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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There Is Always Something That Needs Mortifying | Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson writes the following paragraph in his little book, Heaven Taken by Storm: Showing the Holy Violence a Christian Is to Put Forth in the Pursuit of Glory: Even where sin has received its deadly wound and is in part abated, the work of mortification is not to be laid aside. The apostle persuades …

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My 10 Favorite Books of 2019

With 2019 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. 1. The Lord’s Prayer by Thomas Watson Technically, Watson’s treatment of the Lord’s Prayer is the third volume of A Body of Divinity, but it requires no …

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Thomas Watson on the Danger of Pleasure

The following is the seventh of Watson's nine points on how not to miss God's kingdom. It comes from his treatment of the second petition of the Lord's Prayer, thy kingdom come. At nearly 100 pages, the entire chapter reads like a lengthy booklet, but I easily count it as one of the most impactful texts …

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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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