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
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)
Many of us have heard or even used the phrase "hail Mary." It often refers to a long and risky throw in football, when the quarterback unleashes a monster toss hoping the receiver will catch it. This term, "hail Mary," is how the "Ave Maria" prayer in the Roman Catholic traiditon starts: "Hail, Mary, full… Continue reading Entrusting Our Cares to Mary!?
In a written prayer called "To Ask God the Proper Use of Sickness," Blaise Pascal (d. 1662) reflected on health and sickness in the Christian life. More specifically, Pascal confessed that when he was healthy, he didn't thank God for it and use his health to serve Him. When he became ill, Pascal prayed that… Continue reading On The Proper Use of Sickness (Pascal)
In Philippians 4:6 Paul says "Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God" (NET). D. M. Lloyd-Jones noted that Paul was being specific with his order of words in this verse: prayer - petition (both with thanksgiving) - give your requests to… Continue reading Panic, Prayers, and Praise (Lloyd-Jones)