New Employee at the Fed
Open Roads, in Color
As per usual, more here.
A Song I Really Like for Some Reason
Um . . .
HT: Samuel Cherubin
A Possible Church Plant in East Tennessee?
A note from some friends . . .
A Rocky Top Remnant?
We live in interesting times. Truth is routinely rejected and assailed by most of the cultural prophetic mouthpieces of our day. Much is heaped upon the altar of Secular Humanism and offered up to that insidious idol. Most of our leaders seem untethered from reality and the Higher Authority from which their authority derives.
Even with all the modern trappings and wrapping paper, today’s situation is similar to the circumstances of the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19. In his day, Elijah was confronted with the faithlessness of the Israelites. They had turned from the worship of the God of hosts, rejected His covenant, torn down His altars, and murdered His prophets. Because of this, Elijah was in full lament mode. He believed he was the only faithful prophet left. He would’ve surely been shocked had he known the number of faithful prophets God preserved! And yet, he wasn’t the only one.
When Elijah sought the Lord, the Lord informed him that, in addition to himself, He had preserved 7,000 who had remained steadfast. Thousands of others, like him, had remained faithful to Yahweh and refused to embrace or bow the knee to the god of the day (1Ki 19:14-18). There was a faithful remnant God had preserved. Even so, at this present time, there is a remnant according to the election of grace (Rom 11:5).
If you find yourself in a similar place as Elijah, looking around wondering if you’re the only one who understands the times and desires to obey the Lord in every area of life, we want to invite you to prayerfully consider joining us to find and connect with a group of people who: understand the times like the sons of Issachar (1Chr 12:32), are unified doctrinally (more on that in a moment), desire to forge strong relationships in a local church community within Hamblen, Jefferson, Sevier, and Cocke counties of east Tennessee (Morristown, Talbott, Jefferson City, White Pine, Dandridge, Sevierville, and Newport).
Unity in Community
It may be obvious to everyone reading this, but community requires proximity. A compelling community needs closeness. If you haven’t already, please take the time to watch this message on the logistics of community before moving on.
Additionally, for a community to thrive, there needs to be a high degree of agreement (Amos 3:3, Eph. 4:13-14). We are looking for those who hold absolutely to the Word of God as their standard and authority, not the zeitgeist or experts of our day. We are looking for strong men and wise women. We are looking for those eager to get busy building a strong church community and repairing the ruins of our day in the place the Lord has put us. Those who would be comfortable in the CREC, and see the Word of God similarly to the Biblical
Counseling Coalition would most likely find it easiest to avoid unnecessary quarrels and arguments and to come together with like-mindedness (1Cor 1:10). For further reading: CREC Creeds, Confessions, and Governing Documents.
God is always at work, providentially working His sovereign redemptive plan in the world. Our call is to participate in that plan as proclaimers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ—the victorious Gospel. If you are interested in seeing a community come to be, centered around worship of the Living God, submission to His Word, and fruitful, productive faithfulness to our Lord Jesus Christ, please reach out via email for more information.
Thank you for considering,
Blane Tarr (RockyTopRemnant@gmail.com)
Love Not the Vanishing World
This small book is consists of commentary and notes on the First Epistle of John the Apostle. Unfortunately the book has unsettled the assurance of many Christians—he who is born of God does not sin—but this is the result of misunderstanding John’s intention. He wrote so that we might know that we have eternal life (1 John 5:13), not so that we would doubt that we do. My hope is that this book …