Book Review – JC Ryle Holiness

A real spiritual classic! I quote from the authors introduction: “The immense importance of adorning the doctrine of God our saviour and making it lovely and beautiful by our daily habits and tempers has been too far overlooked. Sound doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life. It worse than useless it does positive harm it is my firm impression that we need a thorough revival in scriptural holiness.”
From the chapter of Sin Ryle comments: “For my part I am persuaded the more light we have, the more we see our sinfulness, the nearer we get to heaven the more we are clothed with humility. I am convinced that the first step towards attaing a higher standard of holiness is to realize more fully the amazing sinfulness of sin.”
Other chapters include: Sanctification, holiness, the fight, the cost, growth, assurance, Moses an example, Lot a beacon, a woman remembered, Christ’s greatest trophy, the ruler of waves, The Church which Christ builds, visible churches warned, Loves thou me? Without Christ, Thirst relieved, Unsearchable riches, wants of the times, Christ is all, extracts from old writers.
Overall this book has so many highlights, and is a real spur to pursue holiness.
Buy the book here

Book Review – Knowing God

KNOWING GOD by J.I PACKER
Review by Timothy Denning
This books speaks of the importance of really knowing The Lord  and outlines several different aspects of this.
Through his word; God is understood in terms of what the Bible tells us. Always it is stressed that the claim of the word of God upon us is absolute, the word is to be received, trusted, and obeyed, because it is the word of God the king.
Other aspects include The Grace of God, God  the Judge, The wrath of God and several other characters and aspects of God.
The author says we can never know enough about God this book really helps and sets you on the path way were you want to read the word more and more and ask the Lord to reveal himself to you.

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.

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

Book Review – Letters of Samual Rutherford

Letters of Samuel Rutherford by Samuel Rutherford & Andrew Bonar

Review by Timothy Denning
Every letter in this fine book is just like a sermon, Full of Christ and full of Scripture particularly the Song of Solomon.
I quote from the book:
Christ is a well of life, but who knows how deep it is to the bottom? This Soul of ours has love, and cannot but love some fair one. And oh, what a fair one what an holy one, what an excellent, lovely, ravishing one, is Jesus Christ Put the beauty of ten thousand, thousand worlds of paradises, like the garden of Eden in one, put all trees, flowers, all smells, all colours, all tastes, all joys, all sweetness, all loveliness, in one, oh what a fair and excellent thing would that be! And yet it would be less to that fair and dearest well-beloved Christ, than one drop of rain to the whole seas, rivers, lakes and fountains of ten thousand earths. Christ is heavens wonder.
Buy the book and you can read the full version of a glorious hymn:
Oh! Christ he is the fountain, the deep sweet well of love ! The streams on earth I’ve tasted, more deep I’ll drink above, there, to an ocean fullness, his mercy does expand, And glory-glory dwells in Immanuel’s land.

Book Review -Profiting from the Word

Book Review by Timothy

Profiting from the Word – A W Pink

This book really brught home to me the importance of reading the word of God which although we know we need to do, we need constantly reminding of this fact.

Chapter 2 is called the Scriptures and God from which I quote “The divine image is stamped upon every page. Writings so holy, so heavenly, so awe-producing, the bible could never been created by man, The scriptures make known a supernatural God.” Really the whole backdrop to the book is (2 Timothy 3 v 16-17) How the word of God is more than suitable for our every need.

Later in the book Pink says put down other books and put the bible first and foremost in your life. This comment made me think long and hard and a profound effect and really motivated me to read the word. By all means read this book put the bible first!

Testimony – Timothy Denning

My testimony is all of the Lord’s grace. I was brought up in a loving Christian home and was taken to Church and Sunday school which I enjoyed and loved singing the hymns.

When I was about 16 I would say I wanted to explore the world to see what if offered, I stopped going to Church for a few years. I was really not happy and felt there must be more to life than this. Mum and Dad kept praying for me and encouraged me to go to Church.

One day Mum asked me to take her to church and I agreed. Looking back I did not expect such a warm welcome when I went back to Church and in many ways it felt like I have never left, God is so good.

After being back in the Church for quite a while a dramatic event happened at a Sunday evening service. I was listening to the sermon and I remember the text so well – in fact I love to quote it: For as much as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things such as silver or gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (1 Peter 1 v 18-19) Christ spoke to my heart and said I died for you personally, That moment I believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, I knew what I had to do I must be obedient to the Lord and be baptized (Acts 2 v 38) I walked to the back of the Church and asked to be baptized. The Church heard my testimony and not long afterwards I was baptized.

I can say I was blind I now I can see (John 9 v 25) The Lord saved me for his glory and now he wants me to Love him, glorify him and serve him. (Ephesians 2 v 8-10) Let every thing that has breath praise the Lord (Psalm 150 v 6)