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|HOW WILL IT REALLY END?|
Eschatology for Young People
"Steve Daniels has written a fine book on the last things for young people. It is easy to read, within reach of teenagers, and (best of all) consistently and profoundly biblical in what it teaches. This book would be a fine basis for all sorts of youth Bible studies, youth group situations, and Sunday School classes. One more thing--many older Christians would profit from its teaching as well."--Dr. Sam Waldron, Author of "The End Times Made Simple"
"This is a good book. Steve Daniels answers perplexing questions in plain language and sheds light on difficult passages of Scripture. This work is fast-paced, aptly illustrated and easy to understand. It is true to Scripture and honoring to Christ. It informs the mind and warms the heart with hope. I highly recommend it." - Roger Ellsworth, Pastor and Author
Preface - What About Camping and the Mayans?
1. He is coming back!
2. When will he return?
3. Isn't there more to this age?
4. The Last Days - Already and Not Yet
5. Will there be signs before he returns?
6. Can we determine the order of future events?
7. The Resurrection
8. The New Body
9. Meeting Christ in the Air
10. The Judgment, Part 1: The Judge, the Accused, and the Accusations
11. The Judgment, Part 2: Timing and Location
12. Why There Will Be a Judgment
13. Hell - Unending Torment
14. Heaven, Part 1: Is it heaven, or is it God?
15. Heaven, Part 2: Heaven is more like earth than you think.
16. Heaven, Part 3: A New Earth
17. Heaven, Part 4: What will it be like?
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|THE TORMENTS OF HELL|
Jonathan Edwards on Eternal Damnation
Jonathan Edwards, edited by William Nichols
Hell has fallen on hard times in the modern evangelical church. Many pastors and evangelists do not even mention the word hell in their sermons and when they do it is often described only as a place of separation from God. What unconverted person would not greatly desire to be separated from God in eternity? There is great need to return to the evangelism of Jonathan Edwards who unashamedly preached the biblical doctrine of hell.
"The Torments of Hell: Jonathan Edwards on Eternal Damnation" contains 14 sermons by Jonathan Edwards arranged in a sequential order to progressively outline what the Bible teaches about hell. There is commentary on each one of the manuscripts by William C. Nichols comparing and contrasting the modern teaching on hell to Edwards' teaching. Most of the sermons in this book have never been published prior to 2005. The book will be about 320 pages in length, hardcover, with 14 manuscripts by Edwards containing over 18 sermons.
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That Wicked Men Are the Children of the Devil
The Wicked Hereafter Will Be Cast Into a Furnace of Fire
That the Bodies of Wicked Men as Well as Their Souls Will Be Punished Forever in Hell
That the Punishment and Misery of Wicked Men in Another World Will Be in Proportion to the Sin that They Are Guilty Of
Wicked Men in Hell Will Remember How Things Were With Them Here in this World
They That Are Gone to Hell Are All of Them in Despair
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|THE WORKS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS: 2 Volume Hardcover Set (Over 950+ Double Column Pages Each)|
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Widely recognized as a great theologian, an influential preacher and a prolific writer, Jonathan Edwards played a prominent role in helping to spark the spirit of revivalism known as the Great Awakening in the eighteenth-century America. Edwards' sermons, while intellectually engaging, were also accessible to the common people and often generated highly emotional responses. His foremost desire was to help people transform from mere believers in Christian doctrine to converted Christians who were moved to action by the principles of their belief. This two-volume collection of Edwards' works features important sermons of the Great Awakening as well as Edwards' memoirs and other essays. First published in 1834, here is what makes this new edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards the best available:
More readable. This edition has larger, more readable type than previous editions.
More complete. This edition contains all matter included in the first collected American edition, various original extracts from the diary and papers of Edwarads, several smaller pieces printed originally in a separate form, and a memoir by descendant Sereno E. Dwight.
