Gospel Evidences of Saving Faith

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Gospel Evidences of Saving Faith
John Owen
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

John Owen, a 17th-century Puritan minister, is considered by many to be among the greatest theologians in the history of the Church. In this work on faith, Owen gives us four things that distinguish "Saving Faith" from empty faith. The first is embracing Christ as God's only appointed way of salvation.

Today's Evangelism by Ernest C.Reisinger

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Today's Evangelism
Ernest C.Reisinger
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

The author's purpose in writing this book was his burden to see a restoration of Church-based "Biblical Evangelism." Reisinger defines evangelism as, "The communication of a divinely inspired message that we call 'The Gospel.'" God's servants are to faithfully communicate that message——without altering the content of the message——for God's Gospel . . . "is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes." The Gospel is a divine message, and Mr. Reisinger asks the question (the title of Chapter Eight), "Is there a divine method?" He asserts that the book of Acts is, ". . .

Directions for Daily Communion with God

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Directions for Daily Communion with God
Matthew Henry
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

"Directions for Daily Communion with God" by Matthew Henry——whose commentary on the Bible is still widely used——is a series of three lectures preached in 1712 on beginning the day with God, spending the day with God, and ending the day with God. That true believers desire to, and in fact, do commune with the Living God on a daily basis, very few would deny. Many with whom we interact on a daily basis know nothing of this reality. They do not speak to or commune with God at all——"Many are not sensible of this, and it is their sin and misery; they live without God in the world . . .

Give Yourself unto Reading

"Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read."

—Charles Spurgeon

Walking With God

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Walking With God — J.C. Ryle
J.C.Ryle
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

"Walking With God" is an abridged version of J.C. Ryle's 19th-century work "Practical Religion." Some think Ryle is among the most helpful Christian writers on practical Christianity. The Anglican Gospel Minister, in the chapter Effort, is looking at Luke 13:24, "Strive to enter through the narrow gate . . ." He comments on one of the ways in which the gate is narrow——"It is narrow for those who love sin and are not willing to part with it."

The Importance of Meditation

"It is not he who reads most—but he who meditates most, who will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian." Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)

A Call To Delaying Sinners

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A Call To Delaying Sinners
Thomas Doolittle
Reviewer: 
Joseph J. Adrian

Thomas Doolittle was a 17th century Gospel Minister. The only other book that I'm familiar with of his is "Love To Christ Necessary To Escape The Curse" (one of the best books on "Love To Christ" that's ever been written). "A Call To Delaying Sinners" consists of eight sermons on Psalm 119:60——"I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments."

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—". . .

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