Today is Saturday, October 29, 2016. Twelve days until our Glen Rose Weekend!
“Who, being loved, is poor?” – Oscar Wilde
Osculate – kiss
Today is Cat Day. Black cats got their own day, a few days ago. The rest of the cats have to share this one day. May I introduce to you the epitome of “Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty,” Trixie.
Coco Crisp drove in the only run in last night’s World Series game, and the Indians beat the Cubs 1-0, spoiling the return of the World Series to Wrigley Field. The Indians now lead the series 2-1. For folks who don’t have a dog in this hunt, this is the kind of series they hope for. They would prefer it to go to seven games and maybe even have extra innings in Game Seven, like the 1991 World Series, in which the Twins beat the Braves in the 10th inning. 1-0. I remember that game. I stayed up to watch it, cheering the Twins on.
I don’t know what’s going on today. I’m thinking about going and doing early voting. If I can decide what I’m doing. We might go to the grocery store today, or we might wait until tomorrow evening. I know that Monday evening (Halloween), we will be going to our pastor’s mother’s house for some of her famous chili, which is a venison/beef mix, and may be the best chili I have ever tasted. It’s an annual tradition at her house. She makes several pots of the stuff, and the neighbors and friends come by for a bowl. Good times.
I just put two new book reviews up on my other blog.
Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!
Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!
Bless the LORD, all his works, in all places of his dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul! Psalm 103:20-22
Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning.
Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray.
O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. Psalm 5:1-3
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” Isaiah 26:3; 30:15
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Psalm 33:11
(From Praying With the Psalms)
A Song of Ascents. Of David. I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD!”
Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!
Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together,
to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
There thrones for judgment were set, the thrones of the house of David. Psalm 122:1-5
As the people traveled on their pilgrimage to Jerusalem, the experienced joy in going to “the house of the Lord.” Just like the ancient Israelites, we should be joyful as we journey to our respective houses of worship. “Any road that leads to a congregation of God’s people is traveled with a glad heart.”
“I give you thanks, most gracious God, for the church in which I worship, the care with which it was built, the devotion with which it is maintained, the ministering uses to which it is put. For all this I thank you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.”
(From My Utmost For His Highest)
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21
There are some “Christian” views that are not taught in the Bible. One of those is that Jesus died for our sins out of sympathy. “The New Testament view is that He bore our sin not by sympathy, but by identification.” He was made to be sin, according to 2 Corinthians 5:21. Our sins are removed because of the obedience of Jesus.
Another incorrect view is that we are acceptable to God because of our obedience. This is wrong. “We are acceptable with God not because we have obeyed, or because we have promised to give up things, but because of the death of Christ, and in no other way.”
Another view says that Jesus came to reveal “the Fatherhood of God,” and his lovingkindness. However, the New Testament says that Jesus came to “bear away the sin of the world.” Jesus never spoke to the world as one who reveals the Father, but as “a stumbling block.” His revelation of the Father is only to those “to whom He has been introduced as Saviour.”
The view that Jesus died for me, so I go “scot-free,” is also not taught in Scripture. He died “for all,” according to the Bible; he did not die “my death.” “By identification with His death I can be freed from sin, and have imparted to me His very righteousness.”
“It is not Christ for me unless I am determined to have Christ formed in me.”
Father, you have taught me these things, gradually, over the course of my life. I haven’t believed any of these errant views for quite some time. I do believe that Jesus revealed you to me, along with all other “disciples,” but the world does not see this. To the world, he is a stumbling block. I know that I am acceptable to you only because of the work of Christ! There is not one single thing that I have done to make myself acceptable in your sight. I pray daily for Christ to be formed in me, and I pray for the work of the disciplines in my life that would put me in a place where you can transform me into a true disciple.
Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” . . . Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him. (Isaiah 30:15, 18)
Grace and peace, friends.