"Jonathan Edwards . . . was among the noblest and ablest Christians of his age, and can now be seen, two centuries after, as one of the greatest theologians ever given by God to his church. As a saint and scholar, evangelist and educationalist, pastor and teacher, missionary and metaphysician, he showed a grasp of the grandeur of God's sovereignty and the glory of divine grace equaled only by men of the caliber of John Owen and John Calvin." - J. I. Packer
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I TWO SERMONS 2
1) God Glorified in Man's Dependence (1 Cor. 1:29-31)
2) Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God (Deut. 32:35)
II FIVE SERMONS ON DIFFERENT OCCASIONS 12
1) A Divine and Supernatural Light, Immediately Imparted to the Soul, by the Spirit of God (Matt. 16:17)
2) The Church's Marriage to her Sons, and to her God (Isa. 62:4,5)
3) True Saints, When Absent from the Body, are Present with the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8)
4) God's Awful Judgment in the Breaking and Withering of the Strong Rods of a Community (Ezek. 19:12)
5) True Grace Distinguished from the Experience of Devils (James 2:19)
III FIFTEEN SERMONS ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS 51
1) The Manner in which the Salvation of the Soul is to be Sought (Gen. 6:22)
2) The Unreasonableness of Indetermination in Religion (1 Kings 18:21)
3) Unbelievers Contemn the Glory and Excellency of Christ (Acts 4:11)
4) The Folly of Looking Back when Fleeing out of Sodom (Luke 17:32)
5) The Folly of Looking Back when Fleeing out of Sodom (Luke 17:32) - Part two
6) The Warnings of Scripture are in the Best Manner Adapted to the Awakening and Conversion of Sinners (Luke 16:31)
7) Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer (Job 27:10)
8) Hypocrites Deficient in the Duty of Prayer (Job 27:10) Part two
9) The Future Punishment of the Wicked Unavoidable and Intolerable (Ezek. 22:14)
10) The Future Punishment of the Wicked Unavoidable and Intolerable (Ezek. 22:14) Part two
11) The Eternity of Hell Torments (Matt. 25:46)
12) The Peace which Christ Gives His True Followers (John 14:27)
13) The Perpetuity and Change of the Sabbath (1 Cor. 16:1,2)
14) The Perpetuity and Change of the Sabbath (1 Cor. 16:1,2) Part two
15) The Perpetuity and Change of the Sabbath (1 Cor. 16:1,2) Part three
IV SEVEN SERMONS ON IMPORTANT SUBJECTS 104
1) God the Best Portion of the Christian (Psalm 73:25)
2) The Sole Consideration, that God is God, Sufficient to Still All Objections to His Sovereignty (Psalm 46:10)
3) Great Guilt No Obstacle to the Pardon of the Returning Sinner (Psalm 25:11)
4) The Most High a Prayer-Hearing God (Psalm 65:2)
5) The Nature and End of Excommunication (1 Cor. 5:11)
6) When the Wicked shall have Filled Up the Measure of their Sin, Wrath will come upon them to the Uttermost (1 Thess. 2:16)
7) Wicked Men Useful in their Destruction Only (Ezek. 15:2-4)
V MISCELLANEOUS DISCOURSES 130
Men Naturally Enemies Of God 130
The Wisdom Of God Displayed In The Way Of Salvation 141
Christian Knowledge 157
Christian Charity 163
Christian Cautions 173
A Warning To Professors 185
The Final Judgment 190
Sinners In Zion Tenderly Warned 201
The End Of The Wicked Contemplated By The Righteous 207
Christ Exalted 213
Dishonesty; Or The Sin Of Theft And Injustice 220
Temptation And Deliverance 226
The Preciousness Of Time 233
The Christian Pilgrim 243
Man’s Natural Blindness In Religion 247
VI DISTINGUISHING MARKS OF A WORK OF THE SPIRIT OF GOD 257
VII AN HUMBLE ATTEMPT TO PROMOTE EXPLICIT AGREEMENT 278
VIII LIFE AND DIARY OF THE REV DAVID BRAINERD 316
Mr Brainerd’s Journal In Two Parts 387
IX MISCELLANEOUS OBSERVATIONS ON IMPORTANT THEOLOGICAL SUBJECTS 459
X REMARKS ON IMPORTANT THEOLOGICAL CONTROVERSIES 511
XI MISCELLANEOUS OBSERVATIONS 604
XII TYPES OF THE MESSIAH 642
XIII NOTES ON THE BIBLE 676
XIV SEVENTEEN OCCASIONAL SERMONS 817
