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Friday, November 3, 2023

The Day of Reckoning – A Performer Faces the Music - Purity 1189

The Day of Reckoning – A Performer Faces the Music   - Purity 1189

Purity 1189 11/03/2023 Purity 1189 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of the dawn of morning rising on the horizon over a city street scene comes to us from yours truly as I was foolish or daring enough to capture this sunrise sky during my morning commute yesterday on Watervliet Avenue Extension in Albany NY.  Traffic was light and I was going relatively slow down this road, but don’t try this at home kids.  

Well, it’s Friday, and speaking of roads and kids.  I deviated from my normal Thursday tradition of sharing a pathway photo to encourage y’all to get on or stay on the path of Christian discipleship because I was distracted by a developing situation with one of my kids.

Parents, you know how it is right?  Everything is going fine until you find out the truth, that it’s not – that your beloved children have been keeping secrets, are doing something wrong,  or have been doing what they are not supposed to do, or failing to do what they should have done – things that any responsible adult would do.  But they are kids, and whether they are wee little ones or twenty-somethings that we are trying to launch into independence, they are still kids and they lack the wisdom and experience that we have learned through our many years of trials and errors.  

And not for nothing, according to some of my learning from Deeper Walk International’s School of Prayer Ministry, 75 to 80 % of ADULTS are operating at what is considered to be the “infant-level” and “child-levels” of maturity, so it shouldn’t be surprising that our “kids” can act like children and hide the truth of what they do from us to avoid being in “trouble”.  And while kids can be surprisingly good at concealing the truth from us, because they are limited in their resources to solve problems, the consequences of their actions or inaction can blow up and expose the truth.   

Yesterday,  I asked my “adult” son for the rent only to learn that he is virtually penniless and a really adult-sized pickle with his finances.  Is this a surprise? Yes, and Absolutely not.  You see my son, Brennan, is a graduate of 2020 – the class of covid and that little pandemic sort of sabotaged whatever plan that would have developed from Brennan’s future in “normal times”.

In 2020, Brennan was going to be the star of the spring musical – by being cast as Seymour in the Little Shop of Horrors.  Brennan was a talented performer and not the greatest student in terms of ambition and doing his homework.  While he would do amazing work preparing for his theatrical and musical performances and is fairly intelligent, he would disregard his schoolwork and he put his plans for college on the back burner during his senior year, figuring he would rely on some of the supportive faculty at school to help him get to “some college” to do “something”, presumably to do with the performing arts. 

But then Covid happened, the play was canceled and so was Brennan’s motivation to do, basically anything. He failed to graduate on time and had to go to summer school- because he didn’t like or want to do homework!.  So his preference of not doing his homework resulted in failure and summer school – and doing gym class in his room – online to graduate. 

And as for college, “Suddenly Seymour” didn’t have the contact with those supportive faculty to lean on and because of the restrictions in the fall of 2020 – Brennan decided to take a “gap” -semester – year – or I don’t remember any more.   Because although Brennan did eventually go to community college and actually got back on stage in productions at HVCC, he was involved with some very dramatic and troubled friends who were into drugs and perversion. He got involved with a relationship with a female who mental health issues and gender confusion and surprise, surprise it went toxic – and thanked the Lord and supported Brennan taking another “break” from school.  

However, since then – its been a while – he has isolated and sat in his room – refusing to pursue work to support himself. 

In an attempt to make my adult children responsible, I charge them rent. If they are not in school, they pay. It's not an unreasonable amount, but to make them somewhat responsible, I make them pay.  

So Brennan has been living off of his college money and even though we have had numerous – continuous – conversations about how he needs to get a job – he didn’t do it.  And yesterday, the day of reckoning came.  

Brennan finally admitted that he was basically out of cash and the admission sent me into a tizzy as I tried to contain my anger and simultaneously advise him to do what he simply must do – get a job.   So, that’s all right. You need to get a job. So there. Problem solved.  

Come on parents, you know better than that!   There is always more to the story. When we finally find out what our kids have been hiding from us, there is always more than what we “sort of knew”.  I knew he wasn’t working so although I was not happy with this admission, I can’t say I was surprised.  I just thought he would have wised up before he got near the end of his cash.  Surely that’s what a “responsible adult would do” – BUT I KNOW HE IS NOT THAT! He is not a responsible adult! Why would I think he was?  

Anyway, now that the cat was out of the bag on his money being gone, we got MORE TRUTH.  To make matters worse, Brennan’s car just failed inspection and in order to pass an expensive repair is required!   These days, if you fail to get your car inspected in a timely fashion, the DMV will pull your registration.  So we couldn’t just ignore – like a kid -. 

