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Jul 2013 31 Jul 31, 2013

“If we can learn anything of the state of heaven from the Scripture, the love and joy that the saints have there, is exceeding great and vigorous; impressing the heart with the strongest and most lively sensation, of inexpressible sweetness, mightily moving, animating, and engaging them, making them like to a flame of fire. And if such love and joy be not affections, then the word ‘affection’ is of no use in language. Will any say, that the saints in he...Read More

Jul 2013 31 Jul 31, 2013

In an earlier post I spoke of the danger of insincere and ostentatious praying, that is to say, performing at prayer for the praise of men. Some have mistakenly concluded that Daniel was guilty of precisely this sin. The story is familiar to all of us. Motivated by jealousy and resentment of Daniel, several commissioners and satraps of King Darius hatched an insidious plot that would land Daniel in jail, if not kill him. Knowing that Daniel was a man of habitual prayer,...Read More

Jul 2013 30 Jul 30, 2013

“It is a comfort to think of that [heavenly] state, where there is fullness of joy; where reigns heavenly, calm, and delightful love, without alloy; where there are continually the dearest expressions of this love; where is the enjoyment of the persons loved, without ever parting; where those persons who appear so lovely in this world, will really be inexpressibly more lovely, and full of love to us. and how sweetly will the mutual lovers join together, to sing the...Read More

Jul 2013 30 Jul 30, 2013

What role does “sincerity” have in prayer? We know that hypocrisy is a poison that not only pollutes our prayers but causes a stench in the nostrils of God. This is why Jesus warned us against praying in order to be seen of men: “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But ...Read More

Jul 2013 29 Jul 29, 2013

“The enjoyment of God is the only happiness with which our souls can be satisfied. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. Fathers and mothers, husbands, wives, or children, or the company of earthly friends, are but shadows; but God is the substance. These are but scattered beams, but God is the sun. These are but streams, but God is the ocean” (Jonathan Edwards, Heaven is a World of Love)....Read More

Jul 2013 28 Jul 28, 2013

Most people come to the concluding five chapters of Job (38-42) with great anticipation. Having endured the seemingly endless cycle of repetitive speeches, the time has finally come for God to speak. Now that Job has endured indescribable suffering, now that his three friends and Elihu have had their say, what might one expect God to say? Amazingly, all the things one might think God would say (or should say) are nowhere to be found. (1) There is no condemnation of Job,...Read More

Jul 2013 27 Jul 27, 2013

Jesus said, “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you” (John 15:7). John said something similar in his first epistle: “and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him” (1 John 3:22). Clearly, both Jesus and John want us to understand that obedience is fundamental to effective prayer. But what exactly is the relationship between piety and pray...Read More

Jul 2013 26 Jul 26, 2013

Jonathan Edwards once described God as “an infinite fountain of divine glory and sweetness.” In other words, God endlessly overflows in goodness and grace toward us, bringing matchless and never-ceasing satisfaction to our souls. Thus he can never be replenished by his creatures. He stands in need of nothing. We supply no lack in God. So, how do we worship him? How do we honor him? With what attitude and intent should we approach him? In what way do we &ldqu...Read More

Jul 2013 26 Jul 26, 2013

Really? Could you? I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am, by how often I hear this in daily speech. It happens when people are trying to express their disdain or indifference toward something. They want to communicate as emphatically as they can that they have no interest whatsoever in a particular event or opinion or person. They want you to know that there is nothing that ranks lower on their list of priorities. They want to say that they are entirely oblivious to ...Read More

Jul 2013 25 Jul 25, 2013

“Sometimes, only mentioning a single word caused my heart to burn within me; or only seeing the name of Christ, or the name of some attribute of God. And God has appeared glorious to me, on account of the Trinity. It has made me have exalting thoughts of God, that he subsists in three persons; Father, Son and Holy Ghost. The sweetest joys and delights I have experienced have not been those that have arisen from a hope of my own good estate; but in a direct view of ...Read More