John Owen – How to Set Your Affections on Things Above, Chapter 4

“… let men examine themselves what number of these vain, useless thoughts night and day do rove up and down in their minds. If now it be apprehended too severe, that men’s thoughts of spiritual things should exceed them that are employed about their lawful callings, let them consider what proportion they bear unto those … Continue reading John Owen – How to Set Your Affections on Things Above, Chapter 4

John Owen – How to Set Your Affections on Things Above – Chapter 3 – 1681

Owen wrote, “what is astonishing is, men abide in the duty of prayer, and that with constancy, in their families and otherwise, and yet live in known sins. Whatever spiritual thoughts such men have in and by their prayers, they are not spiritually minded. Shall we now say that all such persons are gross hypocrites, … Continue reading John Owen – How to Set Your Affections on Things Above – Chapter 3 – 1681

John Owen – How to Set Your Affections on Things Above Chapter 2 – 1681

Owen wrote, ” Water that rises and flows from a living spring runs equally and constantly, unless it be obstructed or diverted by some violent opposition; but that which is from thunder-showers runs furiously for a season, but is quickly dried up. So are those spiritual thoughts which arise from a prevalent internal principle of … Continue reading John Owen – How to Set Your Affections on Things Above Chapter 2 – 1681

John Owen – How to Set Your Affections on Things Above, Preface and Chapter 1

Owen wrote, ” There is a being earthly minded which consists in an inordinate affection unto the things of this world. It is that which is sinful, which ought to be mortified; yet it is not absolutely inconsistent with the substance and being of the grace inquired after. Some who are really and truly spiritually … Continue reading John Owen – How to Set Your Affections on Things Above, Preface and Chapter 1

John Owen – Evangelical Sorrow For Sin, Psalm 130:3

This section hardly has an equal in Puritan writings for experimental theology, an example….” “I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” “What a vile, wretched creature have I been!” saith the soul “I blush and am ashamed to think of my folly, baseness, and ingratitude. Is it possible that I should deal thus … Continue reading John Owen – Evangelical Sorrow For Sin, Psalm 130:3