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  • The Church of England in Early America

    08/30/2013 1:22:33 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies
    VirtueOnline ^ | August 2013 | Christine Leigh Heyrman
    Christine Leigh Heyrman http://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/tserve/eighteen/ekeyinfo/chureng.htm TEACHER SERVE August 2013 Although the Church of England (also known as the Anglican Church, and, today, as the Protestant Episcopal Church) commanded the loyalties of a great many churchgoers in early America, its history has received relatively little treatment from historians-especially compared with the attention lavished on the Puritans. True, the Church of England in the colonies suffered from a sluggish rate of growth and a shortage of clergymen throughout much of the seventeenth century. But in the century before the American Revolution, that communion's fortunes prospered: Anglican churches spread along the length of the...
  • Puritan Valentine's Day Cards

    02/14/2013 3:47:27 PM PST · by EveningStar · 5 replies
    CollegeHumor ^ | February 12, 2013 | Alex Z. Rogers
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  • Rap attack and "Precious Puritans" discussion (Vanity)

    10/06/2012 6:23:09 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 16 replies
    Christian Observer Forums: CO-URC | 10/6/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    Most of us in conservative Reformed circles are not fans of rap. I'm not either, though I have Korean relatives who are -- the "Gangnam Style" video of Korean rappers which has gone viral has shown to lots of Americans how our culture is affecting lots of places we would least expect it. The result is that many of us were probably caught unaware by the explosion on the blogosphere which greeted a Reformed man of African-American ancestry who uses rap as his medium of Christian music. The rapper, who goes by the name of "Propaganda," produced a rap song...
  • Rick Santorum Wants to Fight ‘The Dangers Of Contraception’

    02/16/2012 1:23:19 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 76 replies · 1+ views
    Time ^ | 02/14/2012 | By Michael Scherer
    Candidates often say things when polling in the single digits that come back to haunt them when they start leading the polls. Last October, Rick Santorum gave an interview with an Evangelical blog called Caffeinated Thoughts, in which he said contraception is “not okay,” and that this would be a public policy issue he would tackle as President. In particular, he said he would “get rid of any idea that you have to have abortion coverage or contraceptive coverage” as a government policy.
  • Why Is Newt’s Biggest Donor So Opposed to Santorum? (Santorum's views on gambling)

    02/16/2012 7:51:49 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 88 replies
    National Review Online ^ | February 16, 2012 | Jim Geraghty
    ....Asked about the legalization of online gambling, Santorum responds: "I’m someone who takes the opinion that gaming is not something that is beneficial, particularly having that access on the Internet. Just as we’ve seen from a lot of other things that are vices on the Internet, they end to grow exponentially as a result of that. It’s one thing to come to Las Vegas and do gaming and participate in the shows and that kind of thing as entertainment, it’s another thing to sit in your home and have access to that it. I think it would be dangerous to...
  • Jeffress Says Satan Rules Catholicism

    10/12/2011 12:03:22 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 317 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic League ^ | 10/12/2011 | n/a
    Last Friday, Rev. Robert Jeffress, the Dallas pastor who introduced Gov. Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit, spoke derisively about the Mormon faith of Mitt Romney, making the case that “Mormonism is a cult.” Two days later, he chided Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as “false religions.” Last year, Rev. Jeffress said the Roman Catholic Church was the outgrowth of a “corruption” called the “Babylonian mystery.” He continued, “Much of what you see in the Catholic Church today doesn’t come from God’s word. It comes from that cult-like pagan religion. Isn’t that the genius of Satan?” Catholic League president Bill...
  • What Value Does The Bible Have, To You?

