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Samuel Stennett

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Lord’s Day 33, 2008

Sunday··2008·08·17
I reioyced, when they sayd to me, We wil go into the house of the Lord. (Psalme 122:1) The Glorious Gospel of the Blessed Godby Samuel Stennett (1727–1795) What wisdom, majesty, and grace, Through all the gospel shine! ’Tis God that speaks, and we confess The doctrine most divine. Down from His starry throne on high, The almighty Savior comes; Lays His bright robes of glory by, and feeble flesh assumes. The mighty debt that sinners owed, Upon the cross He pays; Then through the clouds ascends to God, ’Mid shouts of loftiest praise. There He, our great High Priest, appears before His Father’s throne; Mingles His merits with our tears, And pours salvation down. Great God, with reverence we adore Thy justice and Thy grace; And on Thy faithfulness and pow’r Our firm dependence place.—Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004). Psalme 144 (Geneva Bible) A Psalme of David. 1 Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth mine hands to fight, and my fingers to battell. 2 He is my goodnes and my fortresse, my towre and my deliuerer, my shield, and in him I trust, which subdueth my people vnder me. 3 Lord, what is man that thou regardest him! or the sonne of man that thou thinkest vpon him! 4 Man is like to vanitie: his dayes are like a shadow, that vanisheth. 5 Bow thine heauens, O Lord, and come downe: touch the mountaines and they shall smoke. 6 Cast forth the lightning and scatter them: shoote out thine arrowes, and consume them. 7 Send thine hand from aboue: deliuer me, and take me out of the great waters, and from the hand of strangers, 8 Whose mouth talketh vanitie, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood. 9 I wil sing a new song vnto thee, O God, and sing vnto thee vpon a viole, and an instrument of ten strings. 10 It is he that giueth deliuerance vnto Kings, and rescueth Dauid his seruant from the hurtfull sworde. 11 Rescue me, and deliuer me from the hand of strangers, whose mouth talketh vanitie, and their right hand is a right hand of falshood: 12 That our sonnes may be as the plantes growing vp in their youth, and our daughters as the corner stones, grauen after the similitude of a palace: 13 That our corners may be full, and abounding with diuers sorts, and that our sheepe may bring forth thousands and ten thousand in our streetes: 14 That our oxen may be strong to labour: that there be none inuasion, nor going out, nor no crying in our streetes. 15 Blessed are the people, that be so, yea, blessed are the people, whose God is the Lord. Grace be with you, and Peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
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Lords Day 18, 2009

Sunday··2009·05·03
I reioyced, when they sayd to me, We wil go into the house of the Lord. Psalm 122:1 (geneva bible) Praise for Conversion Samuel Stennett (17271795) Come, ye that fear the Lord, And listen, while I tell How narrowly my feet escaped The snares of death and hell. The flattering joys of sense Assailed my foolish heart, While Satan with malicious skill Guided the poisonous dart. I fell beneath the stroke, But fell to rise again; My anguish roused me into life, And pleasure sprung from pain. Darkness and shame and grief, Oppressed my gloomy mind; I looked around me for relief, But no relief could find. At length to God I cried; He heard my plaintive sigh; He heard, and instantly he sent Salvation from on high. My drooping head he raised; My bleeding wounds he healed; Pardoned my sins, and, with a smile, The gracious pardon sealed. Oh, may I never forget The mercy of my God; Nor ever want a tongue to spread His loudest praise abroad. Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004). Psalme 119:137144 (Geneva Bible) Tsaddi. 137 Righteous art thou, O Lord, and iust are thy iudgements. 138 Thou hast commanded iustice by thy testimonies and trueth especially. 139 My zeale hath euen consumed mee, because mine enemies haue forgotten thy wordes. 140 Thy word is prooued most pure, and thy seruant loueth it. 141 I am small and despised: yet do I not forget thy precepts. 142 Thy righteousnesse is an euerlasting righteousnes, and thy Lawe is trueth. 143 Trouble and anguish are come vpon me: yet are thy commandements my delite. 144 The righteousnes of thy testimonies is euerlasting: graunt me vnderstanding, and I shall liue. Grace be with you, and Peace from God our Father, and from the Lorde Jesus Christ.
