Monthly Archives: December 2009

John Flavel: Divine Conduct or The Mystery of Providence

For Logos users still tied to L3 so that they can read PBBs, I have created a PBB resource of John Flavel’s masterful book, Divine Conduct or The Mystery of Providence. You can download it by clicking the attachment link below.

I am adding this to the other PBBs from Flavel parked here at Stilltruth. I was surprised to see that this work was not included already.

If you have not read Divine Conduct, now is a good time to do so as we say goodbye to 2009 and reflect on God’s providence in our lives.


Merry Christmas Everyone!

Whew! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while guys. I hope I don’t seem like the dissident church member that only posts on Christmas and Easter, but I’ve been so swamped with moving to Georgia back in October, settling in, and now that I’m admin over the WeatherBug Blog, they’ve been working me over there! I’ve got plenty of suggestions for posting here, I just need more time to sit down and do it. I know they’re becoming almost as rare as gems, and my own personal blog has been almost as bare as Mother Hubbard’s cupboard. Maybe one of my New Year’s Resolutions should be more blogging. Anyway, here’s my Christmas message to all of you!

During the hustle and bustle of this Christmas season, we mustn’t forget the true Reason for the Season. It’s a gift not wrapped in gold foil, but wrapped in swaddling clothes. A gift not laid under a tree, but laid in a manger and later nailed to a tree. A gift not purchased with silver or gold, but purchased with blood. May we all remember who on this night was born, the precious Lamb of God, the Savior of the World. Here’s how the His coming happened:

Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem
1 Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.
2 This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.
3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,
5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.
6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.

Scene 5

The Magi

Narrator: Meanwhile, in a land far to the east of Bethlehem, three wise men of great knowledge noticed an unusually bright star in the sky.
Wise man#1:That star is amazing! It’s so bright!
Wise man#2:Yes, it’s as if it’s trying to tell us something.
Wise man#3:Maybe it is! Could it be a sign that the Savior has come? The one that the prophets wrote of so long ago?
Wise man#1:Yes! That’s it!
Wise man#2:Let’s follow it!

The THREE WISE MEN exit stage right, get their gifts from the backroom and return carrying them. Then they fall to their knees beside Jesus, holding their gifts in front of themselves.
Narrator:Upon their camels, the three Wise Men, or magi, as they are now known, journeyed for several weeks, faithfully following the star shining brightly in the sky, until it stood over the little stable in Bethlehem where the holy infant lay.
Congregation: We Three Kings H# 288
(As they are mentioned by the NARRATOR, the THREE WISE MEN place their gifts in the front of Jesus’ manger, then return to a kneeling position.)
Narrator:When they saw the baby Jesus, the Three Wise Men fell on their knees in humble worship. They lay at the feet of baby Jesus the valuable treasures they had brought with which to honor Him.
The FIRST KING gave him gold. The SECOND KING gave Him sweet-smelling frankincense. And the THIRD KING gave Him perfume-like myrrh. For they knew they had at last found their Savior, God’s son, who had come to bring peace on earth on that silent and holy night.
Congregation: Silent Night H#253