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Discipleship

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For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth. (Romans 10:4)

It is absurd to imagine that God should justify a people and not sanctify them, He should justify a people whom He could not glorify. -- Thomas Watson

God loves adverbs better than nouns; not praying only but praying well; not doing good but doing it well. -- Thomas Brooks



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BASICS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
DISCIPLINE
Trusting God
Loving and Obeying God
Discipleship
Bible Study
Christ in You
The Sabbath
CHRISTIAN LIFE
CHRISTIAN CHARACTER
DUTIES OF THE CHRISTIAN
Theater, Sports, and Entertainment
JUSTIFICATION
SANCTIFICATION
SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT
HOLINESS and HAPPINESS
MANHOOD
Christ Our Example
Men, Women and God
PERSONAL AND FAMILY FINANCES
DECISIONS, KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD and PATIENCE
Chapter 6 Related WebLinks

Combined Interactive Contents for The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
http://www.lettermen2.com/combtoc.html




Chapter 6
Discipleship


BASICS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. -- Jesus Christ (John 17:3)

Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
-- Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:24, 25)

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:8,9)

Boston, Thomas. The Christian life delineated, in the principal lines thereof, both as to its rise and progress. In several practical discourses: ... By ... Thomas Boston, ... Never before printed. Entered in Stationers Hall. Edinburgh, 1775. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3319086254

Calvin, John, Sermons on the Beatitudes Sermons on the Beatitudes (Banner of Truth, November 2006).

*Warfield, B.B., Biblical Doctrines (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). 60005
"No theological writings are so intellectually satisfying and so strengthening of faith as those of Warfield. He shirks no issue and evades no problems, and never stoops to the use of subterfuge. One is impressed by his honesty and integrity as much as by his profound scholarship and learning. The result is that there is a finality and authority about all that he wrote." -- D. Martin Lloyd-Jones

Blanchard, John, Learning and Living the Christian Life (Darlington, Co., Durham, England: Evangelical Press and Services, Ltd., 1990). 60010
"This book is designed to answer two basic questions: How does a person become a Christian, and What is involved in living the Christian Life?" -- GCB

Ellul, Jacques, What I Believe (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1989). 60014
"One of the most powerful Christian voices in the 20th century, Jacques Ellul here summarizes his beliefs concerning humanity, history, and the Christian faith."

*Marshall, Walter, 1628-1680, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.,) 1999).
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
Also available from Trinity Book Service and . [10363]
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
The Secret of Sanctification: Union With Christ: Walter Marshall's Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, Joel R. Beeke
http://www.heritagebooks.org/browse.asp?searchMode=author&searchString=marshall&x=20&y=8
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, Walter Marshall
http://www.lettermen2.com/gmswm.html

Martin, Albert N., Living the Christian Life (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). 60016
"This 30-page pamphlet by pastor Martin has been a great help to thousands over the years." -- GCB

Packer, J.I., English Puritan Theology, John Owen: Basics of the Christian Life [30336]

Perkins, William, 1558-1602, The foundation of Christian religion gathered into sixe principles. As it is to be learned of ignorant people, that they may be fit to heare sermons with profit, and to receiue the Lords Supper with comfort, 1601, EEBO.

Traill, Robert, 1642-1716, The throne of grace discoursed of from Heb. IV, 16 / by Robert Trail ..., 1696, EEBO.
Traill, Robert. Twenty nine sermons, viz. XIII. On the throne of Grace, ... and XVI. On the Lord's prayer, ... Together with the Protestant doctrine of justification vindicated. All by the late Revd. and learned Mr. Robert Trail ... Edinburgh, 1731. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3317972388

See also: The ten commandments, The lord jesus christ, The sermon on the mount, The shorter catechism, The westminster standards and family of documents, Prayer, Bible promises, Loving and obeying God, Apologetics, Follow-up, Systematic theology, Basics of the christian faith, Bible reference works, Biblical counsel by subject, Casuistry, Christ our example, Christian biography, Christianity and the workplace, Discipleship, Ethics, Fruit of the holy spirit, Gifts of the holy spirit, Manhood, Parenting

See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Apologetics, Follow-up, Christ's influence on western civilization, Christian life, Basics of the christian faith, Bible reference works, Biblical counsel by subject, Casuistry, Christ our example, Sexual relationship, Christian biography, Christianity and the workplace, Discipleship, Ethics, Fruit of the holy spirit, Gifts of the holy spirit, Manhood, Parenting, The lord jesus christ

Related WebLinks

The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

Appendix A: Words of Christ Appearing in The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappa.html

"The Mediator -- Judge and Saviour"
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, May 30, 1880, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1540.
Spurgeon carefully analyses Peter's sermon at Pentecost that brought about the visitation of the Holy Spirit.
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols25-27/chs1540.pdf

Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/

Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

"The One Foundation," a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon
Preaching on the text For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:11)
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, 1879, Sermon 1494.
"As churches we are not legislators, but subjects; it is not for us to frame constitutions, invent offices, and decree rites and ceremonies, but we are to take everything out of the mouth of Christ, and to do what he bids us, as he bids us, and when he bids us. Parliaments and kings have no authority whatever in the church, but Christ alone rules therein. If any portion of a church be not based upon Christ it is a mere deforming addition to the plan of the great Architect, and mars the temple which God has built, and not man. What a blessed thing it is to feel that you belong to a church which has a rock under it, because it is constituted by Christ's authority. We feel safe in following an ordinance which is of his commanding, but we should tremble if we had only custom and human authority for it. . . .
"When sermons are preached without so much as the mention of Christ's name, it takes more than charity, it requires you to tell a lie to say 'That was a Christian sermon;' and if any people find their joy in a teaching which casts the Lord Jesus into the background, they are not his church, or else such teaching would be an abomination to them. . . .
"All the decrees of popes and councils, all the resolutions of assemblies, synods, presbyteries, and associations, and all the ordinances of men as individuals, however great they be, when they are all put together, if they at all differ from the law of Christ, are mere wind and waste paper, nay, worse, they are treasonable insults to the majesty of King Jesus. Those who build apart from the authority of Christ build off of the foundation, and their fabric will fall. There is no law and no authority in a true church but that of Christ himself; we who are his ministers are his servants and the servants of the church, and not lords or law-makers. To his law a faithful church brings all things as to the sure test. As churches we are not legislators, but subjects; it is not for us to frame constitutions, invent offices, and decree rites and ceremonies, but we are to take everything out of the mouth of Christ, and to do what he bids us, as he bids us, and when he bids us. Parliaments and kings have no authority whatever in the church, but Christ alone rules therein."
"Let us put this, our first point, in a few sentences. It is not the union of men with men that makes a church if Jesus Christ be not the centre and the bond of the union. The best of men may come into bonds of amity, and they may form a league, or a federation, for good and useful purposes, but they are not a church unless Jesus Christ be the basis upon which they rest. He must be the ground and foundation of the hope of each and of all." -- C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols25-27/chs1494.pdf

The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, September 9, 1888, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 2043.
"This is the way in which you should use this plea. Say, 'My God, I am utterly unworthy, and I own it; but, I beseech thee, hear me for the honour of thy dear Son. By his agony and bloody sweat, by his cross and passion, by his precious death and burial, I beseech thee hear me! O Lord, let the blood of thine Only-begotten prevail with thee! Canst thou put aside his groans, his tears, his death, when they speak on my behalf?' If you can thus come to pleading terms with God upon this ground, you must and will prevail. Jesus must be heard in heaven. The voice of his blood is eloquent with God. If you plead the atoning sacrifice, you must overcome through the blood of the Lamb." -- C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.mountzion.org/fgb/Summer97/FgbS6-97.html


Christian View of World and Life

Application of the Biblical View of History
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Christian View of World and Life
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1010264337

How Modern Thinkers Deny the Scriptures: Hegel to Toynbee
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Christian View of World and Life
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9240265910

How They Deny the Scriptures: Greek Philosophers and the Renaissance
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Christian View of World and Life
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9240265735

Basic Theological Presuppositions for a Biblical View of History
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Christian View of World and Life
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=91602194326

Introduction: A Span of History
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Decline of American Culture
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=72902195856

Decline in Theology, #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Decline in American Culture
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9902215956

Decline in the 1830's: Philosophical Revolution in Political Thought
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Decline of American Culture
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9202112722

Decline Through the 1840's: Philosophical Revolution in Political Thought
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Decline of American Culture
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9202112914

The Departure from the Biblical View in Constitutional Government
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Decline of American Culture
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=82602124719

Hegel and Marx
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 56 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9150393828

Decline in Theology since 1900
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Decline of American Culture
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=91602194147

Decline in Education
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Decline of American Culture
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=9902215826

Decline of Jurisprudence
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Decline of American Culture
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=82602124432

Decline (Political, Economic, Cultural), Part 1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Decline of American Culture
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=819021843

Decline (Political, Economic, Cultural), Part 2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Decline of American Culture
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8190218822



DISCIPLINE

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. -- Jesus Christ (John 17:4)

That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. (Colossians 1:10)

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

Another rule is, that the difficulty of obtaining shows the excellency: and, surely, if you consider but what it cost Christ to purchase it; what it costs the Spirit to bring men's hearts to it; what it costs ministers to persuade to it; what it costs christians, after all this, to obtain it; and what it costs many a half-christian, that, after all, goes without it; you will say, that here is difficulty, and therefore excellency. -- Richard Baxter

First, you will arouse them out of apathy. This age is more indifferent to true religion than almost any other. It is alive enough to error, but to the old faith it turns a deaf ear. Yet I have noticed persons captivated by the truth of substitution who would not listen to anything else. If any discourse can hold men, as the ancient mariner detained the wedding guest, it is the story of divine love, incarnate in the person of Jesus, bleeding and dying for guilty men. Try that story when attention flags. It has a fascination about it. The marvellous history of the Son of God, who loved his enemies, and died for them-this will arrest them. The history of the Holy One who stood in the sinners' place, and was in consequence put to shame, and agony, and death-this will touch them. The sight of the bleeding Saviour overcomes obduracy and carelessness. -- C.H. Spurgeon in a sermon, The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon

Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. (Psalm 101:6)
If David spoke thus, we may be sure that the Son of David will be of the same mind. Jesus looks out for faithful men, and He fixes His eyes upon them, to observe them, to bring them forward, to encourage them, and to reward them. Let no true-hearted man think that he is overlooked; the King Himself has His eye upon him.
There are two results of this royal notice. First we read, "That they may dwell with me." Jesus brings the faithful into His house, He sets them in His palace, He makes them His companions, He delights in their society. We must be true to our Lord, and He will then manifest Himself to us. When our faithfulness costs us most, it will be best rewarded; the more furiously men reject, the more joyfully will our Lord receive us.
Next, he says of the sincere man, "He shall serve me." Jesus will use for His own glory those who scorn the tricks of policy and are faithful to Himself, His Word, and His cross. These shall be in His royal retinue, the honored servants of His Majesty. Communion and usefulness are the wages of faithfulness. Lord make me faithful that I may dwell with Thee and serve Thee. -- C.H. Spurgeon in Faith's Checkbook

I has been true from the beginning of the world, that obedience is better than any sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22,) and is the parent of all virtues. -- John Calvin commenting on Genesis 4:2, Calvin's Commentary on Genesis, p. 118

Blessed is he that readeth. (Revelation 1:3a)

If I had only three years to serve the Lord, I would spend two of them studying and preparing. -- Donald Grey Barnhouse

This blood overcomes the natural lethargy of men towards obedience; it stimulates them to holiness. If anything can make a man holy, it is a firm faith in the atoning sacrifice. When a man knows that Jesus died for him, he feels that he is not his own, but bought with a price, and therefore he must live unto him that died for him and rose again. In the atonement I see a motive equal to the greatest heroism; yes, a motive which will stimulate to perfect holiness. What manner of persons ought we to be for whom such a sacrifice has been presented! Now are we quickened into intensity of zeal and devotion. See, dear brothers, how to use the blood of the Lamb in this lower sphere while contending with evil among men. -- C.H. Spurgeon in a sermon, The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon

It has been true from the beginning of the world, that obedience is better than any sacrifice (1 Samuel 15:22,) and is the parent of all virtues. -- John Calvin commenting on Genesis 4:2, Calvin's Commentary on Genesis, p. 118

*Adams, Jay E., Godliness Through Discipline [30037]

*BAXTER, RICHARD, Treatise of Self-Denial, (Still Waters Revival Books) [30936]
This work of Baxter has been translated into more languages than any other title. This is a hardbound photocopy of the treatise that is included in THE SAINT'S EVERLASTING REST: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 3.

Bobgan, Deidre, Lord of the Dance: The Beauty of the Disciplined Life [40047A]

Brandt, Henry, Build a Happy Home With Discipline (Wheaton, IL: Scripture Press). 60026

*Bunyan, John, The Pilgrim's Progress, complete and unabridged (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1979, 1895). A Christian classic.
Said to be "the greatest book, other than Scripture, which an Englishman has given to mankind." -- GCB
The Banner of Truth Trust publication is recommended. It is facsimile reprinted from the unabridged edition of 1895 published by John C. Nimmo, Ltd. containing the original marginal notes and Scripture references and illustrated with etchings by William Strang.
"Bunyan had better insight into the human heart than modern psychology; namely, because he did not study man apart from his Creator and apart from his deep inward problem." -- Ernest Reisinger
The Pilgrim's Progress
http://www.ccel.org/b/bunyan/pilgrims_progress/title.html
Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan (audio files)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John%5EBunyan

*Bunyan, John, The Pilgrim's Progress (Cassettes)
"The entire book, virtually unabridged -- rewritten for the modern ear by Jim Pappas and brought to life by 77 actors with original music and sound effects -- is now available on audio cassette." -- GCB. A Christian classic.
Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan (audio files)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John%5EBunyan

*Perkins, William, 1558-1602, How to liue, and that well in all estates and times, specially when helps and comforts faile, 1601, EEBO.

*Perkins, William, 1558-1602, The true gaine more in worth then all the goods in the world, 1601, Additional title: Christ the true and perfect gaine, EEBO.

*Rutherford, Samuel (1600?-1661), Influences of the life of grace. Or, A practical treatise concerning the way, manner, and means of having and improving of spiritual dispositions, and quickning influences from Chrst the resurrection and the life. By Samuel Rutherfurd, Professor of Divinity in the University of St. Andrrews in Scotland. (London: Printed by T.C. for Adrew Crook, and are to be sold by James Davies at the gilded Acorn neer the little North door in St. Pauls Church-yard, 1659), EEBO.

*Sibbes, Richard, The Faithful Covenanter (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).

Tyson, T., Sharpening Each Other Through Discipline [30439]

*Thomas, William H.G. (W.H. Griffith Thomas), Grace and Power (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1984).
"This is one of the great books of Christendom. It deals concisely with the problems Christians face in every age: how to make time for prayer, why we often hinder our spiritual growth, the manner in which we may develop our inner resources so as to be able to meet the contingencies of life, and the means God has provided for the development of the spiritual life. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber. A Christian classic.

Venning, Ralph, Learning in Christ's School (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).

*Watson, Thomas (d. 1686) and Joel R. Beeke, Heaven taken by storm: showing the holy violence a Christian is to put forth in the pursuit after glory, (Ligonier, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1992).
WATSON, THOMAS, The Christian Soldier; or, Heaven Taken By Storm. Shewing the Holy Violence Christian is to Put Forth in the Pursuit After Glory, 1810, Still Waters Revival Books. and See Reformation Bookshelf CD #21 (Still Waters Revival Books)
Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, Heaven taken by storm, or, The holy violence a Christian is to put forth in the pursuit after glory by Thomas Watson ..., 1670, EEBO.
Watson, Thomas. Heaven taken by storm: or, the holy violence a Christian is to put forth in the pursuit after glory. By Thomas Watson, ... Revised and corrected by the Rev. Mr. Armstrong, ... London, 1788. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3318534778
"The Christian life is a battle and this battle will only be won by those that avail themselves of all the weapons and strength that God gives. Watson, a master teacher concerning the practical aspects of the Christian's "heart life," explains how to vigorously pursue the high calling of the Christian life, and how to win the war with the world, the flesh and the devil." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Puritan Thomas Watson describes how the Christian is to take the Kingdom of Heaven by holy violence through the reading and exposition of Scripture, prayer, meditation, self-examination, conversation, and the sanctification of the Lord's Day. He is also to offer violence towards himself, Satan, and the world. Watson is always easy to read." -- GCB

Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, The duty of self-denial briefly opened and urged. By Thomas Watson, minister of the Gospel, 1675, EEBO.

*Whitney, Donald S., Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress). 60025
Foreword by J.I. Packer. "Far from being legalistic, restrictive or binding, as they are often perceived, the spiritual disciplines are actually the means to unparalleled spiritual liberty. Drawing from the rich heritage left to us by the early church fathers, the Puritans, and Jesus Christ Himself, this book will guide you through such disciplines as worship, prayer, Scripture reading, evangelism, serving, stewardship, fasting, silence and solitude, journaling, learning, and etc. A VERY, VERY GOOD BOOK!" -- CBD

See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Church discipline, Disciplining children, Freedom with responsibility, Carnality and men-pleasing
TCRB5 (Thompson Chain Reference Bible, 5th edition, 1988 and later), 3198

Related WebLinks

The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, September 9, 1888, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 2043.
"This is the way in which you should use this plea. Say, 'My God, I am utterly unworthy, and I own it; but, I beseech thee, hear me for the honour of thy dear Son. By his agony and bloody sweat, by his cross and passion, by his precious death and burial, I beseech thee hear me! O Lord, let the blood of thine Only-begotten prevail with thee! Canst thou put aside his groans, his tears, his death, when they speak on my behalf?' If you can thus come to pleading terms with God upon this ground, you must and will prevail. Jesus must be heard in heaven. The voice of his blood is eloquent with God. If you plead the atoning sacrifice, you must overcome through the blood of the Lamb." -- C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.mountzion.org/fgb/Summer97/FgbS6-97.html

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Trusting God

Saul [Israel's first king, demanded by the people and appointed by Samuel -- sk] proved his valour by defeating Nahash king of the Ammonites, whereupon the people assembled to establish him more fully in his kingdom. Samuel took advantage of this to end his official life and to warn the people.
1 And Samuel said unto all Israel, Behold, I have hearkened unto your voice in all that ye said unto me, and have made a king over you.
2 And now, behold, the king walketh before you: and I am old and grayheaded; and, behold, my sons are with you: and I have walked before you from my childhood unto this day. 3 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you.
4 And they said, Thou hast not defrauded us, nor oppressed us, neither hast thou taken ought of any man's hand. 5 And he said unto them, The LORD is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that ye have not found ought in my hand. And they answered, He is witness. 6 And Samuel said unto the people, It is the LORD that advanced Moses and Aaron, and that brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt. 7 Now therefore stand still, that I may reason with you before the LORD of all the righteous acts of the LORD, which he did to you and to your fathers.
8 When Jacob was come into Egypt, and your fathers cried unto the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, which brought forth your fathers out of Egypt, and made them dwell in this place. 9 And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them. 10 And they cried unto the LORD, and said, We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD, and have served Baalim and Ashtaroth: but now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, and we will serve thee. 11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan (or, as some read it, Barak), and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and ye dwelled safe.
12 And when ye saw that Nahash the king of the children of Ammon came against you, ye said unto me, Nay; but a king shall reign over us: when the LORD your God was your king.
13 Now therefore behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have desired! and, behold, the LORD hath set a king over you.
14 If ye will fear the LORD, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall both ye and also the king that reigneth over you continue following the LORD your God:
15 But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers.
16 Now therefore stand and see this great thing, which the LORD will do before your eyes.
17 Is it not wheat harvest to day? I will call unto the LORD, and he shall send thunder and rain; that ye may perceive and see that your wickedness is great, which ye have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking you a king.
18 So Samuel called unto the LORD; and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day: and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel. (It seldom or never rains at that period in Palestine. Samuel's prayers were as mighty as those of Elijah.)
19 And all the people said unto Samuel, Pray for thy servants unto the LORD thy God, that we die not: for we have added unto all our sins this evil, to ask us a king.
20 And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart; 21 And turn ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain. 22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.
(A precious passage indeed. Election ensures to its objects immutable love, but where the reason for election lies none can tell.)
23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way: 24 Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.
25 But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be consumed, both ye and your king. -- (1 Samuel 12)
Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in thee: they trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded. (Psalm 22:3-5)

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. (Psalm 37:3)

Another Psalm highly characteristic of David is Psalm 62 which we are in the habit of calling the ONLY Psalm, from its containing such frequent repetitions of the world only. David rejoiced to place his confidence in God "only." -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on Pslam 62 in Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. (Psalm 118:8,9)

Mine eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me: he that walketh in a perfect way, he shall serve me. (Psalm 101:6)
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. (Jeremiah 17:7)

But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:26)

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
-- Jesus Christ (Luke 10:19)

If David spoke thus, we may be sure that the Son of David will be of the same mind. Jesus looks out for faithful men, and He fixes His eyes upon them, to observe them, to bring them forward, to encourage them, and to reward them. Let no true-hearted man think that he is overlooked; the King Himself has His eye upon him.
There are two results of this royal notice. First we read, "That they may dwell with me." Jesus brings the faithful into His house, He sets them in His palace, He makes them His companions, He delights in their society. We must be true to our Lord, and He will then manifest Himself to us. When our faithfulness costs us most, it will be best rewarded; the more furiously men reject, the more joyfully will our Lord receive us.
Next, he says of the sincere man, "He shall serve me." Jesus will use for His own glory those who scorn the tricks of policy and are faithful to Himself, His Word, and His cross. These shall be in His royal retinue, the honored servants of His Majesty. Communion and usefulness are the wages of faithfulness. Lord make me faithful that I may dwell with Thee and serve Thee. -- C.H. Spurgeon in Faith's Checkbook

In all times of danger from men our wisest course is to fly to the Lord our helper. He has ways and means for delivering us which we know not of. He can either turn our enemies into friends, or else so check all their efforts that they shall do us no real injury. Blessed are those men whose trust in the Lord never wavers. -- C.H. Spurgeon, commenting on Psalm 124 and Genesus 31:36-44 in Spurgeon's Devotional Bible, p. 45

Then Zedekiah the king said, Behold, he is in your hand: for the king is not he that can do any thing against you. (Jeremiah 38:5)
It is better to take refuge in Jehovah than to trust in princes. (Psalms 118:9) Zedekiah professed to be a friend of Jeremiah, yet when the princes sought permission to put the prophet to death, Zedekiah's friendship was not worth much. He said, He is in your hand; for the king cannot do anything against you. Instead of protecting his friend and adviser, he delivered him and left him as a lamb at the mercy of wolves. It seems very natural to men for them to trust in men. Yet Scripture warns us that, Cursed is the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm. If you make a mortal man your confidence, you will find your anchor has no grip. Even good men are but broken reeds and cannot bear the strain of the day of trouble. And the bad men are like sharp spears; they stab the man who dares to lean on them. But, if we cannot trust in men, we think that surely we may trust in princes. If honor were banished from all the rest of the world, it ought to find a home in the breasts of kings. May we not trust in great men, in noble men, men of high standing? No, for It is better to take refuge in Jehovah than to trust in princes." For princes are but men, and not always the truest of men. They are seldom the best of men. At the end of his life Wolsey is reported as saying to Sir William Kingston, "Had I but served my God with half the zeal I served my king, He would not in my age have left me naked to my enemies." If "uneasy lies the head that wears the crown," certainly the heart which rests on the crown-wearer should be uneasy. Trust in God, and you will trust the true "King, immortal, invisible."
When a man is timid about doing right, and can be easily persuaded to do wrong, there is a lack of fear of God in him. One that fears God is under no necessity to fear anybody else. True godliness infuses courage into the heart. In this respect also, Perfect love casts out fear. If you have learned to tremble before the great, almighty, living God, you have ceased to tremble before any living man; in actuality he is a dying man. For truly life is in God; natural man is a creature that will die and perish like the moth: Who are you, that you should be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man that shall be made as grass, and forget the Lord your Maker?" (Isaiah 51:13) If we had a sense of God's presence everywhere we would not dare consent to sin. Then we would be like the three holy ones who stood for God before Nebuchadnezzer, saying, "Yes, we see the burning, fiery furnace, but we also see the living God." The king said, It will be heated seven times hotter. They heard this furious threat of the despot, but they also heard a voice that Nebuchadnezzer could not hear, the voice of God telling them to serve Him. And He strengthened them to do so. John Calvin noted, "All acknowledge that it is better to trust in the Lord, and yet there is scarcely one among a hundred who is fully persuaded that God alone can afford him sufficient help. That man has attained a high rank among the faithful, who resting satisfied in God, never ceases to entertain a lively hope, even when he finds no help on earth." Luther calls it the "art of arts, and that which he had well studied, not to put confidence in man." And of trust in God, he called it the most pleasant and sweetest of all sacrifices, the best of all services we perform to God. -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on Jeremiah 38:5 quoted in Morning and Evening II: A Second Year of Daily Devotions by C.H. Spurgeon, November 14, p. 319

"The history of Christianity can be summed up as the story of men continuously and consistently disobeying God." -- Benjamin Hart. In fact, most Christians awaken to the realization that they have re-lived in their own lives the experience of Israel in the Old Testament. Our tendency is to forget God when times are good.

"God commands nothing but what is beneficial. `O Israel, what doth the Lord require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, and to keep His statutes, which I command thee this day, for thy good?' To obey God, is not so much our duty as our privilege." -- Thomas Watson

There is great transforming power in the New Testament sacrificial love of Christ Jesus that says "Not my will, but thine be done." -- Jesus Christ (Luke 22:42)

Adams, Jay E., Trust and Obey: A Practical Commentary on I Peter [30089]

*Burroughs, Jeremiah, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1979). A Christian classic.
"Well-known Puritan author of THE RARE JEWEL OF CHRISTIAN CONTENTMENT excels in deeply spiritual insights. Most authors writing today can't hold a candle to him!" -- CBD
"I am still reading this book, but I've read enough to have it significantly change my outlook on life and afflictions. I have learned in abundance what it means to trust the Lord in troubles and to realize that God will bring me out of them in His time, and it is my duty to praise the Lord and devote my heart to Him. My cup runs over when I read Jeremiah Burroughs." -- Reader Comment

Bridges, Jerry, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress). 60028
"Do you find it easy to trust God -- until adversity strikes? When life clouds over, do you suddenly begin to second-guess your faith and suspect that you only imagined His care for you? Three truths we must believe if we are to trust Him in adversity: (1) God is completely sovereign (2) God is infinite in wisdom, and (3) God is perfect in love. This is sure to be another best-seller . . ." -- GCB. A study guide is available.

Bridges, Jerry, Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts (Study Guide) (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1992). 60029

Bridges, Jerry, You Can Trust God (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress). 60030
A booklet.

See also: The sovereignty of god, Theodicy, The providence of god, Selection of covenant heads for positions of authority, Sexual relationship, Renunciation
TCRB5, 1214--1217

Related WebLinks

Nave's Topical Bible: Blessing Contingent Upon Obedience
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T854

The Treasury of David, Psalm 62, C.H. Spurgeon
"Another Psalm highly characteristic of David is Psalm 62 which we are in the habit of calling the ONLY Psalm, from its containing such frequent repetitions of the world only. David rejoiced to place his confidence in God "only."
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps062.htm



Loving and Obeying God

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
-- Jesus Christ (John 13:34,35)

Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
-- Jesus Christ (John 5:39,40)

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. -- Jesus Christ (John 17:4)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:13)

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. -- Jesus Christ (John 5:3)

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. -- Jesus Christ (John 14:21,23)

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.
-- Jesus Christ (John 15:10,11)

For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:50)

Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. -- Jesus Christ (Luke 9:48b)

For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. -- Jesus Christ (Mark 9:41)

Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice. (1 Samuel 15:22b)

See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil;
In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply; and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land wither thou goest to possess it.
(Deuteronomy 30:15,16)

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Micah 6:8)

That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. . . .
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
(1 John 1:3-6, 17)

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. -- Jesus Christ (John 21:15-17)

Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
(Romans 7:12-14)

Blessed [are] they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:14)

He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. (1 John 2:4)

"Unlimited submission and obedience is due to none but God alone. He has an absolute right to command; he alone has an uncontrollable sovereignty over us, because he alone is unchangeably good. He never will nor can require of us, consistent with his nature and attributes, anything which is not fit and reasonable. His commands are all just and good. And to suppose that he has given to any particular set of men a power to require obedience to that which is unreasonable, cruel, and unjust, is robbing the Deity of his justice and goodness." -- Samuel West in his Election Sermon of 1776

Through thy precepts I get understanding.
God's direction is our instruction. Obedience to the divine will begets wisdom of mind and action. As God's way is always best, those who follow it are sure to be justified by the result. If the Lawgiver were foolish his law would be the same, and obedience to such a law would involve us in a thousand mistakes; but as the reverse is the case, we may count ourselves happy to have such a wise, prudent, and beneficial law to be the rule of our lives. We are wise if we obey and we grow wise by obeying! -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on Psalm 119:104

"The want of good works makes faith sick; evil works kill her outright." -- Thomas Adams

"It is an old policy the devil hath, to jostle out a greater good for a less." -- Nehemiah Rogers

Be sure you keep the mastery over your flesh and senses. Few ever fall from God, but flesh-pleasing is the cause. Many think that by "flesh" the Scripture means our in-dwelling sin, when, alas! it is the inordinate sensitive appetite that it chargeth us to subdue. Nothing in the world damneth so many as flesh-pleasing, while men generally choose it as their happiness instead of God. O remember who hath said, "If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die," and, "Make no provision for the flesh, to satisfy its desires," Rom. viii. 5-7, and xiii. 14. Think of this when you are tempted to drunkenness, and gluttony, and lustfulness, and worldliness; and when you would fain have your dwellings and states more delightful. You little think what a sin it is, even to please your flesh, further than it tends to help you in the service of God. -- Richard Baxter

He is our dearest Friend and Father, and loveth us better than we love ourselves; and therefore we have reason confidently to trust him, and cheerfully and gladly to obey him, as one that ruleth us in order to our own felicity. -- Richard Baxter

No unwelcome tasks become any the less unwelcome by putting them off till tomorrow. It is only when they are behind us and done, that we begin to find that there is a sweetness to be tasted afterwards, and that the remembrance of unwelcome duties unhesitatingly done is welcome and pleasant. Accomplished, they are full of blessing, and there is a smile on their faces as they leave us. Undone, they stand threatening and disturbing our tranquillity, and hindering our communion with God. If there be lying before you any bit of work from which you shrink, go straight up to it, and do it at once. The only way to get rid of it is to do it. -- Alexander MacLaren

ANNESLEY, SAMUEL, How May We Attain to Love God With All Our Hearts, Souls, and Minds? (1661, reprinted 1844) (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"Digs deep, as only the Puritans can, into the gold mine of Matthew 22:37,38. Shows what it is to love God, impediments to this love and the means to attaining it (and much more)." -- SWRB

*BAXTER, RICHARD, A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians How to Use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
(Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673). Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic.
"The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages) is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
"Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God) merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
"There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
"We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
"The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle) and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
"Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), found elsewhere in BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, are less detailed works. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
" Ptacek in Family Worship (p. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous `nonconformists,' in what is know as the `great ejection,' in 1662, `Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. `Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled `Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God. . . . "Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- SWRB
This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007. They may be the publisher who will eventually reprints the title.
http://www.heritagebooks.org/
The reprint by George Virtue is included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
The reprint by George Virtue is available as a Cerlox bound photocopy from Still Waters Revival Books, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/baxter/practical.toc.html
The reprint by George Virtue is included in THE AMAZING CHRISTIAN LIBRARY, DVD Four, CD #21
http://www.AmazingLibrary.com
The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
Notice that the etext in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition) feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and paste from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
http://books.google.com/books?id=cyQFBOUHkaoC&dq=A+Christian+Directory+inpublisher:lettermen+inpublisher:associates&lr=&as_brr=0&ie=ISO-8859-1
One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28, ISBN: 0921148267 9780921148265.
1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
The Richard Baxter Page
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*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000, 1992). A Christian classic.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, [`Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men,'] `The Reformed Pastor' `Poor Man's Family Book,' `The Catechizing of Families,' and `The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
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The Richard Baxter Page
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Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

*Baxter, Richard, The One Thing Necessary
A treatise on the sin of Martha.

*Baxter, Richard, A Treatise of Knowledge and Love Compared in The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673). 30934
Long title: A Treatise of Knowledge and Love Compared. In two Parts: 1. Of Falsely Pretended Knowledge. II. Of True Saving Knowledge and Love. I. Against Hasty Judging, and False Conceits of Knowledge; and for Necessary Suspension. II. The Excellency of Divine Love, and the Happiness of Being Known and Loved of God. Written as greatly necessary to the safety and peace of every Christian, and of the Church: the only certain way to escape false religions, heresies, sects, and malignant prejudices, persecutions, and sinful wars; all caused by falsely pretended knowledge, and hasty judging, by proud, ignorant men, who know not their ignorance.

*Baxter, Richard, A Call to the Unconverted: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 2 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, March 2000). 30935
"This is the second of four volumes constituting the complete works of this giant of the faith. This huge volume, over 1000 pages, gathers together such penetrating topics as The Unpardonable Sin, The Spirit's Witness to the Truth of Christianity, The Arrogancy of Reason Against Divine Revelation, A Call to the Unconverted, Now or Never, A Saint or a Brute, God's Goodness Vindicated, The Character of a Sound, Confirmed Christian, and others." -- GCB. A Christian classic.
This volume also contains A Call the Unconverted, The Reasonableness of the Christian Religion, The Unreasonableness of Infidelity, A Treatise of Converstion, and Character of a Sound Confirmed Christians.
Translations: A Call to the Unconverted (singely), Dutch, OCLC 16991691; French, OCLC 38285837, 28780900; Danish, OCLC 17960566; Polish, OCLC 42954154.
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html

*Baxter, Richard, The Saint's Everlasting Rest: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 3 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications). 30936
"Third in the four-volume set. Includes The Saint's Everlasting Rest; Treatise of Self-Denial; The Life of Faith; Obedient Patience, and many more. Over 1000 pages." -- GCB
Translations: The Saint's Everlasting Rest (singely), French, OCLC 24837551, 12603369; Danish, OCLC 36139702, 13711852; Dutch? OCLC 2538485.
The Saints' Everlasting Rest, Richard Baxter, edited by Benjamin Fawcett
http://www.ccel.org/b/baxter/everlasting_rest/saints_rest.html
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html

*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000, 1992). 30937
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, [`Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men,'] `The Reformed Pastor' `Poor Man's Family Book,' `The Catechizing of Families,' and `The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
http://www.e4.net
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

*BAXTER, RICHARD, Treatise of Self-Denial, (Still Waters Revival Books) [30936]
This work of Baxter has been translated into more languages than any other title. This is a hardbound photocopy of the treatise that is included in THE SAINT'S EVERLASTING REST: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 3.

