July 30, 2015

Throw Back Thursday: The Watchtower

"The variety of human types, or races, must be accounted for along the lines of climate, customs, food, etc., and especially along the lines of the seclusion of the various peoples in various quarters from each other, by which peculiarities became fixed. This is illustrated by the fact that Europeans living for a long time amongst the people of India or China gain a measure of resemblance to their neighbors, while their children, born in those lands, bear a still stronger resemblance in skin and features - affected no doubt by the mother's surroundings during the period of gestation."
(The New Creation; 1899; 1915 ed.; pp. 42)

An interesting quotation drawn from Watchtower publications.

July 26, 2015

Words of Wisdom

" I can see the throne set up within the heart of man. Who shall sit on it? It cannot be empty; who shall fill it? This sin, that sin, or the other? Nay, Lord, help me to keep every intruder out of it."
--Charles Spurgeon (HT:CHALLIES)

July 24, 2015

Words of Wisdom

"True religion, then, is not an external service ; nor is it a mere excitement of fear and sorrow succeeded by peace and joy ; nor is it a fitful alternation of such exercises. It is a permanent principle of action, spontaneous in its exercises and progressive in its nature. These attributes, are essential to its genuineness, but they do not constitute its whole character. It is a participation of the divine nature, or the conformity of the soul to God. It is described as the putting off the old man with his deeds and putting on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him or a being renewed in the spirit of our mind, that we may put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. "

--The Way of Life, Charles Hodge, Chapter 9, Holy Living

July 23, 2015

Throw Back Thursday: The Watchtower

"Man on earth can no more get rid of these demonic "heavens" than man by airplane or other means get up above the air envelope which is about our earthly globe and in which man breathes."
(The Truth Shall Make You Free; 1943; 2,000,000 ed.; pp. 285)

Here is another interesting quote drawn from Watchtower publications. 


Hummingbirds, Arkansas, 2006

July 19, 2015

Starting Over

I started reading this one quite awhile ago. Time to reboot and read it.

July 18, 2015

When Trouble Comes, The Lord Saves

The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble. --Psalm 37:39, ESV

July 17, 2015

Just a flower

Grace to You Bible App

You can find out more about the free Bible application (ios/android) from John MacArthur's ministry at http://www.gtybibleapp.com. I have started using it and will report back after a few days.

July 16, 2015

Throw Back Thursday: Watchtower

'But what is not so generally appreciated is that the principle of caveat emptor should be kept in mind when one is buying ideas, that is, when he is reading articles or books that are trying to "sell" him on a certain viewpoint, philosophy, or religious idea. Writers of such articles or books may, for reasons of their own, be just as likely to be tempted to take liberties with the truth. This may be done very subtly, at times simply by ignoring certain pertinent facts in discussing a certain subject. '
(The Watchtower; 5/15/1963; pp. 293)

This post is the first in a series of interesting statements made by the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society.  #TBTWT

July 15, 2015

Words of Wisdom

"It should not be overlooked that we tend to regard predestination as a part of a philosophical theory. For us it is the answer to the question, 'Are all things determined or not?' For Paul it is the answer to quite another question, 'How much of our salvation is due to God?' It is part of man's make-up that he likes to think that he earns his salvation. When he sees that the cross rules out the way of human merit and that he is saved by grace, by God's free gift, he tries to salvage something from the wreck. He thinks that at any rate he deserves some credit. He made the right decision. He decided to be a Christian. He chose God. The doctrine of predestination takes this last prop from under him. He could not decide this, left to himself. The reason he is a believer is not that he chose God but that God chose him. Predestination is the assurance that all of our salvation, from the very beginning to the end, is of God. We ought never to think of it other than in relation to salvation. That is where Paul sets it. It assures me that my salvation is no improvised affair, brought into being by a more or less fortuitous decision of my own. I am saved because none less than God willed it and predestined me before all the ages. Nothing at all can give the believer assurance like this great truth."
--Leon Morris, The Cross in the New Testament, p.215