Isaiah 51:5 "My righteousness is near; My salvation has gone out, and My arms shall judge peoples;
the coastlands shall wait on Me, and on My arm they shall trust."
In seasons of severe trial, the Christian has nothing on earth that he can trust to, and is therefore compelled
to cast himself on his God alone. When his vessel is on its beam-ends, and no human deliverance can avail,
he must simply and entirely trust himself to the providence and care of God. Happy storm that wrecks a man
on such a rock as this! O blessed hurricane that drives the soul to God and God alone! There is no get-
ting at our God sometimes because of the multitude of our friends; but when a man is so poor, so friendless,
so helpless that he has nowhere else to turn, he flies into his Father's arms, and is blessedly clasped therein!
When he is burdened with troubles so pressing and so peculiar, that he cannot tell them to any but his God,
he may be thankful for them; for he will learn more of his Lord then than at any other time. Oh, tempest-tossed
believer, it is a happy trouble that drives thee to thy Father! Now that thou hast only thy God to trust to,
see that thou puttest thy full confidence in him. Dishonour not thy Lord and Master by unworthy doubts and fears;
but be strong in faith, giving glory to God. Show the world that thy God is worth ten thousand worlds to thee.
Show rich men how rich thou art in thy poverty when the Lord God is thy helper. Show the strong man how strong
thou art in thy weakness when underneath thee are the everlasting arms. Now is the time for feats of faith and
valiant exploits. Be strong and very courageous, and the Lord thy God shall certainly, as surely as he built the
heavens and the earth, glorify himself in thy weakness, and magnify his might in the midst of thy distress.
The grandeur of the arch of heaven would be spoiled if the sky were supported by a single visible column, and
your faith would lose its glory if it rested on anything discernible by the carnal eye. May the Holy Spirit give you
to rest in Jesus this closing day of the month.
(This is August 31 reading of Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening.)
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Friday, September 16, 2005
(from a message aired in August, 2005 on Grace to You)
We live in a society unlike any in the past, a world of electronic media, a world of mass communication, a world of overexposure to relentless visual images and enhancements. We see everything and we see it constantly. In fact, we’re not isolated from anything that happens anywhere in the world. Every catastrophe, every calamity, every cataclysm, every disaster, every tragedy everywhere eventually comes to us through the media and we vicariously experience all the pain and sorrow and suffering and death, whether it’s earthquakes in Mexico, or Japan, or Indonesia, or whether it’s famine in Africa or volcanic eruptions on various islands of the sea, or whether it’s horrific hurricanes in Asia or in Florida, whether it’s plagues in India, avalanches in Europe, wars in Iraq, whether it’s genocide, whether it’s suicidal terrorists in Israel or New York City or Washington D.C. or in a Russian school, whether it’s a plane crash, a train disaster, the sinking of ferry boat in a choppy sea in the English Channel, whatever it is, we are not isolated from these disasters, natural disasters, massacres, terrible crimes, calamitous events, despotic rulers who slaughter their people, images of war, gruesome killings with body parts lying all around, the killing of unborn children by abortion, gang murders of innocent children walking along the street or playing in their yard is a way the gang member gains credibility in his organization, whatever it is, we get it all. We cannot escape the information about catastrophic car wrecks that kill people. We see them replay it again and again on the nightly news, or house fires that burn up entire families.
Read the rest of the sermon here.
Monday, September 05, 2005
Watching both FOX and NBC after President Bush had been inspecting the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, I was shocked at how the nets and even some newspapers were trying to blame the Bush Administration for the slowness of help reaching these damaged cities. Obviously, Brian Williams and his news team do not know the laws nor do they know the past history of New Orleans, the city built in a bathtub of a swamp. This is a city where the dead, for centuries, have had to be buried in above-ground structures because the water is so close to the surface of this sinking city. If coffins are put in the ground, they will rise to the surface as the underground water pushes them up. I have been to these cemeteries personally to witness this.
For decades, New Orleans has been told that the city is sinking and that the old levees have to be rebuilt and modernized in order to keep the city from being flooded. Local officials have never done this nor have pleas to Congress for federal help been heeded. Congress has simply never seen fit to do this fully, whether controlled by Democrats or Republicans.
“Why did it take five days for Bush to help” has been the mantra voiced constantly by all the “Talking Heads” on TV. Here are the reasons.
Read the rest of the article here at "Why Hurricane Katrina Made Me Switch from NBC to FOXNews."
Friday, September 02, 2005
On his 89th birthday (August 31) NPR Senior News Analyst, Daniel Schorr, observed that President Bush had “staked out a non-position” on the debate between evolution and intelligent design. Bush had said that “both sides ought to be properly taught in the schools of America.” Then, with manifest scorn, Schorr linked the devastation of Hurricane Katrina with the concept of intelligent design: “[Bush] might well have reflected that, if this was the result of intelligent design, then the designer has something to answer for.”
No, Mr. Schorr, you have something to answer for, not God. God answers to no man. Come, Daniel Schorr, take your place with Job and answer your Maker: “The Lord answered Job [and Daniel Schorr] out of the whirlwind and said: ‘Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. . . . Who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, and said, “Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed”?’” (Job 38:1-3, 8-11).
Read the rest of the article here
I could not help but notice how some have gone so far as the blame President Bush and his environmental policies for Hurricane Katrina. People want to remove God from power and existence yet want a higher power to blame . . .