Carson, John L. (editor), David W. Hall (editor) To Glorify and Enjoy God: A Commemoration of the 350th Anniversary of the Westminister Assembly (Banner of Truth).

Edwards, Jonathan. A treatise concerning religious affections, in three parts; Part I. Concerning the nature of the affections, and their importance in religion. Part II. Shewing what are no certain signs that religious affections are gracious, or that they are not. Part III. Shewing what are distinguishing signs of truly gracious and holy affections. By Jonathan Edwards, A.M. and Pastor of the First Church in Northampton. [Twelve lines of Scripture texts]. The second edition [New York], 1768. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3318878945

Erskine, Ebenezer. Christ in the believer's arms; being a sermon preached by Mr. Ebenezer Erskine, at Strathmiglo, May 10th, 1724. Edinburgh, 1726. (ECCO) Gale Document Number

*Henderson, Alexander, Obedience is Better than Sacrifice (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). An audio cassette.
"Read by Elder Lyndon Dohms from the book Sermons, Prayers and Pulpit Addresses. Henderson was one of the Scottish commissioners to the Westminster Assembly and the principal architect of the Solemn League and Covenant. Some consider him as only second to Knox in regard to his work as a Scottish Reformer. This sermon, on Psalm 40:6-8, was preached in Scotland just before Henderson left for the Westminster Assembly and exhorts Christians to zealousness -- especially in days of great declension." -- SWRB

*Law, William, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1948). [60234]
John Wesley said on reading it, "The light flowed so mightily upon my soul that everything appeared in a new view." This book was "the first impulse [to the evangelical revival of the eighteenth century] and came from the school of the Non-Jurors, and especially from Williams Law's SERIOUS CALL." -- Publisher's Annotation
Whitefield declared that through it "God worked powerfully on my soul, as He has since upon many others." Introduction by J.V. Moldenhawer.
A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life William Law
http://www.ccel.org/l/law/a_serious_call/a_serious_call.html

Manton, Thomas, Loving God by Loving His Law (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"Jesus said, 'If ye love me, keep my commandments' (John 14:15). John points out, 'and hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him' (1 John 2:3-4). Manton uses these themes, as a departure point, relative to Psalm 119, to show the proper relationship between law, love and loving the law--as it relates to the greatest law lover, the Lord Jesus Christ!" -- SWRB

*Marshall, Walter, 1628-1680, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.,) 1999).
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
Also available from Trinity Book Service and . [10363]
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
The Secret of Sanctification: Union With Christ: Walter Marshall's Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, Joel R. Beeke
http://www.heritagebooks.org/browse.asp?searchMode=author&searchString=marshall&x=20&y=8
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, Walter Marshall
http://www.lettermen2.com/gmswm.html

Owen, John. Of communion with God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, (each person distinctly) in love, grace, and consolation: or, the saints fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, unfolded. By John Owen, D.D. Glasgow, 1792. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3320938336

*Owen, John, Sin and Temptation: The Challenge to Personal Godliness. A Christian classic.
"The concept of sin and personal responsibility has all but disappeared from our world. John Owen deals with the nature of sinful humanity as no writer since has done as keenly or thoroughly, arguing that sin is always a self-deceiving, blinding folly. Owen was a leading English statesman in the late 17th century and is considered `the John Calvin of England'." -- Ingram. A Christian classic.

Ryle, J.C., Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots (London, England: Evangelical Press). 20431
"Ryle, like his great masters, has no easy way to holiness to offer us, and no `patent' method by which it can be obtained; but he invariably produces that `hunger and thirst after righteousness' which is the only indispensable condition to being `filled'." -- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
"Newly typeset edition from Evangelical Press with preface done by J.I. Packer. Complete and unabridged." -- GCB
Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots J.C. Ryle
http://www.e4.net

The Obedient Life
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 46 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371234

The Obedient Life
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 46 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371234

Vincent, Thomas. The true Christians love of the unseen Christ: or a discourse chiefly tending to excite and promote the decaying love of Christ in the hearts of Christians. ... By Thomas Vincent, ... London, 1701. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3319430614

Watson, Thomas, Godly Man's Picture (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).

Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, The one thing necessary. Preached in a sermon at Pauls before the Right Honourable the Lord Major and the aldermen of the City of London. Aug. 31. 1656. By Thomas Watson minister of Stephens Walbrook, Lond., 1656, EEBO.

Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, The duty of self-denial briefly opened and urged. By Thomas Watson, minister of the Gospel., 1675, EEBO.

See also: The ten commandments, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, The sermon on the mount, Words of christ appearing in the web edition of biblical counsel: resources for renewal, Sin, Prayer, Bible promises, Loving and obeying God, Holiness, Discipleship, Freedom: a gift of the grace of God, Casuistry and conscience, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, The providence of God

Related WebLinks

The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

Nave's Topical Bible: Commandments
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T1189


Appendix A: Words of Christ Appearing in The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappa.html

Nave's Topical Bible: Blessing Contingent Upon Obedience
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T854

On Keeping the Heart, John Flavel
http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-10/web/flavel-keeping.html

The God of the Covenant
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 35 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037037

The Obedient Life
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 46 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371234



Discipleship

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. (Psalms 25:14)

Fret not thyself because of evildoers,
neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
and wither as the green herb.
Trust in the LORD, and do good;
so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the LORD;
and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
(Psalms 37:1)

He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
-- Jesus Christ (John 13:34,35)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:13)

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
-- Jesus Christ (John 8:31, 32)

Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any [man] will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.
-- Jesus Christ (Matthew 16:24-27)

But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;
And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
-- Jesus Christ (Matthew 20:26-28)

Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 21 21:42)

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
God has "set eternity in the heart of man."

I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. (Ecclesiastes 3:14)
Whatever we do within the will of God lasts throughout eternity.

In your patience possess ye your souls. -- Jesus Christ (Luke 21:19)

And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
-- Jesus Christ (John 8:50,51)

Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:8)

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and [that] your joy might be full.
-- Jesus Christ (John 15:10,11)

By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. -- Jesus Christ (John 13:35)

For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:29)

Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. -- Jesus Christ (John 6:27)

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. -- Jesus Christ (John 16:33)

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Of sin, because they believe not on me;
Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
-- Jesus Christ (John 16:8-15)

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. (Acts 17:28)

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:23)

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (James 1:13-15)

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22)

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:20-21)

Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast [some] of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.
-- Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:10,11)

And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. -- Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:26)

Be watchful, and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die: for I have not found thy works perfect before God. -- Jesus Christ (Revelation 3:2)

And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward [is] with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. -- Jesus Christ (Revelation 22:12)

But I must close with this. It is not merely by testimony that we use this potent truth. We must support that testimony by our zeal and energy. We need concentrated, consecrated energy; for it is written, "They loved not their lives unto the death." We shall not overcome Satan if we are fine gentlemen, fond of ease and honour. As long as Christian people must needs enjoy the world, the devil will suffer little at their hands. They that overcame the world in the old days were humble men and woman, generally poor, always despised, who were never ashamed of Christ, who only lived to tell of his love, and died by tens of thousands rather than cease to bear testimony to the blood of the Lamb. They overcame by their heroism; their intense devotion to the cause secured the victory. Their lives to them were as nothing when compared with the honour of their Lord. -- C.H. Spurgeon in a sermon,
The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon

That God in the covenant of grace has promised to furnish and enable His children for a holy life (Ezek. 36:27), "I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes." This is a way that God has by Himself. The mother can take her child by the hand to lead it, but cannot put strength into his feeble joints to make him go. The ruler can give his captains a commission to fight, but not courage to fight. There is a power goes with the promises; thus it is they are called "exceeding great and precious promises," because given for this very end, that by them we "might be made partakers of the divine nature," (2 Pet. 1:4); and therefore we are not only pressed to holiness from the command, but especially from the promise (2 Cor. 7:1), "Having therefore these promises" (he means to help and encourage us), "let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." Oh it is good working for Him that promises to work all our work for us (Phil. 2:12,10). -- William Gurnall

Every truth of God is appointed to be his instrument, to do some holy work upon your heart: let the love of holiness be it that maketh you search after truth, and then you may expect that God should be your teacher. -- Richard Baxter

"It is the great duty of all Christians to put off anger. It unfits for duty . . . a man cannot wrestle with God and wrangle with his neighbour at the same time. Short sins often cost us long and sad sorrows." -- Philip Henry

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Having a good conscience. . .
(I Peter 3:15, 16a)
Oh how highly we are to be concerned that our conscience be tender, and yet how little care is taken of it! What has become of the authority of conscience, when your thoughts and your passions, when your eyes and your ears and your appetite and your tongue are left unbridled and unconquered? When every servant is set up to be master, to bear rule in you, where is your conscience? When your soul is no better kept, what poverty and leanness is growing on it, what a starveling it is both in grace and peace, eaten out with lust, evaporated into vanity, sunk into sensuality, your spirit even transubstantiated into perishing flesh, ready to die away, because you have not had a tender conscience. If you have not better kept your covenant with God, when you have not performed the duties you have vowed, when your hours of prayer are so short, your sabbaths such wintry, cold days, where has your conscience been? When your God is so shamefully neglected, never hears from you even when you have nothing else to do; yea, when your corn, your cattle, your pleasures, your friends (even those you vowed to renounce), are invited into your heart to steal it away from Heaven, then where is your conscience? When you lie asleep and allow God's enemies to sow tares in your field; when you are being a busy-body in other men's affairs, while your own vineyard is not being kept; when both your heart and your house are so much out of order, where is your conscience? When you leave your wife and your children and your servants to do all that is right in their own eyes; when you take care more for your possessions than for your sons and daughters, ready to die for lack of instruction, where is your conscience? And if you have no conscience, then where is your covenant? And if you have no covenant, then where is your God and your peace? -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on I Peter 3:15, 16a quoted in Morning and Evening II: A Second Year of Daily Devotions by C.H. Spurgeon, May 28, p. 149 found in Devotional Classics of C. H. Spurgeon.

He who is the father of a host of spiritual children is unquestionably happy. He can answer all opponents by pointing to souls who have been saved by his means. Converts are emphatically the heritage of the Lord, and the reward of the preacher's soul travail. By these, under the power of the Holy Ghost, the city of the church is both built up and watched, and the Lord has the glory of it. -- C.H. Spurgeon commenting on verse 5 of Psalm 127 in The Treasury of David

One of the great twentieth century tragedies in the church is that so many, not lay members only, but ministers in particular, are satisfied to know so little. -- Gordon Clark

*BAXTER, RICHARD, A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians How to Use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
(Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673). Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic.
"The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages) is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
"Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God) merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
"There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
"We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
"The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle) and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
"Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), found elsewhere in BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, are less detailed works. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
" Ptacek in Family Worship (p. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous `nonconformists,' in what is know as the `great ejection,' in 1662, `Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. `Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled `Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God. . . . "Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- SWRB
This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007. They may be the publisher who will eventually reprints the title.
http://www.heritagebooks.org/
The reprint by George Virtue is included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
The reprint by George Virtue is available as a Cerlox bound photocopy from Still Waters Revival Books, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/baxter/practical.toc.html
The reprint by George Virtue is included in THE AMAZING CHRISTIAN LIBRARY, DVD Four, CD #21
http://www.AmazingLibrary.com
The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
Notice that the etext in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition) feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and paste from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
http://books.google.com/books?id=cyQFBOUHkaoC&dq=A+Christian+Directory+inpublisher:lettermen+inpublisher:associates&lr=&as_brr=0&ie=ISO-8859-1
One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28, ISBN: 0921148267 9780921148265.
1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
The Richard Baxter Page
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*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000, 1992). A Christian classic.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, [`Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men,'] `The Reformed Pastor' `Poor Man's Family Book,' `The Catechizing of Families,' and `The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
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The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

*Baxter, Richard, A Call to the Unconverted: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 2 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, March 2000). 30935
"This is the second of four volumes constituting the complete works of this giant of the faith. This huge volume, over 1000 pages, gathers together such penetrating topics as The Unpardonable Sin, The Spirit's Witness to the Truth of Christianity, The Arrogancy of Reason Against Divine Revelation, A Call to the Unconverted, Now or Never, A Saint or a Brute, God's Goodness Vindicated, The Character of a Sound, Confirmed Christian, and others." -- GCB. A Christian classic.
This volume also contains A Call the Unconverted, The Reasonableness of the Christian Religion, The Unreasonableness of Infidelity, A Treatise of Converstion, and Character of a Sound Confirmed Christians.
Translations: A Call to the Unconverted (singely), Dutch, OCLC 16991691; French, OCLC 38285837, 28780900; Danish, OCLC 17960566; Polish, OCLC 42954154.
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html

*Baxter, Richard, The Saint's Everlasting Rest: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 3 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications). 30936
"Third in the four-volume set. Includes The Saint's Everlasting Rest; Treatise of Self-Denial; The Life of Faith; Obedient Patience, and many more. Over 1000 pages." -- GCB
Translations: The Saint's Everlasting Rest (singely), French, OCLC 24837551, 12603369; Danish, OCLC 36139702, 13711852; Dutch? OCLC 2538485.
The Saints' Everlasting Rest, Richard Baxter, edited by Benjamin Fawcett
http://www.ccel.org/b/baxter/everlasting_rest/saints_rest.html
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html

*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000, 1992). 30937
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, [`Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men,'] `The Reformed Pastor' `Poor Man's Family Book,' `The Catechizing of Families,' and `The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
http://www.e4.net
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

*Baxter, Richard, A Treatise of Self-Denial (Hardbound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
This work of Baxter has been translated into more languages than any other title. This is a hardbound photocopy of the treatise that is included in THE SAINT'S EVERLASTING REST: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 3.

*Bonar, Horatius, Free-Will 60032.
A Christian classic.

*Bonar, Horatius, God's Way of Peace (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co.). 60033
"Horatius Bonar was a pastor in Scotland for over fifty years. He was one of the brightest lights in the 19th century, with not only many books to his credit, but also the editing of the excellent IMPERIAL BIBLE DICTIONARY, and a delightful and useful monthly magazine. . . . This book is another evidence that Bonar is able to write the deepest truths in the clearest and most understandable way . . . Simplicity is his style, but declaring the whole counsel of God is his aim. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
God's Way of Peace by Horatius Bonar
http://www.ccel.org/b/bonar/way_of_peace/way_of_peace.htm

*Bonar, Horatius, God's Will, Man's Will 60034.
A Christian classic.

*Bunyan, John, The Desire of the Righteous Granted (Sterling, VA: GAM Publications, 1974). A Christian classic.
"This 75-page treatise is based on Proverbs 10:24." -- GCB

*Bunyan, John, The Pilgrim's Progress, complete and unabridged (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1979, 1895). A Christian classic.
Said to be "the greatest book, other than Scripture, which an Englishman has given to mankind." -- GCB
The Banner of Truth Trust publication is recommended. It is facsimile reprinted from the unabridged edition of 1895 published by John C. Nimmo, Ltd. containing the original marginal notes and Scripture references and illustrated with etchings by William Strang.
"Bunyan had better insight into the human heart than modern psychology; namely, because he did not study man apart from his Creator and apart from his deep inward problem." -- Ernest Reisinger
The Pilgrim's Progress
http://www.ccel.org/b/bunyan/pilgrims_progress/title.html
Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan (audio files)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John%5EBunyan

*Bunyan, John, The Pilgrim's Progress (Cassettes)
"The entire book, virtually unabridged -- rewritten for the modern ear by Jim Pappas and brought to life by 77 actors with original music and sound effects -- is now available on audio cassette." -- GCB. A Christian classic.
Pilgrim's Progress John Bunyan (audio files)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=John%5EBunyan

*Burroughs, Jeremiah, The Saint's Happiness [30974]

*Chafer, Lewis S., He That Is Spiritual [60231]

*Flavel, John, Keeping the Heart (Wilmington, DE: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 1972). 60041 [30999]
A Christian classic.

*Fletcher, John, Christ Manifested [31000]

*Goodwin, Thomas, A Child of Light Walking in Darkness, EEBO. [31004]

*Goodwin, Thomas, Let Patience Have Its Perfect Work [60142]

*Goodwin, Thomas, The Vanity of Thoughts Discovered, EEBO. [31014]

*Green, Jay P., Sr. (editor), Christian Life Classics [60142]

*Harper, Norman E., Making Disciples: The Challenge of Christian Education at the End of the 20th Century [90204]

*Henry, Matthew, The Secret of Communion With God [10736]

*Kaiser, Walter Christian, Jr., Quest for Renewal: Personal Revival in the Old Testament (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1986). 60042
"Focuses on the revivals of the Old Testament, and points the way to personal renewal through a clear understanding of the teaching of God's Word. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Growing in the Spirit [31561]

*Love, Christopher, 1618-1651, The combate between the flesh and spirit. As also the wofull with-drawing of the Spirit of God, with the causes thereof: and walking in, and after the Spirit, together with the blessednesse thereof. Being the summe and substance of XXVII. sermons: preached a little before his death, by that faithfull servant of Christ, Mr. Christopher Love, late minister of the Gospel at Lawrence Jury London. To which is added the Christians directory tending to direct him in the various conditions that God may cast him into. In XV. sermons, 1654, EEBO.

LOVE, CHRISTOPHER, The Zealous Christian, Taking Heaven by Holy Violence. Additional title, The zealovs Christian taking heaven by holy violence in severall sermons, tending to direct men how to hear with zeal, [how] to pray with importunity / preached by ... Mr. Christopher Love ..., 1653, EEBO.

*Lovelace, Richard, Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal [10514]

*Martin, Hugh, The Abiding Presence [60248]

*Massillon, Jean Baptiste, The Small Number of the Saved 60043.
A Christian classic.

*Mead, Matthew, The Almost Christian Discovered [31031]

*Miller, C. John "Jack," and Rose Marie Miller, Sonship Course: World Harvest Mission Leadership Training Program, Nurture Training for Ministry, Equipping Others for Ministry [10548]

*Owen, John, Sin and Temptation: The Challenge to Personal Godliness. A Christian classic.
"The concept of sin and personal responsibility has all but disappeared from our world. John Owen deals with the nature of sinful humanity as no writer since has done as keenly or thoroughly, arguing that sin is always a self-deceiving, blinding folly. Owen was a leading English statesman in the late 17th century and is considered `the John Calvin of England'." -- Ingram. A Christian classic.

*Packer, J.I., A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books]).
J.I. Packer's Introduction to The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, by John Owen
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
Owen, John. Salus electorum, sanguis Jesu: or the death of death in the death of Christ. Being a treatise of the redemption and reconciliation that is in the blood of Christ; wherein the whole controversy about universal redemption is fully discussed: in four parts; ... By John Owen, D.D. Carefully revised and corrected. Edinburgh, 1755. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3321796584
Logos Research Systems
http://www.logos.com

*Preston, John, 1587-1628, Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, and Davenport, John, 1597-1670, The saints qualification: or, a treatise I. Of humiliation, in tenne sermons. II. Of sanctification, in nine sermons. Whereunto is added a treatise of communion with Christ in the sacrament, in three sermons. Preached by the late faithfull and worthy minister of Iesus Christ, Iohn Preston, Doctor in Divinity, Chaplaine in Ordinary to his Majestie, Master of Emanuel Colledge in Cambridge, and sometime preacher of Lincolnes Inne, 1637, EEBO.
"A sermon preached at a generall fast before the Commons-House of Parliament: the second of Iuly, 1625. In the time of the plague" and "The cup of blessing: delivered in three sermons upon I Cor. 10.16"

Robbins, John, Freedom and Capitalism: Essays on Christian Politics and Economics (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, November, 2006), 650 pages, ISBN: 1891777157 9781891777158.
See, in particularly, the Foreword.
"The relationship between Christianity, freedom, and capitalism has been a subject of scholarly study for centuries. In this volume, John Robbins argues that political and economic freedom are the results of Biblical Christianity. Political freedom and capitalism arose in Northwestern Europe and North America after the Christian Reformation of the 16th Century, and they are unique in world history. The nations and peoples that heard and accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ as proclaimed by the Reformers quickly became free and prosperous on a scale previously unimaginable. Some historians and economists have denied any causal connection between Christianity, freedom, and capitalism, but they are able to deny this connection only by ignoring clear philosophical, economic, legal, sociological, and historical evidence demonstrating that Christianity is the source of capitalism. Laissez-faire capitalism, which is the only moral economic system, is in fact the economic system of Christianity.
"Dr. John W. Robbins attended Grove City College (A.B. 1969) and The Johns Hopkins University (M.A. 1970, Ph.D. 1973). He has served as chief of staff for a Member of Congress, editor of The Freeman magazine, Economist for The Heritage Foundation, and Professor of Political Philosophy in The Freedom School." -- Publisher's Annotation
Table of Contents:
Foreword
Politics
The Founder of Western Civilization
The Sine Qua Non of Enduring Freedom
Some Problems with Natural Law
The Political Philosophy of the Founding Fathers
The Bible and the Draft
The Messianic Character of American Foreign Policy
Truth and Foreign Policy
Compassionate Fascism
Conservatism: An Autopsy
Rightwing Radical Chic
The Reconstructionist Assault on Freedom
Roman Catholic Totalitarianism
The Relation of Church and State (Charles Hodge)
Abortion, the Christian, and the State
The Ethics and Economics of Health Care
The Chickens' Homecoming (John Whitehead)
The Coming Caesars (John Whitehead)
Rebuilding American Freedom in the Twenty-First Century
The Religious Wars of the Twenty-First Century
Economics
The Failure of Secular Economics
The Promise of Christian Economics
Teaching Economics from the Bible
The Neo-Evangelical Assault on Capitalism
The Reformed Assault on Capitalism
The Roman Catholic Assault on Capitalism
How Romanism Ruined America
Not Yours to Give (Edward Ellis)
Money, Freedom, and the Bible
The Case Against Indexation
Is Christianity Tied to Any Political or Economic System?
Ecology: The Abolition of Man
Scripture Index
Index
The Crisis of Our Time
Intellectual Ammunition

*Scudder, Henry, The Christian's Daily Walk in Holy Security and Peace (Harrisonburg, VA [Sprinkle Publications, P.O. Box 1094, Harrisonburg, 22803]: Sprinkle Publications).
"If you are looking for a light easy read on Christian living stay miles away from this book. No fluff here. Book first done in the late 1680's. Highly recommended by John Owen and Richard Baxter." -- GCB

*Shepard, Thomas, The Sincere Convert and the Sound Believer [31073]

*Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, A breathing after God. Or a Christians desire of Gods presence. By the late reverent and worthy divine Richard Sibs, Doctor in Divinity, master of Katherine Hall in Cambridge, and sometime preacher of Graies-Inne, 1639, EEBO.

*Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, The Christians end. Or, The sweet soveraignty of Christ, over his members in life and death. VVherein is contained the whole scope of the godly mans life, with divers rules, motives and incouragements, to live and die to Jesus Christ. Being the substance of five sermons preached to the honorable society of Grayes Inne, by that learned and faithfull minister of Gods Word, Richard Sibbes, D.D. and sometimes preacher to that honorable societie, 1639, EEBO.

*Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, Evangelicall sacrifices. In xix. sermons. I. Thankfull commemorations for Gods mercy in our great deliverance from the papists powder-plot. 2. The successefull seeker. 3. Faith triumphant. 4. Speciall preparations to fit us for our latter end in foure funerall sermons. 5. The faithfull covenanter. 6. The demand of a good conscience. 7. The sword of the wicked. By the late learned and reverend divine, Rich. Sibbs. Doctor in Divinity, Mr. of Katherine Hall in Cambridge, and sometimes preacher to the honourable society of Grayes-Inne. The third tome. Published and perused by D. Sibbs owne appointment, subscribed with his hand to prevent imperfect copies after his decease, 1640, EEBO.

*Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, The saints cordialls wherein we have particularly handled the saints safety and hiding place ... with other material things delivered in sundry sermons at Graies-Inne, in the City of London, and at Cambridge / by Richard Sibbs, 1658, EEBO.
"The several sermons are numbered consecutively, but have the following special t.p.s and editions: Josiahs reformation laid open in foure sermons. The third edition. -- The art of self judging. The third edition. --Christs sufferings for mans sin. -- The saints safety in evill times. The second edition. -- Christ is best, or, A sweet passage to glory. -- The churches visitation. -- The life of faith. -- Salvation applyed. -- The saints assurance. -- The art of contentment.

*Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, The spirituall favorite at the throne of grace. By the late learned, and reverend divine Richard Sibbs Doctor in Divinity. Published by the authors owne appointment, subscribed with his hand; to prevent unperfect copies, 1640, EEBO.

*Stalker, James, Christ Our Example [60285]

*Stanford, Reid, W., Christianity and Scholarship [90234A]

*Taylor, Hudson, The Growth of a Soul 60048.
A Christian classic.

*Thomas, William H.G. (W.H. Griffith Thomas), Grace and Power (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1984).
"This is one of the great books of Christendom. It deals concisely with the problems Christians face in every age: how to make time for prayer, why we often hinder our spiritual growth, the manner in which we may develop our inner resources so as to be able to meet the contingencies of life, and the means God has provided for the development of the spiritual life. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber. A Christian classic.

Adams, Jay E., A Call to Discernment [30005]

Adams, Jay E., A-Thirst-For-Wholeness [30008]

Adams, Jay E., Four Weeks With God and Your Neighbor [30034]

Adams, Jay E., Managing the Time God Gives Us; Schizophrenia; Role-Play Cases and Critiques (part 1) [30049]

Adams, Jay E., War Within [30094]

Adams, Lane, How Come Its Taking Me So Long? (Living Studies. Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1985). 60051

Aldrich, Joseph C., Love for All Your Worth: A Quest for Personal Value and Lovability [20053]

Alexander, Archibald, The Stuff of Life, 4th edition (London, England: H.R. Allenson). 60052
"Brief talks on the responsibility of Christians to God, the church, and their fellowman.-- Cyril J. Barber

Baker, Don, Acceptance: Loosing the Webs of Personal Insecurity (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers). 60054
"Follow Baker as he relates the open-soul remembrance of his own transformation from a native-dwelling doubter of God's acceptance to a maturing, love-conscious believer.-- GCB

*Baxter, Richard, A Treatise of Self-Denial (Hardbound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
This work of Baxter has been translated into more languages than any other title. This is a hardbound photocopy of the treatise that is included in THE SAINT'S EVERLASTING REST: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 3.

Bunyan, John, Barren Fig Tree [31135]

Bunyan, John, Fear of God [31139]

Bunyan, John, The Strait Gate [31152]

Burroughs, Jeremiah, Gospel Fear [30970]

Carson, Donald C., From Triumphalism to Maturity (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House). 60061

Clowney, E., Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament [10344]

DeMar, Gary, Contrary to Popular Opinion: Fifteen Misconceptions That Render Christians Powerless [70381]

Ellul, Jacques, The Humiliation of the Word (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1985). 60066

Engstrom Ted W., with Norman B. Rohrer, The Fine Art of Mentoring: Passing on to Others What God Has Given to You (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers). 60067
"In this book the authors guide you through a careful understanding of the principles of `mentoring'--leading another person to Christian maturity, then helping him to understand the importance of leading someone else. An important book for today!" -- GCB

Ganz, Richard L. (Basileians Lectures. Wilmington, DE: The Basileians). 60071 [90513A]
Individual Reconstruction, six audio cassette tapes.
Tape 1 and 2: Individual Reconstruction: The Biblical Basics
Tape 3 and 4: Individual Reconstruction: The Smashing of Sin
Tape 5: Individual Reconstruction vs. Self Esteem
Tape 6: Questions and Answers Session

Gouldzwaard, Robert, Idols of Our Time [20906]

Haselden, Kyle, Morality and the Mass Media [90391]

*Henry, Matthew, A Method for Prayer With Scripture Expressions and Directions for Daily Communion With God [10763]

*Henry, Matthew, How to Prepare for Communion 60074
Found in CHRISTIAN-LIFE CLASSICS [60142], Jay P. Green, Sr., editor. A Christian classic.

Hunt, Susan, The True Woman: The Beauty and Strength of a Godly Woman (Crossway Books, January 13, 1997).
"This book challenges women to review their lives. It begins with a definition of what the Bible defines as a True Woman. Each chapter is prefaced with a real account from a Godly woman and her struggles with real life situations. It is peppered with illustrations of women who have walked with God. There are wonderful Scriptural references to help determine the Biblical purpose of women. It is a challenge to all Christian women to find out how to be a True Woman of God in today's world." -- Reader Comment

Hunt, Susan, Spiritual Mothering: The Titus 2 Model for Women Mentoring Women [40015]

Jeffrey, P., Stand Firm (Bridgen, England: Evangelical Press of Wales). 60084

Knox, David B., Not By Bread Alone [10692]

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Do You Radiate Him? [30269]

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Enjoying the Presence of God [31573]

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Growing in the Spirit [31561]

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Living Sacrifices: (II Corinthians 3:1-3) [30270]

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, The Sovereign Spirit: Discerning His Gifts [31592]

*Marshall, Walter, 1628-1680, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.,) 1999).
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
Also available from Trinity Book Service and . [10363]
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
The Secret of Sanctification: Union With Christ: Walter Marshall's Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, Joel R. Beeke
http://www.heritagebooks.org/browse.asp?searchMode=author&searchString=marshall&x=20&y=8
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, Walter Marshall
http://www.lettermen2.com/gmswm.html

Murray, John, The Cost of Discipleship (Matthew 16:24) [30319]

Murray, John, The Lord's Day: Blessing, Sanctity, Promise (John 6:37) [30320]

Perkins, William, 1558-1602, The true gaine more in worth then all the goods in the world, 1601, Additional title: Christ the true and perfect gaine, EEBO.

Petty, Jim, The Practical Functioning of the Spiritual Gifts [30362]

Pink, Arthur W., Spiritual Growth (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1971). 60101
"Biblical teaching on growth in grace. Reformed." -- Cyril J. Barber

Pinnock, W., Confronting a Wayward Brother (Galatians 2:11-21) [30363]

Power, Philip Bennett, The "I Wills" of the Psalms (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). 60102
"Author examines the Psalms to bring home an important aspect of the Christian experience, that of acting. He discusses I will trust, I will speak, I will call upon God, I will go in the strength of the Lord, and I will praise God. Power lived from 1822-1899." -- GCB

Powlison, David, Have You Been Too Strong for God? [30494]

Ramsay, Richard B., Am I Good Enough? Learning to Live by God's Grace (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co.). 60103
"This practical workbook surveys the Biblical doctrines of grace in a way that is easy to grasp and is relevant to everyday life. Designed to promote spiritual growth and joyful, confident Christian living." -- Publisher's Annotation

Rigge, Ambrose, 1635?-1705, The banner of Gods love, and ensign of righteousness spread over his people in these later dayes. Wherein the true light shineth, and the mysterie that hath been hid from ages and generations, is revealed to the saints, which is, Christ in us the hope of glory, as our forefathers witnessed, read Col. I. 26, 27, 28, 29. Also, a testimony against them who formerly hath tasted of the good word of God, and of the power of the world to come, who hath cast the law of God behind their backs, and hath trodden under foot the blood of the covenant. . . . most especially, those that are called Anabaptists and Independents. Also, a few words in warning to the priests, professors, and people of the town and county of Southhampton. With a few quaeries to the rulers and magistrates of England, to try their fruits whether they be according to the Christian magistrates recorded in the Scripture of truth, . . . . Set forth most especially for the sake of the honest-hearted, who are not wholly given up to believe lyes, that they may come to know the way of life and peace. Written by me who are called Ambrose Rigge, 1657.

Rupprecht, David, and Ruth Rupprecht, Radical Hospitality (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.). 60105
"An important book which is a call for believers to open their doors to people needing the love, care, and discipline of a Christian home. Biblical reasons for doing this and the experience of five families who practice hospitality are given. What is involved? What effect will it have on family members?" -- GCB

*Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, A breathing after God. Or a Christians desire of Gods presence. By the late reverent and worthy divine Richard Sibs, Doctor in Divinity, master of Katherine Hall in Cambridge, and sometime preacher of Graies-Inne, 1639, EEBO.

*Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, The Christians end. Or, The sweet soveraignty of Christ, over his members in life and death. VVherein is contained the whole scope of the godly mans life, with divers rules, motives and incouragements, to live and die to Iesus Christ. Being the substance of five sermons preached to the honorable society of Grayes Inne, by that learned and faithfull minister of Gods Word, Richard Sibbes, D.D. and sometimes preacher to that honorable societie, 1639, EEBO.

*Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, Light from heaven, discovering the fountaine opened. Angels acclamations. Churches riches. Rich povertie. In foure treatises. By the late learned and reverend divine, Rich. Sibs, Doctor in Divinitie, Master of Katherine Hall in Cambridge, and sometimes preacher at Grayes-Inne. Published according to the authors owne appointment, subscribed with his hand; to prevent imperfect copies, 1638, EEBO.
"The fountaine opened", "Angels acclamations", and "The rich poverty."

*Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, The spirituall favorite at the throne of grace. By the late learned, and reverend divine Richard Sibbs Doctor in Divinity. Published by the authors owne appointment, subscribed with his hand; to prevent unperfect copies, 1640, EEBO.

Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, Goodwin, Thomas, 1600-1680, and Nye, Philip, 1596?-1672, Yea and amen: or, pretious promises, and priviledges. Spiritually unfolded in their nature and vse. Driving at the assurance and establishing of weak beleevers. By R. Sibbs D.D. master of Katherine Hall in Cambridge, and preacher of Grayes Inne London. Reviewed by himselfe in his life time, and since perused by T.G. and P.N., 1638, EEBO.

