Mining Grace

…the more happiness you have, the more I shall count myself glorified

About Mining Grace

I am a wretched sinner justified solely by the sovereign grace of God displayed in the atoning death and triumphant resurrection of Jesus Christ. That is what you most need to know about me.

Beyond that, I’m the husband of a beautiful and godly woman. In choosing my beloved wife I consider myself to have followed J. C. Ryle’s threefold rubric, through I would not discover it until after I was married. “The great thing I always desired to find was a woman who was a Christian, who was a real lady, and who was not a fool. Whether I was successful or not, others must judge the better than I can, but I call God to witness these were the three points I always kept steadily in view.” My wife satisfies all three of these characteristics and so much more. We have four sons who are constant sources of joy, frustration, laughter, dirt, trouble, tickles, lizards, jokes, and love.

I am a pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America, currently serving as assistant pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Kosciusko, MS. It is my delight and burden to be an ambassador of the gospel, daily calling all men to reconciliation with God through the only mediator between God and man, Jesus. I long to see the spiritually lost come to knowledge Jesus as their savior and Lord. I long to see the church, the bride of Christ purified until she no longer has any spot, blemish, or wrinkle. This is my life’s work.

As for the name, Mining Grace, I inherited it from the puritan, Thomas Watson. I first came across the quote in John Piper’s, Desiring God. I later found the original reference in Watson’s work, A Body of Divinity. The quote reads:

Would it not be an encouragement to a subject, to hear his prince say to him, “You will honor and please me very much, if you will go to yonder mine of gold, and dig as much gold for yourself as you can carry away”? So for God to say, “Go to the ordinances, get as much grace as you can, dig out as much salvation as you can; and the more happiness you have, the more I shall count myself glorified.”

This is my hope for this blog. That we, author and reader alike, would journey to the grace mines of God. That there, we would raise our pick axes of faith and mine as much grace as we can. Then having found our fullest enjoyment in God’s mercy toward us, we might know that he also counts himself most glorified.

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Written by Joe Holland

August 30, 2007 at 6:12 pm

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