So “Brennan’s problem” of having to get a job to support himself – has also become “my problem” because I love my son and I have the means to bail him out to help him from making matters worse.   So Brennan has applied for jobs, will be calling to follow up on his applications to try to get hired immediately, and will be getting his car repaired and inspected today.  And I will be paying the bill and making Brennan accountable for his rent and the cost of the repair after he starts getting paid.   

It was a mini-disaster that disrupted my morning and caused me to mail in the blog yesterday – Thank you Lauren Roskilly – from Mindful of Christ ( because I shared your encouraging words from Wednesday – to share on my blog Thursday -  but by Thursday evening Brennan and I had a talk and worked out the game plan to solve this issue and set him on the road to finally do what he should have done months if not a year or more ago.  

In conversation, Brennan also admitted to loaning someone who is known for their irresponsibility $2,500 – in the last year.  They are actually scheduled to come into money relatively soon and I encouraged Brennan to be proactive in collecting that debt because he needs it, and this person probably won’t have the ability to pay him back for long.  Whether or not Brennan gets his money back remains to be seen but I am hoping that he will learn not to loan people money in the future. He’s in no position to do so and if he had considered the inevitability of his future state he would have possibly avoided the possibility of not being paid back. 

Oh and there’s more. Brennan’s car insurance is due next month.  That’s always a big bill – so there’s that – but we are hopeful that he will be working and or he will get this “loan” money back to help him pay Geico.  That’s yet to be seen too. 

But as bad as all that may be, at least now Brennan’s secrets are out in the open and he can start to fix things by “doing what is right”.    

You’ll love this too.  

Apparently, Brennan isn’t completely stupid, and he actually applied for a job back in September at Cracker Barrel in East Greenbush.  He applied online and according to Brennan – he put his “preferred method of contact” as “email only”.  Well, the management at Cracker Barrel apparently honored his “preference” and sent him an email that told him to “Call us.”   But Brennan is a somewhat of a walking contradiction – although he can perform on stage for multitudes, he is somewhat socially awkward and he “didn’t want to make a phone call”  - So he didn’t!  He could have possibly been hired and working since September – but because they wanted him to “call them”, He sabotaged himself and didn’t follow up!  

Unbelievable, right?  Well if you have a millennial child you might know just how believable that is. Anyway, Brennan is at a point now where he has to “get over his preference” and ask for help and accept the help if someone is gracious enough to give it.   

So, if you have a secret – come out of the dark – tell your family and your friends what you are going through – stop hiding or running from your problems and throw yourself under the bus by just telling the truth and start working toward fixing things.  The Lord has blessed us with abilities and relationships that can help us, but if we don’t use them  or “prefer” not to – we will suffer.  

So keep walking and talking with God- with Him by your side you can overcome just about anything – and even if you can’t He will comfort and guide you to accept and endure what you can’t fix.


For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, .

Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. ( )

This morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Children.

Psalm 127:3-5 (NIV2011)
3  Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.
4  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.
5  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.

Today’s verses fall under the first point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Children.

 1. Children belong first to God and are his gift to us.

Today’s verses are a reminder of what a blessing our kids can be! This is too funny Lord! I don’t set these things up – but God does.  This section of scripture comes to us on the heels of this disaster with my son, you can't make this stuff up!  

But seriously kids are a blessing. They teach us how to love someone sacrificially and selflessly. Kids teach us to be patient, compassionate, and kind.    

So teach your children well and thank God for them because as we teach them we can learn more about ourselves and more about what a good Father we have in God.


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we are sharing from A. W. Pink’s – The Arthur Pink Anthology  - a collection of A.W. Pink’s tracts brought together in one book and dispersed here on the blog for your encouragement.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for free as a PDF at many sites, but printed copies of collections of A.W. Pink’s books are available for purchase wherever Christian books are sold. 

The Arthur Pink Anthology – 2

Another Gospel – Part 2 of 5

In contradistinction to the Gospel of Christ, the gospel of Satan teaches salvation by works. It inculcates justification before God on the ground of human merits. Its sacramental phrase is “Be good and do good;” but it fails to recognize that in the flesh there dwelleth no good thing. It announces salvation by character, which reverses the order of God’s Word—character by, as the fruit of, salvation. Its various ramifications and organizations are manifold. Temperance, Reform Movements, “Christian Socialist Leagues,” Ethical Culture Societies, “Peace Congresses” are all employed (perhaps unconsciously) in proclaiming this gospel of Satan—salvation by works. The pledge card is substituted for Christ; social purity for individual regeneration, and politics and philosophy, for doctrine and godliness. The cultivation of the old man is considered more practical than the creation of a new man in Christ Jesus; whilst universal peace is looked for apart from the interposition and return of the Prince of Peace.

