Joseph in his trials wavered not. He exercised his faith, looked upon His God and bore the fruits of faith by prayers and obedience.
Near death experience of a world different from what we are used to emerge from time to time out of ordinary people who were privileged enough to come back to tell their tales after they had that experience.
Most of these cases however were non documented scientifically and their experience mostly remain anecdoctal and hypothetical.
However an experience related by a Neurosurgeon, Dr Ebnen Alexander who remained in coma, totally losing his cognitively function while suffering from a serious infection of the brain, Meningitis, and had all the cessation of his brain higher functions documented on the latest neuro-devices came back too to share his experience. This scientist who practise his faith through a thick layer of scientific training and practice in Neurosurgery were given the privilege to have a glimpse at what both Einstein and Jesus were talking of in their(very) different ways.
Though we know that when we live by a heavenly spirit, having died to the spirit of this physical world, we are naturally born into and are are granted heavenly visions which enable us to walk in heavenly ways desiring to please and live accordingly to the honour and truth as revealed by the sovereign ruler of heaven and earth. The hope put into us is not only to experience heaven when we are expired from this world where we are birthed into; we have already been granted access in Christ through the faculty of faith as a child of God to experience heaven while on earth. We ask that He comes soon so that real Heaven can begins…
Do enjoy the experience of DR Alexander though…articles attached
Proof of Heaven http://fv.sg/article/Proof of Heaven.pdf
Science of Heaven http://fv.sg/article/Science of Heaven.pdf
Christians are to incorporate prayers as a very important component of a wholesome spiritual life. Does God actually work in response to the pleadings of His saints or does He just delights in hearing the submission of his children without making any amendment to His grand plan.
God will not change His secretive counsel and eternal plan
Isa 46:9 remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, Isa 46:10 declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accom plish all my purpose Prov 19:21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand. Jer 10:23 I know, O LORD, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps. Ephe 1:4- 11, Phil 2:12-13 it is God who works in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure, Mat 10:29-30
There are numerous scriptures which showed that God of relented and changed His plan
Exo 32:10-12 I may consume them this stiff necked people;, but these are the people whom you have brought out of Egypt. You brought them out to kill them will be what the Egyptians will accused Him of 14-and the Lord relented from the disaster. Deu 9:19 For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure that the LORD bore against you, so that he was ready to destroy you. But the LORD listened to me that time also. Deu 9:20 And the LORD was so angry with Aaron that he was ready to destroy him. And I prayed for Aaron also at the same time. Amos 7:1-6 also related of another incident when God relented and listened to His prophet’s pleadings.
However the interaction between the 2 principles remain mysterious and its outworking remains beyond the limit of the functioning of the created mind.
Therefore what then should we do?
God’s command is to have us pray unceasingly, give thanks to God in all circumstances. Move God to change the way He will achieve His purpose from His resource rich barn house which is also our rich inheritance.
Luke 18:2-8 If justice can be served by a human judge who neither fear God nor respect man due to the constant pleadings of a widow, more so will there be divine justice due to our constant pleadings who is our heavenly father who loves us and promised to provide for our earthat sojourning.
Gen 32:24 -26 the narrative of Jacob’s wrestling with God and his ultimate victory in winning God´s blessing
Ephe 6:18 pray at all times in the spirit
Exo 17:10 Moses prayed together with fellow saints and co-workers unceasing as Joshua fought the battle with the Amalekite.
Isa 38:1 Hezekiah’s prayers which extended his life for 15 years when the Lord heard his prayers of submission fear and service.
King David, one who is after God’s heart did just that. He went all out to try to have God listen to his pleading to revive his offspring in spite of the sinful parentage. He pleaded earnestly with the hope that God in His mercy will change His plan for his already dead child.2 Sam 12:14 David pleaded fervently even though his sin was great and he deserved the state of the death of the child’s death. Nevertheless he surrendered the possible outcome to the Lord by fasting and incessant prayers pleading for God.s mercy. He was hoping that his submission will appeal to God’s Grace and mercy and for a favourable outcome
Who knows the Lord will not change His mind. Therefore plead as David did.
