img_1227 September 20

Satan Driving His Dupes To Despair

Thomas Brooks continues his list of devices, tools Satan uses to draw the soul to sin. #5. By presenting God to the soul as One made up of all mercy: For remedies, consider that 1. It is the sorest of judgment to be left to sin upon any pretense whatever 2. God is as just […]

img_1224 September 19

Satan’s Devices to Draw the Soul to Sin

Rev. Thomas Brooks Precious Remedies. Device #3 By the extenuating and lessening of sin “It is but a very little sin: you may commit it without any danger to your soul; you may commit it, and yet your soul shall live.” For remedies consider that 1. Sin which men account small bring God’s great wrath […]

img_1214 September 17

Satan’s Devices To Draw The Soul to Sin

Brooks unpacks 12 devices of our enemy and their remedies.  I’ll present two each day.  There’s lots of food for thought here.   #1. By presenting the bait and hiding the hook:   For remedies, consider that  We ought to keep at the greatest distance from sin and from playing with the bait Sin is […]

img_1208 September 15

Ignorance is NOT bliss!

“Ignorance is bliss,” or is it? Not when it comes to spiritual warfare. In 2 Corinthians 2:11 Paul reminds the group of believers to whom he is writing that collectively all Christians are ‘not ignorant of Satan’s devices, counsels, plots, machinations, or stratagems.’  As Rev. Thomas Brooks engages the reader with this text, he asserts […]

img_1191 September 13

Context, Context, Context

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it many times – When it comes to real estate the key is location, location, location. When it comes to the study of Scripture the key is context, context, context. Thomas Brooks wrote Precious Remedies as a pastoral treatise observing, interpreting and applying 2 Corinthians 2:11 “Lest Satan should […]

William Borden September 11

No Reserves. No Retreats. No Regrets.

In digging deeper into the life of William Borden, whose quote is the ‘title’ for today’ blog, I discovered this excellent article with citations from Mrs. Howard Taylor’s biography entitled ‘Borden of Yale.’ I’ve put that book on my ‘To Read’ list this fall. Others have been reflecting on Borden as well. A pastoral colleague, whose […]

Rev. Adoniram Judson September 09

New Seminary? Help For His Son

I’ve been recently rereading ‘To The Golden Shore,’ the biography of Adoniram Judson. Courtney Anderson crafts the fascinating details of Judson’s conversion, calling, character and competencies–issues I’m thinking through in Heritage Seminary’s internship program. As Adoniram returned home after his five weeks of ‘exploring worldly pursuits’ and discovering their emptiness, he craved a clearer understanding […]