I am writing a little book which I have entitled, Our Help is Not in TRUMP. In this little book, I underscore an obvious point for all Christians, namely that we are not to put our trust in powerful people. There is no help for us there. Psalm 146:3-4 reads, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. When his breath departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish.”
Instead, the Bible tells us that “Our help is in the Name of the LORD who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 124:8). I am so thankful to have been brought up in a church where I heard this verse proclaimed before the congregation at the beginning of every Sunday service. “Our help is in the Name of the LORD who made heaven and earth.” This timeless truth gave everyone in the congregation a clear vision of God and a biblical perspective on all the issues of life. Continue reading
I am so thankful to the Lord for the opportunities I have had these past 2 weeks to preach His Word at the Newton Bus Exchange. The third week has just began and as I reflect on the past 2 weeks, my heart is filled with such great joy. What a privilege the Lord has given me to preach His Word daily! Truly humbled by such a great blessing bestowed upon me not only to be numbered among His children saved by grace through the merits of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ – but to also be one of His servants. There is no greater joy than to be in Christ and to be an instrument in His hands. Continue reading
Alistair Begg tells a story of how as a young boy, his father took him to a candy store. While in the store everyone was commenting on what a good boy Alistair was to his great delight.
An older gentleman in the store noticing how Alistair was basking in the praises that were being showered upon him commented, “Young man, praise is like perfume. It’s good as long as it remains on the outside. But dangerous if you swallow it.”
Question 8 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism (WSC) reads: “How does God execute His decrees?” Answer: “God executeth His decrees in the works of creation and providence.” A little bit later in Question 11, the WSC asks: “What are God’s works of providence?” Answer: “God’s works of providence are His most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all His creatures and all their actions.”
What a relief, joy and comfort to know that the LORD is governs me and all my actions. Both fall perfectly well under His most holy and wise governance.
E. Paxton Hood (an English Puritan) once stated, “Providence is a soft pillow for anxious heads.” Oh, how true!.
As you go through this day, may you be encouraged by the fact that you and all of your life to the minutest details, are being governed by the sovereign LORD and Ruler of the whole world. We do not always know or understand, God’s providence(s) in the moment. Like the Hebrew language, God’s providences must be read backwards as far as we as His creatures are concerned.
So, take heart dear friend, brother or sister in Christ especially if you are going through hard providences in your life right now. As William Cowper wrote long ago:
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
Have a blessed day!
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I know that this is a very controversial subject especially in our day. In the church as well as outside the church, we are seeing the weakening if not the demise of male leadership. Since the women liberation movement, many men have given up their territory and conceded defeat as the culture has pressed in on them to take the back seat in the name of gender equality. The results have been less than impressive: the disappearance of strong male headed households; the disappearance of faithful churches led by males; the lowering of societal moral standards – and more.
Many respectable and godly women agree. Read what Elizabeth Elliot writes in a foreword to a book on this subject:
The issue of so-called equality of men and women touches the very foundation of Christian faith, for it goes deep into the nature of God and the great mystery of which the much-maligned apostle Paul writes in his letter to the Ephesians. For years I have watched with increasing dismay the destruction the feminist movement has wrought in the world, in the church, in Christian homes and marriages, and in personalities. I have studied the tortuous arguments of those who would persuade us that Galatians 3: 28 cancels everything the author says elsewhere in his epistles about the vital distinctions between men and women. I have listened to the endless discussions of Paul’s rabbinical prejudice and cultural insularity. I have delved into treatises on the meaning of the Greek word hypotasso, (‘ to arrange under’, ‘to be under obedience’, ‘to put under’, ‘to subdue unto’, ‘to subject to’, ‘to be in subjection to’, ‘to submit self unto’), and I have on a few occasions been asked (as a ‘traditionalist’, whatever that means) to debate those who would rewrite history, literature, psychology and the Bible itself to make them palatable to the woman of the late twentieth century. I have done practically everything but jump up and down and scream about it. Continue reading