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Luther Quote On Music

Posted by ChristCentric on Sun, Jun 06 2010 03:58:00

Music is a fair and lovely gift of God which has often wakened and moved me to the joy of preaching....I have no use for cranks who despise music, because it is a gift of God.  Music drives away the devil and makes people happy; they forget thereby all wrath, unchastity, arrogance, and the like.  Next after theology I give to music the highest place and the greatest honor.  I would not exchange what little I know of music for something great.  Experience proves that next to the Word of God only music deserves to be extolled as the mistress and governess of the feelings of the human heart.  We know that to the devils music is distasteful and insufferable.  My heart bubbles up and overflows in response to music, which has so often refreshed me and delivered me from dire plaques.

-Martin Luther
p.266-267 Here I Stand - Roland Bainton

Gospel Driven Sanctification

Posted by ChristCentric on Sat, Jun 05 2010 20:48:00

By Jerry Bridges
Early in my Christian life I heard someone say, "The Bible was not given to increase your knowledge but to guide your conduct." Later I came to realize that this statement was simplistic at best and erroneous at worst. The Bible is far more than a rulebook to follow. It is primarily the message of God's saving grace through Jesus Christ, with everything in Scripture before the cross pointing to God's redemptive work and everything after the cross--including our sanctification--flowing from that work.

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Holy Thoughts

Posted by ChristCentric on Sat, Jun 05 2010 20:34:00

Holy Thoughts Against the Love of the World
Some time ago I was watching a video by Ja Rule where he was partying hard with fine women, expensive drinks, driving expensive cars and having a “good time”. I must confess that I was tempted to miss the pleasures of the world and the old life in which I once indulged.  If one were to live his life by sight, it would be easy for him to be deceived by “deceitfulness of riches” and by the beauty of adulterous and immoral women.  There were indeed very beautiful women in the video which made my heart beat fast as a young teenager newly acquainted with the pleasure of stimulus seeing his most dreamt of supermodel skin-clad.  But while watching, I remembered that the arch-enemy Satan, is “an angel of light” who deceives with not the hideous, but with the most stunningly attractive.  I was then reminded of his crafty deceptive ways to lead my mind astray “from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ” (2 Cor. 11:3b) and to deceive me into living “according to the flesh” and living for the “love of the world”.   I was further reminded that “friendship with the world is enmity toward God” (James 4:10) and the tragic fate that awaits the enemies of God.  I then contemplated that those who are hostile toward God, who find no pleasure or joy in Him and obeying His commands, willingly have “given themselves over to lewdness to work all uncleanness with a continual lust for more. (Eph 4:19)  I was further mused of the reality that “the wages of sin is death” and that “the wrath of God is being revealed against all the ungodliness and wickedness of men” through His turning them over to their depravity. (Romans 1:18-32)

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Do You Smile At Sin?

Posted by ChristCentric on Sat, Jun 05 2010 20:29:00

Calvin on smiling at our sin – Gen. 3
And they sewed fig-leaves together." What I lately said, that they had not been brought either by true shame or by serious fear to repentance, is now more manifest. They sew together for themselves girdles of leaves.  For what end?  That they may keep God at a distance, as by an invincible barrier!

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Is Christ Your Lord?

Posted by ChristCentric on Sat, Jun 05 2010 20:20:00

by A.W. Pink
We do not ask, Is Christ your "Saviour," but is He, really and truly, your Lord? If He be not your Lord, then most certainly He is not your "Saviour." Those who have not received Christ Jesus as their "Lord," and yet suppose Him to be their "Saviour," are deluded, and their hope rests on a foundation of sand. Multitudes are deceived on this vital point, and therefore, if the reader values his or her soul, we implore you to give a most careful reading to this little tract.

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