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Lords Day 48, 2009

Sunday··2009·11·29
I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord. The Christian Warfare Samuel Stennett (17271795) My Captain sounds the alarm of war; Awake, the powers of hell are near! To arms! To arms! I hear him cry, Tis yours to conquer, or to die! Roused by the animating sound, I cast my eager eyes around; Make haste to gird my armor on, And bid each trembling fear be gone. Hope is my helmet; faith my shield; Thy Word, my God! The sword I wield; With sacred truth my loins are girt, And holy zeal inspires my heart. Thus armed I venture on the fight; Resolved to put my foes to flight; While Jesus kindly deigns to spread His conquering banner oer my head. In him I hope; in him I trust; His bleeding cross is all my boast. Through troops of foes Hell lead me on To victory and the victors crown. Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004). John 6:2227I Am the Bread of Life The next day the crowd that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there, except one, and that Jesus had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone. 23 There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus. 25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, Rabbi, when did You get here? 26 Jesus answered them and said, Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal. We should mark first, in this passage, what knowledge of mans heart our Lord Jesus Christ possesses. We see Him exposing the false motives of those who followed Him for the sake of the loaves and fishes. They had followed Him across the Lake of Galilee. They seemed at first sight ready to believe in Him, and do Him honour. But He knew the inward springs of their conduct, and was not deceived. Ye seek me, He said, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye ate the loaves, and were filled. The Lord Jesus, we should never forget, is still the same. He never changes. He reads the secret motives of all who profess and call themselves Christians. He knows exactly why they do all they do in their religion. The reasons why they go to Church, and why they receive the sacrament,why they attend family prayers, and why they keep Sunday holy,all are naked and opened to the eyes of the great Head of the Church. By Him actions are weighed as well as seen. Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7">1 Sam. xvi. 7.) Let us be real, true, and sincere in our religion, whatever else we are. The sinfulness of hypocrisy is very great, but its folly is greater still. It is not hard to deceive ministers, relatives, and friends. A little decent outward profession will often go a long way. But it is impossible to deceive Christ. His eyes are as a flame of fire. (Rev. i. 14.) He sees us through and through. Happy are those who can say,Thou, Lord, who knowest all things, knowest that we love thee. (John xxi. 17.) We should mark, secondly, in this passage, what Christ forbids. He told the crowds who followed Him so diligently for the loaves and fishes, not to labour for the food that perisheth. It was a remarkable saying, and demands explanation. Our Lord, we may be sure, did not mean to encourage idleness. It would be a great mistake to suppose this hard labour was the appointed lot of Adam in Paradise. Labour was ordained to be mans occupation after the fall. Labour is honourable in all men. No one need be ashamed of belonging to the working classes. Our Lord himself worked in the carpenters shop at Nazareth. Paul wrought as a tent-maker with his own hands. What our Lord did mean to rebuke was, that excessive attention to labour for the body, while the soul is neglected, which prevails everywhere in the world. What He reproved was, the common habit of labouring only for the things of time, and letting alone the things of eternityof minding only the life that now is, and disregarding the life to come. Against this habit He delivers a solemn warning. Surely, we must all feel our Lord did not say the words before us without good cause. They are a startling caution which should ring in the ears of many in these latter days. How many in every rank of life are doing the very thing against which Jesus warns us! They are labouring night and day for the food that perisheth, and doing nothing for their immortal souls. Happy are those who early learn betimes the respective value of soul and body, and give the first and best place in their thoughts to salvation. One thing is needful. He that seeks first the kingdom of God, will never fail to find all other things added to him. (Matt. vi. 33.) We should mark, thirdly, in this passage, what Christ advises. He tells us to labour for the food that endureth to everlasting life. He would have us take pains to find food and satisfaction for our souls. That food is provided in rich abundance in Him. But he that would have it must diligently seek it. How are we to labour? There is but one answer. We must labour in the use of all appointed means. We must read our Bibles, like men digging for hidden treasure. We must wrestle earnestly in prayer, like men contending with a deadly enemy for life. We must take our whole heart to the house of God, and worship and hear like those who listen to the reading of a benefactors will. We must fight daily against sin, the world, and the devil, like those who fight for liberty, and must conquer, or be slaves. These are the ways we must walk in if we would find Christ, and be found of Him. This is labouring. This is the secret of getting on about our souls. Labour like this no doubt is very uncommon. In carrying it on we shall have little encouragement from man, and shall often be told that we are extreme, and go too far. Strange and absurd as it is, the natural man is always fancying that we may take too much thought about religion, and refusing to see that we are far more likely to take too much thought about the world. But whatever man may say, the soul will never get spiritual food without labour. We must strive, we must run, we must fight, we