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The Godly Man
by chestnutmare. Mon Dec 17, 2018 7:05 AM
Abortion and Politics
by Pilgrim. Tue Dec 11, 2018 6:42 AM
Is the Following Legit?
by goldenoldie. Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:00 AM
None but Christ!
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Chau is no Jim Elliot
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Mon Dec 17, 2018 12:05 PM
The Godly Man

In conclusion, let us define what godliness is. We can say straight away that it is not simply a matter of externals, but of the heart; that it is not a natural growth, but a supernatural gift; that it is found only in those who have seen their sin, who have sought and found Christ, who have been born again, who have repented. But this is only to circumscribe and locate godliness; our present question is, what essentially is it? The answer follows from what has already been said. Godliness is the quality of life which exists in those who seek to glorify God.

The godly man does not object to the thought that his highest vocation is to be a means to God’s glory; rather, he finds it a source of great satisfaction and contentment. His ambition is to follow out the great formulae in which Paul summed up the practice of Christianity — “glorify God in your body”; “whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 6:20; 10:31). His dearest wish is to exalt God with all that he is in all that he does. He follows in the footsteps of Him who could say at the end of His life here: “I have glorified thee on the earth” (John 17:4), and who told the Jews: "I honour my Father . . . I seek not mine own glory . . .” (John 8:49f.).

He thinks of himself in the manner of George Whitefield who said: “Let the name of Whitefield perish, so long as God is glorified.” Like God Himself, the godly man is supremely jealous that God, and God only, should be honoured. Indeed this jealousy is a part of the image of God in which he has been renewed. There is now a doxology written on his heart, and he is never so truly himself as when he is praising God for the glorious things that He has done already and pleading with Him to glorify Himself yet further. We may say that it is by his prayers that he is known — to God, if not to men. “What a man is alone on his knees before God,” said Murray McCheyne, “that he is, and no more.” In this case, however, we must say no less. For prayer in secret is the veritable mainspring of the godly man’s life. And when we speak of prayer, we are not referring to the prim, proper, stereotyped, self-regarding formalities which sometimes pass for the real thing. The godly man does not play at prayer, for his heart is in it. Prayer to him is his chief work. And the burden of his prayer is always the same, the expression of his strongest and most constant desire — “Be thou exalted, Lord, in thine own strength.” “Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens.” “Father, glorify thy name.” “Hallowed be thy name.” (Ps. 21:13; 57:5; John 12:28; Matt. 6:9). By this God knows His saints, and by this we may know ourselves.

~ J I Packer. Extract from "The Plan of God
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Tue Dec 11, 2018 11:42 AM
Originally Posted by Tom
However I am not sure it is fair to go as far as some do in saying a politician is actually pro-choice if they refuse to use their office for pro-life causes.

1. Roe vs Wade should be overturned for several reasons, e.g., it is unconstitutional by denying the guarantee to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to any citizen, regardless of their physical/mental condition or stage of development. And, the ruling of SCOTUS itself was unconstitutional for it went beyond its official responsibility to apply the law and took upon itself the responsibility of the legislative branch which makes law.

2. A politician, in theory (this rarely is the case anymore) is to represent the will of the people which voted him/her into office. Thus if the politician's constituency is pro-life, then that is what he/she must fight for. Since Roe vs Wade was an illegal ruling, it should be every politician's goal to have it nullified and let Congress and the Senate decide whether there should be laws regarding abortion... Or, turn this matter over to the States to make their own laws, which I believe, due to the Constitution's guarantee of life must be upheld by the Federal government.

3. There are several petitions currently being circulated which deal with Life at Conception, which I doubt will ever see the light of day now since the Congress is going to be run by the Demorats, and since it couldn't have been passed by the Republican run Congress and Senate for two years. However, the "Life at Conception" bill would be the most effective way to overturn Roe vs Wade because in its ruling, SCOTUS wrote was that the issue of when life begins was not under consideration in that case. HOWEVER, IF that issue was presented at some future time, it would consider it. And of course, if SCOTUS actually took the case and ruled that life does indeed begin at conception, which is scientifically incontrovertible, then it is very possible that Roe vs. Wade could be overturned by a conservative judiciary. THAT is why the Socialist Democrats tried everything to block the appointment both Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

4. Lastly, if a politician refuses to work to implement the will of the people he/she represents, then he/she should be recalled and removed from office. To say that a politician who publicly supports the Pro-Life cause but fails to work toward that goal is actually "Pro-Death", aka: Pro-Choice, would not necessarily be true. It may effectively further the Pro-Death agenda by being silent, which is another matter entirely. Most politicians will say what people what to hear to get elected and then once elected, their goal is to make as many contacts which will result in a plush job after they are out of politics, and to make as much money as they can while in office. There are exceptions, of course, but such individuals are few and far between. [Linked Image]
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Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:24 PM
Calvin on the Second Commandment [(from his commentary Exodus 20:4]

Now we must remark, that there are two parts in the Commandment — the first forbids the erection of a graven image, or any likeness; the second prohibits the transferring of the worship which God claims for Himself alone, to any of these phantoms or delusive shows. Therefore, to devise any image of God, is in itself impious; because by this corruption His Majesty is adulterated, and He is figured to be other than He is. There is no need of refuting the foolish fancy of some, that all sculptures and pictures are here condemned by Moses, for he had no other object than to rescue God's glory from all the imaginations which tend to corrupt it. And assuredly it is a most gross indecency to make God like a stock or a stone. Some expound the words, "Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven image, which thou mayest adore;" [80] as if it were allowable to make a visible image of God, provided it be not adored; but the expositions which will follow will easily refute their error.

