Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Great Exchange

“This is that mystery which is rich in divine grace to sinners: wherein by a wonderful exchange our sins are no longer ours but Christ’s, and the righteousness of Christ not Christ’s but ours. He has emptied himself of his righteousness that he might clothe us with it and fill us with it; and he has taken our evils upon himself that he might deliver us from them."

“Learn Christ and him crucified. Learn to pray to him and, despairing of yourself, say, ‘Thou, Lord Jesus, art my righteousness, but I am thy sin. Thou hast taken upon thyself what is mine and hast given to me what is thine. Thou hast taken upon thyself what thou wast not and hast given to me what I was not.'”

Martin Luther, quoted in J. I. Packer and Mark Dever, In My Place Condemned He Stood (Wheaton, 2008), page 85

Bill Evans - 'Round Midnight - Sweden-1970 Eddie Gomez Marty Morrell

Oscar Peterson Trio - Wave [1985]

Angelina - Tommy Emmanuel - Written for his second daughter, Angelina

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Resting On Christ Alone

“We can put it this way: the man who has faith is the man who is no longer looking at himself and no longer looking to himself. He no longer looks at anything he once was. He does not look at what he is now. He does not even look at what he hopes to be as the result of his own efforts. He looks entirely to the Lord Jesus Christ and His finished work, and rests on that alone. He has ceased to say, "Ah yes, I used to commit terrible sins but I have done this and that." He stops saying that. If he goes on saying that, he has not got faith. Faith speaks in an entirely different manner and makes a man say, "Yes I have sinned grievously, I have lived a life of sin, yet I know that I am a child of God because I am not resting on any righteousness of my own; my righteousness is in Jesus Christ and God has put that to my account.”
― D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Is this truth settled in your heart? I have received the free gift of righteousness and I have been adopted into God's family and I am eternally secure in Christ.

Keystone Pipeline If We Could Only Get Dem Asses Out Of The Way

Eric Clapton - I Can't Hold Out

Eric Clapton- Lay Down Sally

Next Time You See Her - Eric Clapton

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

We Are Far Too Easily Pleased

“It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, and Other Addresses

We think just the opposite. We think our sinful desires are so strong that we can't reach for the joy God offers but that makes us like an ignorant child who is easily pleased. Instead of reaching for the joy we settle for the mud in the slum, that's why were half-hearted creatures who are content with the mud. We settle for weak desires instead of going for the higher desires to know God and to be filled with his joy.

Jethro Tull & Joe Bonamassa - Locomotive Breath

Joe Bonamassa and Paul Rogers - Fire and Water