Saturday, 18 February 2017

God of the prophets










God is the pursuer of justice, pure & poetic. Obadiah 1:1-4.







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Not by chance, not random






As God is the guardian of our life, we may safely rely on his providence; nay, we do him injustice, if we do not entrust to him our life, which he is pleased to take under his charge. Christ takes a general view of the providence of God as extending to all creatures, and thus argues from the greater to the less, that we are upheld by his special protection. There is hardly any thing of less value than sparrows, (for two were then sold for a farthing, or, as Luke states it, five for two farthings,) and yet God has his eye upon them to protect them, so that nothing happens to them by chance. Would He who is careful about the sparrows disregard the life of men? John Calvin on Matt 10:29.






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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Whoosh





In as much as we may tend to think of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John as four individual authors (and they are). They all speak the same language of faith in the risen Christ, Jesus the son of God, The Alpha & Omega. As the wind moves the trees so the Holy Spirit moves His subjects.John 3:1-21.






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Sensing more & coming to our senses







Art often falls short in conveying depth of meaning. Yes you could stand in front of an image & subjectify your thoughts all day & still walk away no closer to the truth.

Escher for all his skill, insight & renown hardly gets us closer to the angel vs demon dynamic that alludes to infinity. The demons look like bats & the angels look like ballerina’s & round & round we go on the two dimensional plane.

In one way it is very clever visually & mathematically & I get the light contrasting starkly against the dark which I take to be a type of spiritual symbolism. But even Satan & his workers masquerade as angels of light & only Scripture can truly convey the data in a form for our hearts & minds to contemplate.2 Cor 11:1-15.

Scripture alone (Sola Scriptura)

The inerrant Scripture (the Bible) is the sole source of written divine revelation, which alone can bind the conscience. The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin and is the standard by which all Christian behaviour must be measured. It is denied that any creed, council or individual may bind a Christian's conscience, that the Holy Spirit speaks independently of or contrary to what is set forth in the Bible, or that personal spiritual experience can ever be a vehicle of revelation. http://www.theopedia.com/five-solas





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Monday, 13 February 2017

A much bigger picture






The Bible reveals another dimension to life & influence. Here & there multi spirits & demons are actively engaged in a battle. Ghost busters gets it horribly wrong when it introduces the idea that humans in & of themselves can outwit or exercise power over such beings. Only the authority of Jesus can truly confront & overpower dark forces inspired by evil. Matt 4:1-11.Matt 28:16-20.Planes, dimensions & positioning systems don’t give us all the data, there is a lot more going on than meets the eye.






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Doctrinal & Biblical





Calvinism is not a sit back & relax God has got it covered faith in the sense that Christians can just do as they please. While it is true that Calvinists should rest in the finished work of Christ, beginning to end, the Holy Spirit, after illuminating the dark heart then begins to shape & conform the transformed human into a restored & changed person. Reforming, reforming & reforming in the ups & down of living for Jesus in all that they do. It is no longer they that liveth, but Christ that liveth in them.

Eph 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Heidelberg Catechism
Lord’s Day 32

86. Q. Since, then, we are delivered from our misery by grace alone, through Christ, without any merit of ours, why must we yet do good works?
A. Because Christ, having redeemed us by his blood, also renews us by his Holy Spirit after his own image, that with our whole life we may show ourselves thankful to God for his benefits, and that he may be praised by us; then, also, that each of us may be assured in himself of his faith by the fruits thereof, and that by our godly walk our neighbors also may be won for Christ.




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Friday, 10 February 2017

The heat is on


Some more images from February. Usually I enjoy walking through the bush near where my son trains with his soccer team, but this time I was continually attacked by mosquito's. The image of the goldfish & lorikeets eating watermelon are from today, we also put out an ice brick for them to be near...it was hot as & some offical temperatures were broken in selected suburbs & towns,but as far as I am aware people were not dropping dead in the streets as has been reported in newspapers from the 1800's here in Australia. 

https://goo.gl/photos/4UEJb9Nmzm2CLygg6


A goldfish having a drink...



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The elephant unchained








Time & again we are told that animals evolved from lesser evolved things in the hierarchy of deep time & blind chance. Genetic discrimination off-loading junk as a more supreme being more ably suited sets its foot or fin or whatever onto the face of the earth.

More often than not we are given dubious debatable relics from the not so distant past with a great lack of transition fossils to support the case. More recently we have been told that elephants losing their tusks are evidence of evolution when in fact it is not.

It is not science that makes evolution tick, but tricky stories that confound & confuse.





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Interpretive errors



God has given us truth that we may not be led astray by lies & deceitful assumptions. One of the big themes or isms of the modern world is that truth is relative & it’s OK. But truth is not relative & will always be truth.


CMI explain this in more detail here. http://creation.com/cultural-relativism.CMI challenge the modern anti-Christian parable that seeks to under mine truth in the name of relative experience.





Often in history you will see the blind leading the blind.Matt 15:1-20. Be aware & exercise the spiritual freedom found in Christ alone, in Him is true strength.



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Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The good & fine things in life (& death)




It has been a hot summer & mostly dry, many that I have spoken to agree including oldies that have been around for a while. There is also more heat on the way according to the forecasts which have been pretty accurate of late. When it gets this hot, every now & then hell gets a mention. Not surprising in one way & we do have a natural tendency to exaggerate, simplify or get pedantic about things in a scissors, paper, rock dynamic.

The dynamic of hell however goes further than a momentary sense of hellishness. Hell is unquenchable, eternal & the reserved home of the devil & all who believe His lie & reject salvation in Christ alone. Every fragment of God’s goodness & mercy will be gone for ever.


So as much as we simplify, exaggerate & get pedantic, we should also get our bearings & the true measure of things lest we go round & round in circles. Only in God can we truly keep things real. Luke 16:19-31.





Prov 3:5-6. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 
 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 



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