions. Recent decisions are the fruit of a long standing disregard of God as if one can take Him or leave Him, obey Him, as it suits their pleasure, or No. It's called atheism, in any of its forms.
Jim Lincoln wrote: Penny and Mourner, I really think you should read,
Not sure why you think I should read this link but I'd imagine because a link or two I posted allegorized. I don't necessarily agree with the whole of the content when I post something,that I didn't write or say,
Your Dr. Shodde said: " It is true that the older Protestant theology still adheres to a sensus mysticus in the Scriptures, but by this it means those passages in which the sense is conveyed not per verba (through words), but per res verbis descriptas ("through things described by means of words"), as e.g. in the parable and the type.
If I rightly understood/apply what he is saying in your quote it means that when Jesus is referred to as the Lamb it is not for the literal sense of the word, but it regards things described by means of words. As 'Behold the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world.' The Lamb signifying a spotless, undefiled offering for sin. I'd understand world to mean all men without distinction for the Jew first and but also for the Gentile(Greek) but not without exception as that would disagree with other Scriptures.
Anne wrote: As the heat gets turned up, we can remember that "from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen." Rom 11:36
Greetings Anne. Thank you for the verse it went well with what I'd just finished my thoughts with: Rev 5:9-12 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
I trust in the light of these things all is well with you and yours. Nice to see your name on board. Gotta go out to work on the cord of wood in the driveway and get it stacked. It will be easier with such strong reminders of His strength. Blessed day to you and yours.
Christopher000 wrote: Hi Mourner, I'm sure Lurker mentioned the laptop to you since it sounds like you've been emailing. The offer is still good if you don't have one at your disposal full time. You can give Lurker your info if this is something you don't already have and it's needed. I think he once said you only had access when using your sons while he was home (?) Anyway, think it over, and don't feel funny about accepting it if it's needed
Thanks Christopher/Lurker for the kind offer. I now have a laptop it was a squeeze, but the Lord abundantly provides my needs + all the while teaching me about essentials verses extra's. I live so rurally and without a car so the computer was wanted to have some Christian contact and access to what's happening out there. I prayed the Lord would correct me and not let me misuse it, as regards the 9th commandment. It's hard to balance every biblical principal in its use. I tried to get more involve locally when I was with out it. I was able to exercise my vocational calling as a nurse both at home and to help neighbors. Everyone has either passed out of this life or is statis quo at present. I have much to do after a very hard winter, and a garden to get underway Lord willing.