Theological Term of the Week: Providence

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This week’s term: Providence – God’s governing and guiding power over all things in the universe, in providing, guiding, and restraining all forces within His creation, so as to effect His eternal decree.

Last week’s term: Foreordination – The activity of God in setting in order the motives, forces, and restraints necessary to bring to pass all things which He has eternally decreed, whether by restraining sinful men, or by placing before them opportunity to exercise their depravity.

Happy Birthday to My Leslie

Today my sweet Leslie Anne turns eleven years old! I just wanted to write and share a few thoughts about her. She is stubborn (like her mother), but that also means she is determined. She is becoming more of a young lady now than a little girl, and while that is somewhat bitter, it’s mostly sweet. She has turned into my go-to girl for questions on fashion because she loves putting outfits together. She is also my Flip or Flop watching buddy (or any HGTV show) and we enjoy discussing whether we love or hate their ideas.

Leslie with her cousins last Sunday.

Leslie and Laci with their cousins last Sunday.

She loves to play the piano and is quite good at it. She is also becoming a very good singer. It’s a special blessing that I get to homeschool my children. In so doing, I get to watch them develop their talents. It’s as though I am watching a rosebud blossom, opening up more and more to reveal its beauty. I am doing all I can to cultivate it, nurture it, and enjoy its lovely fragrance.

Leslie, the model.

Leslie, posing like a model.:)

Leslie has a cute way with words. She recently heard me and Terry discussing the GOP nomination right before she had to write a paper about her own prayer requests. Her paper said, “I am praying that this war of authority will end soon.” (referring to the election) We all got a good laugh at that, but then, she always makes us smile and laugh, just when we need it most.

When she was four, Matthew Ron was born. She has loved him and watched out for him since the day he came into our lives. When he started to walk, and needed help getting up into a chair or on my bed, she would get down on her hands and knees and become a human step for him. That’s my Leslie: sweet, strong, caring, and sacrificial.

I love you, Leslie. It is an honor to be your mother.

With love,

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Theological Term of the Week: Foreordination

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This week’s term: Foreordination – The activity of God in setting in order the motives, forces, and restraints necessary to bring to pass all things which He has eternally decreed, whether by restraining sinful men, or by placing before them opportunity to exercise their depravity. 

Last week’s term: Logical and Chronological Order – Chronological means the order of events as they occur in time. Logical means the order of events as they relate to each other in cause and effect. While the teachers of the above orders of decree (see last week’s term, below) claim only to address logical order, there remains the likelihood that they regress to chronology. If this be true, whereas God is omnipresent, and His decree is singular, and there can therefore be no chronology of decree with God, the issues of Supra-, Sub-, and Inra- lapsarianism become supra-scriptural, and thus moot points. It should be duly noted that Sublapsarianism and Infralapsarianism vary only in the inversion of points three and four. They are very often considered the same.

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Theological Term of the Week: Logical and Chronological Order

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Today’s term hinges on the points of last week’s term.

This week’s term: Logical and Chronological Order – Chronological means the order of events as they occur in time. Logical means the order of events as they relate to each other in cause and effect. While the teachers of the above orders of decree (see last week’s term, below) claim only to address logical order, there remains the likelihood that they regress to chronology. If this be true, whereas God is omnipresent, and His decree is singular, and there can therefore be no chronology of decree with God, the issues of Supra-, Sub-, and Inra- lapsarianism become supra-scriptural, and thus moot points. It should be duly noted that Sublapsarianism and Infralapsarianism vary only in the inversion of points three and four. They are very often considered the same.

Last week’s term: Lapsarian – A lapsarian is one who believes man fell from his first estate of innocence and holiness by the act of sinning. While various divisions of lapsarians are in error, this general view is Biblically accurate. The divisions of lapsarianism essentially address what they feel to be the logical (but not chronological) order of divine decree, as related to the fall of man thus:

The Supralapsarian Order of Decrees:

  1. The decree to elect some to salvation and leave others in just reprobation.
  2. The decree to create both the elect and the non-elect or the reprobate.
  3. The decree to permit the fall of all men in the person of Adam.
  4. The decree to provide salvation for the elect.
  5. The decree to apply that purposed salvation to the elect.

The Sublapsarian Order of Decrees:

  1. The decree to create both the elect and the non-elect or the reprobate.
  2. The decree to permit the fall of all men in the person of Adam.
  3. The decree to provide salvation for the elect.
  4. The decree to elect some to salvation and leave others in just reprobation.
  5. The decree to apply that purposed salvation to the elect.

The Infralapsarian Order of Decrees:

  1. The decree to create both the elect and the non-elect or the reprobate.
  2. The decree to permit the fall of all men in the person of Adam.
  3. The decree to elect some to salvation and leave others in just reprobation.
  4. The decree to provide salvation for the elect.
  5. The decree to apply that purposed salvation to the elect.

