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The Evil Tongue
      "And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity." (James 3:6) The apostle James in this Scripture, describes the evil of the tongue, "The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity." 1. "It is a fire." It burns with intemperate heat; it causeth the heat of contention; it sets others in a flame. 2. "A world of iniquity." It was at first made

The Godly Man Weeps
      "Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. He who CONTINUALLY goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." Psalms 126:5,6 Christ calls His spouse His "dove" (Song 2:14). The dove is a weeping creature. Grace dissolves and liquefies the soul, causing a spiritual thaw. The

The Great Commandment
      "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with ALL thy heart." God will have the whole heart. We must not divide our love between Him and sin. The true mother would not have the child divided, nor will God have the heart divided; it must be the whole heart. We must love God for Himself, for His own intrinsic excellencies. We must love Him for His lovelines

The Happiness of Drawing near to God
       "But it is good for me to draw near to God" Psalm 73:28. This psalm is no less elegant than sacred; it is calculated for the meridian of God's church in all times; but it is especially fit for the godly to meditate upon in times of calamity. It is entitled a psalm of Asaph. Asaph was a man divinely inspired, a prophet; as well as one of the m

The Lord's Prayer 1. The Preface to the Lord's Prayer
       Thomas Watson, The Lord's Prayer First published as part of A Body of Practical Divinity, 1692 The Preface to the Lord's Prayer 'Our Father which art in Heaven ' Having gone over the chief grounds and fundamentals of religion, and enlarged upon the decalogue, or ten commandments, I shall speak now upon the Lord's prayer. 'After t

The Lord's Prayer 2. The First Petition in the Lord's Prayer
      'Hallowed be thy name.' Matt 6: 9. Having spoken of the introduction to the Lord's prayer, After this manner therefore pray ye,' and the preface, Our Father which art in heaven;' I come, thirdly, to the prayer itself, which consists of seven petitions. The first petition is: Hallowed be thy name.' In the Latin it is, sanctificetur nomen tuum,

The Lord's Prayer 3. The Second Petition in the Lord's Prayer
      'Thy kingdom come.' Matt 6: 10. A soul truly devoted to God, joins heartily in this petition, adveniat regnum tuum, thy kingdom come.' In these words it is implied that God is a king, for he who has a kingdom, can be no less than a king. God is the King of all the earth.' Psa 47: 7. He is a King upon his throne. God sitteth upon the throne of hi

The Lord's Prayer 4. The Third Petition in the Lord's Prayer
      'Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.' Matt 6: 10. We come next to the third petition, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. This petition consists of two parts: the matter, Doing God's will;' and the manner, As it is in heaven.' What is meant by the will of God? There is a twofold will. (1) Voluntas decreti, God's se

The Lord's Prayer 5. The Fourth Petition in the Lord's Prayer
      'Give us this day our daily bread.' Matt 6: 11. In this petition there are two things observable -- the order, and the matter. I. First, we pray, Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done,' before we pray, Give us this day our daily bread.' God's glory ought to weigh down all before it; it must be preferred before our dearest c

The Lord's Prayer 6. The Fifth Petition in the Lord's Prayer
      'And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.' Matt 6: 12. Before I speak strictly to the words, I shall notice [1] That in this prayer there is but one petition for the body, Give us our daily bread,' but two petitions for the soul, Forgive us our trespasses, lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.' Observe hence, th

The Lord's Prayer 7. The Sixth Petition in the Lord's Prayer
      'And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.' Matt 6: 13. This petition consists of two parts. First, Deprecatory, Lead us not into temptation.' Secondly, Petitionary, But deliver us from evil.' I. Lead us not into temptation.' Does God lead into temptation? God tempts no man to sin. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am temp

The Mystery of the Lord's Supper 1. Introduction
      "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is My body. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." Matthew 26:26-28 In these

The Mystery Of The Lord's Supper 2. Seven Supernatural Virtues In Christ's Blood
      That we may set the higher value upon the blood of Christ. I shall show you seven rare supernatural virtues in it: 1. It is a reconciling blood. 'You that were sometime alienated, and enemies, yet now hath He reconciled through death," Colossians 1:21. Christ's blood is the blood of atonement. Nay, it is not only a sacrifice but a propitiation

The Mystery Of The Lord's Supper 3. How Should We Prepare For The Lord's Supper?
       1. We must come with self-examining hearts. "But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread," 1 Corinthians 11:28. It is not enough that others think we are fit to come, but we must examine ourselves. The Greek word "to examine" is a metaphor taken from the goldsmith who curiously tries his metals. So before we come to the Lord's

The Mystery Of The Lord's Supper 4. Six Differences Between A Sincere Faith And A Hypocritical Faith
      Therefore, to prevent mistakes, and that we may not be deceived and think we believe when we only presume, I shall give you six differences between a sincere faith, which is the flower of the spirit, and a hypocritical faith, which is the fruit of fancy. 1. A hypocritical faith is easy to come by. It is like the seed in the parable which sprun

The Mystery Of The Lord's Supper 5. Six Signs Of A Great Faith
       1. A great faith can trust God without a pledge. It can rely upon providence in the deficiency of outward supplies. "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail, yet will I rejoice in the Lord," Habakkuk 3:17-18. An unbeliever must have something to feed his senses or he gives up

The One Thing Necessary
      (All of Thomas Watson's writings and sermons are replete with sound doctrine, practical wisdom, and heart-searching application. His profound spirituality, gripping remarks, practical illustrations, and beauty of expression make him one of the most irresistible of the Puritans.) "Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." Philippian

The Saint's Spiritual Delight
      "But his delight is in the law of the LORD." [Psalm 1:2] CHAPTER I. Shewing that Negative Goodness is but a broken Title to Heaven. AS the book of the Canticles is called the Song of Songs by an Hebraism, it being the most excellent; so this psalm may not unfitly be entitled, the Psalm of Psalms, for it contains in it the very pith and q

The Ten Commandments 1. Introduction: Obedience
       Thomas Watson, The Ten Commandments First published as part at A Body of Practical Divinity, 1692 Take heed, and hearken, O Israel; this day thou art become the people of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt therefore obey the voice of the Lord thy God, and do his commandments.' Deut 27: 9, 10. What is the duty which God requireth of man? O

The Ten Commandments 2. Introduction: Love
      The rule of obedience being the moral law, comprehended in the Ten Commandments, the next question is: What is the sum of the Ten Commandments? The sum of the Ten Commandments is, to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind, and our neighbour as ourselves. Thou shalt love the

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