The apostles of Satan are not saloon-keepers and white-slave traffickers, but are for the most part ordained ministers. Thousands of those who occupy our modern pulpits are no longer engaged in presenting the fundamentals of the Christian Faith, but have turned aside from the Truth and have given heed unto fables. Instead of magnifying the enormity of sin and setting forth its eternal consequences, they minimize it by declaring that sin is merely ignorance or the absence of good. Instead of warning their hearers to “flee from the wrath to come” they make God a liar by declaring that He is too loving and merciful to send any of His own creatures to eternal torment. Instead of declaring that “without shedding of blood is no remission,” they merely hold up Christ as the great Exemplar and exhort their hearers to “follow in His steps.” Of them it must be said, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God” (Rom. 10:3). Their message may sound very plausible and their aim appear very praiseworthy, yet we read of them—“for such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves (imitating) into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore, it is no great thing [not to be wondered at] if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Cor. 11:13–15).

In addition to the fact that today hundreds of churches are without a leader who faithfully declares the whole counsel of God and presents His way of salvation, we also have to face the additional fact that the majority of people in these churches are very unlikely to learn the Truth themselves. The family altar, where a portion of God’s Word was wont to be read daily is now, even in the homes of nominal Christians, largely a thing of the past. The Bible is not expounded in the pulpit and it is not read in the pew. The demands of this rushing age are so numerous, that multitudes have little time and still less inclination to make preparation for the meeting with God. Hence the majority who are too indolent to search for themselves, are left at the mercy of those whom they pay to search for them; many of whom betray their trust by studying and expounding economic and social problems rather than the Oracles of God.

In Proverbs 14:12 we read, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man; but the end thereof are the ways of death.” This “way” which ends in “death” is the Devil’s Delusion—the gospel of Satan—a way of salvation by human attainment. It is a way which “seemeth right,” that is to say, it is presented in such a plausible way that it appeals to the natural man: it is set forth in such a subtle and attractive manner, that it commends itself to the intelligence of its hearers. By virtue of the fact that it appropriates to itself religious terminology, sometimes appeals to the Bible for its support (whenever this suits its purpose), holds up before men lofty ideals, and is proclaimed by those who have graduated from our theological institutions, countless multitudes are decoyed and deceived by it.[1]

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[1] Arthur Walkington Pink, The Arthur Pink Anthology (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2005).


Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Family is Everything – Lies of the Enemy #39 – Purity 1051


Family is Everything   – Lies of the Enemy #39 – Purity 1051

Purity 1051 05/24/2023 Purity 1051 Podcast

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Good morning,

Today’s photo of the blue mountains of Cherokee County NC comes to us from Fred Dimmick who shared this scene on social media on Monday, with the following short poem.  

“Blue are the mountains

The water and sky above.

Some of the many blessings

From the man above.”

Just four short lines, but within them Fred rightly calls the beauty of this earth a blessing and rightly gives the glory to God – or as Fred puts it the “man above” and considering that Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father in the heavenlies, I don’t see anything wrong with the phrasing.  

Well It’s Wednesday and I thought Fred’s photo was a good one to visually represent our arrival at hump day and as I will be going to the Celebrate Freedom Growth Group tonight I thought it was also a good visual representation of the hope I have to see “mountains move” in the lives of those who come to lay down their “hurts, habits, and hang ups” and to receive the freedom and victory that the Lord has for them. That’s right where there are people seeking the Lord’s help, there is hope and so I am thrilled to be leading tonight’s group where we will cover the material in Celebrate Recovery’s Hope lesson. It’s a good one and I invite any and all who see or hear this message  to join us at Starpoint Church in Clifton Park at 6:30 pm to hear all about the hope for a life of peace, joy, and freedom that we have in Christ.

Of course, the hope we have in Christ is only truly realized when we put our faith in Jesus and make the daily decision to follow Him. So the message will encourage us to believe but it will also encourage us to believe what Christ said and try to apply its wisdom to our lives.  And that’s not always as easy as we might think it could be. Some of the things Jesus taught went against the common understandings of life in His day and in ours.  But Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and if He said it we know its true and should do our best to agree with it and to live it.   

The world, the flesh, and the devil will tell you to go against what Jesus taught but as Christians we are to reject the philosophies and theories of this world when they deny God’s truth.  And so we must reject the lies of the enemy.  

