Sunday, September 30, 2007

Looking Back - The Family

“The family is not only the first environment of the child, it is also his first school, where he receives his basic education; his first church, where he is taught his first and foundational lessons concerning God and life; his first state, where he learns the elements of law and order and obeys them; and his first vocation, where the child is given work to do, and responsibilities in terms of it. The essential world for a small child is the family; his father and mother in particular.”

~ R. J. Rushdoony

John Piper - Making A Difference

The American Dream - Don't Buy It!

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Looking Back - Chrysostrom

"Chrysostom says, the way is good if it is the way to a feast, even though it goes through a dark and miry lane. If it goes to an execution it is not good, even though it goes through the fairest street of the city. Non qua sed quo. Not the way but the end is to be mainly considered."

~ Charles Spurgeon

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Looking Back - Chruch WARNING

"WARNING: Do not attend a church which prefers science to Scripture, reason to revelation, theories to Truth, culture to conversion, benevolence to Blood, goodness to grace, sociability to spirituality, play to praise, programs to power, reformation to regeneration, speculation to salvation, jubilation to justification, feelings to faith, politics to precepts." (Author unknown)

Two angry women - Female road rage

I don't know what show this is from but this clip is funny.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Looking Back - Thomas à Kempis

For a small reward, a man will hurry away on a long journey; while for eternal life, many will hardly take a single step.

~ Thomas à Kempis

Looking Back - Trinity & Scripture

God the Father is the giver of Holy Scripture; God the Son is the theme of Holy Scripture; and God the Spirit is the author, authenticator, and interpreter of Holy Scripture.

~ J. I. Packer

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Jesus died for everyone? True or False?

I realize that my poll questions were too simple (yes/no and true/false). Hopefully I'll become a better pollster. I am going to give a brief explanation to my answers starting with the first one.

Jesus died for everyone? True or False?

I believe the answer to this one is false. Christ did not just make it possible for someone to be saved. His blood actually saved those whom he came to save. Matt 1:21 reveals, "She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save HIS people from their sins." Matt 20:28 says that "the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for MANY." Jesus said, in John 10:14-15, "I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me... and I lay down my life for the sheep." He came for his people, not all people; for many, not all; for his sheep, not goats. Jesus also made it clear that he will not lose any of his sheep (John 10:28). If he died for his sheep and will not lose any of his sheep and not all people receive eternal life (Matt 7:13-14) it is clear that he did not die for all people. Jesus went so far as to say to God in his high priestly prayer, "I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours." We cannot conclude that Jesus died for those whom He would not even pray for.

To put it simply, Christ died only to save the elect and He secured, in no uncertain terms, their salvation. That does not mean that the power of God is lacking as if He is not able to save all men. Rather, God's Word reveals that it was the Father's intention that his Son was to suffer and die only for his chosen people, atoning for their sins alone. Christ's atonement was limited only in extent, not in power, according to the sovereign will of God. Unless you believe in "Universal Atonement" (that Christ died for everyone and everyone will definitely be saved) than you believe that the atonement was limited in one way or another. You either believe that Christ's work on the cross was limited in its power (it was not powerful enough to save everyone - only make it possible) or you believe that it was limited in its extent (it was not intended for everyone - only those whom he predestined)

Greg Bahnsen put it well: "If redemption were indefinite and potential, then none would be saved. For man, who is dead in sin and unable to receive the things of the Spirit of God (cf. Eph. 2:1; I Cor. 2:14), would never be able to appropriate that potential redemption for himself. No man is able to come to Christ except that Father draw him (John 6:44). The sinner drinks iniquity like water and does not seek God (Job 15:16; Rom. 3:11), so he can no more choose to come to Christ and gain for himself the benefits of the atonement than a leopard can change his spots (Jer. 13:23). Praise be to God who did not make only partial atonement for the sins of his people, who did not allow the salvation of His elect to be thwarted by leaving it up to them to respond, who fully saved us by having His Son actually obtain salvation for His sheep!"

