The Nursery of the Holy Spirit: Welcoming Children in nurseryWorship

Daniel R. Hyde

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Paperback, 69 pages

As you enter the sanctuary, you notice them at once. Then, as you take your seat next to a family, they are right there beside you. Throughout the ensuing service, you see them – and hear them. The presence of children in public worship in not only striking, but also increasingly strange in modern American church life. In fact, the idea of your children sitting or standing next you during prayer, singing, or the pastor’s sermon can be downright scary. This book is based in the conviction that public worship is the nursery of the Holy Spirit and that bringing children in is both beneficial and a blessing. The Nursery of the Holy Spirit offers practical advice on how to make this ideal a reality in you children’s lives.

 

(Taken from the Blessed and Boundless God by George Swinnock)

When we give Him our love, awe, and trust, we actually give Him nothing.

God is a perfect being. When we describe a being as perfect, we mean one of two things. First, a being is perfect when it posses all that is necessary to its kind (that is, its particular species). So we say a man is perfect because he has all that is necessary to a man – a body with all its parts and members, and a soul with all its powers and faculties. Second, a being is perfect when it is impossible to add to it or take from it. That is to say, it is incapable of the least increase or decrease.

God alone is perfect in the second sense. He is absolutely perfect. The sun neither gains anything when the moon is bright nor loses anything when the moon is dark. Likewise, the self-sufficient God neither gains anything from our service nor loses anything by our neglect. He is above the influence of our actions. Our holiness adds nothing to His happiness: “Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself? It is any pleasure to the Almighty, that thou are righteous? Or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?” (Job 22:2-3). As our holiness does not help Him, so our sinfulness does not hurt Him: “If thou sinnest, what doest thou against him? Or if thy transgressions be multiplied, what doest thou unto him? If thou be righteous, what givest thou him? Or what receiveth he of thine hand? Thy wickedness may hurt a man as thou are; and thy righteousness may profit the son of man” (Job 35:6-8). The weapons of unrightouesness might inure flesh and blood, but not the Rock of Ages. He is impenetrable.

God is also above our praises and blessings. What does a fountain gain if people drink its water and commend it rather than despise it? What would God gain if He were to make millions of worlds to magnify Him? What would God lose if there were no world at all? God has given to everyone all that they possess, but not one has ever given anything to Him. When we give Him our love, awe, and trust, we actually give Him nothing. We can give nothing to Him because we owe everything to Him. All of His essential glory admits no increase or decrease.

No other being is absolutely perfect like God. We stand in continual need. We need air to sustain us, food to strengthen us, clothing to cover us, fire to warm us, and sleep to refresh us. We need righteousness to justify us, grace to sanctify us, love to comfort us, and mercy to save us. We are a heap of infirmities, a hospital of diseases, and a bundle of imperfections.

Angels are more perfect than we are, yet they too are imperfect. Something can be added to the,, and something can be taken from them. The highest angel can be higher, the holiest angel holier, and the best angel better. Although the stars differ from each other in brightness, none of them are the sun. Although angels differ from each other in honor and excellency, none of them are God – none of them are absolutely perfect.

For the ninth week commemorating our 20th anniversary, we are giving away the set of 'Family Guidance Series' a 2002 publication

1. Family Worship

With pastoral insight and care the author provides practical and valuable answers to the practice of family worship and at the same time addresses objections raised against it. In a world of impossible standards and idealism, this book is a helpful and motivating guide to implement or increase the depth of your family devotions.

FamilyGuidanceSeries2. Bringing the Gospel to Covenant Children

After showing that Christians today fail to understand the role of the covenant in their children’s lives, Joel R. Beeke offers insight on the covenant relationship between God and man, and its implications for home and family. He then teaches parents how to instruct their children in the gospel, with detailed guidelines on how to use prayer, family worship, teaching, conversation, and mentoring to evangelize children.

3. The Family at Church

This book contains guidance on two important areas of family life. First, it explains how we should prepare our families for public worship. Second, it addresses the subject of prayer meetings, their importance and the scriptural warrant for them. Dr. Beeke's approach involves a sketch of the past uses of such practices and a detailed exposition, in such a way, that the reader can apply it to everyday living.

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able faithful(British Church Newspaper - Book Review)

There are few things that Britain needs more today than ‘an able and faithful ministry’: evangelical pastors who can, and will, preach and teach the whole council of God without fear of man, who have the Biblical knowledge and insights and shepherd’s hearts to gather and nurture flocks of God’s dear ones in difficult times, and who have the skills and experience to teach and train others, and so to multiply a faithful gospel ministry in this nation. A tall order, certainly, and a situation in which a careful study of men who have been used of the Lord in exactly that way in the past can be a vital asset.

It is in just that way that James M. Garretson’s detailed study of Samuel Miller (1769-1850) will prove much more valuable. Now little known in the UK, Miller is regarded as having been one of the most influential leaders of nineteenth-century American Presbyterian, a man whose career saw blessing in pastoral ministry, whose sanctified wisdom and deep knowledge of church polity helped guide the church through troubled times, and who was, above all, a gifted teacher and mentor for generations of young men training for the gospel ministry.

