Word for the Day

In the last analysis atheism results from the perverted moral state of man and from his desire to escape from God. It is deliberately blind to and suppresses the most fundamental instinct of man, the deepest needs of the soul, the highest aspirations of the human spirit, and the longings of a heart that gropes after some higher Being.

Berkhof, Louis. Systematic Theology (p. 5). GLH Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Sobering Thoughts

When young people want to praise themselves, they describe themselves as ‘nonjudgmental.’ For them, the highest form of morality is amorality.

Dalrymple, Theodore. Our Culture, What’s Left Of It (Kindle Locations 324-326). Monday Books. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

Much of modern western society has been so imbued with the propriety of self-esteem and self-will that virtually every desire has come to be considered a right.

MacArthur, John. Romans 1-8 MacArthur New Testament Commentary (MacArthur New Testament Commentary Series) (Kindle Locations 363-365). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

Mortification from a self-strength, carried on by ways of self-invention, unto the end of a self-righteousness, is the soul and substance of all false religion in the world.

Owen, John. The Life and Works of John Owen (55-in-1) (Kindle Locations 52483-52485). . Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

For every one pupil who needs to be guarded from a weak excess of sensibility there are three who need to be awakened from the slumber of cold vulgarity. The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. The right defence against false sentiments is to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibility of our pupils we only make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes. For famished nature will be avenged and a hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head.

Lewis, C. S.. The Abolition of Man (Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis) (pp. 14-15). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

Imaging the Father

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.  (Pro 1:7-9 KJV)

Men as fathers play a strong role in their children’s view of God.  Read More »

Word for the Day

We are incompetent in the ordinary things of life. We divorce more readily than we sell houses, yet for some reason we believe that we possess great wisdom as regards men and women that our benighted ancestors did not possess. We raise sons who are not weaned at age twenty-five, yet for some reason we have contempt for the old institutions that used to turn boys into men.

Esolen, Anthony. Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture (p. 10). Regnery Publishing. Kindle Edition.

Word for the Day

We are incompetent in the ordinary things of life. We divorce more readily than we sell houses, yet for some reason we believe that we possess great wisdom as regards men and women that our benighted ancestors did not possess. We raise sons who are not weaned at age twenty-five, yet for some reason we have contempt for the old institutions that used to turn boys into men.

Esolen, Anthony. Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture (p. 10). Regnery Publishing. Kindle Edition.

What’s Wrong With Winning?

Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth her voice? She standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. She crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors. Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man… Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. (Pro 8:1-36 KJV)

Baseball was my favorite game as a boy.  I loved everything about it.  The crack of the bat, the burn of sliding into base, the satisfying thumph of a ball caught in my mitt, it all thrilled me.  I hated to lose, vowing never to quit no matter what the score.  And I exulted in winning.  The best part about winning was there was no doubt.  Our team had fought and was victorious.  We had beaten the other guys, it was right there up on the scoreboard where everyone could see it.  I’d be so excited, it seemed like the sun would come up before my eyes closed.  The following days were full of anticipation for the next ballgame, the next win.  It was wonderful.

Sports are wonderful in their simple profundity.  There is a clearcut goal: score more points than the other guy and you win.  Practice, practice, practice, learning how to play the game and play it well.  Relish the competition and rise to the occasion.  Do the little things right, while keeping your eye on the goal.  Never give up.  I could cliche on and on.

But here is the thing about winning: you must hold to a fixed definition of what it means to win.  Otherwise, anyone can claim at any time that they have “won”, by simply changing the definition.  Such a delusion can be laughable in a game.  It is tragic and deadly in a war.  And we are at war now.

I’ve watched over the past two years as many of my brothers and sisters in Christ have re-defined what it means to win.  We’ve bought into many varying definitions, but have forgotten the only one that counts:  the righteousness and glory of God.

You say that the stock market is up, up, up.  The book of James says, why do you show partiality to the rich, is it not they who oppress you?  And what does Wall Street have to do with New Jerusalem?

You say that our enemies are humiliated and exasperated.  Christ said to love your enemies, do good for them, and pray for them, lest God take His hand off of them and begin to chastise you.

You say that adulterers and fornicators are being exposed.  Yet we ought rather the fear, rather than rejoice, for their sin is far less than what we think we have hidden from God and man.

When I look on a 10x holocaust of the unborn, I do not see winning.

When I look upon $20 trillion in debt ($60,000 for every person), that is rising by $1 trillion every year ($3000 for every person) for the next 10 years, I do not see winning.

When I look at some $200 trillion in unfunded liabilities ($600,000 for every person), I do not see winning.

When I look at a war that has raged for 17 years, with no end in sight, I do not see winning.

When I look at the fervent embracing of reckless immorality, I do not see winning.

When I look at the weaponization of government against its citizens, I do not see winning.

Again, I could go on and on.

So then, you may ask, what would be winning, what would you see?

I would see God the Holy Spirit pour out mercy and repentance across the land.  I would see churches filling with people asking “What must I do to be saved?”  Those same churches falling on their faces asking God to forgive them for burying their coins.  Then all the nation would seek the Lord and His Christ and He would set us free.  And the glory of God would be the rally point from coast to coast.

That is how I see winning.

Word for the Day

But so great is the blindness and obstinacy of men, that the greatest part refuse consent; being deceived by the pleasures, and profits, and honours of this present world; and make their pretended necessities or business the matter of their excuses, and the unreasonable reasons of their refusal, negligence, and delays, till death surprise them, and the door is shut; and they knock, and cry for mercy and admittance, when it is too late, Matt. xxv. 10-12.

Virtue, George. A Christian Directory (Volume 1 of 4) Christian Ethics (Kindle Locations 806-809). Kindle Edition.