Book Review – Meet the Puritans

 
JOEL BEEKE AND RANDALL PEDERSON
 
A real labour of love which took the authors around ten years to write! The book gives a brief history of English Puritanism, detailing the important historic facts, biographies of English, Scottish and Dutch puritans, also book reviews of works that have been published over the last fifty years. These men sought to live lives for the glory of there saviour , they had many struggles and lived through turbulent times.
Here follows a review of Andrew Gray:
Regarded as a burning light by thousands who heard him preach, his knowledge of the Christian experience was wonderfully extensive, he knew well the joys and troubles, the helps and hindrances. George Hutcheson spoke of him as a spark from heaven. The Lord gave him remarkable power of probing the conscience, he could make people’s hair stand on end.
A review of his Sermons: Loving Christ and fleeing temptation:
These sermons are comforting to the regenerate, arresting the backslider, inviting the unsaved, and unmasking the hypocrite. Christ all was the beginning, middle and end of all the sermons.
This book has been written in a devotional manner and whets the appetite for you to read many of the fine books mentioned, a real triumph in so many ways.

Book Review – Sovereignty of God

SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD by AW PINK 
 
The author asks who is regulating affairs on earth today-God, or the Devil? He then lays out the glorious gospel truths by explaining Gods sovereignty defined, God in creation, in administration, salvation, reprobation, operation, human will, human responsibility, sovereignty and prayer, our attitude towards the doctrine, difficulties and objections, the value of the doctrine.
In summary after reading this great book we can rejoice in the Lord’s sovereign will and purpose in our lives, and this should breed great peace and assurance of God’s presence in our lives.
Also, if you buy one of the latest editions you will also can read the will of God, the case of Adam, John 3 v 16 meaning of Kosmos, and a brief exposition of 1 John 2 v 2.

JEHOVAH TSIDKENU

(The Lord our righteousness, the watchword of the reformers)
I once was a stranger to grace and to God,
I knew not my danger, and felt not my load,
though friends spoke in rapture of Christ on the tree,
Jehovah Tsidkenu was nothing to me.
I oft read with pleasure, to soothe or engage,
Isaiah’s wild measures and John’s simple page
But e’en when they pictured the blood-sprinkled tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu seemed nothing to me.
Like tears from the daughters of Zion that roll
I wept when the waters went over his Soul
Yet thought not that my sins had nailed to the tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu-twas nothing to me.
When free grace awoke me, by light on high
Then legal fears shook me, I trembled to die
No refuge, no safety in self could I see
Jehovah Tsidkenu my saviour must be.
My terrors all vanished before his sweet name
My guilty fears banished, with boldness I came
To drink at the fountain, life-giving and free
Jehovah Tsidkenu is all things to me
Jehovah Tsidkenu my treasure and boast
Jehovah Tsidkenu I ne’er can be lost
In thee I shall conquer by flood and field
My cable, my anchor, my breast plate and shield
Even trembling the valley, the shadow of death
This “watchword” shall rally my faltering breath
For while from life’s fever my God sets me free
Jehovah Tsidkenu my death-song shall be.
Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Testimony – Penny

I first realised that I needed to be right with God in 2002, it was at a house with some friends, they were talking about what it is to be a Christian and I suddenly understood that I was not a Christian, it was then that I first began to seriously seek the Lord.  It took some time before I came to believe that I was saved, but over the last year I have felt a closeness with the Lord that I had not previously felt.

 As a young disabled woman I had a lot of anger about my disability, I wondered why the Lord had made me this way, but since I have come to trust in His grace and His goodness I have learned to accept my condition and now seek to glorify God in and despite it.  By His grace I recently came to Ebenezer Reformed Baptist Church, and through the preaching of Gods Word I have learned (and am learning more and more) to accept my disability, I have come to understand that no matter what state I am in, His grace is sufficient, and His love, which is shown to me through the Lord Jesus Christ is without bounds.

 My devotional life has improved dramatically, at the moment I am studying Psalms 23 and, as you would expect, I am finding a great deal of comfort in that Psalm, especially v4: yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me. It is good to know that wherever I am Jesus is with me, He is my Good Shepherd (providentially, after giving this testimony to Tony the visiting preacher preached on this very psalm).

 As far as my salvation is concerned, I am sure that I am trusting the Lord Jesus and nothing else.  I want to be Baptised so that I can walk in obedience to His Word, I am less frightened at night, and I feel more of His closeness.  From the age of 8 I have wanted to be Baptised, now I am sure that it is both the time and that it is the right thing to do.  Every day He teaches me more and more, He is teaching me – Thy will be done – in my own life.

Far from being bitter about my condition, I now understand why I am here, He wanted me to exist, He planned me before time and has always had a plan for my life, one where I would come to love Him, and He has had His hand on my life from the day I was born. He wanted me to exist, and He wanted me to be His own, and by His grace alone this has come to pass. I am still a sinner, but I am a sinner saved by His grace and kept by His love.  I am convinced of these things, that they area true work of God in my life, and I want to serve Him as best I can and to the glory of His name.