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John Piper writes…. Do you grieve? Do you feel sorrow and anguish over your kinsmen, that they are accursed and cut off from Christ? I To Be Free - The Pondering - The Pondering that hundreds of you do.

Nurture that grief with Biblical truth. And remember, Jesus said that we should love not only those who love us, but also our enemies Matt. So may Bethlehem Church be a place of tears as well as joy. May we be Biblical Christian hedonists! And if anyone should raise the legitimate question: Will we then be sad throughout eternity because of those who are accursed and cut off from Christ in hell?

Will heaven be a place of eternal grief? Jonathan Edwards put it like this:. With respect to A Girl Like You - Various - Hits96 (Cover Versions) (Vol.1) affection that the godly have had to the finally reprobate, the love of God will wholly swallow it up.

And cause it wholly to cease. Those who die in their sinful rebellion — we say it with tears now — will not have the power to hold heaven hostage with their own misery. Here we groan and weep. There we are consumed with the glory of Christ. Let us learn from Paul. He knows that his kinsmen are lost and ready to be cast into outer darkness forever. But he does not say that with rage or fierceness.

He says it with anguish. Corrie Ten Boom was at the Nazi death camp Ravensbruck where roll call came at every morning. Most mornings were cold, and Swy - Modest Mouse - Sad Sappy Sucker the women would be forced to stand without moving for hours in the bone-chilling pre-dawn darkness. Nearby were the punishment barracks where all day and far into the night would come the sounds of cruelty: blows landing in regular Joe Ignorant - Rest In Pieces - My Rage and screams keeping pace.

But Corrie and her sister Betsie had a Bible, and at every opportunity they would gather the women together like orphans around a blazing fire, and read Romans Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or Theme For An Imaginary Western - Colosseum - Daughter Of Time, or peril, or sword?

I would look about us as Betsie read, watching the light leap from face to face. More than conquerors. It was not a wish. It was a fact. We knew it, we experienced it minute by minute in an ever widening circle of help and hope. Life at Ravensbruck took place on two separate levels. One, the observable, external life, grew every day more horrible. The other, the life we lived with God, grew daily better, truth upon truth, glory upon glory 2Co It gives insight, commentary, and illustrations from pastors and scholars who also have spent time To Be Free - The Pondering - The Pondering the passage.

Not to make you a smarter sinner, but to make you like the Saviour. Not to fill your head with a collection of biblical facts, but to transform your life. This portrait is of his nephew, Major James Bonham, deceased, who greatly resembled his uncle. It is placed here by the family that people may know the appearance of the man who died for freedom. But the likeness of the Son who makes us free can be seen in the lives of His true followers. We doubt this verse for two reasons.

Anything that makes us like Jesus is good. This gives an entirely new perspective to heartaches and tragedies. What kind of weakness? We are weak in many ways, but in this passage the apostle Paul is specific about the particular The King Of The Mountain - Spitfire (13) - Die Fighting To Be Free - The Pondering - The Pondering is addressing—our prayer lives.

We are weak when it comes to prayer. In what way? Well, we are weak in many ways, but here again Paul has something specific in mind. We are weak in our ability to know what we should ask. We are not omniscient. An old story illustrates: A Chinese gentleman lived on the border of China and Mongolia. In those days, there was constant conflict and strife along the perimeter.

The man had a beautiful horse. One day, she leaped over the corral, raced down the road, crossed the border, and was captured by the Mongolians. His friends came to comfort him. His friends crowded around. And thus it is Satans Heavenly Touch (Alternative Mix) - Lightcream - Discodevil us. He is Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last.

He knows the end from the beginning, and He knows how all things will turn out. Verse 26 says that the Holy Spirit prays for us according to the will of God with intensity, with groanings that words cannot express. As the Holy Spirit prays for us, God answers His prayers, therefore all the things turn out for our good in the unfolding providence of the Lord. The squalor of the prison hospital prompted a desperate Ernest to request to be moved to a cleaner place—the morgue.

Interview (Part 26) - AC/DC - AC/DC Interview in the dirt of the death house, he waited to die. But every day, a fellow prisoner came to wash his wounds and to encourage him to eat part of his own rations.

As the quiet and unassuming Dusty Miller nursed Ernest back to health, he talked with the agnostic Scotsman of his own strong faith in God and showed him that—even in the midst of suffering—there is hope. The hope we read about in Scripture is not a vague, wishy-washy optimism. Instead, biblical hope is a strong and confident expectation that what God has promised in His Word He will accomplish.

Tribulation is often the catalyst that produces perseverance, character, and finally, hope Ro The other day I gave my oldest daughter a driving lesson, and she wanted to start driving the Oldsmobile because it has an automatic shift. But I said to her.

You know, in a sense, God has done that with us: He has given us these old, cranky, balky, pain ridden bodies of ours, and has told us that, if we learn how to handle these, if we will learn how to make these obey, and present these to him as a living sacrifice, then we will grow ready in spirit to receive those glorious bodies that are now being prepared for us.

And Paul says that, To Be Free - The Pondering - The Pondering this hope before us, we can patiently wait for God to teach all that we need to know. C H Spurgeon writes…. We are regenerated, by the Holy Spirit, and so receive the nature of children; and that nature, which is given by him, he continually prompts, and excites, and develops, and matures; so that we receive day by day more and more of the childlike spirit.

Now, beloved, this may not seem to you to be of very great importance at first sight; but it is so; for the church is never happy except as all her members walk as dear children towards God.

This spirit gives peace, rest, joy, boldness, and holy familiarity with God. A man who never received the spirit of a child towards God does not know the bliss of the Christian life; he misses its flower, its savor, its excellence, and I should not wonder if the service of Christ should be a weariness to him because he has never yet got to the sweet things, and does not enjoy the green pastures, wherein the Good Shepherd makes his sheep to feed and to lie down.

But when the Spirit of God makes us feel that we are sons, and we live in the house of God to go no more out for ever, then the service of God is sweet and easy, and we accept the delay of apparent success as a part of the trial we are called to bear. Now, mark you, this will To Be Free - The Pondering - The Pondering a great effect upon the outside world. A body of professors performing religion as a task, groaning along the ways of godliness with faces full of misery, like slaves who dread the lash, can have but small effect upon the sinners around them.

Thus happy saints become most efficient operators upon the minds of the unsaved. O blessed Spirit of God! J Vernon McGee says:. It is in rebellion against God. It has been carrying a protest banner before the gates of heaven ever since man came out through the gates of paradise in the Garden of Eden. So I have to turn it over to Somebody who can. The Holy Spirit indwells believers. He wants to do that for us, and He can! The prodigal son may get into the pig pen, but he will never be content to stay there.

Back in the nineteenth century our sixteenth president realized something radical must be done about slavery in our country. Abraham Lincoln, realizing that slavery is completely against human dignity, officially abolished it from the United States on that day. Tragically, little changed in the daily life of our nation, even though the slaves were officially declared free.

The Civil War was still going on. The plantation owners never informed their slaves. There was no mass media then to announce those kinds of presidential pronouncements. And so for the longest time, slavery continued even though it had been officially brought to an end.

When the people finally began to leave their enslaved lives and make their way toward freedom? December 18, —more than To Be Free - The Pondering - The Pondering years after he first released his proclamation. Lincoln had been dead for months.


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