Pull on your favourite sweater, pour yourself a hot mug of tea, and settle down by the fireplace to enjoy the following articles in this autumn edition:
1. An Exhortation to Peace and Unity - John Bunyan. In which Bunyan teaches us to leave aside bickering and petty divisiveness, and to pursue Christ-honouring unity while putting others ahead of ourselves.
2. Directions to Fearful, Troubled Christians - Richard Baxter. Ten practical instructions for the Christian who is plagued by doubts.
3. The Monster of Sinful Self-Seeking Anatomized - Edmund Calamy. Stand by as Calamy dissects this gruesome and ghastly monster known as self-seeking. First reprinting since it was originally published in 1655.
4. Thankfulness Required in Every Condition - William Bridge. Once again William Bridge shows us how to find light in the darkest dungeon, and return thanks with sincerity to our loving and wise heavenly Father.
5. The Sin and Folly of Depending on Future Time - Jonathan Edwards. In which Edwards pokes holes in many of our justifications to view time as "idle" or something to "pass" while putting off things of more urgent and eternal importance.
6. The Puritans in Verse: "The Reflection" by Edward Taylor. A private meditation on the Saviour's beauty (Song of Solomon 2:1).
Settle down by the fireplace to enjoy the following articles in this winter 2013-2014 edition:The Saint’s Hiding Place in the Evil Day - In which Richard Sibbes explains that though trouble is promised to come into the believer's life, yet he has a quiet hiding place to retreat into until the storm passes.On Christian Cheerfulness and Society - Thomas Watson teaches why Christians have no reason to be of a bitter or dour disposition.Look Out of Your Graves Upon the World - Joseph Alleine. A letter written by Alleine from prison, to his friends in Taunton.The Glorious Enjoyment of Heavenly Things by Faith - Jeremiah Burroughs' sunny exposition on Hebrews 11:1, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."Chastisements For Sin - Samuel Bolton. An extract from his larger work The True Bounds of Christian Freedom, which seeks to answer the question, 'Are Christians punished for their sins, or does the grace of Christ obviate this?'
The Puritans in Verse: Christ’s Sermon on the Mount in Verse by John Bunyan.
1. Be Sober and Watchful - Hugh Binning. Binning answers the question, 'Given the shortness of time remaining before our Lord returns, how should we conduct ourselves?' (1 Peter 4:7).
2. Continuance in Sin is Dangerous - John Preston. Based on Ephesians 2:2, this discourse reveals the folly of continuing in sin, and how best to expose and expel it from our lives.
3. A Sermon of Repentance - Arthur Dent. Dent shows in this sermon (originally preached at Leigh-on-Sea in 1582) the nature of true repentance, and its role in the everyday life of the believer.
4. Advice to Young Converts - Jonathan Edwards. Nineteen practical starting points for the new believer, written in a letter just before he preached "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" in 1741.
5. The Moral Law, a Rule of Obedience - Samuel Bolton. Helpful teaching for the Christian who struggles to understand the relationship between the Law of Moses and the grace of Christ.
6. The Puritans in Verse: "Lord, It Belongs Not to My Care" by Richard Baxter.
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The following articles appear in this summer 2014 edition:
1. Self-Denial – in which Isaac Ambrose expounds Mark 8:34, showing that self-denial must be a cardinal feature of Christ’s true disciples.
2. The Almost Christian – George Whitefield shows from Acts 26:28 that having the trappings of religion is not the same thing as having true saving faith.
3. God’s Regard for His Own Glory, Seen in the Saving of Sinners – in which Stephen Charnock illustrates the rich glory of God as can only be seen in his redemption of sinful men.
4. Charity, in Respect of Other Men’s Sins – John Howe teaches from 1 Corinthians 13:6 that believers should never rejoice over the failings or misfortunes of others, and should be predisposed to grant them the benefit of the doubt.
5. A Word to the Aged – comforting and insightful teaching from William Bridge for those who have nearly run their course.
The Puritans in Verse: A Psalm of Praise – Richard Baxter.
The following articles appear in this spring 2014 edition:
Why Read the Puritans Today? - Dr. Don Kistler gives ten reasons why time spent reading the Puritans is always profitable.Private Prayer: A Christian Duty - in which Oliver Heywood expounds upon the necessity of personal prayer time. How to Avoid Cherishing a Pet Sin - a treatise by Thomas Brooks that teaches the believer to expose and expunge every rebel lust. What Can and Must Persons Do Toward Their Own Conversion? - in which William Greenhill sheds light on a mystery of salvation: it is not of works, yet requires us to act. Haman's Vanity - the sermon that Obadiah Sedgwick preached before the House of Commons just days after the discovery of Edmund Waller's dastardly plot to bring down Parliament. First re-printing since 1643.The Puritans in Verse: A Dialogue of Self-Denial by Richard Baxter.
The following articles appear in this autumn 2014 edition:
1. There Is An Answerableness Between the Greatness of the Misery of Hell and the Happiness of Heaven – by Jonathan Edwards. Edited by Don Kistler, who remarked that this was the best Edwards he has ever read, next to "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God".
2. How to Bear Afflictions – in which William Bates teaches from Hebrews 12:5 how to avoid the extremes of despising the chastening of the Lord, or fainting beneath it.
3. Let Not Sin Have Dominion Over You – Thomas Manton explores what is meant by allowing sin to "have dominion" over oneself, and why this state must be avoided. Edited by Peter Overduin.
4. The Great Usefulness of the Law – in which John Flavel illustrates the proper role of the law in bringing the sinner to salvation, then participating in his sanctification.
5. How We May Read the Scriptures with Most Spiritual Profit – Thomas Watson. Twenty-four eminently practical instructions for making time spent in the Word more meaningful.
The following articles appear in this autumn/winter 2015 special edition, "The Word of God":
1. The Authority and Utility of the Scriptures – Hugh Binning. The necessity of learning and practising what the Bible teaches is shown from 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
2. The Duty of Searching the Scriptures – George Whitefield. In which Whitefield illustrates the two great messages of the Scripture (our fallen nature and the grace of God) and gives directions on how to make time spent in Scripture most profitable. Based on John 5:39.
3. The Great Worth of Scripture Knowledge – Francis Roberts. Roberts gives seven helpful directions on how to better read and understand the Word of God.
4. How the Word is to be Read and Heard – Thomas Boston. From Luke 8:18 ("Take heed therefore how ye hear"), Boston teaches how to prepare our hearts for receiving the Word, and how to apply it to our daily lives.
5. How We May Read the Scriptures with Most Spiritual Profit – Thomas Watson. Watson's own collection of twenty-four directions on how to read the Scripture for greatest benefit.
6. The Puritan Practice of Meditation – Drs. Joel R. Beeke and Mark Jones. To read the Scripture is not enough; it must permeate the mind and affect the heart. The authors show how the Puritans used meditation this effect.
The following articles appear in this spring/summer 2014-2015 edition:
1. Profiting from the Puritans for Devotional Reading – Joel Beeke
2. Dead Preaching is Often the Cause of a People’s Deadness – William Fenner
3. A Discourse on Thankfulness – Thomas Goodwin
4. Perilous Times in the Last Days – Thomas Boston
5. A Wedding Sermon – Thomas Taylor.