Monday, September 29, 2008

GOOD DEFENSE OF LIMITED ATONEMENT

I found this online:

www.luthersstein.blogspot.com/2006/11/limited-atonement-for-whom-was-christ.html

Especially notice Piper's quote, which I think was helpful, and the blogger's defense of a Calvinist reading of Romans 5:17-19.

Great stuff!

Friday, September 26, 2008

THE BEAUTIFUL SIMPLICITY OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

This morning, I am thankful for the simplicity that is in Christ.

Gracious Lord, thank You for revealing Who the Father is to us in Christ Your Son. Thank You that He has fulfilled all the righteous and terrifying demands of the Law. Thank You for the simplicity of the gospel. Thank You, Lord Jesus, Son of God, friend of sinners, for taking away my sins and completing the Law for me. Thank You for giving me Your Body and Blood in Your precious Table. Thank You for coming to me in Your Word preached. Thank You for bringing me into union with You by Your precious Holy Spirit. Thank You for granting us a church body that knows and loves You and Your people. Thank You for providing all my needs, especially my need of atonement and redemption. Thank You, Father, for adopting me, justifying me, regenerating me, sanctifying me, keeping me, and ultimately in advance I thank You for preserving me in the most holy faith by Your Holy Spirit.

Most Holy God, may Christ be displayed more and more in my life. Use me, O Lord, to bring the good news of the gospel to my fellow sinners.

In Christ's Name, and all the glory is Yours. Amen.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

ISAIAH CALVIN'S COVENANT BAPTISM: MOVED TO SEPTEMBER 28TH, 2008

Readers,

Please note that our fifth covenant child's baptism has been moved to September 28th, one week ahead of the original date.

The baptism will be taking place at the Oceanside United Reformed Church http://www.oceansideurc.org/ at the 11 AM service.

All are invited.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

V-DAY MOVED

Hello friends and family. Well we have moved V-day to September 19th because of some concerns in our family situation. At first I wanted the "no scalpel" one which was only available in October; but we decided it would be better to bear it out.

So, this is the time for the "last chances" as it were to give any counsel. I think the burden of proof is on those who would assert that birth control is sin because the Bible does not condemn it. I am open to any arguments any brothers or sisters on the other side have.

On all sides we would appreciate prayer.

Thank you brothers and sisters.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

IT'S COMING . . .

V-day. October 24th, 2008. 4 PM.

Obviously, our views on a lot of things have changed. Included in this is our views on birth control. (You probably realize by now that "V-day" means "vasectomy day.") We now believe that birth control (as long as there is not an abortion involved of course) is a matter of Christian liberty. I haven't heard any good arguments that it is *not* a Christian liberty; I *have* heard good arguments that it *is* a matter of Christian liberty.

However, I wanted to place this up on my blog and seek final counsel. Most of our friends so far have said "your quiver is full." Most have said that wisdom is involved.

As far as our family situation, we believe that this may be the wisest course of action. We wish to home school our children, and pregnancies are very difficult on my wife. So, we realize that, if we truly wish to homeschool our children, we can't "have our cake and eat it too," so to speak. So, either we *don't* homeschool our children and put them in a full-time charter school (and that is difficult because there is a waiting list), and perhaps consider having more children, or we *do* homeschool our children, but we would have to be done having children. Angela wouldn't be able to homeschool while her hip is almost out of joint and she is constantly throwing up in the toilet. The morning sickness hits her really bad.

As far as methods, we are not comfortable with hormonal methods (it messes with the body and may lead to future miscarriages; there is a slim chance of a spontaneous abortion). The only methods we are comfortable with are barrier methods--but do we really want to do that for years and years? We are scared to get pregnant any time in the near, and even late, future, because of our situation.

Finally, we wanted this public so we wouldn't have any regrets. We want to exhaust all counsel, from all sides, on this issue, because we recognize that there is no turning back should we decide to go through with it.

We appreciate any counsel and prayers.

I would like to open up the comments section of this post for any and all comments and counsel our readers and friends and family have.

Monday, September 01, 2008

AN OPEN INVITATION TO ISAIAH CALVIN'S COVENANT BAPTISM

Readers,

You are all hereby invited to Isaiah Calvin's covenant baptism, which will be taking place at the Oceanside United Reformed Church (www.oceansideurc.org) on Sunday, the 21st of September, 2008.

Service is at 11 AM.

Celebration lunch at our house to follow.