Disclaimer: I do not endorse everything on all of the following websites. The following direct links are merely articles/quotes/songs that I found encouraging and thought might be to readers as well.
“All those that are justified, God vouchsafes, in and for His only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption, by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God, have His name put upon them, receive the spirit of adoption, have access to the throne of grace with boldness, are enabled to cry, Abba, Father, are pitied, protected, provided for, and chastened by Him as by a Father: yet never cast off, but sealed to the day of redemption; and inherit the promises, as heirs of everlasting salvation.”
– Westminster Confession, Chapter XII
I installed a free iPhone app called AudioBooks recently.
In the extensive list of books, I found a few gems. Here is one of them.
The recording is a LibriVox project.
Turn off your music and listen to The Mortification of Sin by John Owen. It is excellent.
If you prefer reading to listening, go here.
When God wants to drill a man
And thrill a man
And skill a man,
When God wants to mold a man
To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways!
How He ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects!
How he hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts him
Into trial shapes of clay which
Only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!
How He bends but never breaks
When his good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses
And with every purpose fuses him;
By every act induces him
To try His splendour out-
God knows what He’s about!
“The Christian life is the life of sons and daughters; it is not the life of slaves. It is freedom, not bondage. Of course, we are slaves of God, of Christ, and of one another. We belong to God, to Christ, to one another, and we love to serve those to whom we belong. But this kind of service is freedom. What the Christian life is not, is a bondage to the law, as if our salvation hung in the balance and depended on our meticulous and slavish obedience to the letter of the law. As it is, our salvation rests upon the finished work of Christ, on His sin-bearing, curse-bearing death, embraced by faith.”
– John Stott, The Message of Galatians
The Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra is an amazing project conducted among the poor of Venezuela. These young people have been offered a music education, and they have pursued excellence (as is evident in their recordings). Enjoy the following videos and look them up on YouTube* if you’re interested in seeing/hearing more.
*Browse YouTube with caution. While there is much of educational value on that site, there is also much that should be avoided.
My life is full of music.
Just in the last couple of days, I’ve grown fond of three performances—each in a different style. I want to share them with you.