Final Launch Reminder

For all who have followed this little blog, a little reminder it has moved:

Growing In Grace has moved from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. There is an all new look, with a magazine kind of flair. In its new location you will find an out-front homepage with:

  • a sermon page
  • a rotator containing feature articles
  • Recent News
  • More News, with a focus on the preaching ministry of Calvary Community Church
  • wrapped up with an area containing a Tag Cloud, Twitter feed, Social Media connection, Instagram feed, and blogroll.

Please update your bookmarks and RSS feeds when you go there.

As always, I hope this little blog will help you “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” and to enjoy the journey as we do that together.

Advertisements

Launch!

The re-tooling is complete.

Growing In Grace has moved from WordPress.com to WordPress.org. There is an all new look, with a magazine kind of flair. In its new location you will find an out-front homepage with:

  • a sermon page
  • a rotator containing feature articles
  • Recent News
  • More News, with a focus on the preaching ministry of Calvary Community Church
  • wrapped up with an area containing a Tag Cloud, Twitter feed, Social Media connection, Instagram feed, and blogroll.

Please update your bookmarks and RSS feeds when you go there.

As always, I hope this little blog will help you “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” and to enjoy the journey as we do that together.

God Was Tatted Up So That He Would Not Forget You

Despondency and discouragement are an unfortunate part of the human experience. While not simply dealt with in many cases, the solution must always include turning to the LORD, through the Word.

Alec Motyer:

The Lord’s therapy is to bring us, by means of his Word, pondered and understood, out of depression and the downcast face (Luke 24:17) into the burning heart, bouyant step, and the assured testimony (Luke 24:32-35). (from Isaiah By The Day, p. 245)

My reading of Isaiah this morning provided an example of what a counseling session looks like between God and his people.

A despondent people:

And Zion has said:

‘Yahweh has left me;

and, Sovereign though he is, he has forgotten me!’ (Isaiah 49:14)

But then, a precious promise, spoken by God, for countering the despondency of his people:

Does a woman forget the infant at her breast,

so as to fail in compassion for the son of her body?

Even these may forget!

But as for me, I will not forget you.

Behold!

On my palms I have engraved you;

your walls are constantly in front of me. (Isaiah 49:15-16)

 

Looking For Urgently Needed Rescue

“Luther wrote, “It is by living, no — more — by dying and being damned to hell that one becomes a theologian, not by knowing, reading, or speculating.” We learn on the road, as pilgrims making our way to the City of God through the trails, burdens, questions, and fears of our own hearts as well as the world around us. We learn truly of God’s providence as we suffer, of God’s forgiveness in our sins, of the resurrection of the dead as we lie dying. Luther’s poignant but hyperbolic statement does not mean that we do not read or study, but that even as we do this, it is more like looking for urgently needed rescue than contemplating eternal truths. We do theology on our knees, calling on the name of our Redeemer.”

– Michael Horton, The Christian Faith
(HT: Wesley Hill)