God’s Wondrous Law

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. – Psalm 119:18

God gives light to us to see the wonder of his Word, the prophet says. We are blind to the gospel even in the midst of the clearest light until God removes the veil of blindness from our eyes.

The psalmist confesses that his eyes were shut, making him unable to discern the light of the heavenly doctrine until God, by the invisible grace of his Spirit, opened them. The psalmist seems to be deploring his own blindness as well as that of the whole human race. But he tells us that the remedy is at hand, provided we do not, by trusting our own wisdom, reject the gracious illumination that God offers to us.

Let us realize that we do not receive the illumination of the Spirit of God to make us despise God’s law and take pleasure in secret revelations, like many fanatics who do not regard themselves spiritual unless they reject the Word of God and put in its place their own wild speculations.

The prophet’s goal is very different. He wishes to inform us that God illumines us so we are able to discern the light of life that god manifests in his Word. He mentions the wondrous things of the law to humble us, to help us contemplate that law with admiration; and to convince us of our great need of god’s grace to comprehend the mysteries of his Word which surpass our limited capacity. The law includes not only the Ten Commandments but also the covenant of eternal salvation with all its provisions, which God has made with us. Knowing that Christ, ‘in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge’, ‘is the end of the law’, we need not be surprised that the prophet commends it and the sublime mysteries which it contains (Col. 2:3; Rom. 10:4).

For Meditation: When we focus on the wonders of the revelations of God’s Word, we are much safer from the temptation to desire new and special revelations from God. The Bible contains so many wondrous things that a lifetime of study would not reveal them all to us; study them further to find new strength for each new day.

Taken from 365 Days with Calvin

A Letter to a Young Convert, Part One

Sometime in 1741, a young lady residing in Smithfield, Connecticut, who had lately made a profession of religion, requested Jonathan Edwards to give her some advice as to the best manner of maintaining a religious life. In reply, he addressed to her the following letter, which will be found eminently useful to all persons just entering on the Christian course.

My dear young friend,

As you desired me to send you in writing some directions as to how to conduct yourself in your Christian course, I would now answer your request. The sweet remembrance of the great things I have lately seen at Smithfield inclines me to do anything in my power to contribute to the spiritual joy and prosperity of God’s people there.

  1. I would advise you to keep up as a great a striving and earnestness in religion as if you knew yourself to be in a natural state and were still seeking conversion. We advise persons under conviction to be earnest and violent for the kingdom of heaven; but when they have attained to conversion, they ought not be any less watchful, laborious, and earnest in the whole work of religion, but the more so; for they are under infinitely greater obligations. For want of this, many persons, in a few months after their conversion, have begun to lose the sweet and lively sense of spiritual things, and to grow cold and dark, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows, whereas, if they had done as the apostle did (Philippians 3:12-14), their path would have been as the shining light, that shines more and more unto the perfect day.
  2. Do not leave off seeking, striving, and praying for the very same things that we exhort unconverted persons to strive for, and a degree of which you have already had in conversion. Pray that your eyes may be opened, that you may receive sight, that you may know yourself and be brought to God’s footstool, that you may see the glory of God and Christa and be raised from the dead, and have the love of Christ shed abroad in your heart. Those who have most of these things have need to still pray for them; for there is so much blindness and hardness, pride and death remaining that they still need to have that work of God wrought upon them, further to enlighten and enliven them, that shall bring them out of darkness into God’s marvelous light, and be a kind of new conversion and resurrection from the dead. There are very few requests that are proper for an impenitent man that are not also, in some sense, proper for the godly.
  3. When you hear a sermon, hear for yourself. Though what is spoken may be more especially directed to the unconverted, or to those who in other respects are in different circumstances from yourself, yet let the chief intent of your mind be to consider, ‘In what respect is this applicable to me? And what application ought I to make of this for my own soul’s good?’
  4. Though God has forgiven and forgotten your past sins, yet do not forget them yourself; often remember what a wretched bond slave you were in the land of Egypt. Often bring to mind your particular acts of sin before conversion, as the blessed Apostle Paul is often mentioning his old blaspheming, persecuting spirit and his injuriousness to the renewed, humbling his heart, and acknowledging that he was the least of the apostles, not worthy to be called an apostle, and the chief of sinners. Be often confessing your old sins to God, and let that text be often in your min which is found in Ezekiel 16:63.
  5. Remember that you have done more cause, on some accounts a thousand times more, to lament and humble yourself for sins that have been committed since conversion than before, because of the infinitely greater obligations that are upon you to live to God, and to look upon the faithfulness of Christ in unchangeably continuing His loving-kindness, notwithstanding all your great unworthiness since your conversion.
  6. Be always greatly abased for your remaining sin, and never think that you lie low enough for it; but yet be not discouraged or disheartened by it for, though we are exceedingly sinful, yet we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, the preciousness of whose blood, the merit of whose righteousness, and the greatness of whose love and faithfulness infinitely overtop the highest mountains of our sins.
  7. When you engage in the duty of prayer, come to the Lord’s Supper, or attend any other duty of divine worship, come to Christ, as Mary Magdalene did; come and cast yourself at His feet and kiss them, and pour forth upon Him the sweet, perfumed ointment of divine love out of a pure and broken heart, as she poured the precious ointment out of her pure, broken alabaster box.
  8. Remember that pride is the worst viper that is in the heart, the greatest disturber of the soul’s peace and of sweet communion with Christ; it was the first sin committed, and lies lowest in the foundation of Satan’s whole building; it is with greatest difficulty rooted out, and is the most hidden, secret and deceitful of all lusts, often creeping insensibly into the midst of religion, sometimes under the guise of humility itself.