1) Sermon on Acts 16:29,30
2) Sermon on Hosea 5:15
3) Sermon on Hosea 2:15
4) Sermon on Romans 9:18
5) Sermon on Philippians 3:17
6) Sermon on Luke 22:44
7) Sermon on Romans 2:8,9
8) Sermon on Romans 2:10
9) Sermon on Matthew 5:8
10) A Thanksgiving Sermon, Nov. 7, 1734 on Revelation 14:2
11) A Sermon on Matthew 11:16-19
12) A Sermon on Isaiah 32:2
13) A Sermon on 1 Peter 2:9
14) A Sermon on Hebrews 13:8
15) The True Excellency of a Gospel Minister (John 5:35)
16) Christ the Example of Ministers (John 8:15,16)
17) The Sorrows of the Bereaved Spread Before Jesus (Matt. 14:12)
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|JEHOVAH-JIREH: A Treatise on Providence|
William S. Plumer
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God's Providence Results from His Nature. It is Holy, Just, Benevolent,
Wise, Supreme and Sovereign, Sure and Stable, Powerful and Irresistible
God's Providence is Universal
Practical Remarks on the Nature of Providence
God's Providence is Retributive
Some Explanation of the Delays of Providence in Punishing the Wicked
How Divine Forbearance Should Be Regarded- and How it May Be Abused
Several Principles of the Doctrine of Providence over Wicked Men
Illustrated in the Life and End of Judas Iscariot
The Mysteries of God's Providence
Practical Remarks on the Mysteries of God's Providence
The Special Kindness of Providence Towards Godly Men
Practical Remarks on the Special Kindness of Providence Towards Godly Men
Alternate Light and Darkness in Providence, Illustrated in the Case of Job
God's Providence Towards His Church Renders Unnecessary All
Tormenting Fears Respecting Her Safety and Final Triumph
God's Providence over Nations
Providence Punishes Nations for Their Sins
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|SIGHS FROM HELLThe Groans of a Damned SoulBeing an Exposition of Luke 16|
John Bunyan, edited by Dr. Don Kistler
SIGHS FROM HELL: The Groans of a Damned Soul by John Bunyan
This book is especially timely in light of Rob Bell's recent book release called "Love Wins," in which he denies a literal hell, other than the one we make for ourselves. But over 300 years ago John Bunyan wrote this little work in which he exposits the story in Luke 16 of Dives and Lazarus, and shows biblically that hell is quite literal---at least Jesus thought so!
This book has been slightly updated as to language and grammar. It is hardbound and printed on acid-free paper. While this work of Bunyan's is not as well known as "Pilgrim's Progress," it is very important, particularly for evangelism. This is what sinners need to be saved from!
An exposition of those words in Luke 16 concerning the rich man and the beggar wherein is discovered the lamentable state of the damned: their cries, their desires in their distresses, with the determination of God upon them; a good warning word to sinners, both old and young, to take into consideration quickly, and to see by faith in Jesus Christ to avoid, lest they come into the same place of torment.
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|THE JOHN THE BAPTIST OF THE REFORMATIONA Memoir of John Huss, the Bohemian Reformer and Martyr|
Translated from the German by Thomas O. Summers with an Introductory Note by J.H. Merle d'Aubigne
John Huss (a.k.a. Jan Hus) is regarded to be one of the earliest known religious thinkers and reformers in the world. A philosopher and a Master at Charles University (Prague), Huss was greatly influenced by the writings and teachings of John Wyclife. He made a number of followers during his time, who came to be known as Hussites. Reformers, in the later years, looked up to Huss for his unswerving commitment in the face of the church's cunning brutality, due to which he had to face extreme consequences. Condemning Huss' uprising, the Church first excommunicated him and then burned him to death, after an unfair trial.