In Part One of this interesting book Garretson provides a short but detailed life of Miller, from his birth into a godly home as the sixth son of Rev. John miller of Delaware (the family was of Scottish descent), conversion, ministerial training and early pastorate in New York (1793-1813), followed by his call to a Professorship at Princeton Theological Seminary on its formation in 1813, and his long and eminently successful career in pastoral training until his home-call in 1850.

Parts Two and Three (the core of the book) consists of a well-selected sample of Miller’s writings, covering all aspects of the evangelical ministry in a very practical and readable fashion, with introductions and explanations by Garretson. Subjects covered include: importance o the ministry, importance of study, holding fast the faithful word, preaching and pastoring in big cities, clerical (pastoral) manners, preparation of sermons and choice of text, theology of public worship, and many others. Miller did not believe that pastors could be manufactured by Seminaries: a divine call must come first, developed by ‘piety, talents, learning, and diligence’, leading to a ministry that ‘is essential not only to the well-being, but to the very essence, of the church’.

Part Four returns to biography with an account of his final days, and a summary of ‘a life well lived.’

Honest“An Honest and Well-Experienced Heart”: The Piety of John Flavel

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An Honest, Well-Experienced Heart” introduces us to the life and writings of Puritan preacher and author John Flavel (1627–1691). In his brief, introductory biography, Adam Embry discusses Flavel’s background, ministry, and theology of keeping the heart, which, for Flavel, “is the great business of a Christian’s life.” Centuries ago, Flavel wrote, “Above all other studies in the world, study your own hearts.” Embry guides us through forty-two short passages from Flavel’s writings that acquaint us with this dedicated Puritan minister’s piety and help us see the importance of this great business of keeping and managing our hearts.

Also discounted in the Profiles in Reformed Spirituality (Regular Price: $4.99/ Sale Price: $2.99):

A Consuming Fire: The Piety of Alexander Whyte

A Habitual Sight of Him: The Christ-Centered Piety of Thomas Goodwin

“A Scribe Well-Trained”: Archibald Alexander and the Life of Piety

A Sweet Flame: Piety in the Letters of Jonathan Edwards

“The King in His Beauty”: The Piety of Samuel Rutherford

May We Meet in the Heavenly World: The Piety of Lemuel Haynes

Trading and Thriving in Godliness: The Piety of George Swinnock

For the eighth week commemorating our 20th anniversary, we are giving away two copies of our 2001 publication Heaven Opened

HeavenOpened__35629.1387298854.1280.1280We jumped at the chance to publish this rare book because the letters of Mary Winslow convey a rich treasury of experiential and practical theology. I know of few books that can do so much to teach us how to live more closely to Christ, how to walk more by faith than by sight, and how to wrestle at God’s throne than this one.  This is one of the most spiritual books I have ever read.

This week, we are offering 30-60% off select titles by Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary faculty as well as specials on PRTS conference books 

Dr. Michael Barrett

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Truth that Frees (Reprint)truth

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Truth that Frees is a workbook on Reformed doctrine for young adults, and offers nearly 1,300 questions for classroom or home instruction. It covers Reformed doctrine from the context of Abraham Hellenbroek’s catechism, A Specimen of Divine Truths (see page 8). The purpose of this work is to stimulate young adults to understand the freeing power of Reformed doctrine.

Piety's Wisdom: A Summary of Calvin's Institutes with Study Questions (Reprint)Piety'sWisdom

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John Calvin’s The Institutes of the Christian Religion presents one of the most winsome, thought-provoking, spiritually inspiring, and heart-searching summations of Christian truth ever written. Although works exist that either offer an analysis of Calvin’s views or serve as a guide to his Institutes, none fully share the aim of J. Mark Beach’s Piety’s Wisdom. Keeping to the form, shape, and tenor of Calvin’s own work, Piety’s Wisdom offers busy pastors, seminarians, interested college students, and motivated laypersons a book that presents Calvin on his own terms. This summary can be used as an introduction to the Christian faith, as a primer for the study of Calvin, or a combination of each. While the book is suitable for individual study, the inclusion of study questions makes it an ideal tool for facilitating discussion in adult study groups.

Jonathan Edwardsedwards

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Jonathan Edwards lived at a time when many people were seriously questioning long-accepted ideas about the world, life, and God, and his answers to these questions have left a mark on the way we think today. While he is often remembered as the preacher of a scary sermon about a spider dangling over a fire, he remains significant as one of the greatest thinkers America has produced. Simonetta Carr traces the events of Edwards’s life from a young student interested in science to husband and father, pastor, leader of the Great Awakening, missionary, writer, and college president. Colorful illustrations, interesting facts, and a compelling story combine to introduce young readers to this important theologian and life in colonial America.