And that brings us to our current series the “Lies of the Enemy”, which is an examination of some of the common lies, sometimes sneakily whispered into our minds as “first person” statements, that the enemy tells us to cause us to doubt our faith, lose our peace, cause division, or influence us to not follow the Lord with the way we live our lives. 

We’ve decided to end this series as a 40 day devotional so with only 2 days left, we are going to try to expose two of the biggest lies of the enemy, that have a great deal of truth in them, but that seek to divide our hearts and to choose some other “good things” over the Lord.

So today’s big lie is:

Lie #39:  Family is Everything. 

Whether you love your family to “the moon and back” or whether you are estranged from them, or don’t have a family, this lie of the devil would seek for you to declare that “blood is thicker than water” and that the loyalty to the family ties you have trump everything else: friends, business, and maybe even God…..

Like I said today’s lie can easily be made into a truth with a little editing, I would suggest that “Family is important” but God’s word indicates that although we should give honor to mother, father, husband, and wife and raise our children in the way they should go, there is one thing – one relationship – that surpasses even the love that we have for those we who have loved and cared for us when we were but mere helpless little babies and that relationship is the one we have with God.  

Of course there is great security, acceptance, significance, love, and identity to be drawn from our families and when “family is done right” – without selfish sin and dysfunction – and with giving proper thanks, worship, and honor to God, it’s a beautiful thing to be a part of.   

While my immediate family of my childhood wasn’t perfect, it is the place where I learned about love, sharing, caring, and was first introduced to the ideas about God and Jesus. No matter what our “family” believes, I know that in order to “be saved” we all must individually decide to make Jesus the Lord and Savior of our individual lives but even though I struggled mightily with my liturgical church tradition, I am thankful for the Truth it tried to point to.    

While I was confused about the church at times and didn’t really know the love of God, I knew that I was loved by my family even though it could be a little heavy handed or overbearing at times.   And that’s where the enemy loves to spread the lie that “family is everything”. The church is a little weird and can be cold at times, but most of our families are always there for us and it is in the love of our family that the enemy tries to shift our focus off of God and onto the idol of family worship.  

Some people extend their love of family to their distant ancestors, claiming it is important to know where you come from and who your people are – where immediate family pride extends into national or cultural heritage pride.   Even the Bible is filled with genealogies and could lead us to believe that our blood lines are of the utmost importance.  

Beyond blood, there is also the communal or social aspect of families and family tradition that establishes the days of our lives. Some families meet weekly for family dinners. Some families are neighbors to one another. Family is the place where we do life together and family can be so pervasive that “Family is Everything” is a credo of pride and deep affection.  

However, these individual and families that speak these words are speaking a sentiment that could be twisted to compromise one’s relationship with God.   

Generational sins are a thing and as much as good things can be passed on through family lines – sin, corruption, and compromise of the truth of God’s word can also run in families. 

“My family doesn’t believe in that. We are ______ (Insert false religion name or atheistic proclamation here. 

“All my family ________________”  (Insert sinful lifestyle choice here) “It’s almost a family tradition!”    

Not only can the things we believe and do be influenced by our families. Our very identities can be defined by what group we are born into.  

“I’m a ____________, (Insert earthly family name – natural or adopted here) That’s my family.  

But Jesus had some things to say about family that are quite surprising and shows that the idea of “family first” is another lie of the enemy, as God wants us to choose Him and His royal family over all others, including our families!

One time Christ was teaching His disciples, when His blessed mother, that’s right Mary, and his brothers came and were waiting, expecting an audience with Jesus. Much to the shock of those who would put “family first” and who would declare “family is everything”.  Jesus indicated that faith in Him was more important than familial ties. That faith in His blood and loyalty to Him should be thicker than the very blood of your family.  Jesus indicated that the Spirit was more important than any familial ties. As He said:

Matthew 12:48-50 (NKJV)
48  …"Who is My mother and who are My brothers?"
49  And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers!
50  For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother."

Knowing God and doing His will surpasses the people we have known all our lives on earth and their ideas and plans that they have for us.  

Jesus knew this shift from family loyalty to answer His call to discipleship would be hated and He describes perilous times for Christians where families will turn against those who choose Him over them.  

Matthew 10:21-22 (NKJV)
21  Now brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death.
22  And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.

And that’s it: to the end.  That’s what matters.  While we think our family have known us from the beginning, God knew us and chose us before then.  

Ephesians 1:4-5 (NLT2) tells us
4  Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
5  God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

God knew us and chose before the foundation of the world and we are to love and serve Him above all others, including family.   

Now don’t get me wrong, family is a wonderful thing, or it can be, but if those you have biological ties to are not following the Lord Jesus Christ, they will be separated from you forever as they chose themselves or things of this earth over the One who created them. 

