He Wrote Me Into His Story
JS - The testimony of my friend, Jeff Durbin:
Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M'Cheyne (eBook)
by Rev. Andrew Bonar
Written by Andrew Alexander Bonar, brother of Horatius Bonar, this is a moving and passionate account of Robert Murray M'Cheyne. Bonar, a great friend of M'Cheyne, wrote this biography a year after the death of M'Cheyne. He includes a detailed and insightful portrayal of M'Cheyne’s youth and ministry, providing personal anecdotes, as well as quotes and poems from McCheyne. The work is also comprised of dozens of letters, sketches of sermons, and several essays previously published. This biography and collection of M'Cheyne’s writings will enhance your understanding and appreciation of this devoted man of God.
Few books have been better loved than the Memoir and Remains of Robert Murray M'Cheyne. Its circulation underlines this. First published in 1844, within twenty-five years it went through one hundred and sixteen English editions. In 1910 it was estimated that, including translations into other languages, not less than half a million copies were in circulation. Few books have had such a widespread influence on the lives of God's people. Testimonies to its usefulness were received from many lands and Christians of differing theological persuasions have testified to the blessing experiences through reading it. 'This is one of the best and most profitable volumes ever published', said C.H. Spurgeon. 'The memoir of such a man ought surely to be in the hands of every Christian and certainly every preacher of the Gospel.' Few books contain such variety and welath of spiritual matter between their covers.
“Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s biography written by his friend Andrew Bonar is one of my most treasured possessions and has been a companion throughout almost all of my Christian life. M’Cheyne died when he was twenty nine, but his life story has been for me personally a model of grace, and his ministry pattern a model for service. It is a book every young Christian man should read—more than once.” –Sinclair Ferguson
HT: Grace eBooks
Confronted with Righteousness
When confronted with the true nature of God's righteousness, Felix requested Paul to "go away". What will you do with God's messenger and message in it's undiluted form?
Understanding True Saving Faith & Apostasy
What is the nature of true saving faith? How can we tell the genuine from the counterfeit?
Can salvation ever be lost? The Bible presents us with severe warnings concerning the consequences of apostasy. How do we rightly understand these warnings?
[Some people think] ...they are so good, that they scorn God's offer of mercy. Indeed these are often in the worst condition: these are they who think they need no repentance (Luke 15:7). Their morality undoes them. They make a "savior" of it, and so on this rock they suffer shipwreck. Morality shoots short of heaven. It is only nature refined. A moral man is but old Adam dressed in fine clothes. The king's image counterfeited and stamped upon brass will not go current. The moral person seems to have the image of God—but he is only brass metal, which will never pass for current. Morality is insufficient for salvation. Though the life is moralized, the lust may be unmortified. The heart may be full of pride and atheism. Under the fair leaves of a tree, there may be a worm. I am not saying, repent that you are moral—but that you are no more than moral. Satan entered into the house that had just been swept and garnished (Luke 11:26). This is the emblem of a moral man, who is swept by civility and garnished with common gifts—but is not washed by true repentance. The unclean spirit enters into such a one. If morality were sufficient to salvation, Christ need not have died. The moral man has a fair lamp—but it lacks the oil of grace." - Thomas Watson
Paul - Under Authority?
Text: Acts 21:1-14
Paul was a world-shaker, a passionate and resolute man.That much is clear. What is not clear is the question of whether or not he was defying God's warnings in seeking to go to Jerusalem.
The Courage to Preach
Text: Acts 20:13-38
Paul's last words to the Ephesian elders tell us much about his passion for the Gospel and the courage needed to proclaim the whole counsel of God.
Authentic and Counterfeit Christianity
If you have been united to Christ, Jesus has broken the curse and brought us into fellowship with God. The bondage of sin has been broken. When as Christians we sin, we are acting in unbelief - not believing that our actions are being openly beheld by God and others. It is to forget our identity and the gift of the Holy Spirit and to live as if we were still under sin's dominion. Living genuinely and transparently, then, means by the grace of God, to consciously live every moment with the belief that all of our thoughts and life are truly open before God and man. It means to walk in the light (1 John 1:7), to have nothing hidden, but for your life to be laid bare before all (Heb. 4:11-13) So when we do sin, we don't hide it but confess it (1 John 2:1),we judge ourselves and grieve over it (1 Cor 11:31-32). And then we keep moving toward the goal (Phil 3:14). knowing that we are clean and forgiven in Christ (1 John 1:9).
Sadly, it seems that many of the new postmodern "Christian" authors think that being authentic and transparent means that, not only do Christians fail but we are to be proud of our failures and openly acknowledge them as just who we are, with no intent, with the help of God, to live otherwise. This may have the appearance of being authentic and transparent but it is, in fact, the most non-transparent of all.. Why? you ask. Because the person who does this is hiding their true identity: that they are a counterfeit child of God, and are in fact, a child of the devil ... and are doing his bidding. In this view, sin is not just a reality of this world but is being sanctified (as sin) and even institutionalized. Given the fact that many books with these kinds of concepts are best-sellers, it reveals that too many Christians are being lured away by hallow and deceptive teaching. When you read the Bible, you could not possibly come up with these things. When Christ saves a person He does not leave us as slaves. No ... He liberates the captives and calls us former captives to be instruments He can use to free others who are now slaves. When He frees us He breaks our chains, but He does not take us out of the world ... no He keeps us here and, by the grace of God, uses us to open blind eyes and unplug deaf ears, and by the word of His power, turn hearts of stone to hearts of flesh.
There is much going on outside the Church in our culture that has recently arrested our attention, but the greatest deception still seems to be coming from within. It is slowing us down and has the potential to make us much less fruitful so I suggest that we spend a little more time untying ourselves against this godless teaching which is taking deep root in the Church. Given what these false prophets are teaching, it would appear that they have no understanding or experience of the new birth (or regeneration). To understand grace indeed recognizes that we must humbly affirm that we are no better than others. But it also means, in grace, that we have been given a new disposition which detests the evil it sees in one's self and, by the grace of God, strives to live according to God's holy law. It does not boast over others, because EVERYTHING good we have is a gift from above (John 3:27). Genuine Christians know that they have been forgiven of great sin and deserve heaven no more than others but it also means they will be fighting a war against sin for their whole lives. Don't let anyone tell you that a Christian can continue to abide in sin after being cleansed (1 John 3:9).
Book Review: Accidental Saints by Tim Challies
The Separation of Church and Sleep
Test: Acts 20:1-12
Why do we do church on Sunday? Why should it be a priority, and what does sleep have to do with any of this?
Behind the Smile of Francis
Scriptural reflections on the Pope's visit to the United States this week...
2 Thess 2:1-17