The Wandering Mind in Prayer

Sometimes when the Christian prays, his or her mind wanders.  We’ve all had it, no doubt, when we’re praying and our mind ends up thinking about our son’s dentist appointment or our friend’s new mountain bike.  While a wandering mind during prayer isn’t a good thing, we shouldn’t despair because of it.  William Gurnall (d.… Continue reading The Wandering Mind in Prayer

Seasons, Harvest, Holiness

 Here's a good Lord's Day meditation by Puritan William Gurnall (d. 1679). "As God makes use of all the seasons of the year for the harvest - the frost and cold of the winter, as well as the heat of the summer - so doth he, of fair and foul, pleasing and unpleasing providences, for… Continue reading Seasons, Harvest, Holiness

Where There is Fellowship, There Is Strength

 William Gurnall (d. 1679) has a great paragraph on the fellowship of the saints in his book, The Christian in Complete Armor. In one section, he discusses what he calls "recovery of declining grace."  In other words, if a Christian is not wielding his armor as he should, or if it is getting rusty, what is he… Continue reading Where There is Fellowship, There Is Strength

Jack Rabbits and Ping-Pong

 I'm surprised how many times I hear people speak negatively about a pastor's seminary education - as if knowledge is deadly to the soul (or ignorance is bliss).  Of course, this sentiment is a common American one that goes way back to the early frontier days of circuit preachers.  Billy Sunday even said, "I don't know… Continue reading Jack Rabbits and Ping-Pong

Satan and Election: Faith’s Fights

 In his 1000+ page discussion of the Christian's armor, Puritan William Gurnall (d. 1679) explained how Satan tries to wreck the faith of a Christian.  Among those many ways, one of them is to get the Christian hung up on scrupulous questions.  Specifically, sometimes Satan torments the Christian by asking how he knows his election.  Here's Gurnall's… Continue reading Satan and Election: Faith’s Fights