Choosing a Husband or Wife

“Remember this in choosing a husband or wife, if you are unmarried. It is not enough . . .

that your eye is pleased,
that your tastes are met,
that your mind finds congeniality,
that there is amiability and affection,
that there is a comfortable home for life.

There needs something more than this. There is a life yet to come. Think of your soul, your immortal soul. Will it be helped upwards or dragged downwards, by the union you are planning? Will it be made more heavenly or more earthly — drawn nearer to Christ, or to the world? Will its religion grow in vigor — or will it decay? I pray you, by all your hopes of glory, allow this to enter into your calculations. “Think,” as old Baxter said, and “think, and think again,” before you commit yourself. “Be not unequally yoked” (2 Corinthians 6:14). Matrimony is nowhere named among the means of conversion. Remember Lot’s choice.”

J.C. Ryle

Hymn of the Day: O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go
By George Mattheson
  1. O Love that wilt not let me go,
    I rest my weary soul in thee;
    I give thee back the life I owe,
    That in thine ocean depths its flow
    May richer, fuller be.
  2. O light that foll’west all my way,
    I yield my flick’ring torch to thee;
    My heart restores its borrowed ray,
    That in thy sunshine’s blaze its day
    May brighter, fairer be.
  3. O Joy that seekest me through pain,
    I cannot close my heart to thee;
    I trace the rainbow through the rain,
    And feel the promise is not vain,
    That morn shall tearless be.
  4. O Cross that liftest up my head,
    I dare not ask to fly from thee;
    I lay in dust life’s glory dead,
    And from the ground there blossoms red
    Life that shall endless be.

Poem of the Day: Cross

“And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord… We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic…”

Numbers 11:1a,5

 

It is a trick of the devil to make the Christian feel, in days of hard trial, that it was somehow better in previous times when they were without Christ, being alienated from the promises of God.  Let us always look at our former existence in the light of the cross, by which the world is crucified to us, and we to the world (Galatians 6:14).

 

Cross

I remember the smiley faces at the end of your text messages,

“I can’t wait to see you ; )”

I remember how you made the fluttering in my belly to cease,

your presence was peace, I remember.

I remember a symphony of pleasures,

unforgettable.

 

I remember the cross.

 

I remember your face. The foam at the mouth, the tears.

“I can’t stand to see you.”

I remember the wasps in my gut, or were they bees?

your distance meant sleep, I remember.

I remember a litany of pangs,

unbearable.

I remember our forevers being only todays.

 

 

 

Resolved,
Nate

Selma

Yesterday over 50 TIU students went to see the movie Selma. After seeing the film, I was reminded of my responsibility to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves:

8 Open your mouth for the mute,
For the rights of all the unfortunate.
9 Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And defend the rights of the afflicted and needy.
Proverbs 31:8-9

Thank God for the opportunity to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. here on campus! I count it a privilege.