Daily Archives: November 7, 2018

NOVEMBER 7 WE BELONG TO GOD

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

—Revelation 4:11

Every soul belongs to God and exists by His pleasure. God being who and what He is, and we being who and what we are, the only thinkable relation between us is one of full Lordship on His part and complete submission on ours. We owe Him every honor that is in our power to give Him. Our everlasting grief lies in giving Him anything less.

The pursuit of God will embrace the labor of bringing our total personality into conformity to His. And this not judicially, but actually. I do not here refer to the act of justification by faith in Christ. I speak of a voluntary exalting of God to His proper station over us and a willing surrender of our whole being to the place of worshipful submission which the Creator-creature circumstance makes proper….

Made as we were in the image of God we scarcely find it strange to take again our God as our All. God was our original habitat and our hearts cannot but feel at home when they enter again that ancient and beautiful abode. POG096, 098

Father, I am Your creation, and I owe You every honor I can give. I bow in complete submission to Your Lordship. How can I do any less? Amen. [1]


[1] Tozer, A. W., & Eggert, R. (2015). Tozer on the almighty god: a 365-day devotional. Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers.

Jerusalem Post lead story — “Saudi Crown Prince to Evangelicals: Khashoggi murder was terrible ‘heinous act.'” Israeli newspaper publishes first in-depth article on what MBS told us behind closed doors in the Palace in Riyadh.

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POST-MBS-Evangelicals(Jerusalem, Israel) — On Wednesday, The Jerusalem Post published the first in-depth story on our Evangelical Delegation to Saudi Arabia, why we went, and what the Crown Prince told us behind closed doors. 

As I told editors Yaakov Katz and Seth Frantzman in the Post’s offices yesterday, the entire meeting in the Royal Palace was on the record, except for what MBS told us regarding his views of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Our team took detailed notes and I provided some of the excerpts of our conversation to the Post. Here’s the article.

MBS TO EVANGELICALS: KHASHOGGI MURDER WAS TERRIBLE “HEINOUS ACT”: But he won’t let it stop his ability to take his country where he wants to go, the delegation head says.

By Seth Frantzman, The Jerusalem Post, November 6, 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said he will not let the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi hinder…

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Spiritual Unity Is not Natural — Religious Affections Ministries: Conservative Christianity, Worship, Culture, Aesthetics, Classical Education, Homeschooling, Family

Despite the God-ordained diversity of giftedness within the body of Christ, and even the providential diversity of gender, ethnicity, educational level, and socio-economic status, we are all members of one, unified body.

Now, is this natural? It is not natural for there to be unity right alongside diversity. I mean, it would be difficult enough for there to be unity with just functional diversity—usually, we much more naturally unify with those who have the same sorts of abilities we do, don’t we? Musicians like to hang out with musicians; history-buffs get along with history-buffs; accountants get along with accountants; and lawyers get along with lawyers. Our abilities and interests and functions draw us to those who are similar to us.

But as I mentioned earlier, there are other kinds of diversity within the church as well—diversity of gender, ethnicity, age, social class, education, and so many other things. And each one of us is characterized in these categories in very specific ways. I mean, you can’t be a different age than what you are. Despite an increasing belief in secular society, you can only be one gender, and it’s the gender you were both with. And each one of us has a certain background, a certain heritage, a certain ethnicity, and it is what it is simply by the providence of God. And even with something like education, vocation, and social status, you had a part to play in choosing those to some degree, but God has gifted and wired each one of us in different ways by his providence, and it is usually that natural giftedness that causes us to be interested in certain things and that leads us to pursue a particular life vocation. In other words, by the providence of God, you are what you are. God made you a certain way and gave you a certain background and orchestrated the circumstances of your life to bring you to where you are today.

But with that being the case, what kind of people are we typically naturally drawn to? What kind of people is it natural for us to unify with? People like us! I mean, I am a 38 year old, white, introverted, middle-class, male seminary professor and pastor with a PhD who grew up in Michigan and likes classical music and reading. That is who I am. Who is it natural for me to find unity with? Other 38 year old, white, introverted, middle-class male seminary professors and pastors with PhDs who grew up in Michigan and like classical music and reading. And, literally, some of my closest friends could be described exactly that way, with a few years difference here and there.

But that’s not the kind of unity Paul has in mind here. Paul is not talking about unity with people who are all alike, who have the same natural identity. He is not talking about unity of a bunch of eyes and unity of a bunch of hands and unity of a bunch of noses. Paul is talking about unity among people who are diverse from one another. He’s talking about unity between a person like me and a Texan born-and-bred, gun toting, plumber who’s never been north of the Mason-Dixon. This is not natural.

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

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Midweek Apologetics Hit & Misc: Outline for God’s Existence

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November 7 A Plea for Unity

Fulfill my joy by being likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

Philippians 2:2

The apostle Paul was a great theologian, which meant he often addressed important doctrinal issues. He opposed the legalism of the Judaizers (Phil. 3:2) and the libertine views of other false teachers (vv. 18–19). He knew such teachings perverted the doctrine of salvation and threatened the church’s life. Yet he also realized that discord in the church was an equal threat to its life. That’s because conflict robs the church of its power and destroys its testimony. Enemies of Christ are eager to find ways to discredit the church.

Apparently, disunity in the Philippian church was about to destroy the integrity of its testimony. So Paul said to them, “Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (1:27). We have one Spirit within us, so there’s no reason for disunity.[1]


[1] MacArthur, J. (2001). Truth for today : a daily touch of God’s grace (p. 336). Nashville, Tenn.: J. Countryman.