What Are We to Make of Jesus Christ? (part 2)

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Well, that is the other side. On the one side clear, definite moral teaching. On the other, claims which, if not true, are those of a megalomaniac, compared with whom Hitler was the most same and humble of men. There is no halfway house and there is no parallel in other religions. If you had gone to Buddha and asked him: ‘Are you the son of Brahma?’ he would have said, ‘My son, you are still in the vale of illusion.’ If you had gone to Socrates and asked, ‘Are you Zeus?’ he would have laughed at you. If you had gone to Mohammed and asked, ‘Are you Allah?’ he would first have rent his clothes and then cut your head off. If you had asked Confucius, ‘Are you Heaven?’ I think he would have probably replied, ‘Remarks which are not in accordance with nature are in bad taste.’ The idea of a great moral teacher saying what Christ said is out of the question. In my opinion, the only person who can say that sort of thing is either God or a complete lunatic suffering from that form of delusion, which undermines the whole mind of man. If you think you are a poached egg, when you are not looking for a piece of toast to suit you you may be sane, but if you think you are God, there is no chance for you. We may note in passing that He was never regarded as a mere moral teacher. He did not produce that effect on any of the people who actually met him. He produced mainly three effects — Hatred — Terror — Adoration. There was no trace of people expressing mild approval.

What are we to do about reconciling the two contradictory phenomena? Continue reading

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What Are We to Make of Jesus Christ?

“Now the story of Christ is simply a true myth: a myth working on us in the same way as the others, but with the tremendous difference that it really happened.” — C. S. Lewis

‘What are we to make of Jesus Christ?’ This is a question, which has, in a sense, a frantically comic side. For the real question is not what are we to make of Christ, but what is He to make of us? The picture of a fly sitting deciding what it is going to make of an elephant has comic elements about it. But perhaps the questioner meant what are we to make of Him in the sense of ‘How are we to solve the historical problem set us by the recorded sayings and acts of this Man?’ This problem is to reconcile two things. On the one hand you have got the almost generally admitted depth and sanity of His moral teaching, which is not very seriously questioned, even by those who are opposed to Christianity. In fact, I find when I am arguing with very anti-God people that they rather make a point of saying, ‘I am entirely in favour of the moral teaching of Christianity’ — and there seems to be a general agreement that in the teaching of this Man and of His immediate followers, moral truth is exhibited at its purest and best. It is not sloppy idealism; it is full of wisdom and shrewdness. The whole thing is realistic, fresh to the highest degree, the product of a sane mind. That is one phenomenon. Continue reading

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‘The Truth of the Cross’ by R.C. Sproul – FREE for Kindle

We are just days away from celebrating one of the most fundamental Christian holidays, Easter. But what is Easter without the cross? Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf is a center of R.C. Sproul’s book ‘The Truth of the Cross’. The Kindle version of this book is now offered freely on Amazon.com. It is a limited time offer, so make sure you get yours today.

 
Dr. R.C. Sproul surveys the great work accomplished by Jesus Christ through His crucifixion the redemption of God s people. Dr. Sproul considers the atonement from numerous angles and shows conclusively that the cross was absolutely necessary if anyone was to be saved. Opening the Scriptures, Dr. Sproul shows that God Himself provided salvation by sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross, and the cross was always God s intended method by which to bring salvation. The Truth of the Cross is an uncompromising reminder that the atonement of Christ is an absolutely essential doctrine of the Christian faith, one that should be studied and understood by all believers.

 “The Truth of the Cross is the best book on the cross I have read. It is a ‘must’ for every church library and a book that I will give away many times to friends. This is so because it is sober (i.e., it contains historically informed reflections on salient biblical texts), sensible (i.e., it is well-argued), simple (i.e., it holds the reader’s attention through grabbing illustrations and even a seventh-grader can its substance), and spiritual (i.e., it comes from a heart set ablaze by the Spirit).” – Dr. Bruce K. Waltke, Professor RTS

“The cross stands at the very center of our Christian lives. Still, many Christians are confused about the heart of the gospel, for many deviant views are in the air. R.C. Sproul blows the fog away in this wonderfully clear, theologically profound, and pastorally rich work. Learn afresh or anew what God has accomplished in the cross, so that you will boast only in the cross of Jesus Christ.” – Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner, Professor SBTS

Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international multimedia ministry based in Lake Mary, Florida, and can be heard teaching around the United States and overseas on his daily radio program Renewing Your Mind. He also serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew s Chapel in Sanford, Florida. During his distinguished academic career, Dr. Sproul has helped train men for the ministry as a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary and later at Knox Theological Seminary. He is the author of more than sixty books, including The Holiness of God, Chosen by God, What is Reformed Theology?, The Invisible Hand, Faith Alone, and A Taste of Heaven. He also served as general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.

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On Prayer

Prayer is our most formidable weapon, the thing which makes all else we do efficient.” ~ E.M. Bounds

Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment wit the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

The only enduring motive for prayer is that God is worthy to be sought.” ~ Daniel Henderson

Nowhere can we get to know the holiness of God, and come under His influence and power, except in the inner chamber. It has been well said: “No man can expect to make progress in holiness who is not often and long alone with God.” ~ Andrew Murray

The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came. Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory.” ~ R.A. Torrey

The cause of Christ does not need less working, but it does need among the workers, more praying.” ~ J.C. Ryle

Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the Kingdom. If you may have everything by asking in His Name, and nothing without asking, I beg you to see how absolutely vital prayer is.” ~ C.H. Spurgeon

We are too busy to pray, and so we are too busy to have power. We have a great deal of activity, but we accomplish little; many services but few conversions; much machinery but few results.” ~ R.A. Torrey

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy New Year from OSNOVA!

