Today’s Earworm Wednesday is a bit different from previous ones. This isn’t a cover song but an original by kdubtru. Give a listen this speaks to what’s happening in the church now.
by Phil JohnsonBTW, “Get Woke or get out” is no way to promote Christian unity.ohn McWhorter, professor of linguistics, comparative religion, music history, and Americana at Columbia University has been pointing out (since at least 2015) that Woke anti-racism is a religion. McWhorter says, “When someone attests to his white privilege with his hand up…
Samuel Sey of Slow to Write has an article which should be read.
“And the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all that thou doest” (Deuteronomy 15:18).
An Israelitish master was to give his bondservant liberty in due
time, and when he left his service he was to start him in life with a
liberal portion, This was to be done heartily and cheerfully, and then
the LORD promised to bless the generous act. The spirit of this precept,
and, indeed, the whole law of Christ, binds us to treat people well. We
ought to remember how the LORD has dealt with us, and that this renders
it absolutely needful that we should deal graciously with others, It
becomes those to be generous who are the children of a gracious God. How
can we expect our great Master to bless us in our business if we
oppress those who serve us?
What a benediction is here set before the liberal mind! To be blessed
in all that we do is to be blessed indeed. The LORD will send us this
partly in prosperity, partly in content of mind, and partly in a sense
of His favor, which is the best of all blessings. He can make us feel
that we are under His special care and are surrounded by His peculiar
love. This makes this earthly life a joyous prelude to the life to come.
God’s blessing is more than a fortune. It maketh rich and addeth no
The LORD repeats this process when any of His flock stray from the pastures of truth and holiness. They may fall into gross error, sad sin, and grievous hardness; but yet the LORD, who has become a surety for them to His Father, will not suffer one of them to go so far as to perish. He will by providence and grace pursue them into foreign lands, into abodes of poverty, into dens of obscurity, into depths of despair; He will not lose one of all that the Father has given Him. It is a point of honor with Jesus to seek and to save all the flock, without a single exception. What a promise to plead, if at this hour I am compelled to cry, “I have gone astray like a lost sheep!”
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.
And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them. But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad. One of them, named Cleopas, answered and said to Him, “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem and unaware of the things which have happened here in these days?” And He said to them, “What things?” And they said to Him, “The things about Jesus the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word in the sight of God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to the sentence of death, and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, it is the third day since these things happened. But also some women among us amazed us. When they were at the tomb early in the morning, and did not find His body, they came, saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said that He was alive. Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just exactly as the women also had said; but Him they did not see.” And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures. And they approached the village where they were going, and He acted as though He were going farther. But they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over.” So He went in to stay with them. When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them, saying, “The Lord has really risen and has appeared to Simon.” They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
While they were telling these things, He Himself stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be to you.” But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; and He took it and ate it before them. Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” ~Luke 24:1-49
He will not forget them so as to cease to think of them. One forgetful moment on the part of our God would be our ruin. Therefore He says, “Thou shalt not be forgotten of me,” Men forget us; those whom we have benefited turn against us. We have no abiding place in the fickle hearts of men; but God will never forget one of His true servants. He binds Himself to us not by what we do for Him but by what He has done for us. We have been loved too long and bought at too great a price to be now forgotten. Jesus sees in us His soul’s travail, and that He never can forget. The Father sees in us the spouse of His Son, and the Spirit sees in us His own effectual work. The LORD thinketh upon us. This day we shall be succored and sustained. Oh, that the LORD may never be forgotten of us!
Here is the Nashville Studio Singers doing a classic hymn via cellphone.
Grace for the Humble
“He giveth grace unto the humble” (James 4:6).
Humble hearts seek grace, and therefore they get it. Humble hearts
yield to the sweet influences of grace, and so it is bestowed on them
more and more largely. Humble hearts lie in the valleys where streams of
grace are flowing, and hence they drink of them, Humble hearts are
grateful for grace and give the LORD the glory of it, and hence it is
consistent with His honor to give it to them.
Come, dear reader,
take a lowly place. Be little in thine own esteem, that the LORD may
make much of thee. Perhaps the sigh breaks out, “I fear I am not
humble.” It may be that this is the language of true humility. Some are
proud of being humble, and this is one of the very worst sorts of pride.
We are needy, helpless, undeserving, hell-deserving
creatures, and if we are not humble we ought to be. Let us humble
ourselves because of our sins against humility, and then the LORD will
give us to taste of His favor. It is grace which makes us humble, and
grace which finds in this humility an opportunity for pouring in more
grace. Let us go down that we may rise. Let us be poor in spirit that
God may make us rich. Let us be humble that we may not need to be
humbled but may be exalted by the grace of God.