The mariner’s chart as he sails the sea of life!

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The mariner’s chart as he sails the sea of life!

Grace Gems, (Arthur Pink)

The Bible is a book which calls not so much for the exertion of our intellect — as it does for the exercise of our affections, conscience and will. God has given His Word to us not for our entertainment, but for our education — to make known what He requires from us. It is to be . . .
  the traveler's guide as he journeys through the maze of this world, and the mariner's chart as he sails the sea of life...

Source: https://www.gracegems.org/2014/10/chart.html

Sunday Sermon Series – Christ Invitation

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Matthew 11

Chapter 11, can be broken down as follows: Christ’s preaching. (1) Christ’s answer to John’s disciples. (2-6) Christ’s testimony to John the Baptist. (7-15) The perverseness of the Jews. (16-24) The gospel revealed to the simple. The heavy-laden invited. (25-30) – Matthew Henry

As Matthew Henry points out our text v.28 is part of the invite to the heavily laden by Christ. There are three quick points I wish to make, that I gleaned from the text before we come on the sermon and other materials:

  • It is only through Christ Alone that the invite can go out
  • The invite is directed only towards those burdened by sins
  • Only Christ, by His atonement at Calvary, can provide rest from that burden

SERMON

Christ’s Invitation by J C Ryle

OTHER RESOURCES

Come – Matthew 11:28 by J C Ryle

Come Unto Me All Ye That Labor Thomas Boston

The Rest of Christ by A W Pink

The Yoke of Christ – Matthew 11:28 by A W Pink

The Present and Future Rest of True Believers – Matthew 11:28 by John Newton

Christ’s Gracious Invitation – Matthew 11:28 by Archibald Alexander

Come, All Who Are Weary Desiring God Ministries

Rest, Rest C.H. Spurgeon

A Knowledge of God By Dr. M. Lloyd-Jones

Devotional Thought for Today – 12/12/2020

PRAYER

John Bunyan on Prayer,  Three part series we posted earlier this year


  • Groanings which cannot be uttered are often prayers which cannot be refused. — Spurgeon
  • God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil. — E.M. Bounds
  • It is possible to move men, through God, by prayer alone. — Hudson Taylor
  • Worship and intercession must go together; the one is impossible without the other. Intercession means that we rouse ourselves up to get the mind of Christ about the one for whom we pray. — Oswald Chambers
  • Prayer is the exercise of drawing on the grace of God. — Oswald Chambers
  • Prayer is not monologue, but dialogue; God’s voice is its most essential part. Listening to God’s voice is the secret of the assurance that he will listen to mine. — Andrew Murray
  • To desire revival… and at the same time to neglect (personal) prayer and devotion is to wish one way and walk another. — A.W. Tozer
  • God looks not at the oratory of your prayers, how elegant they may be; nor at the geometry of your prayers, how long they may be; nor at the arithmetic of your prayers, how many they may be; not at logic of your prayers, how methodical they may be; but the sincerity of them he looks at. – Thomas Brooks

The following is a list of my top 10 authors, pastors, and theologians along their various resources on Prayer, available by clicking on their names. 

Alistair Begg

A.W. Pink

C.H. Spurgeon

E.M. Bounds

John MacArthur

Martin Lloyd Jones 

Octavius Winslow

R.C. Sproul

Thomas Boston

Thomas Watson

The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions by Arthur  Bennett. The Strength of Purtian char… | Scripture quotes, Reformed  theology, Cool words

 

 

Christian Contentment

The 1828 Webster’s Dictionary defines “content” as

Rest or quietness of the mind in the present condition; satisfaction which holds the mind in peace, restraining complaint, opposition, or further desire, and often implying a moderate degree of happiness.

Spurgeon said

“If you are not CONTENT with what you have, 
you would not be satisfied if it were doubled!”

A W Pink writes that

Contentment is the product of a heart resting in God…It is the blessed assurance that God does all things well and is, even now, making all things work together for my ultimate good.Thomas Wat

Thomas Watson adds that

Contentment lies within a man, in the heart and the way to be comfortable is not by having our barrels filled, but our minds quieted!