Bear good fruits by Your Words and Spirit
As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty.”
Good Soil having enriched by the Spirits will bear fruits upon hearing the Words of the Spirit which is the imperishable seed.
Having become united unto Christ , being purchased by His blood, in the earthly time He has given us, we will become gradually sanctified in Christ in the furnace of afflications powered by His Love and Strength. He will constantly be feeling our pulse, when He perceived that the heat is too much for us, He will either incereased His Grace or lower the heat. We are His workmanship, being built up for good works He has ordained to manifest and magnify His honor and glory. He called us to a life of Holiness and happiness to serve Him to be a doer of His will and a channel for godwill towards man.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
2 Tim 3:16,17
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 2Ti 3:17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.
As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience
What then should be included as fruits of the Spirit and good work?
1. Our Holy Concern
- to search and confess unrepentant sin,
- to make known His unrecognized sovereignty to those who are still benighted to the darkness of sin.
- to aid in easing unrelievable suffering experience by man due to our sinful nature 2. To love one another John 15:17
2: Growth in the knowledge of God.
- Hear, understand and know His Will and Love so that we are not ignorant superstitious and would not misrepresent Him, His Grace and Love for man and thereby masking His Glory
- Know His Love and His Will so that with a grateful heart, we can serve Him in Love
3. Love one another
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
4. Spiritual Fruits in our character
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law
Most importantly. abide in Christ, trust Him, follow His leading, for He is the One who has taught us.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. Joh 15:6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
He is the One who has issued you the Dilpoma for Wisdom fit for a place in the mansion He has gone to prepare for us. He has come from there to show you the Way back to our Father. There is no other name by whcih you can find eternal Peace and the way home. That is your longing. We are only sojourners here.
Sower and various milieu of man’s heart
The Grace of Christ is sufficient to save us, it will be sufficient to change us.
For Christ said’ “It is finished”. His victory on the cross will bring those that the Father has given Him saved. We have received His Spirit who reside in us to guide us and protect us and grow us to partake of His nature to be like Him so that we can pass through the narrow gate to get to the mansions He has gone to prepare for us. The old has passed away, the new creature delights in the obedience of the Law which he is now enabled.
We are however no longer under the Law. It was the tutor but not anymore under Grace. It has now become our faithful partner to guide us and together with the power of the Holy Spirit will hammer us through the anvil of life experiences to be like Him.
We are no longer happy to conform but hunger to be transformed not by the power of the Law but by the power of the Cross. Christ did not come to abolish the Law but came to fulfill them and by the Power of the Cross and His Spirit enabled us to fulfill them in Him. For in Him we are more than conqueror. May God help us to honor Him with victories in our lives.
And we were baptized and all anxiety for our past life vanished away.” With these joyous words Augustine recorded his entrance into the church on this day, April 25, 387, Easter day.
He had been 33 years in coming to this public confession of Christ. Born in North Africa in 354 of a Christian mother and pagan father, Augustine became at twelve years of age a student at Carthage and at sixteen, a teacher of grammar. At this young age, he was already promiscuous. And he tells in his famous autobiography that he boasted of sins he had not had opportunity to commit, rather than seem to have fallen behind his peers in wickedness.
His mother was determined to see him converted and baptized. He was equally determined to have his pleasures. He took a mistress and she bore him a son, Adeodatus, “Gift of God.” For a while he resented the lad but soon became inseparable from him. At 29 his restless spirit drove him to Italy. His mother determined to accompany him so that her prayers might be reinforced by her presence. Augustine gave her the slip, sailing while she knelt praying in a chapel.
