Monday, July 14, 2014

Dana Carvey Plays Wheel of Impressions -- Part 1

God Gives Grace To The Humble

He gives grace to the humble. -1 Peter 5:5

God has assuredly promised his grace to the humble, that is, to those who lament and despair of themselves. But no man can be thoroughly humbled until he knows that his salvation is utterly beyond his own powers, devices, endeavors, will, and works, and depends entirely on the choice, will, and work of another, namely, of God alone.

For as long as he is persuaded that he himself can do even the least thing toward his salvation, he retains some self-confidence and does not altogether despair of himself, and therefore he is not humbled before God, but presumes that there is--or at least hopes or desires that there may be--some place, time, and work for him, by which he may at length attain to salvation. But when a man has no doubt that everything depends on the will of God, then he completely despairs of himself and chooses nothing for himself, but waits for God to work; then he has come close to grace.
Martin Luther -- Bondage of the Will, in Luther's Works, 33:61-62

The older I get the more I despair of myself because I know that my salvation is completely beyond my own power my own will my own works and I am depending entirely on the choice, will, and work of God alone.

Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood Live From Madison Square Garden - Double Trouble

Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood Live From Madison Square Garden - Pearly Queen

Eric Clapton Live From Madison Square Garden - Kind Hearted Woman

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Jesus Offers Pure Grace

'. . . full of grace and truth.' -John 1:14
Luther, preaching on this text--
This world is a veritable vale of tears, an abode of sadness, a cheerless desert; for we behold Adam and all men full of God's disfavor, displeasure, wrath, curse, and condemnation. Adam is not full of grace.
By contrast, nothing but pure grace, love, peace, joy, and favor is evident in Christ. All of these are lavishly and profusely His, since He is the dear Child of the heavenly Father. Therefore He is a far different man from Adam. The comparison between the two is like that of devil and angel. (LW, 22:119)

We are surrounded by the children of Adam who are lost blinded by the devil and are the children of disobedience. Paul added "among whom we all once lived ... and were by nature children of wrath like the rest of mankind" Whats the difference? We have received mercy and grace. We were lost in Adam but in Christ we received "nothing but pure grace, love, peace, and favor in Christ" Think about what God has freely given to you and be thankful.

Carey Bell - Heartaches And Pains

Joe Bonamassa - Around the Bend

Joe Bonamassa - One of These Days