Sweet the Sound of Grace Divine (Cowper)

 William Cowper, a friend of John Newton and the author of many hymns (including "God Moves in A Mysterious Way") suffered from bouts of depression and panic attacks from a young age.  Some historians say it ran in his family.  Things became so dark for him that he tried to take his own life several… Continue reading Sweet the Sound of Grace Divine (Cowper)

Justified Today, Damned Tomorrow? Never! (Sibbes)

 We are weak.  Our faith is often feeble and barely flickering.  We have doubts; despair sometimes is a dark cloud in the Christian life.  "Prone to wander" is an understatement at times!  I appreciate how Richard Sibbes discussed this hard reality in the Christian life.  He met it with the gospel, with the comforting truths… Continue reading Justified Today, Damned Tomorrow? Never! (Sibbes)

Dear Devil, Go Eat the Dung (Luther)

In 1532 Martin Luther preached a sermon at the funeral of Duke John of Saxony.  He preached on 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14.  It's a good sermon in many ways.  One helpful part of this sermon is where Luther explained how Satan, the accuser, uses the law in a crafty way.  He first tells us that we… Continue reading Dear Devil, Go Eat the Dung (Luther)

Help For Depression: Setting up Support

A few days ago, I gave a brief review on Broken Minds by Steve and Robyn Bloem.  After fighting through some intense depression and counseling those who also struggle with depression, Steve wrote a basic list on how to build support systems.  For those of you who face depression or help those who do, here's… Continue reading Help For Depression: Setting up Support

I Would Have Fallen Away…

  One of my favorite phrases in the Canons of Dort is found in the last section which deals with the perseverance/preservation of the saints.  I'll quote the entire article here (V.8).  Notice the bold phrase. ...It is not in consequence of their [the saints'] own merits or strength, but of God's free mercy, that they neither totally fall from faith… Continue reading I Would Have Fallen Away…