 So although our earthly family is or can be a “good thing” it certainly is not the only thing, or everything,  and never was supposed to be as God is our Heavenly Father and calls us to believe in His Son, Jesus to be a part of a family that lasts for all time.  

So don’t believe the lie that “family is everything” and instead love and protect those nearest and dearest to you by encouraging them to put their faith in Jesus and to become members of God’s royal family who would always give God the glory and seek to do His will and share His traditions of love and holiness and identify with Him.


For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple apologetic will provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, .


Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Philippians 1:6 (NLT2)
6  And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.

Today’s verse contains so much hope it’s not even funny.  It assures us that God is working within us to make us the people that He created us to be and that He will complete His work in us.

So we should get with the program by renewing our minds with God’s word, by repenting of our worldly ways, and by making the continuous decision to live for God’s kingdom purposes.  

Secondly, this verse tells us that Jesus is coming back.  Our universe’s history will seismically shift when God comes back to reclaim what is His and to establish His government on the earth for a thousand years, before making a whole new earth and heaven.    The Lord has a plan for the future. And today’s verse assures us He will work it in us and will one day come back to finish it.


As always, I invite all to go to where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from  The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase A.W. Pink’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for $0.99 (  

A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit  

3 - The Deity of the Holy Spirit

Proofs of the Spirit’s Deity

1. The Holy Spirit is expressly called God. To Ananias Peter said, “Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Spirit?” and then in the very next verse, he affirms “thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God” (Acts 5:3, 4): if, then, lying to the Holy Spirit is lying to God, it necessarily follows that the Spirit must be God. Again, the saints are called “the temple of God,” and the reason proving this is that, “the Spirit of God dwelleth in you” (1 Cor. 3:16). In like manner, the body of the individual saint is designated, “the temple of the Holy Spirit,” and then the exhortation is made, “therefore glorify God in your body” (1 Cor. 6:19, 20). In 1 Corinthians 12, where the diversity of His gifts, administrations, and operations are mentioned, He is spoken of severally as “the same Spirit” (v. 4), “the same Lord” (v. 5), “the same God” (v. 6). In 2 Corinthians 6:16 the Holy Spirit is called “the living God.”

2. The Holy Spirit is expressly called Jehovah, a name that is utterly incommunicable to all creatures, and which can be applied to none except the Great Supreme. It was Jehovah who spoke by the mouth of all the holy Prophets from the beginning of the world (Luke 1:68, 70), yet in 2 Peter 1:20 it is implicitly declared that those Prophets all spoke by “the Holy Spirit” (see also 2 Sam. 23:2, 3, and compare Acts 1:16)! It was Jehovah whom Israel tempted in the wilderness, “sinning against God and provoking the Most High” (Ps. 78:17, 18), yet in Isaiah 63:10 this is specifically termed, “rebelling against and vexing the Holy Spirit!” In Deuteronomy 32:12 we read, “The Lord alone did lead them,” yet speaking of the same people, at the same time, Isaiah 63:14 declares, “the Spirit of the Lord did lead them.” It was Jehovah who bade Isaiah, “Go and tell this people, hear ye indeed” (6:8, 9), while the Apostle declared, “well spake the Holy Spirit by Isaiah the Prophet, saying, Go unto the people and say, Hear ye indeed …” (Acts 28:25, 26)! What could more plainly establish the identity of Jehovah and the Holy Spirit? Note that the Holy Spirit is called “the Lord” in 2 Thessalonians 3:5.

3. The perfections of God are all found in the Spirit. By what is the nature of any being determined but by its properties? He who possesses the properties peculiar to an angel or man is rightly esteemed one. So He who possesses the attributes or properties which belong alone to God, must be considered and worshipped as God. The Scriptures very clearly and abundantly affirm that the Holy Spirit is possessed of the attributes peculiar to God. They ascribe to Him absolute holiness. As God is called “Holy,” “the Holy One,” being therein described by that superlatively excellent property of His nature wherein He is “glorious in holiness” (Ex. 15:11); so is the Third Person of the Trinity designated “the Spirit of Holiness” (Rom. 1:4) to denote the holiness of His nature and the Deity of His Person. The Spirit is eternal (Heb. 9:14). He is omnipresent: “Whither shall I flee from thy Spirit?” (Ps. 139:7). He is omniscient (see 1 Cor. 2:10, 11). He is omnipotent: being termed “the Power of the Highest” (Luke 1:35; see also Micah 2:8, and compare Isa. 40:28).

