He executes justice for the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free, the LORD gives sight to the blind, he lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves those who live justly. The LORD watches over the immigrant and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. -Psalm 146:7-9

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Philippians 4:8-9 for the week

Heidelberg Catechism Q 27 : What do you mean by the providence of God? Answer: The almighty and everywhere present power of God, wherby, as it were by His hand, he stills upholds heaven, earth, and all creatures, and so governs them that herbs and grass, rain, and drought, fruitful and barren years, food, and drink, health and sickness, riches and poverty, yea, all things, come not by chance but by His fatherly hand

Heidelberg Catechism Q 28: What does it profit us to know that God has created, and by His providence still upholds, all things?
Answer: That we may be patient in adversity, thankful in prosperity, and with a view to the future may have a good confidence in our faithful God and Father that no creature shall seperate us from His love, since all creatures are so in His hand that without His will they cannot so much as move.

Romans 5:3-5
And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance;
and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;
and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.