Frenetic Friday


From the lethargic mire a hand struggles, rises, grasps the (metaphorical) pen and begins to write.

Oh yeah I have a blog maybe I should write something seeing its a new year and all.

Speaking of New Year’s resolutions have you finally floundered and given up? I have made one resolution this year and that was not to make any resolutions. So far I have been able to keep this but we’ll if I can keep it.

If you are planning on reading the bible in a year Ligonier Ministries has a series of plans you maybe interested in you can find them here: Bible Reading for 2020.

Personally I have started the M’Cheyne audio bible podcast, ESV, as I find I easier to listen to the bible being read to me. I especially like this podcast as it is is just an articulate speaker reading the various verses. There is no commentary unlike some other bible reading podcasts.

But this is a Frenetic Friday so let’s get into it.

Yes here we are the first culture war post of the year. And I am about to make a suggestion, there is a term that has been used during oh at least the passed decade maybe more that I think needs to be retired. Post Christian culture. Let’s quit pretending that Christian culture is still the guiding force behind anything in the western world. We have slipped into pagan culture whether you call it secular, post modern, or whatever it no longer has any basis in Christianity and is actively opposed to it. The war has started and we are still trying to appease the enemy like Chamberlain did in England.

So on yesterday’s briefing (ht: Albert Mohler) a new app was discussed this app matches men and women who want to be parents. The article (click link) tells how some women who want children, but not marriage per se are looking for not just a sperm donor but someone who will also commit to being a father to the child. So all the benefits of marriage but none of the commitment. Or as they put in the article:

“that match would-be parents who want to share custody of a child without any romantic expectations. It’s a lot like a divorce, without the wedding or the arguments.”

So here we are marriage has become a non thing. And this is what I mean by by saying post christian should no longer be the designator of what the contemporary culture is, christianity defined what a family should be. That is no longer the case. Now the pagan culture defined what is family and it makes sure that it isn’t what is defined by scripture.

Well moving forward now that we are in the “twenties” I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to take a look at how our future over lords are progressing in their overthrow of humanity. And for that we turn to Japan. Here is the latest:

And with that dear readers I bid you good night. Thanks for sticking around with me.

Christmas Eve


In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sin 1 John 4:10

This is my favorite scene in my favorite Christmas movie:

In it Scrooge says that he doesn’t deserve to be this happy but he can’t help himself.

Consider for a moment Christmas. We don’t deserve Christmas. We deserve wrath. We are enemies of God. Haters of Him, in joyful rebellion against everything He stands for. (Rom. 5:10; Eph. 2:3)

Yet God loved us enough to give us His Son while we were hating Him!

Think about it, repeat it aloud, God loved us to give us His Son while we were busily hating God.

We don’t deserve Christmas. Yet we get it all the same. We get Christmas!

If this doesn’t make you incredibly happy you are missing the point. We get Christmas, we get a savior, we get our sins forgiven, we become children of God. We don’t deserve it but we get it.

We get Christmas.

Fourth Sunday in Advent ~Love


Here we are just a few short days from Christmas, where we are going tocelebrate the incarnation of the Son of God, Jesus the Christ.

Reading for fourth Sunday in Advent:
For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. John 3:16-19

This last Sunday, as we try to shrug off the stress of those presents that haven’t quite arrived yet, or finding that last roll of wrapping paper doesn’t quite cover that big present.

Put aside the worries and the stress and think about the fact that the love of God was such that in order to save us he sent his Son to become a man, the God-man, in order to die for our sins, to pay a penalty due us that He didn’t deserve.

Alternate readings: Psalm 24:1-10; Isaiah 7:10-14; Luke 2:8-20; John 1:14; 1 John 3:16; 1 John 4:10

Gambol for Joy


For behold, the day comes that shall burn like an oven, and all the proudnand arrogant, yes, and all that do wickedly and are lawless, shall be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But unto you that fear my name shall the sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and gambol as calves of the stall. Malachi 4:1-2

Have you ever gamboled for joy? No I didn’t spell that wrong, I am not talking about playing with cards. I am talking about leaping for joy! Take a look at the video of theses calves coming out for their first day of spring.

