Behaviors, Addictions, and Helping One Another (Welch)

Scripture often calls God's people to help one another (1 Cor. 16:11, 2 Cor. 1:11, Phil. 4:16, 1 Thess. 5:14, etc.). One aspect of loving one another in a Christ-like way is giving others of our time, energy, and effort to help when and where help is needed. Speaking of this topic, here's how Ed… Continue reading Behaviors, Addictions, and Helping One Another (Welch)

The Pleasantness of A Religious Life (Henry)

Following Jesus isn't always easy. Self-denial and cross-bearing take effort, stamina, and mental strength. Struggling with personal sin is a daily fight. Bearing reproach for the name of Jesus is a hard trial. But over and above these things, the Christian life is full of peace, joy, happiness, comfort, meaning, purpose, and love. Speaking of… Continue reading The Pleasantness of A Religious Life (Henry)

Two Major Obstacles to Prayer (Lovelace)

In chapter five of Dynamics of Spiritual Life Richard Lovelace spent some time discussing prayer. This section is a pretty helpful resource on Christian prayer. In these pages Lovelace mentioned two hindrances or obstacles to prayer. The first obstacle to prayer in the Christian life is the fact that we are still sinful. "The Puritan… Continue reading Two Major Obstacles to Prayer (Lovelace)

Bunyan on Sin, Prayer, the Sabbath, and Heaven

Today while reading through John Bunyan's "Dying Sayings" I found some quotes that I thought our readers might appreciate. Here are a few notes from Bunyan on sin, prayer, the Sabbath, and heaven: Take heed of giving thyself liberty of committing one sin, for that will lead thee to another; till, by an ill custom,… Continue reading Bunyan on Sin, Prayer, the Sabbath, and Heaven

A Prayer for Ministerial Candidates (Newton)

What things should a man think about as he contemplates being officially called to the gospel ministry? This is obviously a huge question that has a long answer! One great and longer answer to that question is found in John Newton’s pamphlet called Ministry on My Mind. This is a booklet published by the John… Continue reading A Prayer for Ministerial Candidates (Newton)