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The Lord’s Day & Holy Conversation | Chapters 8-9

We are continuing to read through Heaven Taken by Storm together. You can find our reading plan and links to previous posts here. Chapter Eight Outline Explaining the Lord’s DayWe have great reason for sanctifying the Lord’s Day.We must sanctify the Lord’s DayWe must rest from all works of our calling.We must lift up our hearts in thankfulness …

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Self-Examination | Chapter Seven

We are continuing to read through Heaven Taken by Storm together. You can find our reading plan and links to previous posts here. Chapter Seven Outline Defining Self-ExaminationWe must do so by the Word of God.Why Self-Examination Is DifficultIt is a work of self-reflection.Self-love makes it difficult.Why We Are Hesitant to Examine OurselvesConsciousness of guiltFoolish, presumptuous hopesResting in …

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Meditation | Chapter 6

We are continuing to read through Heaven Taken by Storm together. You can find our reading plan and links to previous posts here. Chapter Six Outline Defining MeditationIt is a solitary work.It is thinking seriously on God.Why We Must Provoke Ourselves to MeditateIt is against flesh and blood.Satan hinders it.Matters for MeditationMeditate upon the corruption of your nature.Meditate …

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Hearing the Word & Prayer | Chapters 4-5

We are continuing to read through Heaven Taken by Storm together. You can find our reading plan and links to previous posts here. Chapter Four Outline The great devotion required to properly hear the Word.A description of those who don’t hear the Word diligently.They scarcely mind what is said.They hear in a dull, drowsy manner.Considerations …

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Self-Violence & Reading the Word | Chapters 2-3

We continue our reading through Heaven Taken by Storm by discussing chapters 2 and 3. Below are links to the chapter outlines, questions for reflection, and links to our reading plan and chapter one's discussion. Reading Plan Chapter One Chapter Two Outline Mortification of SinProvocation to Duty Chapter Three Outline Each paragraph in this chapter …

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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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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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