Daily Archives: 22 Dec 2017

Worth Remembering…

Good will come to the one who lends generously and conducts his business fairly.  He will never be shaken. The righteous one will be remembered forever.  He will not fear bad news; his heart is confident, trusting in the Lord.  His heart is assured; he will not fear. In the end he will look in triumph on his foes.  He distributes freely to the poor; his righteousness endures forever. His horn will be exalted in honor.  The wicked one will see it and be angry; he will gnash his teeth in despair. The desire of the wicked leads to ruin. (Ps. 112:5-10)

When Santa Becomes a Calvinist…

Everyone is on the naughty list!

After a transformative moment reading R.C. Sproul’s What Is Reformed Theology? for the first time earlier this week, legendary Christmas icon Santa Claus reportedly converted to a full-on, five-point Calvinist, and almost immediately moved every single person on the planet to the naughty list, sources confirmed Friday.

“How can I put anyone on the nice list, when every human being is totally depraved from birth?” St. Nick was overheard saying to Mrs. Claus in his office. “No matter what filthy rags of righteousness they bring before the Lord, they are condemned already based on their sin nature.”

The jolly gift-giving man tasked his elves with purging the entire “nice” list and moving all the names over to the naughty list all afternoon, as he lectured them about their need for a Savior who could save them completely.

“He’s actually getting kind of annoying at this point,” head Elf Jing Ullbells said. “I wish we could just lock him in a cage for a few months to let him cool off before letting him interact with regular people again, but we’ve got the busy season going on right now. Ugh.”

Claus reportedly further repented of his merits-based system of giving out gifts, and will now instead select people to receive presents based on nothing good or bad within themselves, but solely on his mercy.

Amen.  So forget that xBox or the iPhone.  It ain’t happenin’…..

Quote of the Day

ὁ ἀγαπῶν χρυσίον οὐ δικαιωθήσεται καὶ ὁ διώκων διάφορα ἐν αὐτοῖς πλανηθήσεται (Sir. 31:5)

To One and All

Scholarship’s Sloth-Like Advance

The reason that scholars keep debating the same old things is because no one reads anything over 10 years old anymore.   If they did, they would know that their argument has already been made earlier, better.  Scholarship, when it’s meaningful and lasting, advances like a glacier or a giant sloth, not like a tornado or hurricane.

How To Know, Pastors, If It’s Time to Leave the Church You Serve

There are two ways a Pastor has to know that it’s time to leave a church. 1- if the Holy Spirit opens a door to service elsewhere, and 2- if they kill you.

Why Jesus Came

Who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the LORD been revealed?  For he grew up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised, and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and as one from whom men hide their face he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, yet he humbled himself and opened not his mouth; as a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and as a sheep that before her shearers is dumb; yea, he opened not his mouth.  By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who among them considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living? for the transgression of my people was he stricken.  And they made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; although he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his month. Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. (Isa. 53:1-10)

What Devil Inhabits Such Souls…

Such evil.

An Oklahoma man is facing charges after police say he beat his girlfriend’s five-year-old son because the child opened a Christmas present early.

KJRH reports the mother’s boyfriend was watching her children while she went Christmas shopping over the weekend. When she got home, she saw bruises on the child’s arms and back, welts on his forehead and what appeared to be a handprint on his cheek.

In a Facebook post, the mother wrote, “Words cannot explain seeing your baby like this and having no clue what happened. I ran to him like any mother would do crying, hugging him, begging what happened. ‘Wesley hurt me bad mama,’ is all he kept saying.”

The mother told KJRH her boyfriend, 25-year-old Wesley McCollum, told her he was trying to teach the boy a lesson for opening a Christmas present early.

McCollum was arrested and charged with child neglect and child abuse, according to police records.

“For a grown man to punch a child over and over and slap him and beat him with a belt ALL over is no man at all,” she wrote. “He is the lowest scum on earth…”

And under the earth….

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