Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




God is Making Me More


Viewing the gift of life as a critical assignment from God at the strategic moment in which we live.

And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.
1 Chronicles 12:32

Serious; important; that is, really intent or engaged; whence the phrase, in earnest. To be in earnest, is to be really urging or stretching towards an object; in tent on a pursuit. Hence from fixed attention, comes the sense of seriousness in the pursuit, as opposed to trifling or jest. Are you in earnest or in jest?
Webster's, 1st ed., 1828

Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.

Philippians 1:20 according to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.

James 5:17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.

1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, earnestly desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:

Jude 1:3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

The apostle is intensely personal in his address. This verse is not spoken to us all in the mass, but to some one in particular. It is always a very happy sign when a man begins to think of himself as an individual, and when the expostulations and invitations of the gospel are seen by him to be directed to himself personally. I will give nothing for that indirect, essay-like preaching which is as the sheet lightning of summer, dazzling for the moment, and flaming over a broad expanse, but altogether harmless, since no bolt is launched from it, and its ineffectual fires leave no trace behind. I will give nothing for that kind of hearing which consists in the word being heard by everybody in general, and by no one in particular.
"Earnest Expostulation"
A Sermon (No. 1714) Delivered on Lord's-Day Morning, April 1st, 1883, by C. H. SPURGEON, At the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
-- Romans 8:28-29

I have remembered Thy Name, O LORD, in the night, and have kept Thy Law.
-- Psalm 119:55

This isn't that New Age "Positive Thinking" stuff, is it??

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