August 24

 

Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed beyour name.   Matthew 6:9

 

 

In this petition we pray that God’s name may shine forth and be honoured in the whole course and tenor of our lives.  Honouring his name is preferred before all things, before life.  This is the first and great petition.  When other petitions are useless and out of date, the hallowing of God’s name will be of great use.  In heaven, there will be no need to pray ‘give us our daily bread’, or ‘forgive us our trespasses’, because there will be no hunger or sin in heaven.  But God’s praise will be abundantly alive there.  To admire God’s name is not enough.  We may admire a conqueror, but when we say ’Hallowed be your name’, we are setting God’s name above every name, and we not only admire him, but we adore him.  To hallow his name is to set it apart from the common use.  We hallow and sanctify God’s name when we never make mention of it but with the highest reverence.  His name is sacred, and it must not be spoken of but with veneration.  When the Scripture speaks of God, it gives him titles of honour: ‘Blessed be God Most High’ (Gen. 14:20), and ‘Blessed be your glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise’ (Neh. 9:5).  To speak vainly or slightly of God is profaning his name, and is taking his name in vain.  By giving God his venerable titles, we hang jewels on his crown.  We hallow and sanctify God’s name when we lift up his name in our praises.  ‘To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honour and glory and might forever and ever!’ (Rev. 5:13).  Praising God is hallowing his name.  Praise hallows God’s name especially in an afflicted state.  ‘The Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord’ (Job 1:21).  Many will bless God when he gives, but to bless him when he takes away is a way to honuor his name in a high degree.  We should become trumpets for his praise.

 

 

Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible

 

by Various Authors, including Drs. R.C. Sproul, James White, Sinclair Ferguson, and John MacArthur

Sola Scriptura , the formal principle of the Protestant Reformation, is essential to genuine Christianity, for it declares that the Bible is the inspired word of God, the church’s only rule of faith and practice. Yet this doctrine is under assault today as never before, both from outside and and inside the church.

In this book, several leading Reformed pastors and scholars, including Joel Beeke, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Ray Lanning, John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul, Derek W. H. Thomas, and James White, unpack the meaning of the doctrine of sola Scriptura  (Scripture alone). They also explain where the attacks on the Bible are coming from and show how those who accept the Bible as Gods inspired Word should respond. Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible  is a treasure trove of information and a comfort to those who grieve to see the twenty-first-century church wandering away from the safe harbor of the Bible.

 

Hardback, 142 pages

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