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March 2016

A Word from Watson

It is not outward affliction that can make the life of a Christian sad; a contented mind would sail above these waters, but when there is a leak of discontent open, and trouble gets into the heart, then it is disquieted and sinks. Do therefore as the mariners, pump the water out, and stop the spiritual leak in the soul, and no trouble can hurt thee.

from The Art of Divine Contentment

Flavel, as fitting for the 21st Century as the 17th

…there is cause enough, for all that are wise in heart, to fear and tremble, under the consideration of that national guilt which is treasured up, and will certainly produce distress and trouble. O Christians! look out for days of visitation; prepare for a storm, and provide you an ark, an hiding-place in Christ, and the promises, as ever you expect rest, and peace in your own spirits, when the earth shall be full of tumults, uproars, and desolations.

from Preparations for Sufferings, Works vol VI, p.18

History Seemeth Not so Ancient!

note… The following is the historian’s account of the state of the medieval Roman church. Seems like an early version of Seeker Sensitivity! -jr

The “Easter Drolleries” held an important place in the acts of the Church. As the festival of the resurrection required to be celebrated with joy, every thing that could excite the laughter of the hearers was sought out, and thrust into sermons. One preacher imitated the note of the cuckoo, while another hissed like a goose. One dragged forward to the altar a layman in a cassock; a second told the most indecent stories; a third related the adventures of the Apostle Peter, Continue reading “History Seemeth Not so Ancient!”

A Word from Watson

Here is the difference between a holy complaint and a discontented complaint: in the one we complain to God, in the other we complain of God.

from The Art of Divine Contentment

A Word from Flavel

Did the love of Christ break through so many impediments to come to you? Did it make its way through the law, through the wrath of God, through the grave, through your own unbelief and great unworthiness, to come to you? O what a love was the love of Christ to your soul! And is not your love strong enough to break through the vanities and trifles of this world, which entangle it, to go to Christ? How poor, how low and weak is your love to Christ then?

from The Fountain of Life

A Word from History

These insightful comments by D’Aubigne are set in context of the sale of indulgences in the early 16th century. It is the third paragraph in particular that caught my eye. -jr

The doctrine and the sale of indulgences operated on an ignorant people as a powerful stimulus to evil. It is no doubt true, that, according to the doctrine of the church, indulgences were of use only to those who promised to amend, and actually kept their promise. But what was to be expected of a doctrine which had been invented with a view to the profit which it might be made to yield…? Continue reading “A Word from History”

A Word from Flavel

Methinks as you are reading the deep humiliation, and unspeakable sorrows Christ underwent for the expiating of sin, you should thenceforth look upon sin as a tender child would look upon that knife that stabbed his father to the heart! you should never whet and sharpen it again to wound the Son of God afresh.

from The Fountain of Life

Medicine From the Sweet Dr. Sibbes

Preachers need to take heed therefore how they deal with young believers. Let them be careful not to pitch matters too high, making things necessary evidences of grace which agree not to the experience of many a good Christian, and laying salvation and damnation upon things that are not fit to bear so great a weight.

-from The Bruised Reed

A Word from Watson

O think how many mercies you still enjoy; yet your base hearts are more discontented at one loss, than thankful for a hundred mercies! God hath plucked one bunch of grapes from you; but how many precious clusters are left behind?

from The Art of Divine Contentment

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