4. The absolute sovereignty and supremacy of the Spirit manifest His Godhead. In Matthew 4:1 we are told, “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness:” who but a Divine Person had the right to direct the Mediator? and to whom but God would the Redeemer have submitted! In John 3:8 the Lord Jesus drew an analogy between the wind which “bloweth where it listeth” (not being at the disposal or direction of any creature), and the imperial operations of the Spirit. In 1 Corinthians 12:11 it is expressly affirmed that the Holy Spirit has the distribution of all spiritual gifts, having nothing but His own pleasure for His rule. He must, then, be “God over all, blessed forever.” In Acts 13:2–4 we find the Holy Spirit calling men unto the work of the ministry, which is solely a Divine prerogative, though wicked men have abrogated it unto themselves. In these verses it will be found that the Spirit appointed their work, commanded them to be set apart by the church, and sent them forth. In Acts 20:28 it is plainly declared that the Holy Spirit set officers over the church.

5. The works ascribed to the Spirit clearly demonstrate His Godhead. Creation itself is attributed to Him, no less than to the Father and the Son: “By the Spirit lie hath garnished the heavens” (Job 26:13): “the Spirit of God hath made me” (Job 33:4). He is concerned in the work of providence (Isa. 40:13–15; Acts 16:6, 7). All Scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Tim. 3:16), the source of which is the Spirit Himself (2 Peter 1:21). The humanity of Christ was miraculously formed by the Spirit (Matthew 1:20). Christ was anointed for His work by the Spirit (Isa. 61:1; John 3:34). His miracles were performed by the Spirit’s power (Matthew 12:38). He was raised from the dead by the Spirit (Rom. 8:11). Who but a Divine person could have wrought such works as these!?

Reader, do you have a personal and inward proof that the Holy Spirit is none other than God? Has He wrought in you that which no finite power could? Has He brought you from death unto life, made you a new creature in Christ, imparted to you a living faith, filled you with holy longings after God? Does He breathe into you the spirit of prayer, take of the things of Christ and show them unto you, apply to your heart both the precepts and promises of God? If so, then, these are so many witnesses in your own bosom of the deity of the Blessed Spirit.[1]

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[1] Arthur Walkington Pink, The Holy Spirit (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, n.d.).

Monday, May 9, 2022

Winds of Change in Our Families - Purity 726


Purity 726 05/09/2022  Purity 726 Podcast

Good morning,

Today’s photo of a bright shining sun and clear blue skies over the waters of the Hudson River comes to us from a friend who captured this shot from the vantage point of the Saugerties lighthouse back on April 28th.   They reported that their visit was a short one because of the gale force winds that were blowing that day but vowed to go again when the weather was right.   

Well, It’s Monday again and the winds of change have blown us through another weekend to find ourselves at the beginning of another work week but as much as things may change there are a few things that will endure through the years and one thing we can always count on. 

One of the things that can remain and endure through the years is our families.  This past weekend every day was about family. Friday, I went to a performance of “Almost Maine” at HVCC because my son Brennan was acting in it.  Saturday, I spent the day at a small gathering my wife hosted for my stepdaughter, Rachel, who is only home from the Marine Corp for a short time before she ships out to Okinawa as part of her three year tour of duty.  And yesterday, my brothers and I all returned to the family homestead in Hudson NY to honor my mom on Mother’s day.  

As much as it was a pleasant weekend and I enjoyed the various aspects of spending time with my family, the visits reminded me of how much things have changed over the years and how the changes don’t seem to be slowing down.  What may seem like the status quo of going through the motions of work, of holidays, and seasons year after year, is really revealed to be the progressive movement of time when we see how the older members of the family age and how the younger generations spring up and mature! It can seem that we blink and suddenly we are old, or the little kids are adults! And with those transitions we also see how we each develop our own identities and start our own families and everyone follows their own paths through life.     

And unfortunately, as we go forward through time and space sometimes those close family relationships become more distant and sometimes the family ties founded by biology or formed through marriage wear thin, break, or are severed by death.  Time and circumstances may prove to fundamentally change our family interactions through the years and that is why I encourage others on the path of Christian Discipleship to do a daily practice of gratitude, to thank the Lord for the things and people in their life, and I also encourage them to be intentional in expressing their appreciation and love for one another. 

The narrative of Friday’s play wasn’t the greatest but there was no way I wasn’t going to see my son perform in it. I love my son and while we may not always see eye to eye I wanted him to know that I am proud of what he is doing and I tried to demonstrate that by showing up, hugging him, and complimenting him for his performance at the end of the show.  

To be honest, I have only met my step daughter, Rachel, one other time, but I married her mother TammyLyn and now am part of her family, so I did my best to join in the festivities Saturday as members of Tammlyn’s family came to the house to let Rachel know that she was loved, supported, and would be missed while she was off serving her country.   

