Resisting Reprograming | Iain Duguid

Just as Duguid's book on the armor of God proved to be my favorite resource for that study, his commentary on Daniel is situated to do the same. In the following quotation, Duguid is commenting on the three-year reeducation of Daniel and his friends to assimilate them into Babylon. Even though I finished this event …

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My Favorite Books of 2020

With 2020 drawing to a close, I’ll throw my best of list into the mix as well, so below are my favorite books that I read this year. Heaven Taken by Storm by Thomas WatsonLike last year, Watson again takes the top slot for me. I enjoyed this book so much that I read it …

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Demons & Music | Walter Chantry

In his book, David: Man of Prayer, Man of War, Chantry walks through the life of David, making penetrating application for us today. The following quotation comes from the third chapter, which expounds upon 1 Samuel 16:23 (David being summoned to play music for the tormented Saul). I trust that you will find his insights …

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Unanswered Prayer & the Holy Spirit | Iain Duguid

In The Whole Armor of God, Duguid concludes with a chapter on how prayer features into spiritual warfare. In the following quotation, he speaks on how the Spirit helps us to rest in God as our Father, even when our prayers go unanswered or He strips us of something that we love. Good parents love …

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God’s Word Prepares Us for Suffering | John Calvin

The following quotation is from one of Calvin’s sermons that were collected together as a short book. Its subject is a heavy one. Many who claimed to agree with the Reformation were buckling under the threat of (and often enacted) persecution. A common mentality was of private support of Protestantism, while maintaining the public motions …

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If the Church Could Be Aroused | J. H. Thornwell

Reading Iain Murray's The Puritan Hope has certainly helped to stir up my estimation of the value and necessity of hope for God's people, both individually and corporately, which I pray come through while studying the helmet of salvation. In the introduction, Murray provides the following quotation from J. H. Thornwell regarding the need for …

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The Strongest Spell | C. S. Lewis

Here’s how I see it. Effective writers are able to communicate their intended message. Good writers do the same but in a memorable fashion. Great writers are both effective and memorable but also keep you coming back for more. C. S. Lewis was a great writer whose books warrant frequent revisits. The following passage from …

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God’s Due Worship | John Calvin

The Necessity of Reforming the Church is John Calvin’s short treatise to Emperor Charles V explaining why the Reformation was necessary. Therefore, it is a powerful summary of why the Reformers saw the need for a reformation in the first place. The following quotation is of Calvin describing the natural progression of true worship. I …

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Our Compassion for the Unreached | William Gurnall

Volume 2 of Gurnall’s The Christian in Complete Armor covers the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, and shoes of readiness. The quotation below is found in his study of the shoes, where he begins by describing the goodness of the gospel. Here, however, Gurnall turns his attention to the weighty question about those who …

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Reflecting on the Word | Wilhelmus à Brakel

à Brakel, who was a pastor during the Second Dutch Reformation, wrote a four-volume systematic theology called The Christian’s Reasonable Service. Thus far, as I have been reading, it has been living up to its reputation as being one of the most practical and pastoral systemic theologies ever written. The following quotation is from his …

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