Many people are mourning for America. The economy is shaky, a godless government is poised to take more than its share of control, citizens are fearing for their freedoms and foreign enemies threaten from without and within.
It’s vitally important for us to remind each other that America’s current pathetic condition is in God’s plan for her. Ephesians teaches us that our God works all things according to the counsel of His will. I for one need to be reminded often that if I’m to glorify God, I am to pray for change, but I’m never to be racked with stress or anxiety.
In times like these, I believe it’s wise for Christians to memorize verses (and whole chapters!) that spotlight God’s sovereignty and control over all things that come to pass. What are some of your favorites? (Feel free to leave comments.)
From time to time, I find myself listening to the White Horse Inn radio broadcasts. On their website, they explain the significance of their ministry’s name:
In 1520, just a few years after Martin Luther nailed his protest to the church door in Wittenberg, a small band of English scholars began to meet regularly to discuss the German Reformer’s writings, along with Erasmus’ recently completed Greek New Testament. The meeting house was a tavern in Cambridge England on the campus of King’s College called The White Horse Inn, and the names of those who regularly met there include Robert Barnes, William Tyndale, Miles Coverdale, Nicholas Ridley, Hugh Latimer, Thomas Cranmer, Thomas Bilney and others.
These meetings were not simply informal discussions over ale, for The White Horse Inn, by its frequent and regular open discussions on the key issues of Protestant theology, soon became the kindling fire for the larger English Reformation as a whole.
Many Christians today maintain that a new reformation needs to take place in our day. Wouldn’t it be amazing if our church, through online forums such as this blog, could contribute to modern day White-Horse-Inn-style discussions?
Let’s pray that God allows our church to use this blog for the glory of Christ; to encourage one another and to “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”
Contributed by Randy Haydon
When God brings someone to the saving knowledge of Christ, His work has only just begun in making them a glorious witness for His kingdom. For He calls only those who are covered with the blackness of sins and who have no inherent beauty. They are, so to speak, diamonds in the rough.
We know that for a new found diamond, it takes an expert to cut and polish it so that it shines forth with the sparkle of its reflected light. A similar process takes place for the new born Christians. God Himself is the master diamond cutter, as He painstakingly, through time, arranges all kinds of tribulations and trials to occur over the life of the new fledgling Christians.
These trials and tribulations are like what the gem master makes on the rough diamond. Each cut brings forth more beauty. Even so, the trials and tribulations with their cuts do His work. However, for the Christian these cuts continue throughout his lifetime, with each one making him conformed more to the image of Christ.
This phenomenon is wondrous to behold when one looks at someone who has walked, for a long time, deeply and continuously with his Savior Jesus Christ. Just as a diamond has many facets, so too has the life of such a person. Each of these facets reflect brilliantly the light shining forth from Jesus’ life. Oh may we all stand fast in this thought as we go through life’s trial and tribulation. This is my prayer for you, and your family.
In His love,
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