Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dear Reader #20

Yesterday I finally got outside and was able to walk to the Schnucks Culinaria, then to Hardee’s and then back home. Along the way I took a few architectural photographs.
Note, in the upper image (of a government building), the Christian iconography on display by a government that leads according to putrefying violations of the Word of God. In the lower image is a Gothic cathedral owned by a denomination that, while trying to serve in some ways, teaches according to more putrefyingly vile violations of the Word of God.
This place is a place that needs to be cleansed, rather than being admired, for it is mired in the lies of Satanic forces that have their claws about its throat, dragging it into the pits of Hell. They serve, not the God they publicly proclaim, but the god of their own wallets, that drags them inexorably into Hell and damnation.
In my most recent Chat I spoke of understanding (or not) the office of Prophet. You are not a Prophet because you claim to be, or because some man or woman trained you to be. You are a Prophet because God has made you to be a Prophet. Whether you want the office or not, or claim the office or not, you hold the office God has ordained you to hold. Your faithfulness, or lack thereof, in the execution of that office determines who your Lord really is—not the claims you spout.
Christianity is not about you claiming Christ; it is about Christ claiming you—and the evidence of that claim is not what comes out of your mouth, but what comes out of your life. If you live according to the Devil, you are of the Devil—no matter the claims you spout to the contrary.
This place needs the prayers of the truly faithful—desperately, wholly, and completely. I speak not to please men, but to faithfully execute the office to which God calls me. Like the Apostle Paul, I am not a man-pleaser. I am a God server.

Lead me, oh Thou Great Jehovah!

Show me e’er Thy way!

Amen!

New Hymn, "The Unforgotten Soul"

The hymn for today speaks of the hope of salvation for the repentant.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

New Hymn, "Joy Taketh Hold!"

Its music being a variation on the Ode to Joy, by Ludwig Van Beethoven, the hymn for today speaks of the joy of knowing salvation in Jesus Christ.

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Friday, January 29, 2016

New Hymn, "In Expectation"

The hymn for today speaks of glorious expectation of the salvation that is in Jesus Christ.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

New Hymn, "The Heart of I AM!"

The hymn for today speaks of the veracity of the authority of Jesus Christ.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New Hymn, "One Accord"

The hymn for today describes the Christian’s waking faith.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Monday, January 25, 2016

New Hymn, "Heaventide!"

The hymn for today is an encouragement and exhortation for those who have suffered a personal loss.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

New Hymn, "In the Hands of Jesus Christ!"

The hymn for today is an encouragement for the one going through desperately difficult times.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

New Hymn, "Sing Praises to the Lord on High!"

The hymn for today is a shout of praise to Jesus Christ, the Light of Life.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

New Hymn, "The Day of Power"

The hymn for today is, from a slightly different perspective, about Easter.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Your Valentine


