“In the midst of battle, it is easy to get discouraged by the bumps, bruises, and wounds that we suffer. When we see other Christians fail, fall, or pass away, it can be devastating. So, we must be reminded that our Captain has already conquered sin and death. He is risen indeed! His strategies will never fail, and all of His soldiers will triumph. Let us look upward and forward to the time when He will dwell in the midst of His perfected church and will make all things new (Rev. 21:1–4).” Robert VanDoodewaard
“It is not the absence of sin but the grieving over it which distinguishes the child of God from empty professors”
Yours in the Lord,
“Our light, knowledge, grace, that we have, are of God’s free gift; and so is all the success that has attended our labours. And, as for our discernment into your hearts, and knowledge of the goodness of your state, they are of God also; which he gives us light to see; and knowledge to judge of, and a persuasion in our own hearts that our judgment of you is true. Moreover, he told me “to speak boldly at Corinth, for he had much people in that city.” And it was by us that ye were called. God may use others, even men of one talent, graceless men, to cast a little light upon his word, and on your minds, and to furnish his spiritual exchangers with some sound expressions for prayer and conversation; but he never uses nor honours these in converting souls to himself; for, “if ye have ten thousand instructors, ye have not many fathers; I have begotten you,” through the gospel; therefore our sufficiency is of God” – William Huntington
“The faith which was once delivered unto the saints,” is not that grace of faith which “is the fruit of the Spirit,” but that doctrine and order of the gospel in which the salvation of God is made known to the saints in the world. This is that “mystery which hath been hid from ages and generations, but now is made manifest unto his saints,” and this mystery “is Christ in them the hope of glory.” (Eph. iii. 5; Col. i. 26, 27.) This doctrine of salvation by grace, and the order of the gospel, was delivered unto the saints on the day of Pentecost, when the gospel church was established. The apostles were charged with the authority to teach it to the saints, and to set all the commands of Jesus concerning the church in order, as judges sitting upon thrones, to judge the twelve tribes of Israel.
All this gospel system is made known to the faith of God’s people. It is not understood by the natural mind, but by an understanding especially given for this purpose. (1 John v. 20; Eph. i. 17-23.) This doctrine of God is spoken of as “the faith of the gospel.” Paul uses the word faith in this sense, as a system of faith, in Romans i. 5; xvi. 26; Gal. i. 23, and in other places. This faith, or doctrine, in which the eternal salvation of the saints is declared and made manifest in the world, is of the utmost importance and value to the saints. It is more than all the world to them. It sets forth and declares “the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.”–I Cor. ii. 7.
It declares the ways and wisdom of God in salvation, as contrasted with the ways and wisdom of men. It was once delivered unto the saints in the morning of the gospel dispensation, and it is needful that they earnestly contend for it, for the whole world, and all the influences of the world, are opposed to it.” – Silas Durand
This is an excellent find! I’ll post it and it will probably go unread but if you’re a Bible believing Protestant, especially Reformed, this is the kind of work that will aid you with your understanding of biblical prophecy.
From A.D. 33 to the Reformation.
BY THE LATE
Rev. J. C. ROBERTSON, M.A.
CANON OF CANTERBURY.
PUBLISHED UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THE TRACT COMMITTEE.
SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE,
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- The Age of the Apostles
- St. Ignatius
- St. Justin, Martyr
- St. Polycarp
- The Martyrs of Lyons and Vienne
- Tertullian–Perpetua and her Companions
- St Cyprian–Part I —Part II —Part III
- The Last Persecution
- Constantine the Great
- The Council of Nicaea
- St. Athanasius–Part I —Part II —Part III
- The Monks
- St. Basil and St. Gregory of Naz.–Part I —Part II
- St. Ambrose
- The Temple of Serapis
- Church Government
- Christian Worship–Part I —Part II —Part III
- Arcadius and Honorius
- St. John Chrysostom–Part I —Part II —Part III —Part IV
- St. Augustine–Part I —Part II —Part III (Donatism) —Part IV —Part V —Part VI (Pelagianism) —Part VII
- Councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon
- Fall of the Western Empire
- Conversion of the Barbarians– Christianity in Britain
- Scotland and Ireland
- Nestorians and Monophysites
- St. Benedict–Part I —Part II
- End of the Sixth Century
- St. Gregory the Great–Part I —Part II —Part III —Part IV
- Mahometanism; Image worship
- The Church in England
- St. Boniface
- Pipin and Charles the Great–Part I —Part II
- Decay of Charles the Great’s Empire
- State of the Papacy
- Missions of the Ninth and Tenth Centuries
- Pope Gregory VII –Part I —Part II —Part III —Part IV
- The First Crusade–Part I —Part II —Part III
- New Orders of Monks–Military Orders
- St. Bernard–Part I —Part II
- Adrian IV–Alexander III –Becket –The Third Crusade
- Innocent III–Part I —Part II —Part III —Part IV
- Frederick II–St. Lewis of France–Part I —Part II —Part III
- Peter of Murrone
- Boniface VIII–Part I —Part II
- The Popes at Avignon –Ruin of the Templars–Part I —Part II
- The Popes at Avignon (continued)
- Religious Parties
- John Wyclif
- The Popes return to Rome
- The Great Schism
- John Huss
- The Council of Constance–Part I —Part II —Part III
- The Hussites
- Councils of Basel and Florence
- Nicolas V and Pius II
- Jerome Savonarola–Part I —Part II
- Julius II and Leo X
- Missions–The Inquisition
TABLE OF DATES
A quote from the article:
“Many have rediscovered the beauty of Anglican worship and been surprised by the strong Reformation doctrines that permeate the Book of Common Prayer and its Thirty-Nine Articles. The Anglican Reformers of the 16th century were closely linked with the continental Reformers, and Thomas Cranmer—martyr and author of the first Anglican prayer book—was not only greatly influenced by Calvin and Bucer, but also married the niece of Luther’s disciple Osiander.”
Read the rest here.
Some encouragement I found on a forum.
- Prayer (Matthew 6:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; Ephesians 6:18; Colossians 4:2; Acts 6:4)
- Meditation (Philippians 4:8; Psalms 119:97; Psalms 1:2; Joshua 1:8)
- Fasting (Matthew 6:16-18; Luke 5:35)
- Study (2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 3:16-17)
- Scripture Memorization (Colossians 3:16; Psalms 119:11; Psalms 119:16)
- Simplicity (1 Thessalonians 4:11; Philippians 4:11; Matthew 6:33)
- Silence (Psalms 62:5; Psalms 46:10; James 1:19)
- Solitude (Matthew 14:23; Mark 1:35; Mark 6:31; Luke 5:15)
- Submission (Ephesians 5:21; Mark 8:34-35; Luke 22:42)
- Service (Mark 10:45; John 13:12-17; 1 Peter 4:10)
- Giving (Matthew 5:42; Matthew 6:19-21; 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Deuteronomy 16:17)
- Fellowship (Hebrews 10:24-25; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 14:26)
- Celebration (John 15:11; Philippians 4:4)
- Worship (Matthew 4:10; John 4:23-24)
If you haven’t heard of Peterson get yourself out from under that rock and google him. He’s insightful for an unbeliever. As one commented, “This is a man that doesn’t believe in a god (because his intellect won’t let him) but desperately wants to.”