September 15

 

The LORD is my portion;
I promise to keep your words.   Psalm 119:57

 

 

God is a satisfying portion.  This world may fill a man, but can never satisfy him.  Most have too much, but no one has enough.  They are like ships that carry a burden heavy enough to sink it, but with room to hold more.  The world cannot satisfy the senses, much less the soul.  Where can true contentment be found?  The earth says, ‘It is not in me’; no, heaven itself is not enough if God is not in it.  If you long for the things of the world, you will find them nothing when you receive them.  The sun and moon see bigger at the first rising.  If you believe that rest grows in the furrows of the field, and happiness is found in the gold mine, and that earthly treasures can produce  happiness, listen to the preacher: ‘Vanity of vanities!  All is vanity’ (Eccles. 1:2).  He spoke by personal experience; the utmost of earthy pleasures fall short of satisfying.  Men in great poverty think that if they could rise to a mountain of riches and delights they could reach true happiness, but Solomon found the hill far from satisfying.  The world has been weighed in the balance and found wanting.  David tells us that if the Lord is your portion, this fountain runs freely to full contentment.  This portion is the best possible.  It affords full contentment and happiness; ‘I have enough, and crave no more.’  If a man were crowned king of the world to enjoy the treasures, honours, and pleasures that all its kingdoms can yield; if he had the society of angels and glorified saints as friends, and could enjoy all this for the duration of the world, yet without God, he would be unsatisfied.  These like the dew might wet he branches and please the flesh, but would leave the roots dry.  However, once let God possess his heart, and then, and not before, his infinite desires are satisfied in the bosom of his Maker. God fully satisfies.

 

 

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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