Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Solo Christo!…

…three of the clarion cries of the Reformation; all so powerful and true, and all so beautifully and artfully expressed in one of our very favourite hymns.

Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee
Let the water and the blood,
From thy riven side that flowed
Be for sin the double cure,
Cleanse me from its guilt and power.

Not the labors of my hands
Can fulfill Thy Law’s demands
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save and Thou alone.

Nothing to this world I bring,
Naked to Thy Cross I cling;
Naked come to Thee for dress;
Helpless look to Thee for Grace;
Foul I to the Fountain fly;
Wash me Saviour, or I die!

While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyelids close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee

2016-08-03T01:58:03+00:00 June 30th, 2011|Quotes|

Miep Gies, Who Helped Hide Anne Frank, Dies at 100

I stumbled upon this article just this evening. Of particular interest was Gies’ observation about the duty of ‘ordinary’ people to do right towards one another:

I don’t want to be considered a hero,… Imagine young people would grow up with the feeling that you have to be a hero to do your human duty. I am afraid nobody would ever help other people, because who is a hero? I was not. I was just an ordinary housewife and secretary.

2016-08-03T18:49:18+00:00 January 11th, 2010|Quotes|

When Enough is Enough…

Declaration of Independence and Ordinance Dissolving the Federal Relations Between the State of Tennessee and the United States of America

First. We, the people of the State of Tennessee, waiving any expression of opinion as to the abstract doctrine of secession, but asserting the right, as a free and independent people, to alter, reform, or abolish, our form of Government in such manner as we think proper, do ordain and declare that all the laws and ordinances by which the State of Tennessee became a member of the Federal Union of the United States of America, are hereby abrogated and annulled, and that all obligations on our part be withdrawn therefrom; and we do hereby resume all the rights, functions, and powers which by any of said laws and ordinances were conveyed to the Government of the United States, and absolve ourselves from all the obligations, restraints, and duties incurred thereto; and do hereby henceforth become a free, sovereign and independent State.

Second. We furthermore declare and ordain that article 10, sections 1 and 2, of the constitution of the State of Tennessee, which requires members of the General Assembly and all officers, civil and military, to take an oath to support the Constitution of the United States be, and the same are hereby, abrogated and annulled, and all parts of the constitution of the State of Tennessee making citizenship of the United States a qualification for office and recognizing the Constitution of the United States as the supreme law of this State are in like manner abrogated and annulled.

Third. We furthermore ordain and declare that all rights acquired and vested under the Constitution of the United States, or under any act of Congress passed in pursuance thereof, or under any laws of this State, and not incompatible with this ordinance, shall remain in force and have the same effect as if this ordinance had not been passed.

—The Thirty-Third Tennessee General Assembly, April 1861
Page 16 of the Public Acts of the State of Tennessee Passed at the General Assembly, Vol. 2

In light of the general degradation and tyrannizing of our once-great nation, and specifically now in the shadow of the seemingly inevitable passage of the socialistic “Obamacare”, might we again expect to see something like this?

2017-02-22T16:44:10+00:00 December 29th, 2009|Politics, Quotes|

John Knox on the Present Troubles

A timely message delivered yesterday at the meeting of the church included the reading of this short and fiery excerpt from John Knox found in The Scots Worthies.

The present troubles ought to move the hearts of all the true servants of God, and lovers of their country, to consider what the end of such tyrannical measures would be, by which the emissaries of Satan sought the destruction of all the friends of religion in the country. Therefore I most humbly require of you, my lords, to tell the queen, in my name, that we, whom she, in her blind rage doth thus persecute, are the servants of God, faithful and obedient subjects of this realm, and that the religion which she would maintain by fire and sword, is not the true religion of Jesus Christ, but expressly contrary to the same; a superstitious device of men, which I offer myself to prove, against all who, in Scotland, maintain the contrary, freedom of debate being allowed, and the word of God being the judge. Tell her from me, that her enterprise shall not succeed in the end, for she fights not against man only, but against the eternal God.

2016-08-03T20:36:59+00:00 January 19th, 2009|Quotes|

A Noble Resistance to Tyranny

After Lincoln’s election, and as the anticipated unjust policies of the heavy-handed tyrant were beginning to be enforced, a number of states exercised their God-given and Constitutional right to secede from the Union, being themselves a part of a nation established on this same principle, succinctly expressed in the opening phrase of the Declaration of Independence:

When in the Course of Human Events it becomes necessary for one People to dissolve the Political Bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the Powers of the Earth, the separate and equal Station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them, a decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the Separation.

Extremely fascinating and inspiring are the responses to Lincoln’s call for troops from the governors of those Southern states which had not yet seceded from the Union. Rather than paraphrase Lincoln’s unconstitutional demand for troops to invade the South, I have pasted it here:

By the President,
To William H. Seward, Secretary of State,
The following call on the respective state governors for troops was simultaneously issued through the War Department:
Sir, under the act of Congress, for calling out the militia to execute the laws of the Union, to suppress insurrection, to repel invasion, etc., approved February 28, 1795, I have the honor to request your excellency to cause to be immediately detailed from the militia of your state the quota designated in the table below, to serve as infantry or riflemen for a period of three months unless sooner discharged. Your excellency will please communicate to me the time and about which your quota will be expected at its rendezvous, as it will be met as soon as practicable by an officer or officers to muster it into service and pay of the United States. At the same time the oath of fidelity to the United States will be administered to every officer and man. The mustering officers will be instructed to receive no man under the rank of commissioned officer who is in years apparently over forty-five, or under eighteen, or who is not in physical strength and vigor. . . . It is ordered that each regiment shall consist, on an aggregate of officers and men, of 780. The total thus to be called out is 73,391. The remainder to constitute the 75,000 men under the President’s proclamation will be composed of troops in the District of Columbia.

Having now seen the exact words from Lincoln’s call to arms, read the bold and righteous responses of the various Southern Governors:

flag-virginiaI have only to say, that the militia of Virginia will not be furnished to the powers at Washington for any such use or purpose as they have in view. Your object is to subjugate the Southern states, and a requisition made upon me for such an object—an object, in my judgment, not within the pure view of the Constitution or the Act of 1795—will not be complied with. You have chosen to inaugurate civil war, and having done so, we will meet you in a spirit as determined as your administration has exhibited toward the South. —Governor Letcher of Virginia

flag-virginiaYour dispatch is received; and, if genuine, which its extraordinary character leads me to doubt, I have to say in reply, that I regard the levy of troops made by the administration for the purpose of subjugating the states of the South as in violation of the Constitution, and a usurpation of power. I can be no party to this wicked violation of the laws of the country, and to this war upon the liberties of a free people. You can get no troops from North Carolina. —Governor Ellis of N. Carolina

flag-kentuckyYour dispatch is received. I say emphatically that Kentucky will furnish no troops for the wicked purpose of subduing her sister Southern states. —Governor Magoffin of Kentucky

flag-arkansasIn answer to your requisition for troops from Arkansas, to subjugate the Southern states, I have to say that none will be furnished. The demand is only adding insult to injury. The people of this commonwealth are freemen, not slaves, and will defend to the last extremity their honor, lives, and property against Northern mendacity and usurpation. —Governor Rector of Arkansas

flag-tennesseeTennessee will not furnish a single man for coercion, but fifty thousand, if necessary, for the defense of our rights, or those of our Southern brethren. —Governor Harris of Tennessee

flag-missouriThere can be, I apprehend, no doubt that these men are intended to make war upon the seceded states. Your requisition, in my judgment, is illegal, unconstitutional, and revolutionary in its objects, inhuman and diabolical, and cannot be complied with. Not one man will the state of Missouri furnish to carry on such an unholy crusade. —Governor Jackson of Missouri

2017-02-22T16:44:13+00:00 October 5th, 2008|Politics, Quotes|

John Adams on Homeland Security

It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation’s humble acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling providence. —John Adams

And more words of wisdom from a Founding Father:

We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other. —John Adams

2016-08-03T21:19:49+00:00 September 19th, 2008|Politics, Quotes|

Perseverance: The Badge of True Saints

Perseverance is the badge of true saints. The Christian life is not a beginning only in the ways of God, but also a continuance in the same as long as life lasts. It is with a Christian as it was with the great Napoleon: he said, “Conquest has made me what I am, and conquest must maintain me.” So, under God, dear brother in the Lord, conquest has made you what you are, and conquest must sustain you. Your motto must be, “Excelsior.” He only is a true conqueror, and shall be crowned at the last, who continueth til war’s trumpet is blown no more.
Perseverance is, therefore, the target of all our spiritual enemies. The world does not object to your being a Christian for a time, if she can but tempt you to cease your pilgrimage, and settle down to buy and sell with her in Vanity Fair. The flesh will seek to ensnare you, and to prevent your pressing on to glory. “It is weary work being a pilgrim; come, give it up. Am I always to be mortified? Am I never to be indulged? Give me at least a furlough from this constant warfare!”
Satan will make many a fierce attack on your perseverance; it will be the mark for all his arrows. He will strive to hinder you in service: he will insinuate that you are doing no good; and that you want rest. He will endeavour to make you weary of suffering, he will whisper, “Curse God, and die.” Or he will attack your steadfastness: “What is the good of being so zealous? Be quiet like the rest; sleep as do others, and let your lamp go out as the other virgins do.” Or he will assail your doctrinal sentiments: “Why do you hold to these denominational creeds? Sensible men are getting more liberal; they are removing the old landmarks: fall in with the times.”
Wear your shield, Christian, therefore, close upon your armour, and cry mightily unto God, that by His Spirit you may endure to the end.

—from Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

2017-02-22T16:44:13+00:00 July 22nd, 2008|Quotes|

Determined by God for Each Other

Husbands and wives should be as two sweet friends, bred under one constellation, tempered by an influence from heaven whereof neither can give any reason, save mercy and providence first made them so, and then made their match; saying, see God hath determined us out of this vast world each for

[the] other. —Daniel Rogers (Puritan)

Below is a picture of the two of us atop Lookout Mountain on the first full day of our honeymoon. The photo was shot by a couple celebrating their 30th anniversary, while we had not yet reached our thirtieth hour of marriage.

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2017-02-22T16:44:13+00:00 July 1st, 2008|Family, Quotes|

The Zeal of a Godly Man

As described in The Godly Man’s Picture by Puritan Thomas Watson:

True zeal cannot bear an injury done to God

Zeal makes the blood rise when God’s honor is impeached. “I know your works, and your labor, and your patience, and how you cannot tolerate those who are evil” (Rev. 2:2). He who zealously loves his friend, cannot hear him spoken against and be silent.

Zeal that is genuine loves truth when it is despised and opposed

“They have made void your law. Therefore I love your commandments above gold” (Psalm 119:126,127). The more others deride holiness, the more we love it. What is religion the worse, for others disgracing it? Does a diamond sparkle the less because a blind man disparages it? The more outrageous the wicked are against the truth, the more courageous the godly are for it. When Michal scoffed at David’s pious dancing before the ark, he said, “If this is to be vile, I will yet be more vile” (2 Sam. 6:22).

2016-08-05T03:06:31+00:00 June 29th, 2008|Quotes|

Luther on Marriage

There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. —Martin Luther

2016-08-05T03:14:40+00:00 April 4th, 2008|Quotes|