must throw our whole heart into our souls affairs. It is the violent who take the kingdom. (Matt. xi. 12.) We should mark, lastly, in this passage, what a promise Christ holds out. He tells us that He himself will give eternal food to all who seek it: The Son of man shall give you the food that endureth unto everlasting life. How gracious and encouraging these words are! Whatever we need for the relief of our hungering souls, Christ is ready and willing to bestow. Whatever mercy, grace, peace, strength we require, the Son of man will give freely, immediately, abundantly, and eternally. He is sealed, and appointed, and commissioned by God the Father for this very purpose. Like Joseph in the Egyptian famine, it is His office to be the Friend, and Almoner [distributor of alms, benefactor], and Reliever of a sinful world. He is far more willing to give than man is to receive. The more sinners apply to Him, the better He is pleased. And now, as we leave this rich passage, let us ask ourselves, what use we make of it? For what are we labouring ourselves? What do we know of lasting food and satisfaction for our inward man? Never let us rest until we have eaten of the food which Christ alone can give. Those who are content with any other spiritual food will sooner or later lie down in sorrow. (Isa. l. 11.) J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (Banner of Truth, 2012), 3:345348. Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation if you can possibly help it. But if you’re in need of a good sermon, try these. Tweets about "sermon from:thethirstytheo" !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");
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Lord���s Day 26, 2010

Sunday··2010·06·27
I was glad when they said to me, ���Let us go to the house of the Lord.��� The Excellencies of Christ Samuel Stennett (1727���1795) To Christ, the Lord, let every tongue Its noblest tribute bring; When He���s the subject of the song, Who can refuse to sing? Survey the beauties of His face, And on His glories dwell; Think of the wonders of His grace, And all His triumphs tell. Majestic sweetness sits enthroned, Upon His awful brow; His head with radiant glories crowned, His lips with grace o���erflow. No mortal can with Him compare, Among the sons of men; Fairer is he than all the fair, That fill the heavenly train. He saw me plunged in deep distress, He flew to my relief; For me He bore the shameful cross, And carried all my grief. His hand a thousand blessings pours Upon my guilty head; His presence guilds my darkest hours, And guards my sleeping bed. To Him I owe my life, and breath, And all the joys I have; He makes me triumph over death, And saves me from the grave. To heaven, the place of His abode, He brings my weary feet; Shows me the glories of my God, And makes my joys complete. Since from His bounty I receive Such proofs of love divine, Had I a thousand hearts to give, Lord, they should all be thine! ���Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004). John 11:47���57Therefore the chief priests and the Pharisees convened a council, and were saying, ���What are we doing? For this man is performing many signs. 48 If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.��� 49 But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, ���You know nothing at all, 50 nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.��� 51 Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, 52 and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad. 53 So from that day on they planned together to kill Him. 54 Therefore Jesus no longer continued to walk publicly among the Jews, but went away from there to the country near the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim; and there He stayed with the disciples. 55 Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up to Jerusalem out of the country before the Passover to purify themselves. 56 So they were seeking for Jesus, and were saying to one another as they stood in the temple, ���What do you think; that He will not come to the feast at all?��� 57 Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where He was, he was to report it, so that they might seize Him.    These concluding verses of the eleventh chapter of John contain a melancholy picture of human nature. As we turn away from Jesus Christ and the grave at Bethany, and look at Jerusalem and the rulers of the Jews, we may well say, ���Lord, what is man?��� We should observe, for one thing, in these verses, the desperate wickedness of man���s natural heart. A mighty miracle was wrought within an easy walk of Jerusalem. A man four days dead was raised to life, in the sight of many witnesses. The fact was unmistakable, and could not be denied; and yet the chief priests and Pharisees would not believe that He who did this miracle ought to be received as the Messiah. In the face of overwhelming evidence they shut their eyes, and refused to be convinced. ���This man,��� they admitted, ���does many miracles.��� But so far from yielding to this testimony, they only plunged into further wickedness, and ���took counsel to put Him to death.��� Great, indeed, is the power of unbelief! Let us beware of supposing that miracles alone have any power to convert men���s souls, and to make them Christians. The idea is a complete delusion. To fancy, as some do, that if they saw something wonderful done before their eyes in confirmation of the Gospel, they would at once cast off all indecision and serve Christ, is a mere idle dream. It is the grace of the Spirit in our hearts, and not miracles, that our souls require. The Jews of our Lord���s day are a standing proof to mankind that men may see signs and wonders, and yet remain hard as stone. It is a deep and true saying, ���If men believe not Moses and the Prophets, neither would they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.