Faithful & Talkative

https://open.spotify.com/episode/6QbgtnwrrhtwbBzWi6srMH?si=LBMBykfGR3-2F1AaSjd4ZA Having passed through the Valleys of Humiliation and the Shadow of Death, Christian's journey marches onward. On this leg of his travels, we have two distinct parts. First, Christian begins to walk with Faithful and hears of his pilgrimage thus far. Second, Faithful has a dialogue with another traveler named Talkative. Faithful’s Testimony In …

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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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Little Pilgrim’s Big Journey

For being the second most widely sold book of all time (behind only the Bible), John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress seems to be falling on hard times. Despite allegorical imagery that can easily capture youthful hearts and attentions, I never even heard of the book until I had reached adulthood, even though I was raised …

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When Brothers Dwell in Unity | Psalm 133

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there …

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I Lift Up My Eyes to the Hills | Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.  The Lord is your keeper; …

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Of the Psalms & Songs of Ascents: understanding the songs & prayers of God’s people

The Songs of Ascents are a collection of psalms within the overall Psalter. In order, therefore, to understand these fifteen psalms, we must first come to a basic knowledge of the Psalms as a whole. The book of Psalms is a collection of poems within the Bible. Although the book’s arrangement may appear quite random …

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