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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

So be it; 'tis Thy plan not mine


 
 
Γενηθήτω το θέλημά σου.
  Thy will be done.  Matthew 6:10 b
 
 θέλημάthelema
=the will of God


So be it; 'tis Thy plan not mine,
And being Thine is good;
And God, my will shall yield to Thine
Ere it is understood.
 
 
So be it; I a child of dust
Will not oppose Thy way,
Move on, mysterious Will, I trust,
I love, and will obey.
 
 
So be it; and do Thou, my heart,
No childish questions ask,
Thou in God's counsels hast no part,
Crave not so hard a task.
 
 
So be it; yes, so be it, Lord,
No word have I to say--
O be Thy gracious Name adored--
I love and will obey.
 
 
-Elizabeth Prentiss
From Golden Hours, Heart-Hymns of the Christian Life
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Complementarian "Samurai" Man Emerged! : Christian Headcovering And The Recovery Of Biblical Masculinity And Femininity



 
Dear brothers and sisters, today, I'd like to share my joy with you regarding the Christian Head Covering in 1 Corinthians 11. A few weeks ago, a Japanese brother wrote to my blog, saying that by reading the HCM articles, he was convicted that the Christian Headcovering is applicable for today (though he was not sure, at that time, that this command should be applied to ALL Christian women or not.)

Then, this evening, this same brother wrote to me and said as follows: I made a small leaflet regarding my personal conviction of the woman's headcovering practice and distributed it to my wife and several other sisters in the church today.

Wow! Isn't he brave? Isn't he like a 21st century "samurai"? Yeah, I think he is! Not only this brother, but I've also witnessed other courageous and valiant complementarian brothers who stand firm on the Bible doctrine.

And I strongly believe that there must be many other potential "samurai" brothers in the churches across the globe whom the world is waiting for their emergence! We need more brothers like him who dare to testify the Bible truth gently and fearlessly.

As regards to the recent phenomenon called the “feminization of the church", the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood said as follows;

Walk into the average evangelical church in America, and you will likely sing lyrics such as “I want my life to be a love song for you, Jesus” and “I want to fall in love with you.”

Then you might hear a sermon encouraging Christians to be “intimate” with Jesus and attend a “care group” where everyone is expected to share their feelings.

Such tactics might appeal to women, but they are at least partially unbiblical and push men away from Christianity, according to Randy Stinson, executive director of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) and assistant professor of gender and family studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS).

Where are the men in our churches today?” Stinson said in a lecture sponsored by the SBTS theology school council March 29. “We have a crisis going on in the local church. Number one, men aren’t coming. And number two, when they are coming, they’ve [sic] marginalized, they’re being passive, they’re being pushed to the side.”

I believe that the recovery of the practice of the headcovering will reinforce and further the Biblical masculinity and femininity. And it must be one of the strongest testimonies of the 21st century Christian churches to the gender-confused world that God exists and that there is a creation order of men and women which reflects His infinite wisdom and beauty!  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Battle-Song in troubled times:A heartfelt prayer for our Russian brethren under persecution

 

 

Дорогие русские братья и сестры во Христе .
Мы слышали ваши трудные ситуации , и мы молимся за вас .

 
Fear not, O little flock, the foe
Who madly seeks your overthrow,
Dread not his rage and power:
What though your courage sometimes faints,
His seeming triumph o'er God's saints
Lasts but one little hour.
 
 
Be of good cheer; your cause belongs
To Him who can avenge your wrongs,
Leave it to Him our Lord.
Though hidden yet from all our eyes,
He sees the Gideon who shall rise
To save us, and His word.
 
 
As true as God's own word is true,
Nor earth nor hell with all their crew
Against us shall prevail.
A jest and by-word are they grown;
God is with us, we are His own,
Our victory cannot fail.
 
 
Amen, Lord Jesus, grant our prayer!
Great Captain, now Thine arm make bare;
Fight for us once again!
So shall Thy saints and martyrs raise
A mighty chorus to Thy praise,
World without end.
Amen.
 
 
Verzage nicht du Haüflein klein, 1631
trans. by Catherine Winkworth, 1855
 
 
 
Psalm 46:1-3
1Бог нам прибежище и сила, скорый помощник в бедах, 
2 посему не убоимся, хотя бы поколебалась земля, и горы двинулись в сердце морей.  3 Пусть шумят, вздымаются воды их, трясутся горы от волнения их.
 

 

 

No One Can Replace You: A Beautiful Essay by Sanae


 
 

There are many things in our lives with which we have to deal or face, alone. Yes, there are certain spheres where,--though we can receive some help and care from others somewhere on the way--, ultimately we ourselves have to face alone. That might include our birth, death, life lessons, sufferings and our encounter with God!
 
I believe that our faith journey is an unique and matchless story between you and God, for only He will be able to keep staying with you in the place where you have to face alone.

Isn't it rather "blessing" that there still remain some walled areas in us, the areas which separate you from other people and that we cannot really understand each other perfectly, even among our closest kinfolks or faith friends? Why do I call it a blessing? That's because through this, we often come to realize that only the relationship with God would last,--and nothing else. You know, often times, we tend to forget or be insensitive to the relationship with Him, when we just feel content with the relationship with our beloved ones.

And I see the love of God, even in the face of the solemn fact that we have to stand alone. His desire for us is not to copy or imitate somebody else or to do according to some "orthodox" manual. No, He wants us to know Him! As Kayla Mueller wrote in her last letter; the thing remains until the end is our relationship with God. O that I shall keep it in my mind and heart!
 
 
 
-translated from Japanese by Kinuko