J.C. Ryle, a faithful English theologian of the 1800s is rightfully well known for one of his hallmark works––Expository Thoughts on the Gospels. As his comments and insights on Matthew 14:22-36 had particular impact on my mind as I read them recently, the scripture, followed by Ryle's thoughts, are copied further below. But lest we… Continue reading Ryle’s Expository Thoughts––Matthew 14
It's this time of year that the countryside writes in cursive. To be sure, the blocked, cold and all capped letters of winter carry their own grace in their clear, blunt communication, but it's late summer and fall that swings it's branches and flowers in loops and criss-crosses and its grass and gardens in all… Continue reading God Honored
Thomas Brooks, an eminent 17th century puritan pastor, penned one of the most practical and helpful books on the Christian life ever printed--Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices. In it we find ripe fruit from Brooks methodical labors in scouring scripture for Satan's wiles and our Heavenly Father's remedy for this cunning adversaries' afflicting actions. We… Continue reading Precious Remedies
Corduroy Kid–April 2022
April2 At 28 degrees it takes conscious effort to get out of my sleeping bag and unzip my tent. Yet, the exertion is not without its' rewards––I've soon trekked to the picturesque edge of the nearby river to watch it slowly slip on in the early morning hours. I'm in northern Michigan so the northern… Continue reading Corduroy Kid–April 2022
Corduroy Kid––March 2022
March5 It's the warmest day of the year by far. In the mid 50s, spring seems to be upon us. Yet, spring, though we've now heard its' shouts in the form tree-buds and birds from somewhere down south, still has a long road ahead before the embrace will be felt––tomorrow is back to below freezing.… Continue reading Corduroy Kid––March 2022
A Sermon by M’Cheyne–Comfort for the Bereaved
The following is a sermon written and delivered by the eminent Scottish Presbyterian minister, Robert Murray M'Cheyne, to his congregation is Dundee, Scotland. Dated 'summer of 1840'. It is wonderful comfort to the bereaved and sorrowful who have witnessed loss and pain in the death of a friend or relative who lived in the Lord.… Continue reading A Sermon by M’Cheyne–Comfort for the Bereaved
Let the Heart Then Say ‘I Rely On God Alone’
In his work titled Temptation Resisted and Repulsed John Owen (1616-1683) heartily exhorts his reader on a host of varied occasions to fly to Christ in the midst of temptation. On a previous Sunday evening I was particularly encouraged by Owen in reading the following excerpt as it helped to shake me from the dangerous… Continue reading Let the Heart Then Say ‘I Rely On God Alone’
Fate or Providence?
The following excerpt is taken from Robert Lewis Dabney's comprehensive biography of Stonewall Jackson where Dabney briefly explains the clear distinction between the worldly, humanistic, unbiblical worldview of fate and that of the true, biblical doctrine of the providence of almighty God. Dabney is writing to explain Jackson's vibrant trust in God's sovereignty coupled with… Continue reading Fate or Providence?
You Cannot Follow Now; But You Will Follow Later
36 Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered, “Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later.” 37 Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You right now? I will lay down my life for You.” 38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for… Continue reading You Cannot Follow Now; But You Will Follow Later
22 After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He was spending time with them and baptizing. 23 John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people were coming and were being baptized— 24 for John had not yet been thrown into prison. There is one main point to which I… Continue reading ‘John Also…’