In a recent article, I wrote to all those who follow this blog, to let you all know that my hours had been cut at work and due to my hours being cut, I had to go down on my data plan. Because I live in a rural area, of the southern part of the United States, I have to pay for data plans and as most of you know, this means that I am limited in how much data I have every month or as you prefer, I have a data cap on my plan. Therefore, going down on my data plan limits me even that much more, on my internet use. I asked everyone to pray that God allow me to either: get my hours back, to be able to somehow get my data back, and to follow God’s will in whether or not I should be blogging.
I want to thank everyone who remembered me in their prayers as God has most certainly answered them above and beyond anything I could have hoped or asked for.
Towards the end of summer, my wife bought me a new HP Laptop computer. I have used the same laptop, to blog and keep current my website, since 2009. However, about the time I had it ready to use, my data plan had already been cut. So I decided to use my new laptop, the day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday), in order to do some blogging. If any of my readers are familiar with Windows 10, then they will know that Windows 10 is a data hungry system. I did not know this at the time. I turned my laptop on and connected to my wifi feeling confident that I could do plenty on my blog because I only had one week left on my data plan and had not even used half of my allotted amount. After posting some quotes to my blog and reading a couple of emails, I checked to see how much data I had used and discovered that my new laptop had consumed over 5 gigs. This put me near my data limit and caused me to panic.
When my data carrier opened, I called them and explained what happened. All I wanted to do was go up 2 more gigs on my plan. I figured I could scrape together ten dollars extra every month and I also wanted to make sure I did not exceed November’s limit on my plan. To my surprise my carrier proclaimed that all the plans had changed and that now I could get double the data of my current plan, for only $4.76 more a month. This would give me more data than I had before my hours got cut. The customer service representative surprised me one more time by telling me that now all unused data rolls over. This company has never offered roll over data in its entire history. So when I went into December I had November’s unused data and December’s data. So I am now ready to get back to posting some great articles and keeping everyone informed on upcoming conferences.
I praise God for this and want to thank everyone of you again for praying for my blog and my data plan. God has been so gracious to me in this matter. I wanted to keep my blog going for God’s glory.
Soli deo Gloria
Hershel Lee Harvell Jr.
Soon after his conversion which occurred during the great revival of 1800 Ashel determined to serve Christ on the mission field, but God planned other wise. He entered Yale in 1805 and graduated in 1809 as an ordinary student academically but he had an extraordinary passion for Christ and the lost.
After studying under Rev. Bezaleel Pinneo of Connecticut, he began his itinerant ministry. His work began during the time of the great excesses and divisions that were arising out of the great awakening. After studying the cause and effects of these numerous disorders, he set a sane course for himself and his ministry. From the beginning of his labors God crowned his preaching with glorious power, and revival after revival occurred. In 1817 he was ordained a congregational evangelist. He was himself one the wisest and most cautious itinerants ever to grace this nation. His theology was thoroughly in keeping with that of the godly men who had preceded him in the Congregational and Presbyterian Churches of the land.
Asahel Nettleton was a leading figure in one of the most important half-centuries in American Church history. From the late 1790s to the early 1840s a succession of revivals transformed the spiritual prospects of the nation.
Source [Reformed Reader]
3. Again, there is the fact of God’s infinity, which puts change out of the question. God is an infinite being. What do you mean by that? There is no man who can tell you what he means by an infinite being. But there cannot be two infinities. If one thing is infinite, there is no room for anything else, for infinite means all. It means not bounded, not finite, having no end. Well, there cannot be two infinities. If God is infinite to-day, and then should change and be infinite tomorrow there would be two infinities. But that cannot be. Suppose he is infinite and then changes, he must become finite, and could not be God, either he is finite to-day and finite to-morrow, or infinite to day and finite to-morrow, or finite today and infinite tomorrow- all of which suppositions are equally absurd. The fact of his being an infinite being at once quashes the thought of his being a changeable being. Infinity has written on its very brow the word “immutability.”
Charles H. Spurgeon- The Immutability of God- A sermon delivered on Sabbath morning, Jan 7th, 1855
OF THE LOVE OF THE WORLD
NOTHING more hinders a soul from coming to Christ than a vain love of the world; and till a soul is freed from it, it can never have a true love for God.
What are the honors and riches of this world, when compared to the glories of a crown of life?
Love not the world; for it is a moth in a Christian’s life.