They leap feeling the sun on their skin. Malachi uses this symbol to speak of the joy that the day of the Lord will bring to those that fear His name.

Christ is returning! Gambol for joy! Christmas is coming! Gambol for joy!

Advent Hymn: For you who fear my name Welcome Wagon

Third Sunday in Advent


The third Sunday in Advent is dedicated to Joy.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. Matthew 2:10-11

This week we will meditate on the joy of Christ’s coming

Alternate readings: Psalm 146:5-10; Isaiah 35:1-10; Luke 2:8-14

Prepare to be comforted


Comfort you, comfort you my people, said your God. Speak you comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry to her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she has received of the LORD’s hand double for all her sins. The voice of him that cries in the wilderness, Prepare you the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:1-3

Does Christmas comfort you? Or does the thought of the return of Christ comfort you?

Are you instead looking at the date and thinking about what you haven’t bought. Or are you waiting for what you bought to come in the mail? Does this bring you comfort?

The time before Christmas can be the most uncomfortable time. Because we are concentrating on something other than what Christmas is all about.

Paul says this in Corinthians:

Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Are you having troubles? Allow God to comfort you. Are friends having troubles? Go comfort them with the comfort God has prepared.

Be prepared…


So once upon a time I was a boy scout. Now this was when you earned merit badges for knot tying, and learning how to construct a campfire correctly. But one of the things they stressed above almost anything was to be prepared.

Now consider this man:

And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Luke 2:25-26

Here is a man who was prepared to meet Christ. Nothing in the text suggests at what age the Holy Spirit revealed to him that he was going to see Christ. Personally I think that he was maybe in thirties when it was revealed. But that is purely speculation. Point is Simeon woke up every day prepared to meet the Lord’s Christ. Every day he waited for the appearance. And when it wasn’t that day he went back home and trusted what the Holy Spirit told him. He was prepared every day to meet Christ.

Now Advent has two aspects. First it is to prepare us for Christmas, the celebration of the incarnation of the God-Man Jesus. But it is also to remind us that Christ is returning. We have, like Simeon, a testament from the Holy Spirit. The only difference is that it is written one.

So every day are we prepared to meet Christ? Let’s be prepared.

What does preparing mean.


On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
announces that the Lord is nigh.
Awake and harken, for he brings
glad tidings of the King of kings!

Then cleansed be every life from sin:
make straight the way for God within,
and let us all our hearts prepare
for Christ to come and enter there.

We hail you as our Savior, Lord,
our refuge and our great reward.
Without your grace we waste away
like flowers that wither and decay.

Stretch forth your hand, our health restore,
and make us rise to fall no more.
O let your face upon us shine
and fill the world with love divine.

All praise to you, eternal Son,
whose advent has our freedom won,
whom with the Father we adore,
And Holy Spirit, evermore

Do you decorate for Christmas? At my house, in twenty-four hours after Thanksgiving it is Christmas. At least it prepares us for the coming day.

In the same way God sent his forerunner, John to prepare the people for the appearance of the Messiah.

John called the people to repent. He preached the gospel of the coming kingdom telling them that they couldn’t keep on doing the same thing their behavior had to change. And to show that they had repented they had to be baptized.

In the same way as we wait for Christ’s return how are we to be? How are we preparing? Going to explore this week as we concentrate on preparing.

Second Sunday in Advent


The second Sunday is typically known as the Sunday of preparation.

A voice is calling,
“Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness;
Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. “Let every valley be lifted up,
And every mountain and hill be made low;
And let the rough ground become a plain,
And the rugged terrain a broad valley; Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
And all flesh will see it together;
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” Isaiah 40:3-5

This week we are going to explore how to prepare for Christmas.

Here are some other readings to meditate on:

Psalm 72:18; Isaiah 11:1-10; Luke 1:26-38