Speaking of the Puritans – were we…?


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Recently I joined the Facebook group Gleaning from the Puritans. I enjoy their posts – they’re truly encouraging – and so I’ve been searching for things to share there. Here are a few words from Matthew Henry on providence. Searching like this reminds me of Jesus’ thrilling words which I’ve shared before.

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Matthew 13:52

Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.”

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From Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers, Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, 1895.

Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary graces.

The sentences in the book of providence are sometimes long, and you must read a great way before you understand their meaning.

In all God’s providences, it is good to compare His word and His works together; for we shall find a beautiful harmony between them, and that they mutually illustrate each other.

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16 thoughts on “Speaking of the Puritans – were we…?

  1. Thanks, Maria. “Puritan” has become a bad word in our society and yet the Puritans were only attempting to follow the Lord according to His Word. I’ve been studying Martyn Lloyd-Jones recently and he cites the Puritans quite often, which is no surprise since he himself was also a Puritan in relation to the apostate Anglican church of his day. Here’s a book on my wish list:
    https://www.amazon.com/Puritans-Successors-David-Martyn-Lloyd-Jones/dp/0851514960/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1479554428&sr=1-1&keywords=lloyd-Jones+puritans

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    • Tom, this book sounds very good! – I read the blurb at Amazon. Long ago, when I was thinking about becoming a teacher, I took a required course on Multiculturalism. The students – and professor somewhat – criticized the Puritans strongly. As a Christian, this bothered me but I was still a little afraid of the Puritans. Yes, this makes sense your view of Martin Lloyd-Jones as a Puritan of his own day.

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      • Thanks, Maria. Puritans got into trouble when they had opportunities to govern and imposed theocracies but the same could be said of all other religious groups in those days. I’m currently reading a compilation of Lloyd-Jones’ sermons on the Sermon on the Mount. Such a blessing. Deep wisdom.

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        • Marriage of church and state always leads to trouble, except in Israel’s God-ordained case. But I respect and love the Puritans, though they were stern – even Pastor Bunyan was, and yet he loved so much, journeying in bad weather to settle a dispute between a father and son, he himself fell ill and died from this illness. Generally this kind of good fruit isn’t known.
          It is such a huge encouragement to find someone as like-minded as Martin Lloyd-Jones! Glad you have because it strengthens faith.

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