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“What God did when He sent His Son into the world is an absolute guarantee that He will do everything He has promised to do.”

~Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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A tender shoot has started
up from a root of grace,
as ancient seers imparted
from Jesse’s holy race;
It blooms without a blight,
blooms in the cold bleak winter
turning our darkness into light.

This shoot, Isaiah taught us,
from Jesse’s root should spring;
the Vrigin Mary brought us
the branch of which we sing:
our God of endless might
gave her this child to save us,
thus turning darkness into light.

~Otto Goldschmidt (1829-1907)

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The trumpet child will blow his horn
Will blast the sky till it’s reborn
With Gabriel’s power and Satchmo’s grace
He will surprise the human race

The trumpet he will use to blow
Is being fashioned out of fire
The mouthpiece is a glowing coal
The bell a burst of wild desire

The trumpet child will riff on love
Thelonious notes from up above
He’ll improvise a kingdom come
Accompanied by a different drum

The trumpet child will banquet here
Until the lost are truly found
A thousand days, a thousand years
Nobody knows for sure how long

The rich forget about their gold
The meek and mild are strangely bold
A lion lies beside a lamb
And licks a murderer’s outstretched hand

The trumpet child will lift a glass
His bride now leaning in at last
His final aim to fill with joy
The earth that man all but destroyed

~Linford Detweiler“The Trumpet Child”from the album The Trumpet Child by Over the Rhine.

HT Of First Importance

“If God had perceived that our greatest need was economic, he would have sent a economist. If he had perceived that our greatest need was entertainment, he would have send us a comedian or an artist. If God had perceived that our greatest need was political stability, he would have sent us a politician. If he had perceived that our greatest need was health, he would have sent us a doctor. But he perceived that our greatest need involved our sin, our alienation from him, our profound rebellion, our death; and he sent us a Savior.”

~D. A. Carson, A Call To Spiritual Reformation, p.109

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. (James 1:17-18)

Our God is the giver of every good gift. Today as a delicious meal will be put before us we get to enjoy His goodness to us: The goodness of every scrumptious bite. And then we get to reflect on the overabundant amount of good gifts He has brought into our lives time and time again. Yet, all these good gifts, the turkey smoothed in gravy all the way to the loving spouse, finds their foundation and culmination in the greatest gift ever given: entrance into the new creation!

Every good gift here is tainted by fallenness. But our gracious heavenly Father sent His Son into the world to restore what was broken. He came to redeem us when we stood against Him. This salvation is extending and will extent to every corner of the universe when the new heavens and the new earth are initiated. We, believers, are first fruits of this new creation. The beginning of the crop and the promise that there is more to come. God’s restoration of this world has begun with us by the new birth of the Spirit.  And when it is finalized we will spend eternity being shown the immeasurable riches of His grace (Eph 2:7).

So let us give thanks to our God! The Father who redeemed us by the Son and seals us with the Spirit. Now he presently bless us with good gift after good gift. Today is time to reflect and give thanks for those good gifts He gives. Then after today we will experience more and more because there are only more good gifts to experience from Him!

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1. The love of Christ is rich and free;
Fixed on His own eternally;
Nor earth, nor hell, can it remove;
Long as He lives, His own He’ll love.

2. His loving heart engaged to be
Their everlasting Surety;
’Twas love that took their cause in hand,
And love maintains it to the end.

Chorus: Love cannot from its post withdraw;
Nor death, nor hell, nor sin, nor law,
Can turn the Surety’s heart away;
He’ll love His own to endless day.

3. Love has redeemed His sheep with blood;
And love will bring them safe to God;
Love calls them all from death to life;
And love will finish all their strife.

4. He loves through every changing scene,
Nor aught from Him can Zion wean;
Not all the wanderings of her heart
Can make His love for her depart.

Chorus: Love cannot from its post withdraw;
Nor death, nor hell, nor sin, nor law,
Can turn the Surety’s heart away;
He’ll love His own to endless day.

5. At death, beyond the grave, He’ll love;
In endless bliss, His own shall prove
The blazing glory of that love
Which never could from them remove.

Tag: Which never could from them remove.

Words: William Gadsby, Music: Sandra McCracken. On For All the Saints

Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. (Psalm 36:5)

The Lord’s faithfulness to His children extends all the way up to the clouds.  The faithfulness of God is extensive beyond our reach. No matter how hard our fallen flesh makes us fall. No matter how many times we do not act like the children of light which we are. We can never get to a point where we are outside the faithfulness of our God! Our faithfulness may to only seem to extend 3 minutes after we get out of bed. But His faithfulness extends beyond our unfaithfulness! It extends beyond the clouds.

He is always with us, being faithful to bring about His promises. The Father promised His Son a bride as a gift (John 6:37). The Son came down to purchase that gift at the expense of His own blood (Acts 20:28). After the Son rose again and ascended to the right hand of God, the Spirit came into each believer’s heart as a seal that salvation is done and as a promise that we will attain the inheritance ( Eph. 1:14). The promise had been made before the foundation of the world and is being worked out in our midst. It is being fulfilled in each believer’s life. And He is faithful to fulfill this promise. He is always modeling us into the image of Christ. He is always working to provide for our true needs. We are always fully encompassed by His faithfulness.

We have no need to pray that He would be more faithful. We will never get to a point where we move beyond His faithfulness. The end of His faithfulness is beyond our attainment. All that is left for us is to grow in the realization of how faithful our Lord is to us. Let us grow in that knowledge!

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