    06/14/2009 12:04:29 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 232+ views
    OldTruth.com ^ | June 3, 2008
    A Puritan evangelist, John Rogers, warned his congregation against neglecting Scripture by telling them what God might say: "I have trusted you so long with my Bible - it lies in some houses all covered with dust and cobwebs, you care not to listen to it. Do you use my Bible that way? Well, you shall have my Bible no longer". Rogers then picked up his Bible and started walking away from the pulpit. Then he stopped, fell on his knees, and took on the voice of the people, who pleaded, "Lord, whatever Thou dost to us, take not Thy...
  • June 19, 1567: Separtist Protestant John Fitz Arrested at Plumber's Hall London

    06/19/2007 10:23:59 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies · 312+ views
    Christian History Institute ^ | Christian History Institute
    Does your church have a congregational government? If local members make its decisions rather than an outside bishop or presbytery, then your form of church government is congregational. It is one of the most common ways that Protestants govern their churches throughout the world today. When did congregationalism begin? There are several suggestions. Some writers say the earliest churches planted by the apostles were run by local congregations. However, most historians look at it as arising within a tide of democratic ideals in the sixteenth century which it fed and to which it contributed. They often point to this day,...
  • Who were the Puritans?

    01/19/2007 8:10:33 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies · 455+ views
    The Evangelical Times ^ | July 06 | Phil Arthur
    The Puritans were a particular kind of Evangelical Christian who arose in England and later in North America in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. We meet them first of all in England in the early 1560s, where the name 'Puritan' was first given to them. The Puritans were so called because, while appreciating all that had been gained in the Reformation, they wanted to ensure that without losing these gains the work of reforming the church according to the Word of God was taken further. When Queen Elizabeth I came to the throne in 1559, opinion in England was divided...
  • Who Was Against Christmas?

    12/14/2006 7:40:54 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies · 590+ views
    University of Wyoming ^ | Paul V.M. Flesher
    Picture the following scenario. Crowds of Americans rioting in the streets. Two opposing groups shout loudly, vying to have their messages heard and heeded. The groups meet. Confrontation ensues. Fistfights break out. Church windows are smashed. What are these rioters fighting about? Christmas. One group favors celebrating Christmas, the other opposes all Christmas observances. This isn’t an imaginary event, it is history. It happened in Boston on Christmas day in 1706. In America's increasing love-affair with Christmas (both the Christian and commercial versions), we have forgotten that there was a time when much of European and American Christianity thought that...
  • Valley of Vision: Election

    07/11/2006 11:35:20 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies · 133+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Holy Trinity, All praise to thee for electing me to salvation, by foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus; I adore the wonders of thy condescending love, marvel at the true believer’s high privilege within whom all heaven comes to dwell, abiding in God and God in him; I believe it, help me experience it to the full. Continue to teach me that Christ’s righteousness satisfies justice and evidences thy love; Help me to make use of it by faith as the ground of my peace and of...
  • Precious Remedies Against Satan

    07/08/2006 6:46:41 AM PDT · by ItsOurTimeNow · 4 replies · 298+ views
    Grace Gems ^ | Thomas Brooks
    Hell's greatest enrichers! (Brooks "Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices") "The prophets who lead my people astray." Micah 3:5 Satan labors by false teachers, who are his emissaries to deceive, delude, and forever undo the precious souls of men! They seduce them, and carry them out of the right way into by-paths and blind thickets of error and wickedness--where they are lost forever! As strumpets paint their faces, and deck and perfume their beds, the better to allure and deceive simple souls; so false teachers will put a great deal of paint and garnish upon their most dangerous principles and blasphemies,...
  • Valley of Vision: Sixth Day Morning: The Gospel

    06/06/2006 9:22:55 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 84+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O Thou Most High, Creator of the ends of the earth, Governor of the universe, Judge of all men, Head of the church, Saviour of sinners; thy greatness is unsearchable, thy goodness infinite, thy compassions unfailing, thy providence boundless, thy mercies ever new. We bless thee for the words of salvation. How important, suitable, encouraging are the doctrines, promises, and invitations of the gospel of peace! We are lost: but in it thou hast presented to us a full, free and eternal salvation; weak: but here we learn that help is found in One that is mighty, poor: but in...
  • Valley of Vision: A Minister's Preaching (Devo)

    05/15/2006 11:45:57 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 70+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    My Master God, I am desired to preach today, but go weak and needy to my task; Yet I long that people might be edified with divine truth, that an honest testimony might be borne for thee; Give me assistance in preaching and prayer, with heart uplifted for grace and unction. Present to my view things pertinent to my subject, with fullness of matter and clarity of thought, proper expressions, fluency, fervency, a feeling sense of the things I preach, and grace to apply them to men's consciences. Keep me conscious all the while of my defects, and let me...
  • Valley of Vision: A Minister's Bible (Devo)

