Tuesday, June 30, 2009
- Labour to get your hearts wrought up to a deep concern for a pardoned state. And for this cause, believe your miserable state by nature, that ye are once condemned. Take a view of the holy, righteous law, and your innumerable transgressions of it, besides your sinful nature. Look to the flaming justice of God? behold it in the case of the damned, in the case of Christ suffering, and see what a fearful thing it is to fall into the hands of the living God.
- Go to God in Christ, and confess your sins, and condemn yourselves. Lay them out before God with shame and confusion of face, with their several aggravations. Make a full and free confession, insisting most on those sins that have been most dishonouring to God in you. Acknowledge yourselves justly condemned by the law, and God to be righteous, if he should put the sentence into execution.
- Solemnly and sincerely accept of Christ in the covenant of grace held forth in the gospel. Receive him with his righteousness, and enter under the covert of his blood. And lay all your guilt over on him, believing his ability and willingness to remove it. And accepting of Christ for justification and sanctification, ye shall be accepted and pardoned.
To justified persons: This privilege calls you to several duties.
- Love the Lord, and love him much, for much is forgiven you. This may be oil to that holy flame, and therefore love will continue in heaven for ever.
- Be of a forgiving disposition, Eph. 4.ult. 'Be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God, for Christ's sake, hath forgiven you.' The same Saviour that brought in remission of sins, binds us to love our enemies. And the bitter revengeful spirit against those we think have wronged us, is a sad sign that our own sin is unforgiven of God, Matt. 4.12. 'Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.' They who have found what a dreadful weight sin unpardoned is, and have at length got it removed, will thereby be helped to forgive.
- Walk humbly. Ye are justified, but it is by the righteousness of another. Ye are pardoned, but it was procured to you by the satisfaction of a Saviour. Your debt is paid, your discharge is got up; but thanks to free grace, not to you, for it.
- Bear your troubles and crosses in a world patiently.—Your life that was forfeited by sin is safe by grace; therefore take thankfully any troubles you meet with. For why should a living man complain, especially one that deserved to die, and yet is adjudged to life?
- Lastly, Walk tenderly. God pardoning a sinner, dismisseth him as Christ did the penitent adulteress, John 12.11. 'Go, and sin no more.' Let not your broken bones be forgotten, but walk softly all your years. And if ye be pardoned, shew it by your holy and tender walk.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I haven't even mentioned China.
The biggest improvement are the wheels. These Aksium sealed bearing bad boys are lighter and stronger. Secondly, the new Sora crankset has more teeth and thus will have more power and speed. I also replaced/upgraded the rear cassette, chain, pedals, tires, tubes, etc. I'm starting to train for a sprint triathlon in August, so I can't wait to start working my "new" Gary Fisher.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
The U.S. team beat the Spaniards 2-0 in a very well played match which is already being dubbed the biggest soccer win for the U.S. team ever.
The U.S. men's national team has been inconsistent throughout the ongoing World Cup qualifying matches and in to this Confederations Cup. They can be frustrating to watch at times, but for this past week they seem to have found some chemistry and put together two stellar wins.
What bodes well for U.S. soccer is the player contribution the relatively young American professional soccer league (Major League Soccer). The best U.S. players have historically left the States to play in Europe, but the trend is waning. The U.S. roster that just beat Spain has 23 players. 13 of those players are current MLS players or have recent MLS experience. MLS is still not considered a premiere league but it is definitely rising in stock by its improving quality and growing number of players making their mark on the U.S. National Team.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Being heavy laden with engineer-types, all sorts of suggestions were made to get the big red eye sore balloon off the ceiling before worship on Sunday. One brother wanted to shoot it with a laser. I was seriously contemplating using my pellet gun. My favorite suggestion was to fill the sanctuary with Hydrogen (can you say "Hindenburg"?) so the helium balloon would be heavier and descend. Of course we could have had a lift company come out and remove it for several hundred dollars. In the end we decided to wait it out and let it fall on it's own, but knowing helium filled mylar balloons can have a half life of 50 years I was irritated by the thought of doing nothing.
