This Life’s Innocent Pleasures Best Enjoyed by Faithful Christians

D. Scott Meadows

Newton is not teaching the philosophy of hedonism that enjoyment is a reliable guide for how we should live. Rather, he grants his friend’s hedonistic premise for the sake of argument and makes a case for godly living even from this. That is a subtle but important distinction, and with that understood, Newton’s letter sets a good example of Christian persuasion.

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By | December 8th, 2017|Christian Life, Herald|

A Crying Sin of Our Age

Arthur W. Pink

And why take ye thought for raiment? (Matthew 6:28).

All care for apparel is not here forbidden. There is a lawful and godly concern, whereby we may labor honestly and in a sober manner for such clothing as is [suitable] for the station of life that Divine providence has allotted us: such as is needful to the health and comfort of our bodies.

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By | December 8th, 2017|Christian Life, Contemporary Issues, Herald|

Christian Modesty Defined

Jeff Pollard

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety (1 Timothy 2:9).

Noah Webster defines modesty as “that lowly temper which accompanies a moderate estimate of one’s own worth and importance."

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By | December 6th, 2017|Christian Life, Contemporary Issues, Herald|

Thinking Like A Christian About Modest Apparel

Robert G. Spinney

The Christian’s wardrobe is no small matter. The daily statements we make with our clothing—intentional or unintentional, interpreted correctly or incorrectly—are among the boldest statements we make. Thinking Christianly about clothing involves many issues…

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By | November 29th, 2017|Christian Life, Contemporary Issues, Herald|

What a rare thing is thankfulness

J.C. Ryle

Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? (Luke 17:15-17).

We are told that of all the ten lepers whom Christ healed, there was only one who turned back and gave Him thanks. The lesson before us is humbling, heart-searching, and deeply instructive.

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By | November 22nd, 2017|Christian Life, Herald, Thanksgiving|

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|

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|

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|