Family Friday

DUTIES OF CHRISTIAN PARENTS

“Train up your child with all tenderness, affection, and patience. I do not mean that you are to spoil him, but I do mean that you should let him see that you love him.

Love should be the silver thread that runs through all your conduct. Kindness, gentleness, long-suffering, forbearance, patience, sympathy, a willingness to enter into childish troubles, a readiness to take part in childish joys—these are the cords by which a child may be led most easily—these are the clues you must follow if you would find the way to his heart.” (J.C. Ryle)

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Trinity Tuesday

TRINITARIAN MISSION THEOLOGY

“Not only is the ministry of the Son grounded in the love and commission of the Father, the ministry of Jesus’ followers is grounded in the love and commission of Jesus. What is more, by virtue of Jesus’ close relationship with both the Father on the one hand and the Spirit on the other, believers’ ministry is rooted also in the unity of Father, Son, and Spirit among one another. This does not obliterate all distinctions of role or authority. Just as Jesus is the Son who does the bidding of the Father who sent him, so his followers are to pursue their mission in total dependence on the Son and under the direction of the Holy Spirit. In the end, Father, Son, and Spirit are shown to provide redemption and revelation to a community that is itself sent on a redemptive and revelatory mission.” (Andreas Köstenberger)

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Thanksgiving Thursday

BE PARTICULAR IN YOUR THANKS TO GOD

“For the many instances of His goodness…

The goodness of His providence relating to our bodies and the life that now is; and this, first, with reference to all the creatures and the world of mankind in general:

You have stretched out the heavens like a tent, and in them you have set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. And you make your sun rise on the evil and on the good, and send rain on the just and on the unjust.

When we look at the heavens, the work of your fingers, the sun, the moon, and the stars which you have set in place, Lord, what is man that you care for him? For truly the light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to see the sun: All glory be to the Father of light, who commands the morning and causes the dawn to know its place.

You did not leave yourself without witness among the nations, in that you did good by giving them rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying their hearts with food and gladness.

You cover the heavens with clouds, and prepare rain for the earth, and make grass grow on the hills. You give to the beasts their food, and to the young ravens that cry.

You bring rain on the desert in which there is no man, to satisfy the waste and desolate land.

You visit the earth and water it; you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.

You make springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; and beside them the birds of the heavens dwell; they sing among the branches.

You have set the earth on its foundations, so that it should never be moved; you set a boundary to the waters of the sea, so that they might not again cover the earth. You have shut up the sea with doors, and prescribed limits for it, saying, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther; here shall your proud waves be stayed.’ And you have made good what you have sworn, that the waters of Noah shall no more go over the earth.

Your covenant with the day and with the night is not broken; but still you give the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night, and are faithful to that covenant of providence: That while the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.

The heavens are the LORD’s heavens, but the earth you have given to the children of man; and you have put all things under their feet, and given them dominion over the works of your hands; so that the fear of man and the dread of man is upon every beast of the earth and upon the birds of the heavens, and into his hand they are delivered; because you had a favor to him and delighted in the children of man.

You cause the grass to grow for the livestock and plants for man to cultivate, that you may bring forth food from the earth and wine to gladden the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread to strengthen his heart.

You give to all life and breath and everything; and the earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love.

All the creatures look to you, to give them their food in due season. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are filled with good things. When you send forth your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. This, your glory, shall endure forever, and you rejoice in these works.

It is through your goodness, O Lord, that as one generation of mankind goes, another generation comes; and that you have not blotted out the name of that corrupt and guilty race from under heaven.” (Matthew Henry)

THE GOODNESS OF HIS NATURE

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Grace Alone: An Evangelical Problem?

GRACE ALONE: AN EVANGELICAL PROBLEM?

“If the Scriptures are clear that men and women are sinful by nature and cannot do anything to save themselves or even prepare themselves to be saved, the Scriptures are equally clear that it is God who saves by grace alone through faith alone on account of Christ alone. This means that it is God who acts first, upon the sinner, while the sinner is dead in sin. For as we have seen, the sinner is enslaved to the sinful nature and its passions, and will not come to God, as Paul declares. But the good news is that while sinners do not seek God, God seeks sinners. And this is what we mean by the phrase, grace alone.” (Kim Riddlebarger)

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Soli Deo Gloria

HELL AND THE GLORY OF GOD

“God has created a universe in which his mercy has meaning precisely because it does not nullify his justice. In order for God to be just and extend mercy, he must keep his promise to punish transgression. In the Bible’s presentation of the true story of the world, God upholds justice at the cross and in hell. Jesus died on the cross to establish God’s justice and ensure that those who repent of sin and trust in Christ receive mercy that is also just. God punishes the wicked in hell to uphold justice against all who refuse to repent of sin, glorify him as God, and give thanks to him.” (James Hamilton)

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Sola Gratia

IRRESISTIBLE GRACE

“The doctrine of irresistible grace does not mean that every influence of the Holy Spirit cannot be resisted. It means that the Holy Spirit can overcome all resistance and make his influence irresistible… Irresistible grace refers to the sovereign work of God to overcome the rebellion of our heart and bring us to faith in Christ so that we can be saved. If our doctrine of total depravity is true, there can be no salvation without the reality of irresistible grace. If we are dead in our sins, totally unable to submit to God, then we will never believe in Christ unless God overcomes our rebellion… Man is dead in trespasses and sins. He cannot make himself new, or create new life in himself. He must be born of God. Then, with the new nature of God, he immediately receives Christ. The two acts (regeneration and faith) are so closely connected that in experience we cannot distinguish them. God begets us anew and the first glimmer of life in the new-born child is faith. Thus new birth is the effect of irresistible grace, because it is an act of sovereign creation—’not of the will of man but of God.'” (John Piper)

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Tuesday with Tripp

GRUMBLING—A LITTLE SIN?

“We live with grumbling all the time. Isn’t it amazing that we human beings can stand in front of a closet full of clothes and say we don’t have a thing to wear? Or stand in front of a refrigerator full of food and say there’s nothing to eat? We are angry at the food and go on diets because we’re convinced that anything that ever tasted good is fattening. Isn’t it remarkable that we have wonderful activity-filled lives full of meaning and purpose, and we grumble that we’re way too busy? Or that we can look at everything that exists and find some reason to complain? Grumbling may seem like a little thing—a little sin… [but] grumbling is a pollutant in the waters of your heart. It will kill life.” (Paul Tripp)

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Thanksgiving Thursday

BE PARTICULAR IN YOUR THANKS TO GOD

“For the discoveries that he has made to us in his word of the goodness of his nature…

We give thanks to the God of gods, to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever.

Your goodness is your glory, and it is for that which all your works give thanks to you and all your saints bless you.

You are gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and have told us that you do not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men; but, though you cause grief, you will have compassion according to the abundance of your steadfast love.

You take pleasure in those who fear you, in those who hope in your steadfast love.” (Matthew Henry)

STIR YOURSELF UP TO PRAISE GOD

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