August 2011

To The Women At My Church

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Dear Sisters in Christ, specifically those at HBC, my local church.

I write this letter after much consideration and prayer, to you my sisters in Christ, with the purpose primarily to thank you. Thank you for your care, consideration, grace, faithfulness and gentleness. But most of all, I would like to thank you for your modesty.

1 Timothy 2:9  likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire

I thank God that you have embraced this verse, that it is a part of your thinking, and that you take time and effort to obey it.

You see, we men, are lusters, this is usually our special sin. It is something we, as believers have to make all out war against, in the effort to obey God and be holy. And for many, including me, it is something of a near constant battle, especially when in public. But you, dear sisters, have made our church a sanctuary, a place where the war on lust does not need to be fought, a place of rest. And the reason for this is because of how you dress.

But when I am among you, I do not need to bounce my eyes because a skirt is too short, or look away while desperately humming a hymn because a top is too low cut.

I bless you and thank God for that, it is a real blessing.

Pray for us men, in our war on lust. You probably have no idea of what we have to go through, pray that we would keep strong. And I beg, please keep obeying 1 Tim 2:9. You can know that in doing so you get both the satisfaction in obeying God, and are also helping your brothers.

Sincerely and with much Christian love

your brother Gareth

Oh His Deep Deep Love

This is one of my favourite hymns ands as providence would have it, our opening hymn at tonight’s service. It reminds me of one of my favourite verses from one of my favourite chapters of the bible Romans 5.

Romans 5:8  but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

While we were still sinners, not once we had reformed ourselves, or had been good or otherwise had somehow earned God’s favour. NO, God demonstrating His great love for us, died for us sinners, taking away our sin and making us Holy, justified in His sight.

Praise God for that, and all that to say, that idea springs out of the song for me also, so please give it a listen.

Justification

Interesting definition I heard of this word tonight
Justification makes a person “Just as if they have never sinned”

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Another Great Grace Gem

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you” John 15:7
To abide in Christ, means to keep up a habit of constant close communion with Him–to be always . . leaning on Him,
  resting on Him,
  pouring out our hearts to Him, and
  using Him as our Fountain of life and strength–as our chief
Companion and best Friend!
To have Christ’s words abiding in us, is to keep His sayings and precepts continually before our memories and minds, and to make them the guide of our actions and the rule of our daily conduct and behavior.
JC Ryle
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Sin Is Against God

Sin is always primarily vertical rather than horizontal. The sin is against God primarily, rather than against man
Psalm 51:3 – 4  For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment.