Monday, October 19, 2009

Much Accomplished

2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

People use this verse to say that the Lord wants all to repent and receive salvation. Taken in context and considering who Peter is writing to helps to explain the purpose and meaning. He is writing to believers as depicted by the address in the first chapter verse one and also at the beginning of the third chapter when he calls the ones addressed "Beloved". Then in 3:9 he says that the Lord is longsuffering to us-ward, (those he is writing to) not willing that any (of them) should perish, and that all (of them) should come to repentance. This would apply to all believers but should not be used to infer that God will or that he desires the salvation of any outside of those he chose in Christ before the foundation of the world.

We had a very full week-end. Carol and I had a very nice time attending the Golden Spur award ceremony in Lubbock. Each year a rancher is chosen to receive this award and this year a rancher from Nebraska was honored. We had a great meal, good fellowship with old friends in the cattle business and Carol bought a nice jacket in the silent auction. Our hotel was nice and comfortable and we had a good drive too and from Lubbock
Sunday we went to Corbins ballgame and then all the guys went and shot sporting clays. The clays won unfortunately. We were all pretty rusty. Corbin did hit one which is pretty good considering it was only the second time he had shot a shotgun.
Carol and I, mostly I mowed the grass late Sunday evening.
We will be seeing a lot of Lubbock as we are returning there next week-end to attend the Tech/A&M game. Hope the weather is nice.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Nagging Feelings

Ephesians 2:10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

What does this verse mean to you? Does it point to your duty to identify good works to do in order to please God? Does it point to God's work in you to accomplish his purposes?

They are interpreted each way depending on who you put your trust. Who gets the Glory?

I had a good week-end. Lilly and I were home alone. Carol was in Tyler visiting her Family.
It was drizzly both days and limited what I could do. I visited my hunting stores and other shops I like. Sunday, Mason and Me had breakfast and Church and a good visit. I watched football and golf the rest of the day. I noticed a nagging discomfort most of the day. I finally discovered what that was. I was missing my Wife.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Don't have One

Oh! sweet grace, blessed grace!
"For it is by grace you have been saved." Ephesians 2:8

We are saved by grace . . . free grace, rich grace, sovereign grace, distinguishing grace—without one atom of works, without one grain of creature merit, without anything of the flesh. Oh! sweet grace, blessed grace! Oh! what a help—what a strength—what a rest for a poor toiling, striving, laboring soul—to find that grace has done all the work—to feel that grace has triumphed in the cross of Christ—to find that . . . nothing is required, nothing is needed, nothing is to be done! J.C. Philpot

The leaves are changing in the Panhandle of Texas. Im ready for the change. I love the Fall up here. The Winter worries me because of the cattle and how it will effect them and our ability to take care of them, but it is necessary. We will have good days and bad but we will get thru them and make it to Spring.

We will.