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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Crime & Punishment...
 

In one day last week, two of my family were questioned by the police after neighbors called in complaining.  We happened upon our granddaughter and were visiting outside her little apartment when two police cars came in opposite directions as if to block her car parked in front. It seems one side of the street has new sideways parking lines, while her side didn't, and she had not parked at enough of a slant to suit them.  The policeman tore up her ticket with just a warning.  Oh my! 

Then the neighbors called the police on one of my daughters whose young children  had friends over playing in their backyard.  A grapefruit it seems was thrown over the fence.  Oh my!  It reminded us of a time when the police were called while she was babysitting our boys when they were preschoolers and a neighbor reported they had thrown a stick in their yard.  Oh my!  Should we be happy that no greater crimes need criminal investigation?  Aren't there any gang bangers to bust?

It is hard to believe people lead such lives as to find the time to be greatly perturbed over the littles, the little things in life, sticks, grapefruits, and crooked lines. When you walk around with eternity in your heart, the littles are not on the horizon; men's souls and their eternal destiny is.  It's all in one's perspective I guess.  Stick or grapefruit throwing little boys are not the problem in this world nor crooked parking problems.  "Put down that grapefruit and back away slowly."  Oh my!

 
Can you imagine if we brought back the stocks?
 

"Do Thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto Thee."  Judges10:15
 
"Peace of heart lies in perfect resignation to the will of God.  What you need is true simplicity, a certain calmness of spirit which comes from entire surrender to all that God wills, patience and toleration for your neighbor's faults, and a certain candor and childlike docility in acknowledging your faults.  The trouble you feel about so many things comes from your not accepting everything which may happen to you, with sufficient resignation to God." Francois De La Mothe Fenelon
Revival.
 
 
"And many of those who sleep in the dust of the ground will awake, these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.  And those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven, and those who lead the many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever."  Daniel 12:2-3

People get radical when their faith is suppressed.  Many, including some of my relatives, were persecuted and fled to the new country.  One relative on my father's side supported the colonists concerning taxation without representation in the Parliament which did not go over very well; he was ousted and had to do geographics.  Others were fined for not attending the Church of England until they lost their homes.  Captain John Harper of Alexandria, Virginia, my many greats-grandfather ago, was a Puritan and did not fight in the Revolutionary War but offered George Washington to use his ships to provide for the troops.  His son fought beside the General even in the crossing of the Delaware.  Yes, Americans have clung to their guns and their Bibles since our nation was just a twinkle in God's eye.  Unfortunately, persecution is on the horizon for practicing our biblical faith.  We must prepare and pray for revival. 

Notes in my Bible...

Revival is inevitable for
1.  those who are willing to get thoroughly right with God,
2.  people willing to enthrone Jesus as first love,
3.  persevere in prayer until the heavens open and God comes.

The door to Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia

After the Haberdy Island's only church closed in the British Isles, a brother and sister committed to  pray and did so for thirteen years.  Evan Roberts was getting ready to preach to one of the largest churches when he heard God say in his heart, "Go right now to preach..."  He left and asked a boy for directions.  "They can tell you," and sent him to these two siblings.  When he arrived, they simply said, "The table is set for three."  Revival came.

Pre-signs of Revival:
1.  Deep hunger for God in His people.
2.  A spirit of prayer.

Revival:
1.  Beginning of conviction and brokenness for sin.
2.  Overwhelming sense of the Holiness of God.
3.  Great joy over sins forgiven.
4.  Actual sense of presence of Jesus.

Enemies:
The greatest enemy comes from within the church with pride, division, and dissention.

 
The Washingtons, Lees, and  Harpers, my relatives, attended here at Christ Church.  Though Captain Harper and many others in the family are buried here, several of the family later changed churches in Alexandria because of differences of opinion in what collar the clergy should wear. Sad.
 



 
 
 
 
Window of church in Jamestown
 
Results of Revival: 
1. Scriptural knowledge.
2. Vital piety, holiness.
3.  Practical obedience.

"Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness..."
Daniel 9:24

 
We need to set the table for revival otherwise...
 
"And he will speak out against the Most High and wear down the saints of the Highest One..."
Daniel 7:25

Saturday, June 29, 2013




"Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore." Psalms16:11

George Washington built Mount Vernon on a hill overlooking the Potomac River.  If you sit on the expansive porch in one of the Windsor chairs there, even on a hot day the breeze coming up from the river is refreshing.  It was where he wanted to be, but spent most of his life away fighting and serving our country. 


"I can truly say I had rather be at Mount Vernon with a friend or two about me..."
George Washington, 1790
 


This is not George and Martha, but my husband's aunt and uncle: we could hardly keep up with them.
He is "retired," but has just finished a doctoral degree, and they devote their life to taking care of her unwell sister and their young autistic grandson Mason.  This darling little boy walks on his tip- toes because of his condition, but he reminded me of C.S. Lewis' "on tip-toe with joy..." Mason may break the mold of ordinary childhood, but he finds love and security in his grandparents' home.
 
"The world is so full of a number of things,
I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings."
Robert Louis Stevenson
 
They will never grow old as they eagerly grasp the immense store of good things that fills the world God created for us to enjoy.
I want to drink from their fountain of youth.
 
 
 George and Martha Washington had her children as well as grandchildren to raise.
 

"The art of life consists in taking each event which befalls us with a contented mind, confident of good.  This makes us grow younger as we grow older, for youth and joy come from the soul to the body more than from the body to the soul.  With this method and art, and temper of life, we live, though we may be dying.  We rejoice always, though in the midst of sorrows; and possess all thing, though destitute of everything."  James Freeman Clarke in "Joy & Strength."

This reminds me of another gentleman farmer who, along with his wife, took on four more children to raise after their own families were grown.  Bill Reed was a prince of a fellow, who enjoyed being on the river with a fishing pole in his hand and kids at his side.  He was an avid reader as well when he wasn't out in his orchards.  Now he has gone before to the River of Life and "pleasures for evermore."


 

 

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Pied Piper of Edgewater...

 
 Music is ageless since "the morning stars sang together,
and all the sons of  God shouted for joy..."
Proverbs 38:7
 

"Music to me is like breathing--I don't get tired of breathing, I don't get tired of music." 
Ray Charles
 
Music is taken into battle, as well as into the home.  It can be what unites lovers as well as believers in cathedrals or simple chapel buildings.   Babies are sung to as soon as they are cradled until their eyelids droop saturated with song.  It is elementary and exquisite. 
 
After watching the pageant of the Revolutionary War re-enactment and the reviewing of the troops by Lafayette with a band playing fife and drum, our hearts were pounding with every note and boom.
Of course we brought Hank home a tin flute as a souvenir.   He's been an avid flutaphone fan since third grade.  He played "Hot Cross Buns," to two year old Addie & Ezra: they enjoyed it so much they kept calling out, "Again!" until he was breathless in its repetitions.  Their eyes were saucers of wonder at the Pied Piper.  It wasn't appreciated by their father trying to nap in the next room, however.
    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




 
Another unexpected delight was meeting authors doing book signings at historic sights and being able to visit with them.  They have taken history and make it palatable for children.  One was a husband-wife team: she, the writer and he, the illustrator for "B is for Battle Cry."  Hank has stayed up late reading it, which makes it a great read since he is not known for his appetite for devouring literature.




Another author was a retired history professor from William and Mary College who is writing children's books on the Revolutionary War.  I read one of her books on the plane ride home and was quite taken by it no matter the curious glances I got reading a children's story.  I would have read more of her books if I had purchased them.  Many of her illustrations were photos of re-enactors in Williamsburg to explain life as it was then.  (I'm sorry, I passed the book on to my granddaughter, so I don't have it in front of me to tell you the author.)

