Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee;
let the water and the blood,
from thy wounded side which flowed,
be of sin the double cure;
save from wrath and make me pure.
Not the labors of my hands
can fulfill thy law’s demands;
could my zeal no respite know,
could my tears forever flow,
all for sin could not atone;
thou must save, and thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
simply to the cross I cling;
naked, come to thee for dress;
helpless, look to thee for grace;
foul, I to the fountain fly;
wash me, Savior, or I die.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
Happy Reformation Day! After 502 years the celebration of the Protestant reformation continues this 31st day of October 2019. Karr (2019) highlighted significant outcomes of the Protestant Reformation: “…the Five Solas are at the top of the list. Faith alone in Christ alone by grace alone revealed through Scripture alone, and for God’s glory alone.” Of course, God raised Martin Luther and John Calvin and other Reformers (John Knox, William Tyndale, Huldrych Zwingli, etc.) to boldly proclaim the truth and change the direction of the church. Praise God for the saints! You too are included! We are new, a regenerate heart in Christ and the power of God manifests as he determines through saints of old and us today. God alone is the genius of the Protestant Reformation and ‘reform’ continues today by God’s abundant grace. “Real reformation is the work and intervention of God himself in history, in the church, and in the heart of man. Reformation dethrones man, and puts God back in his rightful place of supremacy over all things.”
It is a joy to observe “real reformation” in the heart of people we encounter. As God directs many times over, we pray and share gospel truth. By God’s grace, we share, even enjoy a great salvation and contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. Today we have the freedom to read and digest Holy Scriptures. However, predecessors to the Reformation were considered heretics and murdered for holding fast to Scripture and questioning tradition. For example, John Wycliffe (1330 –1384) was considered a heretic for translating the Scriptures into English. Going against the established tradition, he wrote, “The Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People.” Jan Hus (1369- 1415) was burned at the stake for sharing Scriptures translated into the Czech language. John Adams (1765) recognized, “The people were held in ignorance … till God in his benign providence raised up the champions who began and conducted the Reformation.”
Unlike those who follow their own ungodly desires, we rely on the Scriptures as authoritative for life and direction. Piper (2019) in reflecting about Calvin wrote, “We see him in his Scriptures, and he and they then become authoritative immediately for our lives. A brother came to my office yesterday sharing this very real truth. He said, “I get up in the morning and read my Bible.” He is growing in grace and striving in God’s power “…to live a life worthy of the calling…” he received. With tears of joy, how great it is to see and participate in real reformation! Beloved in Jesus, in celebration of this Reformation Day, I pray that I and you will heed Jude’s inspired words, “…build yourselves up in your most holy faith and pray in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt.”
While I draw this fleeting breath,
when mine eyes shall close in death,
when I soar to worlds unknown,
see thee on thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
let me hide myself in thee.
Sisters are meeting for prayer. First Baptist. 1912 Arnold Way, Alpine, 0900
You are invited to join diverse gals in Christ for an hour of fellowship and sweet prayer. A time of genuine encouragement and seeking the mercy and grace of God as the Spirit leads. Go check it out.
Brothers are meeting too! Alpine Youth Center, 2153 Arnold Way, Alpine 0730
If your schedule allows, join brothers in Jesus for the opportunity to build each other up, carry one another’s burdens in prayer, love God and share as the Spirit leads our time together. It is always a joy to see and gather with brothers!
 Ephesians 4:2-3
 Jude v. 3
 Ephesians 4:1
 Jude v. 20-22