The following hymn by John Newton seems a most fitting thought for the end of another year. May the Lord help us all to live the coming year "with eternity in view".
While with ceaseless course the sun
Hasted through the former year,
Many souls their race have run,
Never more to meet us here;
Fixed in an eternal state,
They have done with all below;
We a little longer wait,
But how little—none can know.
As the wingèd arrow flies
Speedily the mark to find;
As the lightning from the skies
Darts, and leaves no trace behind;
Swiftly thus our fleeting days
Bear us down life’s rapid stream;
Upwards, Lord, our spirits raise,
All below is but a dream.
Thanks for mercies past received,
Pardon of our sins renew;
Teach us, henceforth, how to live
With eternity in view:
Bless Thy Word to young and old,
Fill us with a Saviour’s love;
And when life’s short tale is told,
May we dwell with Thee above.
It's that time of year again. Soon the hectic time will be over and many will be considering the coming year. This is a time when many people make their "new year's resolutions". Most have to do with losing weight, giving up some habit or starting on a new program of exercise, etc., all to improve the body. However, most resolutions have little to do with what matters the most - the soul. A prayerful reading of the resolutions of a man mightily used of God in his day will be profitable. Perhaps even take some of them on and make them your own!
Here they are: the resolutions of Jonathan Edwards (1703 - 1758)
Being sensible that I am unable to do anything without God's help, I do humbly entreat him by his grace to enable me to keep these Resolutions, so far as they are agreeable to his will, for Christ's sake.
While preaching from 1 Corinthians 5:1, Alistair Begg gives an account of an experience attending a church where the focus by the "worship team" is on feelings, and not the truths of God's Word.
So many churches and professing Christians are placing the emphasis on feelings today, and the timeless, changeless truths of God's Word are relegated to 2nd or 3rd place (or even lower). The Christian does not rest his or her assurance on how they feel about God, but on what God says about them in His Word!
How sad that so many Christians who really and sincerely desire to worship and serve the Lord, are being led astray by false teachers presenting a false gospel in which their listeners are being encouraged to "trust their feelings" rather than trust God and His Word.
There's some humour in this, but the message is serious. Very serious.
The scientific world has long been embroiled over the question of origins. How did it all start? What event put this universe and all its vastness and complexity into existence? Where did we come from? How did we get here?
There are really only two explanations. One is that the whole universe in all its amazing complexity gives ample evidence of “Intelligent Design” in every aspect of its creation, from astronomy to the structure of the living cell. The other is that this universe is the product of mere time and chance in which all matter and space as we know it came into being. It theorizes that life came from non-life, with random, non-directed chance mutations evolving into the infinite, beautiful and complex arrangement of living things that we see around us today. This theory is, of course commonly called “Darwinian Evolution”.
It is easy to see that there is no middle ground between the two views, and historically, Christian churches have held to the biblical record of special creation by an all-wise God. He designed and then created “all things [out] of nothing, by the word of His power, in the space of six days, and all very good” (to use the words of our Reformed Baptist Shorter Catechism).
But sadly, many evangelical churches and church leaders have compromised on this matter where there is no need to do so, and where compromise is nothing less than a deadly attack on both the gospel and Jesus Christ. ...continue reading →