This brief account of his life will serve as a wonderful introduction to the life of this great hero of the faith. Despite incredible cruelty that lasted for many months, even some of his enemies acknowledged his humility and godliness. This book would be very useful to use in Family Worship as the chapters are all brief and to the point.
Famous Church Historian J.H. Merle d'Aubigne said the following about Huss - "John Huss preached in Bohemia a century before Luther preached in Saxony. He seems to have penetrated deeper than his predecessors into the essence of Christian truth. He prayed to Christ for grace to glory only in his cross and the the inestimable humiliation of his sufferings. But his attacks were directed less against the errors of the Romish church than against the scandalous lives of the clergy. Yet he was, if we may be allowed the expression, the John the Baptist of the Reformation. The flames of his pile kindled a fire in the church that cast a brilliant light into the surrounding darkness, and whose glimmerings were not to be so readily extinguished."
The following powerful testimony if found in Foxe's BOOK OF MARTYRS -
"The bishops appointed by the Council [of Constance] stripped him of his priestly garments, degraded him, put a paper mitre on his head, on which was painted devils, with this inscription, 'A ringleader of heretics.' Which when he saw, he said: 'My Lord Jesus Christ, for my sake, did wear a crown of thorns; why should not I then, for His sake, again wear this light crown, be it ever so ignominious? Truly I will do it, and that willingly.' When it was set upon his head, the bishop said: 'Now we commit thy soul unto the devil.' 'But I,' said John Huss, lifting his eyes towards the heaven, 'do commend into Thy hands, O Lord Jesus Christ, my spirit which Thou has redeemed.'
When the chain was put about him at the stake, he said, with a smiling countenance, 'My Lord Jesus Christ was bound with a harder chain than this for my sake, and why then should I be ashamed of this rusty one?'
When the faggots were piled up to his very neck, the duke of Bavaria was so officious as to desire him to abjure. 'No,' said Huss, 'I never preached any doctrine of an evil tendency; and what I taught with my lips I now seal with my blood.' He then said to the executioner, 'You are now going to burn a goose, (Huss signifying 'goose' in the Bohemian language) but in a century you will have a 'swan' which you can neither roast nor boil.' If he were prophetic, he must have meant Martin Luther, who shone about a hundred years after, and who had a swan for his arms.
The flames were now applied to the faggots, when our martyr sung a hymn with so loud and cheerful a voice that he was heard through all the cracklings of the combustibles, and the noise of the multitude. At length his voice was interrupted by the severity of the flames, which soon closed his existence.
Then, with great diligence, gathering the ashes together, they cast them into the river Rhine, that the least remnant of that man should not be left upon the earth, whose memory, notwithstanding, cannot be abolished out of the minds of the godly, neither by fire, neither by water, neither by any kind of torment."
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|TRUE WORD FOR TOUGH TIMES: Five Timely and Timeless Words from Jeremiah|
DALE RALPH DAVIS
In August 2010 Dale Ralph Davis delivered these five messages from Jeremiah at the Evangelical Movement of Wales Conference in Aberystwyth. Those who were there on the occasion will recall the power and passion of this rich exposition of the Word of God. As he explains in the Preface, Dale Ralph Davis deliberately chose five passages that focused on the down aspect of the prophet's message. He explains his choice of passages in these words:
“. . . . they supply a healthy corrective to some of the flippant and flimsy optimism we meet in certain Christian propaganda about the Christian life and ministry. My prayer is that a number of the Lord's servants who are slogging on in the paths of righteousness will, by the Spirit's chemistry, be strangely comforted by this tormented prophet and the ruthless Warrior who stood at his side.”
1. ASTOUNDING WORD - Jeremiah 1
2. CAN THIS PROPHET BE SAVED? - Jeremiah 15:10-21
3. THE YOKE IS NO JOKE - Jeremiah 27 - 29
4. JERUSALEM BURNING - Jeremiah 37 - 39
5. FAITHFUL FUTILITY: A Pattern of Ministry - Jeremiah 40 - 45
Dr. Davis preaching, slightly adapted here for the printed page, will surely be used to fulfill that prayer.
