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Post-postmodern reduction of morals

Current notions of coexistence are being proposed and propagated by liberal thinkers that strive to limit morals so that no one is offended. But a moral principle of coexistence cannot be the forced reduction of all moral codes to where no one is offended, for then there is no civil ethic and only anarchy and chaos. At best it can forbid individuals from exercising discipline of their moral principles upon an individual or group outside of its own adherents. This does not forbid a group from having moral principles that differ from others, and although one group may judge those outside of its body to be more or less wrong, misguided or heretical, no group can claim superiority by mandating others drop their positions because of the offense felt in being outside the bounds of what another group accepts. This should give all groups room to promote, advertise and recruit as best they can to convince others. Seekers and others can create groups to support their positions, but cannot demand the approval or acceptance of other groups. 

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God, Love, Marriage & Loneliness

I love my wife so much! It’s not because of all the stuff she does, our commonalities, her sense of humor or her being smarter than I. I can just lover her, all those qualities about her and more because I can see in us the picture of God’s love for me (and us). Without God’s love first I’m sure we’d place those expectations upon each other and that’s a weight neither of us could bear. 
By way of advice, I know so many who want to just be “married”, as if that’s the cure for loneliness. It’s really not if you don’t have the right expectations and can really commit to someone without needing to get something from them. Something you should already be getting from God. 
I sarcastically imagine God hears prayers from young Christians all the time asking for spouses, love, success and the like, all the while He’s thinking “Sorry all you got in this gospel deal was Me.” Yet some have the guts to even get angry with God that He has not condescended to their will. I guess if your that angry with Him you can always nail Him to a tree, oh wait we did that already. 
If you say you trust God, then really trust that you have “God”. You shouldn’t need anyone else. If you ask for and He should grant you a spouse, don’t expect from him or her anything more than that their love and happiness are from God too. Then it’s an easy partnership and loving marriage where two people find themselves absorbed in serving and giving themselves in love to each other. A giving that I see in Whitney as God’s unfolding daily love. I love you Whitney. 

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You’re a normal sinner 

No one is a special class of sinner. We are all sinners in the same general way. This means that none of us should expect or need angelic visions or visits to help us put off our pet sins. Instead we should expect our general sin to be eradicated by the general means Christ gave us to take care of it, those being attending to the preaching and reading of Scripture, prayer, Lord’s Supper and Baptism. These are the simple prescribed means to build a heart and life for God, but like Namaan in 2 Kings 5, we are somewhat offended that 1) it should be so easy, 2) it is not accompanied by a face to face acknowledgement of our greatness 3) there was no payment allowed. 

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How to maintain your love for God: when sufferings for religion are placed upon you

Summary points from “Keeping the Heart” by John Flavel.

1. What reproach would you cast upon the Redeemer and his religion by deserting him at such a time as this. 

2. Dare you violate your conscience out of complaisance to flesh and blood. 

3. Isn’t the cause of Christ infinitely more important than any interest of my own, that I should prefer his kingdom 

4. Did the Redeemer th ink lightly of your interests when for your sake he endured  suffering 

5. Can you so easily cast off heaven to join Satan 

6. How do you hope to stand on the day of judgement if you desert him now. 

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How to maintain your love for God: when in spiritual darkness and doubting: 

Summary points from “Keeping the Heart” by John Flavel.
1. The appearance of hypocrisy does not prove the person who manifests it to be a hypocrite 

2. Consider what might be well said of you, not just the evil

3. The unstable grounds of your peace is not the sure as stable ground of our religion 

4. The soul is not at all times suitable to pass a right judgement upon itself

5. Whatever the distress it should drive us to Christ not away from

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How to maintain your love for God: in the hour of temptation: 

Summary points from “Keeping the Heart” by John Flavel.
1. Repell the proposal of pleasure that in the end you know is poison 

2. Consider well that there is no secrecy of sin from God.

3. Guard against worldly advantages that subvert your trust of God 

4. Consider well that there is no sin so little by which to even entertain the excuse to give in

5. Do not reason that God will pardon anyway

6. Do not sin according to holy men, assuming the same reconciliation 

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How to maintain your love for God: when facing great trials

Summary points from “Keeping the Heart” by John Flavel
1. Get humble and abasing thoughts of yourself 

2. Cultivate a habit of communion with God

3. Let you mind be deeply impressed with an apprehension of the evil nature and effects of an unsubmissive and restless temper

4. Consider how desirable it is for a Christian to overcome his evil propensities 

5. Shame yourself, by considering the character of those who have been most eminent for meekness and submission 

6. Avoid every thing which is calculated to irritate your feelings

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