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July 9, 2011

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May I ask you to scroll down on this page until you come to the category “Books” in the right-hand column? There you will find two links. One is to Monergism Books, the other is to WTS Books. When you click on them you will be taken to the on-line book stores of and Westminster Theological Seminary. At each of the stores you will find excellent conservative and Reformed books and resource material for your head and heart.

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Thank you for your great help.


A Godly Man Weeps

June 22, 2011

In The Godly Man’s Picture, Thomas Watson writes that a godly man weeps for a number of reasons. Those reasons include his struggle with indwelling sin, his lack of perseverance in the pursuit of holiness, and the overwhelming sense of love that the Lord has for him.

After describing these reasons for weeping, along with three others, Watson concludes by saying:

 “Thus we see what cause there is why a child of God should weep even after conversion…. Now this sorrow of a godly man for sin is not a despairing sorrow. He does not mourn without hope. ‘Iniquities prevail against me’ (Psa.65:3) – there is the holy soul weeping. ‘As for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away’ – there is faith triumphing.”

Is your faith in Christ triumphing over today’s temptations, sins, and sorrows?


You can purchase The Godly Man’s Picture at either Westminster Books or  Monergism Books.

Be Impressed

June 10, 2011

Be Impressed

 “As we would prove to the world that we have the impress of godliness on us, let us be prizers of Jesus Christ; he is elect, precious. Christ is the wonder of beauty.”


(Thomas Watson, The Godly Man’s Picture; chapter 4, Showing the Characteristics of a Godly Man, section 7, “A Godly Man Prizes Christ”)

Two Branches

June 3, 2011

I am continuing to read through The Godly Man’s Picture by Thomas Watson, the 17th Century English Puritan.

In the sixth section of Chapter 4, the chapter that addresses 18 marks of a godly man, Watson discusses the “two branches” of a godly man. The section is entitled “A Godly Man Is A Servant Of God, Not A Servant Of Man.”

Here are three quotes from Watson’s writing on the branch, “A Godly Man Is A Servant Of God,” that stood out to me.

The first is from the heading, “A servant is satisfied with his master’s allowance.”

“When Christians complain at their condition, they forget that they are servants, and must live on the allowance of their heavenly Master. You who have the least bit from God will die in his debt.”

Watson writes that there are six privileges that come to a man who serves God. Under the heading of the second privilege, “honour,” he says,

“Every servant of God is a son, every subject is a prince. It is more honour to serve God that to have kings serve us.”

The third quote from this section that I would share with you is found under the heading, “We are engaged to serve God.” After making reference to I Corinthians 6:20,“For you have been bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body”, Watson writes:

” … Christ ransomed us with a price, not of money, but of blood. Therefore we are to be only at his service. If any lay a better claim to us than Christ, we may serve them; but Christ having the best right to us, we are to cleave to him and enrol ourselves  for ever in his service.”

As we reflect on all that God, by His grace, has done for each of us in the Person of His Son, Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of sins for all who believe, may we commit ourselves to pursue godly and holy lives that bring glory and honor to Him.