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|FROM GRACE TO GLORY: A Present Day Journey Through John Bunyan's 'Pilgrim's Progress'|
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Carolyn Staley has been serving as a pastor's wife for over 45 years and she has been laboring over this exposition of PILGRIM'S PROGRESS for the last ten years.
In her own words from her Preface we read: 'My journey to the Celestial City began at the age of nineteen when the Lord opened my heart, brought me to the Lord Jesus Christ, and saved me by his grace. In those early days as a young Christian, my tendency toward morbid introspection caused great mental anguish concerning the assurance of my salvation. During that dark period, I first became acquainted with John Bunyan when I was given two of his books, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners and The Pilgrim's Progress. At first I was actually afraid to read them, afraid that they would confirm my worst fears.
However, as I began to read and ponder these works written so long ago, a glimmer of hope began to arise in my mind. I was not alone after all! John Bunyan suffered the very same things and wrote of them. At last I could give a name to the spiritual turmoil I had so often experienced. It was the murky Slough of Despond. The tormenting fear that so often held my heart and mind captive also had a name, Doubting Castle, baronial estate of Giant Despair. Thus I felt an immediate affinity with the humble tinker of Bedford that greatly encouraged me in those first days of my own pilgrimage.
Many years later when I was asked to teach The Pilgrim's Progress to our teenagers in Sunday school, I gladly accepted the challenge and began an in-depth study of that great work. Using those early lessons as a foundation, I later expanded and revised them into a series of thirty meditational studies that were published in Adam's Rib, a monthly periodical especially designed for Christian women. These meditations provided the framework for an even more comprehensive study that resulted in the writing of this book.
I truly believe that we write best of what we have learned from personal experience. At this point in my own journey, I have covered much of the ground that John Bunyan's pilgrim did and met the same characters he encountered along the way. As a result, I am well acquainted with the places Christian visited, as well as the trials, temptations, and difficulties he faced. An added benefit from the Lord is the privilege of being married to a godly pastor who faithfully expounds and teaches the Word of God. For the past forty-five years, I have served by my husband's side as his helper and co-laborer. The experience I have gained through the years and the spiritual lessons learned have been of invaluable assistance in giving me a more thorough understanding of The Pilgrim's Progress.
This best known work by John Bunyan is a captivating story told in a highly dramatic setting; but for those with eyes to see, it is much more than that. The truths of which he wrote are just as relevant to the people of God today as when he penned them in the 17th century. Therefore, every true child of God will find that he is on familiar ground when reading of Christian and his journey to the Celestial City."
A strong endorsement was sent by Mack Tomlinson, Pastor of Providence Chapel, Denton, Texas-
"I am so glad this wonderful commentary on John Bunyan's 'The Pilgrim's Progress' will soon be available! I have been looking forward to it for a long time. When I first read through the manuscript, some of my first thoughts were, "This is wonderful! Here is insightful interpretation, rich exposition, and wonderful practical application for the Christian life--this is truly quality, insightful, and excellent in every way!" Carolyn Staley has truly captured Bunyan's heart in understanding his classic work.
From the introduction and all the way through all fifty-three chapters of the wonderful work, Mrs. Staley has provided a marvelous gift to God's people in writing this superb work of exposition on Bunyan's masterful allegory. This book possibly breaks brand new ground in expounding on Bunyan's character of Christian as he journeys to the celestial city. While reading, I gained valuable new insights on certain points I have never seen or considered, and Bunyan's views on certain points were opened to me more than ever.
As is stated in the preface, the author considers at length the characters and places of Christian's pilgrimage, and has successfully endeavored to interpret Bunyan's lessons in light of the truth of Scripture. One of the great blessings of the book is the great number of scripture passages Mrs. Staley uses to interpret Bunyan's truth on the Christian life and journey. What a marvelous group study this volume will make! I heartily recommend it for that specifically.
