12 August 2016

This 'n' That

There are a host of words wandering around the English language that simply are underused and unappreciated. I was recently browsing through some material for a project and suddenly saw the word "fortuitous" proudly decorating the page. Fortuitous; that is most definitely a word that is not used nearly enough in casual conversation.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, fortuitous means, "happening by chance." In other words, if something is fortuitous, its occurrence is accidental and was not brought about by design. I love this word. I love this word because, if we pause and ponder, we realize that nothing is actually fortuitous.

It's true, from man's finite perspective, many things appear to happen by chance; however, from a divine perspective, all things are ordained and designed by the sovereign God of the universe.
In all wisdom and insight He made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His kind intention which He purposed in Him with a view to an administration suitable to the fullness of the times, that is, the summing up of all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will, to the end that we who were the first to hope in Christ would be to the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:8b-12)
The sovereignty of God surely must be one of the most fascinating, wonderful, and comforting of all His attributes. Nothing is beyond the grasp of the One we serve. He is surprised by nothing and He is supreme over all things. Wow. Pondering such realities puts into perspective even small things like enjoying your week in review (kind of):
  • Spurgeon discusses self-congratulation versus wonder.
  • The universal proclamation of the Gospel and the particular call of grace.
  • What happened to the fear of God?
  • Interesting. Anyone have any experience with these drift roses?
  • This week's dose of adorable is bittersweet for me.
  • Fireflies are one of my favorite parts of summer evenings, but I've noticed over the past couple of years that they don't seem to be as abundant as in years past. This explains why.
  • I love that these booklets by R.C. Sproul are free, but I suggest not downloading them from Ligonier, because once they have your contact information, the stalking and harassing for money begins and does not end. They'll even hunt you down if you move.
  • The deception of cults runs strong.
  • Reading for a few hours each week may help you live longer. Just think if that time is spent reading Scripture...temporary and eternal benefits!
  • Like the Energizer Bunny, Mark Driscoll keeps going.
  • Elizabeth Prata shares her thoughts and concerns about the satire site, The Babylon Bee. I appreciate her article because I, too, have had similar thoughts as well as other concerns about this site and sites like it for several months now.
  • This sermon is so wonderful; please don't miss it! Jesus declares His deity:

1 comment:

  1. The article entitled, "Universal Proclamation of the Gospel" is excellent, clearly setting forth the truth of the gospel recovered in the Reformation, while equally clearly refuting all heretical leanings of the synergists, the "free willers" (which, unfortunately, make up a larger proportion of today's "Evangelical" churches). For over two decades I counted myself among those who thought salvation was a cooperative act between Holy God and fallen (but still able) man, and evangelized in such manner (for which I am sorrowful and repentant); yet all along I felt uneasy. Then I began to study God's Word with much greater diligence, and He reformed me. Without God's sovereign grace and election, there simply can be no evangelism; but with those things, He moves. And so we proclaim!

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