O LOVE BEYOND COMPARE,
Thou art good when thou givest,
when thou takest away,
when the sun shines upon me,
when night gathers over me.
Thou hast loved me before the foundation of the world,
and in love didst redeem my soul;
Thou dost love me still,
in spite of my hard heart, ingratitude, distrust.
Thy goodness has been with me during another year,
leading me through a twisting wilderness,
in retreat helping me to advance,
when beaten back making sure headway.
Thy goodness will be with me in the year ahead;
I hoist sail and draw up anchor,
with Thee as the blessed pilot of my future as of my past.
I bless thee that thou hast veiled my eyes to the waters ahead.
If thou hast appointed storms of tribulation,
thou wilt be with me in them;
If I have to pass through tempests of persecution and temptation,
I shall not drown;
If I am to die,
I will see thy face the sooner;
If a painful end is to be my lot,
grant me grace that my faith fail not;
If I am to be cast aside from the service I love,
I can make no stipulation;
Only glorify thyself in me whether in comfort or trial,
as a chosen vessel meet always for thy use.
A prayer from “The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions”
With the release of “The Shack” movie, I am reposting this old post from 2009.
“The Shack” is a theological FICTION novel by William P. Young. I was first made aware of it in one of the discussion group mailing lists that I belong to. If memory serves well it was back in January and I have forgotten about it until this weekend. On Saturday we went to Costco to replenish some of the household items, and I saw this book. Today we went to Border’s to pick up a copy of “Glenn Beck’s Common Sense” and once again I spotted “The Shack” on the same Bestselling shelf.
“The Shack” may have gained its popularity that made it one of the bestselling books. Despite its popularity among Christians, and I would guess, among young Christians, there are some concerns that we need to know about this book- concerns that are far too dangerous to ignore. Continue reading “The Shack”
I’ve been thinking about switching our PG&E Electric Schedule from E-6 to EV1. After punching some numbers, I was quite shocked at how much the electricity rates have gone up in a 4-year period!
After we have installed solar panels, I built a simple program to keep track of our electricity usage, and how much we spent daily, weekly, and monthly. Thus, I still have the rates from 2011-12 period.
The two charts below show the electricity rates for E-6 residential customers in 2011-12 and 2016. Off-peak rates have gone up 60.6% increase in Summer months from May – October and 58.6% in Winter months from November – April. Ever wonder why installing solar panels is a good investment?
Entering Good Friday tomorrow, here is another case of a bad bumper sticker that I spotted on my dentist’s parking lot a few months ago. REALLY Jesus died for the opportunity?! No, he didn’t die for the opportunity! He died for his people whom the Father has predestined in everlasting.
On his short article on Limited Atonment, Dr. R. C. Sproul wrote, “The redemption of specific sinners was an eternal plan of God…accomplished by the atoning work of Christ.” (emphasis mine)
The ultimate question is: Did the Father send his only begotten son Jesus Christ to die on the cross to make salvation possible for everyone, but with the possibility that he died for no one if no one gave him “no chance”, or did the Father send Jesus Christ to die on the cross to ensure salvation for specific people whom he has predestined?
He was one of my best friends in high school, and he left for the States a year before I did. On August 19, 1986 I landed at LAX before continuing on to Fresno on the following day, and Wiwi picked me up at the airport, and I spent a night at his apartment in Santa Monica. We talked until about 2 in the morning, and we saw each other off later that morning. That was the last time we met.
This afternoon I received a phone call from an unknown number. I usually don’t answer calls from unknown numbers, but today I picked-up the phone. To my big surprise, it was him! He and his sone were on the way from Southern Cal to the Bay Area, and he would like to stop by and see me. 29 years later, almost to the day (1 day short), we met again!
Thank you, my friend, for visiting us! I value our friendship very much.
On the distinction between Law and Gospel, Theodore Beza, John Calvin’s successor in Geneva once said, “Ignorance of the distinction between the Law and Gospel is one of the principle sources of all the abuses which corrupt and still corrupt Christianity.”
Martin Luther, the great Reformer, said, “Virtually the whole of the scriptures and the understanding of the whole of theology-the entire Christian life, even- depends upon the true understanding of the law and the gospel.”
On the Reformation Sunday last Sunday, Rev. Inks preached on Galatians 3:6-14, and he explained why it is crucial to maintain this distinction. Said he, “This distinction is apart from Roman Catholicism, Federal Vision, New Perspective on Paul, some Reformed camps, failed to make this distinction and should. And in many sectors of Evangelical world failed to make and maintain this distinction between the Law and the Gospel that’s found here in Galatians chapter three”
If you only have two sermons to listen to this year, you mustlisten to this one. It is truly edifying and refreshing! The other one is its precursor, a sermon on Habakkuk.
Here is Pastor Inks on “The Law-Gospel Distinction”
And you need to hear this great sermon on Habakkuk to gain greater understanding between this distinction of the Law and the Gospel.