"If we don't learn from history, we are bound to repeat it."  It is important to involve children in our country's history so that those heroes did not die in vain.  You can hardly go a mile in Virginia without seeing monuments or a sign describing the events that molded our nation into its greatness we enjoy.  But it was paid for in blood.  History is rated "R" for violence, yet it needs to be passed down generation to generation.  It is not just the job of teachers to instill this, but that of the parents who model interest in God and country.  "And Moses said to the people, 'Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt..."  Exodus 13:3.

 

 
Lafayette reviewing the troops in Williamsburg, PA.
This made us miss our boys knowing how much they would have enjoyed this.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

 
This is a sign close to the Capital Bldg. near the American Indian Museum.
 
I think I know what a lemming feels like. As I said earlier, rubbing shoulders on the plane and especially on the DC Metro was quite an experience, perfect strangers up close and personal.  I'm glad that I had upgraded my deodorant as I hung onto an overhead bar for dear life through the starts and stops and jerks with others, possibly very important DC people, in my armpit.  They appear to be too busy reading their phones to notice the  person right in their space or face.  We swayed together like monkeys in a zoo.  People squeezed in the door when there was no more room, tighter than sardines and just as smelly.  Workers who sweated out in the humid DC heat have to get a ride to go home alongside the suit & tie types who are fresh from the Capital building.  The strangest part was everyone totally ignored everyone else as if we were all imaginary people: it was like I found my new super power to be invisible.  There were no sounds except that of the squealing track or an occasional beep of electronics and a voice on the intercom.  People had lost their voices and certainly no eye contact was allowed on this Metro ride. I felt a naughty urge to burst out in song just to see their reactions.  When the doors opened, they flew out of there like homing pigeons. Occasionally a gentleman offered a lady a seat or gave up a handhold on a rail, enough to show that chivalry still lives, and we are after all still human, not zombies with iphones. 

Instead of being a lemming... 
"I am resolved no longer to linger, charmed by the world's delight;
Things that are higher, things that are nobler, These have allured my sight.
I am resolved to go to the Saviour, leaving my sin and strife.
He is the true One; He is the just One; He has the words of life.
I am resolved to follow the Saviour Faithful and true each day,
Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth, He is the living Way.
I am resolved to enter the Kingdom, leaving the paths of sin.
Friends may oppose me, foes may beset me, Still will I enter in.
I will hasten to Him, hasten so glad and free.
Jesus, Greatest, Highest,
I will come to Thee."
1849
 
The mass of humanity was on their way home. I couldn't help wonder, how many have the ambition to  reach the true destination their soul was created to desire, to be at home with the Lord.
Squeeze in.  We're on our way! There's always room for one more. 
 
And as always, electronics disliked me and would not let me pass through after we disembarked the Metro. Three machines at different gates ran my ticket through, but would not open for me as it had for others.  I thought for a minute, I was stuck there for eternity.   Al finally found a gate open for me, but it slapped me on the backside as I went through.  Ungracefully saved by grace.

 I imagine the children of Israel got a little sweaty as they massed together for the journey to the Promise Land.

Moses said, "I am not able to bear the burden of you alone. 
The Lord your God has multiplied you,
and behold, you are this day as the stars of the heavens for multitude."
Deuternonomy 1:9-10
 

 
Do you know what this is?  It is outside of Gadsbey's Tavern in Alexandria, VA. and probably used by George Washington.


It is a step down for climbing out of a carriage.

 
This is a picture from Williamsburg, VA., a little slower mode of transportation than the DC Met.
 
 
 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


The trip of a lifetime is over, but home is where our heart is.  We were treated like a king and queen by a loving Aunt Bee and Gentleman Jim, a gem.  They spend their golden years caring for a darling seven year old grandson whose life is severely afflicted with autism and her sister Beulah whose health is failing. This dear one was hospitalized while we were there: it was a time of saying good bye as she looks toward heaven to relieve her suffering in this world.  Looking around in the mind's eye, only one out of eleven siblings of that generation will be left; two out of six of my husband's sibling group have gone on to the other side.  While across the country on the east coast, a dear friend passed away back home. We weren't there to say our good-byes.