    05/14/2006 6:03:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies · 67+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O God of truth, I thank thee for the holy Scriptures, their precepts, promises, directions, light. In them may I learn more of Christ, be enabled to retain his truth and have grace to follow it. Help me to lift up the gates of my soul that he may come in and show me himself when I search the Scriptures, for I have no lines to fathom its depths, no wings to soar to its heights. By his aid may I be enabled to explore all its truths, love them with all my heart, embrace them with all my power,...
  • Valley of Vision: Vain Service (Devo)

    05/06/2006 5:12:03 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 79+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O my Lord, Forgive me for serving thee in sinful ways – by glorying in my own strength, by forcing myself to minister through necessity, by accepting the applause of others, by trusting in assumed grace and spiritual affection, by a faith that rests upon my hold on Christ, not on him alone, by having another foundation to stand upon beside thee; for thus I make flesh my arm. Help me to see that it is faith stirred by grace that does the deed, that faith brings a man nearer to thee, raising him above mere man, that thou dost...
  • Valley of Vision: Sincerity (Calvinist/Evangelical Devo)

    04/30/2006 4:28:15 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies · 82+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Elector of saints, Blessed is the man whom thou choosest and callest to thyself. With thee is mercy, redemption, assurance, forgiveness; Thou hast lifted me, a prisoner, out of the pit of sin and pronounced my discharge, not only in the courts of heaven, but in the dock of conscience; hast justified me by faith, given me peace with thee, made me to enjoy glorious liberty as thy child. Save me from the false hope of the hypocrite: May I never suppose I am in Christ unless I am a new creature, never think I am born of the Spirit...
  • Valley of Vision: Grace in Trials (Calvinist/Evangelical Devo)

    04/27/2006 1:30:52 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 78+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Father of mercies, Hear me for Jesus’ sake. I am sinful even in my closest walk with thee; it is of thy mercy I died not long ago; Thy grace has given me faith in the cross by which thou hast reconciled thyself to me and me to thee, drawing me by thy great love, reckoning me as innocent in Christ though guilty in myself. Giver of all graces, I look to thee for strength to maintain them in me, for it is hard to practise what I believe. Strengthen me against temptations. My heart is an unexhausted fountain of...
  • Valley of Vision: Happiness (Devo)

    04/24/2006 2:34:21 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies · 54+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O Lord, Help me never to expect any happiness from the world, but only in thee. Let me not think that I shall be more happy by living to myself, for I can only be happy if employed for thee, and if I desire to live in this world only to do and suffer what thou dost allot me. Teach me that if I do not live a life that satisfies thee, I shall not live a life that will satisfy myself. Help me to desire the spirit and temper of angels who willingly come down to this lower world...
  • Valley of Vision: Comforts

    04/22/2006 2:36:41 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 67+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Giver of all good, Streams upon streams of love overflow my path. Thou hast made me out of nothing, hast recalled me from a far country, hast translated me from ignorance to knowledge, from darkness to light, from death to life, from misery to peace, from folly to wisdom, from error to truth, from sin to victory. Thanks be to thee for my high and holy calling. I bless thee for ministering angels, for the comfort of thy Word, for the ordinances of thy church, for the teaching of thy Spirit, for thy holy sacraments, for the communion of saints,...
  • Valley of Vision: Sleep

    04/21/2006 3:35:57 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies · 446+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Blessed Creator, Thou hast promised thy beloved sleep; Give me restoring rest needful for tomorrow’s toil; If dreams be mine, let them not be tinged with evil. Let thy Spirit make my time of repose a blessed temple of his holy presence. May my frequent lying down make me familiar with death, the bed I approach remind me of the grave, the eyes I now close picture to me their final closing. Keep me always ready, waiting for admittance to thy presence. Weaken my attachment to earthly things. May I hold life loosely in my hand, knowing that I receive...
  • Valley of Vision: JOY