Tripp, Paul, Christ Our Model (part 1) [30432]

Tripp, Paul, Christ Our Model (part 2) [30433]

Tyree, Cornelius, The Living Epistle or the Moral Power of Religious Life [60253]

Venning, Ralph, Learning in Christ's School (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).

Ward, Ted, Values Begin at Home, revised edition (Wheaton, IL: Scripture Press Publications, Inc., 1989). 60113

Warfield, B.B., Perfectionism (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.). 60114

*Watson, Thomas (d. 1686) and Joel R. Beeke, Heaven taken by storm: showing the holy violence a Christian is to put forth in the pursuit after glory, (Ligonier, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1992).
WATSON, THOMAS, The Christian Soldier; or, Heaven Taken By Storm. Shewing the Holy Violence Christian is to Put Forth in the Pursuit After Glory, 1810, Still Waters Revival Books. and See Reformation Bookshelf CD #21 (Still Waters Revival Books)
Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, Heaven taken by storm, or, The holy violence a Christian is to put forth in the pursuit after glory by Thomas Watson ..., 1670, EEBO.
Watson, Thomas. Heaven taken by storm: or, the holy violence a Christian is to put forth in the pursuit after glory. By Thomas Watson, ... Revised and corrected by the Rev. Mr. Armstrong, ... London, 1788. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3318534778
"The Christian life is a battle and this battle will only be won by those that avail themselves of all the weapons and strength that God gives. Watson, a master teacher concerning the practical aspects of the Christian's "heart life," explains how to vigorously pursue the high calling of the Christian life, and how to win the war with the world, the flesh and the devil." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Puritan Thomas Watson describes how the Christian is to take the Kingdom of Heaven by holy violence through the reading and exposition of Scripture, prayer, meditation, self-examination, conversation, and the sanctification of the Lord's Day. He is also to offer violence towards himself, Satan, and the world. Watson is always easy to read." -- GCB

See also: Attributes of god, The promises of Christ, Bible promises, Christ in you, Prayer, Believer's position in Christ and Sonship, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Bible reading and devotional guides, Casuistry, Christian life, Sexual relationship, Ethics, Holiness, Holy Spirit, Mind, the battle for, Parenting, Biblical counsel by subject, Christian life, Decisions, knowing the will of God, patience, Habits, Holiness, Small groups
TCRB5, 356--374

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The Treasury of David, Psalm 90, C.H. Spurgeon
"The 90th Psalm might be cited as perhaps the most sublime of human compositions -- the deepest in feeling -- the loftiest in theologic conception -- the most magnificent in its imagery. -- Isaac Taylor
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps090.htm

"Eyes Right," a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon
Preaching on the text Proverbs 4:25, Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, 1888, Sermon 2058. On principles of discipleship.
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols34-36/chs2058.pdf

"The Law of a Sound Mind," Peter Masters
"By discarding the law of a sound mind (the protection provided by the reasoning faculty) Charismatics have rendered themselves highly gullible in the face of false teaching, exaggeration, and lies. They have become notably vulnerable to religious charlatans and rogues, as the 1987 crisis in American religious television (which is predominantly Charismatic) has demonstrated. Emotionalism is rampant among them, and because all are free to do whatever seems right in their own eyes, serious spiritual lawlessness is widespread. These things are the inevitable result of laying aside the objective standard of God’s Word, the faculty of judgment, and the power of selfcontrol, all of which are brought into play by the sound mind." -- Peter Masters
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/Review_272_masters.pdf

Apologetics #24: The Recovery of Christian Theism
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 58 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/play.asp?ID=3205142039

Courage, Martyrdom and the Triumph of Truth a sermon on Matthew 10 by Greg Price
A defintion of Biblical courage and an exposure of the false courage of the faithless.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonsspeaker&sermonID=11501182424

virtuoursreality.com, A Website for All Women
http://www.virtuousreality.com/



Bible Study

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:4) Begin at the greatest, most evident, certain, and necessary truths, and so proceed orderly to the knowledge of the less, by the help of these: as you climb by the body of the tree unto the brances. If you begin at those truths, which spring out of the greater common truths, and know not the premises, while you plead for the conclusion, you abuse your reason, and lose the truth and your labour both: for there is no way to the brances but by ascending from the stock. The principles well laid, must be your help to all your following knowledge. -- Richard Baxter

The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) is said to be the finest summary of The Holy Bible available.

*Battles, Ford Lewis, and John Walchenbach, An Analysis of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION of John Calvin [10915]

*Calvin, John, Calvin's Commentaries, 22 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House). A Christian classic.
"I know of no man since the Apostles' days whom I value and honor more than Calvin, and whose judgment in all things, one with another, I more esteem and come nearer to." -- Richard Baxter
"Of all commentators I believe Calvin to be the most candid. . . . He was no trimmer and pruner of texts. He gave their meaning as far as he knew it." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"A large volume could not contain all that has been written in praise of Calvin's commentaries, by men of all theological persuasions. Anyone who neglects consulting Calvin is going to be the poorer for their neglect." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
It is recommended that CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES be used for daily devotions.
Calvin's Commentaries (22 Volumes) in Logos Library System format (LLS)
http://www.logos.com/products/details/887
The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection CD-ROM
http://www.ageslibrary.com
The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection CD-ROM in Logos Library System (LLS) format
http://www.logosbiblesoftware.com/logosbiblesoftware/calcom.html
Calvin's Commentaries (those in e-text to date)
http://www.ccel.org/calvin/commentaries/commentaries.html

*Calvin, John, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 volumes (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1960). A Christian classic.
"Edited by John McNeill and translated by Ford Lewis Battles, this is the definitive English language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church -- Calvin's INSTITUTES.
"Still considered by many to be the finest explanation and defense of the Protestant Reformation available.
"The work is divided into four books: I. The Knowledge of God the Creator, II. The Knowledge of God the Redeemer in Christ, III. The Mode of Obtaining the Grace of Christ, IV. The External Means or Helps by Which God Allures Us Into Fellowship With Christ and Keeps Us in It. . . . THE INSTITUTES is praised by the secular philosopher, Will Durant, as one of the ten books that shook the world." -- GCB
Calvin spent a lifetime writing and perfecting INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION. His Prefatory Address makes it clear that he intended the work to be a defense of Christianity to the King of France.
Therefore, plainly stated, one of the most influential works ever published in the English language is a defense of Christianity to leaders of State.
Prefatory Address to His Most Christian Majesty, The Most Mighty and Illustrious Monarch, Francis, King of the French, His Sovereign, John Calvin
"Indeed, this consideration makes a true king: to recognize himself a minister of God in governing his kingdom. Now, that king, who in ruling over his realm does not serve God's glory, exercises not kingly rule but brigandage. [Footnote: 'Nec iam regnum ille sed latrocinium exercet.' An echo of Augustine's famous phrase: 'When justice is taken away, what are kingdoms [[regna]] but a vast banditry [[magna latocinia]]?' City of God IV. iv (MPL [[Migne, J.P., Patrologiae cursus completus, series Latina]] 41. 115; tr. NPNF [[A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, second series]] II. 66).] Furthermore, he is deceived who looks for enduring prosperity in his kingdom when it is not ruled by God's scepter, that is, his Holy Word; for the heavenly oracle that proclaims that 'where prophecy fails the people are scattered' [Prov. 29:18] cannot lie." (Battles translation)
"The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not make his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts the part not of a king, but a robber. He, moreover, deceives himself who anticipates long prosperity to any kingdom which is not ruled by the sceptre of God, that is, by his divine word. For the heavenly oracle is infallible which has declared, that where there is no vision the people perish (Prov. 29:18). (Beveridge translation)"
See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation:
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.ii.viii.html
"The doctrines of covenant liberty were rediscovered in the Reformation. John Calvin went further than anyone else in defining liberty and what Christians need to do to maintain it. Includes bibliographies."
It is recommended that INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION be used for daily devotions and may be used in combination with Ford Lewis Battles and John Walchenbach, AN ANALYSIS OF THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OF JOHN CALVIN (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House) and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
Nelson's Ultimate Bible Reference Library, Logos Library System format (LLS) (CD-ROM)
This library systems includes CALVIN'S INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, THE HOLY BIBLE KING JAMES VERSION, THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE, AUGUSTINE'S CONFESSIONS, WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646), WESTMINSTER LARGER CATECHISM, WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM, MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY, NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE, PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, and other classic Bible study aids. THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE (Other title: THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE,) in LLS format, may be added to this library. Therefore, all the above works may be used in combination with each other in Bible study.
http://www.logos.com/products/details/3247
Calvin, Spurgeon and International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) (LLS)
Contains Calvin's Commentaries.
http://www.logos.com/products/details/889
Calvin's Commentaries (22 Volumes) (LLS)
http://www.logos.com/products/details/887
The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection CD-ROM in Logos Library System (LLS) format
http://www.logosbiblesoftware.com/logosbiblesoftware/calcom.html
Calvin's Commentaries (online)
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom
One Hundred Aphorisms, Containing, Within a Narrow Compass, the Substance and Order of the Four Books of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
http://www.lettermen2.com/pringle.html
The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection
From Ages Software. Includes both the Battles and the Beveridge translation of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES, and other works by Calvin.
http://www.ageslibrary.com/ages_calvin_collection_1.html
Institutes of the Christian Religion (Beveridge translation online)
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.i.html

*Calvin, John, et.al., Gary DeMar (foreword), Marshall Foster (preface) 1599 Geneva Bible [enhanced] , hardcover (Tolle Lege Press; 1st edition (2006).
"When the Pilgrims arrived in America in 1620, they brought along supplies, a consuming passion to advance the Kingdom of Christ, a bright hope for the future, and the Word of God. Clearly, their most precious cargo was the Bible. The GENEVA BIBLE, printed over 200 times between 1560 and 1644, was the most widely read and influential English Bible of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This superb translation was the product of the best Protestant scholars of the day and became the Bible of choice for many of the greatest writers, thinkers, and historical figures of that time. The GENEVA BIBLE is unique among all other Bibles. It was the first Bible to use chapters and numbered verses and became the most popular version of its time because of the extensive marginal notes. These notes, written by Reformation leaders such as John Calvin, John Knox, Miles Coverdale, William Whittingham, Anthony Gilby, and others, were included to explain and interpret the scriptures for the common people. For nearly half a century these notes helped the people of England, Scotland, and Ireland understand the Bible and true liberty. King James despised the GENEVA BIBLE because he considered the notes on key political texts to be seditious and a threat to his authority. Unlike the KING JAMES VERSION, the GENEVA BIBLE was not authorized by the government. It was truly a Bible by the people and for the people. You can see why this remarkable version with its profound marginal notes played a key role in the formation of the American Republic. Until now, the only complete version available was a large, cumbersome, and difficult-to-read facsimile edition. But this new edition contains all the original words and notes, but the type set has been enlarged and the font style change for today's reader." -- Publisher's Annotation
"This is the Bible that eventually put an end to Feudalism in Europe, strengthened Puritans, Quakers, and came to America on the Mayflower. This was the first Bible published in the language of the common people, the first Bible to contain commentary and verse numbers, and the first Bible written in English from Greek and Hebrew texts available from Constantinople, not from the Latin Vulgate. The dynamite in this Bible, is" the commentary accounting for about one third of its length. "The Church of England and King James were so upset they determined to create a new translation. They called it the King James version. They choose to use language so formal and grand, even by the standards of those days, that the common people would find difficult to understand. The GENEVA BIBLE was found seditious by it's insertions of commentary that spoke directly about the priesthood of lay believers, the church as naturally anti-oligarchy, and setting forth some other ideas considered anarchy by the King, but meaning freedom to the masses who read it. . . .
"Important facts to remember about this Bible. The Reformation was strong in England and the Lollards were a lay group of huge influence that had to go underground. English Christian theologians, not Catholics and not Anglicans, fled in huge numbers to Geneva for freedom. Geneva was not part of Switzerland at that time, because Geneva was its own city-state. . . . The GENEVA BIBLE was printed 1560-1644. THE KING JAMES VERSION was published in 1611. The GENEVA BIBLE was against the law to own. . . ." -- M. Baker, Reader's Comment
"The GENEVA BIBLE has a unique place in history. It is some times called the "BREECHES BIBLE." That term comes from the reference in Genesis 3:7 where it says that Adam and Eve clothed themselves in 'breeches' made from fig leaves. It is the product of Protestant scholars who had taken refuge in Geneva, Switzerland during the reign of Queen 'Bloody Mary' of England (1553-1558). It is also known as the Bible that the Pilgrims brought to America. It is older than the KING JAMES VERSION and is considered by some to be more 'Protestant' than the KING JAMES VERSION." -- Reader's Comment
"I've seen the facsimile versions of the Geneva Bible and they don't even come close to this edition. The legibility and readability of this edition is" far superior to other editions. "There have also been concerns about textual errors, but Toll Lege Press has acknowledged and fixed them in the printings following the first." -- Reader's Comment
Tolle Lege Press edition of the 1599 Geneva Bible
http://www.GenevaBible.com

Caryl, Joseph (1602-1673), Ingram Cobbin (editor) Bible thoughts (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria, 1995).
Meditations upon scripture.

*De Graaf, Simon Gerrit, Promise and Deliverance, 4 volumes (Scarsdale, NY [Westminster Discount Book Service, P.O. Box 125H, Scarsdale 10583]: Westminster Discount Book Service, 1977). Translated from the Dutch by H. Evan Runner and Elisabeth Wichers Runner. A Christian classic.
"In Scripture, religion means covenant. By His Word, God called into being an order of creation culminating in man. By that Word He also gave man His favor and brought him into a life of conscious covenantal fellowship with Himself. As De Graaf himself puts it: `Without covenant, there is no religion, no conscious fellowship between man and God, no exchange of love and faithfulness. Without the covenant, man would be just an instrument in God's hand. When God created man, He had more than an instrument in mind: He made a creature that could respond to Him. . . .'
"This renewed insight into Biblical revelation is the perspective undergirding De Graaf's treatment of all Bible stories. It makes his book a unique presentation of God's revelation of Himself in the covenant and keeps his interpretations of the stories from degenerating into mere moralizing. Religion is not morality." -- H. Evan Runner
"I highly recommend this book. One of the best books available." -- R.C. Sproul
"A landmark in interpreting the simple stories of the Bible." -- Christianity Today

Geneval Bible Notes, 1599
The Geneva Bible contained "marginal notes which were heavily influenced by John Calvin, John Knox, and many other leaders of the Reformation. The Geneva Bible was the predominant English translation during the period in which the English and Scottish Reformations gained great impetus. Iain Murray, in his classic work on revival and the interpretation of prophecy, The Puritan Hope, notes that, `the two groups in England and Scotland developed along parallel lines, like two streams originating at one fountain. The fountain was not so much Geneva, as the Bible which the exiles newly translated and issued with many marginal notes . . . it was read in every Presbyterian and Puritan home in both realms.' (p. 7) This time also saw the rise of the forces for covenanted Reformation against the corruption and abuses of prelacy and the royal factions. Darkness was dispelled as people read this Bible and saw for themselves that there is no authority above the Holy Scriptures.
"Although most people today have never heard of the Geneva Bible, it was so popular from 1560 to 1644 that it went through 140+ printings. The reason for its popularity among the faithful is obvious: the marginal notes promoted a full-orbed, nation-changing Protestantism. . . !
" `By 1599, the Geneva Bible . . . added many Calvinist annotations for household use' (Bremer, The Puritan Experiment, p. 12). A number of the notes argued for family worship and instruction by the head of the household. Puritanism in the British Isles is known as an effort to continue the Reformation of the church in the area of worship and church government. However, the Puritans also sought to reform the family life according to Biblical principles . . . as a result of their efforts they `were creators of the English Christian marriage, the English Christian family, and the English Christian home.' (J.I. Packer, A Quest for Godliness, p. 260)" -- SWRB
Geneval Bible Notes, 1599
http://www.poconos.net/reformed/documents/geneva/

King James Bible With the Geneva Bible Notes, 1672 (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 1998, 1672).
"The best Reformation translation (King James Version) combined with the best Bible notes of the first Reformation, the GENEVA BIBLE notes. A great tool for public, family and private worship and study. Printed from a marvelously clean original copy, surpassing the quality of all other printings (of the GENEVA BIBLE NOTES in particular) we have seen. Contains almost 1000 (8.5 X 11 inch) pages with notes on the complete Bible (Old and New Testaments) making this a veritable library of study and classic Protestant commentary in just one book." -- SWRB
Geneva Bible, 1599, Additional Title: (Bible. English. Geneva. 1599.) The Bible, that is, the Holy Scriptures conteined in the Olde and Newe Testament: translated according to the Ebrew and Greeke, and conferred with the best translations in diuers languages; with most profitable annotations upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance ... (London: Imprinted by the Deputies of C. Barker, 1599),
EEBO.
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Commentaries/GenevaStudyBible/,
Geneva Bible Notes, 1599
http://www.poconos.net/~reformed/documents/geneva/
The Geneva Bible Notes are also featured in the Online Bible CD-ROM. One keystroke brings the notes up in the second window.
Pierce, Larry, and the Woodside Bible Fellowship, The Online Bible CD-ROM (Winterbourne, Ontario, CANADA [Woodside Bible Fellowship,] 11 Holmwood Street, Ontario N0B 2V0, 1997).
Online Bible Homepage
http://www.onlinebible.org/

*Calvin, John, et.al., Gary DeMar (foreword), Marshall Foster (preface) 1599 Geneva Bible [enhanced] , hardcover (Tolle Lege Press; 1st edition (2006).
"When the Pilgrims arrived in America in 1620, they brought along supplies, a consuming passion to advance the Kingdom of Christ, a bright hope for the future, and the Word of God. Clearly, their most precious cargo was the Bible. The GENEVA BIBLE, printed over 200 times between 1560 and 1644, was the most widely read and influential English Bible of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This superb translation was the product of the best Protestant scholars of the day and became the Bible of choice for many of the greatest writers, thinkers, and historical figures of that time. The GENEVA BIBLE is unique among all other Bibles. It was the first Bible to use chapters and numbered verses and became the most popular version of its time because of the extensive marginal notes. These notes, written by Reformation leaders such as John Calvin, John Knox, Miles Coverdale, William Whittingham, Anthony Gilby, and others, were included to explain and interpret the scriptures for the common people. For nearly half a century these notes helped the people of England, Scotland, and Ireland understand the Bible and true liberty. King James despised the GENEVA BIBLE because he considered the notes on key political texts to be seditious and a threat to his authority. Unlike the KING JAMES VERSION, the GENEVA BIBLE was not authorized by the government. It was truly a Bible by the people and for the people. You can see why this remarkable version with its profound marginal notes played a key role in the formation of the American Republic. Until now, the only complete version available was a large, cumbersome, and difficult-to-read facsimile edition. But this new edition contains all the original words and notes, but the type set has been enlarged and the font style change for today's reader." -- Publisher's Annotation
"This is the Bible that eventually put an end to Feudalism in Europe, strengthened Puritans, Quakers, and came to America on the Mayflower. This was the first Bible published in the language of the common people, the first Bible to contain commentary and verse numbers, and the first Bible written in English from Greek and Hebrew texts available from Constantinople, not from the Latin Vulgate. The dynamite in this Bible, is" the commentary accounting for about one third of its length. "The Church of England and King James were so upset they determined to create a new translation. They called it the King James version. They choose to use language so formal and grand, even by the standards of those days, that the common people would find difficult to understand. The GENEVA BIBLE was found seditious by it's insertions of commentary that spoke directly about the priesthood of lay believers, the church as naturally anti-oligarchy, and setting forth some other ideas considered anarchy by the King, but meaning freedom to the masses who read it. . . .
"Important facts to remember about this Bible. The Reformation was strong in England and the Lollards were a lay group of huge influence that had to go underground. English Christian theologians, not Catholics and not Anglicans, fled in huge numbers to Geneva for freedom. Geneva was not part of Switzerland at that time, because Geneva was its own city-state. . . . The GENEVA BIBLE was printed 1560-1644. THE KING JAMES VERSION was published in 1611. The GENEVA BIBLE was against the law to own. . . ." -- M. Baker, Reader's Comment
"The GENEVA BIBLE has a unique place in history. It is some times called the "BREECHES BIBLE." That term comes from the reference in Genesis 3:7 where it says that Adam and Eve clothed themselves in 'breeches' made from fig leaves. It is the product of Protestant scholars who had taken refuge in Geneva, Switzerland during the reign of Queen 'Bloody Mary' of England (1553-1558). It is also known as the Bible that the Pilgrims brought to America. It is older than the KING JAMES VERSION and is considered by some to be more 'Protestant' than the KING JAMES VERSION." -- Reader's Comment
"I've seen the facsimile versions of the Geneva Bible and they don't even come close to this edition. The legibility and readability of this edition is" far superior to other editions. "There have also been concerns about textual errors, but Toll Lege Press has acknowledged and fixed them in the printings following the first." -- Reader's Comment
Tolle Lege Press edition of the 1599 Geneva Bible
http://www.GenevaBible.com

*Smith, Jerome H. (editor), The New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, revised and expanded (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1997, 1992, 1836).
"For over 150 years, the TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE has given Bible students the most complete collection anywhere of cross references -- far more than any concordance or reference Bible. Now this updated classic is so much easier to use. The entries, arranged verse by verse, offer cross references to related verses, topics, themes, and important words, so you can discover just what the Bible says about itself. This new edition contains over 100,000 new references, hundreds of corrections, seven new indexes, a handy symbol system, and a helpful `how to use the book' section. And it's completely retypeset in modern type for readability! 1664 pages . . ." -- CBD
"The one book, aside from the Bible itself, that I value most in my studies. I am grateful to Thomas Nelson for publishing this expanded edition." -- John MacArthur
Includes bibliography, subject index, topic number index, Proverbs index, name index, figure of speech index, and other indexes. See the index to Proverbs.
Also available in digital format.
New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge, Logos Bible Software (LLS)
"Edited by Jerome H. Smith - An incredible 1-volume Bible reference library, this comprehensive update of the original TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE is a unique resource for Bible study, teaching, or preaching. This edition contains nearly 100,000 new cross-references, additional key words, a new system of symbols, and many other improvements. This is the most comprehensive collection of time-saving and insightful cross-references ever published! Dozens of special study aids help you develop powerful lessons or sermons -- straight from the Bible itself! Dr. John MacArthur, Jr. says: 'The one book, apart from the Bible itself, that I value most in my studies'."
New Treasury of Scripture Knowledge -- Logos Bible Software
http://www.logos.com/ebooks/details/ntsk

*Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Spurgeon's Devotional Bible (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1975, 1974, 1964) and Spurgeon's Devotional Bible: Selected Passages From the Word of God With Running Comments (paperback), (Evangelical Press, February 1996). Other title: The Interpreter: Spurgeon's morning and evening devotions from the Bible.
"For anyone who wants to restore daily devotions on an individual or family basis, SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE is the perfect answer. One can read through this book in a year when morning and evening devotions are maintained. . . .
"The gist of the entire Bible is found between the covers of this book. . . . some verses [and chapters] were omitted in whole or in part, but they are always summarized in such a way that the narrative or teaching remains clear. The emphasis is always on Scripture . . ." -- Publisher's Annotation
This is the C.H. Spurgeon who wrote, among other things:

Commenting on typology is a way to convince piers of the reality and immediacy of the Gospel. Spurgeon's concise, succinct, erudite comments point again and again to parallels in Scripture to the life and work of Christ. For example, see his comments on the life of Joseph, on the first Passover, and on God's provision of manna for Israel in the wilderness.
This work, by a modern Puritan, is preeminently practical. Spurgeon emphasizes application of Scripture to everyday life. Key verses appear at the top of each page.
His discernment has captured essential and profound lessons. He brings together Old and New Testament passages with similar lessons. Here is little known insight that should not be ignored or overlooked.
The Bible is full of wisdom on human behavior, real psychology, and Spurgeon points out these lessons everywhere.
The text is the Authorized King James Version.
Pilgrim Publications
Sells new copies of SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE.
http://members.aol.com/pilgrimpub/catalog.htm
Power BibleCD
Includes SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE. This is the only etext of the work that we know of.
http://www.powerbible.com/

*Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (Glasgow, Scotland [Free Presbyterian Publications, 133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE]: Free Presbyterian Publication, 1994). ISBN 0902506080 (casebound) and ISBN 0902506358 (paperback), Still Waters Revival Books, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Also available from Crown and Covenant Publications:
http://www.crownandcovenant.com/product_p/ds115.htm
" 'The product of Puritan conflict,' stated Shedd, reaching 'a perfection of statement never elsewhere achieved.' All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly's Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church,' writes Hetherington (The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines), p. 345. Concerning the Shorter Catechism, which is one of the items also included in this book, Mitchell notes: 'it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms' (Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, p. 431). The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) is the greatest of all the creeds of the Christian church. The church of Christ cannot be creedless and live. Especially in an age of doubt and confusion, it is her duty to define and proclaim the one true faith. Nowhere has the Reformed church done this so effectively as in the Westminster Confession and family of documents. This book represents Reformed thinking at its purest and best. It was intended, as part of the Covenanted Reformation taking place during its compilation, to be adopted as the binding confessional standard for every individual, family, court, church, and legislature in the British Isles." -- SWRB
This is considered to be the definitive publication of the Westminster family of documents. It includes the following:

  1. To the Christian Reader, Especially Heads of Families, Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader,
  2. The Confession of Faith (1646), the full and original edition with Scripture proofs written out,
  3. The Larger Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
  4. The Shorter Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
  5. The Sum of Saving Knowledge,
  6. The National Covenant,
  7. The Solemn League and Covenant,
  8. A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant; and a Solemn Engagement to all the Duties Contained Therein
    CD #1, Reformation Bookshelf 30 CD Set
    http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/reformation-bookshelf-CDs.htm
  9. The Directory for the Public Worship of God,
  10. The Form of Presbyterial Church Government, and
  11. The Directory for Family Worship.
The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) is said to be the finest summary of The Holy Bible available. It is recommended for daily devotions. Among the ten greatest works in the English language.
"The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
For commentaries see the following topical listing:
"The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works"
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html#wcf
Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/WLC_frames.html
Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession, Larger and Shorter Catechisms.)
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996).
Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.
The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format are found on CD #1 of the Reformation Bookshelf 30 CD Set
http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/reformation-bookshelf-CDs.htm.
Westminster Assembly and Related Documents
http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/westminsterhome.htm
The Significance of The Westminster Standards as a Creed
http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
Heresies Defined and the Necessity of Heresies Explained, by George Gillespie, Scottish Commissioner to the Assembly of Divines at Westminster
http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/ggilles09.html
The Shorter Catechism With Scripture Proofs (Carlisle, PA [P.O. Box 621, Carlisle 17013, USA]: The Banner of Truth Trust).
Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/

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Christ in You

"And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." -- Jesus Christ (John 14:16,17)

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
-- Jesus Christ (John 14:21,23)

But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
-- Jesus Christ (John 14:26,27)

I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:5)

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. -- Jesus Christ (John 17:4)

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:40)

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1,2)

"Jesus Only"
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, April 3, 1870, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 924.
A sermon on the text "And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only." (Matthew 17:8)
"We, on the other hand say, blessing the name of the Lord that we can say it, that there abides with us our Lord Jesus. At this day He is with us, and will be with us even to the end of the world! Christ’s existence is not a fact confined to antiquity or to remote distance. By His Spirit He is actually in His Church. We have seen Him, though not with eyes. We have heard Him, though not with ears. We have grasped Him, though not with hands. And we feed upon His flesh, which is meat, indeed, and His blood, which is drink, indeed. We have with us at this very day Jesus our Friend, to Whom we make known our secrets, and who bears all our sorrows.
"We have Jesus our interpreting Instructor, who still reveals His secrets to us, and leads us into the mind and name of God. We have Jesus still with us to supply us with strength, and in His power we are still mighty. We confess His reigning Sovereignty in the Church, and we receive His all-sufficient succor. The Church is not decapitated, her Head abides in vital union with her—Jesus is no myth to us—whatever He may be to others. He is no departed shade, He is no heroic personification—in very deed there is a Christ, and though others see Him not, and even we with these eyes see Him not, yet in Him believing we rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
"Oh, I trust it will never be so with us, that as we go about our life work our religion shall melt into fiction and become nothing but mere sentiment, nothing but thought, and dream, and vision. But may our religion be a matter of FACT, a walking with the living and abiding Savior. Though Moses may be gone, and Elijah may be gone, yet Jesus Christ abides with us and in us, and we in Him, and so shall it be forever more." p. 641
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols16-18/chs924.pdf

Because I live, ye shall live also. -- Jesus Christ (John 14:19)
As the Divine favour, which is the source of the life of Christ, as God-man -- Mediator -- manifests itself in the anointing him with the oil of gladness above his fellows, giving him the Holy Spirit as the spirit of holy gladness above measure, so does God fill all the members of the living head with the same Spirit, "the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus," from a regard to the great atonement, giving them the promised Spirit, that they may be "sanctified wholly in the whole man, soul, body, and spirit," "strengthened with all might in the inner man," enabled to "walk up and down in his name," "making mention of his righteousness, even of his only." (Romans 8:2; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 6:11; 1 Thesselonians 5:23; Colossians 1:11; Zechariah 10:12) Their life of holiness and happiness proceeds from the same source, and comes through the same channels, as his.
It has been with equal truth and beauty said, that "all those exercises of holy thought and holy feeling, of holy disposition and holy conduct, which constitute what is termed the spiritual life, are prompted and sustained by an influence derived from him their exalted Prince and Saviour, the channel through which, according to the constitution of mercy, essential Deity, the source of all holy happiness, pours forth its purifying, refreshing streams into the human heart; or, to change the figure, that all the manifestations of holy activity and enjoyment which appear in the character and exercise of Christ's true disciples, are but, as it were, the pulsations and the vital operations in the limbs, of the life which, proceeding ultimately from the Deity, the fountain of life, is distributed as from a reservoir by him who is the head, and circulates thence through the whole extent of the sacred body, in heaven and in earth, `the fulness of him who filleth all in all'." (Brown Patterson) Thus do believers, even here, in this land of darkness and death, live, and live in union to, and in conformity with, their living Lord. . . . -- John Brown (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, III:132-133

Brown, John. Christ in believers, the hope of glory; being the substance of several sermons. By Mr. John Brown, ... The sixth edition Glasgow, 1763. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3320660818

Gataker, Thomas, 1574-1654, and Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, Christian constancy crovvned by Christ. A funerall sermon on Apocalyps 2.10. preached at the buriall of M. VVilliam Winter, citizen of London; together with the testimonie then giuen vnto him. By Thomas Gataker, B. of D. and pastor of Rotherhith, 1624, EEBO.

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Do You Radiate Him? [30269]

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Life of Joy [31579]

*Marshall, Walter, 1628-1680, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.,) 1999).
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
Also available from Trinity Book Service and . [10363]
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
The Secret of Sanctification: Union With Christ: Walter Marshall's Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, Joel R. Beeke
http://www.heritagebooks.org/browse.asp?searchMode=author&searchString=marshall&x=20&y=8
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, Walter Marshall
http://www.lettermen2.com/gmswm.html

*Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, A miracle of miracles or Christ in our nature. Wherein is contained the vvonderfull conception, birth, and life of Christ, who in the fulnesse of time became man to satisfie divine iustice, and to make reconciliation betweene God and man. Preached to the honourable society of Grayes Inne, by that godly and faithfull minister of Iesus Christ, Richard Sibbes. D.D., 1638. Additional title: Emanuell God with us, EEBO.

Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, Goodwin, Thomas, 1600-1680, and Nye, Philip, 1596?-1672, Bovvels opened, or, A discovery of the neere and deere love, union and communion betwixt Christ and the Church, and consequently betwixt Him and every beleeving soule. Delivered in divers sermons on the fourth fifth and sixt chapters of the Canticles. By that reverend and faithfull minister of the Word, Doctor Sibs, late preacher unto the honourable societie of Grayes Inne, and Master of Katharine Hall in Cambridge. Being in part finished by his owne pen in his life time, and the rest of them perused and corrected by those whom he intrusted with the publishing of his works, 1639, EEBO.

The Obedient Life
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 46 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371234

*Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, The Art of Divine Contentment and Watson, Thomas (author), Don Kistler (editor), The Art of Divine Contentment, 2nd edition (Soli Deo Gloria Ministries, March 1, 2001).
Alternate title: Autarkeia [31084]
This is an exposition of Philippians 4:11.
"Like all the good Puritans he majored in the art of teaching humble hearts to live the Christ-like life. In this book it is the art of contentment that is pressed on all of us." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"Watson, one of the most understandable and practical of the Puritans, gives us a much needed remedy for the discontent that is rampant in our society today, even among Christians. He gives a warm and God-centered view of how contentment as a Christian is not only possible, but should be normal. His thesis is: 'That a gracious spirit is a contented spirit. The doctrine of contentment is very superlative; and til we have learned this, we have not learned to be Christians.' (p. 19). He rightly focuses the source of contentment on God's promises and His sovereign keeping of them. 'There is one promise brings much sweet contentment into the soul, "They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing", Ps. xxxiv. 10. If the thing we desire be good for us, we shall have it; if it be not good, then the not having it is good for us. The resting satisfied with this promise gives contentment.' (p. 108). "All Christians can benefit from this kind of work, that we might be different, and not live in the same discontent that we see all around us. If you're looking for a treatment for your heart, Watson is a fine physician of the soul. "-- Reader's Comment
The Art of Divine Contentment, Thomas Watson
http://www.ccel.org/w/watson/contentment/contentment.html
Watson, Thomas. The art of divine contentment. By Thomas Watson, ... Revised and corrected, by Thomas Bennett, ... The fifteenth edition London, 1793. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3319121496
Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, Autarkeia, or, The art of divine contentment by Thomas Watson, 1654, EEBO.

Watson, Thomas, Godly Man's Picture (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).

