A king who did not believe in the goodness of God, had a slave who, in all
circumstances would always say “My king, do not be discouraged, because
everything God does is perfect. He makes no mistakes!”

One day they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the king.
His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent his majesty from
losing a finger.

Furious and without showing his gratitude for being saved, the nobleman
asked “Is God good? If He was good, I would not have been attacked and lost
my finger.”

The slave replied: “My king, despite all these things, I can only tell you
that God is good, and he knows why these things happened. What God does is
perfect. He is never wrong!”

Outraged by the response, the King ordered the slave arrested.

Later, the King left for another hunt, this time alone. He was captured by
savages who engaged in human sacrifices.

On the altar and ready to sacrifice the nobleman, the savages discovered
that their victim did not have one of his fingers. According to them, only a
whole person with all his/her parts intact could be offered to the gods. The
King without a finger was deemed an abominable sacrifice for their gods. So
they released the King.

Upon his return to the palace, the King authorized the release of his slave.
He received the slave affectionately and said to him, “My dear, God was
really good to me! I was almost killed by the wild men, but for lack of a
single finger, I was let go! But I have a question: if God is so good, why
did he allow me to put you in jail?”

The slave answered, “My King, if I had gone with you on this hunt, I would
have been sacrificed instead because I have no missing finger. Remember
everything God does is perfect. He is never wrong. He made you keep me in
jail so I would not be with you on the hunt.”

[With the coming election and momentous choice for our nation as to the
future direction of America, we need a reminder that, “Everything God does
is perfect. He makes no mistakes.”]

~~
Dr Bob Griffin
bob@grif.net http://www.grif.net
“Jesus Knows Me, This I Love!”

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“And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to His teaching.”
“But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part” Luke 10:39, 42

Let not the many trifles of time affect, distract, and bewilder you; but let the one thing needful be the constant object of pursuit and desire.  Live at the feet of Jesus–and you are safe.

Seek, above all things, to enjoy Jesus–and you will be happy.

Aim in all things to glorify Jesus–and you will be holy.

Look daily for the coming of Jesus–and you will be consistent.

Seek to  . . .
know Him,
love Him,
believe Him,
obey Him, and
enjoy Him!

O Jesus! manifest Yourself to me; draw me to Your feet, and keep me there!

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~James Smith, ‘The Pastor’s Morning Visit’

HT: Grace Gems

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It is astonishing that such a worm should be 
so favored with discoveries of His beauty–whom 
glorified saints and angels gaze with ineffable
delight. But, after all, I know not a thousandth
part of what He is, and what I have in Him. 

Surely Christ is all! 

How little, how verily nothing, am I.

Oh! that my lips, my life, and every action– 
might speak His praise and glorify His name, 
who is a Heaven to me! 

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~Ruth Bryan, ‘Gleanings from the Inner Life”

HT: Grace Gems

from John MacArthur’s teaching on Ephesians 1: 6-10

There are five Greek words in the New Testament that come from the legal vocabulary. They have to do with legal things in the Roman world, a legal background.  Let me share them with you and then I’ll show you how they differ.

The first one is dikaiosis. Now dikaiosis is a word that means acquittal. It means acquittal in the court.  When somebody was acquitted of a crime, we translate it in the Bible  justification. Justification. Somebody is justified.

All right, there is a second word, aphesis. That word means to cancel a debt, to cancel a debt.  Sometimes it would be a lawsuit or something would be wrangling in the court and there would be a judgment that would say you don’t owe that man anything the debt is cancelled, or whatever, retribution has been made, the price is paid, there’s the canceling of the debt. Aphesis in its legal sense means to cancel a debt, we translate it in the Bible, are you ready, forgiveness, forgiveness.

The third word is huiothesia. And that is a word that means in legalese, it means in the Greek world – adoption. Like a family would go to court to adopt a child. Now the Bible really uses it to speak of sonship, sonship. Becoming a son of God.

And then there is the word katallasso which legally means reconciliation. Sometimes people go to court for a divorce and they will be reconciled. Or sometimes two fighting factions will be brought into a suit and there will be reconciliation brought about. Now it means in a courtroom reconciliation and that’s exactly the way we translate it in the Bible. Paul talks about being reconciled to God.

The fifth word is apolutrosis, it means to redeem, to purchase to set free. And it is translated redemption.

Now listen and I’ll show you the distinction of these words.

In justification the sinner stands before God accused but he is declared righteous. In justification he stands before God accused but he is declared righteous.

In forgiveness, the second word, the sinner stands before God as a debtor and receives a cancellation of his debt.

