Archive for July, 2007

Gospel-Centered Music

July 29, 2007

This (Sunday) morning we at Redeemer Church all lifted our voices in one accord (Rom 15:6) to the words of this song. Doubtless, it is one of the most Gospel-centered (and -saturated) songs that I have sung. I pray that as you read over it will be as much of a blessing to you as it was to me this morning as God’s word and Spirit prevailed over the darkness of my own heart through the hearing of the Gospel once again.

Psalm 130 (From Depths of Woe)

From the depths of woe I raise to Thee
The voice of lamentation;
Lord, turn a gracious ear to me
And hear my supplication;
If Thou iniquities dost mark,
Our secret sins and misdeeds dark,
O who shall stand before Thee?
(Who shall stand before Thee?)
O who shall stand before Thee?
(Who shall stand before Thee?)

To wash away the crimson stain,
Grace, grace alone availeth;
Our works, alas! Are all in vain;
In much the best life faileth;
No man can glory in Thy sight,
All must alike confess Thy might,
And live alone by mercy
(Live alone by mercy)
And live alone by mercy
(Live alone by mercy)

Therefore my trust is in the Lord,
And not in mine own merit;
On Him my soul shall rest, His word
Upholds my fainting spirit;
His promised mercy is my fort,
My comfort and my sweet support;
I wait for it with patience
(Wait for it with patience)
I wait for it with patience
(Wait for it with patience)

What though I wait the live-long night,
And ’til the dawn appeareth,
My heart still trusteth in His might;
It doubteth not nor feareth;
Do thus, O ye of Israel’s seed,
Ye of the Spirit born indeed;
And wait ’til God appeareth
(Wait ’til God appeareth)
And wait ’til God appeareth
(Wait ’til God appeareth)

Though great our sins and sore our woes
His grace much more aboundeth;
His helping love no limit knows,
Our upmost need it soundeth.
Our Shepherd good and true is He,
Who will at last His Israel free
From all their sin and sorrow
(All their sin and sorrow)
From all their sin and sorrow
(All their sin and sorrow)

Words: Martin Luther. Music: Christopher Miner Music
© 1997 Christopher Miner Music

Another Word from Owen

July 28, 2007

John Owen’s The Glory of Christ continues to teach me how vital it is to live a Godward, Christ-savoring life. Every page thunders with magnificent truth about the Savior as Owen spills over what was wrought in his own communion with God. Moreover, he persistenly beckons his readers to behold Christ’s glory now, even doing so with a sense of urgency, always holding before them that not doing so only finds its end in eternal destruction. Below is another quote from him that I hope helps you to lay hold of the glory of Christ in the Gospel again on this day.

“No man shall ever behold the glory of Christ by sight hereafter, who does not in some measure behold it by faith here in this world. Grace is a necessary preparation for glory, and faith for sight. Where the subject (the soul) is not previously seasoned with grace and faith, it is not capable of glory or vision. Nay, persons not disposed hereby to it cannot desire it, whatever they pretend; they only decieve their own souls in supposing that so they do. Most men will say with confidence, living and dying, that they desire to be with Christ, and to behold his glory; but they can give no reason why they should desire any such thing only they think it somewhat that is better than to be in that evil condition which otherwise they must be cast into for ever, when they can be here no more. If a man pretend himself to be enamoured with, or greatly to desire, what he never saw, nor was ever represented to him, he but dotes on his own imaginations. And the pretended desires of many to behold the glory of Christ in heaven, who have no view of it by faith whilst they are here in this world, are nothing but self-decieving imaginations” (The Glory of Christ [Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications, 2004], 45-46).

Are you truly beholding and savoring the glory of Christ by faith in this present age?

The Gospel Coalition

July 20, 2007

In this day of fragmented understanding of the Gospel, Evangelical Christianity undoubtedly needs leaders who will promote a sound, “robust, confessional, biblically faithful” (D. A. Carson) understanding of the Gospel. The Gospel Coalition is a group of about forty to fifty Evangelical (and broadly Reformed) pastors and scholars, who are deeply committed to and passionate about the Gospel, and who are also deeply concerned about the state of the church and confronting the culture with the Gospel. It would be well worth your time to check out their website, especially so that you will have access to (and READ!) the confessional documents they have put together. 

Homemaking Tip #3

July 19, 2007

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Yes, indeed, here is another recipe. This is one that I’ve “amended” a bit, and use alot!

Stir-Fry 

1 lb boneless meat (chicken, beef, pork, deer…)
2 cloves garlic
2 small onions, cut into 8th’s
1 can (8 oz) water chestnuts (I leave this out, but if you like them, use them)
1 cup baby carrots, cut into 4th’s.
1 Tbs soy sauce
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1/2 tsp ground cayenne pepper, plus a little
2 Tbs vegetable oil
3 cups broccoli flowerets or 1 (16 oz) bag frozen (I use frozen)
1/2 cup peanuts

To make marinade: mix 1 minced garlic clove, soy sauce, cornstarch, and cayenne pepper. Trim fat off meat and cut into strips. Add to marinade, cover and refrigerate at least 20 minutes (I usually do longer).

Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add the vegetable oil, then marinated meat. Stir-fry until meat is no longer pink in center (about 5-6 minutes). Add onions, broccoli, water chestnuts, carrots, and other clove of garlic, minced. Also add a shake of cayenne pepper. Stir-fry 2 minutes.

Stir in the peanuts and heat through.
Serve over rice.