R.C. Chapmans S.O.S. 2.4-5

By R.C. Chapman   "Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.   Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love." (Song of Solomon 2:4-5) Have you been left, O my soul, to your own will, and the way of your own wisdom, could you ever have … Continue reading R.C. Chapmans S.O.S. 2.4-5

Life of Faith 17: Praying for Strength

By Richard Sibbes   Thus we seek every day to live our lives, as we not only live the life of faith in justification, but also of sanctification; how out of Christ’s fullness to attain and give to us grace for grace. Therefore in all our wants we go to him still.  He is not … Continue reading Life of Faith 17: Praying for Strength

Christian Love 26: His Love in Us

[I could not find a good way to break this into two smaller writings. -P.M.] By Hugh Binning   Then, what is comparable to communion with God, and dwelling in him? Shall God indeed dwell with men, said Solomon? That exalts the soul to a royalty, and elevates it above mortality. Quam contempta res est homo … Continue reading Christian Love 26: His Love in Us

R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2:3

By R.C. Chapman "I sat down under His Shadow with great delight and His fruit was sweet to my taste." Song of Solomon 2:3 Mercies are inscribed on the lowly heart!  The sweet memories of former joys, the joys of communion with Jesus, and profitable also, if these remembrances cause thankfulness and praise; if it … Continue reading R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2:3

Life of Faith 16: Faith, Love, Death and Life

By Richard Sibbes   Christian affections are as the wind, to carry us on in a holy life.  Thus strength, reason, and affections, these make a man work.  First, love sets us to work : "we love him," the apostle says,  "because he loved us first," (1st John 4:19).  We have his love first shed … Continue reading Life of Faith 16: Faith, Love, Death and Life

Christian Love 25: Viewing Others with Charity

by Hugh Binning   In Christ there is neither Jew nor Gentile. There all differences of tongues and nations are drowned in this interest of Christ,. (Colossians 3:11) “You have hid those things from the wise and prudent, and revealed them to babes,”. (Luke 10:21)  “God has chosen the weak and foolish to confound the … Continue reading Christian Love 25: Viewing Others with Charity

R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2:3

By R.C. Chapman "As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my Beloved among the sons" Song of Solomon 2:3 A waste land, O my soul! is this earth to you, a forest full of briers and thorns, in which once you were a wanderer in darkness "such as might be … Continue reading R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2:3

Life of Faith 15: Reasons for Growing in Holiness

By Richard Sibbes   With justification of necessity comes sanctification.  What will stop God's mercy?  His anger for sin committed; in that case, he would deny his Spirit.  With reconciliation also comes the Spirit: as in Ephesians 1:13, the apostle says, "In whom also, after you believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of … Continue reading Life of Faith 15: Reasons for Growing in Holiness

Christian Love 24: Loving Our Brothers and Sisters

by Hugh Binning   Consider to who this affection should be extended.  More generally to all men, as fellow like creations of God,  but particularly and especially to all who are born of God, as fellow Christians. “And this commandment we have from him, that he who loves God love his brother also. Who ever … Continue reading Christian Love 24: Loving Our Brothers and Sisters