A.W. Pink On Grace

Divine grace is the sovereign and saving favor of God exercised in the bestowment of blessings upon those who have no merit in them and for which no compensation is demanded from them… it is the favor of God shown to those who not only have no positive deserts of their own, but who are thoroughly ill-deserving and hell-deserving. It is completely unmerited and unsought, and is altogether unattracted by anything in or from or by the objects upon which it is bestowed. Grace can neither be bought, earned, nor won by the creature. If it could be, it would cease to be grace. When a thing is said to be of “grace” we mean that the recipient has no claim upon it, that it was in nowise due him. It comes to him as pure charity, and, at first, unasked and undesired.

– Arthur W. Pink The Attributes of God (New York: Baker Books 1991), 66.

Light Shining Out of Darkness

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs,
And works his sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain;
God is his own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

William Cowper, Light Shining Out of Darkness.

"The sufferings of saints are ordered and disposed by the will of God" – John Bunyan

Granted, if I ran across a quote this long on another persons blog, I probably wouldn’t read the whole thing. But I couldn’t help but be amazed at how firmly John Bunyan affirmed the complete sovereignty of God over every aspect of suffering in a person’s life, especially upon considering  the fact the Mr. Bunyan spent over ten years in prison for preaching the gospel.

[N]o enemy can bring suffering upon a man when the will of God is otherwise, so no man can save himself out of their hands when God will deliver him up for his glory. It remaineth, then, that we be not much afraid of men, nor yet be foolishly bold; but that we wait upon our God in the way of righteousness, and the use of those means which his providence offereth to us for our safety; and that we conclude that our whole dispose, as to liberty or suffering, lieth in the will of God, and that we shall, or shall not suffer, even as it pleaseth him. For,

First, God has appointed who shall suffer. Suffering comes not by chance, or by the will of man, but by the will and appointment of God…

Second, As God has appointed who shall suffer, so he has appointed when they shall suffer for his truth in the world…

Third, As God has appointed who and when, so he has appointed where this, that, or the other good man shall suffer…

Fourth, As God has appointed who, when, and where, so he has also appointed what kind of sufferings this or that saint shall undergo, at this place and at such a time…

Doubtless our sufferings fall by the will of God unto us, as they fell of old upon the people of Jerusalem. It was appointed by God who of them should die of hunger, who with sword, who should go into captivity, and who should be eaten up of beasts (Jer 15:2,3). So is the case here, namely, as God has appointed who, when, where, and the like, so he has, also, what manner of sufferings this or that good man shall undergo for his name. Let it then be concluded, that hitherto it appears, that the sufferings of saints are ordered and disposed by the will of God. But,

Fifth, As all this is determined by the will of God, so it is also appointed for what truth this or that saint shall suffer this or that kind of affliction…

Sixth, As it is appointed who, when, where, what kind, and for what truth, by the will of God, this and that saint should suffer; so also it is appointed by whose hand this or that man shall suffer for this or that truth…

Seventh, As all these pass through the hand of God, and come not to us but by his will, so how as also long is really determined as any of them all. It is not in man, but God, to set the time how long the rod of the wicked shall rest upon the lot of the righteous…

I have, in a few words, handled this last, to show you that our sufferings are ordered and disposed by him, that you might always, when you come into trouble for his name, not stagger nor be at a loss, but be stayed, composed, and settled in your minds, and say, “The will of the Lord be done” (Acts 21:14). I will also say unto you this by the way, that the will of God doth greatly work, even to order and dispose of the spirits of Christians, in order to willingness, disposedness, readiness, and resignation of ourselves to the mind of God.

– John Bunyan, Seasonable Counsel: or, Advice to Sufferers.

