Peace

“There is no peace like the peace of those whose minds are possessed with full assurance that they have known God, and God has known them, and that this relationship guarantees God’s favor to them in life, through death and on for ever.”

— J.I. Packer

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Weakness

“God uses chronic pain and weakness, along with other afflictions, as his chisel for sculpting our lives. Felt weakness deepens dependence on Christ for strength each day. The weaker we feel, the harder we lean. And the harder we lean, the stronger we grow spiritually, even while our bodies waste away. To live with your ‘thorn’ uncomplainingly—that is, sweet, patient, and free in heart to love and help others, even though every day you feel weak—is true sanctification. It is true healing for the spirit. It is a supreme victory of grace.”

— J.I. Packer

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Afflictions

“We must not willingly seek or select afflictions, but we must accept those which God sees fit to visit upon us, for he knows which are suitable and salutary for us and how many and how heavy they should be.”

— Martin Luther

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Injustice

“If ever a person had room to complain of injustice, it was Jesus. He was the only innocent man ever to be punished by God. If we stagger at the wrath of God, let us stagger at the cross.”

— R.C. Sproul

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Adults

Some of my favorite music today was written for adults in the Thirties through the Sixties (Ray Conniff, Henry Mancini, Herb Alpert, Ennio Morricone, Sinatra, Glenn Miller, various film scores, etc.), plus some classic pop and rock and classical compositions.

Serious question: Is music today still being written for adults? It seems to me that most of the new stuff (aside from classical) is for young people, and that mature adults pretty much just listen to the music they enjoyed when they were growing up.

If this observation is largely true, why? And if it isn’t, where can I go to hear some good music written for adults? I must admit, most of what I have heard of recent vintage (sacred or secular) is not aimed at me and has left me cold.

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Boycott

#BoycottBeijing2022

Pass it on.

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Delight

“Spiritual delight in God arises chiefly from his beauty and perfection, not from the blessings he gives us.”

Jonathan Edwards

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Happiness

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Mighty

“When God is about to do a mighty new thing He always sets His people praying.”

— Jonathan Edwards

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Contribute

“You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary.”

Jonathan Edwards

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