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Mark Herzer
November 6, 2015

Pleasing Secrets

Pleasing Secrets   The apostle Paul said that there is a “day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Jesus Christ” (Rom. 2:16). This can easily cause many of us to tremble. But William Jay notes that there are three kinds of secrets that will be revealed. One is the […]

October 31, 2015

Mocking God with Our Prayers

Mocking God with our Prayers As important and vital as prayer is, we must not forget that in this most holy duty, we can easily sin and bring judgment upon ourselves. I am not talking about cold, lifeless, distracted, etc. prayers — we are all too well aware of these struggles and problems. William Jay […]

September 6, 2015

Facing Grief by John Flavel

Facing Grief: Counsel for Mourners[1] by John Flavel (1627-91) This book was written by a Presbyterian minister in 1674. He witnessed the death of his only child and three wives. He was survived by his fourth wife. After the death of his second wife and the death of his first and only child (mom and […]

September 6, 2015

The Fear of God

The Fear of God[1] John Murray said, “The fear of God is the soul of godliness.”[2] In fact, the “most prevalent use of fear in the Bible is the fear of God.”[3] Rarely do we ever speak of someone as “fearing God.” Fear connotes something negative to most people, even to Christians. Yet no believer […]

August 27, 2015

Larger Catechism, #99, pt. 3

The Larger Catechism Question 99 99. Q. What rules are to be observed for the right understanding of the ten commandments? A. For the right understanding of the ten commandments, these rules are to be observed: That the law is perfect, and bindeth everyone to full conformity in the whole man unto the righteousness thereof, […]

July 30, 2015

Larger Catechism, #99, pt. 2

The Larger Catechism Question 99 99. Q. What rules are to be observed for the right understanding of the ten commandments? A. For the right understanding of the ten commandments, these rules are to be observed: That the law is perfect, and bindeth everyone to full conformity in the whole man unto the righteousness thereof, […]

June 29, 2015

Larger Catechism, #99, pt. 1

The Larger Catechism Question 99 99. Q. What rules are to be observed for the right understanding of the ten commandments? A. For the right understanding of the ten commandments, these rules are to be observed: That the law is perfect, and bindeth everyone to full conformity in the whole man unto the righteousness thereof, […]

April 16, 2015

Jesus is Answerable to Every Condition

William Jay’s Morning Exercises has been a rich blessing. I began his meditations this year for the first time. Having worked through Spurgeon for several years and then using Voices from the Past for about three years, I wanted to try something new this year. Though Jay’s reflections are longer than Spurgeon’s, I have benefited […]

January 15, 2015

Larger Catechism, #98

The Larger Catechism Question 98 98. Q. Where is the moral law summarily comprehended? A. The moral law is summarily comprehended in the ten commandments, which were delivered by the voice of God upon Mount Sinai, and written by him in two tables of stone;[420] and are recorded in the twentieth chapter of Exodus. The […]

November 16, 2014

Cain’s Complaint, Genesis 4:8-16

Genesis 4:8-16 God warned Cain to rule over his sin (v. 7). Sin, however, took over Cain and he killed his brother. The Bible does not offer us his exact motivation but we need none. Cain’s own sin acted out and he remains guilty for his murder.   Let us learn well how sin can […]

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