|THE HAPPY MOURNER|
Consolations of God & Sympathy for the Bereaved
Aside from the immediate teaching and awakening convictions of the Holy Spirit, perhaps no event more powerfully impresses the mind with the certainty of an invisible world than the death of friends and family. We can not believe that the minds with which we enjoyed happy communion have become extinct with the dissolution of the body. We have seen the light of intelligence beam from their eye, we have felt their sympathies in our adversities, and we have known that their hearts have rejoiced with us in the various seasons of our prosperity. But we have also witnessed the ravages of disease, fatality from fever, the pinings of desolating consumption, or have observed with anxiety the last, unrelenting grasp of death. Writing in 1838, William Jay of Bath, England, with his kind, tender, and Scripturally affectionate style, cannot fail to sooth the wounded heart. You will see the design and hand of God in afflictions, be consoled in death, comforted in the loss of children, enabled to honor God in trouble, and be given a glimpse of the glorious Christian dwelling in Heaven.
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|Michael And The Dragon|
Or, Christ Tempted & Satan Foiled
Daniel Dyke with Foreword by Dr. Joel Beeke
Which of us do not struggle with Temptation? Since the obvious answer is none, then this excellent Puritan Treatise ought to be read by all. This work is the second of what was originally released as Two Treatises bound together with his Treatise on Repentance. The book was published after his death by his brother The Rev. Jeremiah Dyke, however, this edition is not a facsimile, but has been newly typeset from the 1635 printing by John Beale, and to our knowledge has not been printed since that time. The text has been edited to reflect contemporary spelling, and bracketed words in italics are inserted following some antiquated terms or phrases as a convenience for the modern reader. Sub-headings and Chapter divisions have also been added to bring forth an organized clarity of this doctrine.
Benjamin Brook, in his book, The Lives of Puritans says, "Mr. Dyke was a man of an unblemished character, a divine of great learning and piety, and a preacher of sound, heart-searching doctrine." The title of this treatise, while strikingly provocative, clearly tells of the Subject of the work, that Great Prince and Shepherd the Lord Jesus Christ, Who "was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."
In Mr. Dyke's own words, "Repentance and Temptations are two main points in the practice of Religion, and the two Purgatories that a Christian in his way to heaven must pass through. The first is of water, the other of fire; we can no sooner come out of the one, but we must look to enter into the other. No sooner have we bathed, and washed our souls in the waters of Repentance, but we must presently expect the fiery darts of Satan's temptations to be driving at us. What we get, and gain from Satan by Repentance, he seeks to regain, and to recover by his Temptations. We must not think to pass quietly out of Egypt without Pharaoh's pursuit, nor to travel through the wilderness of this world, without the opposition of the Amalekites. Satan will be in arms against us, if he perceive but the thoughts, and purpose of departure, much more if the practice. Surely this envious man sleeps not. No sooner can our fallow ground be plowed up, and the precious seed of grace be sown therein, but presently like the greedy fowls of the air he labors to catch it away, or else like the envious man to sow this ground mingled with mingled seed, and to mar the wheat with his tares. No sooner can we repent of one sin, but he is tempting to another."
The reader of this work will come away with a fresh and clear understanding of his struggle with Satan, ever reminded of the Son of God Who, "For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." This book contains a Foreword by Dr. Joel R. Beeke, Minister of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Church and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI.
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