Posts Tagged With: puritans

The Lord’s Day as Our Sabbath Delight and Rest

by Rev. Nollie Malabuyo

I remember our younger days when our Lord’s Day practically started on Saturday evening. We all ironed our clothes and spit-shined our shoes. My mother prepared our meals for Sunday. There was no staying late on Saturday nights, because there were no malls, no computers, no video games, not even late-night parties.

via The Lord’s Day as Our Sabbath Delight and Rest.


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Application in Preaching

“Application” is important in sermons.  But too often in our day and age this part or aspect of the sermon is treated as a to-do list.  The puritans called this part of the sermon the “Use.”  In other words what use is this doctrine to the hearers?  I think calling it the “Use” gets more to the heart of the purpose of preaching.  Usually the way biblical doctrines need to be applied to the hearers is not in a laundry list of “things to do” in response to a certain teaching, but in what ways does this passage comfort, encourage, warn, and rebuke?  It’s not just about what we do for God.  It’s mainly about who we are: our faith, assurance, love, our rebellion, our hatred, etc.  Considering who God is and what He has done has implications for all of these aspects of our inner lives.  This should be what application in preaching is mainly about.

1 Corinthians 14:3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.

–Pastor Riley

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A Minister’s Strength

from The Valley of Vision

Unchangeable Jehovah

When I am discouraged in my ministry

and full of doubts about my self,

fasten me upon the rock of thy eternal election,

then my hands will not hang down,

and I shall have hope for myself and others.

Thou dost know thy people by name,

and wilt at the appointed season

lead them out of a natural to a gracious state

by thy effectual calling.

This is the ground of my salvation,

the object of my desire,

the motive of my ministry.

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