    04/18/2006 9:42:35 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies · 71+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O Christ, All thy ways of mercy tend to and end in my delight. Thou didst weep, sorrow, suffer that I might rejoice. For my joy thou hast sent the Comforter, multiplied thy promises, shown me my future happiness, given me a living fountain. Thou art preparing joy for me and me for joy; I pray for joy, wait for joy, long for joy; give me more than I can hold, desire, or think of. Measure out to me my times and degrees of joy, at my work, business, duties. If I weep at night, give me joy in the...
  • Valley of Vision: Love The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett

    04/17/2006 8:58:35 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies · 54+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    My God, I bless thee that thou hast given me the eye of faith, to see thee as Father, to know thee as a covenant God, to experience thy love planted in me; For faith is the grace of union by which I spell out my entitlement to thee: Faith casts my anchor upwards where I trust in thee and engage thee to be my Lord. Be pleased to live and move within me, breathing in my prayers, inhabiting my praises, speaking in my words, moving in my actions, living in my life, causing me to grow in grace. Thy...
  • Valley of Vision: Blessings

    04/15/2006 9:28:56 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies · 59+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Thou great Three-One, Author of all blessings I enjoy, of all I hope for, Thou hast taught me that neither the experience of present evils, nor the remembrances of former sins, nor the remonstrances of friends, will or can affect a sinner’s heart, except thou vouchsafe to reveal thy grace and quicken the dead in sin by the effectual working of thy Spirit’s power. Thou hast shown me that the sensible effusions of divine love in the soul are superior to and distinct from bodily health, and that oft-times spiritual comforts are at their highest when physical well-being is at...
  • Valley of Vision: Privileges

    04/14/2006 4:54:53 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 64+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O Lord God, Teach me to know that grace precedes, accompanies, and follows my salvation, that it sustains the redeemed soul, that not one link of its chain can ever break. From Calvary’s cross wave upon wave of grace reaches me, deals with my sin, washes me clean, renews my heart, strengthens my will, draws out my affection, kindles a flame in my soul, rules throughout my inner man, consecrates my every thought, word, work, teaches me thy immeasurable love. How great are my privileges in Christ Jesus! Without him I stand far off, a stranger, an outcast; in him...
  • Valley of Vision: Gifts of Grace

    04/13/2006 6:05:39 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 64+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    GOD ALL-SUFFICIENT O Lord of Grace, The world is before me this day, and I am weak and fearful, but I look to thee for strength; If I venture forth alone I stumble and fall, but on the Beloved’s arms I am firm as the eternal hills; If left to the treachery of my heart I shall shame thy Name, but if enlightened, guided, upheld by thy Spirit, I shall bring thee glory. Be thou my arm to support, my strength to stand, my light to see, my feet to run, my shield to protect, my sword to repel, my...
  • Valley of Vision: A Colloquy on Rejoicing

    04/12/2006 9:10:01 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies · 68+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Remember, O my soul, It is thy duty and privilege to rejoice in God: He requires it of thee for all his favours of grace. Rejoice then in the Giver and his goodness, Be happy in him, O my heart, and in nothing but God, for whatever a man trusts in, from that he expects happiness. He who is the ground of thy faith should be the substance of thy joy. Whence then comes heaviness and dejection, when joy is sown in thee, promised by the Father, bestowed by the Son, inwrought by the Holy Spirit, thine by grace, thy...
  • Valley of Vision: The Throne

    04/09/2006 3:08:30 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 3 replies · 120+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O God of my delight, Thy throne of grace is the pleasure ground of my soul. Here I obtain mercy in time of need, here see the smile of thy reconciled face, here joy pleads the name of Jesus, here I sharpen the sword of the Spirit, anoint the shield of faith, put on the helmet of salvation, gather manna from thy Word, am strengthened for each conflict, nerved for the upward race, empowered to conquer every foe; Help me to come to Christ as the fountain head of descending blessings, as a wide open flood-gate of mercy. I marvel...
  • Valley of Vision: The Prayer of Love