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My Savior Lives

We just celebrated Resurrection Day a few weeks ago. What a moment that must have been! I have thought of it many times over the years, how exhilarating it must have been to the few followers of Christ to come to the grave and find it empty! They came there saddened and confused, and then all of that vanished like fog on a sunny morning when the angel said, “He is not here, He is risen, just like He said.”

I have just come from Facebook. Most of my friends are Christians, in fact, probably all of them claim to be. Many of them have posted statuses like, “Disappointed”, “Depressed”, “sick”, “America will cease to exist”, etc. Why the widespread heartbreak? Last night Ted Cruz suspended his presidential campaign. He was the answer for us, and now he is done. Yes, that is depressing.

I have taken an interest in politics since I was quite young. I remember the fear that gripped me as young girl when Clinton took office. The night that George Bush (41) gave his concession speech, I wept. Preachers from all corners of the country had declared that life as we knew it would cease once Clinton took the oath. Amazingly, it did not. I graduated high school, got married and even had a child while Clinton was in office. I went to church, read my Bible, worked jobs, bought groceries, paid bills, and gave out gospel tracts. I talked about the Lord at work, at home, and at church.

How was this possible with such an evil man as President? How has it been possible with an even more evil man in office the last seven years? Because God is in charge, not Clinton or Obama.

And now, as so many grieve what will surely be the end of America, I want to offer some hope.

God is in control. Why didn’t He allow the Christian man to succeed? I don’t know. Maybe because too many Christians were making an idol of Mr. Cruz by placing upon his back the success or failure of the U.S. rather than placing that confidence in Christ? Maybe we are supposed to face persecution? Because, frankly, being a Christian in the U.S. has not been that difficult. I mean, really, the problems Christians face in America are nothing compared to those in China, Iran, or Iraq. When persecution comes, only those who know and hear their Shepherd’s voice will remain faithful.

But what if everyone is wrong? What if God can preserve our freedom no matter who is in the White House? Might He then get credit for it? Probably not, but such is human nature. Utterly and totally depraved.

I know many friends who love Ted Cruz will have a tough time in the days to come. I do not put much trust in any political figure. Yes, I have my opinions, I vote, and I pray, but that’s where it ends. No more tears. I suppose being duped about Clinton in ’92 is what changed me. That, and learning the Doctrines of Grace. Knowing that God rules and reigns and controls every single molecule in nature is an enormous comfort. Knowing that I will be with Him one day and all of this life will be past, is an even greater comfort.

I hope you know Him. If you do, you know He lives!

With love,

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Spring Piano Recital {2016}

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It’s a musical time of year for us! Mitchell, Leslie, and Laci had their spring piano recital on Saturday, April 30. Their teacher, Mrs. Hall, is a sweet lady who not only teaches the basics of music, but also of hymn playing. Mitchell is our standby pianist at church, and he was needing to hone his skills regarding church music.

Leslie played her piece from memory and had a moment of forgetfulness, but she didn’t quit. She started again and did her best with poise. This was Laci’s first recital, so it was an extra special evening for her. Mitchell did very well, despite a few foibles. They all did their best and we are so happy they have the opportunity to learn music from such a kind, Christian lady.

They will be playing these same pieces for a music competition next Saturday, so this recital doubled as a great practice session before they face the judges.

It was a fun evening for our family, and if you’re interested, here are the videos:

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Theological Term of the Week: Lapsarian

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This week’s term: Lapsarian – A lapsarian is one who believes man fell from his first estate of innocence and holiness by the act of sinning. While various divisions of lapsarians are in error, this general view is Biblically accurate. The divisions of lapsarianism essentially address what they feel to be the logical (but not chronological) order of divine decree, as related to the fall of man thus:

The Supralapsarian Order of Decrees:

  1. The decree to elect some to salvation and leave others in just reprobation.
  2. The decree to create both the elect and the non-elect or the reprobate.
  3. The decree to permit the fall of all men in the person of Adam.
  4. The decree to provide salvation for the elect.
  5. The decree to apply that purposed salvation to the elect.

The Sublapsarian Order of Decrees:

  1. The decree to create both the elect and the non-elect or the reprobate.
  2. The decree to permit the fall of all men in the person of Adam.
  3. The decree to provide salvation for the elect.
  4. The decree to elect some to salvation and leave others in just reprobation.
  5. The decree to apply that purposed salvation to the elect.

The Infralapsarian Order of Decrees:

  1. The decree to create both the elect and the non-elect or the reprobate.
  2. The decree to permit the fall of all men in the person of Adam.
  3. The decree to elect some to salvation and leave others in just reprobation.
  4. The decree to provide salvation for the elect.
  5. The decree to apply that purposed salvation to the elect.

Last week’s term: Eternal Decree – All things which God has eternally purposed, which must include all things that shall ever come to pass. We should never think in terms of divine decrees, but rather decree; that is to say, all things which God purposes are part of one singular and totally unified decree. Though the following issues properly belong to soteriological philosophy, and not to divine activities, Bro. Keener places them here, because they, relative to the fall, basically address divine decree.

Wanna read past terms? Go here: Theological Terms

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