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Life

Father, Long Before Creation

This is one of my favorite hymns. It was originally a Chinese hymn, and it was translated by Francis P. Jones.  It was most recently re-recorded by Matthew Smith on the Beams of Heaven: Indelible Grace IV project.

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Translated by Francis P. Jones
Music and Chorus by Andrew Osenga

Father, long before creation
Thou hadst chosen us in love,
And that love so deep, so moving,
Draws us close to Christ above.
Still it keeps us, still it keeps us
Firmly fixed in Christ alone.

Though the world may change its fashion,
Yet our God is e’er the same;
His compassion and His covenant
Through all ages will remain.
God’s own children,
God’s own children
Must forever praise His name.

God’s compassion is my story,
Is my boasting all the day;
Mercy free and never failing
Moves my will, directs my way.
God so loved us,
God so loved us
That His only Son He gave.

Loving Father now before Thee
We will ever praise Thy love,
And our songs will sound unceasing
‘Til we reach our home above,
Giving glory,
giving glory
To our God and to the

Giving glory,
giving glory
To our God and to the Lamb.

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Ministry

Are missions and the doctrine of election at odds? I don’t think so.

Some missionaries have said that if the doctrine of election were true, they would never have become a missionary. Well, I say, “I am a missionary because the doctrine of election is true.”

Where do I find this in the Bible?  In Acts 18, Paul is in Corinth.  You would not have found a more pagan city on the planet than Corinth in the first century.  Yet Jesus appeared to Paul in a vision and said, “Do not be afraid, but go on speaking and do not be silent, for I am with you, and no one will attack you to harm you, for I have many in this city who are my people” (vv. 9-10).

Paul’s preaching didn’t elect people to salvation.  God elected them and the true sheep responded to the gospel message.  Remember Jesus’ words: “I have other sheep that are not of this fold.  I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice” (John 10:16).

Jesus does the bringing.  You do the preaching.  People will respond.

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Theology

Was Anyone Saved at the Cross

A guest post by Jordan Esmay

Below is a link to an article written by James White.  James White is a leading Protestant Christian apologist.  His ministries website is here.  A friend of mine who is not explicitly Reformed in his theology read it and said it was the first time he had thought about the issues discussed like Mr. White presented them.

Was Anyone Saved at the Cross? by James White

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Theology

God’s Adoption Agency

In love he predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.
– Ephesians 1:5

Jesus Christ is the divine Adoption Agency that God works through to bring his children to himself.  He predestines and adopts not because he is a mean, old sky fairy who is a control freak.  No.  God is a loving dad who has an incorruptible will and brings people to himself because he is love and only acts in love toward his children.

For someone to say that God does not elect people for salvation, and that he merely lets us “choose” him, they are essentially holding an open palm at God’s face saying, “No God!  You can’t love me like that!  I won’t let that kind of love to embrace and encompass me.  I won’t allow it!”  How selfish and arrogant.  How sad.  The doctrine of election is the most humbling doctrine in Scripture.  It teaches that a loving Father sent his only Son on a rescue mission to earth to save lost and blind people who never had any intention of searching for truth.

God saves people.  He adopts his kids through Jesus.  He alone get the glory.  This is election.  This is God’s grace.

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Theology

Election is for Humility

How shall those who are the subjects of divine election sufficiently adore the grace of God? They have no room for boasting, for sovereignty most effectually excludes it. The Lord’s will alone is glorified, and the very notion of human merit is cast out to everlasting contempt. There is no more humbling doctrine in Scripture than that of election, none more promotive of gratitude, and, consequently, none more sanctifying. Believers should not be afraid of it, but adoringly rejoice in it.

– Charles Spurgeon