August 13

 

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.    Romans 8:14

 

 

Consider the amazing goodness that God is pleased to be a Father to us.  While our hearts stood as garrisons against him, he conquered our stubbornness, and turned us from enemies to children.  He wrote his name upon us and bestowed on us a kingdom of glory.  What a miracle of mercy is this!  We know he is our Father by his Spirit praying in us; we cry, Abba, Father!  The Spirit witnesses to our spirit that we are sons, by making more than ordinary impressions upon our hearts.  He secretly whispers that God purposes love to us.  If he is our Father, we love to be near him, have fellowship with him and to dwell in his presence.  If he frowns, or dips his pen in gall, it is done in love. Afflictions, though sharp arrows, re shots from a loving Father.  God afflicts in love to humble and purify. He smites that he may save.  If he hides his face it is in love. When light is withdrawn, the dew falls.  We see the rainbow in the cloud.  By this God quickens grace that may be dormant.  God withdraws comfort to stir the embers into fire.  When god hides his face from his children he is still a Father, and his heart yearns for them. It is a sad case for the wicked.  They cannot say, ‘O Father’.  They may say; ‘Our Judge’, but not ‘Our Father’.  If they will at last seek God by prayer, and break off their sins, he will be a Father.  When the prodigal went to his father, ‘his father…ran and embraced him and kissed him’ (Luke 15:20).  If you have been a prodigal and spent all upon your lusts, flee to God by repentance.  He will embrace you with the arms of mercy, and seal your pardon with a kiss.  The deepest sin is not so broad that Christ’s blood cannot cover it.  There is more sweetness in this word ‘Father’, than if we had ten thousand worlds!

 

 

Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible

 

by Various Authors, including Drs. R.C. Sproul, James White, Sinclair Ferguson, and John MacArthur

Sola Scriptura , the formal principle of the Protestant Reformation, is essential to genuine Christianity, for it declares that the Bible is the inspired word of God, the church’s only rule of faith and practice. Yet this doctrine is under assault today as never before, both from outside and and inside the church.

In this book, several leading Reformed pastors and scholars, including Joel Beeke, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Ray Lanning, John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, Derek W. H. Thomas, and James White, unpack the meaning of the doctrine of sola Scriptura  (Scripture alone). They also explain where the attacks on the Bible are coming from and show how those who accept the Bible as Gods inspired Word should respond. Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible  is a treasure trove of information and a comfort to those who grieve to see the twenty-first-century church wandering away from the safe harbor of the Bible.

 

Hardback, 142 pages

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