 Battlefields and war memorials are everywhere in Virginia. 
 
 
Gettysburg's battlefield itself is twenty-five square miles where American's slaughtered each other with more dead in the Civil War than all other of our nation's wars combined, where the rivers ran blood red.  Not far from where we slept in peace is the field where more died in one battle in one day than any other of the Civil War.

 
Standing in the World War Two Monument on the Capital Mall was humbling honoring my father and all of his brother's who served amongst all the rest.  My grandmother was the one to pass away never to see again her four sons who served: a mother who sent all four of her sons away to war, I can't imagine.  From the Iwo Jima Monument to the Vietnam War's Wall, every monument, every statue, every name was sobering.

 

We walked in Jamestown, to Monticello to Mount Vernon to our nation's capital building in the shadow of those who have gone before, giants of our land.  We come home to pray for Precious Baby Jack who, unless God intervenes, will soon pass from his parent's arms into God's. 
 
Life is fleeting.  Eternity is nearer than we think.  From hanging onto the overhead bars in a crush of humanity on the metro to silent seatmates on a plane pressed against each other shoulder to shoulder, each has a story.  Few share, but those who did, it was a groom eager to arrive for his wedding or others flying to attend a family funeral.  This trip was a poignant reminder to leave a footprint that leads to heaven, the last great adventure.

 
Gettysburg
 
 
Close kin
 
 
Stonewall Jackson at Manassas

Monday, June 17, 2013

More from the Salvation Army's magazine "War Cry"...

A book I want to read, "Falling in Love with God by Bob Hostetler as reviewed by the Salvation Army magazine "War Cry"..."Every human heart longs to love and be loved...Our souls--which integrate our minds, our will, our bodies and our relationships--desperately yearn to recapture the idyllic intimacy Adam and Eve enjoyed with God in the Garden of Eden...Hosea had been told by God to marry Gomer, a prostitute who betrayed him by bearing two children who were not his.  Through this story of extravagant mercy and grace, we experience the scandal of God's unconditional love for us.  For Hostetler, gratitude for God's faithfulness and remembering His good gifts are central to falling in love with God.  If our love of God is to be genuinely heart-felt, we need to accept our sinfulness, acknowledge His constant care and generosity and admit our insatiable need for the One we so often ignore and neglect."


Have you read this best selling story?  "By the time he carried out his horrific plan,,,(he) had not only committed adultery and exercised elaborate deception, but topped it off with the cold blooded murder of a trusted and innocent associate.  It is a sordid story of a very good man gone very, very bad.  And he thought he'd gotten away with it.  Sitting smugly on his throne and now married to the widow of the man he had murdered, his arrogance is shattered in a matter of minutes by the prophet Nathan."    (Major Allen Satterlee)  Yes, it is David and you can read about it in II Samuel 12.  In Psalm 51 we also read, "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean: wash me and I will be whiter than snow...Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit with me.



"A righteous man who walks in his integrity -- how blessed are his sons after him."  Proverbs 20:7



"It is not God's purpose to take us to heaven on flowery beds of ease
...keeping a lollipop in our mouths at all times..."
Samuel Logan Brengle

One of my treasures is an old black and white photo of my great grandfather with Commissioner Samuel Logan Brengle of the Salvation Army.  After Brengle went to their training in London, he returned home to street ministry in Boston.  One night he was struck on the head with a thrown brick and had to spend a year and a half recovering before he could return to his regular ministry.  While laid low, he began writing.  Rev. Brengle will be my guest post while I am on our 40th anniversary trip to the East Coast.  These are excerpts of Brengles as featured in the Salvation Army magazine, "War Cry."
 
 "Blessed are the pure in heart..."


Holiness:
What it is not and it is 
 
"God looks upon the purity of the heart,
the singleness of the eye
and the loyalty of our affection."
 