    04/08/2006 8:49:40 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies · 61+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Gracious Lord, Thy name is love, in love receive my prayer. My sins are more than the wide sea’s sand, but where sin abounds, there is grace more abundant. Look to the cross of thy beloved Son, and view the preciousness of his atoning blood; Listen to his never-failing intercession, and whisper to my heart, ‘Thy sins are forgiven, be of good cheer, lie down in peace.’ Grace cataracts from heaven and flows for ever, and mercy never wearies in bestowing benefits. Grant me more and more to prize the privilege of prayer, to come to thee as a sin-soiled...
  • Valley of Vision: Confidence

    04/02/2006 3:53:01 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies · 103+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O God, thou art very great, My lot is to approach thee with godly fear and humble confidence, for thy condescension equals thy grandeur, and thy goodness is thy glory. I am unworthy, but thou dost welcome; guilty, but thou art merciful; indigent, but thy riches are unsearchable. Thou hast shown boundless compassion towards me by not sparing thy Son, and by giving me freely all things in him; This is the foundation of my hope, the refuge of my safety, the new and living way to thee, the means of that conviction of sin, brokenness of heart, and self-despair,...
  • Valley of Vision: Christian Love

    03/30/2006 7:23:13 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies · 98+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O Lover of the loveless, It is thy will that I should love thee with heart, soul, mind, strength, and my neighbour as myself. But I am not sufficient for these things. There is by nature no pure love in my soul; Every affection in me is turned from thee; I am bound, as slave to lust, I cannot love thee, lovely as thou art, until thou dost set me free. By grace I am thy freeman and would serve thee, for I believe thou art my God in Jesus, and that through him I am redeemed, and my sins...
  • Valley of Vision: Christlikeness

    03/29/2006 9:10:42 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies · 108+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Father of Jesus, Dawn returns, but without thy light within no outward light can profit; Give me the saving lamp of thy Spirit that I may see thee, the God of my salvation, the delight of my soul, rejoicing over me in love. I commend my heart to thy watchful care, for I know its treachery and power; Guard its every portal from the wily enemy, Give me quick discernment of his deadly arts, Help me to recognize his bold disguise as an angel of light, and bid him begone. May my words and works allure others to the highest...
  • Valley of Vision: Spiritual Helps

    03/26/2006 4:35:45 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 77+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Eternal Father, It is amazing love, that thou hast sent thy Son to suffer in my stead, that thou hast added the Spirit to teach, comfort, guide, that thou hast allowed the ministry of angels to wall me round; All heaven subserves the welfare of a poor worm. Permit thy unseen servants to be ever active on my behalf, and to rejoice when grace expands in me. Suffer them never to rest until my conflict is over, and I stand victorious on salvation’s shore. Grant that my proneness to evil, deadness to good, resistance to thy Spirit’s motions, may never...
  • Valley of Vision: Devotion

    03/23/2006 12:03:21 PM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies · 109+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    God of my end, It is my greatest, noblest pleasure to be acquainted with thee and with my rational, immortal soul; It is sweet and entertaining to look into my being when all my powers and passions are united and engaged in pursuit of thee, when my soul longs and passionately breathes after conformity to thee and the full enjoyment of thee; No hours pass away with so much pleasure as those spent in communion with thee and with my heart. O how desirable, how profitable to the Christian life is a spirit of holy watchfulness and godly jealousy over...
  • Valley of Vision: Faith and the World

    03/19/2006 10:27:00 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies · 136+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O Lord, The world is artful to entrap, approaches in fascinating guise, extends many a gilded bait, presents many a charming face. Let my faith scan every painted bauble, and escape every bewitching snare in a victory that overcomes all things. In my duties give me firmness, energy, zeal, devotion to thy cause, courage in thy name, love as a working grace, and all commensurate with my trust. Let faith stride forth in giant power, and love respond with energy in every act. I often mourn the absence of my beloved Lord whose smile makes earth a paradise, whose voice...
  • Valley of Vision: Choices

    03/17/2006 8:32:47 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 96+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O God, Though I am allowed to approach thee I am not unmindful of my sins, I do not deny my guilt, I confess my wickedness, and earnestly plead forgiveness. May I with Moses choose affliction rather than enjoy the pleasures of sin. Help me to place myself always under thy guiding and guardian care, to take firmer hold of the sure covenant that binds me to thee, to feel more of the purifying, dignifying, softening influence of the religion I profess, to have more compassion, love, pity, courtesy, to deem it an honour to be employed by thee as...
  • Valley of Vision: The Infinite and the Finite