Meanwhile, I do not deny that these things are to be taken connectedly, since superstitious worship is hardly ever separated from the preceding error; for as soon as any one has permitted himself to devise an image of God, he immediately falls into false worship. And surely whosoever reverently and soberly feels and thinks about God Himself, is far from this absurdity; nor does any desire or presumption to metamorphose God ever creep in, except when coarse and carnal imaginations occupy our minds.

Hence it comes to pass, that those, who frame for themselves gods of corruptible materials, superstitiously adore the work of their own hands. I will then readily allow these two things, which are inseparable, to be joined together; only let us recollect that God is insulted, not only when His worship is transferred to idols, but when we try to represent Him by any outward similitude."
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Sun Dec 09, 2018 1:00 PM
Yes, Tom.

The "traditions of the elders" were codified later with anti-Christian invective added, after the fall of Jerusalem and the increase in the number of Christian converts. The chasm widened further, and can only be closed in the heart by the birth from above.
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:01 PM
Before conversion, man seeks to cover himself with his own fig-leaves, and to make himself acceptable with God, by his own duties. He is apt to trust in himself, and set up his own righteousness, and to reckon his pennies for gold, and not to submit to the righteousness of God. But conversion changes his mind; now he counts his own righteousness as filthy rags. He casts it off, as a man would the verminous tatters of a nasty beggar. Now he is brought to poverty of spirit, complains of and condemns himself; and all his inventory is, 'I am poor, and miserable, and wretched, and blind, and naked!' [Rev 3:17]. He sees a world of iniquity in his holy things, and calls his once-idolized righteousness but filth and loss; and would not for a thousand worlds be found in it!

Now he begins to set a high price upon Christ's righteousness. He sees the need of Christ in every duty, to justify his person and sanctify his performances; he cannot live without Him; he cannot pray without Him. Christ must go with him, or else he cannot come into the presence of God; he leans upon Christ, and so bows himself in the house of his God. He sets himself down for a lost undone man without Him; his life is hid in Christ, as the root of a tree spreads in the earth for stability and nourishment. Before, the gospel of Christ was a stale and tasteless thing; but now—how sweet is Christ! Augustine could not relish his once-admired Cicero, because he could not find in his writings the name of Christ. How emphatically he cries, 'O most sweet, most loving, most kind, most dear, most precious, most desired, most lovely, most fair!' all in a breath, when he speaks of and to Christ. In a word, the voice of the convert is, with the martyr, 'None but Christ!'
~ Joseph Alleine.
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Fri Dec 07, 2018 3:13 PM
It is very apparent from the Word of God that He often tries the faith and patience of His people when they are crying to Him for some great and important mercy, by withholding the mercy sought for a season; and not only so, but at first He may cause an increase of dark appearances. And yet He, without fail, at last prospers those who continue urgently in prayer with all perseverance and "will not let him go except He blesses."
~ Jonathan Edwards
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Theology Discussion Forum
Thu Dec 06, 2018 5:13 AM
You might want to check out the following link as well. Interesting interview as well.

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Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:53 AM
O MOST merciful God and Father, who dost vouchsafe to build Thy spiritual temple among us, not with wood and stone, but with the edifying of the Holy Ghost, who abideth in those that believe, grant, we heartily beseech Thee, that we may not be left, under the power of any temptation, to defile that temple by our sins, but yielding ourselves to God as dear children, may continually glorify Thee by holy obedience, till we come to behold as with open face Thy glory, which we now only see reflected in Thy word, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

John Calvin
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What's New on The Highway website?
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:06 AM
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, that renown "Prince of Preachers" gives us a different perspective on the celebration of Christmas and one that is solidly based upon and taught in Scripture; the only rule of faith and practice. This month's Article of the Month is a sermon preached on December 21, 1856, and on the text of Mark 5:19. I have enjoyed and benefited from this sermon from the first reading of it and I do hope that many who read it now for the first time or perhaps once again will likewise benefit from it.

You can read it now by clicking here: Going Home - A Christmas Sermon.

And for reading it at a later time, you can simply visit The Highway website and click on the "Article of the Month" logo.

In His service and grace,
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Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:48 PM
Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make intercession for men is the most powerful and practical way in which we can express our love for them.
~ John Calvin
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Thu Nov 29, 2018 8:03 PM
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Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:26 PM
There is no erratic power or motion, or action, or motion in creatures, but that they are governed by God's secret plan in such a way that nothing happens except what is knowingly and willingly decreed by Him.
~ John Calvin
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Fri Nov 23, 2018 11:17 AM
“Be anxious for nothing”—(Philippians 4:6) WORRYING is as definitely forbidden as theft. This needs to be carefully pondered and definitely realized by us, so that we do not excuse it as an innocent “infirmity.” The more we are convicted of the sinfulness of anxiety, the sooner are we likely to perceive that it is most dishonoring to God, and “strive against” it ( Hebrews 12:4). But how are we to “strive against” it?

First , by begging the Holy Spirit to grant us a deeper conviction of its enormity.

Second , by making it a subject of special and earnest prayer, that we may be delivered from this evil.

Third , by watching its beginning, and as soon as we are conscious of harassment of mind, as soon as we detect the unbelieving thought, lift up our heart to God and ask Him for deliverance from it.

The best antidote for anxiety is frequent meditation upon God’s goodness, power and sufficiency. When the saint can confidently realize “The Lord is My Shepherd,” he must draw the conclusion, “I shall not want!”

Immediately following our exhortation is, “but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God.” Nothing is too big and nothing is too little to spread before and cast upon the Lord. The “with thanksgiving” is most important, yet it is the point at which we most fail. It means that before we receive God’s answer, we thank Him for the same: it is the confidence of the child expecting his Father to be gracious. “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought (anxious concern) for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?” “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” ( Matthew 6:25,33)

~ A. Pink.
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