ruruminations – cnàmh na cìr – chewing the cud


A Most Interesting Exposè of Arminianist Teaching.
August 30, 2008, 11:44 pm
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Part 1 & Part 2

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John Owen on Grace
August 30, 2008, 1:53 pm
Filed under: Quotes



Tiomnadh Nuadh Gàidhlig
August 29, 2008, 10:50 pm
Filed under: Gaelic, News

Tha Comunn Bhìobuill na h-Alba a’ cuir air dòigh pròiseact airson eadar-thangachadh ùr a dheanamh den Tiomnadh-Nuadh ann an Gàidhlig an latha-an-diugh.  Bi ag ùrnuigh airson a phròiseact seo agus airson an fheadhainn a bhios an sàs ann.



The Benefit of Refutation
August 29, 2008, 10:08 pm
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The following is an aside, a passing observation (relating to Acts 18:27-28 where Apollos refutes the Jews in Achaia) that Ligon Duncan made during his address on Sound Doctrine at the T4G Conference 2008:

“The refutation of false teaching is good for Christians.  Did you catch that?  He [Luke] says he [Apollos] greatly helped those who through grace had believed; for he [Apollos] powerfully refuted the Jews in public.  Do you ever think of that, that refutation of false doctrine encourages the brethren?  That’s what he [Luke] says!”



Gospel
August 29, 2008, 1:41 pm
Filed under: Meditation, Pastoral
Romans 1:15-17 15 So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also. 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
What are you struggling with?  What is getting you down?  What sin keeps niggling?
What is the answer?  What will make a difference?  You’ve tried everything!  Going to events, speaking to pastors, getting books on the subject!  And it makes no difference!
It’s like a proverbial thorn in the flesh! 
What was God’s answer for Paul’s thorn in the flesh?

2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.

But you say, “Is that all!  I’ve tried so many other things and none of them helped!”
Well let’s think about it a little.  All this stuff you’ve tried and has failed, it’s all been your own work.

In the Bible we read in Philippians 1:6 that ‘He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ’.  So it is God’s work in us that brings about change in our lives.  Yes we have our part to play, but we are never to think that it is our work/effort that brings about that change.  If the change is true and lasting it will have been wrought by the power of God.

So how has God said that he will bring this about?  By his grace!  The means through which that grace is communicated/given to us through the Gospel.  And especially through the preaching of the Gospel.  As we read at the beginning, the ‘Gospel is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes.’  Not only for the first step of repentance and conversion, but also for every point on the way towards full entrance into the blessings of salvation on the last day.  A translation which might help us to catch more of what was originally intended by Paul here is: “the Gospel is the power of God unto/towards salvation for all those who are believing.”

So the Gospel of grace is the answer to your problem whatever it is.  If a so-called solution says ‘do this and your situation will be better’ then it is not grace.  Grace is the free-gift of God, you can’t earn it, you can’t achieve it.  It is God that achieves all things for us in Christ.  It is God that applies that to our lives through the Gospel and the preaching of His Word.  We simply receive it through faith.  It is faith first till last, like Paul says ‘from faith to faith’.

In an awesome way God minsters grace to His people as His Word is proclaimed, read, preached, sung.

What is our part?  Make every effort to be in a place to receive from God, realising that only God in His grace can transform your life.  And if that realisation doesn’t incline you to want to hear God’s Word read and preached then nothing will but the grace of God touching your life.  We must also give obedience to God’s word, but there is nothing that will make our hearts willing but the grace God gives.

All this does not mean that it will be easy, in fact you can be sure that it will be a battle, a battle against the inclining of our will towards what is sinful.  What will turn our hearts to God?  The grace of the Gospel!  How does God win over our hearts?  Through the Word.

What is your problem?  Alcohol abuse, lust, pride, gluttony?

What is the answer?  The Gospel of Grace.



The Word
August 29, 2008, 12:20 pm
Filed under: Meditation

By His Word God spoke creation into existence.

By His Word He speaks into existence a new creation.

By the Word of His power He has sustained creation from it’s beginning.

By the Word of His power He sustains the new creation. 

God by his Word proclaimed a Sabbath rest at the end of the days of creation.

God by His Word proclaims there will be a Sabbath rest for the people of God.

 

Away from God’s Word there is nothing but rebellion and sin.

Oh, how much we need God’s Word in our lives!



A relevant quote for our day!
August 25, 2008, 2:24 pm
Filed under: Quotes

Following is a quote from Rev. Dr. Thomas Chalmers. You’d almost think he was still about:

“There is a great running after ministers in our day, and this argues a desire of something or other; but , desire of what? Is it to be regaled by the eloquence of the preacher? Is it because you are lured by the report of his high and far-sounding popularity? Is it because you want to feast your imagination or your intellect or any of your sensibilities(feelings)? That is not a desireousness which will help you forward, but rather prove an impediment in the way of your salvation.”