When God Withholds Babies

Thomas Jacombe

For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content (Philippians 4:11).

What daily inquietudes1 of spirit are there in some because of the want of [children]! They have many other comforts, but the not having of this embitters all. Abraham himself was much troubled about it: “Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my houseis this Eliezer of Damascus?...Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir” (Gen 15:2-3). But Rachel’s passion rose very high: “Give me children,” saith she to her husband, “or else I die” (Gen 30:1).

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By | November 9th, 2017|Christian Life, Family, Herald, Meditations|

Saved in Childbearing

Stephen Charnock

Notwithstanding she shall be saved in child-bearing, if they continue in faith, and charity, and holiness, with sobriety (1 Timothy 2:15).

The fall of man was the fruit of the woman’s first doctrine, and therefore she is not suffered to teach anymore (1Ti 2:12). The woman was deceived by the serpent, and so drew her husband and whole posterity into ruin (1Ti 2:13-14)…And because, upon this declaration of the apostle, some might be dejected by the consideration of the deep hand the woman had in the first fall [and] in the punishment inflicted upon them for it, the apostle in the text brings in a “notwithstanding” for their comfort.

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By | November 9th, 2017|Christian Life, Family, Herald, Meditations|

“Blessed are the poor in spirit”

J.C. Ryle

(Matt. 5:3)

The Lord Jesus calls those blessed, who are poor in spirit. He means the humble, and lowly-minded, and self-abased. He means those who are deeply convinced of their own sinfulness in God's sight.

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By | July 7th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Meditations|

The Bible and Consolation

biblepicJames Buchanan

The grand peculiarity of the Bible, as a book of consolation, is that it seeks not to cast our sufferings into the shade, but rather sets them before us in all their variety and magnitude. It teaches us to find consolation in the midst of acknowledged sorrow and causes light to arise out of the deepest darkness—“That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we were appointed thereunto” (1Th 3:3).

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By | December 1st, 2016|Herald, Meditations, Scripture|

Sermon in Candles (Part 4)

071320151439-SpurgeonC.H. Spurgeon

Here is a candle which is in a lantern of a tolerably respectable sort; at least, it was respectable long ago, and you might not now have noticed its forlorn condition if it had not been for the candle within. So soon as you place a light within, the imperfections of the lantern are shown up; and it is the same with human characters.

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By | November 10th, 2015|Herald, Meditations|

Sermon in Candles (Part 3)

412candleC.H. Spurgeon

I have a candle here and I want to light it. What shall I do? Before me I see a candle burning very brightly, so I will take a light from that. But, I have not succeeded. Why is it that I have altogether failed? I cannot succeed in lighting my candle, and you are all laughing at me, and you whisper that I must be overmuch stupid to try to light a candle while an extinguisher is upon it. I subside. But, do you not think that very many persons go with an extinguisher on to hear a minister preach?

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By | October 6th, 2015|Herald, Meditations|

Sermon in Candles (Part 2)

candle2C.H. Spurgeon

Outside some of the older meeting-houses there used to be a wooden stand near the graveyard gate, on which a lantern was placed with a candle inside it, to light the way to the place where “Prayer was wont to be made." The natural light was dim in those times; but I am old fashioned enough to believe that the gospel light was in many a lowly sanctuary far more brilliant than it is today in mimic gothic chapels.

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By | October 5th, 2015|Herald, Meditations|

Sermon in Candles (Part 1)

412candleC.H. Spurgeon

During an address that Charles Haddon Spurgeon was giving to some of his students in the Pastor's College he was urging on them the value of "illustration." One of the students apparently remarked how difficult it was to find good illustrations for one's sermon, to which Spurgeon replied "… … if your minds were thoroughly aroused, and yet you could see nothing else in the world but a single tallow candle, you might find enough illustration in that luminary to last you for six months".

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By | October 1st, 2015|Herald, Meditations|

Herbert’s Sacrifice

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

George Herbert (1593-1633) was an English poet and minister of the gospel who left behind a sacrifice of praise (Heb 13.15) for the sacrifice of Christ. It took the form of a poem, uncharacteristically long, entitled, “The Sacrifice.” My first contemplative reading induced my weeping with gratitude to the Savior. Let me urge you all to savor its pungent, sacred sentiments.

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By | April 4th, 2015|Herald, Meditations|

Praise Our Saving God (Psa 68.19-20)

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

1 Blessed be the Lord, 2 Who daily loadeth us with benefits, 3 Even the God of our salvation. Selah. 4 He that is our God is the God of salvation; 5 And unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.

The psalms are the Church’s hymnbook of praise to the true and living God, not only as He is in Himself, but as He is in His relationship with us who are His chosen people, united with Him in a covenant of salvation.

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By | February 11th, 2015|Herald, Meditations, Worship|