Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Question 15: A Short Catechism for Young Churchmen

Q. (15) What do we need in order to turn to God?

A. In order to turn to God, we need "the grace of God by Christ preventing us (i.e. going before us), that we may have a good will; and working with us, when we have that good will."-(Art. X; Jer. 31: 18, 19; 1 Cor. 15:10; Phil. 2:13.)

My comment:  This does not mean that God gives grace to all individuals without exception.  It means that God gives the grace to the elect prior to their having faith and that faith is itself a gift of God.  Without that "preventing" grace or grace given beforehand no one would believe.  That there are believing individuals is a miracle of God.  Without it everyone would be an unbeliever.  Ephesians 2:8-9 proves this as well.  -- Charlie

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