Posted in Uncategorized on February 23, 2012 by dvalentine

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The Expulsive Power of a New Affection

Posted in The Faithful, The Race, Theology for the Church on May 4, 2011 by dvalentine

“The best way of casting out an impure affection is to admit a pure one; and by the love of what is good, to expel the love of what is evil. . . .

Thus it is, that the freer the Gospel, the more sanctifying is the Gospel; and the more it is received as a doctrine of grace, the more will it be felt as a doctrine according to godliness.  This is one of the secrets of the Christian life . . . .

Salvation by grace – salvation by free grace – salvation not of works, but according to the mercy of God – salvation on such a footing is not more indispensable to the deliverance of our persons from the hand of justice, than it is to the deliverance of our hearts from the chill and the weight of ungodliness.  Retain a single shred or fragment of legality with the Gospel, and we raise a topic of distrust between man and God.  We take away from the power of the Gospel to melt and to conciliate.  For this purpose, the freer it is, the better it is.  That very peculiarity which so many dread as the germ of antinomianism is, in fact, the germ of a new spirit and a new inclination against it.  Along with the light of a free Gospel does there enter the love of the Gospel, which, in proportion as we impair the freeness, we are sure to chase away.  And never does the sinner find within himself so mighty a moral transformation as when under the belief that he is saved by grace, he feels constrained thereby to offer his heart a devoted thing, and to deny ungodliness.”

Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847), “The Expulsive Power of a New Affection.”

No Cheap Grace

Posted in The Faithful, Theology for the Church on April 6, 2011 by dvalentine


. . not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the priceless blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.  1 Peter 1:18-19

“How do you mean to live?  With these precious things about you, do you intend to live like a beggar?  I mean, will you be sinful, low, groveling, worldly?  Oh, rise to your rank, and as you are so ennobled, walk as becomes saints!  Is Jesus Christ precious to you?  Then serve Him with your best, give Him your precious things, give Him your lives, give Him your substance, give Him all that you have.  Do not give the Redeemer your odds and ends, such as you can afford to give without knowing it.  Say, ‘He died to give me Himself.  I will give Him myself in return.’ . . . Go and live like those who are rich to all the intents of bliss, and let your cheerful, your godly, your self-denying example be a protest to the unbelieving sons of men that you know the preciousness of Christ.”

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Treasury of the New Testament (Grand Rapids, 1950), IV:393.

**Taken from Ray Ortlund blog

Wesley on Worship

Posted in The Faithful on March 2, 2011 by dvalentine

Above all sing spiritually. Have an eye to God in every word you sing. Aim at pleasing Him more than yourself, or any other creature. In order to do this attend strictly to the sense of what you sing, and see that your heart is not carried away with the sound, but offered to God continually; so shall your singing be such as the Lord will approve here, and reward you when he cometh in the clouds of heaven.

John Wesley

Think Like A Christian

Posted in The Faithful, The Race on February 23, 2011 by dvalentine

As Andrew Hughes has prompted us to do through his Street Life posts, I have spent time thinking about the idea of a worldview. So much of how we interpret life and the events that take place all around us rests upon our worldview. Without even recognizing it, we evaluate the most dramatic and publicized world events to the most mundane and personal events based upon our worldview. It is so important that we are analyzing, interpreting, and drawing conclusions about all of life with a Christian worldview! We need to have the right “set of lenses” in place as we gaze at this world in order to have the right conclusions.

I happened across these quotations on a site for a grade school promoting Classical Christian Education. I found them to be extremely helpful as we consider our worldview, and we make sure that the “lenses” we use are properly focused.

“There is not one square inch of the entire creation about which Jesus Christ does not cry out, ‘This is mine! This belongs to me.'” – Dutch Reformer Abraham Kuyper

“The effort to think like a Christian is . . . an effort to take seriously
the sovereignty of God over the world he created,
the lordship of Christ over the world he died to redeem,
and the power of the Holy Spirit over the world he sustains each and every moment.
From this perspective the search for a mind that truly thinks like a Christian takes on ultimate significance,
because the search for a Christian mind is not, in the end, a search for the mind but a search for God.”

—Mark Noll, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, p. 253 (my emphasis)

Youth Renewed

Posted in The Faithful, The Race on February 16, 2011 by dvalentine

“You are surprised that the world is losing its grip, that the world is grown old?  Think of a man: he is born, he grows up, he becomes old.  Old age has its many complaints: coughing, shaking, failing eyesight, anxious, terribly tired.  A man grows old; he is full of complaints.  The world is old; it is full of pressing tribulations. . . . Do not hold onto the old man, the world; do not refuse to regain your youth in Christ, who says to you, ‘The world is passing away, the world is losing its grip, the world is short of breath.  Do not fear.  Thy youth shall be renewed as an eagle.’”

Augustine, quoted in Peter Brown, Augustine of Hippo (Berkeley, 1967), pages 297-298.

I highly recommend this biography on St Augustine. It is not an easy read, but it is very good. Also, I would commend to you the Confessions of St. Augustine. It is a very personal look at Augustine and his heart before God.

Bitter and Sweet

Posted in The Faithful, The Race on February 2, 2011 by dvalentine

Though John Newton is not considered the poet and lyricist that other men and women have been, there is a simple message yet depth of wisdom to his words. Most everyone recognizes his most famous lyrics, Amazing Grace, that serves in some way as an autobiography: Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. Though not as well known, the following is an equally powerful poem from the pen of Newton.

1 Kindle, Saviour, in my heart,
A flame of love divine;
Hear, for mine I trust thou art,
And sure I would be thine;
If my soul has felt thy grace,
If to me thy name is known;
Why should trifles fill the place
Due to thyself alone?

2 ‘Tis a strange mysterious life
I live from day to day;
Light and darkness, peace and strife,
Bear an alternate sway:
When I think the battle won,
I have to fight it o’er again;
When I say I’m overthrown,
Relief I soon obtain.

3 Often at the mercy-seat,
While calling on thy name,
Swarms of evil thoughts I meet,
Which fill my soul with shame.
Agitated in my mind,
Like a feather in the air,
Can I thus a blessing find?
My soul, can this be pray’r?

4 But when Christ, my Lord and Friend,
Is pleas’d to show his pow’r
All at once my troubles end,
And I’ve a golden hour;
Then I see his smiling face,
Feel the pledge of joys to come:
Often, Lord, repeat this grace
Till thou shalt call me home.