Yesterday Stu Johnston from Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Mebane spoke at our morning worship service. His message was called Six Reasons God Allows Satan To Attack Us, and if you click on that title you will be able to listen to the sermon at the PBC website.
Pastor Johnston based his message on the 22nd chapter of Luke, where Jesus tells Peter that the Devil has desired to sift him. I won't give a recap of the message here because I would ruin it. Just go listen to it in Pastor Johnston's own words. It was both comforting and convicting and a strong reminder of God's sovereignty.
Another strong reminder of God's sovereignty...hymn #75 in the new Trinity Hymnal! We sang this yesterday:
O Father, You Are Sovereign
O Father, You are sovereign in all the worlds You made;
Your mighty Word was spoken, and light and life obeyed.
Your voice commands the seasons and bounds the ocean’s shore,
Sets stars within their courses and stills the tempests’ roar.
O Father, You are sovereign in all affairs of man;
No powers of death or darkness can thwart Your perfect plan.
All chance and change transcending, supreme in time and space,
You hold your trusting children secure in Your embrace.
O Father, You are sovereign the Lord of human pain,
Transmuting earthly sorrows to gold of heavenly gain,
All evil overruling, as none but Conqueror could,
Your love pursues its purpose—our souls’ eternal good.
O Father, You are sovereign! We see You dimly now,
But soon before Your triumph earth’s every knee shall bow.
With this glad hope before us our faith springs forth anew:
Our Sovereign Lord and Savior, we trust and worship You!
This is the tune used for this hymn in the Trinity Hymnal.
I needed the reminders of God's sovereignty this weekend after spending time Friday and Saturday thinking about John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin as his vice president. I was initially enthused about Palin...after all, she's everything McCain used to be, or at least used to claim to be! But my initial enthusiasm cooled off after I started thinking about the Biblical ramifications of a woman being in this position. I've been mulling over how to present my opinions on this and how best to express my objections. But in the meantime others have stepped up and expressed this much better than I could...so I will link to them and encourage you to read their thoughts carefully and prayerfully.
Carmon Friedrich of Buried Treasure Books posted this entry on Saturday and hers was the first post I saw this weekend that raised this question. (Editing to add---others surely may have posted before Carmon, she even links to some of them---this was only the first one I saw.)
Follow the links from Carmon's post to get some additional perspectives, and read her comments to get agreement and disagreement from her readers.
Voddie Bauchum also addressed the McCain/Palin candidacy in the light of Scripture and from a pro-family viewpoint. I appreciated his calm, reasoned tone.
EDITING AGAIN ON TUESDAY: Today I noticed that our pastor, Michael Beasley, had also written about Palin's candidacy at The Armoury. Be sure to read this one, too!
If any of my readers has written, or knows of, a Biblically-based argument in favor of Palin being vice-president I would be interested in seeing it. For those of you who are having the immediate reaction "But that means you're going to vote for Obama!" or "But if you don't vote for McCain Obama will win!"...scroll back up to the top of the post and listen to the sermon and read the hymn about God's sovereignty. Then you might go take a look at these links for some ideas of how America's two-party system could be changed. BIG NOTE: The Cat is NOT endorsing, recommending, or idealizing either of these two parties. She might be voting for one of them; that remains to be seen at this time.
Constitution Party-Chuck Baldwin/Darrell Castle
Libertarian Party-Bob Barr