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In this classic treatise, Richard Baxter reflects upon death his health fails and he is expecting to be with the Lord soon. A great read to reflect upon what is important in this life and what to look forward to in the life to come.
“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:41). These words, which Jesus spoke to his disciples in the garden of Gethsemane, serve as the foundation for John Owen’s treatise Of Temptation. Owen preached on the subject of temptation frequently during his many years of service as the dean and vice-chancellor of Christ Church in Oxford–Of Temptation is the culmination of his discourses on the subject. In his treatise, Owen addresses the nature and power of temptation, the risk of entering into it, and the means of avoiding its danger. Owen defines temptation as anything with the ability to entice the Christian’s mind or heart away from obedience to God and redirect it towards sin. Owen warns us that our power is not strong enough to protect us from temptation; rather, it is by God’s power of preservation that we are saved. As Christians, we can guard ourselves against temptation in part by praying for God’s power to help us resist it. His treatise teaches Christians how to recognize the threat of temptation and protect themselves against it.
Excerpted from sermons preached by A. W. Tozer at his Chicago church, these four chapters cover the following subjects: (1) Who Is the Holy Spirit? (2) The Promise of the Father, (3) How to Be Filled with the Holy Spirit, (4) How to Cultivate the Spirit’s Companionship.
When the American evangelist D.L. Moody spoke in the Metropolitan Tabernacle in October 1892, he recalled an earlier visit twenty-five years previously. He had come four thousand miles, he said, to hear C.H. Spurgeon, but what impressed him most was not the sermon, nor the singing of the great congregation, but Spurgeon’s prayer. Such was his access to God that he seemed to be able to bring down power from heaven. This was the great secret, Moody believed, of Spurgeon’s influence and success. This collection of prayers drawn primarily from Sunday morning services at the Tabernacle will make a similar impression on readers today. In this book we see Spurgeon come into the presence of God with deep reverence, yet with unquestioning child-like confidence, to plead God’s promises in Scripture and to revel in the nearness to God into which Christ has brought all who believe. The Pastor in Prayer will inspire those who lead public worship and all Christians with a fresh sense of the privilege of prayer, and a renewed desire to ‘come boldly to the throne of grace’., there to ‘obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need’.
The Gospel of the Kingdom was largely written during the last days of the great preacher’s life. ‘Such words acquire a solemnity and pathos with which nothing else could invest them’, wrote Mrs. Susannah Spurgeon when first introducing the volume in 1893 shortly after the death of her husband. We listen almost as to a voice ‘from the excellent glory’
Divided into 33 succinct sections, A Treatise on Christian Faith is Hermann Witsius’ careful examination of the doctrine of faith. In just 40 pages, Witsius provides believers a solid and practical basis for understanding day-to-day faith. He goes into detail about various Christian faith acts, such as desiring truth and thirsting after Christ.
This edition of the Heidelberg Catechism is reprinted with all of the references in the New King James Version of the Bible. This small book is one of the finest fruits of the Reformation and epitomizes its essential teaching. Holding forth faith in Jesus Christ as our only comfort in life and in death, it presents, very personally and eloquently, what is necessary to know that we may live and die in that comfort. While many played a role in its composition, it was especially Zacharias Ursinus and Caspar Olevianus who imparted its theological content and practical spirit. Having received hearty approval by the pastors and teachers in Heidelberg, it was published on January 19, 1563. Its influence in Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, and beyond exceeded all expectations. It was welcomed by Reformed believers everywhere.