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Author: E. D. Burns

“Lord, Teach Us to Pray”

“Lord, Teach Us to Pray”

Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a master at taking a familiar biblical text and staring at it long and hard until he saw mountains of spiritual treasure emerge.  He read the Bible as a beggar in search for bread, and he never stopped looking even in places he had searched before. Here is a simple example of his active meditation on a familiar text—“The Lord’s Prayer” (Matt 6:9).  Let us seek and find the riches of God’s Word, even in familiar…

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“The Grand Theme of the Christian Ministry”

“The Grand Theme of the Christian Ministry”

In a sermon entitled, “Preaching Christ,”[1] Particular Baptist Pastor, Andrew Fuller (1754-1815), carefully considered what it means for true ministers of the gospel to truly preach Christ.  His sermon is very relevant in that he argues for the central place that preaching Christ must take in the ministry of a true gospel minister. From his main text—“We preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake” (2 Cor 4:6)—Fuller considered the preaching model of the…

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There is No Middle Ground

There is No Middle Ground

Though October 31 has come and gone, Protestants must not put aside its significance and relevance for another year. We must make an effort to regularly remind ourselves of that sacred day in 1517 when the Spirit of God used the German Augustinian monk, Martin Luther (1483-1546), to launch the Protestant Reformation.  Luther was a prophetic voice that took no prisoners with his theological assertions.  His theological persuasion and unbreakable dissent emerged from his knowledge of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures. …

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Judson’s Burman Liturgy

Judson’s Burman Liturgy

The following liturgy is a short selection (translated into English) of a longer liturgy written by Adoniram Judson in 1829 in order to assist young missionaries before they had acquired the language, and it was also designed to be a guide for native assistants as well.[1]   Homage to the Triune God. The Father divine we worship.  The Son divine we worship.  The Spirit divine we worship.  These Three in union, the one sole God, we worship. The Commands of…

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