Why Read Richard Baxter? A Reformed Blog asked: What do you think of Richard Baxter? My reply was,
Always come to your own conclusion. If you read, the Reformed Pastor, Now or Never, The Saint's Rest, The Christian Directory, Directions for a Sound Conversion, and his sermon in the Puritan Morning Exercises on Melancholy And Overmuch Sorrow, and you are not the better for it, and stirred up. the problem may well be with you. Those persons who are such great theologs that the ONLY thing they can tell you is that Baxter was not clear on justification probably can't name one of his books they read 10 pages in a row in if they were honest.This evening, while researching the titles of Baxter, I just learned something new. He wrote a preface to Joseph Alleine's Alarm to the Unconverted. I will begin narrating this tomorrow. There is enough unction in Baxter and Alleine combined to thaw this Michigan winter. Well at least the winter that shadows my heart.
Paul Bayne 1573-1617 Bayne was a student of William Perkins and then his successor. His ministry was used in the conversion of Richard Sibbes. He is noted for the saying, beware of a strong head and a cold heart. None of his writings were published in his lifetime but 12 volumes appeared within 5 years of his death.
America's First Best Seller? The comment from Princeton University is interesting, "Wigglesworth's epic poem (1662) is widely regarded as America's first "best-seller," though it was published long before that term came into popular usage. Composed of 224 ballad stanzas, the poem laments the "backsliding" of Puritans into sin and complacency and depicts the final day of Judgement (or "doom") as a series of dramatic confrontations between sinners -- meaning everyone -- and their God. 1,800 copies were published, none of which survive today; historians suspect it was literally read to pieces." sample: For at midnight breaks forth a light, Which turnâ€™d the night to day, And speedily an hideous cry- Did all the world dismay.
Sinners awake, their hearts do ache,
Trembling their loins surpriseth;
Amazâ€™d with fear, by what they hear,
Each one of them ariseth.
They rush from beds with giddy heads,
And to their windows run,
Viewing this light, which shines more bright Than doth the noonday sun.
Straightway appears (they see it with tears,) the Son of God most dread;
Who with his train comes on amain
To judge both quick and dead. Wikipedia comments, "It was so popular the early editions were thumbed to shreds. No first editions are known to exist. The 2nd editions are exceptionally rare."
Great Sermon! I formerly knew about all the pagan origins of Christmas, but as I spoke to others about them, I added that we need not worry, as long as we are remembering Christ's birth. Now I know better why I was wrong.
Is Christmas From Christ or Antichrist? Thanks for the comment and encouragement B. McCausland. There is much more information about the Christ-mass holy day at "Christ-Mass (Christmas): A Roman Catholic Missions Strategy" at http://ow.ly/rxv0E or at http://www.puritandownloads.com/christmas-is-a-roman-catholic-missions-strategy/
Great Sermon! Thank God for preachers like yourself who speak against this . Coming out of catholism can't understand why some preachers partake in pagan festivals where it's commanded not too . They say Rome is wrong but come this time of year celebrate it with Rome . Very sad . Praise God for opening my eyes . This will be my 2 nd year not celebrating . I don't feel like Iam missing anything . Just can't believe how long we celebrated this thinking it was the right thing to do . God word doesn't say to celebrate it , it doesn't tell us what day he was born why does man try to add to it .
Why meditate on John Owen? A Christian friend asked me what I think is the biggest problem facing the church today? I said it is our comparing ourselves WITH ourselves and so we lower the standard. That is the very nature of desynthetization to think we aren't that bad after all. But when I want to undeceive myself and wake up out of my sleep, I read, meditate on, and narrate John Owen. It is never comfortable, but I feel it is always safest.
Thanks for the comment and encouragement David. There is much more information about the Christ-mass holy day at "Christ-Mass (Christmas): A Roman Catholic Missions Strategy" at http://ow.ly/rxv0E or at http://www.puritandownloads.com/christmas-is-a-roman-catholic-missions-strategy/.
One Quote from this Book It has been no uncommon thing for the subjects of the work, whose chief distress and anxiety antecedently arose from a sense of their being in the hands of God, unexpectedly to find them
selves rejoicing in that very consideration â€” contemplating the glory and happiness of God, as an object of higher consequence, and more precious than their personal salvation ; and all this, while as yet, they have had no idea of having experienced any saving change of heart. The impressions were such on the minds of the CHILDREN, as led them to lay aside their customary diversions, and sometimes to pass their intermissions in prayer, reading, or religious conversation among themselves.
Such as were capable, requested it as a privilege, that they might be allowed at school to read in their Bibles. Several of the scholars obtained hope respecting themselves â€” some under twelve years of age ; but the greatest number between twelve and eighteen. (Samuel Mills - 1798)
Thanks for the sermon. I copied this 7 years ago in Texas when my children were young. They, last night at revival, challenged the traveling preacher if he celebrated Xmass. Well, they are now listening to your message as they could not fully answer the preacher who does celebrate Xmass. They are learning. And we, again, thank you for the very, very biblical sermon.