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Four Questions about Christian Experience Considered

D. Scott Meadows

In this letter, John Newton responded to a friend, addressing subtle matters of Christian experience, mingling both biblical doctrine and personal testimony of his own heart and life. Our expectations about being true Christians must be realistic or we will draw wrong conclusions about ourselves and suffer more anxiety than necessary.

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By | November 16th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald|

Which way do YOU attend church?

Abraham Kuyper

Imagine attending church, but in such a way that you take your seat there without feeling any attachment to the congregation. You are lost in your own thoughts, you have all sorts of worldly affairs going through your head, and thus you fail to experience the fellowship of God altogether.

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By | November 15th, 2017|Christian Life, Church, Herald|

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|

To a Careless Unbeliever on His Recovery from a Serious Illness

D. Scott Meadows

Letters of grave spiritual concern to unbelievers might do much good. John Newton offers a fine example in this one to a friend holding to “Deism,” a set of beliefs that God is remote and may safely be ignored, that the Bible is not the Word of God, that miracles never happened, and that one’s own reason is an adequate test of truth.

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By | November 9th, 2017|Evangelism, Herald, Man|

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|

The Place of the Lord’s Return in the History of Redemption

Albert N. Martin

When we use the term ‘the history of redemption’ what do we mean? We mean this: that though God planned and purposed salvation before He actually created—for the Scripture says we were chosen in Christ, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before Him (Ephesians 1:4), clearly indicating that God envisioned us as created and fallen and in need of redemption—so in Christ, before He even created the world or our first parents, the plan of redemption was all laid out in the mind and heart of God.

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By | October 26th, 2017|Christ, Herald|

The Love of Pleasure

J.C. Ryle

Youth is the time when we have generally most health and strength: death seems far away, and to enjoy ourselves in this life seems everything. Youth is the time when most people have few earthly cares or anxieties to take up their attention. And all these things help to make young men think of nothing so much as pleasure.

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By | October 26th, 2017|College, Family, Herald, Man|

Spots, Wrinkles, and Blemishes

D. Scott Meadows

The Church, Christ’s beloved bride, will someday be gloriously beautiful, wholly without spot, wrinkle, or blemish, and absolutely perfect (Eph 5.27). In this life, however, she is seriously in need of a makeover! John Newton wrote this letter as a mirror for self-examination. He uses Latin names for seven fictitious and flawed characters as a literary device to help us remember them.

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By | October 26th, 2017|Christian Life, Church, Herald|

The Dignity of the Christian Ministry

Charles Bridges

The Divine original of the Christian Ministry has already opened a view of its dignity far above any earthly honour or elevation, and such as the infidel scoff can never degrade. An institution—introduced into the world, and confirmed to the Church, with such solemn preparation—conversant with the interests, and entrusted with the charge, of immortal souls—ordained as the main instrument for the renovation of the world, and the building up of the Church—cannot be of inferior eminence.

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By | October 19th, 2017|Church, Preaching|

Jesus Christ Will Return Again

Albert N. Martin

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in no wise precede them that are fallen asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven (1 Thess 4:14-16).

There it is in artless simplicity. The Lord Himself; not one like Him; not one resembling Him; not one in the place of Him. The Lord Himself shall descend!

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By | October 19th, 2017|Christ, Christian Life, Herald|