Taken from To the Rising Generation.

Audio Books

murrayChristians Get Depressed Too – Audio Book

Murray David

Runtime: 3.3 Hrs (3 CDs)

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Many Christians mistakenly believe that true Christians don’t get depressed, and this misconception heaps additional pain and guilt onto Christians who are suffering from mental and emotional distress. Author David P. Murray comes to the defense of depressed Christians, asserting that Christians do get depressed! He explains why and how Christians should study depression, what depression is, and the approaches caregivers, pastors, and churches can take to help those who are suffering from it. With clarity and wise biblical insight, Dr. Murray offers help and hope to those suffering from depression, the family members and friends who care for them, and pastors ministering to these wounded members of their flock.

secretThe Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert – Audio Version

Rosaria Butterfield

Runtime: 7.33 HRS (6 CDs)

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Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. There, her partner rehabilitated abandoned and abused dogs. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected advisor of students and her department’s curriculum. And then, in her late 30s, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down-the idea that Christianity, a religion that she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was, an idea that flew in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a “train wreck” at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could.

knowingKnowing God – Audio CD

J. I. Packer

Runtime: 8 HRS

A lifelong pursuit of knowing God should embody the Christian’s existence. According to eminent theologian J.I. Packer, however, Christians have become enchanted by modern skepticism and have joined the “gigantic conspiracy of misdirection” by failing to put first things first. Knowing God aims to redirect our attention to the simple, deep truth that to know God is to love His Word.

What began as a number of consecutive articles angled for “honest, no-nonsense readers who were fed up with facile Christian verbiage” in 1973, Knowing God has become a contemporary classic by creating “small studies out of great subjects.” Each chapter is so specific in focus (covering topics such as the trinity, election, God’s wrath, and God’s sovereignty), that each succeeding chapter’s theology seems to rival the next, until one’s mind is so expanded that one’s entire view of God has changed.

Author Elizabeth Eliot wrote that amid the lofty content Packer “puts the hay where the sheep can reach it–plainly shows us ordinary folks what it means to know God.” Having rescued us from the individual hunches of our ultra-tolerant theological age, Packer points the reader to the true character of God with his theological competence and compassionate heart. The lazy and faint-hearted should be warned about this timeless work–God is magnified, the sinner is humbled, and the saint encouraged.

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Knowing Godly Sorrow

For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. – 2 Corinthians 7:10

To understand what is meant by godly sorrow, we must observe that godly sorrow is contrasted here with sorrow of the world. There is also a contrast between two kinds of joy. The joy of the world is when men foolishly and without the fear of the Lord exult in vanity, that is, with the world. Intoxicated with a transient happiness, they look no higher than the earth. True joy is when men place all their happiness in God and take satisfaction in his grace. They show this joy in contempt of the world, regarding earthly prosperity as if it is of no use to them and being joyful in the midst of adversity.

