Picture of the Week: Broken Glass and Bottle Cap

This one is the picture of the week simply for it’s oddity. You will notice the broken glass and the bottle cap in the picture, along with a wire retainer for our tomato netting. Not much when you first look at it. But please note, all three of those are sitting on the shelf of one of my grills. Still nothing unique about that. But here is the kicker: the glass and bottle cap are from our home in Terrell, TX. I constantly found glass around the backyard and placed it there because I didn’t want to take it over to the garbage can. I did that probably 8 months ago, and the bottle cap a few months later. That bottle cap, glass and wire retainer all made the move of more than 100 miles and never fell off the shelf. That’s right. They stayed exactly on the grill as I placed them, were loaded on a U-Haul truck, unloaded and placed on my patio in our new home… and never moved. It was only when I put the BIC lighter there that I noticed the three items and realized they made the move without falling off.

That is why this is the picture of the week. Odd isn’t it?

Screwtape and the Preacher

Dear Wormwood,

Yes, you have failed in driving your subject out of the ministry. He was ordained into the gospel ministry and installed as a pastor charged with preaching that dreadful message. I have to say that he is a zealous one for the enemy. He is committed to belching out those dreadful words to the point that even those in his camp struggle.

But don’t worry. This will give you the perfect chance to work on him, leading him into usefulness for our cause. Just keep working on him with his strength and that will give you a foothold into bringing him down. Let him think that every word he utters is of the utmost of importance for the Enemy. Feed that pride. Help him think that he is the only one who is truly proclaiming that filth. If you can get him thinking along these lines, you can go a long way, for the moment that you trip him up into thinking that the message depends upon him, and his eloquence, you have him right where you want him.

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True Preaching Leads to the Theology of the Cross

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?[a] And how are they to hear without someone preaching? (Romans 10:14)

This verse is one of those monumental verses we have in Scripture that point to the absolute necessity of preaching. Those who belong to Christ, must hear from Him, and the means by which we hear from Christ, is through the faithful preaching of His word.

Michael Horton, in his book A Better Way, makes the case that preaching is God’s means for reaching His people. While we can do all other manner of outreach, preaching is what God has ordained for us to do in order to reach the lost.

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Picture of the Week: Moving Again???

Yes…  we are. For the fourth time in three years, we are moving again. Hopefully, we will be able to stay in our new location for a long period of time, Lord willing.

By the time this post goes public, our move should be complete. Thank goodness. It grows old living out of boxes, around boxes, under boxes, in boxes… wait, maybe not inside of boxes, but you get the idea. We’re looking forward to life without boxes for a while.

Calvin on 1 Peter 2:9 A Chosen Race

“…it appears more fully how incomparable is God’s goodness towards us; for He sanctifies us, who are by nature polluted; He chose us, when He could find nothing in us but filth and vileness; He makes His peculiar possession from worthless dregs; He confers the honor of the priesthood on the profane; He brings the vassals of Satan, of sin, and of death, to the enjoyment of royal liberty.”

 

Out of Teaching

Talk about truth in advertising, this billboard nails it. The way children are raised these days, with the emphasis on their lives being all about them, they really do dare you to teach. I spent 3 1/2 years in the public schools and have come to believe in the existence of purgatory. So when you see the sign up and around Dallas, don’t take the dare.

 

Picture of the Week: Pharmacy Signs

Apparently downtown pharmacies are not doing well. Neither Buford Drugs, nor Bass And Rutledge Drug are still open. But it is fashionable to keep the sign up even if the building is occupied by The Fireman’s Wife Boutique.

I also couldn’t leave this one alone either. Here is an extra-bonus picture of the week.

Spurgeon on a Rock of Refuge

Be a rock of refuge for me,

a strong fortress to save me!

Our reliance on God in adversity is a principle method of glorifying Him. Active service is good, but the passive confidence of faith is not one jot less esteemed in God’s sight.

The words appear to embrace and fasten on the LORD with a confident grip of faith that is not to be relaxed. The personal pronouns lay hold on the LORD’s faithfulness. We need grace to have our hearts fixed in a firm belief in God! The figure of a rock and a fortress may be illustrated by the fortress of Gibraltar, often besieged by enemies but never wrested from its defenders. Ancient strongholds, though far from impregnable by modern warfare, were important in those remote ages. Fleeing to the mountains, feeble bands felt secure. Note the singular fact that David asked the LORD to be his rock, because He was his rock. Let us learn from it that we may pray to enjoy in experience what we grasp by faith. Faith is the foundation of prayer.

Charles H. Spurgeon, from The Treasury of David, Psalm 31:2.

Blog Is Back Up

Just wanted my regular readers to know that my blog is up and running again. Thank you for your patience.

And, I have a lot more pictures to post. I’ve been working hard lately on my photography, and I hope you can enjoy some of the results. Some of the shots I’ve taken lately have been truly surprising in how good they have come out. This is the first time in a long time that I have slowed down and spent time taking the shots.