Monthly Archives: October 2012

Post Tenebras Lux

luther posting his 95 theses in 1517

luther posting his 95 theses in 1517 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After Darkness, Light

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his revolutionary 95 theses to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany thereby sparking the Protestant Reformation. In honor of the historical significance of this day and how God used the reformers, including John Calvin, to restore a much deserved preeminence to the Holy Scriptures and the Gospel of Grace, here’s a link to John Piper’s blog post and video entitled “After Darkness…Light (Video from Geneva)”.

To God be the glory, great things He has done!

Happy Reformation Day!
By His Grace and for the Gospel,

Pleasures Pure

by Terrie van Baarsel


Rain-1686 (Photo credit: pomranka)

I want to go where hearts are beating
Where time is short and life is fleeting
Where laughter dares and cheeks are ruddy
And children sing and boots are muddy
From delightful rousing romps through rain
That end in warmth of hearth again.

I long to rid my heart of worry
Take my time and never hurry
Stroll through orchards born of earth
Grown from seeds of truest mirth
Pluck ripe fruit and bite right in
And let sweet juice run down my chin.

I want to drink of love’s new wine
So deep and rich in taste, divine!
Then toast the hues of morning sun
And never being weary, run
‘Long winding paths through forest glades
‘Til shadows fall and sunlight fades.

Oh to dance in autumn leaves
Await the bite of winter’s freeze
And riding emerald springtime swells
Recall a child’s lost summer spells
Her mirrored dreams of salt and spray
Bright sea-kissed skies o’er holidays!

And yet, just to share a cup of tea
And gaze into the eyes of thee
Sing this moment’s carefree song
To trust ’tis here where I belong
Desiring naught but ties that bind
Secure and free at the same time.

Internet Mixer-October 25, 2012

The Mix is one day early this week. I will be out of town tomorrow. Here we go!

Being a Wife is All About Jesus: Good words by Jen Smidt over at The Resurgence.

National Geographic Photo Contest 2012: An amazing sampling of photographs from this year’s contest.

How Can We Pray? R.C. Sproul Jr., who lost his wife and daughter in the last year, answers this question.

Jesus Saving Me From Me:  My friend Micey is a nurse for Mercy Ships, a ministry delivering free, world-class healthcare services to the poor in developing nations. This is a link to her blog.

God bless you all!

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

Noisy Joy

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!  Psalm 100:1-2

An early printing of Luther's hymn A Mighty Fo...

An early printing of Luther’s hymn A Mighty Fortress Is Our God (Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

God calls all men everywhere to “make a joyful noise.” The LORD is God, and He sovereignly rules over all the nations. The Psalmist here reminds us of what the response to our Gracious King should be. Gladness and singing!

One of the things that being retired has afforded me is more time in the mornings to read my Bible. Recently, I’ve added singing to my devotions. We have a hymnal on our bookshelf and I am methodically working my way through it, singing the hymns that I know. If I am unsure of a particular melody, reading the words aloud is also a blessing. It’s just the Lord and me and the dog. Thankfully, Boomer hasn’t howled in protest at my singing ability , at least not yet!

Here are some excerpts from some of my favorite hymns:

Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
 Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen
 How thy desires e’er have been
 Granted in what He ordaineth?
(from Praise to the Lord, the Almighty)

Not the labors of my hands, Can fulfill thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know, Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone; Thou must save and Thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring, Simply to Thy cross I cling;
Naked come to Thee for dress, Helpless, look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly, Wash me, Savior, or I die!
(from Rock of Ages)

When I survey the wondrous cross, On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride.
See, from His head, His hands, His feet, Sorrow and love flow mingled down;
 Did e’er such love and sorrow meet, Or thorns compose so rich a crown?
(from When I Survey the Wondrous Cross)

And finally,

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art-
Thou my best thought by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Riches I need not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only be first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my treasure Thou art!
(from Be Thou My Vision)

My “quiet time” is not so quiet anymore.

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

Internet Mixer – October 19, 2012

Here’s the mixer for this week!

$5.00 Fridays: Good deals over at Ligonier Ministries!

Free Stuff Fridays! Every Friday you can enter to win free stuff over at

Political Roast: President Obama and Mitt Romney roast each other at charity dinner.

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”’Giants Logo 2000–present”’ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ball Dudes:  San Francisco Giants partial to Senior Citizens as Ball Boys.

Grace Looking Back: I’ve been enjoying Mrs. Challies’ blog. Thought you might, too!

Have a blessed week-end!

By His Grace and for the Gospel,
Terrie van Baarsel

It Is the Lord!

That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!”    – John 21:7

Seven disciples go fishing on the Sea of Galilee. They toil all night without success. As the sun rises, a stranger calls to them from shore: “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” The result is a net teeming with fish, a catch so bountiful that even experienced fishermen have trouble hauling it in. At this point, perhaps the Apostle John recalls another fruitless night of fishing. The Master’s instructions, the nets laden with fish and stretched to the breaking point. Perhaps the Lord’s own words come back to him… “I will make you fishers of men.” However it happens, the identity of the stranger is revealed. John knows.

I want to be that disciple. The one who is quick to discern the presence of the Lord and eager to draw attention to Him. Lord, allow me to focus my attention on you when I am about the daily business of life. Remind me that you are near even when my labor seems in vain. Let me recall how in times past you have worked on my behalf. Make me zealous to hear your word and fervent to obey. Train my eyes and heart on Thee. Let me be the one who hesitates not to say, “It is the Lord!”

By His Grace and for the Gospel, Terrie van Baarsel

(See John 21:1-14; Luke 5:1-11; Matthew 4:19)

Internet Mixer – October 12, 2012

Here’s the Mix of the week:

At The End of Google Earth: Vanity Fair’s piece about a man who used Google Earth to find his boyhood home and the family he had been separated from as a child. This is well worth the few minutes it will take to read.

Sovereign Grace Music! Check out Sovereign Grace Music’s website. Very cool!

Levi Leipheimer, 19ème étape du Tour de France...

Levi Leipheimer, 19ème étape du Tour de France 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why I Doped: Levi Leipheimer’s confession/essay in the Wall Street Journal about his part in the Tour de France doping scandal.

Love your neighbor: Tim Challies’ book review of The Art of Neighboring by Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon.

My Two Moms: A poignant blog post by Michael C. Patton over at Parchment and Pen Blog. As my family and I are currently walking through a health crisis with my own mother, this post really touched my heart.

Dog House Diaries: I can relate to this!

Have a great weekend everybody!

By His Grace and for the Gospel,

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