Archives for March 2021

Quotables from Thomas Wilcox (1549-1608), a British Puritan:

“Praying will make thee leave sinning, or sinning will make thee leave praying.”

“What we are afraid to do before men, we should be afraid to think before God.”

“None feel more experience of God’s providence, than those that are most resolute in their obedience.”

“Happy is he that in his way to heaven, meets with a cheerful, and skillful guide and fellow-traveler, that carries cordials with him against all faintings of spirit.

Homeschooling Conference in Nashville, Tennessee

With the Queen in Nashville, Tennessee, speaking at a large homeschooling conference In a beautiful hotel — as well as selling books. I gave three addresses: one on family worship, one on planting godly convictions in your children, and one on teaching your children as prophets, priests, and kings. Flying home tomorrow. Please pray for God’s continued blessings on this conference.

Quotables from Vavasor Powell (1617-1670), a Welsh Puritan:

“Reading the scriptures helps meditation, meditation prayer, and prayer every good work.”

“Christ puts most of his oil in broken vessels; in broken hearts there is most grace and best kept.”

“Slothfulness is the cradle of sin and the Devil rocks it.”

“Sin’s best is before, but its worst is behind; and the sting and tail of it longer than itself.”

“Learn by lighter crosses to look and prepare for heavier.”

Weekly Sermon Quote – March 14, 2021

Flee Youthful Lusts

In this short video I explain that repentance can be compared to a soldier marching in one direction and then doing an abrupt about-face and marching in the opposite direction.

“Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Tim. 2:22).

Catch-up Time

Glad to spend some catch-up time with my dear Egyptian brother, Sherif, who is settling in again at our seminary to finish his PhD degree. Pray that God will abundantly bless his studies here and continue to use him mightily for the ingathering and upbuilding of His kingdom.

Trinity United Reformed Church in Caledonia

I had the privilege of preaching for the Trinity United Reformed Church in Caledonia for the first time this week on a theme that is both humbling and exalting: Jesus revealing Himself as the suffering Lamb and the almighty King at the same time in Gethsemane. As John Flavel put it, “The wrath of an infinite God against our sin beat Him, [the King-Lamb], down to the dust. He felt in His inner man the exquisite torments and inexpressible anguish of the wrath of God”—and all that for your and my sins, dear believer. What a humbling, stupendous, glorious gospel!

Weekly Sermon Quote – March 7, 2021

Covenant Mercies

One of my Canadian nephews reading Bible stories to five of his grandchildren for their Sunday night family worship time. Grandchildren are indeed amazing. Thank God for His covenant mercies (Ps. 128:6)!

Two Reprints from RHB

This week we received two significant RHB reprints on holiness, which have both been out of print for some time: “The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification” by Walter Marshall and “The Path of True Godliness” by Willem Teellinck. I regard these two titles—the former by an English Puritan and the latter by a Dutch “puritan” as the two best books ever written on the critical subject of cultivating holiness in the Christian life. They are “must reads.”

The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification:

The Path of True Godliness: