Now I Want To Remind You, Although You Once Fully Knew It

In the fall of 2018, I remember reading #Jude and it was the first book I went to for answers. I’m not quite sure why that book but it began a journey through the Bible. And for every question I had, God had the answer. It was His kindness that led me to repentance. And He who lived righteous because I could not, paid my ransom, which I deserved to have to pay, and he defeated death and gave me Himself as the gift of eternal life. He created in me a clean heart, a new life In Him. My old life is dead. Praise The Lord for His Grace and His compassion and long suffering for a sinner like me.

I read in the book of Jude again last night and the highlighted passage jumped out at me. Here is more but you can read the whole book at ESV.org

5 Now I want to remind you, although you once fully knew it, that Jesus, who saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe.

6 And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day-

7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire. – Jude 1:5-7 #ESV #Bible #Truth

#Remember #Jesus is the only #hope for the world. He calls us all to repentance.

1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. – Romans 8:1 ESV

4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? – Romans 2:4 ESV

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it-

22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Romans 3:21-24 ESV

#minneapolis #mn #twincities #gospel #faith #areyouinchrist #believe

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Know Who You Are In Christ

“We are of a new kind. We are a new creation. We are not what we once were. We are a regenerated people… We are friends with God – no longer enemies. ” – Pastor Chris Grazor, Be Set Apart (1 Thessalonians 4:1-3, Jan 5, 2020), Anchor Bible Church, Plymouth, MN

Over the last few weeks, each message, each passage and each book I’ve been reading comes to this important Truth from God’s Word – we are to know who we are In Christ. By knowing who we are In Christ, we can walk worthy of our calling, be pleasing to God and be sanctified by the truth, which is the word of God.

My prayer is that this post will bless you with good resources to help you in your walk this year.

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From Heaven He Came

This Christmas, get to know the definite atonement of Christ in the book From Heaven He Came and Sought Her. The contributors clearly convey the historical fulfillment of God’s promises as revealed in Scripture.

The Son, who is truly God and truly man, came as a humble servant through the virgin birth. He fulfilled, as no man could do, the whole law without sin, and on the cross He willingly took the wrath of God for our sin on himself. “It is finished” Jesus said. Three days later He rose from the dead. And for those whom the Father gave Him, the Son has definitely atoned. And as Jesus ascended to heaven, He will return again as promised.

God bless you during this Christmas season.

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Truths We Confess by R.C. Sproul – Now Available

In Truths We Confess, “Dr. Sproul introduces readers to this remarkable confession, explaining its insights and applying them to modern life.” (Ligonier website). Tomorrow, my physical copy arrives! Ligonier already provided an eBook in my Ligonier Library since I ordered the physical copy from them. That is an awesome perk of ordering from Ligonier!

I cannot wait to sit on my Chesterfield sofa with my German Shepherd curled up next to me, physical book in hand, taking a big gulp from a large mug of Reformed Roasters coffee and diving into this rich text. And yes, in my mind I will hear Dr. Sproul read the words. Once you hear Dr. Sproul, you can’t help but want to hear more!

See the ad video below and then get your copy today.

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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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