��� (Luke xvi. 31.) We must never wonder if we see abounding unbelief in our own times, and around our own homes. It may seem at first unexplainable to us, how men cannot see the truth which seems so clear to ourselves, and do not receive the Gospel which appears so worthy of acceptance. But the plain truth is, that man���s unbelief is a far more deeply seated disease than it is generally reckoned. It is proof against the logic of facts, against reasoning, against argument, against moral persuasion. Nothing can melt it down but the grace of God. If we ourselves believe, we can never be too thankful. But we must never count it a strange thing, if we see many of our fellows just as hardened and unbelieving as the Jews. We should observe, for another thing, the blind ignorance with which God���s enemies often act and reason. These rulers of the Jews said to one another, ���If we let this Christ alone we shall be ruined. If we do not stop His course, and make an end of His miracles, the Romans will interfere, and make an end of our nation.��� Never, the event afterward proved, was there a more short-sighted and erring judgment than this. They rushed madly on the path they had chosen, and the very thing they feared came to pass. They did not leave our Lord alone, but crucified and slew Him. And what happened then? After a few years, the very calamity they had dreaded took place: the Roman armies did come, destroyed Jerusalem, burned the temple, and carried away the whole nation into captivity. The well-read Christian need hardly be reminded of many such like things in the history of Christ���s Church. The Roman emperors persecuted the Christians in the first three centuries, and thought it a positive duty not to let them alone. But the more they persecuted them, the more they increased. The blood of the martyrs became the seed of the Church.���The English Papists, in the days of Queen Mary, persecuted the Protestants, and thought that truth was in danger if they were let alone. But the more they burned our forefathers, the more they confirmed men���s minds in steadfast attachment to the doctrines of the Reformation.���In short, the words of the second Psalm are continually verified in this world: ���The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the Lord.��� But ���He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall have them in derision.��� God can make the designs of His enemies work together for the good of His people, and cause the wrath of man to praise Him. In days of trouble, and rebuke, and blasphemy, believers may rest patiently in the Lord. The very things that at one time seem likely to hurt them, shall prove in the end to be for their gain. We should observe, lastly, what importance bad men sometimes attach to outward ceremonial, while their hearts are full of sin. We are told that many Jews ���went up out of the country to Jerusalem, before the Passover, to purify themselves.��� The most of them, it may be feared, neither knew nor cared anything about inward purity of heart. They made much ado about the washings, and fastings, and ascetic observances, which formed the essence of popular Jewish religion in our Lord���s time; and yet they were willing in a very few days to shed innocent blood. Strange as it may appear, these very sticklers for outward ceremonies were found ready to do the will of the Pharisees, and to put their own Messiah to a violent death. Extremes like this meeting together in the same person are, unhappily, far from uncommon. Experience shows that a bad conscience will often try to satisfy itself, by a show of zeal for the cause of religion, while the ���weightier matters��� of the faith are entirely neglected. The very same man who is ready to compass sea and land to attain ceremonial purity is often the very man, who, if he had fit opportunity, would not shrink from helping to crucify Christ. Startling as these assertions may seem, they are abundantly borne out by plain facts. The cities where Lent is kept at this day with the most extravagant strictness are the very cities where the carnival after Lent is a season of glaring excess and immorality. The people in some parts of Christendom, who make much ado one week about fasting and priestly absolution, are the very people who another week will think nothing of murder! These things are simple realities. The hideous inconsistency of the Jewish formalists in our Lord���s time has never been without a long succession of followers. Let us settle it firmly in our minds that a religion which expends itself in zeal for outward formalities is utterly worthless in God���s sight. The purity that God desires to see is not the purity of bodily washing and fasting, of holy water and self-imposed asceticism, but purity of heart. External worship and ceremonialism may ���satisfy the flesh,��� but they do not tend to promote real godliness. The standard of Christ���s kingdom must be sought in the sermon on the Mount: ���Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.��� (Matt. v. 8; Col. ii. 23.) ���J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (Banner of Truth, 2012). Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation if you can possibly help it. But if you’re in need of a good sermon, try these. 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Lords Day 36, 2011

Sunday··2011·09·04
