"I hate pride and arrogance." Proverbs 8:13
"The Lord detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished." Proverbs 16:5
The following exhortation is from 19th-century Baptist preacher, J.C. Philpot. Let the probing work of the Spirit begin in your heart as you read. As Edward Payson, an American preacher from the previous generation, said, "If you sincerely search your heart -- then you will find pride, like the different layers of an onion, lurking one beneath another to the very center of it!"
Of all sins pride seems most deeply embedded in the very heart of man. Unbelief, sensuality, covetousness, rebellion, presumption, contempt of God's holy will and word, hatred and enmity against the saints of the Most High, deceit and falsehood, cruelty and wrath, violence and murder--these, and a forest of other sins have indeed struck deep roots into the black and noxious soil of our fallen nature; and, interlacing their lofty stems and gigantic arms, have wholly shut out the light of heaven from man's benighted soul.
A few months ago I was browsing through some old bookshelves and came across a stash of Tabletalk magazines that dated back to the days when I worked with Ligonier Ministries.
It was an enlightening exercise to read through articles I’d written over 20 years ago. I observed changes in my writing style. I cringed at cultural references that have no context now. But more than either of those reactions, I reflected on how the Lord has diverted my path in my adherence to theological confessions.
Hold the Guinness! There's more to Irish culture and contributions to civilization than beer and shamrocks.
James Smith on the exaltation of Christ:
If we look at the comparisons which are made use of by the Holy Spirit to set Christ forth--we behold something more of His loveliness.
He is compared to a MOTHER, and is said to have more than a mother's tenderness, kindness, and care.
His concern for His people is constant,
He never loses sight of them for a moment, and
He pledges His Word that He will never forget them!
He is the CITY of REFUGE, with . . .
the broad and clear road,
the gates wide open, and
the hearty welcome awaiting every sinner who approaches to escape the
In honor of Grammar Day: March 4th.*
1. Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a ThighMaster.
2. His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
"Perhaps some of you live your life thinking that little of anything of great moment ever touches your life. Life is mundane, humdrum. I want to tell you this morning that if you're a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, there is nothing mundane or humdrum about your existence for one moment. God has caught you up in Jesus Christ into his cosmic purposes. It may not feel like that at times. It may not appear like that at times. But it is always that at every time.
God doesn't always blow a trumpet or have a fanfare to say, 'Here I am. Take note of me!' He expects us with the eye of faith to see that all things work together for the good of those who love God. That in all things, in all the mundaneness, the apparent mundaneness of life, God is executing His purposes and plans for His glory and for the salvation of the world.
It's tremendously comforting and uplifting to know that you're not simply a little cog in a vast machine but that God by his grace -- if you are a Christian believer -- he has caught you up in his son into the midst of a cosmic drama. And we must guard against allowing ourselves to think for one moment, 'my life is dull, my life is boring'... how can life be boring when the Lord God Almighty reigns and we belong to him and we are caught up in his gracious sovereign eternal purpose for his glory. Boring? It's exciting beyond language!"
Ian Hamilton, "Esther 2:5-18: Unexplained Questions"
"In God’s economy . . . there is nothing too small to be considered inconsequential.
As mortal beings we are limited to space and time, and we tend to measure value by material heft or emotional significance. God’s perspective transcends the limits of human scales; in fact, by virtue of the fact he is God, everything that is from him has merit and value. He is the I AM, the beginning and the end."
There Are No Mundane Moments
Laura Miller aka mrsdkmiller
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Her March Isn't Over
Across the River
When God Pries My Fingers Off My Children
Life's Defining Moments
To the Christian Wife Who Berated Her Husband in Front of My Daughter
Zeal and Grace in France
An Unconventional Love Story
Seeing What's in Front of Our Eyes
Remembering Why I Called You Hannah
Love Your Sister.
Because He Came Home
Go Valiantly! A Prayer for New Homeschooling Moms
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