To despise the world, is the way to enjoy heaven; and blessed are they who delight to converse with God by prayer.
What folly can be greater than to labor for the meat that perisheth, and neglect the food of eternal life?
God or the world must be neglected at parting-time; for then is the time of trial.
To seek yourself in this world is to be lost; and to be humble is to be exalted.
The epicure that delighteth in the dainties of this world, little thinketh that those very creatures will one day witness against him.
Mr. John Bunyan’s Dying Sayings
TO MR. WILLIAM OLNEY
MENTONE, New Year Day.
It does me good to see W. Olney at the foot of a letter. I wish you were here, and could get well as solidly as I hope I have done. I could not say till just now I am well, but now I enjoy life, though weak. Thank God for this New Year’s experience.
I wish you were well, thoroughly so. I am greatly interested by all your news. When £10 is wanted for poor at Haddon Hall give me a wink or a word, and I have it at your disposal, now, or at the best time.
Please remember me to your much-esteemed mother, and to all the Prayermeeting people. I have 24 in my room in the morning at 9.30, and we do not forget home folks and Tabernacle.
It is fine and sunny to-day, but we have had grey weather below, and we see snow on the hills above.
May this year bring health to you. I could not do better than copy John, and wish that your body may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. I dare not say this of very many. Accept my hearty love.
Yours in Christ,
C. H. SPURGEON.
DUTY OF BELIEVING IN JESUS CHRIST.
In close connection with repentance for sin, the Word of God enjoins the duty of believing in Christ; “Repent ye, and believe the Gospel; “Testifying repentance toward God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.” Both the duties relate to men as sinners, and without the performance of them, escape from the penalty of sin is impossible. The requirement of faith, in addition to repentance, proves that mere sorrow for sin will not suffice; and the passages of Scripture are numerous in which faith is expressly declared to be necessary to salvation; “Preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved; but he that believeth not, shall be damned.” “Without faith it is impossible to please him.” “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not, shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” “He that believeth not, is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
These clear proofs that faith is necessary to salvation, render it important to understand the nature of faith. And since the saving benefit does not result from every kind of exercise of faith, but only from faith in Christ, what it is to believe in Jesus Christ, is an inquiry of highest interest.
Every one who reflects on the operations of his own mind, will perceive that faith lies at the foundation of every mental affection, and of every purpose to act. The testimony of our senses must be believed, before external objects can awaken any emotion in the mind; and the uniformity of nature’s laws, and the deductions of our reason, must be believed before we can resolve to shun a precipice, or to labor for a future crop. In the ordinary affairs of life, faith is the basis of action. The man who believes that his house is on fire, or that a rich treasure is buried under it, acts accordingly. It is equally true that faith lies at the foundation of every religious affection and of every religious duty. He who loves God, and delights in his will and works, must believe that he is, and that the will and works in which he delights are realities, and possess the qualities which his mind attributes to them. He who repents of sin, must believe that the sin of which he repents has been committed, and that it possesses the evil nature which he condemns and loathes. So, in everything else, faith is the foundation of all religion.
In the view which has been taken, faith is merely intellectual, and does not imply any emotion, either pleasurable or painful. It may immediately excite emotions, pleasurable or painful, according to the character of the truth believed, and the state of mind in which it is received. The belief of one truth gives pleasure; pleasure to one mind and pain to another. So, the truth of God, which a man dislikes while he is unconverted, is delighted in after his heart has been changed.
Faith, in this general sense, is necessary to the obedience of holy creatures, and mingles with all the holy exercises of their minds. But holy beings are incapable of repentance, because they have no sin to repent of; and they are unable to approach to God through Christ as guilty beings, seeking pardon. The Gospel addresses men as sinners, and presents Christ to them as the Saviour of sinners; and the faith in Christ which it requires, is the receiving of the truth which it declares concerning Christ.
Although faith may be contemplated as merely intellectual, and as antecedent to all emotion; it is not, in this abstract view of it, that faith in Christ is enjoined in the Gospel, and has the promise of salvation. Men must receive “the love of the truth, that they may be saved,” as well as the truth itself. A merely intellectual faith, without the love of the truth believed, cannot produce the proper fruits of faith; for “faith worketh by love;” and it cannot secure the blessings promised to faith; for “with the heart man believeth unto righteousness.” A faith which dwells exclusively in the intellect, and leaves the heart untouched and cold, is the dead faith which the apostle James describes.
