God’s workmanship…

Someone pulled this up from Archive today…

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We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, and this is a description of someone being saved by grace through faith, and not by works. (Eph. 2:8-10)

Doug Wilson, Against the Church, p. 85

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A singular promise and consolation…

NOT.BY.THE.COUNSEL.OR.WISDOM.OF.MAN

I cannot even begin to tell you what a comfort those words are to me these days.

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Singular promiseLuther, A Commentary on the Psalms Called Psalms of Ascent, 431

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Of every morsel of bread…

One soul pulled this out of the Archive tonight.

I love Manton.

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We should say of every morsel of bread, This is God’s gift to me; of every night’s sleep, This is the Lord’s goodness. When God is acknowledged in these outward things, he takes it the more kindly, and we are the better for it; the mercy is the sweeter and the more sanctified.

Thomas Manton – “The Lord’s Prayer”

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The grass-ness of flesh…

Fitting thoughts for Christmas Eve

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Isaiah 40:6-8…

The voice said, “Cry out!”
And he said, “What shall I cry?”
“All flesh is grass,
And all its loveliness is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
Because the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
Surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
But the word of our God stands forever.”

Sometimes, where you live lends Scripture passages great poignancy. In East Texas, Spring would come and the grass would take on green verdure. Then Fall would arrive and it would go brown. In Michigan it would take on a blanket of white snow for the Winter. And, of course, in Florida it was always either Spring or Summer, and the grass was always green.

Here in New Mexico it’s a little different…a lot different. In most of the State, water is at a premium so, of course…

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Collect: First Advent

ALMIGHTY God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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Whether or not we gain knowledge…

Since God is the controller of all things,
it is for him to determine whether or not we gain knowledge,
and under what conditions.

Frame, HWP&T, 30

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Lucidity…not style…

Lucidity becomes the lingua franca of preaching
and must become the measure of the sermon, not style.

Anyabwile, RtBC, 59

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