Aug 4, 2009

A new theme and a new beginning

As you can see, I have completely redone my blog. I have decided to change the focus, though. I am now posting letters. Last year at our church, some of the boys started writing letters to each other that gave some simple encouragement to live a life that glorifies God. I have about a hundred letters that I have written and received. I am hoping to add these letters over time, but I am beginning with a mini series of 5 letters I started abut 3 weeks ago. So, without further ado, the first of, I hope, many letters.

“Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.” ~John Newton

Grace is truly amazing! God, in His mercy, calls us to Himself. R. C. Sproul Jr. in his book The Holiness of God says that 5 of the main points of the Christian faith can be represented by the word “TULIP.” What I will be doing is sharing some of his points and adding some of my own comments. I am sort of flip-flopping the word though. As you can see by John Newton’s song, I am starting with “I”, which stands for “Irresistible Grace.” Grace is a point pounded out in Scripture through direct and indirect statements. Here are two such statements:

“…to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints…” ~1 Cor. 1:2


“…He who called you is holy…” ~1 Peter 1:15

God’s grace is most often described as His calling us. One of the most complete summaries is found in Rom. 8:30. But, lucky for us, His grace is irresistible. We are either called or not called, nothing we do helps decide one way or the other. God decides for us before we are born and He decided even further back than that, “before the foundation of the earth.” (Eph. 1:4) Praise the Lord for His infinite kindness in calling us to be with Him! God bless!

Your brother in Christ,



  1. Very refreshing to read a blog that focuses entirely on our lovely Savior, Jesus Christ and His infinite glory! Since we are so continuously drawn to earthly thoughts, events, interactions and conversations in this fallen world and since our flesh is so very dear to us by nature, it is a pleasure to see a young man such as yourself willing to direct our thoughts outside of ourselves and towards Him upon Whom we ought to delight in more!

  2. After reflecting some more upon your comments on being called by God, I was reminded of something we were reading just yesterday and thought you might appreciate this: As the number of elect persons is certain...the Lord certainly knows all those persons...yet a man may know that he is one of those elect; for if I see myself set apart from the world in time, then I may know that God has separated me...and if I have chosen God for my portion, then I may know that God has chosen me...The way to know this is not to begin aloft, but to begin below with our calling; and therefore the apostle puts election second, saying not, 'make your election and your calling sure,' but 'make your calling and election sure.' These are the words of William Bridge, a Puritan author, in his book "A Lifting up for the Downcast"--truly a treasury of wise and comforting thoughts!