F.M. Sciutto III

By His Free Grace Alone, To Be Treasured Alone, & For His Glory Alone

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Page CXVI / Hymns

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“Page CXVI is a talented band that has a passion to make hymns known again. Their new album just came out!”

Thank you, Andrew!  I just bought their two albums and am looking forward to worshipping to these beautiful songs and sharing them with others. I get excited when I hear of people bringing back old (and sometimes forgotten) hymns. This is not to say that the instrumentation and melodies are outdated or ineffective, but culture changes.  The message stays the same and is preserved, but the way it is presented may need changing as the culture changes. Hymns do not need to be turned into huge rock anthems to be powerful and effective. Sometimes minimal instrumentation complements the beautiful and Christ-centered words. As long as hymns are “updated” in an original, reverent, passionate form, they will continue to provide future generations with songs that give glory and honor to God, alone.

Page CXVI / Hymns.

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April 27, 2010 at 3:48 PM

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“More from Francis Chan – Justin Taylor”

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More from Francis Chan – Justin Taylor.

Wow! I just finished leading, with my good friend, Kelly, a group from my church in Francis Chan’s book, Crazy Love. It was a great opportunity to learn and grow with my relationship with Jesus and those He’s told me to be in community with as followers of Him. God showed me, and I hope everyone else over the past 10 weeks, what a loving, reverent, and obedient relationship with Him looks like and how to love my neighbor, my enemies, those that the world just loves to hate, the broken, the abandoned, the the poor, the lonely, the awkward, and those who persecute me for the Gospel of Jesus Christ as myself.

With that and everything that has been happening at my church over the past month, Chan’s announcement of leaving his church in Simi Valley to continue sharing the Gospel in a different part of the world exemplifies more of how God constantly wants us to sacrifice for Him, how we need to trust in His sovereignty in everything, and that through everything that happens, we need to glorify Him. These announcements seem to always come unexpectedly, which does not give us license to forget that God is in control.

During times when those we love “leave” us to go somewhere because of God’s leading and to further His Kingdom, we need to keep our sight on Him and how His glory is shown in this circumstance, however painful it may be for us. Paul, in his epistle to the Romans, said, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28 ESV).  His grace is sufficient for us to get through these times (2 Cor. 12:9).

God gave us His only Son to suffer and die for us. How can we not trust Him with our lives and everything that they contain? We need to trust Him with our relationships, finances, kids, jobs, etc.

As Chan put it on Sunday, “He’s so worth it.”

Our goal is to glorify Him in all we do, and when those whom we love and have had such a tremendous influence on us move somewhere else, we too need to be open to His leading in our own lives and believe that He is worthy for us to sacrifice all we have to follow Him.

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April 20, 2010 at 11:11 PM

Remember the Gospel

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I wrote this a month or so ago and posted it on my Tumblr account and in our Crazy Love discussion board on Facebook. I liked it enough to want to have it posted on here as well. It is just a reflection I wrote while I had been reading Richard Phillips’ What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace? The little book is great, and I recommend it. This reflection is just a personal reaction to what I have read in that book, conversations I have had over the past couple months, and my own Scripture reading. I hope it makes you glorify God for all He is.

Remember our lives are meant for glorifying God in all we do. He has provided us with everything: life, the church, family and friends, and, most of all, salvation.

Our hearts were deceitful and turned away from God. Our wills were totally against God, and without His grace and love through Jesus, we would not have even sought Him (Romans 3:10-18).

By God, the Creator of everything, sending His only Son, then sacrificing Him on a cross, though He was innocent and sinless, for our own sins, each and every one of them, how can we not give the God, who gave us His all, everything we have? How can we not give Him our anxieties? Our worries? Our time? Our money? Our thoughts? Our attention? Our hearts? Our desires? Our love? Our security? Our safety? Our joy?

He loves us so much! We cannot even comprehend it! Why would God, the Creator of everything, after being sinned against by mankind for thousands of years, choose to redeem His Creation? Why would He deem us worthy us saving? We hated Him (Romans 1:28-31).

But He loved us and showed us immeasurable grace! The Father sent His Son to absorb the wrath we deserved for our sins on the cross. In our place, He stood a condemned man. He would have been just in sending everyone to hell, but He chose not to. “God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). His love for us, shown by His grace for us, brings us to Him.

Sending Jesus Christ to live a perfect sinless life, endure God’s wrath for mans’ own sin, and be resurrected was necessary for our salvation because without Jesus paying the penalty for our sins, we would be unable to do anything to earn justification from God, and we would be damned by the Holy and Just God (Romans 3:21-26). God had to crucify His own Son in order for us to be justified before Him. His own Son! No one can comprehend that amount of love nor can anyone replicate such love for another.

God chose us before the foundations the world to be justified in Him (Ephesians 1:4), which is why the Gospel is so amazing. It requires nothing of us. God does it all. He seeks us out, He calls upon us, He regenerates us, He gives us faith, He rescues us, and He works in us throughout our lives, sanctifying us until our glorification when we finally meet Him face-to-face. Everything is in His hands. We have no reason to continue in our sin of counting ourselves as worth more than our Savior; we have been rescued from sin’s hold and brought from death in sin to life in Christ.

Reflect on His Gospel and what it should mean to us. This is something to dwell on and live your life. We need to show this world that there is a love greater than anyone of us can comprehend and tell them of His great love through Jesus: our Savior!

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April 7, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Debut

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Again, I have created another blogging account. I think a reason I have created so many over the years is because I am too lazy to continue updating it and need something to distract me (like now) from things that I should be doing that are more important, which is not to say the blogs are wastes of time or are mere distractions because I think they can be highly useful for learning from other individuals.

So, here it is!  Maybe this one will actually be something.

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April 7, 2010 at 9:09 PM

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