“Unconscious Blasphemy”

“The only ground on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the Cross of Christ.”

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Today is Sunday, November 20, 2016. Four more days until Thanksgiving!

Quote of the Day

“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln

Word of the Day

Nictitate (verb, NIK-tuh-tayt) – to close and open quickly : to shut one eye briefly : wink

Today is Guinness World Record Day. So get out there and see if you can break the world record for balancing apples on your nose!

Yesterday was a productive day! The pool is fixed, and it actually wound up costing a couple hundred dollars LESS than quoted! How often does THAT happen??

The concert went well, last night. There was one song that was a little rough, but, overall, we played well. C was there, and R & J showed up for it, too, as well as at least one family from our church. After the concert, C, R, & J and I went to Cotton Patch for dinner, and took something home to S.

When we got home, we watched a bootleg recording of Hamilton. What a remarkable show! You can judge me for watching a bootleg, if you want, but the show is currently sold out through next August. 😛 I was in tears several times, throughout the performance, especially toward the end of the segment about the Revolution. I’m not sure it ever dawned on me what a miracle it is that we are even here, as U.S. citizens.

We are getting ready for church, this morning. We worship at The Exchange, which meets at 9100 N. Beach Street in Fort Worth. The worship gathering begins at 10:15.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! Psalm 32:12

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah. Psalm 67:1

Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. Psalm 50:2

(From Praying With the Psalms)

The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
They have mouths, but do not speak; they have eyes, but do not see;
they have ears, but do not hear, nor is there any breath in their mouths.
Those who make them become like them, so do all who trust in them.
Psalm 135:15-18

We might consider that this particular segment was a bit tongue-in-cheek, actually poking fun at those who created and/or worshiped idols, which “have mouths but do not speak,” and “have eyes, but do not see.” It is postulated that the people who worship them would eventually become like them.

“God Almighty, I thank you for the ability to laugh at the ridiculous posturing of pride, for the perspective to see the clownish behavior of the arrogant. From insights gathered while laughing, build in me humility and loyalty as I serve you in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

In him we have . . . the forgiveness of our trespasses. Ephesians 1:7

Continuing on the same subject as yesterday’s reading, Chambers warns against the “pleasant view” that God will certainly forgive us because he is so kind and loving. Yesterday, he called this view “shallow nonsense.” Today, he calls it “unconscious blasphemy.”

“The only ground on which God can forgive us is the tremendous tragedy of the Cross of Christ.” It may be easy for us to accept forgiveness, but it cost God “the agony of Calvary.” We should never accept a view of forgiveness that “blots out the Atonement.”

Father, show me this truth, deeply. Keep this right in front of me for the rest of my days on earth. Let me never believe that you simply forgive because you are kind and loving. Yes, you are so very kind and loving, but the forgiveness of sins comes only from the agony and atonement of Christ on the Cross. May we, as your people, always remember this, and may that inspire us toward sanctification and gratitude.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

“Almighty and everlasting God,
whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son,
the King of kings and Lord of lords:
Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth,
divided and enslaved by sin,
may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.”
(The Divine Hours)

Grace and peace, friends.

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