When A Daughter Dies (Martin Luther)

In 1542 Martin Luther's thirteen-year-old daughter Madeleine (Magdalena) became very ill. In September of that year, while Luther was in Leipzig he was called home because Madeleine had taken a turn for the worse and was nearing death. It was a very difficult time for Martin and his wife Katherine; there wasn't much they could… Continue reading When A Daughter Dies (Martin Luther)

The Sweat and the Blood (Herle)

Charles Herle (d. 1659) was a Presbyterian pastor in England who was also a commissioner to the Westminster Assembly. At one point he was the prolocutor (chairman) of the Assembly. He published various sermons and essays as well as a devotional called "Contemplations and Devotions on the Severall Passages of our Blessed Saviour's Death and… Continue reading The Sweat and the Blood (Herle)

Bunyan’s Prison Poem and Comfort in Death

When John Bunyan was in prison in 1665 he wrote a poem called "Prison Meditations Directed to the Heart of Suffering Saints and Reigning Sinners." Here's a part of it I thought our readers would appreciate: 5. I am, indeed, in prison nowIn body, but my mindIs free to study Christ, and howUnto me he… Continue reading Bunyan’s Prison Poem and Comfort in Death

Sin Shall Gasp Its Last (Manton)

Some people are deathly afraid of death. They do all they can to avoid death. The goal of their life is to not die. But living to avoid death is no way to live. The author of Hebrews calls this being a slave to the fear of death (Heb. 2:15). Furthermore, such a fear of… Continue reading Sin Shall Gasp Its Last (Manton)

Easter and the Fear of Hell (Boston)

 Although many people mock the truth of hell's existence, some people struggle with the fear of hell.  Some people are afraid of spending eternity facing a punishment in a place where there is forever weeping and gnashing of teeth.  It's hard to think about suffering God's eternal wrath against sin.  On this topic,  Thomas Boston… Continue reading Easter and the Fear of Hell (Boston)