As I begin to write this, another year has passed, and as I look back I see many things: things of good, things of ill, things of light, things of darkthings I greeted with dark and dour pain, but which were blessings instead.
This month (targeted by this article) contains a day of celebration that has been twisted into one of romantic fervor, which true history would say was never the intention of the one being “honored”. That was an elderly man writing to a young friend and signing the letter, “Your Valentine”, because, you see, “Valentine” was the man’s name. It was the signing of a normal, pastoral letter from an old Christian to a young friend. It was not more.
As I look back I see souls that I would hold, but which I do not have. I look on a hope that others have dashed and bashed against the walls of their worldviews (and I am well aware that there are those who see me as no longer following God, but instead some deceitful demon that has me in its pocket—the Lord rebuke them). I look on those who undoubtedly think that they love me, but whom—I must entertain these doubts—have apparently not asked God what to do with, or about, me, having instead followed the typical societal norms, assuming that God will bless those choices. And I grieve—oh how I grieve—for I have come unto my own (for they were gifted to me by God) and they have received me not.
God, then, asked me, “How do you think I felt?” 1
The greatest blessing a person can receive from God is not physical, it is not monetary, it is not sexual, it is not power (though it is powerful), it is not mental (and therefore not philosophical), it is not spiritual, it is not even mere salvation (and I would argue that mere salvation is no salvation at all).
Millennia ago there was a group of people going about, teaching about God, and their greatest celebrations were reserved for when they went through suffering because of their adherence to the matters they taught. Were they celebrating their suffering? No! They were celebrating the fact that they were counted worthy to suffer for those teachings. And who was it that was counting them worthy?
Certainly not those who were executing that suffering upon them. They wanted them gone! They wanted them dead! They wanted them to shut up! They wanted those teachings gone! Forever!
Who, then?
Who was counting them worthy?
It was none other than the one who gave them those teachings in the first place! It was God who counted them worthy! It was God who counted them worthy to go through what He had already gone through in this earththat is His! God counted them worthy!
He wasn’t counting them worthy to suffer. No! What an awful blessing that would be! No! He was counting them worthy toas the Spanish might put it, via con Diosto go with God, to walk the way that God has walked. You are, in essence, walking with Him. Going through the worst of times, He wants you there with Him, at His side.
When someone is facing the end, do they call their worst, most intransigent enemies to them? No. They call their best, most treasured friends to their side, because in their worst of times they do not want to be alone. They do not want to feel abandoned and unloved.
My young friend, whom I do still miss, and whom I do still love, might have abandoned me, but, then, they are not the one to whom God called for this time.
For better or for worse, the one to whom He called was me. He wanted me to understand how He felt when His own rejected Him.
I look back over the 14 years during which this was being shaped and transpired, from the very first inklings to its ultimate fulfillment, the disappointment, and, finally, the divine explanation and χάρισμα embrace.
God wanted me to know that time. I still have difficulty wrapping my mind around the consequences of that thought, indeed of that concept, that God wanted me (Of all possible people, why me? What possible explanation could account for such an endowment to me?) to know His heart through that awful time when He was rejected by His own.
I remember, all these years later, having been pondering on the times that I was allowed to see the impending marital unions of others, while I was being kept, and made to suffer, alone, and I could not see past my own pain and sufferings at the hands of those wicked, false Christians that still to this day pollute the Presbyterian Church in America to the most astonishingly ultimate gift that He would proffer upon me, that during His long walks of lonely disregard, of all people (and I still ask why) He wanted me at His side.
I remember (though I, of course, did not see it then) at the inception of those years, with me grousing about my own loneliness, that a particular, abundant, family visited the church at which I was attending, sitting on the right side of the sanctuary more toward the front, and that, in the immediately following days astonished rejoicing was born in my heart (and I even remember where I was standing in which aisle of the warehouse) when, in the spirit, suddenly, out of the blue, God spoke into my spirit the words, “She is in your life—right now” accompanied by the clear and unmistakable impression that she would not stay, but would return later.
I remember where my focus would go during those times, and how much more desperately and painfully alone I felt. Oh! How much repenting I must do! Not in a thousand lifetimes of a thousand lifetimes could I ever hope to list it all out! But by Christ my debt is paid!
I remember when He told me, “I have placed a mark on you that will cause women to [fear/lust after/hate/loathe/mock/ridicule] you, and great harm will come to you [because of the mark], but I will remove that mark from the heart of one special lady, who will return to you in [repentant] Love,” and I reacted by setting up a watch for one who had been of that PCA filth that had done so much grave, slanderous harm to me to return to me, so that I could have my heart prepared and rejoicing to grant total forgiveness to them—but they have never come.
I remember seeing again and coming to know that abundant family and the joyous times we would spend in each other’s company—and a few hard ones, like when I was angry and grieving over being told, by God, to leave the church where they still attend, because a young wife in marital trouble was beginning to look to me instead of to God, and how the patriarch of that abundant family was the only one who cared enough to come and find me, and lay his spiritual arms around me.
I remember how, as a result of my obedience to God’s call, we drifted apart, that family and I.
I remember, as well, how, in the last couple years, one member of that family came back into my life, striking up a friendship with me that, to this very day, I do completely and totally treasure, and how, much to my amazement, that friend confessed her sins to me and returned, washed clean, to Christ.
If my earthly companion is to come from the “theologians” of the PCA, then they must return in repentant Love to be washed clean, but I hold the prophecy fulfilled in the person of one humble, trusting youth.
It is only to such a one that I may sign,
Your Valentine
1This, of course, is a reference to John 1:11, “To His own He came, and His own received Him not”

New Hymn, "Welcoming Arms"

The hymn for today is about the compassion of the heart afire with the flaming Love of Christ.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Monday, January 18, 2016

New Hymn, "There Upon Calvary!"

The hymn for today is an exposition of the reason for our need of salvation.

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Sunday, January 17, 2016

New Hymn, "Help, Lord!"

The hymn for today is a plea for God's grace to come upon you and deliver you.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

New Hymn, "By His Great Grace"

The hymn for today is about the healing of hearts. Jesus understands the broken heart, having wept over Jerusalem, and if you don't think that He pines for His bride, then you do not know Him. Since He does pine for His bride, He most assuredly does understand your broken heart. Let Him in.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

New Hymn, "Praise the Lord with Excellence!"

The hymn for today is an exhortation to live excellently, and thereby glorify the name of Jesus Christ.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Hymn, "At All Times"

The hymn for today is an exhortation to spread the praise of Jesus Christ at all times and through all things.

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Monday, January 11, 2016

New Hymn, "By the Word of God"

The hymn for today is an exhortation to heed the call of Christ.

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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016

New Hymn, "At Home"

The hymn for today recounts Paul's Philippian Dilemma, and hides a tiny nugget.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Hymn, "The Fanfare"

The hymn for today is a picture of the wedding celebration of the Lamb.

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Monday, January 4, 2016

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016