So, the sorrow of the world is when men despair as a consequence of earthly affliction and are overwhelmed with grief. Godly sorrow has an eye to God; those who have it reckon it misery to have lost the favor of God. Impressed with the fear of God’s judgment, they mourn over their sins.

Paul says godly sorrow is the cause and origin of repentance. It is to be carefully observed, for unless the sinner is dissatisfied with himself, detests his manner of life, and is thoroughly grieved by an apprehension of sin, he will never betake himself to the Lord. On the other hand, it is impossible for a person to experience sorrow of this kind without giving birth to a new heart.

Hence repentance arises in grief, for the reason that I have mentioned. No one can return to the right way unless he hates sin. Where there is hatred of sin, there is grief and dissatisfaction with self.

For meditation: There are many sorrows in this world, and none of them are pleasant. Godly sorrow is not pleasant, either, and thus it is avoided by most. But it is a sorrow that leads to the great joy of salvation. It is not be regretted, for it leads to repentance and life. Have you experienced godly sorrow? Think of the joy that it has brought about.

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Cultivating Biblical Godliness Series – EBOOKS

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said, “The world today is looking for, and desperately needs, true Christians. I am never tired of saying that what the Church needs to do is not to organize evangelistic campaigns and attract outside people, but to begin herself to live the Christian life. If she did that, men and women would be crowding into our buildings. They would say, ‘What is the secret of this?’”

These booklets treat matters that are vital to Christian experience, and each contribution aims to address a wide variety of people and circumstances at a fundamental and introductory level. This includes teaching people what to believe in order to practice personal holiness as well as specific directions on how to cultivate biblical godliness in relation to issues that are common to God’s people. The distinctive feature of this series is its experiential tone. While some booklet series aim to enlighten the mind, these booklets aim to warm the affections as well. The goal is to promote communion with the triune God and to transform the entire person in thought, speech, and behavior.

kill sinHow do I Kill Remaining Sin? – FREE

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Electronic Format, 32 pages

Geoffrey Thomas


Are you dying? If not, then you have not yet begun to live. The Bible teaches us that when God forgives a person by the death of Jesus Christ, He starts a process in him of dying daily—putting his sinful habits to death as he lives in union with Christ. Though being born again brings fundamental changes in a person’s soul, every Christian has sin remaining in him. Pastor Geoffrey Thomas explains how Christians can fight and conquer sin in their lives by the grace of Christ so that they grow to be more like Jesus, living wholeheartedly for the Lord one day at a time.

Endorsement   “In this booklet on mortification, Geoff Thomas does what he does best: he lays down clear biblical principles and guidelines for Christian living and then gives them a real face and a practical application. This small work will be of great help to God’s people as they live as sons and daughters of God on sin’s battleground.” — Iain Campbell, senior minister, Point Free Church, Isle of Lewis, Scotland

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5. What Does It Mean to Love God? – Maurice Roberts (Sale Price: $0.99)

6. What Is a Christian? –  Ryan McGraw (Sale Price: $0.99)

7. What Is Experiential Calvinism? – Ian Hamilton (Sale Price: $0.99)

8. Why Should I Fast? – Daniel R. Hyde (Sale Price: $0.99)

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Book Review

best method

(Review taken from World Magazine)

For all the hubris of its title, The Best Method of Preaching  is actually a very humble—and humbling—little book. Petrus van Mastricht, a 17th-century Dutch preacher, found huge manuals of sermon preparation to be unhelpful, so he wrote what in its original Latin folio edition came to 12 pages of indispensable instruction for those who want their congregations to flourish. A joint project with the Dutch Reformed Translation Society, Reformation Heritage’s English edition (the first ever translated) runs 60 pages. With the logical acumen characteristic of its era and a tightly packed condensation of material rare for any era, van Mastricht’s work will greatly benefit anyone who wants to apply the Word of God to his own soul.

