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The Indwelling Spirit

The Complete Works of Richard Sibbes, meticulously edited with a 110- page memoir by Alexander Grosart, was published by James Nichol of Edinburgh in the 1860s and reprinted by the Banner of Truth Trust. Sibbes’s most famous work, The Bruised Reed, which has done so much good in healing troubled...
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Christian Living

Examples of Victorious Death

God gives dying grace to His people for death’s hour. Some of His people die with little fanfare. They depart this life quietly, serenely, with barely a sigh. For others, the king of terrors is more violent, but Jesus brings them through in the end and gives them the victory....
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What can we do when our sin puts us in impossible situations?

Today, on Doctrine for Life, Dr. Joel Beeke reveals God’s mercy toward Abraham’s foolishness in the land of Egypt in the second part of his sermon on Genesis 12:17....
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Christian Living

Men of Prayer

Finally, the Puritans saturated all their evangelistic efforts in prayer. They were “men of the closet” first of all. They were great preachers only because they were also great petitioners who wrestled with God for divine blessing upon their preaching. Richard Baxter said, “Prayer must carry on our work as...
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Christian Living

During Family Worship

During family worship, aim for the following: 1. Brevity. As Richard Cecil said, “Let family worship be short, savory, simple, tender, heavenly.” Family worship that is too long makes children restless and may provoke them to wrath. If you worship twice a day, try ten minutes in the morning and...
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The Place of the Law in the Christian Life

As seen above, the Law’s end is in Christ’s work, but the Law is not abolished, nor does the experience of God’s grace detract from the authority and permanence of the Law of God. So, how did the Puritans work out the implications of this in Christian experience? First, the...
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Christian Living

The Bible in the Suitcase

A group of young people were visiting their minister and his wife one evening. The conversation was about praying in front of strangers. “What do you think of this?” asked a young woman. “Let’s say, there are two men on a business trip. They share a hotel room and one...
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Circumcision as a Covenant Sign

  (1) Its summons; (2) Its symbolism; (3) Its supplanter; (4) Its support...
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Church History

Knowing God According to His Self-Revelation

The Puritans rightly believed that though “the magnitude of God’s perfections is well beyond the reach of our finite understanding,” yet “we can know what He has chosen to reveal.” On the one hand, God is incomparable and incomprehensible. “For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD?...
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Christian Living

The Priority of Prayer

One of the first things that might surprise today’s pastors is the amount of time Puritan pastors devoted to prayer. Many of them engaged in family and personal worship three times a day. John Norton (1606–1663), a colleague of John Cotton (1584–1652), described Cotton’s typical Sabbath schedule while at home:...
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