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THE FALLEN SAINT RESTORED: Meditations on the Fall and Recovery of St. Peter
Edward Reynolds, Edited and Arranged by Aaron Dunlop

"Dr. Reynolds wrote his Fall and Rise of Peter in the form of thirty "meditations," each one considering a different aspect of Peter's sin and restoration. These meditations are filled with insightful and profound thoughts concerning the fall and restoration of Peter. There is a rich reserve of Christian counsel in these meditations which show the dependence that the Christian has on Christ in all of life, both in preserving from sin and in returning from sin. They are as convicting as they are comforting. Reynolds brings the fallen Christian from the depths of sin and despair to the heights of victory in Christ. He encourages us with the power of the resurrection, the same power that drew Peter back from apostasy and raised him to apostleship. He argues that the sin, with which Satan defeated the Christian in the wisdom of God, is in fact the means whereby Satan himself will be wounded. I believe there is a need for these meditations in the world as we know it, where sin is so popular and accessible and yet so destructive. My prayer in preparing these mediations is that the Spirit of God will both warn the Christian to "take heed lest he fall" and comfort those who have been "overtaken in a fault"

In editing these I have tried as far as possible to maintain the puritan style of thought and writing. I have modernized the wording in places and for clarity of thought on occasion modified the structure. I have also included some biblical references and the section heading which were not in the original edition." - Aaron Dunlop, Victoria, BC

Meditations on the Fall of Peter

I. The Folly of Pride and Presumption

II. The Weakness of Presumed Strength

III. The Blending of Flesh and Faith

IV. The Error of Self-Sufficiency

V. The Weakness of Human Resolutions

VI. Resolutions Without Vigilance

VII. Lack of Self-Denial

VIII. The Beginning of Backsliding

IX. The Wiles of the Devil

X. Giving Satan the Advantage

XI. The Power of Satan's Weak Instruments

XII. Sinners: Satan's Servants

XIII. Sin and Fear in Sin

XIV. Tempted, and then Accused by Satan

XV. The Strategy of Satan

Meditations on the Restoration of Peter

XVI. The Faith of Following Christ

XVII. The Mercy of God

XVIII. The Folly of Sin

XIX. A Compassionate Saviour

XX. The Use of Means in Our Recovery

XXI. The Voice of the Rooster

XXII. Our Dependence on Christ

XXIII. The Continued Mercy of Christ

XXIV. Reading the Face of Christ

XXV. Happy Tears and the Words of Christ

XXVI. The Abuse of God's Mercy

XXVII. The Power of an Omnipresent Christ

XXVIII. Shame, and the Recovery of Faith

XXIX. Enjoying the Benefits of the Presence of Christ

XXX. A Prayer: Grace to Stand or Grace to Weep

"Every man would love God more if he could love himself less."

"If he is not willing to own Christ, he will be quick to deny Him."

"We know that the devil never overcomes any who is not first overcome by self."

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