In adoption the sinner stands before God as a stranger but he is made a…what? … son.

In reconciliation the sinner stands before God as an enemy but he is made a friend.

In redemption the sinner stands before God as a slave and he is receiving his freedom, you see.

All of those terms speak of the wondrous miracle of salvation. All of those things; justification,
forgiveness, adoption, reconciliation and redemption are provided because Jesus paid the price.

A song for morning worship that we sang in church yesterday. “I rest my weary soul in thee…”

In this three part series by Dr. Paul M. Elliott, we learn specific details of our new life as adopted sons of God.

Part 1 ~ What does it mean to be adopted by God? 

“Adoption is a legal act of God on our behalf, in the same way as justification. Justification is legal language in Scripture. We stand before the judgment bar of God as hopeless sinners, condemned to death, with nothing to offer for our own redemption. But Christ comes and stands before His Father at the judgment bar, and offers His perfect righteousness – His full atonement for our sins and His perfect keeping of God’s law – as our substitute. And so God the Father declares us not guilty. “

Read the full article here.

Part 2 ~ New Privileges, New Relationships, New Responsibilities.

” Because of what Christ has done, God the condemning Judge is now God our loving Father. […]  …[B]ecause of adoption we have a new relationship with God the Son. Not only is He our Savior, the One who paid for our justification, but He is now also our Brother.  […] The Holy Spirit indwells every believer. He comes and brings us to spiritual life by the work of calling us and regenerating us, and He takes up residence within us.”

Read the full article here.

Part 3 ~ New Citizenship, New Bodies, A Secure Inheritance.

“The father’s property was his by right of adoption. And that is true for us. We have an inheritance. Our inheritance is our Father’s property — all the riches that are in Christ Jesus. The spiritual riches of life in Him now, and the riches of the new heavens and new earth in the life to come. “

Read the full article here.

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Dr. Paul M. Elliott is founder and president of Teaching The Word Ministries.

~J.A. James, “The Duties of Parents” 1828

On parents it depends in a great measure, what their children are to be . . .
happy–or miserable in themselves,
a comfort–or a curse to their relationships,
an ornament–or a deformity to society,
a seraph–or a fiend in eternity!

It is indeed a fearsome thing to be a parent, and is enough to awaken the anxious, trembling inquiry in every parent’s heart: “Lord, who is sufficient for these things?” 

graceless parent is a most dreadful character! Oh! to see the father and mother of an expanding family, with a crowd of young immortals growing up around them–and teaching worldliness to their offspring, and leading them to perdition by the power of their own example!

A sheep leading her lambs into a den of hungry tigers, would be a shocking sight! But to see parents conducting their children to the bottomless pit–is most horrible!!

HT: Grace Gems

(Theodore Cuyler)

“As your days–so shall your strength be.”
Deuteronomy 33:25

Sufficient to each day are the duties to be
done–and the trials to be endured. God never
built a Christian strong enough to carry today’s
duties and tomorrow’s anxieties piled on the
top of them!

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each
day has enough trouble of its own.”
Matthew 6:34

HT: Grace Gems

Rooster Puzzle

A little silver-haired lady calls her neighbor and says, “Please come over here and help me. I have a killer jigsaw puzzle, and I can’t figure out how to get started.”

Her neighbor asks, “What is it supposed to be when it’s finished?”

The little silver haired lady says, “According to the picture on the box, it’s a rooster.”

Her neighbor decides to go over and help with the puzzle.

She lets him in and shows him where she has the puzzle spread all over the table.

He studies the pieces for a moment, then looks at the box, then turns to her and says, “First of all, no matter what we do, we’re not going to be able to assemble these pieces into anything resembling a rooster.”

He takes her hand and says, “Secondly, I want you to relax. Let’s have a nice cup of tea, and then,” he said with a deep sigh …

“Let’s put all the Corn Flakes back in the box.”

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HT: Midwestoutreach.org

1. The Spirit awakens a person’s heart.

2. The Spirit teaches a person’s mind.

3. The Spirit leads to the Word.

4. The Spirit convinces of sin.

5. The Spirit draws to Christ.

6. The Spirit sanctifies.

7. The Spirit makes a person spiritually minded.

8. The Spirit produces inward conflict.

9. The Spirit makes a person love the brethren.

10. The Spirit teaches a person to pray.

These are the great marks of the Holy Spirit’s presence. Put the question to your conscience and ask: Has the Spirit done anything of this kind for your soul?

~ J.C. Ryle

HT: JC Ryles Quotes