    03/16/2006 11:23:18 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies · 84+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Thou great I Am, Fill my mind with elevation and grandeur at the thought of a Being with whom one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day, A mighty God, who, amidst the lapse of worlds, and the revolutions of empires, feels no variableness, but is glorious in immortality. May I rejoice that, while men die, the Lord lives; that, while all creatures are broken reeds, empty cisterns, fading flowers, withering grass, he is the Rock of Ages, the Fountain of living waters. Turn my heart from vanity, from dissatisfactions, from uncertainties of the...
  • Valley of Vision: Weaknesses

    03/15/2006 11:53:40 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 86+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O Spirit of God, Help my infirmities; When I am pressed down with a load of sorrow, perplexed and knowing not what to do, slandered and persecuted, made to feel the weight of the cross, help me, I pray thee. If thou seest in me any wrong thing encouraged, any evil desire cherished, any delight that is not thy delight, any habit that grieves thee, any nest of sin in my heart, then grant me the kiss of thy forgiveness, and teach my feet to walk the way of thy commandments. Deliver me from carking care, and make me a...
  • Valley of Vision: Need of Jesus

    03/14/2006 12:26:11 PM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies · 98+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Lord Jesus, I am blind, be thou my light, ignorant, be thou my wisdom, self-willed, be thou my mind. Open my ear to grasp quickly thy Spirit’s voice, and delightfully run after his beckoning hand; Melt my conscience that no hardness remain, make it alive to evil’s slightest touch; When Satan approaches may I flee to thy wounds, and there cease to tremble at all alarms. Be my good shepherd to lead me into the green pastures of thy Word, and cause me to lie down beside the rivers of its comforts. Fill me with peace, that no disquieting worldly...
  • Valley of Vision: Peril

    03/13/2006 11:39:26 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 69+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Sovereign Commander of the universe, I am sadly harassed by doubts, fears, unbelief, in a felt spiritual darkness. My heart is full of evil surmisings and disquietude, and I cannot act faith at all. My heavenly Pilot has disappeared, and I have lost my hold on the Rock of Ages; I sink in deep mire beneath storms and waves, in horror and distress unutterable. Help me, O Lord, to throw myself absolutely and wholly on thee, for better, for worse, without comfort, and all but hopeless. Give me peace of soul, confidence, enlargement of mind, morning joy that comes after...
  • Valley of Vision: Conflict

    03/12/2006 7:34:45 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 65+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O Lord God, Thou art my protecting arm, fortress, refuge, shield, buckler. Fight for me and my foes must flee; Uphold me and I cannot fall; Strengthen me and I stand unmoved, unmoveable; Equip me and I shall receive no wound; Stand by me and Satan will depart; Anoint my lips with a song of salvation and I shall shout thy victory; Give me abhorrence of all evil, as a vile monster that defies thy law, casts off thy yoke, defiles my nature, spreads misery. Teach me to look to Jesus on his cross and so to know sin’s loathsomeness...
  • Valley of Vision: Reliance

    03/10/2006 4:00:55 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies · 72+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    My Father, When thou art angry towards me for my wrongs I try to pacify thee by abstaining from future sin; But teach me that I cannot satisfy thy law, that this effort is a resting in my righteousness, that only Christ’s righteousness, ready made, already finished, is fit for that purpose; that thy chastising me for my sin is not that I should try to reform, but only that I may be more humbled, afflicted, and separated from sin, by being reconciled, and made righteous in Christ by faith; that a sense of my sufficiency and ability in him...
  • Valley of Vision: Mercy

    03/07/2006 1:06:07 PM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 86+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    God of the Publican, Be merciful to me a sinner; this I am by nature and practice, this thy Word proclaims me to be, this I hope I feel myself to be; Yet thou hast not left me to despair, for there is no ‘peradventure’ in thy grace; I have all the assurance I need that with thee is plenteous redemption. In spite of the number and heinousness of my sins thou hast given me a token for good; The golden sceptre is held out, and thou hast said ‘Touch it and live’. May I encourage myself by a sense...
  • Valley of Vision: A Cry for Deliverance