Theodore Epp comments that…

Nowhere does the Bible suggest that we should be content with unsatisfactory conditions. But because of our personal relationship with Christ we can be content in them. As different situations arise and we learn our lessons one after another, we will also find it possible to be content in every situation.

A W Tozer said,

The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One.” A Puritan sat down to his meal and found that he had only a little bread and some water. His response was to exclaim, “What? All this and Jesus Christ too!

John Owen

The soul that sets up its rest, and makes it its great concernment to walk humbly with God, is brought to His foot, bent to His will, is ready for His disposal; and whatever God does in the world with himself, his, or others, he hath peace and quietness in it. His own will is gone, the will of God is his choice; his great concernment lies not in anything that can perish, that can be lost.

When a man shall see, in the worst state and condition, that his great concernment is safe; that though all is lost, God, who is all, is not lost; that this can never be taken from him;—it fills his heart with delight. Is he in prosperity? he fears not the loss of that which he most values. Is he in adversity? yet he can walk with God still; which is his all. He can therefore glory in tribulations, rejoice in afflictions;—his treasure, his concernment is secure. (from sermon entitled Of Walking Humbly With God)

OTHER QUOTES:

The richest person is the one who is contented with what he has.

Many Christians find it difficult to be content because we typically focus, not on what we do have, but on what we lack!

Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.

When you can think of yesterday without regret and tomorrow without fear, you are near contentment.

A Christian is one who does not need to consult his bank balance to see how wealthy he is.

A contented person is one who enjoys the scenery along the detour.

The Sovereignty of God

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1 Chronicles 29:11-12

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all. Both riches and honor come from you, and you rule over all. In your hand are power and might, and in your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all. (ESV)

 Tuya es, oh Jehová, la magnificencia y el poder, la gloria, la victoria y el honor; porque todas las cosas que están en los cielos y en la tierra son tuyas. Tuyo, oh Jehová, es el reino, y tú eres excelso sobre todos. 12 Las riquezas y la gloria proceden de ti, y tú dominas sobre todo; en tu mano está la fuerza y el poder, y en tu mano el hacer grande y el dar poder a todos. (RVR 1960)

Yesterday’s Sermon was all about God’s sovereignty and I thought that that was such a HUGE subject that it desire at least one more day of attention. 

So first what does “the Sovereignty of God” mean? In most evangelical circles today if you were to ask that question I would venture to say you would get the response that He, God is in control of all things. While no true believer should argue against the fact that God is in control of all things, that IS NOT what “the Sovereignty of God” means.

Sovereignty according to Easton’s Bible Dictionary says: of God, his absolute right to do all things according to his own good pleasure. In other words God has the rightful authority to rule over all of His creation.

Now let us look at God’s Providence as defined (shortened) Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology says: “…Providence, then, is the sovereign, divine superintendence of all things, guiding them toward their divinely predetermined end in a way that is consistent with their created nature, all to the glory and praise of God. This divine, sovereign, and benevolent control of all things by God is the underlying premise of everything that is taught in the Scriptures.”

It is in God’s Providence, we find God in control of all things. Somehow in modern theology we seem to have them reversed. In the times of the monarchies the king was Sovereign he had the right to rule as he saw fit over all the lands. Yet it was the lord(s) of the various lands that were actually in control of the day to day operations and rule of the peoples. Maybe it is about time we got back to using the terms LORD AND KING for God to describe His sovereignty and providence


100 Bible Verses about Sovereignty Of God

Maybe the greatest book ever written on the The Sovereignty of God by A.W. Pink


A sermon supporting Reformed (Calvinistic) Theology and The Sovereignty of God Today

Hallelujah! For The Lord Omnipotent Reigneth!
“The Relevance Of Calvinism Today” Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Sovereign Grace Union, London, July, 1969, Charles D. Alexander

 

 

 

Christ’s salvation

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This graphic makes for a good emotional response, but not necessarily for a true salvation and regeneration response. What is being preached on your pulpit?