11 Things I Loved About My Spring Break

11. I got to hang out with my family.
10. I got to read a lot of John Calvin.
9. I got to talk with members of my family.
8. I got to see Alistair Begg preach at his church.
7. I got to play ping-pong with members of my family.
6. I got to finish reading What He Must Be… If He Wants To Marry My Daughter and A Hunger For God.
5. I got to eat meals with my family.
4. I got to play soccer with some of my friends from home.
3. I got to see my big sisters new twin baby girls – additions to my family!
2. I got to attend my home church.
1. The number one thing that I loved about my spring break is… that I got to spend it at home, with my family.

A.W. Tozer on the Current State of Evangelicalism

A religious mentality, characterized by timidity and lack of moral courage has given us today a flabby Christianity, intellectually impoverished, dull, repetitious, and to a great many persons, just plain boresome. This peddled as the very faith of our fathers in direct lineal descent from Christ and the apostles. We spoon-feed this insipid pabulum to our inquiring youth, and to make it palatable spice it up with carnal amusements snatched from the unbelieving world. It is easier to entertain than to instruct. It is easier to follow degenerate public taste than to think for oneself. So too many of our evangelical leaders let their minds atrophy while they keep their fingers nimble operating religious gimmicks to bring in the curious crowd.

– A.W. Tozer, “We Need Sanctified Thinkers,” Alliance Weekly, November 9, 1955.

6 Reasons to Keep Your Mullet, From A Guy Who Didn't Keep His

  1. Right after you get your mullet cut, you’ll find a post like this on the wall of your Facebook account, “Hey [your name here], how is your mullet? Tell him I said hi.” This can be emotionally damaging, especially if you are still in the first few hours of adjusting to a mulletless life.
  2. The large number of old men with mullets who frequent the mall will suddenly become apparent to you. And even worse, you  will find yourself looking covetously at them. Not only is this distracting to the people you are shopping/eating/killing time with but it is also just plain weird.
  3. The back of your neck will no longer be protected from the elements by long locks of beautiful hair. Not only does this take time to adjust to, but it also creates a sense of vulnerability in ones soul – trust me, I know.
  4. Following the stream of thought from reason #3, you now have to make sure that you thoroughly wash the back of your neck as it is no longer hidden from the eyes of a watching world (this is not meant to assert that people with mullets do not wash the back of their necks; however, it is meant to warn the individual who is considering the removal of their mullet, that were they to forget to wash the back of their neck some morning, they would not have their mullet to cover up that mistake).
  5. Beautiful mullets are a rare thing, by cutting off your mullet you will be conforming to the standard of this anit-mullet world… which, by the way, is violating a command of Scripture (don’t believe me? see Romans 12:1-2).
  6. In the same way a simple haircut adversely affected Sampson; the loss of your mullet can significantly damage, or even destroy, your self-esteem, your relationship with God and your will to live.

Therefore, in view of these observations, I would like to postulate that if you currently have a mullet, it would be in both your best interests and the best interests of all of humanity for you to keep it.

    Abortion "The Greatest Destroyer of Peace" – Mother Teresa

    I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child—a direct killing of the innocent child—murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?…

    By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And by abortion, the father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. That father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching the people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion.

    – Mother Teresa, in her brief before President Clinton at the Presidential Prayer Breakfast in February 1995

    A Big Quote From Calvin on the Knowledge of God

    Mingled vanity and pride appear is this, than when miserable men do seek after God, instead of ascending higher than themselves as they ought to do, they measure him by their own carnal stupidity, and neglecting solid inquiry, fly off to indulge their curiosity in vain speculation. Hence, they do not conceive of him in the character in which he is manifested, but imagine him to be whatever their own rashness has devised. This abyss standing open, they cannot move one footstep without rushing headlong to destruction. With such an idea of God, nothing which they may attempt to offer in the way of worship or obedience can have any value in his sight, because it is not him they worship, but, instead of him the dream and figment of their own heart. This corrupt procedure is admirably described by Paul, when he says that “thinking to be wise they became fools” (Rom 1:22).

    – John Calvin Institutes of the Christian Religion; Book 1, Chapter 4, Section 1 (Peabody, Ma: Hendrickson 2008), 12.