Especially for those who have never read The Pilgrim's Progress, this book will yield rich treasures as one reads it along with Bunyan's work or just reads it by itself. Carolyn Staley has given Christ's church a marvelous book for generations to come, and I hope everyone who hears of it will buy it. I am persuaded that those who read it will be very thankful they did!"
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART ONE: THE JOURNEY COMMENCES
1. The City of Destruction Complex: Its Description, Nature, and Citizens
2. Escape from the City!
3. Trouble at the Outset
4. Unexpected Fall into the Slough of Despond
PART TWO: ENCOUNTER WITH A STRANGER
5. Sidetracked by Dangerous Counsel
6. By-Path to the Village of Morality
7. The Secret Place of Thunder
PART THREE: WITH THE FORCE OF A LODESTONE
8. The Light that Leads to the Wicket Gate
9. Beatitude of Sovereign Grace
10. Through the Wicket Gate!
PART FOUR: THE JOURNEY CONTEMPLATED
11. Our Race to Eternal Glory
12. Onward to Zion by the Road Less Traveled
PART FIVE: A VAST TREASURE HOUSE
13. Portrait in the Entrance Hall
14. Invaluable Instruction by the Master Teacher
PART SIX: DELIVERANCE AND RELEASE
15. Gateway to the City
16. A Troubling Question
PART SEVEN: WAYFARING STRANGERS BUT NOT TRUE PILGRIMS
17. The Ever-Present Danger of Carnal Security: Simple, Sloth, and Presumption
18. The Ever-Present Danger of Carnal Security: Formalist and Hypocrisy
PART EIGHT: WHEN TROUBLES SEEM LIKE MOUNTAINS
19. An Unexpected Impediment!
20. Incident in the Arbor
21. Alone in the Dark!
PART NINE: A TABLE IN THE WILDERNESS
22. Haven by the Wayside
23. Family Life in the Palace Beautiful
24. The Palace Framework and Remarkable History
PART TEN: OUT OF THE DEPTHS
25. Descent into the Valley of Humiliation
26. The Valley of Humiliation Contemplated
27. Into the Valley of the Shadow of Death
28. Journey out of Darkness
PART ELEVEN: CHANCE ENCOUNTERS ALONG THE WAY
29. The Cave of the Giants
30. One Brother Meets Another
31. Anatomy of a Hypocrite
32. Profitable Encounter with a Beloved Friend
PART TWELVE: "NO MAN CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS"
33. Incident in the Town of Vanity
34. Tried in the Court of Vanity Fair!
35. Beauty for Ashes
36. The Subtle Snare of Covetousness: By-ends of Fair-speech
37. The Subtle Snare of Covetousness: A Man Named Demas
PART THIRTEEN: BESIDE THE STILL WATERS
38. A Season of Refreshing
PART FOURTEEN: BEWARE THE "WAY THAT SEEMETH RIGHT"
39. Remove Not the Ancient Landmark!
40. Stile into By-Path Meadow
41. Prisoners in Doubting Castle!
42. Warning to Future Travelers
PART FIFTEEN: THE HEART OF EMMANUEL'S LAND
43. Between Two Vastly Different Worlds
44. The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains
45. A Call to Higher Ground
PART SIXTEEN: THROUGH MANY A DANGER, TOIL, AND SNARE
46. Spiritual Ignorance and its Bitter Fruit
47. The Assault and Robbery of Little-Faith
48. Beware of the Flatterer!
49. Dangerous Trek Across the Enchanted Ground
50. A Tribute to God’s Amazing Grace
51. The Never-Ending Battle for the Christian’s Mind
PART SEVENTEEN: IN THE PRESENCE OF THE KING!