In Rome he taught rhetoric for a year, but was cheated of his fees. And so he looked for a more fertile field of labor and settled on Milan. His mother caught up with him and prevailed upon him to attend the church of St. Ambrose. Christian singing moved him deeply. In spite of himself he began to drift toward faith. He found the writings of the Apostle Paul deeply stirring and more satisfying than the cool abstractions of philosophy. He wrestled with deep conviction but was unable to yield himself to God, owing to his attachment to the flesh.
Finally he reached a day when his inner vacillations were too great to ignore. He tried reading scripture but abandoned the effort. Unable to act on the truth he knew, he began to weep, and threw himself behind a fig tree. “How long, O Lord,” he cried. And his heart answered “Why not now?” A child’s sing-song voice came clearly to him, repeating over and over, “Take it and read it.” It seemed a message from God. He snatched up the Bible and read Paul’s words, “. . .not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” Faith flooded in upon him. He immediately thrust aside those sins of the flesh which had held him in thrall for so long.
“But this faith would not let me be at ease about my past sins, since these had not yet been forgiven me by means of your baptism.” He entered the water and was relieved. At his mother’s death, he returned to Africa where he founded a monastery, became bishop of Hippo and a brilliant and prolific theologian who more than any other stamped his imprint upon the Medieval church.
Fide Vitae Response
Christ stoop so low in order to touch the lives of the worst that flesh can produce. Through relationships and situations, He orchestrates our circumstances to enable us to hear His inner voice set upon our conscience which will accuse us till the prayers and the patient faith of our beloved are answered by His sufficient and almighty Grace in His most opportune time to awaken us from the slumber which gripped us from the day of our conception in our mother’s womb;.
How can it be, what kind of Justice this is. It has to be from the absolutely righteous One It has to be from beyond, when the Creator has to be slain by His own creatures in order to save them from the wrath brought upon themselves due to their own mutiny. That God the Judge Himself has to leave the throne and court to die in order to satify the judgement their heinous crime deserves.
Divine Justice interwoven with LOVE radiate forth in its full Glory at the Cross that day.
What should our response be:
be truly fearful of the wrath and the terror of hell which He reckoned is too much for us and has to save us from, be extremely grateful for the Love He demonstrated to suffer and humiliate Himself to save us from that wrath.
raise be to God our pride and Glory..
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For they are busy gathering possessions and seeking pleasure and are too consumed with self glory and self pride albeit for a little while and soon we find ourselves before the grave; though painful it may be, misery and suffering … Continue reading
Superstition and Faith in Vain
Kelvin Wu Superstition is based on the ignorant faith of an object having magical powers. Another word for superstition is “idolatry.” The Bible does not support the idea of things occurring by chance, but nothing is done outside of God’s sovereign control. Either He causes or allows everything in keeping with His divine plan (Acts 4:28; Ephesians 1:10).
There are many types of superstitions in the world, ranging from the benign—such as not walking under a ladder—to the occult practices of astrology, black magic, divination, voodoo and sorcery. Scripture condemns those who practice astrology (Deuteronomy 4:19), magic, divination and sorcery (2 Kings 21:6, Isaiah 2:6). Idolatry is also forbidden, and no one who practices it will enter the Kingdom of God (Revelation 21:27). These types of practices are extremely dangerous because they open the minds of the practitioners to the influence of the devil. 1 Peter 5:8 warns us to “be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
We should get our faith not from objects or rituals of man-made origin, but from the one true God who gives eternal life.
Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
Fide Vitae But man in his denial of God has to look into the mysterious to satisfy the void in his heart. He has to rest the seeking and grouping of his souls on something beyond his common sense. Thanks be to God, we the undeserved and unworthy were shown streaks of the light of joy which herald the eternal sunrising. Pray that we can be that streaks of light to shine into the darkness of lost souls…
I was talking with some friends from Uzbekistan the other day. They were telling me that Christians are persecuted in their country. They said that the reason why they are persecuted is not just because they are Christians, but because they speak of Christ and His gospel regardless if they are persecuted or not. They say that they have found that Christians here in America do not speak of Christ outside of their church
At work here they are forever asking their American co-workers why they do not. To which they respond that they are not allowed to. So my friends say no wonder no one is being persecuted here in America; or that no one is losing their jobs or suffering in any way because of their faith. Isn’t that the truth! I think the Bible say that it is a normal thing for Christians (everywhere) to suffer persecution, but how will we if we are not opening our mouths? I am pointing the finger at myself to a large degree as well!