And yesterday, although I inwardly cringe over the idea of Hallmark holidays, there was no way that I wasn’t going to express my love and appreciation for my mom on Mother’s Day.  By going to her place, I also enjoyed the added bonus of seeing my dad, my brothers, and members of their families as we all came out for the same purpose.  Now that I am married with two households and we are older and live away from one another, I don’t see what was once my immediate family very often at all anymore, and it was nice to see that our separate lives haven’t torn us apart as the gathering was friendly and harmonious. 

As we move through this thing called life, it is important to obey the Lord’s command to love one another and with family gatherings things may not always be pleasant as we are all imperfect people and sometimes our gatherings can be seen as obligations rather than opportunities or we can focus on our differences more than what we have in common.  So some of us may have “blown it” when it comes to relationships  yesterday or in the recent past. We may have neglected somebody, taken someone for granted, or failed to be patient and said or done something we have regretted.   

But the good news is today is a new day and the Lord gives us new days to provide us with the opportunity to make a change if we need to. 

Over and above everything and the landscape of our human relationships, our heavenly Father loves us and has revealed Himself in the person of Jesus Christ and in His Holy word to let us know we are loved and in Him have a family that will never be separated from one another and He provides us with forgiveness, love, and wisdom to transform our lives and relationships here on earth.   

When we know the Father is for us, we know that nothing can be against us. And when we walk and talk with Him, He can guide us in the way that is best for our lives. He teaches us to turn from the dark things of this world, He teaches to forgive others or to seek their forgiveness, He teaches us to be patient, to be thankful, and He teaches us to love.  

So as we enter into a new work week, be thankful if your weekend was pleasant and examine it if it wasn’t. Things may not always be perfect when it comes to family but if we follow the advice of our heavenly Father, we can have peace knowing we have His love and that He can help us in the ways we respond and can bless our efforts to be “peacemakers” if we need to be.  

When we are in Christ, we know something that many people don’t. We know the Prince of Peace and we can become skilled His ways and impact the lives of others with His wisdom and with His love. So keep walking and talking with God and keep practicing the simple disciplines that consider His ways and keep us grounded in His presence.

A life walking in the Spirit is one where the fruit of the spirit grows in our lives and is one where the love, peace, joy, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, patience, and  self-control can flow out of us and change the atmosphere in our interactions and in our relationships. The love God has given us can be shared and experience by others so be bold and courageous in showing up and letting others know that you appreciate them, and if the opportunity presents itself, let them know that there is a God in heaven who sent Jesus Christ to give us peace and to make us a part of His family forever.    




Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”.

This morning’s meditation verse is:

Psalm 65:5 (NLT2)
5  You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds, O God our savior. You are the hope of everyone on earth, even those who sail on distant seas.

Today’s Bible verse reminds us that God is one who answers our prayers and that He is present and available no matter where our travels will take us.  

That line about “those who sail on distant seas” reminds me of a cruise I took back in 2018 where I was told that no matter where our ship took us over the ocean, we would never be further than 7 miles from land. Of course that was a little bit of nautical humor because, they were referring to that land that was straight down, at the bottom of the ocean!

As pleasant as a cruise can be, when I looked out at the 360 degree view of ocean with no land in sight, I was very aware of the real and present danger that we would be in if our ship should sink.  I have heard a few tales of people lost at sea and know that as pretty as the ocean is, we should make no mistake, the ocean is a killer.  The ocean’s environment is hostile to our lives.   

But since coming to faith in Christ, I don’t fear for my life like I once did and even though I was somewhat on edge when I considered the ocean depths that surrounded me I was comforted by the fact that nothing and no one could separate me from the love of God and that where ever my life would take me, the Lord was always with me.   

Peace is the fruit of the Spirit that we can enjoy continuously when we remember that God is with us and that He hears our prayers.  Our conversation with God, our prayer life, is the means by which we can communicate to the Lord what we need and what we hope for.  While we can’t push God’s hand like a genie in the Bible, our prayers are the way we get to grow in our relationship with God.  To tell the Lord what we want and need and hope for in life is to draw the Lord into the depths of our hearts. To consider Him, and His wisdom and ways, is to know Him more. 

The Lord is sovereign and He controls what happens and as we pray we can see the Lord either work in our lives by answering our prayers as we hope for or we can learn to grow and trust Him and to consider our experience in life and our walk of faith as we are challenged by the prayers requests we make that are not answered like we want.  