See also: Appendix a: the words of christ appearing in the web edition of biblical counsel: resources for renewal, The lord jesus christ, Lord Jesus Christ, glory of, Teachings of our lord jesus christ, Christ our example, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Knowing Christ, Christ's Kingdom, Loving and obeying God, The believer's position in Christ and sonship, The priesthood of believers, Christ our example, Cross of christ, Life and work of jesus christ the lord, Fruit of the Holy Spirit, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Justification, Sanctification, Discipleship, Christian fellowship, Christian character, Christian fiction, Christian life, Manhood, Priesthood of believers, Christian world and life view, Freedom, the theology of, Pseudo-Christian movements, Blood of Christ, Casuistry, Christian biography, Christianity and the workplace, Discipleship, Ethics

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The Sabbath

The true reason why the power of godliness is fallen to so low an ebb, both in this and in other countries also, is because the Sabbath is no more strictly and conscientiously observed -- And O that all these short hints might be so blessed from heaven as to work us all to a more strict seriousness and conscientious sanctifying of the Lord's Day. -- Thomas Brooks

Our world today has abandoned the doctrines of salvation and rest in their Biblical meanings. To understand what has happened, let us turn our attention to the work of John Law (1671-1729), the father of modern banking and of modern monetary policies. He is thus a father of both modern commerce and of the modern state. Although not a Christian, Law should perhaps be called also a father of the modern church, because he has so radically altered the idea of rest.
Law developed the modern use of paper money, in particular, a paper currency unbacked by either gold or silver. We hear it commonly said today that the American dollar is sound, because it has behind it the wealth and productivity of America. This is simply a statement of Law's doctrine that money should be established upon the evidences of commercial wealth, actually or potential, upon land and its potential, or upon the potentials of industrial productivity. This means a non-convertible currency; it also means a restless society. Such a view of money mean that society must forever boom or face collapse. The economics of Law is inflationary: it requires a continual boom [as do the Federal Tax Laws deferring tax on capital growth-- sk], and any abatement thereof leads to a bust or collapse. Because of the inflation of the money (i.e., of a paper assurance of potential production), the economy moves forward rapidly. But the paper money assumes a potential production; it produces, however, an actual consumption, so that it creates a consuming rather than a producing economy. It capitalizes instead of capitalizing. Its end is destruction.
In the process, it destroys rest [See the entire chapter cited below.-- sk]. It becomes impossible to relax and enjoy one's wealth, or to rejoice in accomplished goals, because a consuming, inflationary economy eats up capital accumulated from the past. Man is, economically and emotionally, on a hopeless treadmill. An inflationary economy, or, more broadly, a paper-money economy, is marked by emotional and mental instability among the people. It begins with a false religious premise, namely, that man as god can create something out of nothing. It ends with man making nothing out of something and turning himself into a mental, emotional, and moral shambles in the process. As Isaiah makes clear,

But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.
There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
(Isaiah 57:20-21)
-- Rousas John Rushdoony, "Sabbath and Property," Law and Society, Volume II of the Institutes of Biblical Law, pp. 560-561

The Larger Catechism
THE LARGER CATECHISM; Agreed upon by the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, with the assistance of Commissioners from the Church of Scotland, as a part of the covenanted uniformity in religion betwixt the Churches of Christ in the Kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland and approved anno 1648, by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, to be a directory for catechizing such as have made some proficiency in the knowledge of the grounds of religion, with the proofs from the Scripture. -- The long title for The Larger Catechism
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/WLC_frames.html

*BOSTON, THOMAS, Commentary on the Shorter Catechism, 2 volumes (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 1993, 1853). A Christian classic.
" `Two large volumes of over 1300 pages! Boston's work is the most comprehensive reference set ever penned on THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM. Concerning THE SHORTER CATECHISM, A.F. Mitchell states '...it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms' (The Westminster Assembly...). THE SHORTER CATECHISM is the `king of the catechisms' for shear power of expression, combining logical cogency with succinctness. Boston's exposition is unrivalled; there is nothing else like it. Here you have the cream of Puritan catechisms married to the cream of clear Puritan exposition! This is likely Boston's most important work. A set that will meet numerous needs, ranging from use in family worship, Christian education and personal study, to sermon preparation - and for help in settling debated questions on the Presbytery floor. A one-of-a-kind set of books that will serve your family for generations to come!" -- SWRB
Boston's Commentary on the Westminster Confession [1646]
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Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
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*Boston, Thomas, The Sanctification of the Sabbath
http://members.aol.com/RSIGRACE/day1.html

Cotton, John, and Greg Fox, John Cotton on Psalmody and the Sabbath (Edinburgh, IN: Puritan Reprints, 2006).

*Edwards, Jonathan, Perpetuity and Change of the Sabbath: Part I
http://members.aol.com/RSIGRACE/edwards1.html

Palmer, Samuel. An apology for the Christian sabbath: in which the arguments for it are stated, ... Intended as a defence of "A practical view, &c." by William Wilberforce, ... London, 1799. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3321310854

Ridgeley, Thomas, Commentary on the Larger Catechism (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"Originally entitled: A Body of Divinity: Wherein the Doctrines of the Christian Religion are Explained and Defended. Being the Substance of Several Lectures on the Assembly's Larger Catechism, we have re-titled it to better reflect its contents for contemporary readers. Consisting of over 1300 pages, this massive and extensive two-volume commentary on the Westminster Larger Catechism is unrivaled in scope or extensiveness. Ridgeley himself notes, in 'The Author's Preface' (p. ix), 'The work is large, but the vast variety of subjects will render it more tolerable. . . . especially since it is rather designed to be read in families than committed to memory . . .' The editor of this edition, John Wilson, pronounces Ridgeley's work as 'the best book of its class,' stating, 'no book in the English language, or, so far as I know, in any other, will serve so efficiently the purposes of a daily companion to a reflecting Christian in his inquiries into Divine truth, or a guide to a candidate for the Christian ministry in introducing him to his theological studies (p. xi). 'In 1731 appeared the first edition of Mr. Ridgeley's great work -- that in connection with which chiefly his name lives in history, and whose influence, as an instrument of good, will probably render him celebrated and useful for generations to come . . .(p. xxii).' Moreover he continues, 'a taste, however, for the racy and substantial theological writings of the days of Britain's moral giants has of late revived; and it will scarcely fail to adopt, as one of the richest dishes of its multifarious banquet for the intellect and the soul, Dr. Ridgeley's Body of Divinity (p. xxi).' Additionally, Wilson concludes his 'Life of the Author' with these words, 'His method of reasoning he has adapted to the capacities of those who are unacquainted with the abstruse terms made use of by metaphysicians and schoolmen, and when introduced into subjects of theology, have a tendency rather to perplex than to improve the mind. His scheme of divinity is evidently Calvinistic; but; then, he has explained his subjects with so much moderation and latitude, as to obviate many of the objections raised against the system of doctrines that passes under that name. Upon the whole, it is probable that the English language does not furnish a work of this nature that, for perspicuity of language, extent of research, accuracy of judgment, and judicious description of the numerous subjects that fall under examination, any way equals this work of Dr. Ridgeley . . . he was accounted one of the most considerable divines of his age' (emphasis added, p. xxiii)." -- SWRB
Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/WLC_frames.html

Alexander, Archibald and John Willison, A Treatise concerning the Sanctification of the Lord's Day, wherein The Morality of the Sabbath, or the perpetual Obligation of the fourth Commandment, is maintained against Adversaries; and The religious observation of the Lord's Day, or first day of the Week as our Christian Sabbath, is strongly pressed by Scripture Arguments. Containing also, Many special Directions and Advices for the better performing the most necessary and comprehensive Duty of Sabbath-Sanctification. To which are added, (by Way of Appendix) Meditations for the Sabbath Day, taken from the Author's Manuscripts. Proper for Families. (Philadelphia: W. Young, 1788).
"Archibald Alexander (1772-1851), American Presbyterian scholar, president of Princeton.
"John Willison (1680-1750), evangelical minister of the Church of Scotland (Presbyterian), supported revivals & sympathetic to the Seceders.

Andrus, Silas, The Blue Laws
"The book includes, according to Andrus himself, `The Code of 1650, being a compilation; the earliest laws and orders of the General Court of Connecticut and the Constitution, or Civil Compact, entered into and adopted by the towns of Windsor, Hartford, and Wethersfield in 1638-9, to which is added some extracts from the laws and judicial proceedings of New Haven Colony commonly called Blue Laws'." -- Publisher's Annotation

Byfield, Richard, The Doctrine of the Sabbath Vindicated (London, England: Imprinted by Felix Kyngston for Philemon Stephens and Christopher Meredith, 1631).

Dawn, Marva J., Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting [40048]

Dennison, James, The Market-Day of the Soul: The Puritan Doctrine of the Sabbath in England, 1532-1700
"Dennison originally wrote this book as a thesis at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary for the late Dr. John H. Gerstner, and it was published in 1983. We have retypeset it from its original edition. In this book, painstakingly researched from original sources, Dennison shows the differing views on the Sabbath between the Anglicans of the 16th and 17th centuries and the Puritans of that same time period. He concludes that the Puritan view of the Sabbath is the biblical one. (209 pages)" -- Book Description
"James T. Dennison, Jr. is Academic Dean of Northwest Theological Seminary in Washington, where he also serves as Professor of Church History and Biblical Theology. He has been the editor of Kerux: A Journal of Biblical-Theological Preaching since 1986. He has also edited various books including Francis Turretin's INSTITUTES OF ELENCTIC THEOLOGY, Geerhardus Vos' OLD TESTAMENT ESCHATOLOGY, and, THE LETTERS OF GEERHARDUS VOS." -- Publisher's Annotation

Gaffin, Richard, Biblical Use of the Sabbath (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Westminster Media audio cassette WW204.

Gaffin, Richard, Calvin and the Sabbath: The Controversy of Applying the Fourth Commandment (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"Not only does Gaffin show what Calvin thought, he also critiques his conclusions and compares them to other reformers and confessional statements of the period." -- Publisher's Annotation. Indexed, 173 pages.

Gilfillan, James, The Sabbath Defended (Ebenezer Publications, December 2002 and Still Waters Revival Books). Alternate title: The Sabbath Viewed in the Light of Reason, Revelation, and History, with Sketches of Its Literature (1882).
"This is a massive and thorough book which covers so much ground that it is almost impossible to do justice to it in a short book summary. We will simply say that if you are interested in any aspect of the Sabbath question you will almost certainly find much help here.
"Major heads include: "Sketches of Sabbatic Controversies and Literature;" "Proofs, From Reason and Experience, of the Excellence and Divine Origin of the Sabbath;" "Testimony of Revelation to a Sacred and Perpetual Sabbath;" "Evidence from History for a Weekly Day of Rest and Worship;" "The Sabbath Defended Against Opposing Arguments, Theories, and Schemes;" "The Claims of the Sabbath Practically Enforced." Includes a general index and an index of texts." -- Publisher's Annotation

Gouge, William (1578-1653), The sabbaths sanctification herein I. The grounds of the morality of the Sabbath, II. Directions for sanctifying it, III. Proofs that the Lords day is the Christians Sabbath, IIII. Aberrations about the Sabbath, V. Motives to sanctifie the Sabbath, 1641, EEBO.

Hopkins, Rev. Mark, D.D., The Sabbath and Free Institutions. A Paper read before the National Sabbath Convention, Saratoga, Aug. 13, 1863. On invitation of the New York Sabbath Committee (New York: Edward O. Jenkins, 1863). Pamphlet, 9 x 6, 20 pages.
"Hopkins argues three points, 1. That a religious observance of the Sabbath, or, as it may be called by way of distinction, the religious Sabbath, would secure the permanence of free institutions [civil governments], 2. That without the Sabbath religiously observed, the permanence of free institutions cannot be secured, and 3. That the civil, as based on the religious Sabbath, is an institution to which society has a natural right, precisely as it has to property." -- Wurth Books
"These propositions were demonstrated by a process of reasoning simple and irresistible, and, we may add, majestic. The third of these propositions, viz.: That society has a natural right to the civil Sabbath, is one of special interest and importance. It furnishes a firm foundation on which to rest rights and duty of the community to protect the Sabbath by civil legislation." -- Charles Hodge, D.D., of Princeton, reporting to The National Sabbath Convention, 1863, p. 19, "The Sabbath and Free Institutions." Charles Hodge and his son, A.A. Hodge, are considered to be two of the finest theologians produced by America.
"Mark Hopkins, educator, b. in Stockbridge, Mass., 4 Feb., 1802; d. in Williamstown, Mass., 17 June, 1887. He was a grandson of Col. Mark, of the Revolutionary army, a graduate of Yale, and the first lawyer in Berkshire county, who was a younger brother of Dr. Samuel, the theologian, and married to a half-sister of Ephraim Williams, the founder of Williams College. He was graduated at Williams in 1824, with the valedictory, was a tutor in that college in 1825-7, studied medicine at the same time, and was graduated at the Berkshire medical school in 1829. He began practice in New York city, but in 1830 was called to the chair of moral philosophy and rhetoric at Williams. He was licensed to preach in 1832. In 1836 he succeeded Dr. Edward D. Griffin as president of the college, which post he held until 1872, when he resigned, though retaining the chair of moral and intellectual philosophy, which was established for him in 1836, and that of Christian theology, which he assumed in 1858. The pastorate of the college church, on which he entered in 1836, he retained till 1883. He became president of the American board of commissioners for foreign missions in 1857. He received the degree of D.D. from Dartmouth in 1837, and Harvard in 1841, and that of LL.D. from the University of the state of New York in 1857, and from Harvard at its 259th anniversary in 1886.
"President Hopkins had a large influence for good, and was much beloved by his pupils, many of whom became eminent men, among them James A. Garfield. He was one of the most acute students of moral science that this country has produced since Jonathan Edwards. The last and fullest expression of his philosophical system is found the works entitled THE LAW OF LOVE AND LOVE AS THE LAW and AN OUTLINE STUDY OF MAN, both extensively used as textbooks, and the latter illustrating his methods in the classroom." -- Appleton's Cyclopedia of American Biography, 1888.
The Sabbath and Free Institutions
http://www.lettermen2.com/hopkins.html

Laband, David N. and Deborah Henry Heinbuch (1987), Blue Laws: The History, Economics, and Politics of Sunday Closing Laws (Lexington: MA, D.C. Heath and Company/Lexington Books).

Lee, Francis Nigel, The Covenantal Sabbath (London, 1969).

Love, Christopher, 1618-1651, Scripture rules to be observed in buying and selling. By Mr. Christopher Love, late minister at Laurence Jury, London. Rules concerning buying commodities. Rules concerning selling commodities, 1653, EEBO.

Murray, John , The Sabbath Institution (London, 1953).

Packer, J.I., A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life
J.I. Packer's Introduction to The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, by John Owen
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
Owen, John. Salus electorum, sanguis Jesu: or the death of death in the death of Christ. Being a treatise of the redemption and reconciliation that is in the blood of Christ; wherein the whole controversy about universal redemption is fully discussed: in four parts; ... By John Owen, D.D. Carefully revised and corrected. Edinburgh, 1755. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3321796584
Logos Research Systems
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Rushdoony, Rousas J., Institutes of Biblical Law, 3 volumes (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books)
Volume 1, INSTITUTES OF BIBLICAL LAW
" 'God's law is much more than a legal code; it is a covenantal law. It establishes a personal relationship between God and man.' The first section summarizes the case laws. The author tenderly illustrates how the law is for our good, and makes clear the difference between the sacrificial laws and those that apply today." -- Publisher's Annotation
"A monumental volume . . . Deeply explores the meaning and application of the Ten Commandments for today in civil government, social ethics, and personal conduct." -- GCB
"Many consider this to be the author's most important work. With indices. -- Publisher's Annotation
Volume 2, LAW AND SOCIETY
"The second section vividly shows the practical implications of the law. The examples catch the reader's attention; the author clearly has had much experience discussing God's law. "The relationship of Biblical Law to communion and community, the sociology of the Sabbath, the family and inheritance, and much more are covered in the second volume. Contains an appendix by Herbert Titus. With indices." -- Publisher's Annotation
Volume 3, THE INTENT OF THE LAW
"The third section shows that would-be challengers to God's law produce only poison and death. Only God's law can claim to express God's 'covenant grace in helping us'. With indices." -- Publisher's Annotation
Theft: Commentary and Cases of Conscience. A Listing Excerpted From THE INSTITUTES OF BIBLICAL LAW, Vol. I, by Rousas John Rushdoony, 1973 edition
http://www.lettermen2.com/theft.html

Shepard, Thomas, Theses Sabbaticae ( Crown Rights Book Company, 2003, 1649).
"The author, who was founder of Harvard University and a Puritan minister at Cambridge in the early 1600s, has written four theses on the morality of the Sabbath, the change of the Sabbath from the seventh day to the first, the beginning of the Sabbath, and how the Sabbath is to be sanctified by God's people. This book should silence the cavils of those misguided souls who deny that the Fourth Commandment finds its New Testament fulfillment in the celebration of the Lord's Day.

Trunbull, J. Hammond True Blue Laws of Connecticut and New Haven and the False Blue Laws

Ursinus, Zacharias, 1534-1583, and Stockwood, John, d. 1610, A verie profitable and necessarie discourse concerning the obseruation and keeping of the Sabboth day, seruing as well to confute the superstition of the Iewes, which obstinately vrge the strict keeping of the seuenth day, as also to ouerthrowe the vaine and godlesse reasons of others, that stiffely at this day maintaine, that Christians ought to keepe no set or appoynted time to worship and serue the Lord in, in his church and faithfull congregation. Written in Latine by Zacharias Vrsinus, sometimes reader of the diuinitie lecture in the Vniuersitie of Heidelberg in Germanie, and very nevvly turned into English, by Iohn Stockvvood schoolemaster of Tunbridge, 1584, EEBO.

Warfield, B.B., Foundations of the Sabbath (London).

Wood, Will C., and Will C. Wood (editor) Sabbath Essays: Papers and Addresses presented at the Massachusetts Sabbath Conventions, at Boston and Springfield, October, 1879. (Boston: Congregational Publishing Society, 1880).
"This is a detailed exposition of the "Lord's Day-Sabbath" (Sunday) position.
"The main headings of the book are, The Sabbath in Nature; The Sabbath in the Word of God; The Sabbath in History; The Sabbath in the State and in Society; and sundry addresses." - Wurth Books

Young, Thomas, 1587-1655, and Baxter, Richard, 1615-1691, The Lords-day, or, A succinct narration compiled out of the testimonies of H. Scripture and the reverend ancient fathers and divided into two books : in the former whereof is declared, that the observation of the Lords Day was from the Apostles ... : in the later is shewn in what things its sanctification doth consist ... / lately translated out of the Latine, 1672, EEBO.

See also: The teaching of the lord jesus christ, Christ our example, The ten commandments

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Calvin on the Weekly Christian Sabbath
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The Sanctification of the Sabbath, Thomas Boston
http://members.aol.com/RSIGRACE/day1.html

Boston, Thomas, The Sanctification of the Sabbath
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Calvin on the Weekly Christian Sabbath
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The Covenantal Sabbath
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The Lord's Day, Fergus A.J. MacDonald M.A., B.D.
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The Lord's Day
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The Blue Laws
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Save Our Sundays, Nova Scotia
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"Sabbatarianism" from Encyclopedia Britannica
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On The Blue Laws
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Sabbath Keeping Ordinance By the Mayor To the Aldermen of the Several Wards in London.
http://www.covenanter.org/Parliament/16420323by_the_mayor.html

An Ordinance of the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament for the better observation of the Lords Day
http://www.covenanter.org/Parliament/16440406ordinance.html

Connecticut Blue Laws
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Stress: America's Number One Health Problem
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The Health and Safety Effects of the Absence of a Regular and Shared Day Off
http://www.jubilee.centre.clara.net/kss/health.html

A Resolution That Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Disprove the Modern Myth That Sunday Work Maximizes Profits
http://members.aol.com/vtpa/wmresol1.html

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Statement of Ethics, (CODE0607 RW1, April, 2000)
http://members.aol.com/vtpa/wmethics.html

Corporate Immunity
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html#immunity



CHRISTIAN LIFE

He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:39)

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. (1 Peter 2:21)

There is great transforming power in the New Testament sacrificial love of Christ Jesus that says "Not my will, but thine be done." -- Jesus Christ (Luke 22:42)

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. -- Jesus Christ (Luke 6:38)

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:16)

Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:13)

"Jesus Only"
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, April 3, 1870, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 924.
A sermon on the text "And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only." (Matthew 17:8)
"Depend on it, Brethren -- ravishing and exciting experiences and transporting enjoyments, though they may be useful as occasional refreshments -- would not be so good as that quiet but delightful ordinary fellowship with 'Jesus only. ' This it is which ought to be the distinguishing mark of all Christian life. . . . p. 639
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols16-18/chs924.pdf

He is a Christian indeed that hath conquered pride. -- Richard Baxter

*Alexander, Archibald, Practical Truths [20423]

Banks, Robert J. and R. Paul Stevens (editors) The Complete Book of Everyday Christianity: An A-To-Z Guide to Following Christ in Every Aspect of Life

*Bonar, Andrew, Heavenly Springs (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). [60140]

*Bonar, Horatius, The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
"First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
"Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
"Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm

Baxter, Richard. The life of faith: or, a treatise of the holy and happy life of sincere believers; beginning with a sermon preached before King Charles II. ... Written by the Reverend, learned and holy Mr. Richard Baxter. Abridged by Benjamin Fawcett, A.M. Salop, 1764. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3321425576

*Boston, Thomas, The Crook in the Lot (Soli Deo Gloria Ministries, November 2001). A Christian classic.
"In this book, Thomas Boston explains how the sovereignty and wisdom of God is displayed in the afflictions of men. In his approach to this difficult subject, he is both theologically precise and pastorally tender. Boston does not commit the error of needlessly trying to protect God's reputation, nor does he go to the opposite extreme of making God a compassionate but helpless bystander. Rather, Boston brings God right into the mix of even the most disastrous events, and shows how He is actively involved in both the events and their resolution. Let the wisdom of the ages be a salve during this time of crisis and bewilderment. May the God of all comfort be your comfort in troubled times.
"When calamity and disaster strike as it did on September 11th, many people begin to ask, "Where is God?" and "Why did God allow this to happen?" These are the very questions Thomas Boston addresses in this timeless book. This book includes an introduction and a study guide to maximize the impact of this classic work.
"Thomas Boston (1676-1732) was a Scottish Presbyterian minister. He studied at the University of Edinburgh and was a recognized Hebrew scholar. His main pastorate was at Ettrick, Selkirkshire, where he was installed in 1707. His most noted works are THE CROOK IN THE LOT and HUMAN NATURE IN ITS FOURFOLD STATE." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Burroughs, Jeremiah, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1979). A Christian classic.
"Well-known Puritan author of THE RARE JEWEL OF CHRISTIAN CONTENTMENT excels in deeply spiritual insights. Most authors writing today can't hold a candle to him!" -- CBD
"I am still reading this book, but I've read enough to have it significantly change my outlook on life and afflictions. I have learned in abundance what it means to trust the Lord in troubles and to realize that God will bring me out of them in His time, and it is my duty to praise the Lord and devote my heart to Him. My cup runs over when I read Jeremiah Burroughs." -- Reader Comment

*Green, Jay P., Sr. (editor), Christian Life Classics (The Fifty Greatest Christian Classics, Vol. III. Lafayette, IN: Sovereign Grace Trust Fund, 1989). [60142]
"Includes HOLINESS by J.C. Ryle, RARE JEWEL OF CHRISTIAN CONTENTMENT by Jeremy Burroughs, HOW TO PREPARE FOR COMMUNION by Matthew Henry, GOSPEL MYSTERY OF SANCTIFICATION by Walter Marshall, PRECIOUS REMEDIES AGAINST SATAN'S DEVICES by Thomas Brooks, KEPT FOR THE MASTER'S USE by Frances Havergal, ART OF MEDITATION by Joseph Hall. Surely here are some of the very greatest titles ever written on living the Christian life." -- GCB

*Kaiser, W., Back to the Future (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House). [60144]

*Kennedy, D. James, with Jim Nelson Black, Character and Destiny: A Nation in Search of Its Soul (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1994).
"America faces a crisis of moral authority. In this penetrating, informative book, Dr. D. James Kennedy takes readers to the core of today's cultural erosion. The United States' rich heritage of Christian liberty is now being corrupted by those who are trying to rewrite or reinterpret history. Even our traditional values are being undermined by our educational system. More than ever, we need to assert the truth -- the truth of the existence of sin and of the absolute nature of morality." -- Publisher's Annotation.
Dr. Kennedy regards this work as his most important book to date.

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Life in the Spirit: Ephesians 5:18-6:9 [30787]

*Marshall, Walter, 1628-1680, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.,) 1999).
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
Also available from Trinity Book Service and . [10363]
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
The Secret of Sanctification: Union With Christ: Walter Marshall's Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, Joel R. Beeke
http://www.heritagebooks.org/browse.asp?searchMode=author&searchString=marshall&x=20&y=8
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, Walter Marshall
http://www.lettermen2.com/gmswm.html

*Murray, John, Principles of Conduct [20733]

Ness, Christopher, 1621-1705, A divine legacy bequeathed unto all mankind of all ranks, ages, and sexes directing how we may live holily in the fear of God and how we may die happily in the favour of God, both which duties are of universal concern ... / by Christopher Ness ..., 1700, EEBO.

*Romaine, William, The Life, Walk and Triumph of Faith [10220]

*Rutherford, Samuel (1600?-1661), Influences of the life of grace. Or, A practical treatise concerning the way, manner, and means of having and improving of spiritual dispositions, and quickning influences from Chrst the resurrection and the life. By Samuel Rutherfurd, Professor of Divinity in the University of St. Andrrews in Scotland. (London: Printed by T.C. for Adrew Crook, and are to be sold by James Davies at the gilded Acorn neer the little North door in St. Pauls Church-yard, 1659), EEBO.

*Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, The Christians end. Or, The sweet soveraignty of Christ, over his members in life and death. VVherein is contained the whole scope of the godly mans life, with divers rules, motives and incouragements, to live and die to Iesus Christ. Being the substance of five sermons preached to the honorable society of Grayes Inne, by that learned and faithfull minister of Gods Word, Richard Sibbes, D.D. and sometimes preacher to that honorable societie, 1639, EEBO.

*Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, The saints cordials, As they vvere deliuered in sundry sermons upon speciall occasions, in the citie of London, and else-where. Published for the Churches good, 1629, EEBO.
Notes: Twenty-nine sermons by Richard Sibbes and others, all anonymous.

*Wilberforce, William, Real Christianity (Portland, OR: Multnomah Press). [60149]
"Wilberferforce (1759-1833) was a member of the English Parliament for 45 years, a politician by calling, but a Christian in his faith and practice.
"He was a prime mover in the abolition of slavery in England. This book was printed in 1797, and has gone through many printings since, in English and five other languages.
"The book is highly abridged, being originally 450 pages. . . . The main thrust of the book is on practical Christianity. . . . "Wilberforce teaches the importance of a God-centered life. Any life that is not centered on our Creator is not life at all, but such persons are dead while living (1 Timothy 5:6) . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Alexander, Archibald, Feathers on the Moor, facsimile edition (Essay Index Reprint Series. Salem, NH: Ayer Company Publishers, Incorporated, 1928). [60150]

*Wallace, Ronald, Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life [10586]

Alexander, Archibald, The Stuff of Life [60052]

Apel, Pat, Nine Great American Myths: Ways We Confuse the American Dream With the Christian Faith (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers). [60152]
"Are Americans God's chosen people? Are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness the Biblical goals of the Christian Faith? This book will cause you to re-examine the most fundamental beliefs you have, measuring them by the truth of the Word of God." -- GCB

Baird, Jesse Hays, They Who Are Called Christians (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1965). [60153]

Blanchard, John, Learning and Living the Christian Life [60010]

Blanchard, John, Truth for Life (Bridgen, England: Evangelical Press of Wales). [60157]

Bolton, Robert, General Directions for a Comfortable Walking With God (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1991). [60160]
"You'll find Robert Bolton warm, engaging, insightful, and thoroughly Biblical. More important, he will challenge you to a deeper, richer walk with God than you ever thought possible." -- John MacArthur

*Bonar, Horatius, Follow the Lamb (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth). [60161]
"He gives wise counsel to Christians. He holds up the high standards of the Bible as essential to our well-being. . . . This is a book of exhortations. The simple words of Bonar will test your resolve, stretch your spirit, and challenge your behavior. It both convicts, and convinces.
"We highly recommend this, and all other books by Horatius Bonar." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Follow the Lamb, by Horatius Bonar
http://www.pionet.net/~cultrsch/bfl.htm

*Bonar, Horatius, God's Way of Peace (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co.). [60162]
"In this book is laid out the true way to peace with God. It would be unlikely for anyone to get the average teen today to shut off their rock music and sit down to read this book in order to find the peace that passes understanding. Yet it should be recommended to teens, as well as to older persons. Bonar confronts the idea that peace with God must be earned by each person . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

*Burroughs, Jeremiah, A Treatise of Earthly-Mindedness and A Heavenly Conversation (Walking With God) [31158]

Griffiths, Michael, The Example of Jesus [60286]

Henry, Matthew, The Young Christian (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications). [60173]
"Using Paul's letter to Titus, Henry shows us in practical way how best to live as a Christian." -- GCB

Holmes, Arthur F., Shaping Character: Moral Education in the Christian College [70493A]

Jeffrey, P., Stand Firm (Bridgen, England: Evangelical Press of Wales). [60175]

Jeffrey, P., Walk Worthy (Bridgen, England: Evangelical Press of Wales). [60176]

Keddie, Gordon J., Practical Christian (James) (Welwyn, England: Evangelical Press, 1989). [60177]

Keller, T., A Shepherd Looks at Psalm 23 [30609]

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Knowing the Times [31578]

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Life of Joy: An Exposition of Philippians 1 and 2 [31579]

Miller, C. John, Biblical Principles of Meditation [30288]

Pink, Arthur W., Practical Christianity (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House). [60192]

Rutherford, Samuel (1600?-1661), Influences of the life of grace. Or, A practical treatise concerning the way, manner, and means of having and improving of spiritual dispositions, and quickning influences from Chrst the resurrection and the life. By Samuel Rutherfurd, Professor of Divinity in the University of St. Andrrews in Scotland. (London: Printed by T.C. for Adrew Crook, and are to be sold by James Davies at the gilded Acorn neer the little North door in St. Pauls Church-yard, 1659), EEBO.

Sheehan, Robert, Chosen for Glory (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications). [60195]
"Sheehan points out the evidence from the Bible that God has chosen his people and that man must choose the service of God." -- GCB

Spurstowe, William, 1605?-1666, The spiritual chymist, or, Six decades of divine meditations on several subjects by William Spurstow ..., 1666, EEBO.

*Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, The Art of Divine Contentment and Watson, Thomas (author), Don Kistler (editor), The Art of Divine Contentment, 2nd edition (Soli Deo Gloria Ministries, March 1, 2001).
Alternate title: Autarkeia [31084]
This is an exposition of Philippians 4:11.
"Like all the good Puritans he majored in the art of teaching humble hearts to live the Christ-like life. In this book it is the art of contentment that is pressed on all of us." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"Watson, one of the most understandable and practical of the Puritans, gives us a much needed remedy for the discontent that is rampant in our society today, even among Christians. He gives a warm and God-centered view of how contentment as a Christian is not only possible, but should be normal. His thesis is: 'That a gracious spirit is a contented spirit. The doctrine of contentment is very superlative; and til we have learned this, we have not learned to be Christians.' (p. 19). He rightly focuses the source of contentment on God's promises and His sovereign keeping of them. 'There is one promise brings much sweet contentment into the soul, "They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing", Ps. xxxiv. 10. If the thing we desire be good for us, we shall have it; if it be not good, then the not having it is good for us. The resting satisfied with this promise gives contentment.' (p. 108). "All Christians can benefit from this kind of work, that we might be different, and not live in the same discontent that we see all around us. If you're looking for a treatment for your heart, Watson is a fine physician of the soul. "-- Reader's Comment
The Art of Divine Contentment, Thomas Watson
http://www.ccel.org/w/watson/contentment/contentment.html
Watson, Thomas. The art of divine contentment. By Thomas Watson, ... Revised and corrected, by Thomas Bennett, ... The fifteenth edition London, 1793. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3319121496
Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, Autarkeia, or, The art of divine contentment by Thomas Watson, 1654, EEBO.

Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, A divine cordial, or, The transcendent priviledge of those that love God and are savingly called published by Thomas Watson ... Author: Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, 1663, EEBO.
Notes: An exposition and interpretation of Romans 8:28.

Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, Watson's remains, or, Spriritual remedies for spiritual diseases ... being a collection of some of his last sermons on several subjects, preached upon several occasions / by Mr. Thomas Watson ..., 1690, EEBO.

See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Book length presentations of the free offer of Gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, Covenant theology and covenanting, The ordnance of covenanting, Ethics, Casuistry and conscience, Christian character, Sexual relationship, The ten commandments, The sermon on the mount, The shorter catechism, The westminster standards and family of documents, Apologetics, Follow-up, Basics of the christian faith, Biblical counsel by subject, Casuistry, Christ our example, Christian biography, Christianity and the workplace, Discipleship, Ethics, Fruit of the holy spirit, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Manhood, Parenting, The Lord Jesus Christ

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CHRISTIAN CHARACTER

"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets." -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 22:37-40)

Psalm 15, the Decalogue of Conduct.

Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that feareth the LORD, that delighteth greatly in his commandments.
His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed.
Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.
Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.
Surely he shall not be moved for ever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance.
He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.
His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies.
He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour.
The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish." (Psalm 112)

And I seek not mine own glory: there is one that seeketh and judgeth.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death.
-- Jesus Christ (John 8:50,51)

"Liberty can not be preserved without general knowledge among the people who have a right . . . and a desire to know: but besides this, they have a right, an indisputable, indefeasible, divine right to that most dreaded and envied kind of knowledge. I mean the character and conduct of their leaders." -- John Adams

*BAXTER, RICHARD, A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians How to Use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
(Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673). Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic.
"The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages) is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
"Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God) merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
"There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
"We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
"The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle) and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
"Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), found elsewhere in BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, are less detailed works. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
" Ptacek in Family Worship (p. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous `nonconformists,' in what is know as the `great ejection,' in 1662, `Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. `Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled `Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God. . . . "Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- SWRB
This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007. They may be the publisher who will eventually reprints the title.
http://www.heritagebooks.org/
The reprint by George Virtue is included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
The reprint by George Virtue is available as a Cerlox bound photocopy from Still Waters Revival Books, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/baxter/practical.toc.html
The reprint by George Virtue is included in THE AMAZING CHRISTIAN LIBRARY, DVD Four, CD #21
http://www.AmazingLibrary.com
The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
Notice that the etext in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition) feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and paste from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
http://books.google.com/books?id=cyQFBOUHkaoC&dq=A+Christian+Directory+inpublisher:lettermen+inpublisher:associates&lr=&as_brr=0&ie=ISO-8859-1
One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28, ISBN: 0921148267 9780921148265.
1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html

*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000, 1992). A Christian classic.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, [`Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men,'] `The Reformed Pastor' `Poor Man's Family Book,' `The Catechizing of Families,' and `The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
http://www.e4.net
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Dedrick, William, and Colleen Dedrick, The Little Book of Christian Character and Manners (Montreat, NC: Cool Spring Press, 1993). 70136
"Are you looking for a brief and thoroughly Biblical book on training children from a Reformed perspective? The sections on eating habits, table manners, cleanliness, selfrestraint, quietness, and industry are among the most helpful. You will want to use this as a `working handbook' to read and re-read in training your children."

Erskine, Ebenezer. The character of a soul espoused to Christ. A sermon preached upon a thanksgiving day ... in the Tolbooth Church of Edinburgh, March 6th, 1732. By Mr. Ebenezer Erskine, ... Falkirk, 1787. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3317942382

Firmin, Giles. The real Christian, or, a treatise of effectual calling. ... To which is added, ... a few words concerning Socinianism, ... By Giles Firmin, ... Glasgow, 1744. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3322230458

Greenhill, William, 1591-1671 and Jeremiah Burroughs, 1599-1646, The excellency of a gracious spirit delivered in a treatise vpon the 14. of Numbers, Vers. 24. : together with Moses his self-deniall / by Jer. Burroughes ..., EEBO.

*Kennedy, D. James, with Jim Nelson Black, Character and Destiny: A Nation in Search of Its Soul (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1994).

*Kennedy, D. James and Jerry Newcombe, What if Jesus Had Never Been Born? (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, c1994).

Lewis, Paul, 40 Ways to Teach Your Child Values [70353]

*Marshall, Walter, 1628-1680, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.,) 1999).
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
Also available from Trinity Book Service and . [10363]
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
The Secret of Sanctification: Union With Christ: Walter Marshall's Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, Joel R. Beeke
http://www.heritagebooks.org/browse.asp?searchMode=author&searchString=marshall&x=20&y=8
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, Walter Marshall
http://www.lettermen2.com/gmswm.html

McGuffey, William, McGuffey's Eclectic Readers, 7 volumes (Milford, MI: Mott Media, 1982, 1836-37). 70334

Sibbes, Richard, 1577-1635, A breathing after God. Or a Christians desire of Gods presence. By the late reverent and worthy divine Richard Sibs, Doctor in Divinity, master of Katherine Hall in Cambridge, and sometime preacher of Graies-Inne, 1639, EEBO.

*Spring, Gardiner, The Distinguishing Traits of Christian Character (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1967). 60206

"A disquieting series of studies adapted from ESSAYS ON THE DISTINGUISHING TRAITS OF CHRISTIAN CHARACTER, published in 1829. The chapters are brief, and the material contained in them is particularly pertinent to the needs of the present day." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Author's premise: Some things neither prove nor disprove the work of grace in our souls, however, there are other things that do. It is on these that he comments." -- GCB

Sykes, Charles, A Nation of Victims: The Decay of the American Character (New York, NY: St. Martin's Press). 90677
"With chapters covering the politically-correct movement, feminism, the trend toward revisionist history, and the preponderance of codependent psycho-speak to interpret our problems, Sykes shows in his well-researched and well-documented book how the victim mentality permeates the various corridors of life in the 1990's. If one where to gather all the victims of our time, he would find that their number adds up to 374 percent of the population." -- Reed Jolly

*Watson, Thomas, Godly Man's Picture (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1992, 1666). 60213
"A book on the character of the Christian. Combines rich spirituality, nourishing doctrine, and sane wisdom with fascinating illustrations . . ." -- GCB

Inrig, Gary, The Call to Excellence (Wheaton, IL: Scripture Press Publications, Inc.). 60209
"The author issues a call for all Christians to take up the cause of Biblical excellence. This is a calling which shapes character and gives every area of life new significance." -- GCB

Stark, Jeff, Christian Communications in the Home and at Work (parts 1-5) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991). [30396]
Audio cassette LEC49.

Walke, B., Formation of Christian Character (Proverbs 2:1-11) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991). [30453]
Audio cassette BW103.

Watson, Thomas, Godly Man's Picture (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).

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DUTIES OF THE CHRISTIAN

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
-- Jesus Christ (John 13:34,35)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:13)

Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
These things I command you, that ye love one another.
-- Jesus Christ (John 15:16,17)

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. -- Jesus Christ (John 21:15-17)

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (James 4:17)

*ALEXANDER, JAMES W., Family Worship: A Biblical Duty, 1847. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22, ISBN: 0921148143 9780921148142. Alternate title: Thoughts on Family Worship (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1990, 1847). ISBN: 1573580813 9781573580816
First printed in 1847 by the Presbyterian Board of Education.
"No minister in our church was a more accomplished scholar. The pulpit was his appropriate sphere." -- Charles Hodge
"It would be almost impossible to overemphasis the importance of daily family worship. It is a blessed privilege for those who have known it as children and/or adults. It is foundational to any lasting revival or reformation. It is a duty commanded by God in Scripture, and to neglect it is, without a doubt, sinful. The Westminster Divines made it clear, in their amazing Directory for Family Worship, that obstinacy in the sin of neglecting family worship should lead where there are faithful elders to the head of the offending house being `suspended and debarred from the Lord's supper.' This book gives the nature, warrant, and history of family worship in easy to read large print." -- SWRB
"The author's goal is `extending the domestic worship of God's people and especially in arousing the children of the covenant to honor the God of their fathers.' To fulfill this purpose, Alexander traces family worship from Eden on through the Old and New Testaments and church history. The universal voice of the Church, in its best periods, has been in favor of family worship. . . .' He demonstrates that family worship is a means of intellectual improvement: `True piety improves the understanding. . . .' " -- Robert H. Duvall

*BAXTER, RICHARD, A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians How to Use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
(Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673). Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic.
"The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages) is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
"Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God) merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
"There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
"We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
"The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle) and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
"Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), found elsewhere in BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, are less detailed works. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
" Ptacek in Family Worship (p. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous `nonconformists,' in what is know as the `great ejection,' in 1662, `Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. `Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled `Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God. . . . "Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- SWRB
This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007. They may be the publisher who will eventually reprints the title.
http://www.heritagebooks.org/
The reprint by George Virtue is included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
The reprint by George Virtue is available as a Cerlox bound photocopy from Still Waters Revival Books, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/baxter/practical.toc.html
The reprint by George Virtue is included in THE AMAZING CHRISTIAN LIBRARY, DVD Four, CD #21
http://www.AmazingLibrary.com
The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
Notice that the etext in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition) feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and paste from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
http://books.google.com/books?id=cyQFBOUHkaoC&dq=A+Christian+Directory+inpublisher:lettermen+inpublisher:associates&lr=&as_brr=0&ie=ISO-8859-1
One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28, ISBN: 0921148267 9780921148265.
1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html

*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000, 1992). A Christian classic.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, [`Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men,'] `The Reformed Pastor' `Poor Man's Family Book,' `The Catechizing of Families,' and `The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
http://www.e4.net
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

*Baxter, Richard, A Call to the Unconverted: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 2 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, March 2000). 30935
"This is the second of four volumes constituting the complete works of this giant of the faith. This huge volume, over 1000 pages, gathers together such penetrating topics as The Unpardonable Sin, The Spirit's Witness to the Truth of Christianity, The Arrogancy of Reason Against Divine Revelation, A Call to the Unconverted, Now or Never, A Saint or a Brute, God's Goodness Vindicated, The Character of a Sound, Confirmed Christian, and others." -- GCB. A Christian classic.
This volume also contains A Call the Unconverted, The Reasonableness of the Christian Religion, The Unreasonableness of Infidelity, A Treatise of Converstion, and Character of a Sound Confirmed Christians.
Translations: A Call to the Unconverted (singely), Dutch, OCLC 16991691; French, OCLC 38285837, 28780900; Danish, OCLC 17960566; Polish, OCLC 42954154.
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html

*Baxter, Richard, The Saint's Everlasting Rest: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 3 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications). 30936
"Third in the four-volume set. Includes The Saint's Everlasting Rest; Treatise of Self-Denial; The Life of Faith; Obedient Patience, and many more. Over 1000 pages." -- GCB
Translations: The Saint's Everlasting Rest (singely), French, OCLC 24837551, 12603369; Danish, OCLC 36139702, 13711852; Dutch? OCLC 2538485.
The Saints' Everlasting Rest, Richard Baxter, edited by Benjamin Fawcett
http://www.ccel.org/b/baxter/everlasting_rest/saints_rest.html
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html

*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000, 1992). 30937
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, [`Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men,'] `The Reformed Pastor' `Poor Man's Family Book,' `The Catechizing of Families,' and `The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
http://www.e4.net
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

*Baxter, Richard, A Treatise of Self-Denial (Hardbound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
This work of Baxter has been translated into more languages than any other title. This is a hardbound photocopy of the treatise that is included in THE SAINT'S EVERLASTING REST: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 3.

*Brakel, Wilhelmus à, The Christian's Reasonable Service: in which divine truths concerning the Covenant of Grace are expounded, defended against opposing parties, and their practice advocated, as well as the administration of this Covenant in the Old and New Testaments, vol. 1 and 2. A Christian classic.
à Brakel "blends doctrine, experience, and practice with great skill and power. There is here a vast amount of nourishment for both mind and heart." -- J.I. Packer
"The four volume set so beautifully published by Soli Deo Gloria is a Calvinistic set of theology that is warm, practical and extremely Biblical. A' Brakel was often dubbed the 'Dutch Calvin.' Dr. Joel Beeke considers this set to be his favorite Dutch theological work. If you are looking for a systematic theology shot through with pastoral warmth, look no further. -- Reader's Comment
The Pastoral and Practical Theology of Wilhelmus à Brakel: A Brief Evaluation of the The Christian's Reasonable Service, Bartel Elshout, B.A.
http://www.frcna.org/Data/StudentSocietySpeeches/The%20Pastoral%20and%20%20Practical%20Theology%20of%20%20Wilhelmus%20%20%20Brakel%20-%20Rev.%20Bartel%20Elshout.pdf

*Burroughs, Jeremiah, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1979). A Christian classic.
"Well-known Puritan author of THE RARE JEWEL OF CHRISTIAN CONTENTMENT excels in deeply spiritual insights. Most authors writing today can't hold a candle to him!" -- CBD
"I am still reading this book, but I've read enough to have it significantly change my outlook on life and afflictions. I have learned in abundance what it means to trust the Lord in troubles and to realize that God will bring me out of them in His time, and it is my duty to praise the Lord and devote my heart to Him. My cup runs over when I read Jeremiah Burroughs." -- Reader Comment

*Marshall, Walter, 1628-1680, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.,) 1999).
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
Also available from Trinity Book Service and . [10363]
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
The Secret of Sanctification: Union With Christ: Walter Marshall's Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, Joel R. Beeke
http://www.heritagebooks.org/browse.asp?searchMode=author&searchString=marshall&x=20&y=8
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, Walter Marshall
http://www.lettermen2.com/gmswm.html

*Rushdoony, Rousas J., Salvation and Godly Rule (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books)
"The Christian is commissioned to bring all things into captivity to Christ. Godly rule in our personal, family, social, vocation, political, and economic life is a consequence of salvation. Includes 72 short chapters, over 500 pages." -- GCB

Ryle, J.C., Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots (London, England: Evangelical Press). 20431
"Ryle, like his great masters, has no easy way to holiness to offer us, and no `patent' method by which it can be obtained; but he invariably produces that `hunger and thirst after righteousness' which is the only indispensable condition to being `filled'." -- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
"Newly typeset edition from Evangelical Press with preface done by J.I. Packer. Complete and unabridged." -- GCB
Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots J.C. Ryle
http://www.e4.net

Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, The duty of self-denial briefly opened and urged. By Thomas Watson, minister of the Gospel, 1675, EEBO.

Williams, David. Lectures on the universal principles and duties of religion and morality. As they have been read in Margaret-Street, Cavendish-Square, in the years 1776, and 1777. By the Rev. David Williams. . . . [London], 1779. Eighteenth Century Collections Online. Gale Group. (Gale: Eighteenth Century Collection Online [ECCO.] Gale Document Number CW3323258393)

See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Family worship, The Ten Commandments, The Larger Catechism, The love and justice of God, Discipline, Holiness, Christian character, Sexual relationship, Reconciliation of relationships, Marriage, Domestic duties, Parenting, Sharing Christ with your children, Evangelism, Corporate Faithfulness

Related WebLinks

The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

Appendix A: Words of Christ Appearing in The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappa.html

Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/WLC_frames.html

Nave's Topical Bible -- Duty of Man to God
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T1516



Theater, Sports, and Entertainment

Anderson, George, A reinforcement of the reasons proving that the stage is an unchristian diversion. Or, a vindication of the appendix to the use and abuse of diversions, a sermon on Luke xix. 13. In answer to the remarks of an anonymous author. By the Revd George Anderson V.D.M. author of the sermon and appendix. Edinburgh, 1733, 152 pp. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW121133839)

ANDERSON, GEORGE, The Use and Abuse of Diversions (1733) Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22, ISBN: 0921148143 9780921148142 OCLC. Also available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Five, CD #25.
"A sermon on Luke 19:13: `And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.' Contains two appendices showing that the stage in particular is an unchristian diversion. Commenting on the modern equivalent of the stage (and the movie theater could be included here also), giving us an example of how "the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light,' Postman writes,

Television is, after all, a form of graven imagery far more alluring than a golden calf. I suspect (though I have no external evidence of it) that Catholic objections to Bishop Fulton Sheen's theatrical performances on television (of several years back) sprang from the impression that viewers were misdirecting their devotions, away from God and toward Bishop Sheen, whose piercing eyes, awesome cape and stately tones were as close a resemblance to a deity as charisma allows. Television's strongest point is that it brings personalities into our hearts, not abstractions into our heads. That is why `CBS programs about the universe were called Walter Cronkite's Universe.' One would think that the grandeur of the universe needs no assistance from Walter Cronkite. One would think wrong. CBS knows that Walter Cronkite plays better on television than the Milky Way. And Jimmy Swaggart plays better than God. For God exists only in our minds (please disregard Postman's theologically imprecise language in referring to God--RB), whereas Swaggert is there, to be seen, admired, adorned. Which is why he is the star of the show. And why Billy Graham is a celebrity, and why Oral Roberts has his own university, and why Robert Schuller has a crystal cathedral all to himself. If I am not mistaken, the word for this is blasphemy." (Amusing Ourselves to Death, p 123.)
"Anderson's book (of 224 pages) gives more insight into this very pertinent, pressing and prevalent subject. Are you of the spirit of the Psalmist when he declares, `I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.' (Ps. 101:3)? If not, why not?" -- SWRB

ASSOCIATE PRESBYTERY OF MIAMI, Amusements and Levity: A Pastoral Letter (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"Remembering that the word `amuse' literally means `no-think,' this is a very useful resource for our day -- when even ministers are found to publicly violate Ephesians 5:4. The authors, however, are careful to distinguish between cheerfulness and levity. They note, `We mean a spirit of levity, as engendered or fostered by indulgence in frivolous amusements. We wish not to be understood as setting ourselves against every species of youthful amusement. We do not look for the gravity of old age in the morning of life, not do we think that the religion of the Bible requires it. Christianity, rightly understood, has nothing to do with a demure preciseness of manner, or an affection of singularity, which God does not require. Cheerfulness, especially in youth, is perfectly compatible with spirit of the Bible; and as far as amusements are rational in their character, moral in their nature and tendency, rightly timed and enjoyed in moderation, we have nothing to object. But cheerfulness and levity belong to different families, and whenever the former is suffered to degenerate into the latter, the consequences must be evil (pp. 2-3)'." -- SWRB

Gosson, Stephen (1554-1624), [The schoole of abuse, conteining a plesaunt inuectiue against pts, pipers, plaiers, iesters, and such like caterpillers of a co[m]monwelth ...] ([Printed at London: [By Thomas Dawson] for Thomas Woodcocke, Date: 1579), EEBO.

See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, The media, Holidays, Christmas, Gambling, Carnality

Related WebLinks

The Christian and the Theatre
http://www.covenanter.org/Practical/Theatre/theatre.htm

The Christian and the use of the lot for Gaming
http://www.covenanter.org/Practical/TheLot/cardandlothomepage.htm

Christians and Dancing Homepage
http://www.covenanter.org/Practical/Dancing/dancinghomepage.htm

Anti-instrumental Music in the Worship of God Homepage
http://www.covenanter.org/Worship/instruments/instrumentalmusic.htm



JUSTIFICATION

Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in his sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God which is through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth to be a propitiation by his blood, through faith, to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time his righteousness, that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. (Romans 3:20-28)

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. (1 Corinthians 15:3,4)

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. (2 Corinthians 5:21)

I. Those whom God effectually calls, He also freely justifies; not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting their person as righteous; not for any thing wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ's sake alone; nor by imputing faith itself, the act of believing, or any other evangelical obedience to them, as their righteousness; but by imputing the obedience and satisfaction of Christ unto them, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith; which faith they have not of themselves, it is the gift of God.

II. Faith, thus receiving and resting on Christ and His righteousness is the alone instrument of justification: yet is it not alone in the person justified, but is ever accompanied with all other saving graces, and is no dead faith, but works by love.

III. Christ, by His obedience and death, did fully discharge the debt of all those that are thus justified, and did make a proper, real and full satisfaction to His Father's justice in their behalf. Yet, in as much as He was given by the Father for them; and His obedience and satisfaction accepted in their stead; and both, freely, not for any thing in them; their justification is only of free grace; that both the exact justice, and rich grace of God might be glorified in the justification of sinners.

IV. God did, from all eternity, decree to justify all the elect, and Christ did, in the fullness of time, die for their sins, and rise again for their justification: nevertheless, they are not justified, until the Holy Spirit does, in due time, actually apply Christ unto them. God does continue to forgive the sins of those that are justified; and although they can never fall from the state of justification, yet they may, by their sins, fall under God's fatherly displeasure, and not have the light of His countenance restored unto them, until they humble themselves, confess their sins, beg pardon, and renew their faith and repentance.

VI. The justification of believers under the old testament was, in all these respects, one and the same with the justification of believers under the New Testament." -- The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), Chapter XI: Of Justification

We are justified by faith. Being justified, all our sins are covered. God beholdeth us in the righteousness which is imputed, and not in the sins which we have committed. But imputation of righteousness hath covered the sins of every soul which believeth. God, by pardoning our sin, hath taken it away; so that now, although our transgressions be multiplied above the hairs of our head, yet, being justified, we are as free and as clear as if there were not one spot or strain of any uncleanness in us. Now, sin being taken away, we are made the righteousness of God in Christ. No man is blessed but in the righteousness of God: every man whose sin is taken away is blessed; therefore every man whose sin is covered is made the righteousness of God in Christ. This righteousness doth make us to appear most holy, most pure, most unblameable before him. -- Richard Hooker

It is a clear understanding of the Doctrine of Justification that enables us to repair broken relationships, both with God and with man. Repentance and forgiveness bridges the gap between man and God. It enables man and wife to reconcile their broken relationships, and to live together in harmony. It enables individuals to repair relationships broken by sin and to live and work together in unity in society.
If the reader would be interested in a full discussion of these errors in the Doctrine of Justification, as well as the doctrine in its wholeness, we recommend the following books:

  1. THE CURRENT JUSTIFICATION CONTROVERSY, by O. Palmer Robertson
  2. A COMPANION TO THE CURRENT JUSTIFICATION CONTROVERSY, by John W. Robbins
  3. NOT REFORMED AT ALL: MEDIEVALISM IN 'REFORMED' CHURCHES, by John Robbins and Sean Gerety
  4. THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD: WESTMINSTER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY IN PHILADELPHIA, by Mark W. Karlberg

    For basic background on the doctrine of justification:

  5. THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, by Horatius Bonar
  6. JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE, by Charles Hodge
  7. WHAT IS SAVING FAITH? by Gordon H. Clark. -- John Robbins

In 1870 Charles Spurgeon commented on the apostasy in the Presbyterian Church in Scotland. The current Justification Controversy among Reformed Presbyterians makes his words just as relevent today as in 1870. A friend sent this quote to the Trinity Foundation who in turn shared it by email. Here it is for your consideration.

"In the same establishment may be found believers in nearly every dogma of the Popish creed, who nevertheless have declared their faith in articles which are distinctly Calvinistic; and now last, and, to our minds, most sorrowful of all, it comes out that there are men to be found among Caledonia's once sternly truthful sons who can occupy the pulpits and the manses of an orthodox Presbyterian church, and yet oppose her ancient confession of faith. Our complaint is in each case, not that the men changed their views, and threw up their former creeds, but that having done so they did not at once quit the office of minister to the community whose faith they could no longer uphold; their fault is not that they differed, but that, differing, they sought an office of which the prime necessity is agreement. All the elements of the lowest kind of knavery meet in the evil which we now denounce. Treachery is never more treacherous than when it leads a man to stab at a doctrine which he has solemnly engaged to uphold, and for the maintenance of which he receives a livelihood. The office of minister would never wittingly be entrusted by any community to a person who would use it for the overthrow of the principles upon which the community was founded. Such conduct would be suicidal. A sincere belief of the church's creed was avowedly or by implication a part of the qualification which helped the preacher to his stipend, and when that qualification ceases the most vital point of the compact between him and his church is infringed, and he is bound in honor to relinquish an office which he can no longer honestly fulfill." -- Charles Spurgeon in "Ministers Sailing Under False Colours," Sword and Trowel, February 1870.

For Christians to be linked in association with ministers who do not preach the gospel of Christ is to incur moral guilt. A union which can continue irrespective of whether its member churches belong to a common faith is not fulfilling any scriptural function. The preservation of a denominational association when it is powerless to discipline heretics cannot be justified on the grounds of the preservation of 'Christian unity.' It is error which breaks the unity of churches, and to remain in a denominational alignment which condones error is to support schism. -- Charles Spurgeon, as cited in The Forgotten Spurgeon by Iain Murray, pp. 164-165 and quoted by Still Water Revival Books.

*Alexander, Archibald, A Treatise on Justification by Faith (1837) (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 1998).
"Justification by faith played a large role in throwing off the shackles of Popery and superstition early in the first Reformation, especially among the Lutherans. And `although Calvin refers to justification by faith as "the principal article of the Christian religion," it seems that he is acknowledging its importance to an earlier generation, rather than stating its importance to his own theological position. Justification is not demonstrably of central importance to Calvin's conception of the Christian faith. Nevertheless, the issues raised by the doctrine of justification remained active, even in Calvin's day.' (Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation, vol. 2, p. 365) In our day this issue bears reinvestigating in light of the predominance and resurgence of Romanism and the heresies which follow close on her heels, Arminianism and eventually Pelagianism or even Universalism. In our modern context this book should provide a very helpful shorter statement of the classic Protestant position pertaining to what Alexander himself terms `the most important question which can possibly be conceived'." -- SWRB

*Beeke, Joel R., Justification by Faith: A Bibliography (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.).
Nearly 400 works on justification are arranged alphabetically by author. Includes the works of Augustine, Calvin, Zanchius, Owen, Manton, Boston, Watson, Edwards, and many others.

*Berdouwer, Gerrit C., Faith and Justification (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1954). 60215
"A much-needed discussion of justification and the historical development of the doctrine." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Bonar, Horatius, God's Way of Holiness [60228]
God's Way of Holiness, by Horatius Bonar
http://www.pionet.net/~cultrsch/bgwhtoc.htm

Balnaves, Henry, Sir, d. 1579, and John Knox, 1505-1572, The confession of faith, contending how the troubled man should seeke refuge at his God, thereto led by faith: with the declaratio[n] of the article of iustification at length. ... Compiled by M. Henry Balnaues of Halhill, and one of the Lords of session, and Counsell of Scotland, being as prisoner within the old pallaice of Roane: in the yeare of our Lord. 1548. Direct to his faithfull brethren, being in like trouble or more ..., 1584?, EEBO.

*Bonar, Horatius, The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
"First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
"Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
"Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm

Bonar, Horatius, and Charles Hodge, Not What My Hands Have Done (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, November, 2005).
"This book will not ship until November, 2005.
"Justification by faith alone is the central doctrine of Christianity. The critical question for man is not, What is the best government? or Whom should I marry? but, How can I, a sinner, be accepted by a Holy God? The Biblical answer is that sinners can stand before the face of God only in the righteousness that belongs to another, a righteousness that is not the result of the sinner's effort, but wholly a gift, received freely by faith alone.
"But the doctrine of justification by faith alone is either not taught or is actively opposed by most American churches, and now it is under siege in Reformed churches as well, both Baptist and Presbyterian. The emerging consensus in America is that salvation comes by religious experience, and the churches differ merely over which experience is saving: baptism, Mass, religious emotion, ecstatic speech, etc.
"Horatius Bonar and Charles Hodge, both 19th-century theologians, left us with one of the best popular explanations of the Biblical doctrine of justification by faith alone, and one of the best scholarly discussions of the doctrine and its adversaries. These two books, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS by Bonar and JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH ALONE by Hodge, are here combined into one volume. NOT WHAT MY HANDS HAVE DONE offers not only a primer on justification but an advanced course as well. It is must reading for anyone who wants to understand Christianity." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Contents:
"The Everlasting Righteousness, by Horatius Bonar:
Foreword; Preface; God's Answer to Man's Question; God's Recognition of Substitution; The Completeness of the Substitution; The Declaration of the Completeness; Righteousness for the Unrighteous; The Righteousness of God Reckoned to Us; Not Faith, But Christ; What the Resurrection of the Substitute Has Done; The Pardon and the Peace Made Sure; The Holy Life of the Justified
"Justification by Faith Alone, by Charles Hodge:
"Foreword; Introduction; The Meaning of Justification; Christ's Satisfaction of the Law; The Righteousness of Christ; Confessional Statements of the Doctrine; Justification Is a Forensic Act; Works Not the Ground of Justification; The Righteousness of Christ the Ground of Justification; Imputation of Righteousness; Proof of the Doctrine; The Consequences of the Imputation of Righteousness; Relation of Faith to Justification; Objections to the Protestant Doctrine of Justification; Departures from the Protestant Doctrine; Scripture Index; Index.
Not What My Hands Have Done, order form
http://www.trinitylectures.org/product_info.php?cPath=21&products_id=158

*BROWN, JOHN (of Wamphray, 1610?-1679), The Life of Justification Opened, or, A treatise grounded upon Gal. 2.11 [i.e. 3.11]: wherein the orthodox doctrine of justification by faith . . . is clearly expounded . . . (1695) (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). Included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #20 and Puritan Bookshelf CD #5. A Christian classic.
"The title continues: `Or, a Treatise grounded upon Gal. 2:11. Wherein the Orthodox Doctrine of Justification by Faith, and Imputation of Christ's Righteousness, is clearly expounded, solidly confirmed, and learnedly vindicated from the various Objections of its Adversaries. Whereunto are subjoined some Arguments against Universal Redemption.' In 1828 Dr. Burns wrote, `Mr. John Brown was unquestionably one of the most eminent divines Scotland has yet produced, as his numerous writings, still carefully sought after by solid and judicious Christians, fully envince' (Johnston, TREASURY OF THE SCOTTISH COVENANT, p. 339). Regarding this book Dr. Walker noted, `By far our most thorough exposition and discussion of the doctrine it handles; and all the more to be prized because of the particular bearing it has on the new views which Baxter and others had begun to propagate, and which in some shape are ever returning upon ourselves' (Ibid., p. 341). Interestingly, Brown, in the preface, after warning against Arminianism `as the immediate way to introduce Popery' states, `Yea even those who were purer in appearance, pressing the moral duties and practical doctrine of piety (I mean the followers of that famous Minister Mr. Richard Baxter) did corrupt the true doctrine of justification, because they adopted universal grace and redemption.' One of the best, if not the best, books ever written on the topic of justification!" -- SWRB

*BUCHANAN, JAMES, The Doctrine of Justification: An Outline of Its History in the Church and of Its Exposition From Scripture, Still Waters Revival Books. Included on the Reformation Bookshelf CD #20 (Still Waters Revival Books). A Christian classic.
"The doctrine of justification by faith is like Atlas: it bears a world on its shoulders, the entire evangelical knowledge of saving grace." -- Publisher's Annotation
"This is still the best textbook on its subject, from the standpoint of the classic covenant theology." -- J.I. Packer

*Bunyan, John, Justification by an Imputed Righteousness (Sterling, VA: GAM Publications). 60218

*Calvin, John, The Westminster Divines and Others, Selected Writings on Justification by Faith and the Free Offer of the Gospel for the Succor and Comfort of the Troubled Saint, and the Convicted Sinner (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"Includes writings by John Calvin, the Westminster Divines, Robert Traill, the Reformed Presbytery, William Guthrie, and pertinent articles from the Original Covenanter and Contending Witness magazine defending the Protestant view of justification and the preaching of the Gospel. Compiled by Larry Birger." -- SWRB

Clark, Gordon H., What is Saving Faith? (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 1990).
"This is the combined edition of two of Dr. Clark's seminal books: FAITH AND SAVING FAITH and THE JOHANNINE LOGOS. Both books deal with the crucial issue of justification by faith alone in a new fashion: by deriving a definition of faith (belief) from the Greek New Testament rather than from Latin theologians. It is both ironic and telling that most Protestants, when asked to define the word 'faith,' sound like they are exegeting the Vulgate. No one before Dr. Clark has examined, collated, and systematized the wealth of Scriptural material relevant to the definition of faith. The result is a refreshing and exhilarating defense of the doctrine of justification through belief alone." -- The Trinity Foundation
Contents:
Faith and Saving Faith: Foreword, Preface, Introduction, Generic Faith: Brand Blanshard, Generic and Secular Belief: H.H. Price, Roman Catholic Views, Biblical Data, John Calvin, Thomas Manton, John Owen, Charles Hodge, Interlude on the Head and the Heart, B.B. Warfield, Minor Men: John Anderson and J. H. Bavinck, John Theodore Mueller, The End of History, The Necessity of Faith, The Language, Person or Proposition?, The Object, A Conclusion
The Johannine Logos: Introduction, The Prologue, Logos and Rheemata, Truth, Saving Faith, Conclusion
Scripture Index, Index, The Crisis of Our Time, Intellectual Ammunition

Dickson, David, Honey-Drops or Crystal Streams
http://www.truecovenanter.com/dickson/hdrops.html

Hoeksema, Herman, and John W. Robbins (editor), The Clark-Van Til Controversy (Unicoi, TN: Trinity Foundation; May, 1995, 1945).
"This book is a series of editorials written at the time of the so-called Clark-Van Til controversy in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in the mid-1940's. The essays are some of the best analyses of its meaning we have seen in print, written by the editor of the Standard Bearer. Far from being a sideshow, and far from being dead, the assault on the doctrines of Scripture by the faculty of Westminster Seminary determined the path that the Seminary, and to some extent, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, would follow for the remainder of the century." The Trinity Foundation
Contents: Introduction: The Text of a Complaint; The Views of Gordon H. Clark; The Incomprehensibility of God; The Answer; The Primacy of Truth; The Primacy of Intellect; Rationalism; Sovereignty and Responsibility; The Sincere Offer of the Gospel; Arminianism; Saving the Reprobate; John Calvin; Calvin on Common Grace; Contradicting Scripture; An Arminian Gospel; Presbytery Minutes; The General Assembly's Decisions; Postscript; Index; Scripture Index

*Elliott, Paul M., Christianity and Neo-Liberalism: The Spiritual Crisis in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and Beyond (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation; October, 2005).
"Paul M. Elliott, a former Ruling Elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, carefully traces the origin of the spiritual crisis in the OPC and similar denominations to the pernicious teaching of Westminster Theological Seminary. That teaching is that God is unknowable, that Scripture is contradictory, and that salvation is by faith-plus-works. Elliott provides copious quotations from faculty members, from the Westminster Theological Journal, and from pastors in OPC congregations to document his analysis. This book is must reading for all Presbyterians.
"Elliott's book is a massive documentation of Liberalism at Westminster Seminary (Philadelphia) and in the OPC on the doctrines of Scripture, God, salvation, and hermeneutics. Officers of the OPC should not even begin to think, 'We are the children of Machen,' for if they were, they would do the deeds of Machen." -- The Trinity Foundation
" 'The Marks of Neo-Liberalism' is taken from chapter 2 of . . . CHRISTIANITY AND NEO-LIBERALISM: THE SPIRITUAL CRISIS IN THE ORTHODOX PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AND BEYOND.
"In this chapter Mr. Elliot lists the marks of Neo-Liberalism -- they are the principles of the Liberalism that Machen opposed -- and shows how the OPC displays those marks, even while claiming that 'there's no one here but us Reformed folks.'
The Marks of Neo-Liberalism, Paul M. Elliott
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=219
"I would like to recommend Paul Elliot's new book, CHRISTIANITY AND NEO-LIBERALISM. This is a book that everyone who loves Jesus Christ, loves the truth, and loves the Gospel must read.
"It is a riveting and horrifying story. Elliot explains in great detail how the enemies of the faith have been able to surreptitiously supplant the true Gospel with a clever fraud and, more importantly, how they were able to succeed in the OPC. The track Elliot outlines in the OPC is mirrored in many respects in the PCA as well. Further, the politics involved and how these enemies of Christ have positioned themselves in places of power and influence over the years and their success in neutralizing their opposition is a lesson all of us need to learn, but I'm afraid few of us have. The incredible gullibility and complacency of countless churchmen recounted in this book is frightening. The comparison to Machen's CHRISTIANITY AND LIBERALISM is more than fitting. I would argue Elliot's book is considerably better on a number of counts. His account of the Kinnaird affair alone is worth the price of the book. Yet, there is so much I haven't even considered, like the "hermeneutic of trust" which has supplanted the Reformed hermeneutic yin many circles is an eye-opener. This is simply an amazing book." -- Sean Gerety
Contents:
Part One: Liberalism and Neo-Liberalism: A Little Leaven; The Marks of Neo-Liberalism.
Part Two: Historical Background: Those Who Ignore the Errors of History; Embracing the Principles of the Auburn Affirmation.
Part Three: The Growth of Neo-Liberalism: The Shepherd Controversy: Entry of Another Gospel; Richard Gaffin's New Perspective on Paul; The Kinnaird Case and Its Aftermath; The Hermeneutic of Trust: Prescription for Doctrinal Anarchy; How Did It Happen?
Part Four: How Shall We Respond?: The Biblical Imperative.
Appendices: The Auburn Affirmation; Kinnaird Memorandum; Proposed (Rejected) Overture to the 2004 OPC General Assembly; Scripture Index; Index.