Fide Vitae In a large part, this is the effect of culture which has corrupted Christian mission. Belief and commitment has become dissected. Seek reward and fun, here and now and let pleasant experience be the parameter for choice. Let us be equiped with head knowledge and talked non stopped on FB and forum, though it is good, but let us not become slothful in religious exercises and become slack in our holy duties for how can the heart believes if he does not hear……This I believe is the plague of this age and the sublime weapon of our enemy’s construct. Pardon us O Lord..
Burn out in Service
Susan Evans Yes, you can. You can burn out serving people outside your family while neglecting your husband and children. Many women do this because it feels good to minister to people outside the home, while ministering to their own families often feels like drudgery because they take you for granted. Women often say yes to everything and end up with nothing left for their own husbands.
Fide Vitae It is indeed sad to see or hear brothers or sisters burned out in religious duties with the neglect of obligations towards our covenantal family. While we serve with a heart of gratitude, it is apt to remenber that it’s not what we know or do or become which save us but Christ alone. Our trust is not on our own holiness but His robe of righteousness
To live rightly with a pure heart and clear conscience before God requires one to flee such immorality with haste even though the flesh would try to vindicate itself using various reasons to trivialise or justify such practice especially in the name of genuine love and the LOVE of God to forgive.
Human weakness come in various forms. One who is birthed of the spirit would depend on the resource of the Kingdom by God’s Grace to overcome our vestigial sinful nature riding on the victory Christ had secured for us. Looking at His body which was crushed on the Cross for this sin and the blood flowing to clense us of our guilt should drive us to make righteousness and Holiness the absolute priority. There is nothing in ourselves which is capable of overcoming this carnal sin except by the promised empowerment granted us in the Holy spirit and our Love for God who send His Son to die for us in order to secure the forgiveness even for this kind of heinous SIN.
Yes, one may have to perspire blood through the pores in order to abstain in the process of repentance but think of the victory and the rejoicing when the battle trumpets declare us conqueror and the approval on our Father’s face, He who chose you even before the foundation of the world.
I turn my thoughts heavenwards, for it is in heaven only that I find any basis for our poor pilgrimage on earth. As surely as the blue dome of heaven encircles us all, so does the providence of the Lord of Heaven. He will withhold no good thing from those that love Him.
His promises do not depend for their fulfilment upon the co-operation of the puny strength of man. One common mistake we make often is:
“though God has promised to supply our needs, and we often look towards the creature to do what God has promised to do; and then, because we perceive the creature to be weak and feeble, we indulge in unbelief and doubt.” – what a terrible sin of distrust this is.
The ground of faith is not the sufficiency of the visible means for the performance of the promise, but the all-sufficiency of the invisible God, who will most surely do as he hath said.
I shall therefore commit my way to Him and trust in His providence to supply all my needs for this sojourning to become holy and like Christ; only Lord, grant me reverence and gratitude for You so that obedience and love for Christ shall be the passion to drive me towards the crown of life you have prepared for me.
In one systematic volume James Boice provides a readable overview of Christian theology. Students and pastors will both benefit from this rich source that covers all the major doctrines of Christianity.With scholarly rigor and a pastor’s heart, Boice carefully opens the topics of the nature of God, the character of his natural and special revelation, the fall, and the person and the work of Christ. He then goes on to consider the work of the Holy Spirit in justification and sanctification. The book closes with careful discussion of ecclesiology and eschatology.In this revised edition of a formerly four-volume work, Boice maintains a remarkable practicality and thoroughness that will make this a standard reference and text for years to come.
