from “The Poor Man’s Portions” by Robert Hawker for November 28th
Yes, Lord, I have indeed found your words most precious, and, through your grace, I have eaten them, and they are as honey and the honey-comb to my soul. In them I find my God and Father in his covenant relationship, all pledged in faithfulness to his dear Son, to be the everlasting and unchanging portion of his redeemed. Oh! What unknown, what unspeakable blessedness do I find in that one promise; “I will be their God, and they shall be my people !”
Here also I find Christ and his fulness; the Holy Ghost and his graces; the whole covenant and its rich promises: all, all secured, made over, and co-operating to the assurance of salvation! And how then can your word, Lord, wherein you has caused me to hope, be otherwise than “the joy and rejoicing of mine heart?” I have Jesus in all, and his promises in all, and therefore can never fail of all that is here engaged, since all the promises of God in Christ “are yea and amen!” Oh then, let your word continue “as a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path;” which will shine all the way through, even to lighten the dark valley of the shadow of death until I come “to dwell in the house of my God for ever!”
Octavius Winslow (August 1, 1808 – March 5, 1878), also known as “The Pilgrim’s Companion”, stood out as one of the foremost evangelical preachers of the 19th Century in England and America. A Baptist minister for most of his life and contemporary of Charles Spurgeon and J.C. Ryle, he seceded to the Anglican church in his last decade. His Christ centered works show devotion, practicality, and an experimental calvinism of the highest order. His writings are richly devotional and warm the soul and inflames the heart with sincere love, reverence, and praise to Christ. – Wiki
Who was Octavius Winslow?
Octavius Winslow descended from Edward Winslow, a Pilgrim leader who braved the Atlantic to come to the New World on the Mayflower in 1620. Winslow was ordained as a pastor in 1833 in New York and later moved to England where he became one of the most valued nonconformist ministers of the nineteenth century, largely due to the earnestness of his preaching and the excellence of his prolific experimental calvinistic writings. He held pastorates in New York City,Leamington Spa, Bath, and Brighton. He was also a popular speaker for special occasions, such as the opening of C. H. Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle in 1861. After a short illness, he died on March 5, 1878, and was buried in Abbey Cemetery, Bath.
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