First of all, holiness is not necessarily a state in which thee is perpetual, rapturous joy.  Isaiah 54:3 tells us that Jesus was 'a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief...'  Joy is the normal state of the holy man, but it may be mingled with sorrow and grief and perplexities and heaviness on account of many temptations.  The low water mark, however, in the experience of a holy person is one of perfect peace...   Jesus and the disciples had to come down off the Mount of Transfiguration and go to casting out devils...

 
Holiness is not a state of freedom from temptation.  This is a world of trial, of conflict with principalities and powers, and terrible evil.  The holy soul who is in the forefront of the conflict may expect the fiercest assaults of the devil and the heaviest, most perplexing and prolonged temptations.
Our blessed Lord was Lord was tried and tempted for 40 days and 40 nights by the devil, and the servant must not be surprised if he is as his Master.  Paul tells us that Jesus was tempted at all points as we are, and that He is able to sympathize with us when we are tempted.  It is no sin to be tempted.
In fact, the Apostle James tells us to rejoice when we are subjected to all kinds of temptations, for the resulting trial of our faith will produce in us strength and force of holy character, so that we shall be lacking nothing. (James 1:2-4)

 
Holiness is not a state of freedom from weakness.  It does not produce a perfect head, but a perfect heart!  The saints have always been surrounded with weaknesses that have proved a source of great trial...the Lord said to him (Paul) 'My grace is sufficient for thee: for My strength is made perfect in weakness." (II Corinthians 12:9)   Then Paul cried out, 'Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me...for when I am weak, then am I strong.' (II Corinthians 12:9-10)  In the Epistle to the Hebrews 4:15, we are told that Jesus was 'touched  with the feeling our of infirmities.'  We may be faulty in memory, in judgment, in understanding; we may have many weaknesses of body and mind, but God looks upon the purity of the heart, the singleness of the eye and the loyalty of our affection, and if He does not find us faulty there, He counts us perfect men and women.  It is not in the mere natural perfection that the power and glory of God are manifested, but rather in goodness, purity, love, humility and longsuffering shining forth through weaknesses of the flesh and imperfections of mind.

 
Holiness is not a state of freedom from suffering.  The saints of all ages have been chosen 'in the furnace of affliction.' (Isaiah 48:10)  Job, Jeremiah, Daniel, Paul and the mighty army of martyrs have and shall always come up through great difficulty.  It is not God's purpose to take us to heaven on flowery beds of ease, clothe us in purple and fine linen and keep a lollipop in our mouths all the time.
That would not develop strength of character nor cultivate simplicity and purity of heart.  Nor in that case could we really know Jesus and the fellowship of His sufferings.  It is in the furnace of fire, the lion's den and the dungeon cell that He most freely reveals Himself to His people...the holy man is less liable to suffering than the sinner.  He does not run into the same excesses that the sinner does.  He is free from the pride, the temper, the jealousy, the soaring ambitions and selfishness that lunge so many sinners into terrible affliction and ruin...But while we may be afflicted we can comfort ourselves with David's assurance, 'Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivereth him out of them all (Psalm 34:19) 

 
Holiness is not a state in which there is no further development.  When the heart is purified it develops more rapidly than ever before.  Spiritual development comes through the revelation Jesus Christ in the heart, and the holy soul is in a condition to receive such revelations constantly.  And since the finite can never exhaust the infinite, these revelations will continue forever and prove an increasing and never ending source of development.  
 
