I’m off to a terribly late start today; but it’s raining like crazy, it’s cold, and who even noticed?
I love this hymn–The Son of God Goes Forth to War, performed by Joe Stout. We are in a war of worlds today, and we had better wake up to that truth. Christ vs. Satan, world of life vs. world of death. And there’s no neutrality allowed.
Time for a sanity break–Dany Rosevear with a children’s song, Flippity-flop.
Now, why would I post a thing like this?
Because it’s harmless! Benign! Soothing! Not like the nooze.
Yes, we need to know what we’re up against; and we need to be angrier about it, too. They’re out there censoring us to kingdom come, wrecking our culture, exalting wickedness, etc., etc.
But you can’t be angry all the time. It’s not good for you.
I like to think that when you visit this little blog, you’ll find a lot more here than nooze. And it’s wonderful that we can share good and harmless things. (We have another hymn coming up, after I write Joe Collidge–who is neither harmless nor benign.) Those things remind us: God is nigh, He has not forgotten us. He challenges us, through Isaiah 50:1, “Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away? or which of my creditors is it to whom I have sold you?” He has not done either of those things! But, “Behold, for your iniquities have ye sold yourselves, and for your transgressions is your mother put away.”
The messes we’re in, we’ve created ourselves. It’s why the Father had to send the Son to earth to save us.
And meanwhile, He has given us many signs that He is still here–never farther than a prayer away.
In this Easter essay by Mark Rushdoony, “The Hope of the Believer,” we find encouragement that comes from God’s word. We need all the encouragement we can get, as we witness “the self-destructive paths our culture is currently pursuing.” Thankfully, he Lord never runs out of it.
We need to study Christ’s Resurrection not as just a historical event that’s over and done with, Mark writes, but as having urgent relevance to our lives now and in the future; because “our Lord is now at work, as He has been, and that ‘the gates of hell’ will not prevail against Him or His Kingdom.”
This is another thing I like to post every Easter: Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, in The Greatest Story Ever Told. The emotional impact of this scene speaks for itself.
Why did Jesus do miraculous works? So that they would be a witness to whom and what He is. We have the Scriptures, we have the works, we have eyewitness testimony, and we have the Holy Spirit: Jesus is the Son of God, the Savior.
And here is where the Bible parts company with pious pagan fictions: John 11: 39:
Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
This kind of realism would not enter fiction for centuries yet to come.
Imagine deepest sorrow turned to highest joy–can you? Imagine the worst wrong you ever saw, suddenly put right. Can you? Have you ever seen something that really was too good to be true, impossibly good–and yet there it was, before your eyes?
The Bible tells us Mary followed Jesus, as a disciple, after he cast seven devils out of her: so she already knew a thing or two about horror, pain, and misery.
As we enter the weekend set aside to celebrate Jesus Christ, His atoning death on the cross and then His resurrection, we might want to spare a prayer for the spiritually impoverished. They may be rich and famous, basking in the glow of fawning publicity: but they are poorer than a beggar. Like, for instance, world-renowned Scientist, Stephen Hawking.
His argument goes: we humans are bad, bad, bad and that’s our nature–we’re with you there, dude; only we call it Original Sin–so what we must have, if we’re to survive, is an all-powerful world government to rein us in.
Uh-huh. And who’s gonna be in the world government? More of them bad, bad humans! Only now they’ll be in a state of perpetual temptation by unrestrained power over others. Or as our country’s founders put it, the bigger the government, the bigger its abuses.
If there was ever a time we needed to stand up for Jesus, that time is now. Stand up for Him, and He will stand up for us. As the hymn says, truly, “the arm of flesh will fail us.” But Christ will not.
Sung by the students from Fountainview Academy on their European tour.
Remember this? Noozies got all bent out of shape because a Harlem church congregation didn’t go for heresy in the pulpit. Yeahbut, yeahbut! I was Democrat preaching! Don’t these miserable peasants know that’s better than the Bible?