Elizabeth requested a “high tea” for her birthday celebration. The beverage was Jasmine Tea and was served in her birthday teapot :-). More photos here.
The kiddos put on a lovely fare for Faith’s birthday breakfast: Spinach quiche, chocolate drizzled orange wedges, dark chocolate dipped strawberries, hand-squeezed orange-strawberry juice. More photos here.
Jonathan finally reached 6 feet tall in November, so we celebrated! More photos here.
Westminster Shorter Catechism #21
Q. Who is the Redeemer of God’s elect?
A. The only Redeemer of God’s elect is the Lord Jesus Christ,1 who, being the eternal Son of God, became man,2 and so was, and continueth to be, God and man in two distinct natures, and one person, for ever.3
- 1 Timothy 2.5-6: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Who gave himself an ransom for all, to be testified in due time. ↩
- John 1.14: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. Galatians 4.4: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. ↩
- Romans 9.5: Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. Luke 1.35: And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing, which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God. Colossians 2.9: For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Hebrews 7.24-25: But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. ↩
New from Banner of Truth, Heroes of Faith series.
Initial Series Set including: Ignatius, Irenaeus, and Polycarp
- Author : Sinclair B. Ferguson
- Price: $ 38.00
- ISBN#: 978184871HEROES
- Binding: Hardback
Many of our children enjoy having heroes, but they are living in a world that encourages them instead to have ‘idols’. Sometimes, perhaps, the difference is simply a choice of words. But today it is usually more. For the ‘idols’ our children are encouraged to have – whether by media coverage or peer pressure – are to be ‘adored’ not because of their character, but because of their image.
By contrast a ‘hero’ is someone who is much more than a ‘personality’ about whom we may know little or nothing. A hero is someone who has shown moral fibre, who has overcome difficulties and opposition, who has been tested and has stood firm.
This series is about such people – heroes of the Christian faith – whose lives remind us of the words of Hebrews 13:7: ‘Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.’
There are different kinds of heroes. The books in this series reflect the fact that some become heroes by being willing to die for Christ; others because of how they served the church of Christ; yet others because of what they taught about Christ; and others because of where they were prepared to go for Christ.
Heroes Of The Faith is also intended to provide a kind of church family album – pictures of those who have been members of the family of God. Many of us who are parents wish we could teach our children more about the story of the church, to help them see the privilege of belonging to a spiritual family that stretches back over the centuries and extends to the ends of the earth. This series aims to cover the centuries-long story of the church and to introduce children to heroes of the faith in every period of history.
None of these heroes was perfect – they all recognised their need of the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord. None of them claimed perffect understanding or perfect obedience. But each of them aimed to love the Lord with heart and mind and soul and strength. In that sense they were true heroes.
Many of these heroes were ministers and preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But they were not heroes simply because they were ministers. The word ‘minister’ means ‘servant’. They were people who became leaders in the church; they became heroes because they were servants both of the Lord Jesus and of his people.
I count it a privilege to have the opportunity of introducing your family, and especially your children, to many of the Heroes Of The Faith. May they become heroes too!
—Sinclair B. Ferguson
Westminster Larger Catechism #170
Q. How do they that worthily communicate in the Lord’s Supper feed upon the body and blood of Christ therein?
A. As the body and blood of Christ are not corporally or carnally present in, with, or under the bread and wine in the Lord’s Supper,1 and yet are spiritually present to the faith of the receiver, no less truly and really than the elements themselves are to their outward senses;2 so they that worthily communicate in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, do therein feed upon the body and blood of Christ, not after a corporal and carnal, but in a spiritual manner; yet truly and really,3 while by faith they receive and apply unto themselves Christ crucified, and all the benefits of his death.4
I enjoyed this doppelbock a great deal. The Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock deserves its high marks. This particular beer even has its own (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ayinger-Celebrator-Doppelbock-Beer/65477469280?v=info)!
The commercial description is very accurate:
Celebrator has a creamy head of tight bubbles contrasting beautifully with its profound dark robe. It is full-bodied and velvety from half a year’s aging. Although it is strong, it is not overpowering. There is a wonderful and complex balance between the various malts, the alcohol and the subtle hops. A complex fruitiness of roasted malt and whole hop flowers make Celebrator great as a party drink with friends and family at celebrations. Despite its richness, it has a faintly smoky dryness in the finish.
This beer poured up very dark with ruby notes. The nose is sweet and bright. It reminds me of my favourite strong Scottish Ale with the warm sweet smell of wet straw. I found it to be medium bodied, with a good richness in the mouth. The hops are subtle and very pleasant. I appreciated the complex finish: there is a definite dryness there, but it is surrounded by rich malt flavours that last.
A facebook friend shared this quotation from Matthew Henry.
We should be more careful not to do wrong than not to suffer wrong, because to suffer wrong is only an affliction, but to do wrong is a sin, and sin is always worse than affliction.
“Charity never faileth” (1 Corinthians 13.8a) — Such selfless love does not end; it is not a temporary grace, but an everlasting one. Let us pursue the increase of such grace throughout this life as we prepare to experience that grace more fully in the next.
Westminster Shorter Catechism #22
Q: How did Christ, being the Son of God, become man?
A: Christ, the Son of God, became man, by taking to himself a true body, and a reasonable soul,1 being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and born of her;2 yet without sin.3
Though truly God, the Son became truly man by taking to Himself a true human nature in its material and immaterial parts (a real physical body and a rational soul) such as we have, but without sin. In His human nature, Christ was miraculously formed by the Holy Spirit within the Virgin Mary and He was born of her just as we were born. This is part of how our glorious Redeemer humbled Himself for us, to be our perfect Prophet, Priest, and King.
Sarah requested a buffet breakfast, so the family enjoyed homemade cinnamon rolls and muffins, hard boiled eggs, toasted English muffins and bagels, and hand dipped fresh strawberries. For supper, Sarah requested a turkey dinner, so we enjoyed roasted turkey with stuffing and homemade turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, corn pudding, homemade rolls, and sweet potato casserole. We couldn’t find the sweet peas, so we were missing that! Iain made homemade lemonade to enjoy with the meal. Mommy and Daddy enjoyed a pleasant Pinot Noir, as well.
Maggie requested a biscuit breakfast, so we enjoyed homemade buttermilk biscuits with scrambled eggs and bacon, and homemade strawberry and raspberry preserves. For supper, Maggie requested a Filipino meal we call mikki which is a savoury chicken stir fry with carrots, cabbage, scallions, garlic, and pancit canton or “Chinese noodles,” served with white rice. Very delicious.