Little-Faith, Flatterer, & Atheist

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5dKoCQegPu8s6nCZYGdBRC?si=f_Zph7wtQMu7hvJx3Sf2xw The previous stage took Christian and Hopeful into both the heights and depths of life, which very often do occur back-to-back as Bunyan has described. Now, as has been the pattern since the Valley of Humiliation, Bunyan follows a stage of much action with a stage of much conversation. In the ninth stage, which …

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Doubting Castle & Giant Despair

https://open.spotify.com/episode/04b9hAWp3jGSl9reMbnmHp?si=JVC6lXT2T2uC-S2xkXBbOA After shunning the corrupting company of By-ends and avoiding the pit at Lucre Hill, the pilgrims Christian and Hopeful concluded the previous stage of their journey with the sight and warning of Lot's wife. Now in this eighth stage, the pilgrims meet three settings: the River of Life, Doubting Castle, and the Delectable Mountains. …

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Humiliation, Apollyon, & the Valley of the Shadow of Death

https://open.spotify.com/episode/3OVPUmhnXglwwzGGRI6Wmn?si=QnCcQXsZT-6v-YJRudAc2Q Our reading picks up with Christian setting out from his stay at the House Beautiful. Discretion, Prudence, Piety, and Charity accompany him down to the foot of the hill, the beginning of the Valley of Humiliation. Here Christian discovered a different kind of difficulty. Scaling the Hill of Difficulty left Christian ascending slowly upon …

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Deliverance, Difficulty, & the House Beautiful

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5EA6RiIe6kbD6mGnpxlNjn?si=8OTJcUEATKKAZjlEfAOA2A Leaving Interpreter's House, Christian soon comes to a little hill upon which stands a cross. At this marvelous sight, Christian's burden is immediately loosened and rolls into the sepulcher, never to be seen again. The burden, as we said previously, is the guilt and shame of sin, not necessarily sin itself. For this reason, …

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Interpreter’s House

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4GsjUGa6XaWJDY0FEfjYqf?si=ptPp5vwHRCKjodQ6-oQYoA We ended our first week's reading with Christian being sent back to the narrow path toward the wicket-gate by Evangelist. In our present reading, Christian enters the gate, has a brief conversation with Goodwill, and then is given much to meditate upon by Interpreter. After Christian's wandering from the path, his journey to the …

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Fleeing the City of Destruction

https://open.spotify.com/episode/2qjEpP2gVYIxleDwf2Hh2Q?si=Mi6N3JqIT-aRVwYebfsYYw Being one of the greatest books ever written (Christian or otherwise), we should begin by noting that there will be far more regarding The Pilgrim's Progress that could be said than we will ever have time to actually say. My aim, therefore, during these discussions is to be more devotional than literary. For an …

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Let’s Read The Pilgrim’s Progress Together!

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5DG1GiCv4fWPLokwrkU2e7?si=LoJ0-qHTSX6jEqnMFbDjeQ Charles Spurgeon once wrote: Next to the Bible, the book I value most is John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress.” I believe I have read it through at least a hundred times. It is a volume of which I never seem to tire; and the secret of its freshness is that it is so largely compiled …

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Looking Forward | Looking Back (2021)

Today we say goodbye to 2021 and make ourselves ready for 2022. As I did last year, I would like to make my final post of the year one that both looks forward to what the new year might hold as well as looking back on some highlights of the previous year. So, what’s the …

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Quotes from A Little Book on the Christian Life

With our brief walk-through John Calvin's A Little Book on the Christian Life completed, I will continue the pattern that I set after completing Mortification of Sin and Heaven Taken by Storm by listing some of my favorite quotations from throughout the book. Of course, this study I also began to give a quote of …

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FIVE | How the Present Life and Its Comforts Should Be Used

QUOTE OF THE WEEK Consequently, the one who directs himself toward the goal of observing God’s calling will have a life well composed. Free from rash impulses, he won’t attempt more than his calling warrants. He will understand that he shouldn’t overstep his boundaries. He who lives in obscurity will live an ordinary life without …

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