Matthew Henry, in an exposition of John 14:1: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me,” makes plain that a person cannot simply believe in God, but must also believe in Jesus Christ. The “natural religion” of belief in God cannot Biblically stand without the revealed religion of Jesus Christ. In the first part he describes the objects of our faith, the Father and the Son. In the second part he shows the acts of our faith in Christ must be the same as our acts of our faith in God. In the third part he shows the necessary connection between believing in God and believing in Jesus Christ.
Matthew Henry presents a rigorous treatment of the Gospel, describing sin as a debt, as found in Matthew 6:12. He says: “This similitude, which represents sin as a debt, and the pardon of sin as the forgiving of that debt, our Saviour often used: and it is a proper one, and very significant.” This first part answers the questions of how we are in debt to God, what kind of debt sin is, what kind of debtors sinners are, and the danger of these debts. The second part covers what is included in the forgiveness of sin as a debt, why we have hope for it, and what is required of us. The third part gives six applications. This hard to find sermon is sure to interest anyone looking into the heart of Christianity.
Rev. Burr explains thirteen defenses that support the truth of the Christian faith. His topics include the honest authentic truth that the Bible intuitively has; the absence of conflict between the many different Biblical authors; the honest answers for weaknesses; lives have been changed in a strong positive sense; and the Bible is accepted by great intelligent men. This is a book for the skeptic, but food for thought for the believer as well.
This book tells the Biblical story of Joseph with commentary about the spiritual principals involved. The topics included are hatred, revenge, envy, lying, and the false idea of “luck.” God’s providence is one of the chief things to be learned, because it is God who lifts people up. “God was blessing you by means of those very things which were thought at the time so terrible.”
Paperback 4X6, 120 pages, 5 illus. Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781946145147; Vintage Chapbook Series
Diligence in business and eternal affairs is a matter for self-reflection. If one’s business is prosperous it does not indicate that one’s spiritual life is in order. The book encourages one to worship God in public and in secret and to read the Scriptures. “Showing how Mr. Thrifty the great mercer succeeded in his trade, by always examining his books soon after Christmas, and how Mr. Careless, by neglecting this rule, let all his affairs run to ruin before he was aware of it. After which some Christian help is offered to all those persons, high or low, who have a mind to examine into the account of their own lives during the last year.”
Paperback 4X6, 60 pages, 1 illus, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781946145093; Vintage Chapbook Series
Tom Starboard and Jack Halyard talked of old times together. Tom was clean and healthy, but Jack was weary of life. When Tom mentioned drinking, Jack knew that “grog” was at the bottom of his troubles. Jack’s life had hit bottom and he felt guilty about his mother whom he neglected. Tom helped him turn his life around with religion and clean living.
Paperback 4X6, 2 illustrations, 66 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781946145062, Vintage Chapbook Series
George Medway was a man of the world and didn’t care much about religion. When a man asked him to go to church and listen to a sermon, he agreed because it would be a good time to take a nap. God reached down and touched the man’s heart and he was changed overnight to be zealous for the Lord. This touching and effective testimony was so marked and so powerful that it could only be an act of God.
Paperback 4X6, 1 illustration, 52 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781946145055, Vintage Chapbook Series
A touching narrative of a woman who visited people in prison. A friendless criminal in a prison cell became very sick and she came to visit and became his friend. He came to life by the simple fact of knowing she was not paid to be there. She shared the gospel and he became a Christian.
The story is about Joe Long, a shipmate, who would not listen to people who advised him to turn from his ways. Joe spent his money foolishly and came to poverty. Tom, in his relatively new faith, helps Joe to clean up to go to church. Joe is very grateful and God had mercy on him. “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:8.
Paperback 4X6, 1 illustration, 68 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781946145031
“The ‘Repulse’ was as noble a seventyfour (sailing ship), and the crew were as fine fellows, as ever swam salt water, or went into action.” Two of the sailors sat and talked—Harry Williams, who is a Christian, and Tom Brown, who does not understand religious ways. They discuss the questions: Is the Bible true? and How do we know? “Bad men could not write a book so plainly condemning all sin. Good men would not have deceived mankind by pretending that an invention of their own was a divine revelation.” Tom’s understands his sinful heart, and a need to be born again.
Paperback 4X6, 1 illustration, 78 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781946145024, Vintage Chapbook Series