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Today at 05:26 AM Singing has great strength by chestnutmare

We know from experience that singing has great strength and power to move and to set on fire the hearts of men in order that they may call upon God and praise Him with a more vehement and more ardent zeal. It is to be remembered always that this singing should not be light or frivolous, but that it ought to have weight and majesty ... Now, what Augustine says is true, namely that no one can sing anything worthy of God which he has not received from Him. Therefore, even after we have carefully searched everywhere, we shall not find better or more appropriate songs to this end than the Psalms of David, inspired by the Holy Spirit. And for this reason, when we sing them, we are assured that God puts the words in our mouth, as if He Himself were singing through us to exalt His glory.

~ John Calvin

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016 8:22 AM The historian Josephus by John_C

What Christian-pertinent items did Josephus wrote about in his histories?

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Monday, February 1, 2016 5:22 AM A NEW FAMILY by James Montgomery Boice by chestnutmare

When a person is born into this world, they are born into a family of sorts (maybe not even what should be considered a real family), who take care of the needs necessary for growth and development. So also when a person is “born again” and adopted as sons and daughters of God, we are given a new family. Many Christians find themselves alienated by the world, including members of our natal families who reject us for our faith. The redeemed ones, those adopted by God, have been given a new family. This article discusses the nature, responsibilities and privileges of this new family.

The attitudes that should flow from these new relationships do not always follow naturally or easily. But that is all the more reason to grasp this truth forcefully and work at the relationships. John White has put the task in these terms,

You were cleansed by the same blood, regenerated by the same Spirit. You are a citizen of the same city, a slave of the same master, a reader of the same Scriptures, a worshiper of the same God. The same presence dwells silently in you as in them. Therefore you are committed to them and they to you. They are your brothers, sisters, your fathers, mothers and children in God. Whether you like or dislike them, you belong to them. You have responsibilities toward them that must be discharged in love. As long as you live on this earth, you are in their debt. Whether they have done much or little for you, Christ has done all. He demands that your indebtedness to him be transferred to your new family. ~ John White

You can read this month’s article, A NEW FAMILY by James Montgomery Boice HERE

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Saturday, January 23, 2016 2:48 PM Samuel Rutherford — Extracts from his Letters by chestnutmare

I see grace growth best in winter.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016 1:25 PM The Church by Tom

The Church
There seems to be a common thread on the Highway boards concerning local Churches. People have been having trouble finding biblical Churches and those who are in Churches are having biblical issues concerning false teaching that is starting to infiltrate their local Church.
I have been blessed in the last five years or so, to be a member of what I consider to be the most biblical local Church I have ever been to. However, even here in those five years we have had a lot of problems.
Among those problems is the fact that early on in my pastor’s ministry, he found that actually preaching what our statement of faith says steps on a lot of toes. Unbeknown to him when he accepted the call to ministry, several of the elders were not Calvinists in soteriology. That issue caused huge problems and eventually those elders left the Church. This however caused many others to leave the Church as well; which is something I believe was inevitable. After that, we became quite a small Church, but eventually word got out that we were Reformed Baptist who actually tried to preach and live what we believed, so we started gaining new members. At the time, I thought this was great, because with those new members big families were among them; which instead of the average member to be over 55, it dropped to all ages.
This however, caused its own problems, because many of those large families were involved in an organization called ‘Vision Forum’. I didn’t notice this for a while until I started hearing comments by some of its adherents, such as: “those who do not home school their children are sinning!”
To make a long story short over the next year after that, we lost all of those who held to ‘Vision forum’ teaching.
Recently because of a mistake my pastor made (that he is dealing with), we lost another elder. That caused several other families to leave.
Also, another prominent family left because (as their letter said) we are not dispensational and we should not be using outside material in our Bible study time, because we have enough people in our body to teach. This was in reference to a video series on Nouthetic Counselling, that my pastor thought would benefit our body. I have found this excellent, and have even used some of it. For about ¾ of a year we study the Bible and ¼ of the year we take a break to study things that the elders believe would benefit the Church.
I could go on and on about these kinds of things; but I think it gives an idea of what I have found.
From reading what others are saying, my experience is quite common.

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