Jonathan Edwards – The Revival at Northhampton and the Devil’s Rage 1735

This is the concluding comments from A Narrative of Many Surprising Conversions. The former part of this book was narrated some years ago and is online on Sermon Audio. The focus here is twofold, the malice of Satan when the Holy Spirit began to be withdraw from the assembly, and the great wisdom of Edwards in counseling the awakened, continued  by his answering objections about his proceeding as written in Thoughts on the Present Revival of Religion.

Narrative of Surprising Conversion – Conclusion – The Devil’s Rage

John Owen – The Holiness That The Gospel Requires

A section from the Nature and Causes of Apostasy.  Very searching, very humbling. God be merciful to me, a sinner. ”

“This evangelical holiness will not allow of nor will consist with the constant, habitual omission of any one duty, or the satisfaction of any one lust of the mind or of the flesh. As we are, in all instances of duty, to be “perfecting holiness in the fear of God,” 2 Corinthians 7: 1, so “no provision is to be made for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof,” Romans 13: 14. This is that which loseth it so many friends in the world. Would it barter with the flesh, would it give and take allowances in any kind, or grant indulgence unto any one sin, multitudes would have a kindness for it which now bid it defiance. Every one would have an exemption for that sin which he likes best, and which is most suited to his inclinations and carnal interests.”

The Holiness That the Gospel Requires


Matthew Henry – How To Spend the Day With God – 1712

Chapter 2 of the book, Daily Communion With God.

Though it be a dark day, yet let us wait upon God all the day. Though, while we are kept waiting for what God will do, we are kept in the dark concerning what is doing, and what is best for us to do; yet let us be content to wait in the dark. Though we see not our signs, though there is none to tell us how long; yet let us resolve to wait, how long so ever it be; for though what God doth, we know not now, yet we shall know hereafter, when the mystery of God shall be finished.

How To Spend the Day With God

Matthew Henry – Method of Prayer – Confession and Contrition – 1710

Having ascribed glory to God, which is his due, Psalm 29:2 we must next take shame to ourselves, which is our due, and humble ourselves before him in the sense of our own sinfulness and vileness; and herein also we must give glory to him, Joshua 7:19 as our Judge, by whom we deserve to be condemned, and yet hope, through Christ, to be acquitted and absolved.

In this part of our work: We must acknowledge the great reason we have to lie very low before God and to be ashamed of ourselves when we come into his presence and to be afraid of his wrath, having made ourselves both odious to his holiness and obnoxious to his justice.

A Method For Prayer #2 Confession and Contrition

Thomas Sullivan Pilgrim’s Progress – Formalist and Hypocrisy

In this discussion we cover the characters of Simple, Sloth, and Presumption, then Formalist and Hypocrisy.  We also discuss at length the temporary loss of assurance of salvation and distinguish it from God’s hiding of His face from His children to teach them to not live on their frames and feelings.

Pilgrim’s Progress – Formalist and Hypocrisy