A Word of Encouragement to Wrestlers | William Gurnall

The three volumes of William Gurnall's The Christian in Complete Armor have been sitting on my shelf for several months, waiting to be read alongside the final segment of my study through Ephesians. Thus far, it has certainly not disappointed. The quotation below is a kind of sidebar word of encouragement that Gurnall makes to …

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Chapter One: Taking the Kingdom of Heaven by Violence

I've updated the original reading plan to account for two additional weeks, which you can find here. My thoughts on chapter one are below in both audio and video, followed by an outline of the chapter and questions for reflection and/or discussion. https://youtu.be/u7HfuZXTLco Chapter Outline Introducing the text (pp. 1-3)Violence Concerning Magistrates (pp. 3-4)In punishing …

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Parting Counsels | A Sermon by Thomas Watson

In place of my regular Monday sermon notes (because I didn't preach yesterday), I've recorded a reading of a sermon by Thomas Watson, who I introduced last week. Titled "Parting Counsels", Watson delivered this message to his church after the Act of Uniformity ejected him from the pastorate. The best place to read this and …

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Let’s Read Heaven Taken by Storm Together

With only three weeks left of studying the Attributes of God, I am taking a one week break to introduce a new series, Reading Together. To coincide with moving into the third section of Ephesians: Kingdom War, several members of my church and I will be reading through Thomas Watson's book Heaven Taken by Storm. …

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God’s Battle Plan for the Mind | Book Review

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/160178371X/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=bcnewton-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=160178371X&linkId=f029758145080b0a7613153cd02d97d5 As the subtitle suggests, Saxton is drawing from a deep well of Puritan thoughts upon this subject. While Eastern forms of meditation are becoming ever more pervasive today, few associate meditation with Christianity; the Puritans, however, "regularly wrote, taught, and exhorted God's people to a life of meditation" (2). They are, therefore, a rich …

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Thomas Watson on Loving God

Reading Watson's The Godly Man's Picture has been a powerful and painful read. The bulk of the book is spent describing the various characteristics of being godly. One such characteristic is that the godly man is "fired with love to God." In the quotation below, Watson presses this trait home, forcing us to consider whether we truly …

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