Our Father, Thou in Heaven Above

This is a wonderful hymn by Martin Luther, based on the Lord’s prayer: Our Father, Thou in heaven above, Who biddest us to dwell in love, As brethren of one family, To cry in every need to Thee, Teach us no thoughtless word to say, But from our inmost heart to pray. Thy name be … Continue reading Our Father, Thou in Heaven Above

“Violently In Love With Christ”

“The man who is pardoned, and who knows it, then becomes violently in love with Christ. He does not love him just a little, but he loves him with all his soul and all his might. He feels as if he could wish to die for Christ, and his heart pants to be able to live alone with his Redeemer, and serve him without interruption. Mark such a man who is a true Christian, mark his prayers, and you will see there is violence in all his supplications when he pleads for the souls of men. Mark his outward actions, and they are violently sincere, violently earnest. Mark him when he preaches: there is no dull droning out of a monotonous discourse, he speaks like a man who means what he says, and who must speak it, or else woe would be unto him if he preached not the gospel.”

Holy Violence, Charles Spurgeon

Jehovah Tsidkenu: The Watchword of the Reformers, by Robert Murray McCheyne

I once was a stranger to grace and to God, I knew not my danger, and felt not my load; Though friends spoke in rapture of Christ on the tree, Jehovah Tsidkenu was nothing to me. I oft read with pleasure, to sooth or engage, Isaiah’s wild measure and John’s simple page; But e’en when they … Continue reading Jehovah Tsidkenu: The Watchword of the Reformers, by Robert Murray McCheyne

Everything needful for us exists in Christ

The name of Jesus is not only light but food also, yes oil, without which all the food of the soul is dry; salt, without which as a condiment whatever is set before us is insipid; in fine, honey in the mouth, melody in the ear, joy in the heart, and, at the same time, … Continue reading Everything needful for us exists in Christ

John Calvin on Psalm 5:3

"O that thou wouldst hear my voice in the morning; O Jehovah, in the morning will I direct unto thee, and I will keep watch." The first sentence may also be read in the future tense of the indicative mood, Thou shalt hear my prayer. But, in my opinion, the verb is rather in the optative mood, … Continue reading John Calvin on Psalm 5:3