This new printing of Louis Berkhof’s Systematic Theology offers a bit of a surprise and, we hope, a significant service to the readers of this eminent volume. For most of its history under the title Systematic Theology, Professor Berkhof’s work has appeared as a theological system without introduction or prolegomenon. In this new edition of Berkhof’s work, we have returned his prolegomenon to its proper place. For Berkhof did indeed write a formal prolegomenon to his theology, titled Introduction to the Study of Systematic Theology. That Professor Berkhof himself intended the Introduction to be read together with the system is immediately evident. It is also the case that the Introduction was an integral part of Berkhof’s address to theology from the outset of his teaching. We can only hope that the publication of Berkhof’s Systematic Theology, now complete with its prolegomenon, will increase its usefulness and extend its time of service to the world of theology. It remains the best modern English-language introduction to the doctrinal theology of the Reformed tradition.
“We hope that this symposium,” wrote editors N. B. Stonehouse and Paul Woolley in 1946, “may serve to clarify the position of orthodox Christianity with respect to the Bible. The issues of the day require us to take stock of this doctrine in a far more comprehensive way than is done in some of the brief formulations of faith which have gained favor in certain circles.”
Contributing to this classic work on biblical authority, in addition to the editors, are John Murray, Edward J. Young, John H. Skilton, R. B. Kuiper, and Cornelius Van Til. The first edition was published in 1946, the second in 1967.
We live in an age that increasingly flirts with a new paganism. As new systems of theological belief clamor for accommodation within the church, Christianity’s time-tested confessional heritage is abandoned. Deviant thought forms trickle down from the pulpit to weaken worshipers whose grounds of belief are already faltering. Douglas Vickers addresses this situation in The Texture of Truth by calling the church back to cardinal doctrines that have historically emboldened the Christian faith. Here, in straightforward terms that address the worshiper in the pew, is a sound articulation of what Dr. Vickers aptly refers to as “essential theology in the life and walk of faith.” The imperatives of Christian doctrine, soundly understood and held in biblical proportion, will enrich the meaning of the Christian life and the believer’s progress in sanctification. The Texture of Truth addresses the doctrines of God, Scripture, the divine covenants, creation and the Fall, the Person of Christ and his redemptive offices, the application of redemption, and the place of the Christian in the church and in the world.
Thy Word is Truth explains the importance of the doctrine of biblical inspiration. Without it the reliablitlty of the Bible is in serious doubt, the integrity of Jesus is put in question, and the only final authority men have in matters of faith becomes their own conscience. If we cannot trust what Scripture says about itself, how can we trust what it says about God, about man’s need, or about Christ’s saving power?
Systematically arranged and helpfully sub-divided, it has proven ideal for study-groups. Passages for memorization and questions for review at the close of each chapter enhance the book’s value for the student.
The author, a nineteenth-century Swiss Reformed pastor, describes his purpose in writing this book: “Our object in this book is, with Godís help, and on the sole authority of his Word, to set forth, establish, and defend, the Christian doctrine of divine inspiration.” The cumulative effect of collecting the hundreds of verses in which Scripture claims to be the Word of God is to make any claim to the contrary ludicrous.
Over the centuries, the enemies of Christianity, with satanic shrewdness, have focused their attacks on the Bible, the Word of God, knowing that the surest way to discredit Christianity is to discredit its source. Those enemies – rationalist and mystics, empiricist and scientific, religious and irreligious – have denied the clarity, the truthfulness, the sufficiency, the accuracy, and the divine origin of the sixty-six books of the Bible. They have done so in order to support their own claims that another document (such as the Koran or the Book of Mormon), or an organization (such as the Roman Church – State or the Greek Orthodox Church), or an experience (such as visions and intuitions), or a method (such as “the scientific method”), or a man (such as the pope) are the genuine and truly reliable source of knowledge.
In the twentieth century, the doctrine of Scripture became a particular focus of intense criticism. Some of R. C. Sproul’s most significant writings have been on the doctrine of Scripture. Not all of this material is in print, and no volume has ever collected his best writings on this pivotal doctrine.