Sunday came and it was indeed a distraction, to me anyways. After the evening gathering I had decided I'm shooting the sucker down if it didn't show signs of dropping soon. Then, my trusty associate and McGyver-like friend Pastor Nathan got to work. He happened to have his fishing poll at church as a VBS prop for the week prior (btw- Nathan is hoping I am not "inflating" the story) and together with Mitch Cervinka thought of a plan. He would attach another helium balloon-with a loop of masking tape on top- to the end of the fishing line and raise it to retrieve the balloon and bring it down.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Despite his popularity (something he reminds viewers about constantly) I don't care much for Bill O'Reilly's approach. Still, this interchange with a radical pro-abortion advocate is worthy of appreciation.
George Tiller was a straight up butcher who became a millionaire dismembering babies. Period. Calling him a hero is no different then calling Hitler the same. Joan Walsh here notes that only 1% of all abortions occur in the third trimester, however, remember, even if we assume she's giving the right stats, that still makes 100,000 plus such abortions each year!!!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Jordan is off!
Beyond soccer, we love the fellowship with each other. It's lots of fun. Tonight was unusually special as we bid farewell to #5, Tomi "The Peruvian Predator" Ardiles. He has completed a three year fellowship in pulmonary medicine and has taken a job in his home state of Arizona. He will no longer suit up in RPC blue on Thursday nights. We will miss him greatly.
There are murmurs his number may be retired soon...
Go RPC United!!!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Right here is where the pragmatic philosophy comes into its own. It asks no embarrassing questions about the wisdom of what we are doing or even about the morality of it. it accepts our chosen ends as right and good and casts about for efficient means and ways to get them accomplished. When it discovers something that works it soon finds a text to justify it, "consecrates" it to the Lord and plunges ahead. Next a magazine article is written about it, then a book, and finally the inventor is granted an honorary degree. After that any question about the scripturalness of things or even the moral validity of them is completely swept away. You cannot argue with success. The method works; ergo, it must be good.
The weakness of all this is its tragic shortsightedness. It never takes the long view of religious activity, indeed it dare not do so, but goes cheerfully on believing that because it works it is both good and true. It is satisfied with present success and shakes off any suggestion that its works may go up in smoke in the day of Christ.
As one fairly familiar with the contemporary religious scene, I say without hesitation that a part, a very large part, of the activities carried on today in evangelical circles are not only influenced by pragmatism but almost completely controlled by it. Religious methodology is geared to it; it appears large in our youth meetings; magazines and books constantly glorify it; conventions are dominated by it; and the whole religious atmosphere is alive with it.
Friday, June 5, 2009
A typical view on the Katy Trail
Contrary to the fabrications of Brian, I didn't text very much at all. Instead, I took pictures and chronicled our trip on Facebook. This picture is taken while I wait for Bob to fix his tire.
On the third day we had to ride around 70 miles. Storms were forecasted throughout the day. This rain-lightning-hail cell approached quickly. Brian and I were able to find shelter in a neat country store while Tomi and Bob got caught. They got pretty wet...we got some pizza. Such is life on the trail.
This is a 350-year old Burr Oak Tree near McBaine, MO. It is the national champion of Burr Oak Trees, a truly magnificent specimen. This is taken from half a mile away. It would take 10 people with outstretched arms to wrap around this old boy.
Waiting for Bob to fix something...
Enjoying an Augusta micro-brew after 150 miles in 2.5 days
A "Man VS Wild" like pose as I ride a lonely road to finish the trek. I am battle worn and saddle sore by this point, but only 6 miles to go in the rain.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Well, sorry about no pics. I can't figure out how to send them to my blog via my Blackberry. Tonight we are staying at the home of Collin and Gina Wamsley, former members of Redeemer.
Today we rode 50 miles. Our backsides are pretty sore. We have about 70 miles to ride tomorrow, all the way to Augusta, MO. Missouri has a beautiful landscape. Above is a picture of a Burr Oak tree that is supposed to be 350 years old. The other picture is from Boonville, Missouri and is the typical depot we come up on whenever we pass through a town.
The trail is in good shape, tremendous scenery, fun times with friends, lots of waiting on Brian to catch up, and great sleep when my head hits the pillow tonight.