The nature of Christ’s salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present-day evangelist. He announces a Savior from Hell rather than a Savior from Sin. And that is why so many are fatally deceived, for there are multitudes who wish to escape the Lake of fire who have no desire to be delivered from their carnality and worldliness.

Author: A.W. Pink

Today in Church History

ARTHUR PINK WROTE ONE OF MANY LETTERS

Arthur Pink Wrote One of Many Letters

DAN GRAVES, MSL

   Arthur Pink is often described as an eccentric. He didn’t really fit in anywhere. Converted to Christ out of a theosophical background (the New Age movement of his day), he became a student of Puritan thought. But his efforts at pastoring churches and evangelization were not successful. Nor did his books sell. A monthly magazine that he edited called Studies in the Scriptures, never topped a circulation of 1,000. The last sixteen years of his life, he spent on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland, in virtual isolation by his own choice, rejecting formal association with any church.

   Explaining his hermit-like existence, he quoted Jesus as saying, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” He went on to ask, “What world hated Christ and hounded him to death? The religious world, those who pretended to be most zealous for God’s glory.” He seemed to take pride in his “persecution,” although some of the men he disagreed with were among the greatest Christians of the century.

   Nonetheless, Arthur came to have a significant influence. Upholding Calvinism, he countered a growing trend toward acceptance of Arminian views, even in churches like the Baptists that had traditionally been Calvinist. (In simplified terms, Arminians emphasize man’s free choice in salvation; Calvinists insist on God’s complete sovereignty.)

   From his remote hideaway, Arthur issued his scripture studies. He also hand-wrote letters in response to many questions that came his way, sometimes more than forty letters a week. His scripture studies and the Bible studies sparkled with quotable gems.

   For example, on this day, March 14, 1937 he wrote in a letter, “Neither the nearness nor the remoteness of Christ’s return is a rule to regulate us in the ordering of our temporal affairs. Spiritual preparedness is the great matter.”

   After his death in 1953, Arthur’s Bible studies began to be reprinted. Today there are dozens of these on the market, with sales in the hundreds of thousands. Many of them appear on the web. Their many thoughtful sayings make them memorable:

“The trend of modern theology–if theology it can be called–is ever toward the deification of the creature rather than the glorification of the Creator.”

“We do not ask, Is Christ your ‘Savior,’ but is He, really and truly, your Lord? If He be not your Lord, then most certainly He is not your ‘Savior.’ “

“Nothing is too great and nothing is too small to commit into the hands of the Lord.”

Through his writings, Arthur Pink had more success after his death than in his life.

Source: Christianity.com

One of the best resources for A.W. Pink can be found at the The Chapel Library

 

The masses demand that which will soothe them in their sins and amuse them while they journey down the Broad Road!

The masses demand that which will soothe them in their sins and amuse them while they journey down the Broad Road! (Arthur W. Pink, 1886-1952)

“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths!” 2 Timothy 4:1-4

That time has arrived! Church-goers today will not endure sound doctrine. Those who . . .

preach the total depravity of man, insist upon the imperative necessity of the new birth, set forth the inflexible righteousness and holiness of God, and warn against the eternal and conscious torment awaiting every rejecter of Christ,find it almost impossible to obtain a hearing. Such preachers are regarded as puritanic pessimists, and are not wanted.

In these degenerate times, the masses demand that which will soothe them in their sins and amuse them while they journey down the Broad Road! The multitude is affected with itching ears which crave novelty and that which is sensational. They have ears which wish to be tickled, ears which eagerly drink in the songs of professional and unsaved soloists and choristers, ears which are well pleased with the vulgar slang of our modern evangelists!

The things which are now done in so many churches — the socials, the fund-raisers, the bazaars, the concerts, the moving picture shows and other forms of entertainment — what are these but idolatrous commercialization of these houses of prayer! No wonder that such places are devoid of spirituality and strangers to the power of God. The Lord will not tolerate an unholy mixture of worldly things with spiritual.

“Get these things out of here! Stop turning My Father’s house into a marketplace!” John 2:16