God Behind The Curtains (Calvin)

Exceptionally clear quotation about Providence from Mr. John Calvin!!

The Reformed Reader

God is able to make grass grow without sun and rain. He is able to heal without the hand of a doctor. It is possible for him to keep his people nourished without food or drink. However, in his providence, God has chosen to use means and instruments to accomplish his purposes. Rain and sun help make the grass grow, doctors and medicine play a key part in people’s health, and food keeps us nourished.  These things are called “secondary causes.”  Like the Westminster Confession V.3 says, “God, in his ordinary providence, maketh use of means” (Is. 55:10-11). John Calvin stated this well:

When I spoke of the Providence of God being viewed with its mediums, my meaning was this: If anyone shall have assisted his fellow-man when sunk under an extremity of distress, the deliverance rendered by the hand of man is not a human, but a Divine deliverance. The…

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Verse for Today – 1 John 4:20-21 (click to read mini-blog)

Verse for Today

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”

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 Today’s verse is one of those gut-check verses that is hard to ignore.  You see the Scriptures are described as being “living and sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12) and in another place,  “All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable…” (II Timothy 3:16). 

Well, as were read a passage like I John 4:20-21, it reveals what’s in our hearts.  The Word of God is applied by the Spirit of God to the individuals who read and hear it.  Of course, for those who might…

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Why I’m Voting For Donald Trump

– if you generally identify with conservative policies, then this is CRUCIAL. Whoever is put in those positions will affect the future of our country even more than whoever serves the next four years as President. It’s possible that America would NEVER recover from a 7-2 Democratic majority. We NEED to keep Republicans in the Supreme Court who will uphold the Constitution.

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Grace given to minister: Drs. Richard & Cornel Venema

Dr. Richard Venema d. November 30, 2014 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the Death of His Saints. ” Good read.

Glenda Faye Mathes

It seems ironic that Dr. Cornel Venema has spent many years involved in academia and serves as a seminary president when a memory from his childhood he and his father share was that when he began his education, he hated school.

“I recall that when he started school,” says Dr. Richard Venema, “he evidently walked to his school the second day, but did not go in. Instead he walked home again.”

Cornel’s first days of formal education were while the family lived in New Zealand, and the first school he attended was in Dunedin.

“I hated it so much that at first I would often come walking home,” he explains, “only to be sent back to school with a scolding from ‘mum’ and a pack of chewing gum.” [A holdover in speech patterns from his youth in New Zealand is his continued British English reference to his mother.]

The childhood…

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#ProtestPP Rally — 10 October 2015

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Verse for Today – Ephesians 3:17b-19 (Click for mini-Blog)

Verse for Today – Ephesians 3:17b-19 (Click for mini-Blog).

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