Eyre, William, 1612/13-1670, and Owen John, 1616-1683, Vindiciae justificationis gratuitae = Justification without conditions, or, The free justification of a sinner : explained, confirmed, and vindicated, from the exceptions, objections, and seeming absurdities, which are cast upon it, by the assertors of conditional justification : more especially from the attempts of Mr. B. Woodbridge in his sermon, entituled (Justification by faith), of Mr. Cranford in his Epistle to the reader, and of Mr. Baxter in some passages, which relate to the same matter : wherein also, the absoluteness of the New Covenant is proved, and the arguments against it, are disproved / by W. Eyre ..., 1654. Additional title: Aphorismes of justification, EEBO.

*Haldane, Robert, Commentary on Romans (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications). 30735
"This is a solid work on the book of Romans and was previously published by the Banner of Truth in their Geneva series." -- GCB
"First published between 1835-1839, this Reformed commentary by a Christian layman has enjoyed a wide-spread ministry since its first appearance. The lectures were delivered in Geneva and brought about a genuine movement of the Spirit among theologues who heard them." -- Cyril J. Barber
Commentary on Romans, Robert Haldane
http://www.e4.net

*Hodge, Charles, Justification by Faith Alone (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 1994).
Printed in response to "The Gift of Salvation," published by Colson-Neuhaus Group.

Karlberg, Mark W., The Changing of the Guard: Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2001).
A critical discussion of Westminster Seminary's anti-Reformational and un-Biblical teaching on the Doctrine of Justification.
"The Changing of the Guard", Mark W. Karlberg
http://trinityfoundation.org/reviews/last.asp

*Owen, John, The Gospel Defended (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 9780851511290 0851511295. A Christian classic.
"Contains chapters on: the mystery of the Gospel, the death of Christ, Justification, and examination of Socinianism."

Robertson, O. Palmer, The Current Justification Controversy - Westminster Theological Seminary (Trinity Paper No. 63) [UNABRIDGED] (The Trinity Foundation, 2003).
Contents: About the Author Foreword Introduction 1. The Beginnings of the Controversy 2. The October 1976 Paper 3. Reactions to the October 1976 Paper 4. The Issue before the Presbytery 5. The Downingtown Conference 6. The "Committee to Draw Up a Statement" 7. The Commission on Allegations 8. Implications for Church Union and Unity 9. The Removal of Mr. Shepherd 10. Challenge, Response-and Continuation 11. The Causes of the Controversy Index Scripture Index The Crisis of Our Time Intellectual Ammunition.
"The Current Justification Controversy" O. Palmer Robertson
(Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2003).
"These two issues [of The Trintiy Review] are excerpts from Dr. O. Palmer Robertson's book, The Current Justification Controversy, which is a detailed history of the controversy surrounding Norman Shepherd in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and Westminster Theological Seminary from 1975 to 1982.
"Dr. Robertson's book is essential background for understanding what is happening today with the case of John O. Kinnaird in the OPC, the Monroe 4 (Barack, Schlissel, Wilkins, and Wilson) in the PCA (and micro-denominations), and the widespread departure from Christ and his Gospel in professedly Reformed churches.
"In fact, some of the actors in Act 1 have reappeared in Act 2, despite the elapse of 20 years. More importantly, one can see arguments used 20 years ago to defend Norman Shepherd's views now being used to defend the views of men who are echoing his heretical opinions." -- The Trintiy Foundation
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/reviews/journal.asp?ID=203a.html

Robbins, John W., Can the Orthodox Presbyterian Church Be Saved? (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2004). ISBN: 0-940931-67-2
"The Orthodox Presbyterian Church was founded in 1936 by about 135 people who were offended by the lack of discipline in and doctrinal errors of the Presbyterian Church in the USA. The purpose of the OPC was to be a spiritual successor to the PCUSA, which had abandoned the Westminster Confession of Faith [1646], even though it still affirmed the Confession as its official statement of faith. But early in its history the OPC fell under the influence of an agnostic view of propositional revelation emanating from Westminster Seminary -- a view that said that there is no identity of content between the 'Christian system' of theology, meaning Reformed confessions of faith, and the 'divine system' of theology, known only to God. This agnosticism has now brought the OPC to the point of falling. Like its predecessor, the PCUSA, the OPC has failed to discipline teachers who teach contrary to Scriptures and the Confession of Faith, and it has endorsed un-Biblical teaching about Scripture and the Gospel. Can the OPC Be Saved? is designed to inform members of the OPC of events and doctrines about which the OPC leadership has not been forthright." -- The Trinity Foundation
Contents:
Can the Orthodox Presbyterian Church Be Saved?
The 2004 General Assembly
The OPC Magazine, New Horizons
The Controversy Continues
"An Appeal to Fundamentalists"
Summary and Conclusion
Reformation Day Declaration
Can the Orthodox Presbyterian Church Be Saved?
"This is the December 2004 - January 2005 issues of The Trinity Review in booklet form. [It may be read online under Reviews at The Trinity Foundation web site.] This 40-page booklet is intended to be an alarm to awaken slumbering members of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, who have been both misled and uninformed by their current leadership.
"If you are a member of the OPC, you need to read this booklet. If you know OPC members, you will want to get this booklet into their hands as soon as possible."
http://www.trinitylectures.org/catalog/index.php?cPath=21

Robbins, John W., A Companion to the Current Justification Controversy (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2003).
Contents:
1. The Roots and Fruits of the Shepherd Controversy: Neo-orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, The New Perspective on Paul, Reconstructionism, Biblical Theology, Gaffin and Bavinck, Vantilianism, The Kinnaird Case, The Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church; by John W. Robbins
2. The Sanders/ Dunn "Fork in the Road" in the Current Controversy over the Pauline Doctrine of Justification by Faith; by Robert L. Reymond
3. Some Reasons for Dissenting from the Majority Report; by Philip E. Hughes
4. Letter of Concern; by 45 theologians
5. Reason and Specifications Supporting the Action of the Board of Trustees in Removing Professor Shepherd; by the Executive Committee of the Board of Westminster Theological Seminary
6. A Resolution to the Eleventh General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America; by O. Palmer Robertson
Index, Scripture Index, The Crisis of Our Time. Intellectual Ammunition
"A Companion to the Current Justification Controversy," Trinity Review
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/ammo/closeup.asp?ID=81

*Leith, John H., John Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life [10926]

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Romans: Atonement and Justification: An Exposition of Chapters 3:20-4:35 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1971). 60220 [30742]

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Growing in the Spirit [31561]

*Luther, Martin, Commentary on Galatians, English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1979, 1553).
"I prefer this book of Martin Luther's (except the Bible) before all the books I have ever seen, as most fit for a wounded soul." -- John Bunyan
"This is a great, historic work, and is beyond criticism on account of its great usefulness. As a comment its accuracy might be questioned; but for emphatic utterances and clear statements of the great doctrine of the Epistle it remains altogether by itself, and must be judged per se." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"The reissue of a famous series of lectures delivered at Wittenberg University in 1553." -- Cyril J. Barber
Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth." (Galatians 3:1 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
http://www.lettermen2.com/luther1.html
Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "That He might deliver us from the present evil world." (Galatians 1:4 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
http://www.lettermen2.com/luther2.html

*Marshall, Walter, 1628-1680, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.,) 1999).
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
Also available from Trinity Book Service and . [10363]
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
The Secret of Sanctification: Union With Christ: Walter Marshall's Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, Joel R. Beeke
http://www.heritagebooks.org/browse.asp?searchMode=author&searchString=marshall&x=20&y=8
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, Walter Marshall
http://www.lettermen2.com/gmswm.html

McGrath, Alister E., Iustitia Dei: A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification, The Beginnings to the Reformation (vol. 1 of 2), (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).

McGrath, Alister E., Iustitia Dei: A History of the Christian Doctrine of Justification, From 1500 to the Present Day (vol. 2 of 2), (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).

*Morris, Leon, The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross [10399]

*Owen, John, The Doctrine of Justification by Faith, EEBO. [31230]
The Doctrine of Justification by Faith, John Owen
http://www.ccel.org/owen/justification/justification.txt

*Perkins, William (1558-1602), A Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians (1617) (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
" `Perkins was justly esteemed by his contemporaries as a master in theology. This commentary is deeply theological, and reads like a body of divinity,' writes Spurgeon (Commenting on Commentaries). Darling, in his Cyclopaedia Bibliographica (p. 2337) writes, `A learned and pious Calvinistic divine... He excelled in a distinct judgment; a rare dexterity in clearing the obscure subtleties of the schools, and in an easy explication of perplexed subjects. As a preacher, he was greatly admired. Several of his works have been translated in Latin, French, Dutch, and Spanish.' Perkins covers the first five chapters of Galatians in this work, while Cudworth completes the final chapter." -- SWRB

Robbins, John, and Sean Gerety, Not Reformed at All: Medievalism in 'Reformed' Churches (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2004).
"NOT REFORMED AT ALL is an analysis of and rejoinder to Douglas Wilson's book, 'REFORMED' IS NOT ENOUGH: RECOVERING THE OBJECTVITY OF THE COVENANT.
"Wilson's book is a manifesto of the theological movement sometimes called Neolegalism, hypercovenantalism, the Moscow-Monroe Axis, Federal Vision, and the Auburn Avenue Theology. That movement, an attack on the Biblical Covenant of Grace and a repudiation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, has gained currency in nominally Reformed churches.
"Contents:
Foreword
1. The Revolution Was
2. Theological Sophistry
3. The Matrix
4. Dodging the Charge of Heresy
5. Tradition
6. The "Objectivity" of the Covenant
7. What Is a Christian?
8. Westminster versus Wilson
9. The New Birth
10. The Arch-Heresy of Individualism
11. Justification Not by Faith Alone
12. The Biblical Covenant of Grace
13. Wilson's Counterfeit Covenant
14. The Church Tangible and Intangible
15. Church Unity
16. Conclusion
Index
Scripture Index
The Crisis of Our Time
Intellectual Ammunition

Traill, Robert. Twenty nine sermons, viz. XIII. On the throne of Grace, ... and XVI. On the Lord's prayer, ... Together with the Protestant doctrine of justification vindicated. All by the late Revd. and learned Mr. Robert Trail ... Edinburgh, 1731. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3317972388

Waters, Guy Prentiss, Justification and the new Perspectives on Paul: A Review and Response (P & R Publishing; November 30, 2004).
"Among the reasons for writing this book, Waters, in the Preface, writes,

'I want to illustrate the ways in which the New Perspectives on Paul deviate from the doctrines set forth in the Westminster Standards. I also want to show how Reformed theology surpasses the New Perspectives on Paul in explaining Paul's statements regarding the law, the righteousness of God, justification, and a host of other topics and doctrines.'
"Waters concludes his book with these remarks:"
'All expressions of Christianity are on the path to one of two destinations, Rome or Geneva. What the New Perspectives on Paul offer us is decidedly not "Genevan." It seems that there are elements active in the Reformed churches that wish to lead the church into a sacramental religion, all in the name of being "more Reformed." If we examine their arguments carefully, we see that what they are really and increasingly saying is that Luther and Calvin were mistaken, and that Trent was right. May God give us grace that we may not squander the rich theological heritage bequeathed to us by the Reformers, historic British Calvinism, and American Presbyterianism. May we model, in spirit and teaching, that "pattern of teaching" preserved so faithfully by our forefathers.' -- quoted by Guy Waters
Federal Vision, David Engelsma
A book review of THE FEDERAL VISION, Steve Wilkins and Duane Garner, editors. Monroe, Louisiana: Athanasius Press, 2004. 299 pages.
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/latest.php

*Watson, Thomas, The Doctrine of Repentance (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust) A Christian classic.
"Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting are essentials to true Christianity. Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish! It is vital, therefore, to read and study what Scripture has to say about this theme.
"Few better guides have existed in this or any other language. . . . He was a master of both Scripture and the human heart, and wrote with a simplicity and directness that keeps his work fresh and powerful for the twentieth century." -- Publisher's Annotation
The Doctrine of Repentance, excerpts
Online etext.
http://www.fivesolas.com/watson/drepenti.htm

See also: Repentance, the key to salvation and change, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Reconcililiation of relationships, Justifying faith, The local church

Related WebLinks

Justifying Faith
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#justfaith

John Owens on Justification
http://www.ccel.org/owen/justification/justification.txt

The Everlasting Righteousness by Horatius Bonar
http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm

Commentary on Romans, Robert Haldane
http://www.e4.net

Justification by Faith Alone and the Nature of Saving Faith
http://www.covenanter.org/Justification/justificationhome.htm

A Sermon on Justification by the Rev. Walter Marshall. The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of GOD; Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom god hath set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of god; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousness, that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. (Romans 3.23-26)
http://www.truecovenanter.com/sermons/marshall_justification.html

Arthur W. Pink
The Doctrine of Justification by Authur W. Pink
http://www.ccel.org/p/pink/justification/justification.htm

Forgotten Principles of the Reformation John W. Robbins
"These also are principles of the Reformation, largely forgotten among those who call themselves Reformed. We ought to remember and defend the solas, [Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Solus Christus, Soli Deo Gloria-- sk] but we ought also to remember and defend the equally Biblical principles of logical consistency, Scripture alone, the right of private judgment, and separation of church and state."
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=202

The Ronald W. Taber Memorial Lectures 2005, "The Justification Controversy" (Collection 13. The Trinity Foundation Lecture Series).
"The Justification Controversy" is a five lecture series by John W. Robbins, including:

  1. The Doctrine of Revelation
  2. The Doctrine of Justification
  3. The Theology of N.T. Wright
  4. The Theology of Richard Gaffin and Norman Shepherd
  5. The Auburn Avenue Theology
http://www.trinitylectures.org/

The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin
This is an online document.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

"Calvin on the "Pernicious Hypocrisy" of Justification by Faith and Works" by Robert L. Reymond appearing in The Trinity Review, April 2006
"More tragically, it ignores the Apostle Paul's inspired warning that those who to any degree intermingle with their faith in Christ and his obedience their own obedience as the ground of their final justification before God

http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=223

"Inquisitions, Confessionals, or Courts?" a review by John W. Robbins in the May 2006 issue of Trinity Review
"The essay analyzes the reasons many Christians have little or no respect for church courts. The chief reason is that church courts rarely act like courts, but almost always act like inquisitions or confessionals, the two perversions of church courts that characterize the Roman Catholic Church-State. The author provides illustrations using recent court actions in the PCA and OPC.
"Church courts, in turn, act like confessionals and inquisitions because churches have little or no respect for either rationality or justice. Their interests lie elsewhere: emotions (feelings, experience) and ecclesiastical power.
"If you are interested in the condition of the churches, please read "Inquisitions, Confessionals, or Courts?" -- John W. Robbins
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/latest.php

The Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church
The Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church is "a new association of congregations that stand unequivocally for justification by faith alone."
"The ERPC is spearheaded by former members of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church who believe that the testimony of that denomination has been compromised for the past 30 years by its toleration of the teaching of two different gospels, the Biblical Gospel of justification by faith alone, and the false gospel of justification by faith and works/faithfulness/obedience. [See Paul M. Elliott' book, CHRISTIANITY AND NEO-LIBERALISM]
"If you or your congregation are looking for an association that unambiguously proclaims the doctrines of salvation by belief alone, grace alone, and Christ alone, please visit their website." -- John Robbins
"The Doctrinal Standards of the Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church, consisting of the American version of the Westminster Confession of Faith . . . adopted by the first American Presbyterian Assembly of 1789, including their proof texts." -- "Doctrinal Distinctives" at the ERPC website, http://www.erpchurch.org/news/pres_release_051705.html
Unfortunately these revisions removed Christian Magistracy from the Confession (WCF 1646), essentially emasculated Christianity, and set aside Christ's Crown and Covenant. Conveniently this removed churchmen and laymen from the battlefront of Christian Magistracy, standing for Christ's Crown and Covenant.
The Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church (ERPC)
http://www.erpchurch.org/news/pres_release_051705.html

Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (CRPC)
This is the authorized website of the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (CRPC), a Reformed and Presbyterian denomination organized in 1998.
They subscribe to the original Westminster Confession of Faith (1646).
http://www.refcm.org/crpc%20web%20stuff/crpcindex.htm

Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
The Presbyterian & Reformed News was edited by Robert Shapiro and Frank J. Smith. Both men were among the original founders of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
Frank J. Smith announced in the final issue, Volume 10 Numbers 1-4 Jan - Dec 2004 (link below), that he will be leaving the PCA. He has joined with the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, part of the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (CRPC), a Reformed and Presbyterian denomination organized in 1998. This new denomination established "The Society of Presbyteries and Reformed Churches" and is engaged in merger talks with other Reformed denominations.
RESOLUTION TO ESTABLISH THE SOCIETY OF PRESBYTERIES AND REFORMED CHURCHES
http://www.refcm.org/crpc%20web%20stuff/CRPC--SPARC%20documents.pdf
Presbyterian & Reformed News
"Recording the Story of the Presbyterian Church in America."
The final issue, Volume 10 Numbers 1-4 Jan - Dec 2004
http://www.presbyteriannews.org/volumes/v10/1/pr38.pdf
Talks included the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Hanover Presbytery (Richard Bacon, Roberty La May).
The Reformed Presbyterian Church Hanover Presbytery
http://www.rpchanover.org
Mr. Smith had been examined and approved by the Hanover Presbytery.
It was reported in December 18, 2004 (http://www.americanpresbyterianchurch.org/minutes_12-18-04.htm) that the Covenant Reformed Presbyterian Church (CRPC) declined to pursue merger talks with the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Hanover Presbytery. The main issue was membership in Masonic Lodges, which is tolerated by the RPCUS, Hanover Presbytery.
The final issue included an article by Robert Shapiro entitled "Whither the PCA?" In it he sums up the corruption in the PCA. An additional six pages expose problems with the Doug Wilson ministry.
With Frank J. Smith's departure for reasons cited in the publication the late 2004 issue of the Presbyterian & Reformed News was the final issue. It is no longer published.
http://www.refcm.org/crpc%20web%20stuff/crpcsheboygan/index.htm

The Trinity Foundation Church Registry and Clearinghouse
"By publishing this church registry we hope to offer some modest help to both individual Christians looking for an acceptable place to worship, and to congregations seeking Christians for mutual edification and to evangelize their communities. We do not guarantee that everyone will be satisfied with every church in this Registry; the user is always under the obligation to compare what is taught by these churches with Scripture." http://www.trinityfoundation.org/churchregmain.php

A Letter From George Whitefield to the Rev. Mr. John Wesley in Answer to Mr. Wesley's Sermon Entitled "Free Grace"
In George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival, 2 volumes (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust) Arnold Dallimore explains in detail how Wesley's possibly contrived difference with Whitefield over "sinless perfection" had the effect of carving out a 'spiritual empire' for John Wesley and of bringing him to pre-eminence.
See also "Iain Murray on Whitefield and Wesley."
http://www.spurgeon.org/~phil/wesley.htm

Iain Murray on Whitefield and Wesley
"This article first appeared in the 1960 edition of Whitefield's Journals, published by The Banner of Truth Trust. Here Iain Murray discusses the historical background that led to George Whitefield's famous letter to John Wesley."
http://www.spurgeon.org/~phil/wesley/murray.htm

Witsius, Herman, Of the Violation of the Covenant of Works on the Part of Man from Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man
http://www.truecovenanter.com/gospel/witsius_violation_of_the_Covenant_of_Works.html

VanderKemp, Johannes, A Sermon on Ecclesiastes 7.29, titled "The First Cause of Good and Evil"
http://www.truecovenanter.com/sermons/vanderkemp03.html

Marshall, Walter, A Sermon on Justification
http://www.truecovenanter.com/sermons/marshall_justification.html

Dickson, David, Of Justification, From David Dickson's Truth's Victory Over Error
http://www.truecovenanter.com/dickson/truthsvictory11.html

Dickson, David, Truth's Victory Over Error
http://www.truecovenanter.com/dickson/truthsvictory.html

VanderKemp, Johannes, A Sermon Entitled The Justification of the Sinner Before God
http://www.truecovenanter.com/sermons/vanderkemp23.html

VanderKemp, Johannes, A Sermon entitled The Doctrine of Justification Defended
http://www.truecovenanter.com/sermons/vanderkemp24.html

Ursinus, Zacharias, Of Justification, From Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism
http://www.truecovenanter.com/gospel/ursinus_justification.html

Witsius, Herman, Of Justification, From Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man
http://www.truecovenanter.com/gospel/witsius_justification.html

Boston,Thomas, A Sermon on Justification
http://www.truecovenanter.com/sermons/boston_justification.html

Dickinson, Jonathan, A Discourse on Justification by Faith
http://www.truecovenanter.com/sermons/dickinson_justification.html

A Resolution to the Eleventh General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America O. Palmer Robertson (Justification)
http://www.fpcjackson.org/resources/apologetics/Covenant%20Theology%20&%20Justification/robertson.htm

See "A Theological Interpretation of American History" http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chc.html#stiahis



SANCTIFICATION

See the Theological Notes, "Sanctification: The Spirit and the Flesh," at 1 Corinthians 6:11, page 1806, in The Reformation Study Bible

I. They, who are once effectually called, and regenerated, having a new heart, and a new spirit created in them, are further sanctified, really and personally, through the virtue of Christ's death and resurrection, by His Word and Spirit dwelling in them: the dominion of the whole body of sin is destroyed, and the several lusts thereof are more and more weakened and mortified; and they more and more quickened and strengthened in all saving graces, to the practice of true holiness without, which no man shall see the Lord.

II. This sanctification is throughout, in the whole man, yet imperfect in this life, there abiding still some remnants of corruption in every part; whence arises a continual and irreconcilable war, the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh.

III. In which war, although the remaining corruption, for a time, may much prevail; yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part does overcome; and so, the saints grow in grace, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." -- The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), Of Sanctification, Chapter XIII

"It is absurd to imagine that God should justify a people and not sanctify them, He should justify a people whom He could not glorify." -- Thomas Watson

*Bonar, Horatius, The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
"First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
"Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
"Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm

*Foster, David Kyle, Sexual Healing: God's Plan for the Sanctification of Broken Lives: A Reference Manual for Ministering to Those Trapped in Sexual Sin and Brokenness (Jacksonville, FL [Mastering Life Ministries, P.O. Box 351149, Jacksonville 32235]: Mastering Life Ministries, 1997).
This is a unique work and the best resource known to the compiler offering biblical counsel for healing sexual brokenness. See "Foundations" and "Divine Intent for Sexuality" for a biblical explanation of the spiritual significance of sexuality. These two chapters alone make the purchase of the book worthwhile. Includes chapters, study guides, and exercises for Root sources for improper sexual development, Sexual identity confusion, Child sex abuse, Sexual addition, Pornography, Masturbation, voyeurism and exhibitionism, Why people remain in sexual sin and bondage, Failure and self-condemnation, A comprehensive game plan for sexual healing, and so forth. Indexed, 398 pages, includes bibliography.
Mastering Life Ministries
http://www.MasteringLife.org

*Marshall, Walter, 1628-1680, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.,) 1999).
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
Also available from Trinity Book Service and . [10363]
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
The Secret of Sanctification: Union With Christ: Walter Marshall's Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, Joel R. Beeke
http://www.heritagebooks.org/browse.asp?searchMode=author&searchString=marshall&x=20&y=8
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, Walter Marshall
http://www.lettermen2.com/gmswm.html

Orr, James E., Full Surrender (London, England: Marshall, Morgan and Scott, 1964). 60226
"A full discussion of the doctrine of sanctification." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Owen, John, The Holy Spirit (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN-10: 0851511252 ISBN-13: 978-0851511252, and The Holy Spirit (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). A Christian classic.
"Contains: Work of the Holy Spirit, His name, personality, operations, effects, work in regeneration, in the Old Testament, work on the mind, in sanctification, mortification of sin, and more."
John Newton calls Owen's discourse on the Holy Spirit. "An epitome, if not the masterpiece of his writings."
"Goodwin (THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN OUR SALVATION) and Owen were both excellent expositors. Goodwin interpreted by the insight of a renewed heart, Owen by the patient and prayerful study of words and phrases. . . . These two books complement one another. Together they form a definitive answer to virtually every book concerning the Holy Spirit which has appeared since these two were written in the 17th century . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr. Both are Christian classics.

Spurgeon, C.H., Sanctification (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications). 60227
A booklet.

Welwood, John, Heartwork, Assurance and National Judgment (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).

See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Holiness, Discipline, Corporate Faithfulness

Related WebLinks

Justifying Faith
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#justfaith



SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:21)

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Of sin, because they believe not on me;
Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
-- Jesus Christ (John 16:8-15)

But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:14)

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. (2 John 9)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22)

"Remember that the grand design of the devil, and all deceivers, is to delude and corrupt the rulers of the people, knowing how much they signify by their laws, power, and examples; and how sad it will be to be judged as a persecutor, or a captain of iniquity. And therefore you must have a greater self-suspicion, and fear of seduction and sin, than others; and must watch more carefully against wicked counsel and example, but especially the temptations of your own flesh and corrupted nature, and of your wealth and place." -- Richard Baxter

"I see this tendency to lean on man everywhere. I know no branch of the Protestant Church of Christ which does not require to be cautioned upon the point. It is a snare, for example, to the English Episcopalian to make idols of Bishop Pearson and `the Judicious Hooker.' It is a snare to the Scotch Presbyterian to pin his faith on John Knox, the Covenanters, and Dr. Chalmers. It is a snare to the Methodists in our day to worship the memory of John Wesley. It is a snare to the Independent to see no fault in any opinion of Owen and Dodderidge. It is a snare to the Baptist to exaggerate the wisdom of Gill and Fuller and Robert Hall. All these are snares, and into these snares how many fall!
"Infallibility is not to be found in the early fathers, but in the Bible.
"What are the best of ministers but men -- dust, ashes, and clay -- men of like passions with ourselves, men exposed to temptations, men liable to weaknesses and infirmities?
"It is amazing to observe how vast a man's intellectual attainments may be, and yet how little he may know of the grace of God.
"We have no right to expect anything but the pure Gospel of Christ, unmixed and unadulterated -- the same Gospel that was taught by the Apostles -- to do good to the souls of men.
"Peace without truth is a false peace; it is the very peace of the devil. Unity without the Gospel is a worthless unity; it is the very unity of Hell.
"False doctrine and heresy are even worse than schism.
"It was controversy that won the battle of Protestant Reformation.
"Three things there are which men never ought to trifle with -- a little poison, a little false doctrine, and a little sin.
"A church may have good forms and regularly ordained ministers, and the sacraments properly administered, but a church will not see conversion of souls going on under its pulpits when this doctrine [Justification by Faith]is not plainly preached.
"Once let a man get wrong about justification, and he will bid a long farewell to comfort, to peace, to lively hope, to anything like assurance in his Christianity. An error here is a worm at the root.
"An ignorant laity will always be the bane of a church.
"True Gospel in the pulpit, true Gospel in every Religious Society we support, true Gospel in the books we read, true Gospel in the friends we keep company with -- let this be our aim, and never let us be ashamed to let men see that it is so.
"Let the meekness of St. Peter in taking a reproof be as much our example as the boldness of St. Paul in reproving." -- J.C. Ryle "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121.
The Fallibility of Ministers, by J.C. Ryle
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/reviews/journal.asp?ID=113a.html

There is "power in numbers" whether numbers of persons under the Lordship of Jesus Christ or numbers of persons enslaved to Satan, but the spiritually discerning individual is not tempted by the power of ungodly alliance.

Bobgan, Martin, and Deidre Bobgan, James Dobson's Gospel of Self-Esteem and Psychology
"Another well written, well documented and footnoted book by the Bobgans. They do not attack Dr. Dobson personally, but they do quote extensively from his work and then show where he has moved away from biblical truth. It is a very eye opening book and is a must read for anyone who is wanting to hone their discernment skills. Don't take what the Bobgans say at face value, get your Bible out and see for yourself. Be a "Berean!" -- Reader Comment

Brown, Harold O.J., Heresies [70448]
"Dr. Brown is currently with the Reformed Theological Seminary Resident Faculty, in Charlotte NC. Heresies is a comprehensive history book as well as a copious treatise of various heresies since the first century A.D. This would explain its renaming for the current editions.
"Dr. Brown brings this to us in a logical, well written, chronological narrative. It is easy reading, chockfull of interesting details and bibliography/footnoting par excellence. He discusses the early persecutions and shows that even some heretics were genuine martyrs. Most importantly to the layman, he explains clearly the ramifications of any particular heresy. He does not stop with an explanation of why it is wrong, but discusses thoroughly the logical implications, conclusions, even actions to which this variant belief brings the heretic." -- Reader Comment

Brown, Harold O. J.,The Sensate Culture: Western Civilization Between Chaos and Transformation
"THE SENSATE CULTURE: WESTERN CIVILIZATION BETWEEN CHAOS AND TRANSFORMATION is a probing work grappling with the reasons so many moderns worship the sensuous, the material, the merely colossal -- but still feel empty and shallow. Building on the work of the late Pitirim Sorokin, Harold Brown finds the roots of cultural disintegration in the abandonment of the spiritual dimension. The author shows how most societies have descended from spiritual values to a period like our own, when materialism and sensuality rule. The result will be not just apostasy, but revolution, and the collapse of civilization. However, this need not be inevitable. The profound connections The Sensate Culture makes between Christianity and culture are accessible to every thoughtful person who takes seriously the crises faced by a world spinning out of control." -- Midwest Book Review

*Calvin, John, Calvin's Commentaries, 22 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House). A Christian classic.
"I know of no man since the Apostles' days whom I value and honor more than Calvin, and whose judgment in all things, one with another, I more esteem and come nearer to." -- Richard Baxter
"Of all commentators I believe Calvin to be the most candid. . . . He was no trimmer and pruner of texts. He gave their meaning as far as he knew it." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"A large volume could not contain all that has been written in praise of Calvin's commentaries, by men of all theological persuasions. Anyone who neglects consulting Calvin is going to be the poorer for their neglect." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
It is recommended that CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES be used for daily devotions.
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Calvin's Commentaries (those in e-text to date)
http://www.ccel.org/calvin/commentaries/commentaries.html

*Calvin, John, The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 volumes (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1960). A Christian classic.
"Edited by John McNeill and translated by Ford Lewis Battles, this is the definitive English language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church -- Calvin's INSTITUTES.
"Still considered by many to be the finest explanation and defense of the Protestant Reformation available.
"The work is divided into four books: I. The Knowledge of God the Creator, II. The Knowledge of God the Redeemer in Christ, III. The Mode of Obtaining the Grace of Christ, IV. The External Means or Helps by Which God Allures Us Into Fellowship With Christ and Keeps Us in It. . . . THE INSTITUTES is praised by the secular philosopher, Will Durant, as one of the ten books that shook the world." -- GCB
Calvin spent a lifetime writing and perfecting INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION. His Prefatory Address makes it clear that he intended the work to be a defense of Christianity to the King of France.
Therefore, plainly stated, one of the most influential works ever published in the English language is a defense of Christianity to leaders of State.
Prefatory Address to His Most Christian Majesty, The Most Mighty and Illustrious Monarch, Francis, King of the French, His Sovereign, John Calvin
"Indeed, this consideration makes a true king: to recognize himself a minister of God in governing his kingdom. Now, that king, who in ruling over his realm does not serve God's glory, exercises not kingly rule but brigandage. [Footnote: 'Nec iam regnum ille sed latrocinium exercet.' An echo of Augustine's famous phrase: 'When justice is taken away, what are kingdoms [[regna]] but a vast banditry [[magna latocinia]]?' City of God IV. iv (MPL [[Migne, J.P., Patrologiae cursus completus, series Latina]] 41. 115; tr. NPNF [[A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, second series]] II. 66).] Furthermore, he is deceived who looks for enduring prosperity in his kingdom when it is not ruled by God's scepter, that is, his Holy Word; for the heavenly oracle that proclaims that 'where prophecy fails the people are scattered' [Prov. 29:18] cannot lie." (Battles translation)
"The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not make his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts the part not of a king, but a robber. He, moreover, deceives himself who anticipates long prosperity to any kingdom which is not ruled by the sceptre of God, that is, by his divine word. For the heavenly oracle is infallible which has declared, that where there is no vision the people perish (Prov. 29:18). (Beveridge translation)"
See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation:
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"The doctrines of covenant liberty were rediscovered in the Reformation. John Calvin went further than anyone else in defining liberty and what Christians need to do to maintain it. Includes bibliographies."
It is recommended that INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION be used for daily devotions and may be used in combination with Ford Lewis Battles and John Walchenbach, AN ANALYSIS OF THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OF JOHN CALVIN (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House) and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
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Calvin, Spurgeon and International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) (LLS)
Contains Calvin's Commentaries.
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The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection CD-ROM in Logos Library System (LLS) format
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Calvin's Commentaries (online)
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One Hundred Aphorisms, Containing, Within a Narrow Compass, the Substance and Order of the Four Books of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
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The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection
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Institutes of the Christian Religion (Beveridge translation online)
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.i.html

*Burroughs, Jeremiah, Hosea (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1991, 1863). A Christian classic.
"Burroughs' style in this long work will seem to be breaking fresh ground, for he is constantly doing what modern writers on Holy Scripture fail to do--that is, drawing out truths about God's will, work, and ways with us humans that will enable us to discern, if we are willing to do so, how he regards our nation and our churches today, and how we should deal with him in light of the way we may expect him to deal with us. In fact, however, Burroughs represents an older, wiser, and more fruitful type of Bible teaching with which the modern church, conservative, no less than liberal, is for the moment largely out of touch. We are the eccentrics; Burroughs is the main stream. Let us be clear about that! . . . What, finally, may the late twentieth-century reader expect to gain from the major investment of time and effort that is involved in working through Hosea? He will learn about God, and God's ways; much about personal godliness, and the many-sided concern for holiness, peace, and love, that should always mark the godly; much about things to hope for, and pray for; much about dangers to watch against, forms of spiritual ill-health to learn to recognize, and in general principles for taking stock of his own Christian life, and that of the church and community to which he belongs. These are matters of unchanging truth, on which it is not at all incongruous for seventeenth-century masters to instruct us, their twentieth-century pupils. No doubt the historical exegesis of Hosea has gone further during the past 350 years than Burroughs was able to take it, but whether theological understanding of the God of Hosea has advanced beyond what we find in Burroughs--whether, indeed, we are as well acquainted with the God of Hosea as Burroughs was--is another question entirely. I find in Burroughs any number of precious truths that without him I might well have missed, and I want others to be enriched as I have been. I count it, therefore, a great and happy privilege to commend this new edition to today's Christian readers. Burrow into Burroughs! You will profit enormously." -- J.I. Packer

*Grant, George, Trial and Error: The American Civil Liberties Union and Its Impact on Your Family (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers, 1989). [90489]
The ACLU is having a profound impact on America's legal system. A superbly written and well researched book on the ACLU, considered by some to be Public Enemy #1.