    03/06/2006 12:20:37 PM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies · 132+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Heavenly Father, Save me entirely from sin. I know I am righteous through the righteousness of another, but I pant and pine for likeness to thyself; I am thy child and should bear thy image, Enable me to recognize my death unto sin; When it tempts me may I be deaf unto its voice. Deliver me from the invasion as well as the dominion of sin. Grant me to walk as Christ walked, to live in the newness of his life, the life of love, the life of faith, the life of holiness. I abhor my body of death, its...
  • Valley of Vision: Man A Nothing

    03/05/2006 6:53:56 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies · 115+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O Lord, I am a shell full of dust, but animated with an invisible rational soul and made anew by an unseen power of grace; Yet I am no rare object of valuable price, but one that has nothing and is nothing, although chosen of thee from eternity, given to Christ, and born again; I am deeply convinced of the evil and misery of a sinful state, of the vanity of creatures, but also of the sufficiency of Christ. When thou wouldst guide me I control myself, When thou wouldst be sovereign I rule myself. When thou wouldst take care...
  • Valley of Vision: Passion

    03/03/2006 6:41:07 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2 replies · 80+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    Holy Lord, How little repentance there is in the world, and how many sins I have to repent of! I am troubled for my sin of passion, for the shame and horror of it as an evil; I purpose to give way to it no more, and come to thee for strength to that end. Most men give vent to anger frequently and are overcome by it, bringing many excuses and extenuations for it, as that it occurs suddenly, that they delight not in it, that they are sorry afterwards, that godly men commit it. They thus seek peace after...
  • Valley of Vision: Pride

    03/02/2006 6:28:55 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies · 75+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O Thou terrible Meek, Let not pride swell my heart. My nature is the mire beneath my feet, the dust to which I shall return. In body I surpass not the meanest reptile; Whatever difference of form and intellect is mine is a free grant of thy goodness; Every faculty of mind and body is thy undeserved gift. Low as I am as a creature, I am lower as a sinner; I have trampled thy law times without number; Sin’s deformity is stamped upon me, darkens my brow, touches me with corruption: How can I flaunt myself proudly? Lowest abasement...
  • Valley of Vision: Shortcomings

    02/27/2006 9:24:57 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1 replies · 89+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O Living God, I bless thee that I see the worst of my heart as well as the best of it, that I can sorrow for those sins that carry me from thee, that it is thy deep and dear mercy to threaten punishment so that I may return, pray, live. My sin is to look on my faults and be discouraged, or to look on my good and be puffed up. I fall short of thy glory every day by spending hours unprofitably, by thinking that the things I do are good, when they are not done to thy...
  • Valley of Vision: Self-Noughting

    02/26/2006 3:11:27 AM PST · by Gamecock · 4 replies · 126+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O Lord, Help me to approach thee with becoming conception of thy nature, relations and designs. Thou inhabitest eternity, and my life is nothing before thee; Thou dwellest in the highest heaven and this cannot contain thee; I live in a house of clay. Thy power is almighty; I am crushed before the moth. Thy understanding is infinite; I know nothing as I ought to know. Thou canst not behold evil; I am vile. In my ignorance, weakness, fears, depressions, may thy Spirit help my infirmities with supplies of wisdom, strength and comfort. Let me faithfully study my character, be...
  • Valley of Vision: Paradoxes

    02/16/2006 10:23:57 AM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies · 115+ views
    The Banner of Truth Trust ^ | 1975 | Arthur Bennett
    O changeless God, Under the conviction of thy Spirit I learn that the more I do, the worse I am, the more I know, the less I know, the more holiness I have, the more sinful I am, the more I love, the more there is to love. O wretched man that I am! O Lord, I have a wild heart, and cannot stand before thee; I am like a bird before a man. How little I love thy truth and ways! I neglect prayer, by thinking I have prayed enough and earnestly, by knowing thou hast saved my soul....