Thoughts for the New Year

“In our Christian pilgrimage it is well, for the most part, to be looking forward. Forward lies the crown—and onward is the goal. Whether it is for hope, for joy, for consolation, or for the inspiring of our love—the future must, after all, be the grand object of the eye of faith.

“Looking into the future, the Christian sees sin cast out, the body of sin and death destroyed, the soul made perfect, and fit to be a partaker of eternal glory. Looking further yet, the believer’s enlightened eye can see death’s river passed. He sees himself enter within the pearly gates, hailed as more than conqueror, crowned by the hand of Christ, embraced in the arms of Jesus, glorified with Him, and made to sit together with Him on His throne.”

—Charles Spurgeon, “The Grand Object of the Eye of Faith”

We have a great year and a great future in store for us. We have no reason to doubt or worry. We have Him, who carries us, who knows every second of our future and has it all under control.

May you all have a glorious 2010, and may you grow to be more like Jesus everyday, as you walk this journey as His disciple.

MLJ Resources

Online and “hard copy” resources about Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Still researching for my picks for reading by Lloyd-Jones. These are a part of our 20th Century studies.

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audio interview with Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ daughter and son-in-law – by 9 Marks – free online

Martyn Lloyd-Jones: A Passion for Christ-Exalting Power – audio by John Piper – free online at ChristianAudio – the whole series “Men of Whom the World is Not Worthy” is there, and great. Or get the books. (Lloyd-Jones not in book yet.) (Actually I think you can download this at DesiringGod also.)

short bio and assessment by John Piper – free online at DesiringGod

Martyn Lloyd-Jones website  –
w/short bio by his son in law

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones: From Wales to Westminster – Trail Blazers series (not the Trailblazers by the Jacksons) –  children’s biography – (haven’t read it yet)

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By Christopher Catherwood / Christian Focus Publications

Christopher Catherwood tells you about the amazing life of his grandfather, Martyn Lloyd-Jones who was trained as a doctor when he was just sixteen years old. Talented and successful he was destined to become the Queen’s Surgeon. However, he gave it all up to work for God. In this book you will find out why. Softcover, 159 pages. Recommended for ages 9 to 14.

10 Boys Who Made History – LightKeepers series – children’s biographies – (haven’t read it yet)

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By Irene Howat / Christian Focus Publications

Would you like to make history? Would you like to change your world? These ten boys grew up and did just that! Find out how Samuel Rutherford showed people that love works better than fear; Johnathan Edwards helped the Iroquois Indians and then was asked to teach at Princeton; Gorege Whitefield preached the Salvation to thousands and saved the lives of children; Robert Murray McCheyne lost his brother but found Jesus; D.L. Moody sold shoes in a shop and then taught childrenk in a caravan; Billy played proffessional baseballl and then preached the gospel; Charles Spurgeon became a Christian in a snowstorm and then told the world about Jesus; A.W. Tozer rescued orphan lambs and then he was saved by Jesus; Martyn Lloyd Jones became a doctor but found a better medicine for souls.

Catch the Vision – John J Murray – (a couple chapters on Lloyd-Jones)

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By John J. Murray / Evangelical Press

It is the belief of the author that a significant change came about in the history of the church in the United Kingdom in the middle decades of the 20th century. It was by and large a recovery of something that had been a reality in the church in past generations. Step by step men were led to see what was missing in the type of Christianity that prevailed for the first half of the century and began to direct their minds back to the glories of past eras.It is instructive to trace the various strands which were woven together in the providence of God to bring about the recovery. In most cases it was the discovery of some treasure of Christian literature from a spiritually-favoured age that set the person on the course he took. We find in the unfolding of history how the flame that burned in the heart of a man of God at one time is years later re-kindled in another—as happened in the case of George Whitefield being directed to Scougal’s Life of God in the Soul of Man, and in the life of the young C. H. Spurgeon to the writings of the Puritans.

The purpose of this work is to trace these providential links in the men and in the books that set in motion a recovery of the vision—looking at figures such as W. J. Grier, A. W. Pink and E. J. Poole-Connor. The central place is given to the influences that shaped the message and ministry of the leading figure in the recovery, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

The New Cool

is really just old fashioned liberalism.

It’s said, rightly, that those that don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. Man falls into the same sins, and acts on the same fallacies over and over. We are currently going through a replay of some of the early 1900’s. Liberal theology, a questioning of the veracity of The Bible, downplaying the Gospel, atonement and resurrection, up-playing a social gospel – and it leading to national consequences, socialism and fascism, is all in vogue again. (See link at the end to see how so.)

But by God’s grace He is once more raising up those that will stand for His Truth. We are thankful that there remains a remnant faithful to the Gospel in our apostate nation. See some of those, that we’ve found, in our sidebar. How apropos that we are currently studying both economics and the early 1900’s, and reading J Gresham Machen, (Christianity and Liberalism), one who stood in the early 1900’s against the tide of liberalism sweeping in then. (A man plans his ways, but the Lord directs his path. – Pro. 16:9)

Sadly this liberalism has taken over the National Pastors’ Convention. Graciously, some stand firm on the only hope for mankind – the Truth of the Gospel and God’s Word, such as Together for the Gospel.

More about the Pastors’ Convention:

I write, so to speak, from the belly of this beast, attending the National Pastors’ Conference, sponsored by Zondervan and Intervarsity Press, which is taking place in San Diego, February 9-14, 2009. It is amazing to see how these once faithful publishers of evangelical orthodoxy are now consistently and deliberately launching a massive but subtle attack against the “Fundamentals” for which Evangelicalism stood courageously against liberalism in the past.

