More Holiness

More holiness give me, more strivings within.
More patience in suffering, more sorrow for sin.
More faith in my Savior, more sense of His care.
More joy in His service, more purpose in prayer.

More gratitude give me, more trust in the Lord.
More zeal for His glory, more hope in His Word.
More tears for His sorrows, more pain at His grief.
More meekness in trial, more praise for relief.

More purity give me, more strength to overcome,
More freedom from earth-stains, more longings for home.
More fit for the kingdom, more useful I’d be,
More blessed and holy, more, Savior, like Thee.

(Philip P. Bliss)

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Rejoice, Rejoice

“Rejoice, rejoice, ye Christians all,
And break forth into singing!
Since far and wide on every side
The word of God is ringing.
And well we know, no human foe
Our souls from Christ can sever;
For to the base, and men of grace,
God’s word stands sure for ever.”

(Balthasar Hübmaier)

Divine Love

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

(Isaac Watts)

Come, Holy Spirit

Come, Holy Spirit, come,
Let thy bright beams arise,
Dispel the darkness from our minds,
And open all our eyes.

Convince of our sins,
Then lead to Jesus’ blood
And to our wondering view reveal
The secret love of God.

Show us that loving Man
That rules the courts of bliss,
The Lord of Hosts, the Mighty God,
The eternal Prince of Peace.

’Tis thine to cleanse the heart,
To sanctify the soul,
To pour fresh life in every part
And new create the whole.

Dwell, therefore, in our hearts,
Our minds from bondage free;
Then we shall know, and praise and love,
The Father, Son and thee.

(Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

Jacob Arminius – Part 8

Arminius’ positions on predestination soon landed him in hot water with his colleagues on the theological faculty of the university.  He continued to defend his theological positions for the remainder of his life.  In 1608 he presented his Declaration of Sentiments before the Estates General of Holland, an extremely Calvinist organization.  That Declaration is the most important document that we have from Arminius on his doctrine of predestination.  That document treats many topics, with predestination receiving the most attention.  In that writing Arminius clearly established that he did not embrace Reformed theology of any variation.  Arminius listed four eternal decrees that influence his understanding of predestination.  First, he understood there to be a general decree from God to appoint Christ as the mediator, without there being a reference to individual people but rather as result of God’s gracious will to save generally.

When God Wants A Man

When God wants to drill a man,
And thrill a man,
And skill a man
When God wants to mold a man
To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways!
How He ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects!
How He hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts him
Into trial shapes of clay which
Only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!
How He bends but never breaks
When his good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses,
And which every purpose fuses him;
By every act induces him
To try His splendor out-
God knows what He’s about.
(Anonymous)