Category Archives: Biography/History

Perseverance Lessons

Last week I attended a pastor’s conference entitled “Don’t Lose Heart” at West Cannon Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, MI.  What an encouraging two days.  One of the speakers, Joel Beeke, shared several keys to perseverance from the lives of John Calvin and … Continue reading

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John Stott 1921-2011

A giant of the Faith has finished his race.  John Stott passed away yesterday.  I remember reading his book The Preacher’s Portrait in college as I was beginning my training to be a pastor.  And then his commentary on Ephesians which … Continue reading

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Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions

In the last two posts I have given some suggestions of questions to ask to evaluate our lives and ponder changes we might want to pursue for the coming year.  Another way to profitably evaluate ourselves and consider the coming … Continue reading

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Resolutions

I am teaching a class on the Great Awakening.  Today we are looking at Jonathan Edwards.  As part of the class we are going to look at his Resolutions, or at least the first 10 of his 70 (time constraints!).  … Continue reading

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Book Look: Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards – Iain H. Murray Each year I like to read some biographies.  This year my focus is Jonathan Edwards.  Murray gives a mostly readable look at Edward’s life.  He includes interaction with many of Edwards writings published during his life (which … Continue reading

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The Holy Spirit Humbles Us

Continuing our thoughts on humility, consider these words from Charles Spurgeon: “One way in which the Holy Spirit glorifies Christ is this – He gives us more and more debasing views of our own selves.  There are two Gods, as … Continue reading

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Last Poem

Charles Wesley wrote over 9000 hymns and sacred poems in his lifetime.  His last a few days before he died was this: In age and feebleness extreme, Who shall a sinful worm redeem? Jesus, my only hope Thou art, Strength … Continue reading

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Together For The Gospel

Just finished reading biographies about George Whitefield, Charles Wesley, and John Wesley – the three leaders of the Great Awakening in England.  I confess I was most interested in Whirefield as I am more at home with his theology.  The … Continue reading

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Not About Me

George Whitefield was a great preacher and revivalist who God used along with others to bring about the First Great Awakening.  Crowds of thousands flocked to hear him.  Yet he knew it wasn’t about him, but about Christ.  Consider these … Continue reading

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George Whitefield’s Prayer

I finished reading a good biography about George Whitefield by Arnold Dallimore a few weeks ago.  Whitefield prayed in 1737, “God give me a deep humility, a well-guided zeal, a burning love and a single eye, and then let men … Continue reading

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