Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Prayer and Predestination

1689 London Baptist Confession Chapter 5: Of Divine Providence

1. God the good Creator of all things, in his infinite power and wisdom doth uphold, direct, dispose, and govern all creatures and things, from the greatest even to the least, by his most wise and holy providence, to the end for the which they were created, according unto his infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of his own will; to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, infinite goodness, and mercy. 

( Hebrews 1:3; Job 38:11; Isaiah 46:10, 11; Psalms 135:6; Matthew 10:29-31; Ephesians 1:11 ) 
2. Although in relation to the foreknowledge and decree of God, the first cause, all things come to pass immutably and infallibly; so that there is not anything befalls any by chance, or without his providence; yet by the same providence he ordereth them to fall out according to the nature of second causes, either necessarily, freely, or contingently.
( Acts 2:23; Proverbs 16:33; Genesis 8:22 ) 

3. God, in his ordinary providence maketh use of means, yet is free to work without, above, and against them at his pleasure. 
( Acts 27:31, 44; Isaiah 55:10, 11; Hosea 1:7; Romans 4:19-21; Daniel 3:27 ) 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Pentecost Sunday

Happy and blessed Pentecost Sunday to everyone! -(Acts 2)

"May joy, peace and mercy from our Father through the atonement of the blood of Christ Jesus, together with the gifts of the Spirit--Who is sent from the Father to all believers for their strength and comfort and for their perseverance in all tribulation until the end, Amen--be to all those who love God, who are the children of light. – AMEN"

- The Schleitheim Confession of Faith 1527 (Swiss Anabapists)

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Pilgrim's Progress Saturday

Every Saturday I will post an audio reading of John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. The readings are long but you can stop video wherever you like and start again next time. You can read along with the readings from the Online book Pilgrim's Progress (Click to read) 

Lord Smite This Sin!

On this Lord's Day Eve,  convicting words from Thomas Watson.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Man's Great End (a Puritan prayer)

A Prayer from The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers.

Killing Your Pet Sins - by Thomas Brooks

A short but powerful video of the words of Thomas Brooks (1608-1680) an English Puritan preacher who writes on the need to mortify or kill your sin based on Paul's writing to the Colossians from Colossians 3:5

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:  - Colossians 3:5

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Don't Let Prayer Become a Boring Empty Habit - by C. H. Spurgeon

This is part 1 of a sermon on prayer by C. H. Spurgeon.  The beginning text is Mark 11:24 which reads, "Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." I found it very convicting because many times our prayer time can become a empty habit rather than a joy where we petition God by Faith.