The method is this: First, read the text. Then exegete it—that is, dig out its meaning. Look first and always to context. The teaching of the entire Bible, and the immediate context, will be your surest guide in determining what the passage is talking about. This done, think about it doctrinally—what truth does this text teach? Van Mastricht warns that you must always and only look to the text: The doctrine “should certainly be in the text,” because God does not want His children to draw out “just any word of God, but precisely the particular word that is in [t]his text.”

Finally, take the truth you just found and apply it to yourself (and your hearers). The Best Method of Preaching spends almost half its time on application—and for its author, application is not limited to conviction of sin. It can be for comfort, building up the distressed; “nouthetic,” for changing one’s view of sin; “exploratory,” for praising goodness; or “paranetic,” the straightforward moral exhortation often associated with application.

Preaching exists to change lives, so does van Mastricht’s manual.


preaching practicalPreaching Made Practical

O. Palmer Robertson

Paperback, 220 pages

Retail Price: $16.99/ Our Price: $12.75

This is a detailed book covering every aspect of the sermon and a section on the preacher, plus supplemental chapters on ‘Knowing God’s Will For Your Life’ and ‘Worship According to the Word.’ If you preach even occasionally, this is a book you cannot afford to miss.


Table of Contents:

1. The Nature of a Sermon

2. The Person of the Preacher

Supplement #1: Knowing God’s Will for Your Life

3. The Form of the Sermon

4. The Parts of a Sermon

5. Procedure for Composing a Sermon

6. Preparing to Deliver a Sermon that has been Composed

7. Considerations During the Delivery of a Sermon

Supplement #2: Worship according to the Word


Author  Owen Palmer Robertson is a well-known Christian theologian and biblical scholar. He currently serves as principal of the Uganda campus of African Bible University and previously taught at Reformed Theological Seminary, Westminster Theological Seminary, Covenant Theological Seminary, and Knox Theological Seminary. He is also the author of The Christ of the Covenants.

Endorsement  “More than ever the Christian church needs a new generation of men committed to the urgent necessity of preaching God’s word and who are gifted themselves to preach that word. This is easier said than done. Paul’s command to Timothy to ‘preach the word, in good times and in bad times’ (2 Timothy 4:2), inevitably raises the question, ‘How is this to be done?’

With his latest book, O Palmer Robertson has provided the church with a timely, detailed, engaging, relevant and convicting exposition of what it means to ‘preach the word’. Preaching Made Practical is a must read for any man seriously considering the Christian ministry. Churches and Seminaries will want to ensure that their young men read and digest its practical and deeply spiritual wisdom’.” – From the Foreword by Rev. Dr. Ian Hamilton, Pastor, Cambridge Presbyterian Church, Cambridge, England

Divine Breathings – Augustus Toplady (Poem)

Taken from Worthy is the Lamb


I groan from sin to be set free,

From self to be released;

Oh, take me, take me unto Thee,

My everlasting rest!


Come, O my Savior, come away,

Into my soul descend;

No longer from Thy creature stay,

My author, and my end!


The bliss Thou hast for me prepared,

No longer be delayed;

Come, my exceeding great reward,

For whom I first was made.


Thou all our works in us hast wrought,

Our good is all divine;

The praise of every virtuous thought,

And righteous work is Thine


‘Tis not of him that wills or runs,

That labors or desires;

In answer to my Savior’s groans,

Thy love my breast inspires.


The meritorious cause I see,

That precious blood divine;

And I, since Jesus died for me,

Shall live forever Thine.


Book Review

surpassingReview by OPC Publications of An All Surpassing Fellowship by David P. Beaty

David Beaty has done us no small service in distilling the godly example of a man of eminent piety in the scope of a few pages. The work is divided into three sections, giving us a brief biography, a description of M’Cheyne’s communion with God, and finally a section on learning from him. The last section alone is worth the price of the book. In five studies from ‘Really Understanding the Gospel’ to ‘Passion for Revival’, Beaty not only opens up in brief compass the deep motivation for the glory of Christ that undergirded the prayers and ministry of M’Cheyne, but also concludes with simple recommendations and thoughtful exercises designed to assist the thoughtful reader toward that experimental Calvinism of which M’Cheyne was so eminent a practitioner.

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