Playdates with the Puritans

Comfort in All Seasons

October 20, 2012 Devotional Mundane
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One of the Holy Spirit’s “jobs” is to comfort the saints. One of the ways he does this is by communicating God’s love. Here’s a brief meditation from John Owen on this subject: “The Holy Spirit pours out the love of God into our hearts (Rom. 5:5). That is, the love of God for us, […]

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Perspective for weary homemakers

May 14, 2012 Good Reading
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When your arms are exhausted from all of your hard work Richard Baxter has some encouragement for you… “Christian, believe this, and think on it: thou shalt be eternally embraced in the arms of that love which was from everlasting, and, will extend to everlasting; of that love which brought the Son of God’s love […]

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Baxter on the mercy of a godly wife

April 3, 2012 Sanctifying Relationships
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Richard Baxter, speaking of his wife: “It is a mercy to have a faithful friend, that loveth you entirely, and is as true to you as yourself, to whom you may open your mind and communicate your affairs, and who would be ready to strengthen you, and divide the cares of your affairs and family […]

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How to cure a complaining heart

February 22, 2012 Devotional Mundane

by Gloria Furman Or, “Babies aren’t the only ones who whine.” My husband once preached a sermon in which he said, “Do you know why your tongue is slippery? Because it’s connected to your heart.” He was talking about what Jesus said in this verse: “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth […]

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The Tender Heart

February 6, 2012 Good Reading
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Thanks to the Westminster Bookstore you can put a Puritan in your pocket! I carried around Sibbes’ The Tender Heart in my pocket today and read this in between loads of laundry and mock tea parties: “When God has given Christ, then comes the Spirit, and works in the heart a gracious acceptance of mercy […]

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Sin is not a goldfish

February 4, 2012 Devotional Mundane
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“For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Romans 8:13 “Sin is like a great big crocodile. Sin is a dangerous trap. Sin can creep up like a crocodile. All of a sudden… SNAP!” – […]

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Night weaning and contentment

January 23, 2012 Devotional Mundane

One of my favorite things about reading the Puritans is how they connected the mundane moments of life to God’s great work of making us holy. Here’s a treasure from Jeremiah Burroughs’ The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment “So, when God would wean you from some outward comforts in this world, oh, how fretting and […]

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Grace and bloating (yes, bloating)

December 20, 2011 Devotional Mundane
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by Gloria Furman On the same night that I was helping one of my children who was struggling with gas pains I was reading Thomas Watson’s commentary on the Beatitudes… And what I read made me laugh so hard that I nearly gave myself a tummy ache! Earlier that evening my daughter had pushed away […]

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Playdates with the Puritans: the Power of the Gospel

November 20, 2011 Devotional Mundane
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by Gloria Furman This morning I felt like I was picking up the same handful of Cheerios off the kitchen floor over and over again. As soon I swept some up, the baby would drop more from his highchair. I was reminded of a proverb a friend and I modified the other day to suit […]

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Playdates with the Puritans: Hope in storms and low-tide

November 13, 2011 Devotional Mundane
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by Gloria Furman “Hope, what does it do? When it casts anchor in heaven, it keeps us in all the waves.” – Richard Sibbes, Glorious Freedom I’m so prone to hoping in things that can’t hold me through life’s storms. Sometimes when my husband goes through recurrent, debilitating pain caused by the nerve disease in […]

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Playdates with the Puritans: Growing in Grace

November 6, 2011 Devotional Mundane
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by Gloria Furman “We’ve been over this five times today.” “That’s it– no more warnings.” “Enough!” Do you have times when you feel like you’ve had “enough?” I sure have. I don’t always know what I’ve had “enough” of, exactly, but I know that I want things to change… stat! My fun-loving daughter Norah ate […]

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