“The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” (Lamentations 3:22-24)

What a year we all have had! A generous dose of joy and excitement, along with a heap of grief and confusion. While some rejoiced in their victories, others cried at their losses. Yet each of us – you and me – was sustained by God’s merciful and faithful hand! Whatever good or bad we’re leaving behind in 2012, our Lord Jesus is near to us as we step into a brand new year!..

Just as Samuel after the battle, we want to proclaim at the end of this year, “Thus far the Lord has helped us” (1 Sam. 7:12). We praise our Father for providing for our families when we were unable to, for sustaining our health when we thought our bodies a lost cause, for stirring hope and strength within us at the end of our failed attempts, for humbling us when our successes blinded us, for walking with us and carrying us when we feared we were alone… What an amazing, powerful, loving God we serve!

Along with our kids we pray for a blessed 2013 for you and us. May our eyes see the mighty hand of our God, our ears hear His voice, and our hearts follow Him daily in this new, exciting chapter of our lives!..

Have a Blessed New Year!

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Albert Barnes’ Notes on the New Testament

We are happy to announce for Christmas the release of Notes on the New Testament by Albert Barnes for the Kindle.

The best-selling Notes on the New Testament were written over a number of years in 11 volumes by the 19th century American theologian Albert Barnes. They contain evangalical verse-by-verse explanation of the Bible using the King James translation. Charles Spurgeon said of this commentary, “No minister can afford to be without it.”

This OSNOVA Kindle edition contains complete and unabridged text of the Notes in one electronic publication, which is made easy to navigate via a Direct Verse Jump (DVJ) method, an active table of contents, and a cross-reference system between the Notes and the included Bible.

The DVJ works both for the Bible and the Notes, making it easy to open any Bible verse or Notes passage. There are also other navigational aids, described in detail at the beginning of the book. We highly recommend that you take time to read the instructions on how to use this excellent study tool effectively before you dig into the book!

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Time to rejoice and give thanks!

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise;
be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good…”

Psalms 100:4, 5a


 

“O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name:
make known his deeds among the people.
Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.”

Psalms 105.1-3

 

“Before you go out into the world, wash your face in the clear crystal of praise. Bury each yesterday in the fine linen and spices of thankfulness.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

 

“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” ~ Harry A. Ironside

 

“You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.” ~ Charles Spurgeon

 

“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us,
and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.”

Psalms 100.1-5

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Countdown to Thanksgiving

What?! Can it be true? Thanksgiving is just around the corner. But where did the year go?..

Are we the only ones who feel like the year has just flew by with the unheard of speed?..

It certainly has been a fast-paced and busy year for our family. The move from California back to Virginia, the search for jobs, house repairs, a shed built from scratch, new school for Bogdan, pre-K for Daryna, search for the right church… No wonder the time went by so fast.

As we approach yet another Thanksgiving, we have so much to be thankful for. God’s faithfulness and goodness have been so powerfully present in our lives this year! Here are just a few things from the big ‘thank-you’ list:

Great schools for our kids

This was the first year the Bogdan went to a public school. We were worried about almost everything. Now we see it as a special blessing, as he has a wonderful teacher and a great class. He sure is one happy kid this year, enjoying his studies, home work, and reading.

Daryna is happy now, too, as after a year of begging us to put her to school she got her wish! We were able to find a Christian school just minutes from our house that is not only excellent in program, but also quite affordable. She loves her teachers and classmates!

–  Wonderful home church

After months of searching for a church that would truly meet our needs, we have found one that is justright. We love the solid and powerful teaching, the worship, and the out-of-this-world childcare! :) Having three young kids, a good childcare is not a small thing for us.

Illya’s new job

It’s never easy to find a job in this economy, especially after a big move like ours. We are very grateful for the job God has provided for Illya.

We thank God for keeping us healthy and safe, for blessing us with good friends, for watching over our kids, for the constant provision and numerous blessings we see everyday. Above everything else, we are grateful for His closeness, for walking this road with us, and keeping our family in His hand…

What are you thankful for this year?
What challenges and blessings have you encountered this year?
Share with us!

 

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17

 

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Oksana shares

Kindle Touch has been serving my wife Oksana rather well lately. She finds herself sitting at kids’ classes, catching up on her reading. In the coming weeks she will be sharing some of the excerpts she has found encouraging and soothing to her soul. May they be a blessing to you as well.

Today’s share is from Busy Mom’s Devotions to Go, by Lori Z. Scott, preceded by the Bible verse under discussion.  

“He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:29-31)

God gives power to those who are tired and weak. If we let Him, God gives us power by encouraging our hearts, calming our fears, and giving us a more balanced perspective. He listens to our frustrations and heartaches when we pray. He quiets the noise of our emptiness and then fills us up with songs of praise. He provides us with enough strength to make it through another busy day.

“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Luke 16:13)

No one can serve two masters. The Bible clearly points out we will be devoted to one and despise the other. Much as we may want to place two things in the number one position, we can’t. Our hearts can’t be in two places at once.

When daily pressures threaten to consume every moment, it’s time to check our priorities. Despite what we may profess to be of utmost importance, our actions will reveal our true master.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5)

Whenever God brings us change, He provides a measure of mercy to endure it. We have the added security of knowing that God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is always compassionate, merciful, loving, faithful, patient, and gracious. If we do as Proverbs 3:5 suggests and trust in the Lord with all of our heart, we can let go of past failures, and hold on to God’s promises.

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