Why do I fear to speak the name of Jesus?

Am I a soldier of the cross,A follower of the Lamb?And shall I fear to own His cause,Or blush to speak His name? Isaac Watts, 1674-1748 There must have been people even 300 years ago who considered themselves followers of Jesus but were very circumspect about mentioning His name. Why are we like that? Are … Continue reading Why do I fear to speak the name of Jesus?

Am I a soldier of the cross?

  “Now these are the nations which the LORD left, to prove Israel by them, even as many of Israel as had not known all the wars of Canaan; only that the generations of the children of Israel might know, to teach them war, at the least such as before knew nothing thereof” (Judges 3:1-2). … Continue reading Am I a soldier of the cross?

Is this vile world a friend to grace?

Alexander Fraser Tytler, (1747 – 1813) was a Scottish lawyer, judge, writer and historian.  In writing about democracy in Athens, he first noted that a large number of the people were slaves, not citizens, then went on to say, “Nor were the superior classes in the actual enjoyment of a rational liberty and independence. They … Continue reading Is this vile world a friend to grace?

This is war

“Must I be carried to the skies on flow’ry beds of ease?” asked Isaac Watts many years ago.  Well, nowadays that seems to be exactly what we expect Christian life to be like.  Is it any wonder that so many folks find Christian life to be boring and unfulfilling? Jesus didn’t promise “flow’ry beds of … Continue reading This is war