God saves us through Jesus Christ, giving us eternal life. So if we are in Christ, we have been given everything we need: eternal life and the power to live by faith.   The particulars will have to work themselves out and our understanding will have to be matured as we go forward but we should never doubt that the Lord is with us and for us. 

He has already given us everything we need and our experiences in our walk of faith will cause us to grow into the people God wants us to be. Our prayers may not always be answered like we hope, but God is always going before us to insure that our way to Him and other good things will be clear. We don’t know what the Lord has in store for us from day to day be we can know that He is moving all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. So make it your purpose to pray, to hope for good things, to love God, and to always trust in Him.


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Today we continue sharing from John Piper’s “Don’t Waste Your Life”.  

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6 -The Goal of Life—Gladly Making Others Glad in God


It is impossible to risk your life to make others glad in God if you are an unforgiving person. If you are wired to see other people’s faults and failures and offenses, and treat them roughly, you will not take risks for their joy. This wiring—and it is universal in all human beings—must be dismantled. We will not gladly risk to make people glad in God if we hate them, or hold grudges against them, or are repelled by their faults and foibles. We must become forgiving people.

Don’t start raising objections about the hard cases. I am talking about a spirit, not a list of criteria for when we do this or that. Nor am I talking about wimpy grace that can’t rebuke or discipline or fight. The question is, do we lean toward mercy? Do we default to grace? Do we have a forgiving spirit? Without it we will walk away from need and waste our lives.

Forgiveness Is Good Because It Gives Us God

The biblical motive for being a forgiving person may be deeper than being forgiven. It is true to say: The motive for being a forgiving person is that we have been forgiven by God when we did not deserve it. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). But the bottom of this motive is not God’s forgiveness, but what God’s forgiveness gives. It gives us God.

Why do we cherish being forgiven by God? There are answers to this question that would dishonor him, because there are benefits from forgiveness that a person may love without loving God. We might say, “I cherish being forgiven by God because I hate the misery of a guilty conscience.” Or “… because I hate the prospect of pain in hell.” Or “… because I want to go to heaven to see my loved ones and have a new body with no sickness.” Where is God in these reasons for cherishing forgiveness? In the best case he is there in all these reasons as the real treasure of life.

If so, then these delights are really ways of cherishing God himself. A free and clean conscience enables us to see more of God and frees us to enjoy him. Escape from hell at the cost of Christ’s blood shows us more of God’s commitment to merciful holiness and his desire for our happiness. The gift of seeing loved ones highlights God’s wonder in creating relationships of love. Getting a new body deepens our identification with the glorified Christ. But if God himself is not there in these gifts—and I fear he is not for many professing Christians—then we do not know what forgiveness is for.

Forgiveness is essentially God’s way of removing the great obstacle to our fellowship with him. By canceling our sin and paying for it with the death of his own Son, God opens the way for us to see him and know him and enjoy him forever. Seeing and savoring him is the goal of forgiveness. Soul-satisfying fellowship with our Father is the aim of the cross. If we love being forgiven for other reasons alone, we are not forgiven, and we will waste our lives.

What, then, is the root motivation for being a forgiving person? “Forgive one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” We are to forgive “as God … forgave” us. God forgave us in such a way that infinite joy in his fellowship becomes ours. God is the goal of forgiveness. He is also the ground and the means of forgiveness. It comes from him; it was accomplished through his Son; and it leads people back to him with their sins cast into the deepest sea. Therefore the motive for being a forgiving person is the joy of being freely and joyfully at home with God. At great cost to himself God gave us what we needed above all things: himself for our enjoyment forever. God’s forgiveness is important for one reason: It gives us God!

What Forgivers Want to Give

Our impulse for being forgiving people is the joy we have in a forgiving God. Not just in being forgiven, but in being given joy in God by being forgiven. If we do not see this and experience this, we will probably turn God-centered motives into a kind of benevolence that tries to do good for man without knowing what the greatest good really is—namely, all-satisfying pleasure in God. But if we experience forgiveness as the free and undeserved gift of joy in God, then we will be carried by this joy, with love, into a world of sin and suffering. Our aim there will be that others, through Jesus Christ, will find forgiveness and everlasting joy in God.

Joy in God overflows in glad-hearted mercy to people, because joy in the merciful God cannot spurn being merciful. You cannot despise becoming what you enjoy about God. Joy in the God who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for undeserving sinners cannot return evil for evil. That joy will love being merciful (Micah 6:8). Joy in the God who is slow to anger cannot coexist with its own impatience. It will fight for the triumph of what it admires in God. Joy in the God who spends eternity showing “the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us” (Ephesians 2:7) delights to be generous and looks for ways to give.[1]

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Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

[1] John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2003), 99–102.