Sufficient Hope with Christina Fox

Sufficient Hope with Christina Fox

This week Coleen and Angela talk with Christina Fox about her new book Sufficient Hope. 

 

Episode Resources:

Sufficient Hope: Gospel Meditations and Prayers for Moms by Christina Fox 

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Comfort in Suffering | Episode 121

Comfort in Suffering | Episode 121

This week Coleen and Angela talk about suffering and the comfort we find in the Word of God. 

Episode Resources:

God  gives us more than we can handle 2 Corinthians 1

  • We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 2 Corinthians 1:8&9
    • We suffer that we may rely not on ourselves, but on God. 
  • We should not minimize the reality of suffering in our lives. It is not sinful to have appropriate sorrow or grief, to mourn 

Comfort in our suffering 

  • We should take comfort because the Lord cares for us  in the midst of suffering, He is with us in our pain

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too. If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; and if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we suffer. Our hope for you is unshaken, for we know that as you share in our sufferings, you will also share in our comfort. 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. Isaiah 43:2

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalms 34:18

  • We can be comforted God’s strength is manifested in our weakness 

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12

  • We can be comforted and confident He will use it for good 


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

After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10

  • God is Sovereign 

Psalm 139:1-4
Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all

Psalm 139:1-3
O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways

  • We can be comforted Because of the Lord’s loving-kindness 

Hold onto what we know about God

Psalms 13

How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever?
How long will You hide Your face from me?
2 How long shall I take counsel in my soul,
Having sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long will my enemy be exalted over me?

3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,
4 And my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
And my adversaries will rejoice when I am shaken.

5 But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
6 I will sing to the Lord,
Because He has dealt bountifully with me.

  • We have hope because of the gospel 

Gospel is a very particular word or kind of speech in the Bible; from Genesis to Revelation the gospel is God’s promise of a Son who will crush the Serpent’s head forgive the sins of His people raise them from the dead and give them everlasting life solely on the basis of His grace for the sake of Christ. Michael Horton 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1 Peter 1:3-5

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. Colossians 3:1-2

For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

Heidelberg 1

  1. What is thy only comfort in life and in death?
    That I, with body and soul, both in life and in death, am not my own, but belong to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ, who with His precious blood has fully satisfied for all my sins, and redeemed me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me, that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must work together for my salvation. Wherefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me heartily willingq1 and ready henceforth to live unto Him.

Endure  suffering faithfully – because of our hope 

In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 1 Peter 1:6&7

For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, 22 WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH; 23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed. 25 For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls. 1 Peter 2:21-25

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; 13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation. 1 Peter 4:12&13

Whate’er my God ordains is right,
Holy His will abideth.
I will be still whate’er He does,
And follow where He guideth.
He is my God,
Though dark my road.
He holds me that I shall not fall
Wherefore to Him I leave it all

2. Whate’er my God ordains is right,
He never will deceive me
He leads me by the proper path,
I know He will not leave me
I take, content,
What He hath sent
His hand can turn my griefs away
And patiently I wait His day

3. Whate’er my God ordains is right,
Though now this cup in drinking
May bitter seem to my faint heart,
I take it all unshrinking
My God is true,
Each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart
And pain and sorrow shall depart

4. Whate’er my God ordains is right,
Here shall my stand be taken
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine,
Yet I am not forsaken
My Father’s care
Is round me there
He holds me that I shall not fall
And so to Him I leave it all

 

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Children and Church | Episode 20

Children and Church | Episode 20

This week Coleen and Angela talk about children in church. Should we have our kids in the worship service? What different models do various churches follow? They discuss the difference between the family integrated church movement and the Reformed view.

Episode Resources:

When did Sunday Schools start?

Children’s Church or Children in the Church?

Why I Cannot Sign the Family Integrated Church Confession

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Q&A: Eat the meat and spit out the bones?, Matthew 18 and exposing false teachers, addressing the truth in love, confronting family members of sin, private revelations

Q&A: Eat the meat and spit out the bones?, Matthew 18 and exposing false teachers, addressing the truth in love, confronting family members of sin, private revelations

This week Coleen and Angela answer listener questions. Should we confront public teachers before exposing their false doctrine? Why shouldn’t we eat the meat and spit out the bones with heretical teachers? How do you handle the tension of loving and engaging in critical conversations with brothers and sisters you believe to be in error, doctrinally (secondary / tertiary)? Can a women lead a church group, congregation, family (when husband is there) in prayer, does this give her spiritual authority? Are there exceptions to God giving private revelations today?

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Episode Resources:

Bluestocking Baptists

Reformation Stories – Hannah Oliver

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Legalism, Antinomianism & Christian Liberty

This week Coleen and Angela discuss legalism, antinomianism and Christian Liberty.

Episode Resources:

Christian Liberty – Reformed Pilgrims

Heidelcast Series: Nomism And Antinomianism

Heidelberg 91: What Are Good Works? (1) R. Scott Clark

Heidelberg 91: What Are Good Works? (2) R. Scott Clark

What Hath Beer To Do With Calvin? Christian Liberty Is Not License R. Scott Clark

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Encouragement for Singles

This week Coleen and Angela talk to Jean Keeley about singleness. Jean offers encouragement to other singles. The gals also discuss singles and the Church.

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