In a letter dated March 8, 1843, Robert Murray McCheyne was trying to console someone who was struggling with heart issues. I don't mean medical issues. Instead, this person had some spiritual heart issues such as sinfulness, struggling under trials, and the fear of man. Speaking of the trials, here's how McCheyne gave comforting words… Continue reading Tears & Trials Are Not Long (McCheyne)
On October 25, 1840, Robert Murray McCheyne preached a sermon on Galatians 6:14 (May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. [NIV]). In one part of the sermon McCheyne talked about Paul's "feelings towards the cross… Continue reading Giving Up Self-Righteousness (McCheyne)
Psalm 119 has always been one of my favorite Psalms. I love how the Psalmist talks about the beauty and power of God's word, precepts, commands, and laws. Speaking of Psalm 119, Robert Murray MCheyne called it "the breathing of the new heart" in a sermon on Romans 7:22-25. After mentioning how an unbeliever has… Continue reading Psalm 119: The Breath of the New Heart (McCheyne)
When God convicts us of our sin, he ordinarily only shows us the tip of the iceberg (so to speak). This is an act of mercy, for if he showed us the exact depth and extent of our depravity, we would not be able to live with ourselves. Thankfully, genuine conviction and repentance can… Continue reading Your Sin: You Have No Idea!
In my opinion, part of the reason the old Puritan gospel preachers were so good at displaying the grace of Jesus was because they understood sin so well. We tend to simply scratch the surface by saying sin is lying to our wives, looking at porn, disobeying our parents, and so forth. To be sure, those… Continue reading The Heart’s Sinful Chambers