Looking Back - "Gospel Hardened Generation"

"If I had my way, I would declare a moratorium [a suspension of an ongoing or planned activity] on public preaching of 'the plan of salvation' in America for one to two years. Then I would call on everyone who has use of the airways and the pulpits to preach the holiness of God, the righteousness of God and the law of God, until sinners would cry out, 'What must we do to be saved?' Then I would take them off in a corner and whisper the gospel to them. Such drastic action is needed because we have gospel-hardened a generation of sinners by telling them how to be saved before they have any understanding why they need to be saved."

~ Paris Reidhead, Getting Evangelicals Saved

John Piper - Suffering and Sovereignty

Here's another very short video clip telling the story of the suffering of Adoniram and Ann Judson and God's sovereignty in our own sufferings.

John Piper - "Receiving Christ"

Here's a real short video clip of John Piper exposing the misunderstanding that many, in the church today, have about "receiving Christ."

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Looking Back - Leonard Ravenhill

"If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified."

~ Leonard Ravenhill

Paul Washer Clips

Here's a couple more short clips from Paul Washer. Very Good!

Eternal Life Tracking Out God

Saved for Sonship and Worship

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Looking Back - A. W. Tozer

Like the eye which sees everything in front of it and never sees itself, faith is occupied with the Object upon which it rests and pays no attention to itself at all. While we are looking at God, we do not see ourselves -- blessed riddance. The man who has struggled to purify himself and has had nothing but repeated failures will experience real relief when he stops tinkering with his soul and looks away to the perfect One.

~ A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God

Life's water into wine

"Dear friend, whose presence in the house,
Whose gracious words benign,
Could once, at Cana's wedding feast,
Change water into wine;

Come, visit us! and when dull work
Grows weary line on line,
Revive our souls and let us see
Life's water turn to wine."

Dr. Jas. Freeman Clarke

Katrina having another mini-b-day

Katrina just got some presents in the mail from her Mummu (Grandma) and Papa Dean so she got to have another little mini-birthday. Here's a little video of it.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Looking Back - Quote of the Day

"He who will not learn from anyone except himself has a fool for a teacher."

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Looking Back - Tristan Gylberd

"If you always go where you have always have gone and always do what you have always done, you will always be what you have always been."

~ Tristan Gylberd

Noah Kaden - 6 Weeks on the outside...

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Looking Back - Jonathan Edwards

True saints have their minds, in the first place, inexpressibly pleased and delighted with the sweet ideas of the glorious and amiable nature of the things of God. And this is the spring of all their delights, and the cream of all their pleasures...

~ Jonathan Edwards - Religious Affections

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Omnibus Class

Here's my students in the Omnibus class. It has really been a blessing to brainwash, I mean teach them. They are all doing excellent. Its been just a little over a week and we've already read Chosen by God (RC Sproul), Genesis, and we are half way through Exodus. It's awesome seeing their minds grind and smoke as they reason things out and struggle through deep theological questions. For me, its heaven; its hard work but a blast.

Looking Back - R. C. Sproul

"An analogy of God’s work of preservation may be seen in the image of a father holding onto his small child’s hand as they walk together. In the Arminian view the safety of the child rests in the strength of the child’s grip on the father’s hand. If the child lets go he will perish. In the Calvinist view the safety of the child rests in the strength of the father’s grip on the child. If the child’s grip fails, the father’s grip holds firm. The arm of the Lord does not wax short."

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Looking Back

The road to the Kingdom of God is marked with many tempting parking places.

The "Seeker-Sensitive" Video

This is a "seeker-sensitive" video. This is intended to exalt and be sensitive to the ONE AND ONLY seeker: Jesus Christ who is come in the flesh; the one who has "come to seek and save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10)

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Looking Back

The hottest fire is made by the wood you chop yourself.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Looking Back - John Calvin

"...we allow that man has choice and that it is self-determined, so that if he does anything evil, it should be imputed to him and to his own voluntary choosing. We do away with coercion and force, because this contradicts the nature of the will and cannot coexist with it. We deny that choice is free, because through man's innate wickedness it is of necessity driven to what is evil and cannot seek anything but evil. And from this it is possible to deduce what a great difference there is between necessity and coercion. For we do not say that man is dragged unwillingly into sinning, but that because his will is corrupt he is held captive under the yoke of sin and therefore of necessity will in an evil way. For where there is bondage, there is necessity. But it makes a great difference whether the bondage is voluntary or coerced. We locate the necessity to sin precisely in corruption of the will, from which follows that it is self-determined.