Knox, John, Against Apostasy and Indifference (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"Formerly titled 'An Epistle to the Inhabitants of New Castle and Berwick, 1558,' one subheading reads; 'John Knox to the Inhabitants of Newcastle and Berwick, and Unto All Others, Who Sometime in the Realm of England Professed Christ Jesus, and Now Be Returned to the Bondage of Idolatry, Wishes True and Earnest Repentance By the Power and Operation of That Same Spirit Who Called From Death Jesus, the Only Pastor of Our Souls.' Written to stem the tide of backsliding and compromise during the dark days of Mary's reign in England, Knox sends a pastoral exhortation of repentance to those who had reverted to idolatrous worship. Grieving, he says that he was 'wounded almost to death' over these developments. Nevertheless he remained faithful to his readers, directing them to consider the great reward awaiting those who persevere and noting 'how horrible are the torments which the slaves of Satan (I mean idolaters, and such as for fear refuse the known truth) shall suffer with the Devil, and with his angels, without end.' Herein we see the serious nature of idolatry and of turning away from truth once attained." -- SWRB

*Luther, Martin, Commentary on Galatians, English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1979, 1553).
"I prefer this book of Martin Luther's (except the Bible) before all the books I have ever seen, as most fit for a wounded soul." -- John Bunyan
"This is a great, historic work, and is beyond criticism on account of its great usefulness. As a comment its accuracy might be questioned; but for emphatic utterances and clear statements of the great doctrine of the Epistle it remains altogether by itself, and must be judged per se." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"The reissue of a famous series of lectures delivered at Wittenberg University in 1553." -- Cyril J. Barber
Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth." (Galatians 3:1 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
http://www.lettermen2.com/luther1.html
Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "That He might deliver us from the present evil world." (Galatians 1:4 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
http://www.lettermen2.com/luther2.html

*Morey, Robert A., The New Atheism and the Erosion of Freedom (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, c1986).
"Exposes the godless suppression of religious freedom today and presents effective ways to convert atheists to Christ. In case you have not noticed atheism/secular humanism is gaining ground. Are you grounded in what these philosophies teach? Can you refute them? Dr. Morey will show you how." -- GCB
The American Atheist Union has said this is the most dangerous book ever written about religion. Includes bibliography.

*Rushdoony, Rousas J., Christianity and the State (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books)
"The need to return to a Biblical doctrine of civil government is evidenced by our century's worldwide drift into tyranny. Humanism invariably rushes in to fill the world's theological vacuums: the need of the hour is to restore a full-orbed, Biblical, theology of the state. This work sets forth that theology." -- GCB

*Warfield, B.B., Counterfeit Miracles: The Cessation of the Charismata, Patristic and Medieval Marvels, Roman Catholic Miracles, Irvingite Gifts, Faith Healing, Mind Cure, 334 pages (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation,) and (Kessinger Publishing, LLC, July 25, 2007).
"This book is based on a series of lectures on counterfeit miracles that Professor Benjamin Warfield of Princeton Theological Seminary delivered in 1918; they are as relevant and as important today as they were ninety years ago.
"Warfield, one of the most accomplished theologians of the twentieth century, a Professor at Princeton Seminary for more than 30 years, and a prolific systematic theologian, defends and expresses once again the skepticism commanded by Christ in Scripture.
"There are demonic miracles in the modern world; there are unscrupulous impostors; there are weak-minded and gullible churchgoers; there is the power of suggestion; but there are no divine miracles. Divine miracles had a specific purpose, and when that purpose was accomplished, divine miracles ceased.
"The present fascination with miracles, no longer restricted to the superstitions of the Roman Catholic Church-State, but now spread throughout the world by the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements, is not a sign of resurgent Christianity, as so many have said, but a sign of resurgent paganism. The sort of religion that pervaded ancient Rome and medieval Rome has returned, just as, and because, Christianity is fading from the modern mind." -- The Trinity Foundation
"Warfield carefully examines the claims of Roman Catholics, Christian Science, and others. Such alleged miracles as tongue-speaking, faith-healing, etc. are considered and catalogued. Then he sets out a carefully worded (does Warfield know any other way to word) defense of the view of Christianity of the nature, function, and cessation of certain spiritual gifts--and of course he equates this with what the Bible says, and quotes appropriate places." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"It is well and good to say (with fingers in ears, repeating like a mantra) "Miracles happen every day . . . I've seen them . . . everybody's seen them . . . God never changes . . . etc., etc." But when one gets down to brass tacs, the complete dearth of evidence for - as an example - miracles of regeneration or resurrection is embarassingly obvious. Does anyone think that if Benny Hinn had more to offer than mind-cures, suggestion, and cures of psychosomatic illnesses that he would not FLOOD the airways with footage to prove it? TBN would be ALL MIRACLES, ALL DAY. I was raised in a charismatic home and fully believe that God gives special providences and that our prayers ARE answered. But the special apostolic gifts are, whether you gauge it by quality or quantity, not with us anymore. I understand the worldview of the charismatic; but charismatics need to learn that whether or not the last regenerative miracle was in 70 AD or yesterday actually has no bearing on the truth of Christianity. Warfields excellent exegesis not only answers questions of charismata that endure to this day, but also reminds us that there is nothing new under the sun. Read this 80 year old tome, change the names, and you have a scathing indictment of the modern practitioners of faith healing. Bravo to a scintillating intellect." -- Reader's Comment

*Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (Glasgow, Scotland [Free Presbyterian Publications, 133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE]: Free Presbyterian Publication, 1994). ISBN 0902506080 (casebound) and ISBN 0902506358 (paperback), Still Waters Revival Books, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Also available from Crown and Covenant Publications:
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" 'The product of Puritan conflict,' stated Shedd, reaching 'a perfection of statement never elsewhere achieved.' All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly's Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church,' writes Hetherington (The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines), p. 345. Concerning the Shorter Catechism, which is one of the items also included in this book, Mitchell notes: 'it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms' (Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, p. 431). The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) is the greatest of all the creeds of the Christian church. The church of Christ cannot be creedless and live. Especially in an age of doubt and confusion, it is her duty to define and proclaim the one true faith. Nowhere has the Reformed church done this so effectively as in the Westminster Confession and family of documents. This book represents Reformed thinking at its purest and best. It was intended, as part of the Covenanted Reformation taking place during its compilation, to be adopted as the binding confessional standard for every individual, family, court, church, and legislature in the British Isles." -- SWRB
This is considered to be the definitive publication of the Westminster family of documents. It includes the following:

  1. To the Christian Reader, Especially Heads of Families, Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader,
  2. The Confession of Faith (1646), the full and original edition with Scripture proofs written out,
  3. The Larger Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
  4. The Shorter Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
  5. The Sum of Saving Knowledge,
  6. The National Covenant,
  7. The Solemn League and Covenant,
  8. A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant; and a Solemn Engagement to all the Duties Contained Therein
    CD #1, Reformation Bookshelf 30 CD Set
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  9. The Directory for the Public Worship of God,
  10. The Form of Presbyterial Church Government, and
  11. The Directory for Family Worship.
The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) is said to be the finest summary of The Holy Bible available. It is recommended for daily devotions. Among the ten greatest works in the English language.
"The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
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For commentaries see the following topical listing:
"The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works"
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html#wcf
Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/WLC_frames.html
Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession, Larger and Shorter Catechisms.)
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996).
Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.
The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format are found on CD #1 of the Reformation Bookshelf 30 CD Set
http://www.swrb.com/Puritan/reformation-bookshelf-CDs.htm.
Westminster Assembly and Related Documents
http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/westminsterhome.htm
The Significance of The Westminster Standards as a Creed
http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
Heresies Defined and the Necessity of Heresies Explained, by George Gillespie, Scottish Commissioner to the Assembly of Divines at Westminster
http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/ggilles09.html
The Shorter Catechism With Scripture Proofs (Carlisle, PA [P.O. Box 621, Carlisle 17013, USA]: The Banner of Truth Trust).
Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/

Adams, Jay E., A Call to Discernment (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers). [30005]
"This book shows how serious a problem lack of discernment is . . . and poses how one can become a more discerning Christian." -- GCB

Ankerberg, John, and John Weldon, Cult Watch: What You Need to Know About Spiritual Deception [D1004]

Ankerberg, John, and John Weldon, The Facts on False Teaching in the Church [D1005]

Barrow, Gregory K., Love Your Enemies (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"Does God hate the sin, but love the sinner? Does God love Satan? What about the fallen angels and Satan's earthly children? What does it mean to love your enemies as God does? Why does God give good things to His enemies, and does this mean that He loves them, or is this to their greater condemnation? How should we view the imprecatory prayers and curses of Scripture? These questions and more are faithfully answered in this intense study. This lecture also tackles the issues of the 'free offer' of the gospel, predestination and human responsibility, law and love, and the common grace controversy. This is the written text to this study that is also available on audio cassette. For further study see North's Dominion and Common Grace: The Biblical Basis of Progress and Engelsma's Hyper-Calvinism and the Call of the Gospel." -- SWRB
Love Your Enemies, a sermon
http://www.swrb.com

DeMoss, Robert G., Jr., Learn to Discern (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House). [70182]
"Movie and record companies spend billions each year to seduce your kids. They're creative. They're smart. They know what they're doing. To protect your children read this very frank book." -- GCB

Ellul, Jacques, Living Faith: Belief and Doubt in a Perilous World (New York, NY: Harper and Row, 1983). [10163]

Groothuis, Douglas, Confronting the New Age (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press). [D1133]
"A clear, systematic guide on how to witness to New Agers. Lays out a concise strategy on confronting the New Age movement, especially in the areas of cultural change, education, and business."
"A book that tells how to stem the tide of this growing religious movement. Will help you to: witness to New Age adherents; identify New Age influences in business seminars; expose New Age curriculum in public schools; discern New Age influences in pop psychology, biofeedback therapy, visualization, and New Age music." -- GCB

*Kelly, Douglas F., The Emergence of Liberty in the Modern World: The Influence of Calvin on Five Governments From the 16th Through 18th Centuries (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.). 10910
"Examines Calvin's influence on the civil governments of Geneva, Huguenot France, Knox's Scotland, Puritan England, and Colonial America. Shows how Calvin's legacy continues to bear upon the issues that guide and agitate Western nations today." --Publisher's Annotation

Machen, Gresham J., Education, Christianity and the State (Jefferson, MD: The Trinity Foundation). [90316]
"What role does the government have to play in education? What is the relationship between faith and knowledge? Is scholarship important, or is education the same as training? Machen was one of the leading theologians of the early 20th century, the founder of a denomination and a seminary, and a staunch defender of Biblical truth. This book has been adopted as required reading by a large college in Florida. It may be studied with profit by teachers, parents, and students. Contents include: Faith and Knowledge, The Importance of Christian Scholarship, Christianity and Culture, Reforming the Government Schools, The Necessity of The Christian School, Shall We Have a Federal Department of Education? Proposed Department of Education, The Christian School: The Hope of America, Westminster Theological Seminary: Its Purpose and Plan." -- The Trinity Foundation. Includes index.

Michaelsen, Johanna, The Beautiful Side of Evil (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers). [D1118]
A significant work in spiritual discernment. Includes bibliography.

*Morey, Robert A., The New Atheism and the Erosion of Freedom (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, c1986). 90075
"Exposes the godless suppression of religious freedom today and presents effective ways to convert atheists to Christ. In case you have not noticed atheism/secular humanism is gaining ground. Are you grounded in what these philosophies teach? Can you refute them? Dr. Morey will show you how." -- GCB
The American Atheist Union has said this is the most dangerous book ever written about religion. Includes bibliography.

Morey, Robert, How to Keep Your Faith in College (Southbridge, MA: Crown Publications Inc. [Crown MA]). [70497]
For high school and college students. "Dr. Morey's book will help every student to know God, know himself, grasp the essentials, gain a Christian world view, discern cultural considerations, spot humanism, avoid deception, and stay away from cults and occult. . . . An easy to read study guide with discussion questions at the end of each chapter makes this book perfect for group study."

*North, Gary, Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism (Tyler, TX: Institute for Christian Economics, 1989). 90577
"Political pluralism is not simply a political philosophy; it is a theology. This theology teaches that there must never be a nation that identifies itself with any religion." -- Publisher's Annotation
"This book presents a new vision of politics and a new vision of America, a vision self-consciously tied to the Bible. . . . Dr. North, a trained historian, seeks to lead us from this downward spiral to full recovery." -- GCB
Institute for Christian Economics Freebooks.com
http://www.freebooks.com/

*North, Gary, Unholy Spirits: Occultism and New Age Humanism (Ft. Worth, TX: Dominion Press, 1988). 90579
"According to this in-depth analysis by renowned historian and author Dr. Gary North, the New Age movement is indeed a serious threat and its adherents are no laughing matter. By tracing the historical and theological roots of modern occultic practices, Dr. North paints a frightening portrait of just exactly what we are up against. It's not a pretty sight. Fortunately though, UNHOLY SPIRITS is not simply another `doom and gloom' forecast. He offers parents, teachers, pastors, and other committed Christians practical steps of action to nullify and ultimately eliminate the effects of the New Age infiltration into our homes, our schools, our communities, and our nation." -- Publisher's Annotation.
A revision of his earlier work NONE DARE CALL IT WITCHCRAFT, published in 1974. Includes bibliographic footnotes, index, and Scripture index.
Institute for Christian Economics Freebooks.com
http://www.freebooks.com/

Reed, Kevin, The Decline of American Presbyterianism (A Book Review of Gary North's CROSSED FINGERS: HOW THE LIBERALS CAPTURED THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/decline.htm
Crossed Fingers: How the Liberals Captured the Presbyterian Church, by Gary North
http://entrewave.com/freebooks/docs/html/gncf/table_of_contents.htm

Ridenour, Fritz, So What's the Difference? (Ventura, CA: Regal Books). D1026
"A very helpful and handy guide to the real points of difference between Biblical Protestantism and Roman Catholicism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Unitarianism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Christian Science, and Mormonism." -- GCB

*Scott, Otto, R.J. Rushdoony, M.R. Rushdoony, Martin G. Selbrede, and John Lofton, Jr., The Great Christian Revolution: The Myths of Paganism and Arminianism (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books). 10937 [90233]
"Dr. Warfield noted that Calvinism represents the Christian religion in its highest and purest form, for Calvinism alone acknowledges the totality of God's kingly prerogatives over every square inch of our world. This volume supports these powerful truths from three different perspectives, with each author supplying cumulative weight to the proposition that God rules in the affairs of all men, from the least to the greatest. This book will help you sort out much of the current error in theology in our day." -- GCB

Strong, William, d. 1654, The certainty of heavenly and the uncertainty of earthly treasures together with a discovery where the treasure and heart is placed / as it was delivered in severall sermons by that eminently faithfull servant of Christ, 1656, EEBO.

See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms, Spiritual Warfare, Churches That Abuse, The Theology of Freedom, The Doctrine of Man, Sexual relationship, Mind Control, A Selection of Works on Pseudo-Christian Movements, Covenant Theology and Covenanting, Corporate Faithfuness, Textual Criticism, Modern Myths and Fallacies, The Decline of American Society, Conspiracy and Corruption, Churches That Abuse, John Ankerberg and John Weldon have written over 70 books on pseudo-Christian movements

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http://www.lettermen2.com/luther1.html

Luther's Commentary on Galatians, "That He might deliver us from the present evil world." (Galatians 1:4 excerpt), English translation by Erasmus Middleton, B.D., edited by John Prince Fallowes, M.A., Pembroke College, Cambridge
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HOLINESS and HAPPINESS

Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:8)

Blessed [are] they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:6)

Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, "And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. (Philippians 3:8,9)

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth. (Romans 10:4)

According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. (Ephesians 1:4)

If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him. (1 John 2:29)

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." -- Jesus Christ (John 14:23)

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (1 John 2:17)

"There is no imagination wherewith man is besotted, more foolish, none so pernicious, as this -- that persons not purified, not sanctified, not made holy in their life, should afterwards be taken into that state of blessedness which consists in the enjoyment of God. Neither can such person enjoy God, nor would God be a reward to them. Holiness indeed is perfected in heaven: but the beginning of it is invariably confined to this world." -- John Owen

"Nothing else but the habitual and predominant devotion and dedication of soul, and body, and life, and all that we have to God; and esteeming, and loving, and serving, and seeking Him, before all the pleasures and prosperity of the flesh." -- Richard Baxter

"The whole frame of a believer's life should be so holy, and heavenly, and mortified, and above the world, as may amount to a serious profession that he liveth in confident hope of the life to come, and may show the world the difference between a worldling and an heir of heaven; between corrupted nature and true grace. The professors of godliness must be a peculiar people, zealous of good works, and adorned with them." -- Richard Baxter

"A man must first love that he would be, before he can be that which he loveth." -- Andrew Willet

In a word, there is a divine knowledge, which is part of man's felicity, as it promoteth love and union; and there is a solid knowledge of God's word and works, a valuable grammatical knowledge, and a true philosophy, which none but ignorant person will despise. But the vain philosophy, and pretended wisdom or learning of the world, hath been, and is, the cheat of souls, and the hinderer of wisdom, and a troubler of the church and world. -- Richard Baxter (4:557)

Pray against the power of your lusts by calling on the gospel covenant. God was not bound by the first covenant to stir a foot for man's help. Man by his own accord went over into the Devil's camp. He deserted God, and chose a new lord. And God may have left him there, without offering any help for his rescue from his rebellion, as he did in leaving the fallen angels without a Savior. It was only by free grace that God undertook the recovery of men through the gospel covenant. So then, if you are a covenanter with God by accepting the terms on which God offers to save us in the gospel covenant -- that is by faith and repentance -- then call upon God to remember His covenant, and to cause you to renounce your sins, those armies of lusts which war against your soul. Then you shall find that those with you are greater than those that are against you, that sin shall no more have dominion over you." Why? Because "you are not under law, but under grace," -- Romans 6:14. That is, you are not under the law covenant which God made with Adam, but are under the gospel covenant that God made with the Second Adam, Christ, and through Him to all believers. Oh, how many lose their prayers against sin because they do not have the gospel covenant to plead against them! They do not stand in federal relation to God, and they do not take care to get into it. -- William Gurnall

To solve the problems of life we must determine to live a more Godly life. Godliness means right relationship: allegiance, loyalty to the true and living God, a personal relationship with God through Christ Jesus, the imputed righteousness of Christ in every believer's life, the enablement of the Holy Spirit that delivers the upright from temptation. Christ overcame the world and he can overcomes the world through us, if we lead holy lives. And a righteous nation is a moral and stable society in which leaders are covenant heads.

The only way for man and wife and children and society to live together happily is to pursue holiness through Christ Jesus,
The Everlasting Righteousness.

*BAXTER, RICHARD, A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians How to Use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
(Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673). Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic.
"The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages) is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
"Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God) merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
"There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
"We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
"The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle) and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
"Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), found elsewhere in BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, are less detailed works. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
" Ptacek in Family Worship (p. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous `nonconformists,' in what is know as the `great ejection,' in 1662, `Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. `Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled `Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God. . . . "Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- SWRB
This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007. They may be the publisher who will eventually reprints the title.
http://www.heritagebooks.org/
The reprint by George Virtue is included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
The reprint by George Virtue is available as a Cerlox bound photocopy from Still Waters Revival Books, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/baxter/practical.toc.html
The reprint by George Virtue is included in THE AMAZING CHRISTIAN LIBRARY, DVD Four, CD #21
http://www.AmazingLibrary.com
The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
Notice that the etext in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition) feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and paste from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
http://books.google.com/books?id=cyQFBOUHkaoC&dq=A+Christian+Directory+inpublisher:lettermen+inpublisher:associates&lr=&as_brr=0&ie=ISO-8859-1
One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28, ISBN: 0921148267 9780921148265.
1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html

*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000, 1992). A Christian classic.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, [`Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men,'] `The Reformed Pastor' `Poor Man's Family Book,' `The Catechizing of Families,' and `The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
http://www.e4.net
The Richard Baxter Page
http://members.aol.com/augusteen/Baxter.html
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

*Baxter, Richard, Dying Thoughts: Christian Hope for the Life Hereafter [30938]

*Baxter, Richard, A Treatise of Knowledge and Love Compared in The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673). 30934
Long title: A Treatise of Knowledge and Love Compared. In two Parts: 1. Of Falsely Pretended Knowledge. II. Of True Saving Knowledge and Love. I. Against Hasty Judging, and False Conceits of Knowledge; and for Necessary Suspension. II. The Excellency of Divine Love, and the Happiness of Being Known and Loved of God. Written as greatly necessary to the safety and peace of every Christian, and of the Church: the only certain way to escape false religions, heresies, sects, and malignant prejudices, persecutions, and sinful wars; all caused by falsely pretended knowledge, and hasty judging, by proud, ignorant men, who know not their ignorance.

Beeke, Joel R., Holiness: God's Call to Sanctification

*Bernard de Clairvaux, On Loving God: Selections From Sermons by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (A Treasury of Christian Books. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated, 1981). [60227A]

*Bonar, Horatius, Free-Will [60032]

*Bonar, Horatius, God's Way of Holiness (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co.). [60228]
"He describes the new life; the indwelling of Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Then he clarifies what is the root and soil of holiness. He shows us the Cross and its power, and expounds how the saint is not under the law, but under grace. Then a look at Romans 7 shows us how far we must go after we have the new life. We must have a true creed in our true life. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"Covers such things as: the new life, the Spirit in us, root and soil of holiness, strength against sin, the cross and its power, the saint and the law, the saint and Romans 7, and more." -- GCB
God's Way of Holiness, by Horatius Bonar
http://www.pionet.net/~cultrsch/bgwhtoc.htm

*Bonar, Horatius, The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
"First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
"Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
"Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm

*Bridges, Jerry, Practice of Godliness (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress). [60229]
"Bridges says that godliness is not a spiritual luxury enjoyed only by saints of the past and superstars of today. It is rather the privilege and duty of every Christian. Godliness is devotion to God which results in a life that is pleasing to Him." -- GCB

*Bridges, Jerry, The Pursuit of Holiness (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress). [60230]
"The best modern book on the subject of holiness. It also happens to be our best-seller on the subject. Looking for a book for your next Bible study? Go no further. This author is similar in his theology to such men as Ryle, Bonar, Charnock, Pink, Brown, et al." -- GCB

*Burroughs, Jeremiah, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1979). A Christian classic.
"Well-known Puritan author of THE RARE JEWEL OF CHRISTIAN CONTENTMENT excels in deeply spiritual insights. Most authors writing today can't hold a candle to him!" -- CBD
"I am still reading this book, but I've read enough to have it significantly change my outlook on life and afflictions. I have learned in abundance what it means to trust the Lord in troubles and to realize that God will bring me out of them in His time, and it is my duty to praise the Lord and devote my heart to Him. My cup runs over when I read Jeremiah Burroughs." -- Reader Comment

Bunyan, John, Holy Life: The Beauty of Christianity [31141]

Bunyan, John, The Acceptable Sacrifice: The Excellency of a Broken Heart [31150]

Burgess, Anthony, Spiritual Refining, Volume II [31157]

Burroughs, Jeremiah, A Treatise of Earthly-Mindedness and A Heavenly Conversation (Walking With God) [31158]

*Chafer, Lewis S., He That Is Spiritual (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1965). [60231]
"A definitive exposition of true Christian living based on a clear exposition of selected Biblical passages." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Chafer, Lewis S., True Evangelism: Winning Souls by Prayer [20141]

*Charnock, Stephen, Knowledge of the Holy (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). [60232]
A Christian classic.

*Law, William, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1948). [60234]
John Wesley said on reading it, "The light flowed so mightily upon my soul that everything appeared in a new view." This book was "the first impulse [to the evangelical revival of the eighteenth century] and came from the school of the Non-Jurors, and especially from Williams Law's SERIOUS CALL." -- Publisher's Annotation
Whitefield declared that through it "God worked powerfully on my soul, as He has since upon many others." Introduction by J.V. Moldenhawer.
A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life William Law
http://www.ccel.org/l/law/a_serious_call/a_serious_call.html

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Growing in the Spirit: Assurance of Our Salvation (John 17:20-26) [31561]

*Luther, Martin, Letters of Spiritual Counsel (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1955). [60247]
Edited and translated by Theodore G. Tappert. Includes bibliography.

*Marshall, Walter, 1628-1680, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.,) 1999).
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
Also available from Trinity Book Service and . [10363]
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
The Secret of Sanctification: Union With Christ: Walter Marshall's Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, Joel R. Beeke
http://www.heritagebooks.org/browse.asp?searchMode=author&searchString=marshall&x=20&y=8
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, Walter Marshall
http://www.lettermen2.com/gmswm.html

*Owen, John, Sin and Temptation: The Challenge to Personal Godliness. A Christian classic.
"The concept of sin and personal responsibility has all but disappeared from our world. John Owen deals with the nature of sinful humanity as no writer since has done as keenly or thoroughly, arguing that sin is always a self-deceiving, blinding folly. Owen was a leading English statesman in the late 17th century and is considered `the John Calvin of England'." -- Ingram. A Christian classic.

*Packer, J.I., A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of The Christian Life [31064]
J.I. Packer's Introduction to The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, by John Owen
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
Owen, John. Salus electorum, sanguis Jesu: or the death of death in the death of Christ. Being a treatise of the redemption and reconciliation that is in the blood of Christ; wherein the whole controversy about universal redemption is fully discussed: in four parts; ... By John Owen, D.D. Carefully revised and corrected. Edinburgh, 1755. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3321796584
Logos Research Systems
http://www.logos.com

*Perkins, William, 1558-1602, The true gaine more in worth then all the goods in the world, 1601, Additional title: Christ the true and perfect gaine, EEBO.

Ryle, J.C., Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots (London, England: Evangelical Press). 20431
"Ryle, like his great masters, has no easy way to holiness to offer us, and no `patent' method by which it can be obtained; but he invariably produces that `hunger and thirst after righteousness' which is the only indispensable condition to being `filled'." -- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
"Newly typeset edition from Evangelical Press with preface done by J.I. Packer. Complete and unabridged." -- GCB
Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots J.C. Ryle
http://www.e4.net

*Scougal, Henry, The Life of God in the Soul of Man and Rules and Instructions for a Holy Life by Robert Leighton [31071]

*Taylor, Jeremy, Holy Living and Holy Dying [31076]

*Thomas, William H.G. (W.H. Griffith Thomas), Grace and Power (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1984).
"This is one of the great books of Christendom. It deals concisely with the problems Christians face in every age: how to make time for prayer, why we often hinder our spiritual growth, the manner in which we may develop our inner resources so as to be able to meet the contingencies of life, and the means God has provided for the development of the spiritual life. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber. A Christian classic.

*Watson, Thomas (d. 1686) and Joel R. Beeke, Heaven taken by storm: showing the holy violence a Christian is to put forth in the pursuit after glory, (Ligonier, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1992).
WATSON, THOMAS, The Christian Soldier; or, Heaven Taken By Storm. Shewing the Holy Violence Christian is to Put Forth in the Pursuit After Glory, 1810, Still Waters Revival Books. and See Reformation Bookshelf CD #21 (Still Waters Revival Books)
Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, Heaven taken by storm, or, The holy violence a Christian is to put forth in the pursuit after glory by Thomas Watson ..., 1670, EEBO.
Watson, Thomas. Heaven taken by storm: or, the holy violence a Christian is to put forth in the pursuit after glory. By Thomas Watson, ... Revised and corrected by the Rev. Mr. Armstrong, ... London, 1788. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3318534778
"The Christian life is a battle and this battle will only be won by those that avail themselves of all the weapons and strength that God gives. Watson, a master teacher concerning the practical aspects of the Christian's "heart life," explains how to vigorously pursue the high calling of the Christian life, and how to win the war with the world, the flesh and the devil." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Puritan Thomas Watson describes how the Christian is to take the Kingdom of Heaven by holy violence through the reading and exposition of Scripture, prayer, meditation, self-examination, conversation, and the sanctification of the Lord's Day. He is also to offer violence towards himself, Satan, and the world. Watson is always easy to read." -- GCB

Baxter, James Sidlow, Christian Holiness: Restudied and Restated (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1977). [60239]

Bunyan, John, Holy Life: The Beauty of Christianity [31141]

Bunyan, John, The Acceptable Sacrifice: The Excellency of a Broken Heart [31150]
The Excellency of a Broken Heart, Psalms 51:17, John Bunyan (1628-1688)
http://www.wwd.net/user/ront/155.htm

Burgess, Anthony, Spiritual Refining, Volume II [31157]

Burroughs, Jeremiah, A Treatise of Earthly-Mindedness and A Heavenly Conversation (Walking With God) [31158]

*Chantry, Walter J., God's Righteous Kingdom: The Law's Connection With the Gospel (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). 10060

Clowney, E., Personal Holiness: Fulfilling Your Ministry [30144]

Edwards, Jonathan, Images or Shadows of Divine Things [31177]

*Edwards, Jonathan, The Nature of True Virtue [30991]

Edwards, Jonathan. An essay on the nature of true virtue. London, 1778. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3319851620

*Law, William, A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1948). [60234]
John Wesley said on reading it, "The light flowed so mightily upon my soul that everything appeared in a new view." This book was "the first impulse [to the evangelical revival of the eighteenth century] and came from the school of the Non-Jurors, and especially from Williams Law's SERIOUS CALL." -- Publisher's Annotation
Whitefield declared that through it "God worked powerfully on my soul, as He has since upon many others." Introduction by J.V. Moldenhawer.
A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life William Law
http://www.ccel.org/l/law/a_serious_call/a_serious_call.html

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Enjoying the Presence of God [31573]

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn, Growing in the Spirit: Assurance of Our Salvation (John 17:20-26) [31561]

*Luther, Martin, Letters of Spiritual Counsel (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1955). [60247]
Edited and translated by Theodore G. Tappert. Includes bibliography.

Martin, Hugh, The Abiding Presence (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1984). [60248]
"Prof. John Duncan said this book is fitted to promote `both the doctrine which is according to godliness and the godliness which is according to doctrine'." -- William J. Grier

Miller, C. John, Personal Holiness: No Cross, No Crown [30303]

Miller, C. John, Personal Holiness: Take Time to Be Holy [30304]

*Owen, John, Sin and Temptation: The Challenge to Personal Godliness. A Christian classic.
"The concept of sin and personal responsibility has all but disappeared from our world. John Owen deals with the nature of sinful humanity as no writer since has done as keenly or thoroughly, arguing that sin is always a self-deceiving, blinding folly. Owen was a leading English statesman in the late 17th century and is considered `the John Calvin of England'." -- Ingram. A Christian classic.

*Packer, J.I., A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of The Christian Life [31064]
J.I. Packer's Introduction to The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, by John Owen
http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
Owen, John. Salus electorum, sanguis Jesu: or the death of death in the death of Christ. Being a treatise of the redemption and reconciliation that is in the blood of Christ; wherein the whole controversy about universal redemption is fully discussed: in four parts; ... By John Owen, D.D. Carefully revised and corrected. Edinburgh, 1755. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3321796584
Logos Research Systems
http://www.logos.com

Ryle, J.C., Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots (London, England: Evangelical Press). 20431
"Ryle, like his great masters, has no easy way to holiness to offer us, and no `patent' method by which it can be obtained; but he invariably produces that `hunger and thirst after righteousness' which is the only indispensable condition to being `filled'." -- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
"Newly typeset edition from Evangelical Press with preface done by J.I. Packer. Complete and unabridged." -- GCB
Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots J.C. Ryle
http://www.e4.net

Scougal, Henry, The Life of God in the Soul of Man and Rules and Instructions for a Holy Life by Robert Leighton [31071]

Shepard, Thomas, Parable of the Ten Virgins [31242]

Storms, C. Samuel, Healing and Holiness: A Biblical Response to the Faith Healing Phenomenon [80010]

*Taylor, Jeremy, Holy Living and Holy Dying [31076]

*Thomas, William H.G. (W.H. Griffith Thomas), Grace and Power (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1984).
"This is one of the great books of Christendom. It deals concisely with the problems Christians face in every age: how to make time for prayer, why we often hinder our spiritual growth, the manner in which we may develop our inner resources so as to be able to meet the contingencies of life, and the means God has provided for the development of the spiritual life. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber. A Christian classic.

Vincent, Thomas, 1634-1678, Godlinesse in principle and conversation a necessary preparative to the worlds dissolution and the escaping of future burnings / by Thomas Vincent, 1670, EEBO.