Holiness is not a state from which we cannot fall.  Paul tells us that we stand by faith (romans 11:16-22), and he says, 'Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall' (I Corinthians 10:12).  It is an unscriptural and dangerous doctrine that there is any state of grace in this world from which we cannot fall.  It is only those who endure to the end who shall be saved.  While here, we are in the enemy's country and must watch and pray and examine ourselves daily, and keep ourselves in the love of God, lest we fall from His grace and shipwreck our faith.  But while we may fall, thank God holiness is a state from which we need not fall...We have our five senses and various bodily appetites, none of which are in themselves sinful, but each of which may become an avenue by which the holy soul may be solicited to evil.  Each must be regulated by the Word of God and dominated by the love of Jesus, if we wish to keep a holy heart, and 'stand perfect and complete in all the will of God' (Colossians 4:12)...Finally, holiness is a state of conformity to the divine nature.  God is love, and there is a sense in which a holy man can be said to be love...As the drop out of the ocean is like the ocean, not in its bigness,  but in its essence, so is the holy soul like God.  As the branch is like the vine, not in its self-sufficiency, but in its nature, its sap, fruitfulness, its beauty, so is he that is holy like God.  This unspeakable blessing is provided for us by our compassionate Heavenly Father through the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ , and is received through a complete renunciation of all sin, a total consecration to all the known will of God, persistent prayer and childlike faith."

 
"It is not a mere sentiment.  It is not a happy sensation that passes away in a night.  It is a baptism of love that brings every thought into captivity to the Lord Jesus (II Corinthians 10:5) that casts out all fear (I John 4:18); that burns up doubt and unbelief as fire burns flax; that makes one "meek and lowly in heart' (Matthew 1120); that makes one hate uncleanness, lying and deceit, a flattering tongue and every evil way with  perfect hatred that makes Heaven and hell eternal realities; that makes one patient and gentle with the disobedient and sinful; that makes one pure...peaceable...open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere (James 3:17); that brings one into perfect and unbroken sympathy with the Lord Jesus Christ..."  
 
"...absolute perfection...God alone is absolutely perfect in all His attributes and to such perfection we can never hope to attain...There is, however, a perfection, which we are given to understand God requires in us.  It is a perfection not of head but of heart; not of knowledge, but of goodness, of humility, of love, of faith.  Such perfection God desires us to have, and such a perfection we may have.  It is that state of heart, and life which consists in being and doing all the time -- not by fits and starts, but steadily--just what God wants us to be and do."

"He gave me such a blessing as I never had dreamed a man could have this side of Heaven.  It was a heaven of love that came into my heart...Oh, how I loved!  In that hour I knew Jesus and I loved Him till it seemed my heart would break with love.  I loved the sparrows, I loved the dogs, I loved the horses.  I loved the little urchins on the streets, I loved the strangers who hurried past me, I loved the heathen--I loved the whole world."  Brengle's testimony

 
"First be sure your sins are forgiven.  If you have wronged anybody, undo the wrong so far as you can.  Submit to God, confess your sins, then trust Jesus, and as sure as you live all your sins shall be forgiven, and He will blot out all your transgressions as a thick cloud, and remember them no more (Jeremiah 31:34).
 
Second, now that your are forgiven, come to Him with your will, your affections, your very self, and ask Him to cleanse you from every evil desire, from every selfish wish, from every secret doubt, and to come and dwell in your heart and keep you pure, and use you for His own glory.  Then struggle no more but walk  in the light He gives you, and patiently, expectantly trust Him to answer your prayer, and as sure as you live you shall soon 'be filled with all the fullness of God' (Ephesians 3:19).
 
Just at this point, do not become impatient and yield to secret dubs and fears.  God will come to you!  He will!  And when He comes, He will satisfy the uttermost longings of your heart."
 
"Take Time To Be Holy 365 Daily Inspirations To Bring You Closer to God," by  Samuel Logan Brengle, Tyndale House and Salvation Army coming out in October.
 
 


I will have a guest post by Noah Webster, an important man in American history. Born in 1758, he went to Yale at 16 but left twice to fight in the Revolutionary War.  One of his life's work was the Webster's Dictionary of 70,000 words.  He learned 20 languages so as to get to the root of each word in its original language.  Then he published an updated King James Bible.  He believed in the inerrancy of God's Word, but updated ancient words with more modern meanings such as the King James English "kine" with "cow or cattle."  The selections are from a private letter later made public.  I believe it is an answer to a question of evangelicalism vs moralism. 