52. Almost Home! The Delights of Beulah Land
53. Nearing the Shore! The Passing of a Pilgrim
54. Jerusalem the Golden!
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|HEART'S EASE IN HEART TROUBLE: 'Let Not Your Heart be Troubled'|
JAMES BURDWOOD (1626-1693)
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Some teach today that being a Christian exempts a person from trials and suffering. But our Lord Himself said, “In this world you shall have tribulation.” In this rare work, the author shows that trouble is the norm for a Christian. He explains why our hearts are not to be troubled and how faith in God and Christ is the best antidote for a troubled heart.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Life of James Burdwood
The Epistle Dedicatory
Chapter 1 -The Text Opened
Chapter 2 - God’s Choicest Saints are Liable to All Kinds of Troubles
Chapter 3 - Christ’s Disciples Are Apt to Be Troubled in Their Hearts
Chapter 4 - What This Heart Trouble Is That Christ Forbids
Chapter 5 - Different Kinds of Fear
Chapter 6 - Believing in God and in Christ Is the Best Antidote
Chapter 7 - What Is it to Believe in Christ?
Chapter 8 - Faith Must Be Acted on Everything About Christ
Chapter 9 - Faith in God and Christ Is the Best Remedy for Heart Troubles
Chapter 10 - Who Christ Is and What He Has Promised
James Burdwood was born at Yarnacombe in 1626 of religious parents. He had his grammar learning at Kinsbridge School and his later education at Pembroke College, Oxford. He was for a while minister at Plympton St. Mary near Plymouth. From there he moved to Dartmouth at the invitation of the town’s magistrates where he continued till the act of uniformity ejected him.
Having a wife and children he set up a Latin school in Dartmouth but was driven from there by the Five Mile Act. He had thoughts of going to America and sold his estate in order to do so, but was prevented.
He then rented an estate at Batson in the parish of Marlborough, saying often it was better for him and his family to work than to be burdensome to others. There he stayed five years and preached for free in his own house, as long as he was permitted, to great numbers who flocked to hear him from the adjacent areas. And when his house would no longer hold them all they met in his orchard.
He met with some disturbance from the Quakers, of whom there were many in those parts. Some of them occasioned him with much trouble and vexation. They took off his doors, rifled his house, seized and carried away his goods, ripped off the locks on his barn doors and replaced them with their own, and forced his wife and children to seek shelter among their neighbors.
When he could stay no longer at Batson he moved to Hicks Down, about a mile from Bedgebury, where he took another farm. During his seven years residence there his old enemies gave him new trouble. He was fined repeatedly for preaching. Yet he kept preaching anyway.
At length he returned to Dartmouth where, after a brief respite of three years, he met again with hard treatment. After two subsequent years at Bowden, he was seized with a violent fit of bladder stones and frequent urination (strangury). When he was slightly recovered he returned once more to Dartmouth where weakness and pains wholly took him off of public work. He bore his afflictions with admirable patience, acknowledging that they proceeded from a loving Father, that he deserved much worse at His hand, and that he hoped this would be all the hell he would have.
Under very sad circumstances he expressed himself thus: “I have lost estate, relations, and health, and yet God is my God still. I am a broken vessel, fit for no work but suffering. Lord, I submit, I submit.” He often used this remarkable saying: “It is better to be preserved in brine than to rot in honey.” God was pleased at length to release him from his sufferings on August 21, 1693, at the age of 67.
He had good abilities for the pulpit and was a practical, popular preacher. His behavior was exemplary. His counsel was sought by all those around him. He was very humble and eminently faithful, yet prudent in giving reproof.
He had 17 children, though only three outlived him. He was a very tender father to them and was greatly concerned about their souls. He daily put up earnest prayers for them with tears. All of them who lived to years of discretion gave him ground to hope that a good work was wrought in them. He bore the death of those whom God was pleased to take from him with remarkable resignation and preached their funeral sermons himself. He was never imprisoned nor apprehended, though often searched after, and was sometimes strangely preserved. He died in the town in which he was ejected after having endured the most exquisite torments from the strangury. This made him the more able to pen two books:
Heart's Ease in Heart Trouble (1691)
Helps for Faith and Patience in Times of Affliction In Three Parts (1693)
1. Samson’s Riddle Spiritualized
2. Orthodox Paradox, or the Greatest Evil Working the Greatest Eternal Good
3. Heaven and Earth Epitomized, or Invisibilities the Greatest Realities
[This material was taken from Samuel Palmer’s The Nonconformist’s Memorial, Volume 1, printed in London in 1775.]
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