Profiting From The Word

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Profiting From The Word
by A.W. Pink
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

A.W. Pink has been called by some, "A modern day Puritan." One of the reasons for this is because his writings were greatly influenced by the Puritans——he quotes from the Puritans frequently. During his lifetime, many libraries were discarding Puritan books. There was little to no interest in their godly writings or their doctrinal positions. Much of what they believed was not in vogue. I believe Pink's influence, primarily through his written ministry, was a significant factor in promoting a renewed interest in the writings of these men (who Spurgeon believed were spiritual giants).

How Christ Is To Be Followed As Our Example

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How Christ Is To Be Followed As Our Example
by Nathaniel Vincent
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

In the section "Persuasion's to Follow Christ's Example," Nathaniel Vincent contends that "Walking as Christ Walked" will make it evident that you are indeed "In Him." If we profess to be in Christ, but do not depart from iniquity, that reveals that we are not truly His.

The Rare Jewel Of Christian Contentment

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The Rare Jewel Of Christian Contentment
by Jeremiah Burroughs
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

These sermons by Jeremiah Burroughs, published a couple of years after his departure to be with his Lord, are an exposition of Philippians 4:11, "I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." This godly Pastor, who was one of the members of the Westminster Assembly, believed that "The Doctrine of Christian Contentment" was—". . . the very life and soul of all practical divinity." To be content, in all of the varied circumstances of this life, is part of "The Mystery of Godliness." It is not something that comes without effort on the believer's part—". . .

One Holy Passion by R.C. Sproul

"He is here with us and all that He is is with us." R.C. Sproul, One Holy Passion, (Thomas Nelson: Nashville, TN, 1987) p. 37.

The Still Hour

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The Still Hour
by Austin Phelps
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

Helpful books on prayer are relatively scarce, but are exceedingly valuable to Christians of all ages. Prayer is one of the greatest blessings, yet among the most difficult responsibilities and privileges, in this dispensation. Austin Phelps asks a couple of searching questions——"Why did we pray this morning? Do we often derive any other profit from prayer, than that of satisfying convictions of conscience. . .

Around The Wicket Gate

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Around The Wicket Gate
by C.H. Spurgeon
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

"Around the Wicket Gate" is one of "The Prince Of Preacher's" enduring classics. It was not written for those who are far from the Kingdom of God (professed atheists, agnostics or——as Spurgeon puts it—-those who have more concern for their dogs and cats than their souls). It is written for those who are "Near the Kingdom" (Matthew 7:13 "Enter ye in at the strait gate"). Those who are "Around the Wicket Gate" are at the gate, but they have not entered in.

A Heart For God

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A Heart For God
by Sinclair Ferguson
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

Sinclair Ferguson reflecting upon when he was a young boy, he was interested in "The Knowledge Of God." He wondered who God was, could he know God, and if so, how is this knowledge of God possible?

Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices

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Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices
by Thomas Brooks
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

Our Lord calls "His People" to be holy because He is holy. The writings of the Puritan's reveal the intensity to which they pursued that end. An essential aspect of sanctification is to understand how "The Great Enemy Of Our Souls" labors endlessly to hinder our pursuit of holiness and to deceive (so as to destroy if he were able) the souls of as many as he can. He cannot destroy the souls of believers, but he disrupts their peace, joy . . , and overall well being as much as he can.

Turn And Live

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Turn And Live
by Nathaniel Vincent
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

"Turn and Live" is Nathaniel Vincent's work on conversion. To be converted to God there must be a turning from what God declares is wicked and a turning to "The Lord God." The apostle commends the brethren at Thessalonica for——". . . they turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God." 1 Thessalonians 1:9b. Pastor Vincent uses the well known text from Ezekiel as his spring board——"Turn ye, turn ye, from your evil ways; for why will you die, O house of Israel." The author wonders which is greater folly——Man's initial turning from God or his obstinance in refusing to return to God.

The True Christians Love To The Unseen Christ

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The True Christians Love To The Unseen Christ
by Thomas Vincent
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

I love the writings of The Puritans and have greatly benefited from them. I've been reading their books (and re-reading some of them) for over thirty years. Thomas Vincent's "The True Christians Love . . ." has long been one of my favorites, if not my favorite for many years.

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