On This Blog 14 Years Ago…

For various reason I was recently thinking about the first few posts I did on this blog. Andrew and I started "The Reformed Reader" back in September 2007. That makes me feel old! Anyway, here's one of the first posts from the Reformed Reader taken from exactly 14 years ago:----- Peter Eldersveld, a CRC minister… Continue reading On This Blog 14 Years Ago…

To Christians Who Are Suffering

(This is a re-post from April, 2017. I wrote it when my family was going through a dark and heavy trial - a trial which God mercifully brought us through. I pray it is helpful to my Christian brothers/sisters out there who are currently going through a dark trial.) Some Christians suffer more than others. … Continue reading To Christians Who Are Suffering

Trials and the Artificer’s Gold (Wyche)

 In the early 15th century, John Wycliffe's influence was still being felt in the Western church even outside of England.  However, many church leaders were not fans of Wycliffe's critique of the church nor did they favor a major reformation of the church.  In fact, in a papal decree Pope Gregory XI called Wycliffe "the… Continue reading Trials and the Artificer’s Gold (Wyche)

We Dare Not Trust Ourselves… (Packer)

Here's an excellent devotional thought for today. It's from one of my favorites: Knowing God by J. I. Packer. What is the purpose of grace? Primarily, to restore man's relationship with God. ...Grace is God drawing sinners closer and closer to Himself. How does God in grace prosecute this purpose? Not by shielding us from… Continue reading We Dare Not Trust Ourselves… (Packer)

Tears & Trials Are Not Long (McCheyne)

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)