~ John Calvin from Bondage and Liberation of the Will, pg. 69-70

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Life is short

Life is short:

  • "Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin." (James 4:13-17)

  • "For we are brought to an end by your anger; by your wrath we are dismayed. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence. For all our days pass away under your wrath; we bring our years to an end like a sigh. The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. Who considers the power of your anger, and your wrath according to the fear of you? So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." (Psalms 90:7-12)

Looking Back - Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Katrina and Grandpa Great

Today is Katrina's birthday; she is 2 years old. She is such a blessing to us. God is good. Here's a video of Katrina with Grandpa Great the day before he left us here in Oregon. (The video is not very good quality but still a good one)

Monday, September 10, 2007

As the Home Goes, So Goes the Church...

Good Video on Ron Paul for President

Congressman Paul's consistent voting record prompted one of his congressional colleagues to say, "Ron Paul personifies the Founding Fathers' ideal of the citizen-statesman. He makes it clear that his principles will never be compromised, and they never are." Another colleague observed, "There are few people in public life who, through thick and thin, rain or shine, stick to their principles. Ron Paul is one of those few."

Artificial Shelter

I just started teaching the high school kids (Kaila, Karissa, David, Destiny and Alex) today. We are going to meet for 3 hours a day 5 days a week and go through an intense curriculum. It is going to be so awesome teaching and learning with them! The curriculum is called "Omnibus I."

Here's a good quote from the Preface written by Douglas Wilson:

  • "It is not possible to live in this world faithfully without coming into conflict with those who have no desire to live faithfully. The task of the Christian parent bringing children up to maturity in such a world is to do it in a way that equips. False protection, precisely because it does not equip, leaves a child defenseless when the inevitable day comes when that artificial shelter is removed. True protection equips. We do not want to build a fortress for our students to hide in; we want to give them a shield to carry - along with a sword."

Looking Back - Quote of the Day

"Don't be afraid of opposition - a kite rises best against the wind."

~ Author Unknown

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Looking Back - Quote of the Day

The world says, "Show me and I'll believe." Christ says, "Believe me and I'll show you."
~ Author Unknown

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Looking Back - C.S. Lewis

“When I have learnt to love God better than my earthly dearest, I shall love my earthly dearest better than I do now. In so far as I learn to love my earthly dearest at the expense of God and instead of God, I shall be moving towards the state in which I shall not love my earthly dearest at all. When first things are put first, second things are not suppressed but incresased.”
~ C.S. Lewis

Friday, September 07, 2007

Looking Back - Quote of the Day

"Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors."
Author Unknown

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Mental Health Hotline

Lookng Back - Robert Murray M'Cheyne

"Some of you have truly been brought by God to believe in Jesus. Yet you have no abiding peace, and very little growth in holiness. Why is this? It is because your eye is fixed anywhere but on Christ. You are so busy looking at books, or looking at men, or looking at the world, that you have no time, no heart, for looking at Christ. No wonder you have little peace and joy in believing. No wonder you live so inconsistent and unholy a life. Change your plan. Consider the greatness and glory of Christ, who has undertaken all in the stead of sinners, and you would find it quite impossible to walk in darkness, or to walk in sin. Oh, what low, despicable thoughts you have of the glorious Immanuel! Lift your eyes from your own bosom, downcast believer - look upon Jesus. It is good to consider your ways, but it is far better to consider Jesus. Oh, believer, consider Jesus. Meditate on these things. Look and look again, until your peace flows like a river."

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Looking Back - St. Thomas Aquinas

'If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.'
~ St. Thomas Aquinas

Monday, September 03, 2007

Looking Back - Martin Luther

"Oh, my dear brother, learn to know Christ and Him crucified. Learn to sing a new song; to despair of previous work, and to cry to Him, Lord Jesus, Thou art my righteousness, and I am Thy sin. Thou hast taken on Thee what was mine, and given to me what is Thine. What I was, Thou becamest, that I might be what I was not. Christ dwells only with sinners. Meditate often on this love of Christ, and you will taste its sweetness."
Martin Luther

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Looking Back

Works not rooted in God are splendid sins.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Looking Back

"An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered."
G.K. Chesterton