Pilgrim’s Keyboard

March 7, 2017

The Life Look

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O God,

I bless thee for the happy moment when I first saw thy law fulfilled in Christ, wrath appeased, death destroyed, sin forgiven, my soul saved.

Ever since, thou hast been faithful to me:  daily have I proved the power of Jesus’ blood, daily have I known the strength of thy Spirit, my teacher, director, sanctifier.

I want no other rock to build upon than that I have, desire no other hope than that of gospel truth, need no other look than that which gazes on the cross.

Forgive me if I have tried to add anything to the one foundation, if I have unconsciously relied upon my knowledge, experience, deeds, and not seen them as filthy rages, if I have attempted to complete what is perfect in Christ; may my cry be always, Only Jesus! only Jesus!

In him is freedom from condemnation, fullness in his righteousness, eternal vitality in his given life, indissoluble union in in fellowship with him; in him I have all that I can hold; enlarge me to take in more.

If I backslide, let me like Peter weep bitterly and return to him; if I am tempted, and have no wit, give me strength enough to trust in him; if I am weak, may I faint upon his bosom of eternal love; if in extremity, let me feel that he can deliver me; if driven to the verge of hope and to the pit of despair, grant me grace to fall into his arms.

O God, hear me, do for me more than I ask, think, or dream.

 

(Valley of Vision, 96-97.)

March 6, 2017

Salvation is of God …

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Jonah 2:9 | … Salvation is of the LORD.

John 1:12-13 | … as many as received him – [Jesus Christ], to them he gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9 | For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.

March 2, 2017

A Convert’s First Prayer

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“A Convert’s First Prayer”

My Father,

I could never have sought my happiness in thy love, unless thou hads’t first loved me.

Thy Spirit has encouraged me by grace to seek thee, has made known to me thy reconcilitiation in Jesus, has taught me to believe it, has helped me to take thee for my God and portion.

May he grant me to grow in the knowledge and experience of thy love, and walk in it all the way to glory.

Blessed forever be thy fatherly affection, which chose me to be one of thy children by faith in Jesus:  I thank thee for giving me the desire to live as such.

In Jesus, my brother, I  have my new birth, every restraining power, every renewing grace.

It is in thy Spirit I call thee Father, believe in thee, love thee; strengthen me inwardly for every purpose of my Christian life; let the Spirit continually reveal to me my interest in Christ, and open to me the riches of thy love in him; may he abide in me that I may know my union with Jesus, and enter into constant fellowship with him; rejoice in thy love, find it the same to me as to thy Son, and become rooted and grounded in it as a house on rock; I know but little –

Increase my knowledge of thy love in Jesus, keep me pressing forward for clearer discoveries of it, so that I may find its eternal fullness; magnify thy love to me according to my deserts or prayers, and whatever increase thou givest, let it draw out greater love to thee.

The Valley of Vision. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust (2015, 14th printing, ISBN 978 0 85151 821 3), 94-95.

Books I read in 2016 …

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2016 | BOOK READING LIST

  1. Baptists in America: A History – Thomas S. Kidd & Barry Hankins | Published by: Oxford University Press, 2015, ISBN: 978-0-19-997753-6. Overall I enjoyed this book. As its title states it is a history of American Baptists. The inside jacket note reads, “[After] four hundred years … Baptists [have become] the second-largest religious group in America, and their influence matches their numbers.” I think this book could be more informative concerning who the Baptists were/are in this country. It does go into some detail for some Baptist groups and yet not so much on others. It is written by “respectable church historians in the academy today” (R. Albert Mohler, Jr.). I recommend it only on the sense that if you have a Christian/Church/Baptist history section in your personal library – for no book is completely useless in a library. However, if you do not have such a section you may just want to check the book out from a public-library and then glean some info from it for knowledge while saving your $$ for some other book. | (12/28/2015) 01/01/2016

Bios

Anytime you get the opportunity to read about the saints of old – I highly recommend that you do so – God’s people of the past are an inspiration to His people today.

  1. The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones – Steven J. Lawson | This is the story of the successful doctor who became a premier preacher. One of the twentieth century’s most influential sovereign grace preachers. He had one purpose when he walked into his pulpit and that was to show forth the Glory of God of which he did through one way and that was expository preaching of the Word of God. This bio is the latest edition of the “A Long Line of Godly Men Profile” series edited by Dr. Steven J. Lawson published by Reformation Trust (Ligonier Ministries). If you have enjoyed any of the books from the series this one will be just as much a delight to read. I highly recommend this book, as well as, the series. | 03-19-2016
  1. Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson – S. C. Gwynne | Civil War History is often captured from the bios of famous men/women who were prominent during their era. Stonewall Jackson was such a prominent actor during the Civil War. This book examines his personality and traits in an excellent manner that let the reader get to know this Southern Christian Gentleman who was a major factor in the War between the North and the South. One can only assume that the outcome of the Civil War may had been quite different if our Sovereign God had allowed Thomas J. Jackson to have lived longer and fought more battles. He was a master in combat and along with his Stonewall Brigade nearly unstoppable. | 08-21-2016

Tools – Booklets – Pamphlets

  1. Using New Testament Greek in Ministry: A Practical Guide for Students and Pastors – David Alan Black | Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Publishing Group, 1993. ISBN: 978-0-8010-1043-9. | 03/22/2015

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