 


 
 
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"Intelligent creatures must give to Him first place in their hearts, 'that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom;' (Psalm 111:19, Prov. 9:10)  While God makes His own glory the chief object of this world and government, He has made holiness or conformity to His image, the condition on which His rational creatures are to enjoy supreme happiness.  The connection between holiness and future felicity is inseparable.  The happiness of a future life is represented as consisting in the enjoyment of God's favor and Presence...How can a soul be delighted with the favor of God in heaven, which has never loved Him supremely on earth?  Is the heart to be changed after death? 

...But the natural heart is enmity (hatred) against God and if such moral man dies without a change in the affections of his heart, what qualification will he possess for that in heaven whose employment consists in loving and praising God?  How will he relish the joys of pure and holy spirits?`  It is impossible...An unholy being cannot be happy in the immediate presence of a Holy God...Hence it appears that regeneration (born again) and holiness of heart are in the very nature and fitness of things necessary to the enjoyment of Heaven...



We are placed on this earth in a state of trial and probation, furnished with intellectual powers to learn the character of God and our duty; with the Word of God to direct us and a free will to accept or reject the offer of salvation.  To complete the means of salvation a Mediator has been provided to make an offering of Himself for our sins and satisfy the law that we have violated and we ourselves are certainly unable to satisfy.  In this state, the seeds of holiness are to be planted in our heart and are destined to grow and ripen into a full harvest of felicity in the future life. Holiness, in this life is the germ of Heaven.  But, holiness in a Scriptural sense, and indeed in any sense is a distinct thing from a principle of morality, or good works, respect of fellow men; holiness respects God... (HOLINESS) IS THE STATE OF THE HEART WHICH PROCEEDS FROM SUPREME LOVE FOR GOD AND FAITH IN CHRIST, AND ENTIRE SUBMISSION TO THE DIVINE COMMANDS.  WITHOUT THIS HOLINESS, THE BIBLE INFORMS US, NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD.  (My emphasis with caps)

...If the heart...in its natural state is not qualified to be an inhabitant of heaven, and must be renovated, how is the change to be effected?  The Scriptures everywhere represent the change of affections in the heart as a new birth or creation; and if such is the change, who but God is to be the Creator?

REGENERATION CONSISTS IN AN ENTIRE CHANGE OF AFFECTIONS.  The natural man's affections are placed on temporal enjoyments and objects of this life...The affections of the regenerate heart are placed on God, as the first and noblest object of love... IT LOOKS TO GOD AS THE AUTHOR OF ALL GOOD; TREMBLES AT THE THOUGHT OF OFFENDING HIM; SUBMITS CORDIALLY TO HIS COMMANDS...AND REPOSES (RESTS) WITH DELIGHT AND UNSHAKEN CONFIDENCE ON HIS  PROMISES.




"The Gospel...elevates the soul to God, the Fountain of light, life, and blessings.  They subdue the natural pride of the heart, control the passions, and change the affections.  They infuse a principle of supreme love to God and create a faith in Christ which tranquilizes the soul, dispels gloomy anxieties of skepticism, alleviates the cares , enlivens the joys of life; to crown all, reposes, with delightful confidence upon the Almighty Arm of a Redeemer for salvation." Noah Webster
 


"It is with heart-felt regret that I see a large portion of the world so inattentive to religion, men often live for many years, gazing upon the stupendous fabric of the universe without a sentiment of piety and wanders among the charming beauties of the earth, where the power, the wisdom and the beneficence of the Creator are displayed in every flower, and every leaf, with as little admiration and gratitude as the beasts that graze on the field." Noah Webster



Please don't eat the grass: it's showing off the glory of creation!

 
"Two conflicting forces cannot exist in our human heart.
When doubt reigns, faith cannot abide.
Where hatred riles, love is crowded out.
Where selfishness rules, there love cannot dwell.
When worry is present, truth cannot crowd in."
Billy Graham