Category Archives: Puritans

Obeying God without having a nervous breakdown

To my nervous, insecure, tender-conscience Christian friend, always wondering if you are doing something wrong, or disappointing God, doubting if you are hitting the mark, feeling like a failure as you try your best to please him . . .  … Continue reading

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Theology is Living to God

This morning, I read about the life and thought of William Ames, a Puritan teacher of the late 16th and early 17th Century. Ames is most valuable for his emphasis on practical Christianity. In his Marrow of Theology, he wrote … Continue reading

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Millions of Pardons, and all by Grace

We have been thinking about God’s grace a great deal lately as we work through Galatians on Sunday mornings, and especially as we approach Reformation Day. Earlier this year I read John Bunyan’s Saved by Grace, an extended meditation on … Continue reading

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Marriage: Hasting to the Everlasting Life

No one strives to put every aspect of life into eternal perspective like Richard Baxter, who is said to have spent half and hour of every day meditating on the life to come. This shines through even in his marriage … Continue reading

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Marriage: Run Not Upon it as Boys to a Play

In light of my recent wedding anniversary, I have enjoyed thinking again about the beauty and importance of marriage. Several quotations from Richard Baxter’s Christian Directory have been particularly good pieces of counsel. “Let your marriage covenant be made understandingly, … Continue reading

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Six Cautions to Keeping a Tender Heart

1. Take heed that you choke not those convictions that at present do break your hearts, by laboring to put those things out of your minds which were the cause of such convictions; but rather nourish and cherish those things … Continue reading

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Bunyan on the Word and the Spirit in Prayer

Dr. Donald Whitney was the first to teach me about the sweet union that should exist between our Scripture meditation and our prayers. So often when I feel I have exhausted my resources in prayer as far as what to … Continue reading

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