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Advent is one of my favorite seasons of the Christian calendar. Why is that? It is he season where the songs on the radio, the house, and the church, whether consciously or not, declare the kingship and lordship of Jesus the Christ. It is a season that should break the Church from her chains of pessimism and defeatism, and propel her into great confidence in her calling. For instance look closely to the words of “Joy to the World:”

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Joy because as surely as our king was born that Christmas morning, he surely reigns now, while submitting his enemies under his feet (1 Corinthians 15:27). And this reign is expansive.  His “blessings flow far as the curse is found” (that is everywhere), and “He rules the world.”  There is no room for pessimism. Our King reigns on high, let the whole earth rejoice!

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How Do You Deal with Adversity?

In commenting on Psalm 4, John Calvin writes:

“He (David), therefore, teaches us by his example, that as often as we are weighed down by adversity, or involved in very great distress, we ought to meditate upon the promises of God, in which the hope of salvation is held forth to us, so that defending ourselves by this shield, we may break through all the temptations which assail us.”

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 Monday Isaiah 2:1-5
Tuesday Psalm 122:1-2
Wednesday Psalm 122:3-5
Thursday Psalm 122:6-9
Friday Romans 13:11-14
Saturday Matthew 24:36-44
Sunday First Sunday of Advent

readings from At Home with the Word, for full list click link.

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I usually don’t comment much about politics in this blog, but I listened to something quite interesting yesterday that I think makes for a good post. I used to be a regular Sean Hannity listener, but due to changing schedules and different obligations that tend to fill that time, my time in the car is more limited, at least during that time slot. But yesterday I had the opportunity to listen for a few minutes while on my way to pick up my wife. I found it interesting that Mr. Hannity was attempting to legitimize the practice of flip-flopping in the political arena. Of course, this is due to the fact that the majority of the Republican candidates, with one or two exceptions, has been changing positions and talking out of every side of their mouth. And his only apologetic for these men running for president in 2008 was that at least they haven’t flipped and flopped as much as Hillary Clinton.

Is that the measuring stick that we are going to have to use in the upcoming election? Are these really people we want leading our nation? Do we want people who only have a position for political gain, and then will flippantly change with the crowd? Don’t we want someone who is strong on principle, standing strong on the values of the founding of this nation? When did this behavior suddenly become legitimate? I am truly grieved.

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In commenting on Psalm 3:2 John Calvin writes:

“David thus teaches us by his own example, that although the whole word, with one voice, should attempt to drive us to despair, instead of listening to it, we ought rather to give ear to God alone, and always cherish within us the hope of the salvation which he hath promised; and as the ungodly use their endeavours to destroy our souls, we ought to defend them by our prayers.”

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We Really Are the Same Aren’t We?

John Calvin, writing in the 16th century, makes an observation concerning Christians that certainly holds water today:

“Nay, we see many who make a Christian profession, that they may live in greater gaiety and with less restraint.  Some through the expectation of gain, others through fear, and others for the sake of those whom they wish to please, profess to be the disciples of Christ” (Commenting on John 6:26).

Truly, many things have changed since the 16th century, but the heart of the man remains the same.

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We will be having a Thanksgiving Eve Service this Weds., the 21st, @ 7:30 pm. If there is anyone who has stumbled upon this site and lives near Clifton, NJ, we would be delighted if you came to worship the Lord with us.

The sermon will be from John 6:25-35.

Click here for directions.

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