Thursday Thoughts | Vol 4 | Is 4

Pastor Steve shares these links to stimulate some Thursday Thoughts

“Devotional” … Carlos Martinez has produced an album of piano solos, “Devotional” May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13. You can purchase the digital album HERE.

Consequences of Calvinism … Jonathan Leeman writes to pastors, but the implications surely include any Christian who embraces the Reformed Doctrines of Grace sometimes called Calvinism. He writes: “Many things in a new convert’s life may remain the same. Sin will continue. Yet Calvinists expect that, amidst the weeds, we’ll always see new, you-can’t-miss-them flowers. God has saved the person, and the Spirit is not weak. His work is not meager. As such, Calvinism leaves less room for nominal Christianity, easy-believism, ‘carnal Christianity,’ Jesus-is-Savior-but-not-Lord. It doesn’t say that Christians will always look morally better than non-Christians. It says people will be changed by becoming Christians. God changes them. They’ll look better than they used to. Even the thief on the cross rebuked the other thief.” You can read the rest HERE.

Don’t Reap to the Edge of Your Field … Michael Kelly writes: “God did not want His people reaping to the edge. He wanted them to have some margin at the end of their rows. Now, before we disregard this verse as something inapplicable to us, consider why the Lord would make this command. It wasn’t just about preserving His own people. He didn’t tell them to create this kind of margin because doing so is personally healthy and psychologically balanced. He gave the command for the sake of other people who might wander into those fields.” You can read the rest HERE.