While I am struck by the sincerity of the brilliant public speakers (named below), who still have evangelical piety and passion, their openly-stated theology is turning large swathes of the evangelical church into various new forms of old-fashioned though very cool liberalism. …

Read how it played out here – by Peter Jones.

 

Why Read the Dead Guys

Yesterday I challenged you to to read dead guys. (See yesterday’s post or the Puritan Reading Challenge image in the sidebar.) Perhaps you were unconvinced. You see no reason why anyone would want to do this.

I gave you one good reason, spiritual maturity. Fluff reading (or non-reading) keeps Christians as babes on milk. They need to grow and enjoy a full well-rounded meal. That should really be enough. But for a nice list of a few good reasons, read Colin Adam’s 20 Reasons to Read (Good Christian Books). And I’ll try to get my own post written soon on why I think reading dead guys is important.

SDG,
Lisa

Reading the Dead Guys

““Fluff” is the enemy of every Christian seeking to become spiritually mature.” (Stephen Newell)

I’m taking a challenge that I’m praying for grace to complete. I have several books by Puritan authors, but there are many more I’d like to read. To help keep me consistent, I’ve joined the 2008 Puritan Reading Challenge.

I am going to try to keep up with the reading schedule of one book per month, from their list (below), as well as writing at least one blog post about each one. I’d also like to re-begin my Valley of Vision (alternate link – leather bound) daily reading along with this too, but that may be a bit too ambitious.

If you’d like to join the challenge or read more about it, click the image here or in the sidebar.

List of books: (if you want more info on the books, or for links to read each on line – or download pdf or listen to audio – check our webpage here.)

January: The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes (128 pp)
February: The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel (221 pp)
March: The Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas Watson (252 pp)
April: Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks (253 pp)
May: Come and Welcome to Jesus Christ by John Bunyan (225 pp) – Click Monergism image link below to search and order.
June: The Mortification of Sin by John Owen (130 pp) – this link not the Banner of Truth edition. Click here The Mortification of Sin to order Banner of Truth ed.
July: A Lifting Up for the Downcast by William Bridge (287 pp)
August: The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment by Jeremiah Burroughs (228 pp)
September: The True Bounds of Christian Freedom by Samuel Bolton (224 pp)
October: The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie (207 pp)
November: The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter (256 pp) – on audio
December: A Sure Guide to Heaven by Joseph Alleine (148 pp)

Sinners … God

The Sword (the Word of God) rightly expounded and divided and The Swordsman (the Holy Spirit) rightly obeyed and honored, are both necessary for the preaching of God’s Word to bear the fruit heaven in ministry.
—great quote from Steve Camp’s blog

Steve Camp blogged on Jonathan Edwards’ "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" yesterday. Christians just don’t talk much about that anymore – an angry God that is. It certainly is not ALL God is. He is truly Love, perfect Love; and Good, perfect Goodness. But to be perfect love and goodness, He must also HATE sin. And He does. His Word tells us so. In fact, everything we can know for a fact about God is found in His Word. We have no other source for truly knowing Him as He is. We can’t make up our own little ideas of what we think God SHOULD be like. We take Him as He is, and as the Sovereign of the Universe.

You can head over there if you want to read or listen to Edward’s sermon.

If you don’t know who Jonathan Edwards is, you won’t find him on your local Christian radio station or your inspirational cable channel. He was a godly pastor whose preaching began the Great Awakening in the first half of the 18th century in America. Read more about him at Monergism.com.

Read part of the life of Jonathan Edwards. How feeble does my spark of Christianity appear beside such a sun! But even his was a borrowed light, and the same source is still open to enlighten me.
— Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Meditation – Ex. 20:25

“Human wisdom delights to trim and arrange the doctrines of the cross into a system more artificial and more congenial with the depraved tastes of fallen nature.”

Excerpt from CH Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, July 14 a.m.

I read from an actual book, but you can find them online here or as part of MacSword (M&E module) and E-Sword (M&E module) for use on your computer.

SDG,
Lisa

Meditation – Jonah 4:9

“We must not make natural infirmity an excuse for sin, but we must fly to the cross and pray the Lord to crucify our tempers, and renew us in gentleness and meekness after His own image.”

Excerpt from CH Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, July 13 a.m.

I read from an actual book, but you can find them online here or as part of MacSword (M&E module) and E-Sword (M&E module) for use on your computer.

SDG,
Lisa

Meditation – Jude 1, 1 Corinthians 1:2, 1 Peter 1:2

“See the value which God sets upon real holiness, since the Three Persons in theTrinity are represented as co-working to produce a Church without “spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.”

Excerpt from CH Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, July 12 a.m.

I read from an actual book, but you can find them online here or as part of MacSword (M&E module) and E-Sword (M&E module) for use on your computer.

SDG,
Lisa

Meditation – 1 Peter 5:10 Joel 1:3

“May your convictions be deep your love real, your desires earnest. May your whole life be so settled and established, that all the blasts of hell, and all the storms of earth shall never be able to remove you. But notice how this blessed of being “stablished in the faith” is gained. The apostle’s words point us to suffering as the means employed – ….”

Excerpt from CH Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, July 11 a.m.

“Family religion is necessary for the nation, for the family itself, and for the church of God. … Would that parents would awaken to a sense of the importance of this matter.”

Excerpt from CH Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, July 11 p.m.

I read from an actual book, but you can find them online here or as part of MacSword (M&E module) and E-Sword (M&E module) for use on your computer.

SDG,
Lisa