Faith in Christ, is faith in the declarations of the Gospel concerning Christ; and it is faith in these as coming from God. It is the receiving of God’s testimony concerning his Son; and, in this view of it, we see the great sinfulness of unbelief; for he who believeth not, hath made God a liar. We see, also, how firm a foundation is laid for strong faith. The Gospel is the Word of God that cannot lie. Our senses may deceive us and the deductions of our reason may be false. Relying on these, we may err, in things pertaining to the present life; but, in laying hold on life eternal, we may believe the truth of God with unwavering confidence. His word cannot fail.
Faith in Christ is necessary to salvation. We may believe many things that God has said in his Holy Word, without believing in Christ; and we may believe many truths concerning Christ, without possessing that faith in him which has the promise of eternal life. True faith receives Christ entire, as he is presented in the Gospel. If any part of his character, of his offices, or of his doctrine, is unwelcome to the heart, true faith does not dwell there. A perfect knowledge of Christ is not necessary to true faith; otherwise true faith would be impossible; for the riches of Christ are unsearchable, and his love passeth knowledge. But the true believer delights in Christ, just so far as he has knowledge of him; and desires to know more of him, that he may be more filled with his love. The revelation made to the Old Testament saints was obscure; but, so far as they could see Christ, in the light which was afforded them, they rejoiced to see his day and were glad.
From the necessity of faith in Christ may be inferred the greatness of Christ’s character. When Jesus said, “If ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins,” he claimed an importance to which Isaiah or Paul could never have aspired. When the ministers of his religion taught, “There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved,” they ascribed to him an office of exceeding greatness. If we believe in Christ, according to the Scriptures, we fully justify all that he claimed for himself, and all that his apostles claimed for him; and we rejoice to render to him all honor and praise.
We may consider the question proposed to us; “Dost thou believe on the Son of God?” On the decision of this question our eternal all depends. As guilty sinners we are under condemnation, and the wrath of God abides on us. Among all the beings in the universe, no deliverer can be found, except Jesus Christ and there is no salvation possible, except by faith in him. It is, therefore, an inquiry of infinite importance whether we believe in him. The man, to whom the question was proposed by the Saviour, very pertinently asked in turn, “Who is he, that I might believe on him?” We are about to institute the inquiry, Who is he? While we search the Holy Scriptures, to find the answer, let us take heed to it that we believe in him with all our hearts. Let us rejoice to discover that he is mighty to save; and that he is, in every particular, just such a Saviour as we need. While we study his character and works, let us receive him into our hearts, and yield ourselves up to him, as bought with his blood, and seek to glorify him with our bodies and spirits, which are his.
 Acts xvi. 31. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.
John ix. 35. Dost thou believe on the Son of God? Who is he, that I might believe on him?
 Mark i. 15.
 Acts xx. 21.
 Mark xvi. 15, 16.
 Heb. xi. 6.
 John iii. 36.
 John iii. 18.
 2 Thess. ii. 10.
 Gal. v. 6.
 Rom. x. 10.
 James ii. 26.
 1 John v. 10.
 Eph. iii. 8.
 Eph. iii. 19.
 John viii. 56.
 John viii. 24.
 Acts iv. 12.
John L. Dagg- Manual of Theology
It is important to obtain a right understanding of the parabolical representation itself, since it supplies the basis of the spiritual instruction
Fourth, it is important to obtain a right understanding of the parabolical representation itself, since it supplies the basis of the spiritual instruction. Unless we understand the natural allusion, we cannot give a satisfactory exposition of the language in which it is set forth. Care has also to be taken that we do not extend the representation beyond the bounds in which it was intended to move. That representation becomes obvious when we concentrate upon the leading idea of the parable and allow its details to make that more distinct. A parable must not be broken into parts but looked at as a whole, though let it not be forgotten that every detail contributes to its central truth, there being no mere verbiage. Usually the context makes clear what is its purpose and purport. Thus the parable of the king taking account of his servants (Matthew 18:23) was in reply to Peter’s inquiry in verse 21; that of the rich fool in Luke 12 was occasioned by a spirit of covetousness on the part of one who desired to obtain a part of his brother’s inheritance. Those in Luke 15 grew out of what is related in its opening verses. Parables bear upon the more fundamental aspects of duty and deportment rather than on the minute details of either.
Arthur W. Pink-Interpretation of the Scriptures