April 29

 

Just as you did partially acknowledge us—that on the day of our Lord Jesus you will boast of us as we will boast of you.  2 Corinthians 1:14

 

Even as the apostle approved himself to his own conscience, so ministers and people under their care must meet one another before Christ’s tribunal at the day of judgment.

In this present state it often happens that when ministers and people meet together and manage their ecclesiastical affairs, they are ready to judge and censure one another with regard to each other’s views and designs, and are greatly mistaken in their judgment.  But at that future meeting, things will be set in a true and perfect light.

In this world, ministers and people often meet together to hear of and wait upon an unseen Lord; but at the day of judgment they shall meet in His most immediate and visible presence. Ministers who now preach to their people the King, eternal, immortal, and invisible, to convince them that there is a God, and to convince them that He governs and will judge the world, shall then meet their people in the presence of this great God, Savior and Judge.

The meeting at the last day of ministers and the people who have been under their care will not be attended by any one with a careless, heedless heart.  With such a heart are their meetings often attended in this world, having little regard to Him whom they pretend unitedly to adore in the duties of public worship.  But the meeting at that great day will be very different: there will not be one careless heart, no sleeping, no wandering of the mind, no inattentiveness, no regardlessness of the presence they are in.

 

 

Devotions from the Pen of Jonathan Edwards

 

Jonathan Edwards, who is considered the finest theologian America has ever produced, was known for his logical mind and warm devotion to the Lord. His exposition of Scripture remains a source of powerful edification for the church. Here are 120 excerpts from this great preacher of the word presented in a daily devotional format.  Edwards certainly was an amazing philosopher and a great theologian, but his insights into God’s Word are also down to earth, practical, and devotional.  Each devotion is based on a Scripture verse and Edwards is always careful to draw your attention to the text to be fed by God’s Word, not by man’s thoughts and imaginations.

 

It is a good resource for personal devotions or as an introduction to the thought of Edwards.  You will find comfort for the soul, encouragement and exhortations for the heart, and practical instructions for the mind.

 

 

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