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a place to stand

husband's duties

"In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body."  (Ephesians 5:28-30 ESV)  Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the duties of the husband toward his wife... First of all, the husband must realize that his wife is part of himself.  He may not feel this instinctively; he has to be taught it; and the Bible in all its parts teaches it.  In other words, the husband must understand that he and his wife are not two: they are one.     On the practical level, therefore, the whole of the husband's thinking must include his wife also.  He must never think of himself in isolation or in detachment...  His thinking, therefore, must never be personal in the sense of being individualistic, and what he does involves of necessity the other half.  [On Eph. 5:29] A man's attitude to his wife, says the

the problem of self

"The real cause of failure, ultimately, in marriage is always  self, and the various manifestations of self.  Of course,  that is the cause of trouble everywhere and in every realm.   Self and selfishness are the greatest disrupting forces in  the world.  All the major problems confronting the world,  whether you look at the matter from the standpoint of  nations and statesmen or from the standpoint of industry and  social conditions, or from any other standpoint -- all these  troubles ultimately come back to self, to 'my rights', to  'what I want', and to 'who is he'? or 'who is she'?   "Self, with its horrid manifestations, always leads to trouble,  because if two 'selfs' come into opposition there is bound  to be a clash.  Self always wants everything for it-self.  That is true of my self, but it is equally true of your  self.  You at once have two autonomous powers, each deriving  from self, and a clash is inevitable.  Such clashe

the importance of christian scholarship

In June of 1932, J. Gresham Machen gave three lectures at a meeting of the Bible League in Caxton Hall, Westminster, London. The titles were "The Importance of Christian Scholarship for Evangelism", " The Importance of Christian Scholarship  for Defense of the Faith", and " The Importance of Christian Scholarship   for Building Up the Church."  The PDF of this series, as well as MP3 readings of the messages are located on the Reformed Audio site .  It would be worth your while to listen to them! Here are just a few excerpts... Let us, therefore, pray that God will raise up for us today true defenders of the Christian faith. We are living in the midst of a mighty conflict against the Christian religion. The conflict is carried on with intellectual weapons. Whether we like it or not, there are millions upon millions of our fellowmen who reject Christianity for the simple reason that they do not believe Christianity to be true. What is to be done in suc

JE birthday quotes

In honor of Jonathan Edwards' birthday last week  (October 5), here are a few snippets from his writings, courtesy of  @SDG_67 : "Such is man's natural enmity against God, that he would rather trust  in anything in the world, than God." "The cross was the devil's own weapon and with this weapon he was  overthrown: as David cut off Goliath's head with his own sword." "Christ has flung the door of mercy wide open, and stands in the door  calling and crying with a loud voice to poor sinners." "Seeing the beauty of God's holiness will melt the hearts of men, wean  them from the world, draw them to God, and effectually change them." "The gospel seemed to me the richest treasure, the treasure I have  most desired; I longed that it might dwell in me richly." "The yoke of Christ is abundantly lighter than the iron yoke of Satan." "Make much use of prayer. You have a

the whole universe a language

"I believe that the whole universe, heaven and earth, air and seas, and the divine constitution and history of the holy Scriptures, be full of images of divine things, as full as a language is of words..."   ~ Jonathan Edwards, Typological Writings , Yale Vol. 11, p. 152.