Richard Cecil proclaims: “Let us study the heavenly science of gaining by losses, and rising by depressions.” Death and mourning produce “a cry, which, while it rouses the sleeper, fills his eyes with tears and his heart with pangs; often produces such views of God, of the present, and of the eternal state,” like nothing else. John Flavel outlines many practical aspects of mourning in a healthy manner. John Newton’s letter urges readers to keep a balance between overvaluing and undervaluing social relationships. Jonathan Edwards’ letter emphasizes that the Lord Jesus Christ is our portion, rest, hope, and joy. This is a book of rich scriptural help and advice for mourning; much of which can be applied to any affliction.
Paperback 6X9, 122 pages, Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781946145130
Matthew Henry describes how carrying on family devotions is like having a small church in your house. He answers the questions: What is a church in your house? What are the motives and advantages? What are the practical steps? Henry says that “the way of duty is without doubt the way of safety,” because the worship of God in one’s house provides protection and is “the best policy of insurance,” to keep out evil, malice, and mischief.
Paperback 5.25X8, 70 pages. Amazon.com link, ISBN 9781946145079
“Who should be the greatest?” was on the disciples’ minds as they walked along the way. In this sermon about disputes, Matthew Henry preaches on Mark 9:33. The topics include disputes about superiority, not judging others, edifying communication, and being accountable. The reason to avoid disputes is that “It is against the law of humility to covet to be great in this world, and against the law of love to strive who shall be greatest.” Matthew Henry states that there remains “corruption in the hearts even of good people; and shows that pride, ambition, and affectation of worldly honor, are sins that do most easily beset even Christ’s own disciples.” He exhorts readers to humbly contend who shall be the best, who shall be most humble, and stoop lowest, for the good of others; and who shall labor most for the common welfare.
Matthew Henry exhorts his readers to balance the concepts of hope and fear, as in Psalm 147:11. Balance a dread of God with a humble delight in him; a trembling for sin balanced with a triumph in Christ; a vigilance of ourselves balanced with a thankful grace; a caution balanced with a confidence; a holy fear of coming short balanced with sense of grace to persevere. Also discussed are the pitfalls prosperity and disappointment that throw off balance, and what to look for.
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