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Who are you?


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Photo thanks to Marco Bellucci http://bit.ly/xtJY0V

Recently a friend posed the question of what defines us, and I was reminded of one of my favourite descriptions. Please meditate and enjoy.

The Happy Man

The happy man was born in the city of Regeneration in the parish of Repentance unto life. He was educated in the school of Obedience. He has a large estate in the county of Christian Contentment, and many times does jobs of Self-denial, wears the garment of Humility, and has another suit to put on when he goes to Court, called the Robe of Christ’s righteousness.

He often walks in the valley of Self-Abasement, and sometimes climbs the mountains of Heavenly-mindedness. He breakfasts every morning on Spiritual Prayer, and sups every evening on the same. He has meat to eat that the world knows not of, and his drink is the sincere milk of the Word of God. Thus happy he lives, and happy he dies.

Happy is he who has Gospel submission in his will, due order in his affections, sound peace in his conscience, real Divinity in his breast, the Redeemer’s yoke upon his neck, a vain world under his feet, and a crown of glory over his head.

Happy is the life of that man who believes firmly, prays fervently, walks patiently, works abundantly, lives holy, dies daily, watches his heart, guides his senses, redeems his time, loves Christ, and longs for glory. He is necessitated to take the world on his way to heaven, but walks through it as fast as he can, and all his business by the way is to make himself and others happy.

Take him all in all, in two words, he is a Man and a Christian.

From Lachlan Mackenzie, “The Happy Man”, Banner of Truth. (Thanks to this site for the text.)

Who am I, or whose am I? It is a priveledge to answer this question with joy.

 
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Posted by on Friday, April 13, 2012 in devotional, encouragement

 

the castle

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“I’d rather be in the darkness of Blackness than in the blackness of darkness.”

A distinctive and distinguished quote attributed to one of the covenanters. I believe it was contained in a letter written by one of them while imprisoned in Blackness castle.

Despite the pleasant-sky of this particular photograph, it was a gruesome place to be imprisoned. Sticking out into the Forth as it does, the wind is noteworthy even on a moderately pleasant day. I don’t even want to imagine what it would be like in winter.

And that is without knowing for definite if they were in the lower prison, where the tide came in twice a day to flood the place. Scary.

Any more detailed or accurate story-telling would be much appreciated. 🙂

Ps: yep, forgot to post this way back!!

Pps: I’m travelling right now, so probably not doing a real post, hence a suitable opportunity to slip this in.  (I’m even to be in the UK, to make it more “authentic”.)

 
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Posted by on Friday, July 23, 2010 in devotional

 

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Tackling superficial Christianity

Edit: Sorry, this video seems to have been taken down and I haven’t been able to locate an alternative upload to embed the player, however the link below should take you there.

Youth Message

Annoyingly, the end seems cut off, but still plenty of food for thought… (No longer relevant with the new link)

 
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Posted by on Monday, June 30, 2008 in devotional

 

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proof of love

While everyone is busy enjoying gifts (me included!), it is uplifting to think of one of the most precious gifts we can give to people we love: forgiveness.

To forgive a friend for something they’ve done wrong is quite special. It is easy to love someone who helps you; it is harder to love when someone has hurt you.

The quote my dear wee sis supplied encapsulates a similar idea quite well:

Loyalty is rare. It can only be proven under test.
Alfred Armand Montapert

The test of loyalty is how ready we are to forgive the wrongs, and continue to trust.

Sometimes I find the hardest part of forgiveness is being able to forgive without neccessarily acquiescing with something done wrong. e.g. swearing is offensive to me, but my ‘forgiveness’ is often invisible when people are so oblivious of it nowadays.

Not that forgiveness needs to be seen in order to matter, but silence can be taken as a lack of complaint, or worse, a license to continue the offence. And then, positive criticism is hard to give. Not that that would justify us in holding grudges instead of forgiving, but it can be a tricky balance to keep right!

But so very worth getting right 😀 There’s little as precious as friends you can rely on, even when you make mistakes. “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. ” [Ephesians 4:32]

Then, lest we should lose sight of the most miraculous forgiveness of all: God offering to forgive us for *everything* we do wrong:

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [1 John 1:9]

Finally, a little ponderment:

Can we ever truly forgive someone who we do not first love?

 
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Posted by on Wednesday, December 26, 2007 in devotional

 

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Loving like Peter

While reading recently, my Mum came across this paragraph which she couldn’t resist reading to me. And then I thought it was neat enough to email on to a friend, and then I read the whole article and thought it was all pretty good.

So I just thought I’d volunteer a recommendation for it: [Here, speaking of Simon Peter, and his sin.]

How did the Lord graciously reinstate this apostle? That he does so is a marvel of grace that a man who ignored the warnings and failed to watch and pray, who denied his Lord with such vehemence, should be restored and reemployed with a new commission. We all know the question that Jesus raised with Peter. “Simon, son of Jonas, do you love me?” It was not, “Peter, did you know what you did? Peter, are you sorry for what you did? Peter, are there more tears you can squeeze out of that stony heart of yours? Peter, do you know how much you’ve hurt me after I’d been so good to you? Peter, will you promise you’ll never deny me again?” No, it was none of those questions because any one of them would have plunged fragile Peter into another bout of bitter weeping. Who knows if we have repented enough, wept enough, have enough faith never to fall into that sin again?

 
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Posted by on Tuesday, August 7, 2007 in devotional

 

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The secret of true happiness.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. [Matthew 6:19-21]

Why, why, why do I *ever* let myself forget this.

 
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Posted by on Wednesday, August 1, 2007 in devotional

 

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Nothing in the world more potent than love.

While visiting some friends, one came out with this astonishing and thought-provoking statement:

“There is nothing in the world more potent than love.”

Astonishing because it is a simple, easy-to-understand statement and yet it is so mind-staggeringly insightful.

I like it. In fact, I could say it again, but if you haven’t yet appreciated it, you’d proly just skim over it anyways.

*encourages pondering moment*

To me this makes me think of God. God is love.

I wish I was able to be like God, and love everyone properly and rightly. Ok, I do try to love my friends, even though I mess up sometimes.

But then who doesn’t love their friends!?  I’d like to be able not just to love my friends, but love my enemies too. Forgiving people when they hurt me; being kind and generous even when I am not thanked.

*wishes she could be good at these people-things*

 
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Posted by on Wednesday, June 27, 2007 in devotional

 

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