Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Glorious End To Which Sin Is Appointed And Ordained

There is a glorious end whereunto sin is appointed and ordained,
and discovered in Christ, that others are unacquainted withal.
Sin in its own nature tends merely to the dishonour of God,
the debasement of his majesty, and the ruin of the creature in whom it is;
hell itself is but the filling of wretched creatures with the fruit of their own devices.
The comminations and threats of God in the law do manifest one other end of it,
 even the demonstration of the vindictive justice of God,
in measuring out unto it a meet recompense of reward.
 But here the law stays (and with it all other light)
and discovers no other use or end of it at all.
In the Lord Jesus there is the manifestation of another and more glorious end; to wit, the praise of God's glorious grace in the pardon and forgiveness of it;
 —God having taken order in Christ that that thing
 which tended merely to his dishonour should be managed to his infinite glory,
 and that which of all things he desireth to exalt,—even that he may be known and believed to be a "God pardoning iniquity, transgression and sin."

- John Owen -

from Of Communion With God, volume 2 of Works, pages 100-101


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Saturday Snapshots 6.25.11

Jojo was very helpful on Sunday -
Da-da might not have been able to handle that Fathers Day card on his own!

We also had a fun time at the zoo!

This was a couple of weeks ago. He LOVES his pool.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Blessed are They that Mourn

Matthew 5:4

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Would you please join me in praying for a couple of blogging friends?

I've been so blessed to get to know these two ladies through the blogosphere. Please take a moment to pray for them and their families.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday Scriptures


Romans 3:21-31

God's Righteousness through Faith

21 But now, apart from the law, God's righteousness has been revealed —attested by the Law and the Prophets  22 —that is, God's righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction. 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the  glory of God. 24 They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. 26 He presented Him to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.

Boasting Excluded

27 Where then is boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law?  By one of works? No, on the contrary, by a law of faith. 28 For we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law. 29 Or is God for Jews only? Is He not also for Gentiles? Yes, for Gentiles too, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith. 31 Do we then cancel the law through faith? Absolutely not! On the contrary, we uphold the law.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Saturday Snapshots 6.18.11

We had a busy but fun weekend last week.

We had grad parties where we were able to visit with family.

We went to Shula's first birthday party.

Jojo and Shula played "bumper walkers" in the barn.

Open Eye Theater did a puppetshow in our neighborhood that we really enjoyed.

Link up your Saturday Snapshots over at an ordinary mom.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Thankful Thursday

About a week ago I downloaded the free Kindle version of the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Since doing that, I've taken a bit of a break from my normal Bible Study and have enjoyed just reading it.
I came across Jesus' prayer in John 17, and I just keep going back to it.

Jesus Prays for All Believers
20 I pray not only for these,
but also for those who believe in Me
through their message.
21 May they all be one,
as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You.
May they also be one  in Us,
so the world may believe You sent Me.
22 I have given them the glory You have given Me.
May they be one as We are one.
23 I am in them and You are in Me.
May they be made completely one,
so the world may know You have sent Me
and have loved  them as You have loved Me.
24 Father,
I desire those You have given Me
to be with Me where I am.
Then they will see My glory,
which You have given Me
because You loved Me before the world's foundation.
25 Righteous Father!
The world has not known You.
However, I have known You,
and these have known that You sent Me.
26 I made Your name  known to them
and will make it known,
so the love You have loved Me with
may be in them and I may be in them.

The more I read that, the more amazed/humbled/convicted I am.
Nearly 2000 years ago, just before Calvary, Jesus prayed for me. What a good and mighty God we serve.

Thank you to Iris for hosting Thankful Thursday this week.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Saturday Snapshots 6.4.11

We've been busy, busy, busy this week - but there's always time for a little cuteness.