Scripture Alone consists of four chapters that originally appeared in symposium volumes edited by others and the author’s commentary on the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy. These writings constitute an important restatement of the evangelical doctrine of Scripture. Scripture Alone will help all Christians to stand firm in defense of the truth.
To J.C. Ryle, the inspiration of the Scriptures was “the very keel and foundation of Christianity”, the underpinning without which Christians had no warrant for doctrine or practice, “no solid ground for present peace or hope, and no right to claim the attention of mankind”. He deliberately placed a paper on Inspiration at the beginning of Old Paths, hisPlain Statements on Some of the Weightier Matters of Christianity, and it is this, which is republished here. But is all Scripture inspired? Are the very words and expressions used by the writers from God, or does inspiration mean something less than this? Ryle was convinced that the very words are from God, and that only this view makes sense of what the Bible itself claims. Here he eloquently defends this position, answers objections, and applies the truth to the conscience of the reader.
This collection of essays on the inspiration, authority, and infallibility of the Bible is one of the best volumes on the subject available today. In the sixteenth century, sola Scriptura was the rallying cry of the Reformers; but it is rarely heard today. In the twentieth century the Bible was subjected to relentless attack by those who wish to erect another authority — the state, the clergy, tradition, or a professorial elite. It is at those Biblical subversives that Clark directs his devastating defense of the Bible.
In The Work of Christ Robert Letham shapes his discussion around the threefold office of Christ as prophet, priest and king. Within this framework he explores the issues of Christ and the Word of God, the nature and theories of the atonement, and the cosmic and corporate dimensions of the mediatorial kingship of Christ. At crucial points the viewpoints of significant Christian thinkers, from the church fathers to contemporary theologians and biblical scholars, are introduced and brought into the conversation.
Lucidly written and clearly presented, this is a soundly orthodox and engaging presentation of what Christ has done. It is a welcome starting point for students of theology.
Doctrinal truths cannot be studied apart from their historical background. The History of Christian Doctrines covers the development of doctrine. In it, Berkhof attempts to recover an appreciation for the development of the doctrines in their present form. His investigation is detailed, covering all the ground in his Systematic Theology in a more concise format. This book is essential reading for historical theologians.
A. A. Hodge (1823-1886), son of Charles Hodge, first issued this, his best known work, in 1860 following three years’ missionary work in India and eleven in American pastorates. Spurgeon used this as a textbook in his training of pastors. Enlarged and revised, it was reprinted in its final form in 1878 when the younger Hodge had reached his full maturity and entered upon his eight memorable years’ teaching at Princeton. As a masterful condensation, not only of what had been taught at Princeton Seminary for more than sixty years but of the doctrinal positions of historic Christianity itself, the OUTLINES earned for the author the description given him by Dr. Shedd, “the populariser of scientific theology”.
For teaching to be successful it must be continuous and systematic. This is the way children learn in school. Their teachers prepare a syllabus of lessons which take the children step by step through the different subjects they must study. The teachers have to spend a lot of time preparing the lessons they will teach. In this respect the school is more successful than the church. Although there are obvious differences between the church and the school, there are points of similarity too. Both institutions exist to impart knowledge to their members, and both want them to understand and benefit from what they hear and the information they are taught.
Adversity is hard to endure and can even be harder to understand. If God were really in control, why would He allow the tragic auto accident or crucial job loss? How could He permit cancer in a loved one or the death of a child? In an effort to strengthen his own trust in God during a time of adversity, Jerry Bridges began a lengthy Bible study on the topic of God’s sovereignty. What he learnt changed his life, and now he shares the fruit of that study with you in Trusting God. As you begin to explore the scope of God’s power over nations, nature, and the detailed lives of individuals, you’ll begin to acknowledge His loving control. And as you come to know Him better, you’ll find yourself trusting Him more completely. Even when life hurts.