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" 'Succession,' you say, 'is the chief way for any Christian man to avoid antichrist.' I grant you, if you mean the succession of doctrine," John Jewel, Defense of Apology for the Church of England (Works, 1848) vol. 3, p. 348.
"sycophantic optimism which is the curse of autocratic power . . . ." David Lloyd-George, quoted in William Manchester, The Last Lion: William Spencer Churchill: Visions of Glory, 1874-1932, p. 624.
Hymnsing this coming Wednesday night 7-9pm Nov 30 @chbcdc. All are welcome!
And, did you realize, that there are a lot of audio interviews I did (1, 2, even 3 hours long) with thoughtful Christian leaders 20 & 30 years ago, all on the 9Marks website! Like this one, with R. C.…
Back when I was in my 30's, I had a conversation with J. I. Packer. They had just figured out how to do video recording with sound. Here it is!…
"The order of the one heaven is as firm as that of the years and days, and ye cannot reverse it: therefore, choose ye whether you will take your night or your day first, your winter or your summer, your heaven here or hereafter.” Thomas Boston, A Crook in the Lot, p. 107.
"Why do you not quarrel, too, that there are not two summers in one year; two days in the twenty-four hours?" Thomas Boston
"God has secured one heaven for the saints, one place where they shall get all their will, wish and desire; where there shall be no weight on them to hold them down; and that is in the other world. But ye must have it both here and there, or ye cannot digest it." Thomas Boston
Thomas Boston's answer to the prosperity gospel: “Will nothing please you but two heavens, one here, another hereafter?"
“The season of grace will not last; if ye sleep in seedtime, ye will beg in harvest.” Thomas Boston, A Crook in the Lot, p. 100.
“The humbling of sinners and bringing them down from their heights, wherein the corruption of their nature has set them, is the great end of His word and of His providences.” Thomas Boston, A Crook in the Lot, pp. 98-99.
"I mean not but that you may use all lawful means for the removal of your cross, in dependence on God; but only that you be more concerned to get your spirit to bow and ply, than to get the crook in your lot evened.” Thomas Boston, A Crook in the Lot, p. 84.
“As you meet with crosses in your lot in the world, let your desire be rather to have your spirit humbled and brought down, than to get the cross removed." Thomas Boston.
What a wonderful read through trials you or those near you may be facing over the holiday season.…
“An afflicted lot is painful, but where it is well managed it is very fruitful; it exercises the graces of the Spirit in a Christian, which otherwise would lie dormant.” Thomas Boston, A Crook in the Lot, p. 82.
“Pride sets a man up against God; lowliness brings him back to his place, and lays him down at the feet of his sovereign Lord, saying, ‘Thy will be done on earth.’” Thomas Boston, A Crook in the Lot, pp. 70-71.
“If we loved Him more, we should see Him more in every page and in every command, receiving the law at His mouth.” Thomas Boston, A Crook in the Lot, p. 61.
“A serious view of death and eternity might make us set ourselves to behave rightly under our crook while it lasts.” Thomas Boston, A Crook in the Lot, p. 55.
“Make a virtue then of necessity. What is not to be cured must be endured, and should with a Christian resignation.” Thomas Boston, A Crook in the Lot, p. 52.
“Delays are not denials of suits at the court of heaven, but trials of the faith and patience of the petitioners.” Thomas Boston, A Crook in the Lot, p. 47.
What Baker used to publish in 1978, Banner of Truth published in 2021. Makes me so thankful for the Banner of Truth. Excellent read about hard things in life (“crooks” “crooked places”).
LONDON--375 years ago today, the Westminster Assembly presented the Shorter Catechism to House of Commons (1647).
Where is there an in-print or downloadable copy of John Cotton, The True Constitution of a Particular Visible Church, proved by Scripture (1642)?
THANKFUL for Psallos' album on Hebrews. So good.
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND--450 years ago today, John Knox died, around 11pm. (1572) The scene is described in Iain Murray, A Scottish Christian Heritage (2006), pp. 32-33. Regent Morton said of Knox, “Here lies one who neither flattered no feared any flesh.”
KETTERING, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE, ENGLAND--325 years ago today, John Gill was born (1697).
STALINGRAD--80 years ago today, 2 Russian armies met, closing the loop around the German army attacking Stalingrad, thus trapping 250,000 German troops (1942).
BOSTON, MASS--370 years ago today, John Cotton preached in his church - the last time (1652). He had caught a cold which developed into a respiratory infection. He died a month later.
"Let all the world learn to give mortall men no greater power then they are content they shall use for use it they will; and unlesse they be better taught of God, they will use it ever and anon . . . ." John Cotton, Exposition upon the Thirteenth Chapter of the Revelation (1655)
Text for Sunday.
WINDSOR CASTLE, ENGLAND--710 years ago today, Edward was born to Edward II and Isabella (1312). He would rule over England as Edward III, displacing his father.
"The young Illinoisan Whig revered the Great Compromiser because of the Kentuckian’s great love of the Union, his economic nationalism, and his commitment to the eventual disappearance of slavery.” Remini, Henry Clay, p. 692. (1847).
175 years ago today, Henry Clay “spoke at a general meeting. . . . In the audience sat the newly elected Whig representative from Illinois Abraham Lincoln, listening intently to his political idol."
“We can approach God with total honesty and with boldness because of the truth of justification by grace alone through faith alone.” Michael Reeves
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA--135 years ago today, our church's former (remarkable!) pastor, Joseph W. Parker died in Los Angles (1887), aged 82.
FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina—Tomorrow night hoping to be at Calvary Chapel Fayetteville. Looking forward to it.
Tomorrow morning @chbcdc I hope to read Psalm 119 in the service & to briefly explain why, before I read it. All are welcome.
True love for God ensures and guides true love for others.
MASSACHUSETTS--70 years ago today, JFK was elected to the senate (1952) He was re-elected in 1958.
“I do not think it is well to use bad names in controversy; calling the man ‘an old fox’ did not do any good, they could just as well prove he was mistaken, without calling him by opprobrious names.” C. H. Spurgeon, “The Two Wesleys” (Dec. 6, 1861), p. 30.
“I do not believe in compromises myself; I have not a pinch of that kind of thing in my nature. Union chapels always lead to ‘the union’, in my opinion, and these compromises between truth and error always lead, in the end, to error becoming triumphant.” Spurgeon,“Two Wesleys”p27
“if ever the religion of England wakes up thoroughly, the Church of England must perish; there is no help for it, it cannot live.” C. H. Spurgeon, “The Two Wesleys” (Dec. 6, 1861), p. 12.
LONDON--410 years ago today, King James heard that his son and heir, Henry, had contracted typhoid and would soon die of it (1612).
I don't know, Ligon. Even in the 7th century these baptistries look pretty big for babies.
Please stop celebrating the Lord’s Supper outside the context of the local church. Without intending it, it individualizes & subjectivizes Christian faith & undermines church membership & discipline (See 1 Cor 11).
Mamartine Prison, Rome, where Paul may have been held.
At Il Jesu Church (home church of the Jesuits in Rome) a statue depicts the Roman church treading underfoot the works of Calvin & Luther.
EDGE HILL, WARWICKSHIRE, ENGLAND—380 years ago today was fought the Battle of Edge Hill (1642).
Yep! We sang this one this morning!…
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