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The Decrees of God

The Decree Of God is His purpose or determination with respect to future things. We have used the singular number as Scripture does (Rom. 8:28; Ephesians 3:11), because there was only one act of His infinite mind about future things. But we speak as if there had been many, because our minds are only capable of thinking of successive revolutions, as thoughts and occasions arise, or in reference to the various objects of His decree, being many, they seem to us to require a distinct purpose for each. But an infinite understanding does not proceed by steps, from one stage to another: "Known unto God are all His works, from the beginning of the world" (Acts 15:18).

 

The Scriptures mention the decrees of God in many passages, and in a variety of terms. The word "decree" is found in Psalm 2:7. In Ephesians 3:11 we see His "eternal purpose;" in Acts 2:23, His "determinate counsel and foreknowledge;" in Ephesians 1:9, the mystery of His "will;" in Romans 8:29 that He also did "predestinate;" in Ephesians 1:9, His "good pleasure." God’s decrees are called His "counsel" to signify they are consummately wise. They are called God’s "will" to show He was under no control, but acted according to His own pleasure. When a man’s will is the rule of his conduct, it is usually capricious and unreasonable; but wisdom is always associated with will in the divine proceedings, and accordingly, God’s decrees are said to be "the counsel of his own will" (Eph. 1:11).

 

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Biblical Context of Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

 

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Elección de Dios

Los elegidos de Dios son aquellos que Dios predestinó para salvación. Ellos son llamados los “elegidos” porque esa palabra denota el concepto de elección. Dios elige a aquellos que serán salvos. Estos son los elegidos de Dios. 

 

When we comment, write or have a conversation please let us remember...

Colossians 3:8: But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.

 

Ephesians 4:29: Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

 

Colossians 4:6: Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

 

1 Peter 3:10: For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.

 

 

The Hope Movement had the God-given opportunity to assist the feeding center in Chiquimula, Guatemala in partnership with Mis Manos Tus Manos Ministry. On Friday, November 3, 2017 we served between 80 and 150 children. This feeding center managed by our friend William Lemus is in a community located in the trash dump. There are such much needs in this area and we pray that with your support we can continue to work with them to share the Gospel and love to those in need.

 

Soli Deo Gloria (Glory To God Alone)

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United States: Relief in Disaster

This Sunday until Friday The Hope Movement in partnership with Life Source Church and others will be flying down to the keys to share the love of Christ by helping to rebuild a church and homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Irma while also sharing the Gospel. Keep us all in prayer and those whom we will be serving.

 

Soli Deo Gloria (Glory To God Alone)

 

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La Doctrina de la Trinidad

La doctrina de la Trinidad, simplemente, es que Dios es absolutamente y eternamente una esencia que subsiste en tres personas distintas y ordenadas sin división y sin replicación de la esencia.

 

Cada persona de la Trinidad posee toda la esencia indivisa de Dios. Este hecho significa que las tres personas, aunque distintas entre sí, son iguales en cada perfección (Atributo) de la esencia divina.

 

 

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Baltimore: Seeking Hope

On Saturday as we were working in the Haven of Hope Community Garden on North Avenue in Baltimore City we were playing worship music and landscaping. As we worked a man came to us and wanted to talk. He said he just got out of jail because he and his ex-girlfriend got into a fight, he is living on the streets and while in jail for two weeks his mother passed away of cancer and he missed the opportunity to see her. He said she was in the house dead for days and no one checked on her. As he spoke this hard man broke down and cried like a child. 

 

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Baltimore: He Felt Something Special

He lives on the streets and came by to tell us that in the evening he sits in our garden and he feels close to God. We prayed together and later we gave him $2 to buy some hot dogs but before he went to get some food he helped us for about an hour watering the plants.

 

 

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Attributes of God: Mercy

What is mercy? It is not getting what we deserve. Because Christ already suffered the judgment and curse.

 

"O Give Thanks unto the LORD; for he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever" (Ps. 136:1). For this perfection of the divine character God is greatly to be praised.

 

When we contemplate the characteristics of this divine excellency, we cannot do otherwise than bless God for it. His mercy is "great" (1 Kings 3:6); "plenteous’’ (Ps. 86:5); "tender" (Luke 1:78); "abundant" (1 Pet. 1:3); it is "from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him" (Ps. 103:17). Well may we say with the psalmist, "I will sing aloud of thy mercy" (Ps. 59:16).

 

"I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy" (Ex. 33:19). Wherein differs the mercy of God from his grace? The mercy of God has its spring in the divine goodness. The first issue of God’s goodness is His benignity or bounty, by which He gives liberally to His creatures, as creatures; thus He has given being and life to all things. The second issue of God’s goodness is His mercy, which denotes the ready inclination of God to relieve the misery of fallen creatures. Thus, mercy presupposes sin.