The Joy of Cleaning up Email

One of joys of cleaning up email subscriptions is finding just the subscriptions you want to keep that enrich and build up your life in Christ. Earlier this year I began a cull of emails where most had gone directly to archives and were never read; but they took up space. Over 20 GB of storage was saved in the process. And during the culling, I made a focused effort of only keeping those subscriptions that would be read, that enriched my life in Christ with sound Biblical doctrine, that helped me hear about the needs of Christian’s around the world, and allow for the occasion for local or newsworthy distractions.

One such email that I enjoy receiving is from Truth for Life with Alistair Begg. And today was a gem! Truth for Life presented a beautiful wallpaper with scripture, a link to a hymn of worship which included a fantastic message on Guarding the Gospel. This came after I read a new article by Samuel Farag on Crit-Large concerning the False Gospel of Bethel (Bethel Music, Jesus Culture, Bethel Redding).

I hope you will take the time to listen to the message by Alistair Begg and then also read the article from Samuel Farag on the wolves at Bethel. I’ve been reading up on Bethel for over six months now. The more I read and watch, I’m thankful for men of God who are calling out the wolves. We must Guard the Gospel.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Robert

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Is Calvinism Good for the Church? Renewing Your Mind with Burk Parsons

Is Calvinism Good for the Church? In today’s Renewing Your Mind, Burk Parsons, explores how “Calvinist convictions should not make us contentious, they should make us more like Christ….correct[ing] common misconceptions about Reformed theology.” Renewing Your Mind, July 9, 2019, https://renewingyourmind.org/2019/07/09/is-calvinism-good-for-the-church 

One of my favorite ways to start the day after morning devotion is to listen to Renewing Your Mind. And today’s broadcast is one I had to share! This is an excellent ministry from Ligonier. Check out Ligonier’s website for excellent study resources, podcasts, books, Bibles and other resources.

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Perfectly Molded For God’s Glory

Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards by Dr. Owen Strachan is one of the richest parts of my day. It has become the starting point to read from the wise counsel of both Jonathan Edwards and Dr. Strachan which then leads to the Word of God to further expand on the selected scripture. On April 14, the passage was Romans 9:15 – “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”

This took me to Romans chapter 9, which was read multiple times. The richness of God’s Sovereignty and Prerogative is so beautifully conveyed by the Apostle Paul. Notice in vs. 21-23 “Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—”

Have you ever used a potter’s wheel? I took a class years ago and it takes great patience and skill to create works of art. I can’t tell you how many times I made mistakes and had to start over. However, God makes no mistakes. Vs 17 reminds us of Israel in captivity in Egypt when God used Pharaoh so He “might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Many times we wonder why things are allowed to happen the way they do. We may not always see the finished work of art or understand all the processes God uses to ensure His plan is molded perfectly. But let us trust God’s word, His wisdom and His will. He is the potter and we are the clay. We are perfectly molded for God’s glory.

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