Something to Remember

When the hosts of the enemy distress you, when your frame is fevered and your passions roused, when you say in your heart, “What shall I do?” Elisha’s words shall give you your answer, “Fear not, for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” –– St. Jerome

Maybe Christians Need a Mirror Today More Than they Need a TV

You really have to wonder, if Christian people had actually been living the gospel, worshiping the Lord, teaching their children to do the same, taken them to church (and not just sent them), been involved in prayer and bible study these last decades if our Country wouldn’t be a very different place.

But instead, Christians regularly skip worship, live for themselves, ignore the Bible, hardly ever pray except when they get sick, and don’t have time to study Scripture (because they, apparently, already know it all).

So, really, whilst so many have ignored Hebrews 10:25 (go ahead, look it up), and John 3:16, and Romans 5:10 and all the rest, should we be at all surprised that Romans 1:24-28 too is set to the side?

And do we have any right to tell the world in which we live that it should live up to God’s standards as revealed in Scripture when so few Christians do it themselves?

Maybe Christians need a mirror today more than they need a tv. Maybe they should be thinking about their own faithfulness. You know, while they’re at home Sunday.

Our Deluded Society

Let us look into ourselves without flattery or blind self-love. It is not strange that we are so deluded in this matter, seeing none of us can avoid that pestilential self-indulgence, which, as Scripture proclaims, is naturally inherent in all: “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,” says Solomon (Prov. 21:2). And again, “All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes,” (Prov. 16:2).

What then? does this hallucination excuse him? No, indeed, as Solomon immediately adds, “The Lord weigheth the spirits;” that is, while man flatters himself by wearing an external mask of righteousness, the Lord weighs the hidden impurity of the heart in his balance. Seeing, therefore, that nothing is gained by such flattery, let us not voluntarily delude ourselves to our own destruction.

To examine ourselves properly, our conscience must be called to the judgment-seat of God. His light is necessary to disclose the secret recesses of wickedness which otherwise lie too deeply hid. Then only shall we clearly perceive what the value of our works is; that man, so far from being just before God, is but rottenness and a worm, abominable and vain, drinking in “iniquity like water.” For “who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one,” (Job 14:5). Then we shall experience the truth of what Job said of himself: “If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say I am perfect, it shall prove me perverse,” (Job 9:20).

Nor does the complaint which the prophet made concerning Israel apply to one age only. It is true of every age, that “all we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way,” (Isaiah 53:6). Indeed, he there comprehends all to whom the gift of redemption was to come.

And the strictness of the examination ought to be continued until it have completely alarmed us, and in that way prepared us for receiving the grace of Christ. For he is deceived who thinks himself capable of enjoying it, until he have laid aside all loftiness of mind. There is a well-known declaration, “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble,” (1 Pet. 5:5).

So Calvin in the Institutes.  Doing what ‘we’ think is right as opposed to doing what God says is right and deluding ourselves into believing that we are nonetheless ‘upright’ or ‘good’ is the surest sign not only of self delusion, but madness.

VBS Workers

Please remember, we will meet on Sunday IMMEDIATELY after the morning service for our final meeting.  It is essential that all workers be present for final instructions and arrangements.

Also- at this moment- 50 shirts have been requested.  Orders MUST be placed by Sunday.  The Order WILL BE PLACED Sunday night.  No orders after that will be possible (because price is based on a bulk run by the company that makes the shirts.  One or two shirts cannot be produced for less than $20 or so each).  Shirts will cost approximately $8.  If you ordered one, please pay the treasurer. And thanks again so much for helping!

They’re nice looking, good quality shirts-