January 16, 2019
Preaching from a puritan pulpit

“Did Not Our Heart Burn Within Us?”

“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the Scriptures?” (Luke 24:32) On the third day after the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus, on the same day that astonishing reports of his resurrection had come forth, two sad-faced disciples walked away from the scene, talking it all over. Our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, being brought again from the dead, left the rest of his flock in order to seek these two sheep by coming and walking alongside […]
January 9, 2019
Overcoming Obstacles to Prayer

Overcoming Obstacles to Prayer

Prayer is one of the basic duties of the Christian life and has been described as the breathing of the pious soul. There are many descriptions and examples of prayer in Scripture which provide a clear view of what it is. To pray is to seek God (Dan 9:3), to lift up the soul (Ps 25:1) or to pour out the heart to Him (Ps 62:8), sometimes it is to wrestle with God, yet in the most basic sense prayer is to ask of God (Jam 1:6). Nobody reading this should have a difficultly understanding what prayer is, however, prayer […]
January 2, 2019
The Scottish Metrical Psalter

Singing God’s Songs

The Psalms pervade the annals of history. We learn from the written testimony of eye-witnesses that Psalm-singing exerted a powerful influence on the spread of the Reformation throughout France. The Huguenots memorized the Psalms and sang them with intensity all day long – in villages and vineyards across the country. A visitor could hear the Psalms in the mouths of children walking to school, workman ploughing their fields, families gathered around the hearth, as well as in casual gatherings and always in public worship. The Reformed armies sang them going into war. At a crucial point in battle, their captain […]