*Watson, Thomas (d. 1686) and Joel R. Beeke, Heaven taken by storm: showing the holy violence a Christian is to put forth in the pursuit after glory, (Ligonier, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1992).
WATSON, THOMAS, The Christian Soldier; or, Heaven Taken By Storm. Shewing the Holy Violence Christian is to Put Forth in the Pursuit After Glory, 1810, Still Waters Revival Books. and See Reformation Bookshelf CD #21 (Still Waters Revival Books)
Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, Heaven taken by storm, or, The holy violence a Christian is to put forth in the pursuit after glory by Thomas Watson ..., 1670, EEBO.
Watson, Thomas. Heaven taken by storm: or, the holy violence a Christian is to put forth in the pursuit after glory. By Thomas Watson, ... Revised and corrected by the Rev. Mr. Armstrong, ... London, 1788. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3318534778
"The Christian life is a battle and this battle will only be won by those that avail themselves of all the weapons and strength that God gives. Watson, a master teacher concerning the practical aspects of the Christian's "heart life," explains how to vigorously pursue the high calling of the Christian life, and how to win the war with the world, the flesh and the devil." -- Publisher's Annotation
"Puritan Thomas Watson describes how the Christian is to take the Kingdom of Heaven by holy violence through the reading and exposition of Scripture, prayer, meditation, self-examination, conversation, and the sanctification of the Lord's Day. He is also to offer violence towards himself, Satan, and the world. Watson is always easy to read." -- GCB

See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Justification and sanctification, Believer's position in Christ and Sonship, The love and justice of God, Christian life, Sexual relationship, Discipleship, Works by and About Puritans, Physical Health, Bible reading and devotional guides, Christian Fellowship, Casuistry, Ethics, Holy Spirit, Mind Control

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A Table Illustrating God's Eternal Moral Law
http://www.dr-fnlee.org/docs/toc/toc.html



MANHOOD

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:4)

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:48)

But many [that are] first shall be last; and the last [shall be] first. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:28-30)

So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
He saith to him again the second time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, [son] of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. -- Jesus Christ (John 21:15-17)

"Jesus only" indicates our manhood. It is a sign of a higher growth when we can see Jesus only. -- C.H. Spurgeon in a sermon entitled
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols16-18/chs924.pdf p. 645

Still remember that the GREAT MEANS of all the good that here or hereafter you can expect, is the GREAT MEDIATOR, the GREAT TEACHER, RULER, and INTERCESSOR for his people; and therefore, out of him you can do nothing. All duty that you offer to God, must be by his mediation; and so must all mercy which you receive from God. "To come to God by him, who is the way, the truth, and the life," must be your daily work of faith. His blood must wash you from all sin past, and from the guilt of daily failings and infirmities. None but he can effectually teach you to know God and yourselves, your duty and your everlasting hopes. None but he can render your persons, praises, and actions acceptable to God; because you are sinners, and unmeet for God's acceptance without a Mediator. "All power in heaven and earth is given him," and your lives and souls are at his will. And it is he that must judge you, and with whom you hope to live in glory. Therefore you must so "live by the faith of the Son of God, who hath loved you and given himself for you," that you may say it is he that liveth in you, Gal. ii. 20, 21. This is the fountain from whence you must daily fetch your strength and comfort.
X. And still remember that it is by the operation of the HOLY SPIRIT that the Father and the Son do sanctify souls, and regenerate and breed them up for glory. It is by the Holy Ghost that God dwelleth in us by love, and Christ by faith. Therefore see that you rest not in corrupted nature, and trust not to yourselves or to the flesh. Your souls are dead to God and holiness, and your duties dead, till the Spirit of Christ do quicken them. You are blind to God and made in vain, till the Spirit illuminate you, and give you understanding. You are like enemies, out of love with God, heaven, and holiness, till this Spirit reconcile you, and sanctify your wills. You will have no man-like, spiritual, holy pleasure, till the Holy Spirit renew your hearts, and make them fit to delight in God. Oh that men knew the great necessity of the illuminating, quickening, sanctifying, comforting influence of the Spirit of God, how far would they be from deriding it, as some profane ones do! By this Holy Spirit the sacred records were written; and by miracles of Christ and his apostles, and evangelists and prophets, sealed and delivered to the churches. And by this Spirit, the orders and government of the church were settled; and by Him we are enlightened to understand the Scriptures, and inclined to love them, and delightfully to believe them and obey them. Study therefore obediently these writings of the Holy Ghost, and confidently trust them. O be not found among the resisters or neglecters of the Spirit's help and motions, when proud self-confidence or fleshly lust do rise against them.
Christ's bodily presence is taken from the earth; he promised instead of it (which was but in one place at once,) to send his Spirit, which is to the soul more than the sun's light to the eye, and can shine in all the world at once. This is his agent on earth, by whom (in teachers and learners) he carrieth on his saving work. This is his advocate, who pleadeth his cause effectually against unbelief, and fleshly lusts, and worldly wisdom. This is the "well of living water, springing up in us to everlasting life;" the name, the mark of God on souls; the divine regenerator, the author of God's holy image; and the divine nature, even divine life, and light, and love; the conqueror of the world and flesh, the strengthener of the weak, the confirmer of the wavering, the comforter of the sad, and the pledge, earnest, and first-fruits of everlasting life. O therefore pray earnestly for the Spirit of grace, and carefully obey him, and joyfully praise God, in the sense of his holy encouragement and help! -- Richard Baxter

One role of real men is to act as an "umbrella of protection" over wife, children, family, church, local community, and the nation. Their role is to protect others from evil.
Christianity is the only religion that offers a solution to the problem of evil. Christ took away the sin of the world. "Behold the Lamb of God, that taketh away the sin of the world." (John I:29) Christianity is also the highest ethical standard known to mankind. Christ was the Son of God and walked the face of the earth to teach us how to live. He transformed time and eternity for the elect by his sacrificial love. Obedience to him is an expression of love. We become like the objects of our love, our worship, persons whom we allow to control and influence us. Therefore, "Real Men Love Jesus." Real manhood is being Christlike. Loving obedience to Christ enables a man to fulfill his role of protecting family, church, and state from evil. It is obedience to The Teaching of The Lord Jesus Christ that nurtures true manhood. Real men strive to be true to Christ. Christianity defines manhood.

*BOSTON, THOMAS, Human Nature in Its Fourfold State (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). A Christian classic.
"This is THE classic on human nature. It was immediately acclaimed as such, and went through several printings during the author's lifetime. The book deals with four states of human existence: the state of innocence; the state of nature; the state of grace; and, the eternal state. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr. A Christian classic.
"When those who are devoid of the Spirit of God and reject revealed religion meet up with the Scriptural doctrine of original sin, their comments expose their hostility towards God and help exhibit the very principle they deny. For example, Smellie comments on one reaction to this work of Edwards as follows: 'Mr. Lechy has condemned the treatise on Original Sin as 'one of the most revolting books that have ever proceeded from the pen of man.' Edwards summarizes this book as 'a general defense of that great important doctrine,' and has skillfully answered those who would assail the revealed truth of God's Word at this point. If our doctrine is weak on man's nature and (in)ability, all manner of false 'help yourself' religion (e.g. Arminianism, Romanism, the cults, the occult, etc.), and secular seduction (e.g. psychology, socialism, etc.), based on man' inherent 'goodness' or ability to 'save himself,' will be given a wide open door to run rampant." -- SWRB

Andrews, Gini, Sons of Freedom: God and the Single Man [70001]

August, Eugene R., Men's Studies: A Selected and Annotated Interdisciplinary Bibliography (Littleton, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1985). 60255
"Provides a starting point for those pursuing further research. . . . The bibliography will prove useful to D.Min. students involved in pastoral counseling as well as to those in evangelism who seek to chart a course for the church in the closing decades of this century. The information treats outreach, as well as the needs of men in school, public life, academia, institutions, and, in fact, all walks of life." -- Cyril J. Barber

Bilezikian, Gilbert, Beyond Sex Roles: A Guide for the Study of Female Roles in the Bible [40067]

*Knox, John, Select Practical Writings of John Knox (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"In this 1845 edition, we find some of Knox's writings addressed to individuals. Deep, experimental dealing with souls and consciences, high toned, manly and practical, all describe this work. Over 350 pages." -- SWRB

*Laidlaw, John, The Bible Doctrine of Man, 3rd edition (Edinburgh, Scotland: T. and T. Clark, 1895). 60289
"The Cunningham Lectures, New College, Edinburgh, 1880. Provides one of the ablest introductions to Biblical anthropology ever written. Excellent." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Marshall, Walter, 1628-1680, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.,) 1999).
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
Also available from Trinity Book Service and . [10363]
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
The Secret of Sanctification: Union With Christ: Walter Marshall's Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, Joel R. Beeke
http://www.heritagebooks.org/browse.asp?searchMode=author&searchString=marshall&x=20&y=8
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, Walter Marshall
http://www.lettermen2.com/gmswm.html

Miller, C. John, Becoming a Full-Time Man [30284]

Miller, C. John, Becoming a Full-Time Man (cont.); Prayer and Christian Manliness [30285]
Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

Miller, C. John, Husband and Father as Spiritual Leader (part 1) [30298]

Miller, C. John, Husband and Father as Spiritual Leader (part 2) [30299]

Morley, Patrick M., The Man in the Mirror: Solving the 24 Problems Men Face (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers, 1989). 60274
Foreword by R.C. Sproul. "Reveals twenty-four secrets about living successfully . . .-- CRM

Phillips, Douglas W. (compiler and editor), Poems for Patriarchs: The Verse and Prose of Christian Manhood ( The Vision Forum, Inc.)
"One reason men lack vision is because they lack poetry in their lives. Men no longer sing or recite inspirational verse. Our boys are no longer required to memorized the great psalms, hymns, and poems of Christian manhood.
"This should come as no surprise. The 20th century has wreaked havoc upon chivalry and manhood. The transformation of poetry from the ennobling to the coarse, the banal, or the irrelevant is as much a sign of our national loss of manhood as it is of the decline of decency and civilization. "Poetry is essential to a man's life. We should never forget that God chose to communicate through the language of poetry. A large portion of the Scripture from Psalms to The Song of Solomon -- even the book of Isaiah in the original language -- was written in verse. Why? Because poetry and song allow us to use the beauty of language to paint mental images of victory, of devotion, and of the beauty of life in Jesus Christ. . . ." -- Douglas W. Phillips

Rand, Ron, For Fathers Who Aren't in Heaven [70125]

Robbins, John W. (editor), The Church Effeminate and Other Essays (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2001).
"A large collection (740 pages) of some of the best essays of the past five centuries on the structure, purpose, and function of the church and Christian worship." -- Publisher's Annotation

Strecker, Edward Adam, Their Mother's Daughters [70128]

Strecker, Edward Adam, Their Mother's Sons [70129]

Verduin, Leonard, Somewhat Less Than God: The Biblical View of Man (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1970). 60283
"A systematic approach to Christian anthropology." -- Cyril J. Barber

See also: THE LORD JESUS CHRIST Soteriology, The incarnation of our lord, The glory of the lord jesus christ, Christ's kingdom, The mediatorial reign of christ: the crown rights of christ, Knowing christ, The lordship of jesus christ, The person and work of jesus christ the lord, The cross of christ, The blood of christ, The resurrection, The sufficiency of christ, The teachings of the lord jesus christ, Christ our example, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, History, "his-story," The promises of christ, Christ's influence on western civilization), Family worship, The teaching of the lord jesus christ, The believer's position in Christ and sonship, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Sexual relationship, Holiness, Justifying faith, Justification, Sanctificatin, Self-denial, Counsel for young men, Counsel for young women, Men, women and God, Marriage, Fatherhood, Family

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Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

Patriarchy: The Urgent Need for Biblical Manhood Rusty Lee Thomas
http://www.mttu.com/elijahmin/Tracts/PATRlARCHY.htm

A WARRIOR and a GENTLEMAN: G.A. Henty and the True Meaning of Manhood, Curtis Todd Adams
Curtis, age 14, was the winner of "G.A. Henty Essay Contest Winners 2003," a contest sponsored by Vision Forum
"True Christian masculinity is a fine balance of seasoned leaders hip (the tireless warrior) and selfless servanthood (the considerate gentleman). A man comprised of only one of these sides does not function as a true man ought to since his tough side is not counterbalanced with a caring side. Nineteenth century author, G.A. Henty, provides examples of masculine imbalance in too-tough characters such as the Jackson father and son (WITH LEE IN VIRGINIA) and the Spanish Inquisitors (UNDER DRAKE'S FLAG), and in too-soft characters such as the cowardly Robert Rivers (A KNIGHT OF THE WHITE CROSS). As Doug Phillips has written, "There are ten thousand road obstacles to accomplishing a godly vision, but true leadership requires an indefatigueable willingness to work for a righteous cause to the end." The heroes of G.A. Henty's novels are characterized by conquering difficult obstacles with fortitude and compassion, thereby portraying a godly vision of manhood. . . ." -- Curtis Todd Adams
http://www.visionforum.com/hottopics/essaycontests/henty2003/adams.aspx



Christ Our Example

But many [that are] first shall be last; and the last [shall be] first. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:28-30)

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
-- Jesus Christ (John 13:34,35)

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:13)

But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. (1 Peter 2:21)

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
(Hebrews 12:1,2)

For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell. (Colossians 1:19)

"Mark here to whom God giveth wisdom: all the godly are taught of God; but mark here how it is that he teacheth them. Not while they scorn at studies and universities, and look that their knowledge should cost them nothing, or that the Spirit should be instead of serious studies, or that their understandings should discern what is true or false at the first appearance; but while they think no pains or patience too great to learn the truth in the school of Christ." -- Richard Baxter (I:591)

"But instead of all virtues he commendeth the example of Christ for every virtue, and opposeth it to every vice; as if he should say, He which thinketh only to follow Christ, needeth not to be led by the hand from virtue to virtue, but His example will teach him what he shall follow, and what he shall fly, better than all the precepts in the world." -- Henry Smith

*Bonar, Horatius, The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
"First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
"Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
"Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm

*Edersheim, Alfred, The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990, 1883). A Christian classic.
"The most important general work on the life of Christ in our language." -- Wilbur M. Smith
"From his prodigious study he produced an unrivaled picture of the life of Christ and of the whole Jewish background -- not merely of the archaeological details, but of the essential characteristics of Jewish thought and feeling. It is today the most extensively used life of Christ in the English language." -- Publisher's Annotation
The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah, by Alfred Edersheim
http://www.ccel.org/e/edersheim/lifetimes/

*Marshall, Walter, 1628-1680, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.,) 1999).
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
Also available from Trinity Book Service and . [10363]
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
The Secret of Sanctification: Union With Christ: Walter Marshall's Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, Joel R. Beeke
http://www.heritagebooks.org/browse.asp?searchMode=author&searchString=marshall&x=20&y=8
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, Walter Marshall
http://www.lettermen2.com/gmswm.html

*Stalker, James, Christ Our Example (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1960, 1908). [60285]
"First published in 1908 under the title IMAGO CHRISTI, this work provides a thought-provoking treatise on the teaching of Christ." -- Cyril J. Barber

Foster, R.C., Studies in the Life of Christ [10298]

Griffiths, Michael, The Example of Jesus (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press). [60286]
"Griffiths, the principle of London Bible College, guides us in exploring following Christ. He covers the basis for imitating Jesus. He delves into the ways of Jesus. Finally he covers just how it is that we can be more like Jesus." -- GCB

Tinsley, Ernest John, The Imitation of God in Christ: An Essay in the Biblical Basis of Christian Spirituality [10228]

Tripp, Paul, Christ Our Model (part 1) [30432]

Tripp, Paul, Christ Our Model (part 2) [30433]

See also: The teaching of the lord jesus christ, Christ our example, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship

Related WebLinks

Nave's Topical Bible -- Christ our Example (search "example")
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi

The Teaching of The Lord Jesus Christ
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr2cha.html#teachljc

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#tljc



Men, Women and God

But many [that are] first shall be last; and the last [shall be] first. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:28-30)

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become [as] sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have [the gift of] prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, [and] is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these [is] charity. (1 Corinthians 13)

*Hardisty, Margaret, Forever My Love [40065]

*Knight, George W., The Role Relationship of Men and Women, revised edition (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1985). 60296
"One of the best works of its kind. Treats all the New Testament passages that perplex modern minds. Because so much confusion has arisen over whether or not kephale means `source' or `authority,' an appendix by Wayne Grundem has been added in which that issue is discussed at length. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber. Contains material useful in counseling.

Hurley, James B., Man and Woman in Biblical Perspective (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1981). 60299
"A thorough, sound, Biblical, and background survey. It is valuable not only for its erudition and meticulous reasoning but for its great sensitivity in the application of Biblical principles." -- John Gerstner
Dr. Hurley is Associate Professor of Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary.

*Marshall, Walter, 1628-1680, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.,) 1999).
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
Also available from Trinity Book Service and . [10363]
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
The Secret of Sanctification: Union With Christ: Walter Marshall's Gospel Mystery of Sanctification, Joel R. Beeke
http://www.heritagebooks.org/browse.asp?searchMode=author&searchString=marshall&x=20&y=8
The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, Walter Marshall
http://www.lettermen2.com/gmswm.html

Miles, Herbert Jackson, and Fern Harrington Miles, Husband-Wife Equality [70041]

Neuer, Werner, Man and Women in Christian Perspective (Westchester, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books], 1991). 60300
Translated by Dr. Gordon Wenham. "MAN AND WOMAN IN CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE has a strong pastoral concern. . . . It deals honorably and critically with all facets of the problem. . . . Here is an author whose concern is Truth . . . and whose writing takes the reader through the confusing pluralism of today onto firm ground." -- James Atkinson

Pawson, J. David, Leadership is Male (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1990). 60301
Foreword by Elisabeth Elliot.

Strecker, Edward Adam, Their Mother's Daughters [70128]

Strecker, Edward Adam, Their Mother's Sons [70129]

*Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, The Art of Divine Contentment and Watson, Thomas (author), Don Kistler (editor), The Art of Divine Contentment, 2nd edition (Soli Deo Gloria Ministries, March 1, 2001).
Alternate title: Autarkeia [31084]
This is an exposition of Philippians 4:11.
"Like all the good Puritans he majored in the art of teaching humble hearts to live the Christ-like life. In this book it is the art of contentment that is pressed on all of us." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"Watson, one of the most understandable and practical of the Puritans, gives us a much needed remedy for the discontent that is rampant in our society today, even among Christians. He gives a warm and God-centered view of how contentment as a Christian is not only possible, but should be normal. His thesis is: 'That a gracious spirit is a contented spirit. The doctrine of contentment is very superlative; and til we have learned this, we have not learned to be Christians.' (p. 19). He rightly focuses the source of contentment on God's promises and His sovereign keeping of them. 'There is one promise brings much sweet contentment into the soul, "They that seek the Lord shall not want any good thing", Ps. xxxiv. 10. If the thing we desire be good for us, we shall have it; if it be not good, then the not having it is good for us. The resting satisfied with this promise gives contentment.' (p. 108). "All Christians can benefit from this kind of work, that we might be different, and not live in the same discontent that we see all around us. If you're looking for a treatment for your heart, Watson is a fine physician of the soul. "-- Reader's Comment
The Art of Divine Contentment, Thomas Watson
http://www.ccel.org/w/watson/contentment/contentment.html
Watson, Thomas. The art of divine contentment. By Thomas Watson, ... Revised and corrected, by Thomas Bennett, ... The fifteenth edition London, 1793. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3319121496
Watson, Thomas, d. 1686, Autarkeia, or, The art of divine contentment by Thomas Watson, 1654, EEBO.

See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Suffrage, Feminism, Men and women, Christian fiction (The Elsie Books by Martha Finley)

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Headcoverings and the Christian Woman
http://www.covenanter.org/Attire/Headcoverings/headcoverings.htm



PERSONAL AND FAMILY FINANCES

"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:33)

For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward. -- Jesus Christ (Mark 9:41)

"The fulness of the earth can never satisfy the soul. All satisfaction and contentment arise from the conjunction of a convenient with a convenient; the conjunction of suitables. If a man have never so great an estate, if his heart be not suited to it, he hath no content. If a man have never so small an estate, if his heart be suited to it, he is content. What suitableness is there between the fulness of the earth and the better part of man, the soul! A thing is never said to be full till it be full of that for which it is made: a chest or trunk is not said to be full of air, though it be full of air. So take one of these meeting-houses; though the place be full of stools, or full of air, yet we say the church is empty; because though it be full, yet it is not full of that for which it is made, full of people.
"So now, take a man that hath all the fulness of the earth; because that his soul was never made for the fulness of the earth, therefore he is said to be empty; in the midst of all his fulness, the man is an empty man, because his heart is not full of that for which he was made, and that is Christ." -- William Bridge

"Prosperity is no friend to a sanctified memory, and therefore we are cautioned, when we are full, lest we forget God. Noah, who had seen the whole world drowned in water, was no sooner safe on shore, and in the enjoyment of plenty, than he forgot God, and drowned himself in wine." -- William Gurnall

*Gouge, Thomas, Riches Increased by Giving: Or the Right Use of Mammon Being the Surest and Safest Way of Thriving (Harrisonburg, VA [Sprinkle Publications, P.O. Box 1094, Harrisonburg, 22803]: Sprinkle Publications), 1992, 1672). 60307
"This book was, in its day (around 1672), highly regarded. Comes with long recommendations by John Owen, Richard Baxter, Thomas Manton, and William Bates. Unfortunately, in an age where there is more wealth and money than ever, fewer and fewer know how to use and view money. This book provides the best theological foundation on the subject of any book we sell." -- GCB

Birch, Bruce C., The Predicament of the Prosperous (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1978). 60308

Blue, Ron, Master Your Money (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers). 60309
"Ron Blue, a CPA with more than 18 years' experience, deals with problems of repaying a debt, managing the family budget, and having an adequate retirement fund. Included are charts, figures and guides for personal planning." GCB. How to achieve financial freedom.

Blue, Ron, Money Matters for Parents and Their Kids (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers). 60310
"A much needed book that will offer practical help and encouragement to parents in teaching their children how to become financially independent, to make correct financial decisions, to handle money wisely, and much more. Focuses on four skills: budgeting, purchasing, decision making, and goal setting." -- GCB

Blue, Ron, The Debt Squeeze (Dallas, TX: Word Publishing). 60311
"In a straightforward manner, this nationally renowned financial adviser presents a realistic step-by-step plan for getting out of debt, and offers wise money management counsel to guide your borrowing decisions."

Burkett, Larry, Business by the Book (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers). 60313
"For business owners and managers who found Burkett's original BUSINESS BY THE BOOK helpful (and especially if you missed it!), here's a new expanded edition in paperback. Burkett uses Scripture to illustrate principles for sound financial planning, compensation, employer-employee relationships, bankruptcy, and hiring, and firing. Included in this expanded edition are the how-to's of debt-free business, fair pricing of products and services, and planning for retirement. Business people -- let's do it by the Book! . . ." -- CBD

Burkett, Larry, What the Bible Says About Money: A Topical Concordance Containing Every Verse in the Bible Related to Money and Personal Financial Matters (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers, 1989). 60327
"This is actually a `topical concordance' to every verse in the Bible relating to money and personal financial matters. A valuable reference and study tool for pastors, students, teachers and all serious Christians." -- GCB

Chilton, David, The Wealthy Barber: The Common-Sense Guide to Becoming Financially Independent (Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing, 1991). 60328
Includes index.

Clason, George S., The Richest Man in Babylon
"It essentially teaches that as long as we spend all we earn, we are enslaved. In this circumstance we are forced to work because we have to, not because we want to. Financial pressure forces us to think of ourselves and interferes with our ability to concentrate on serving others. . . .
"Many times, men and women with talent, opportunity, and good incomes are unable to utilize their abilities and enjoy life because of their self-imposed financial pressures. . . ." -- W. Steven Brown

Fooshee, George, Jr., You Can Be Financially Free (Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell, 1976). 60329
"A practical, and in may respects excellent, book on financial management with an emphasis on being a good steward of the resources God has entrusted to us." -- Cyril J. Barber

Harris, Gregg, The Home and Family Business Workshop: A Complete Workshop for Parents and Teens on How to Start a Successful Business for Your Family (Gresham, OR: Christian Life Workshops). 60333
This series of seven audio cassette tapes includes: The Biblical Basis for Your Family Business, How to Start Your Family Business, The Marks of Truly Christian Business People, Home Banking and Other Strategies to Avoid Debt, Proven Business Ideas You Can Start Immediately, How to Find and Keep Your Customers, and How to Manage Yourself and Your Time.

*Lockyer, Herbert, All the Promises of the Bible
"A devotional expositional compilation of about 3,300 of the approximately 8,810 promises found in Scripture." -- Synopsis

Mooney, S.C., Usury: Destroyer of Nations [90323]

Moore, Gary D., The Thoughtful Christian's Guide to Investing (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1990). 60334
"Moore, a senior vice-president of a major Wall Street investment firm, calls investors back to basic and fundamental Christian ethics. In great detail, he guides the investor through the myriad of options." -- GCB

North, Gary, Honest Money: Biblical Blueprints on Money Making and Banking [90594]
Institute for Christian Economics Freebooks.com
http://www.freebooks.com/

North, Gary, Inherit the Earth: Biblical Blueprints on Economics [90595]
Institute for Christian Economics Freebooks.com
http://www.freebooks.com/

North, Gary, Introduction to Christian Economics [90596]
Institute for Christian Economics Freebooks.com
http://www.freebooks.com/

North, Gary, Successful Investing in an Age of Envy [90604]
Institute for Christian Economics Freebooks.com
http://www.freebooks.com/

North, Gary, The Pirate Economy [90613]
Institute for Christian Economics Freebooks.com
http://www.freebooks.com/

Perkins, William, 1558-1602, The true gaine more in worth then all the goods in the world, 1601, Additional title: Christ the true and perfect gaine, EEBO.

Petty, Jim, Money, Ambition and the Christian Family [30360]

Rose, Tom, Economics: Principles and Policy From a Christian Perspective, 2nd edition (Mercer, PA: American Enterprise Publications). 60336
"This book covers the nature of economics and the nature of man, the Bible and economics, basic economics, the distribution and market system, and more. Here is a good place to start for a proper understanding of money. Could easily be used as a textbook." -- GCB

Straus, Jack, Jr., Financial Freedom: A Step by Step Guide (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers, 1988). 60338
"The Bible offers a clear prescription for financial freedom, according to the author. Here are all the tools we need to escape the 20th century snares of spiraling indebtedness, skyrocketing living costs, and materialism run rampant. Straus is an attorney in Dallas, Texas, and an instructor of Law for Small Business at Richland College." -- GCB

Sullivan, Teresa A., Elizabeth Warren, and Jay Westbrook, The Fragile Middle Class: Americans in Debt (Yale University Press; September 1, 2001).
"A sizable portion of the U.S. middle class -- far more than pundits acknowledge -- teeters on the brink of economic failure, according to this fascinating, alarming study. Noting that personal bankruptcies have hit record levels (more than one million American households file for them each year), the authors (As We Forgive Our Debtors) zero in on middle-class vulnerability through a detailed survey of 2,452 people across the nation who filed for bankruptcy during the 1990s. Included in their sample are teachers, accountants, computer engineers, sales clerks, executives, entrepreneurs, doctors and dentists -- solidly middle-class folk who fell into financial disaster. Employment problems (layoffs, "skidding" to a lower-paying job, part-time work [and now medical expenses - SK]) were the biggest factor, as was the overuse of credit cards. Respondents also cited unpayable medical bills, loss of income from illness or accident, the financial burden on single-adult households that result from divorce and home buyers purchasing more than they could afford. Illustrated with tables and graphs, this crisply written report is occasionally dry, but many readers will identify with the down-to-earth case histories. A good number of the profiled personal-bankruptcy filers are full of regret, self-blame and humiliation, contradicting the popular perception that filing is an easy way out of one's economic woes. While the authors offer no comprehensive solutions to this societal malaise, their chilling diagnosis of middle-class affliction demonstrates that we all may be only a job loss, medical problem or credit card indulgence away from the downward spiral leading to bankruptcy." -- Publishers Weekly
"More than a million American families now file for federal bankruptcy annually, and many more are perilously close to financial disaster. In this important analysis of hard-pressed families, recently featured in articles in Newsweek, Forbes, Chronicle of Higher Education, and the New York Times, the authors discover that financial stability for many middle-class Americans is all too fragile. The authors consider the changing cultural and economic factors that threaten financial security and what they imply for the future vitality of the middle class.
"Teresa A. Sullivan is Vice President and Graduate Dean and professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Elizabeth Warren is Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Jay Lawrence Westbrook is Benno C. Schmidt Chair of Business Law at the University of Texas School of Law." -- Publisher's Annotation
"As a 20-year bankruptcy practitioner,I believe this book is a 'must read' for any one whose income is less than seven-figure. It could happen to you! The factors leading to bankruptcy are varied, but have a common thread: an over extension of credit and a 'hiccup' in life that makes it unduly burdensome or impossible to shoulder the debt. The seductive siren call of 'For everything else there is MasterCard' and 'VISA, everywhere you want to be' or 'nothing down, no interest, and no payments for a year' is for many irresistible. Credit cards can be very convenient but also, as the authors point out, hazardous to one's economic health. Credit cards should come with a warning similar to the Surgeon General's warning for tobacco. While the explosion in bankruptcy filings during the past decade is fairly spread over the various age groups, it is the under 30 group that is the most vulnerable in the future. With almost limitless student loan availability and multiple multi-purpose credit cards, i.e., VISA and MasterCard (even to high schoolers), the ability to incur indebtedness far beyond any reasonable realistic expectation of ability to repay is pandemic. When a person can leave college saddled with $50,000 or more in student loan obligations and incur an additional $50,000, or more, in 'small bite at a time' debt in the span of less than 5 years, it does not take much of a 'hiccup' in life to bring the house of cards down. As the authors so well illustrate, consumer finance education and teaching fiscal discipline at the high school level is an absolute must. Those who practice 'immediate gratification,' like Humpty Dumpty, are headed for a major fall and bankruptcy can not put them back together again." Reader Review

Sutherland, John R., Going Broke: Bankruptcy, Business, Ethics and the Bible [20749]

Swartz, David, The Magnificent Obsession: Seeking First the Kingdom of God [60109]

Warren, Elizabeth, and Amelia Warren Tyagi, All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan (Free Press; March 8, 2005).
"Makes a good case that the epidemic of bankruptcy is not about people being irresponsible." -- Paul Krugman
"You work hard -- really hard -- but it seems like there's never enough. Never enough to cover all the bills. Never enough to relax and have some fun. Never enough to save some real money. What has gone wrong? What is the secret that you haven't figured out?
"In ALL YOUR WORTH, Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Warren Tyagi -- mother/daughter authors of the acclaimed THE TWO-INCOME TRAP -- tell you the truth about money. They lay out the new rules of money -- the ones nobody talks about. They show you how to get out of debt, cover your bills, and start getting ahead -- without needing to carry a calculator everywhere you go. ALL YOUR WORTH will help you get control over your money once and for all so that you can finally start building toward the life you've always wanted.
"ALL YOUR WORTH isn't based on lucky guesses or gut reasoning; it is the result of more than twenty years of intensive research. As a result, the authors don't offer you a few quick fixes destined to fall apart, and they don't waste time trying to solve problems you don't have. Instead, the authors lay out a breakthrough approach for getting control over your money. And they use this approach to help you conquer your financial problems, step by step. They help you create a plan that isn't just for a week or for a month; this is a plan that lets you master your money for the rest of your life.
"The secret? It's simple, really: Get your money in balance. Warren and Tyagi show you how to divide and conquer. You will learn to balance your money into three essential parts: the Must-Haves (the bills you have to pay month after month), the Wants (some fun money for right now), and your Savings (so you can build a better tomorrow). No complicated budgets, and no keeping track of every penny you spend. Once you have the basics, it gets easy. You can put your money worries behind you and get on with what really matters -- living your life.
"Whatever your struggles with money, Warren and Tyagi can help you get your finances on the right track. They will show you things about yourself that you have never quite seen. Are you an emotional spender? Is debt robbing your future? Do you spend too little on fun? Are you and your partner trapped in the Money Blame Game? After you read this book, you will never look at your money -- or yourself -- in quite the same way again.
"Whether you are knee-deep in past-due notices or you just don't think you're saving enough, money worries can chew away at your life. Warren and Tyagi are here to tell you that you can stop the worry. You can change it all. You can have enough -- enough to cover the necessities, enough to put some real money in the bank and start bringing your dreams into reach. You can even have enough money to have fun. (In fact, they insist that you have enough for fun!) Best of all, with ALL YOUR WORTH, you can have peace of mind for the rest of your life." -- Publisher's Annotation

Wilson, M. Moore, The Financial Planner (Oklahoma City, OK: Christian Budget Counseling Services, 1987). 60339

See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Christian Economics, Worry, The promises of Christ, Bible promises

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DECISIONS, KNOWING THE WILL OF GOD and PATIENCE

I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart. (Psalm 40:8)

Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:21)

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. (Peter 4:8)

"The most signal demonstrations of Providence are not to be accepted against a Scripture-rule." -- John Flavel

"This revealed will of God is either manifested to us in His Word, or in His works. The former is His commanding will, the latter His affecting or permitting will." -- John Flavel

*Payne, Franklin E., Making Biblical Decisions (Escondido, CA: Hosanna House). 60345
"Dr. Payne's book should be found on the shelf of every Christian home . . . it is bound to become a practical classic." -- Jay Adams
Guidance in making medical decisions: over population, birth control option, abortion, artificial insemination, infertility, sterilization, in-vitro fertilization, surrogate motherhood, genetic engineering, sex therapy, quality of life, and so forth.

Bainton, Ronald H., Yesterday, Today, and What Next? Reflections on History and Hope (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House, 1978). 60346
"Important reflections on history, the discernible patterns that may be used to guide our decision today, and what we may expect in the future." -- Cyril J. Barber

Rose, Ben Lacy, Confirming Your Call in Church, Home and Vocation (Richmond, VA: John Knox Press, 1967). 60350

See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Casuistry, Discipleship, Ethics, Anger



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