I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord. The Riches of Gods Word Samuel Stennett (17271795) Let avarice, from shore to shore, Her favorite god pursue; Thy word, O Lord, we value more Than India or Peru. Here mines of knowledge, love, and joy, Are opened to our sight; The purest gold without alloy, And gems divinely bright. The councils of redeeming grace, These sacred leaves unfold; And here the Savior’s lovely face Our raptured eyes behold. Here, light descending from above Directs our doubtful feet; Here, promises of heavenly love Our ardent wishes meet. Our numerous griefs are here redrest, And all our wants supplied; Nought we can ask to make us blessed, Is in this book denied. For these inestimable gains, That so enrich the mind, O may we search with eager pains, Assured that we shall find! Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004). 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now. 23 And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. Romans 8 When the night is darkest, and the stars are hidden, and the clouds are black, then we think most of the clear fair day, and long for its dawn. When the storm is roughest, with the waves and wind roaring round the labouring vessel, then we are troubled, and look eagerly out for the glad and sunny calm. When winter binds earth in its chain of frost, and wraps it in snow and ice, then we begin to ask for spring, with its flowers, and songs, and verdure. So with the saint, as represented by the apostle here. This is night, and storm, and winter to him; he is ever thinking of the day, and the calm, and the spring. Like one sitting amid the ruins of the earthly Jerusalem, lie sighs for the glory of the heavenly city. From banishment she more and more, Desires to see her country dear; She sits and sends her sighs before, Her joys and treasures all be there.(Old Hymn.) The weariness, and conflict, and sufferings of this present life, call up in the apostle the wonderful thoughts contained in these verses relating to creation and to the Church of God, to the wretchedness of this evil world and groaning earth, and the perfection of that world that is to come,that new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness. We thus interpret the whole passage, beginning, as it ought, at the middle of the seventeenth verse:If indeed we suffer together, it is that we may be also glorified together; for I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory about to be revealed in us, (which reaches towards us, ??). For the earnest expectation of creation waiteth for the revelation of the sons of God; for creation was subjected to vanity, not willingly, but on account of the subjecter (God), who (for His own purposes), hath subjected it in hope, because creation itself shall be delivered from the bondage of the corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans together and travails together until now. And not creation only, but we ourselves also, (although) possessing the first fruit of the Spirit, (the Spirit as a first fruit), even we groan in ourselves, waiting for the adoption, that is, the redemption of our body; for (moreover) by this hope we are saved; (the things of this hope are no doubt unseen, otherwise it would not be hope) but a hope that is seen is not a hope. But if we do not see, and yet hope, then we wait in patience. Such is the meaning of the passage; let us now learn in detail what the apostle reveals as to creation, and as to the church. I. Creation. Here (as in Matthew 10:6, from the beginning of the creation,) (the word signifies the earth and the fullness thereof (1 Corinthians 10: 26), or that which the Holy Spirit describes in the first chapter of Genesis, and pronounced good and very good. For matter (no less than spirit) is Gods handiwork, and therefore precious in His sight. Let us read and understand Genesis 1; Psalms 8:19, 148:; Proverbs 8. (1.) Its subjection to vanity. Vanity means that which is vanishing, liable to change and decay, vanity of vanities. It means evil in opposition to good, emptiness in contrast with fullness. This material creation was made good and stable; but mans sin let in evil upon it, brought on it the curse, made it crumble down and wither, till it not only decays and waxes old, but is ready to vanish away. To this vanity the Creator has subjected it, in consequence of its connection with man: Cursed is the ground for thy sake (Genesis 3:17). This passage in Genesis contains the act or sentence of subjection, as putting it under the power of vanity,decay, corruption, disease, death. Not its own sin but mans was the cause: for thy sake.[8] (2.) Its earnest expectation. The word signifies the eagerness expressed by the head bent forward and the neck outstretchedintense and anxious longing. Such is the feeling figuratively ascribed to creation, as in Psalm 96:2, when it is called on to be glad, and rejoice, and clap hands, in expectation of its coming Deliverer and King. This, then, is creations attitude as seen and interpreted by God. He looks down on creation, and regards it as expecting, waiting, watching, longing, just as He is said to hear the cry of the young lions for food. (3.) Its groans and travail-pangs. It is hike a sick man racked with pain, and crying out for relief; it is as a woman in labour, suffering the pains of childbirth, and longing for the moment when she shall be delivered. All nature sighs as if conscious of imperfection, as if bowed down under the curse. Blight, decay, death, storms, earthquakes, lightnings, are all the groans of creation, and perhaps still more, the sufferings of the beasts of the field, and fowls of the air; for their case seems unspeakably sad, suffering at the hands of man in a thousand ways not by any fault of their own. Perhaps also the labour pangs of earth may not simply be to shake of the corruption with its bondage; but especially to be delivered of the millions and millions of bodies which it contains. Does it not travail in pain to be delivered of the dust of the saints which it has carried in its womb for ages? and of earth also shall it not be said, in the beauties of holiness from (more than) the womb of the morning thou hast the dew of thy youth (Psalm 110:3)? (4.) Its deliverance. This is the day of creations bondage, in which corruption (the corruption or old curse) holds it; the day of its liberty,the liberty of the glory,is coming, the times of the restitution of all things; the revocation of the curse; the bestowal of the long deferred blessing; the renewal of the heavens and earth which are now. Creation is represented as knowing this its glorious destiny, and looking forward to it, as simultaneous with the manifestation of the sons of God, the day when these sons shall shine forth in the kingdom of their Father; for, when He who is our life shall appear, then shall we also appear with Him in glory. Thus all creation looks forward to its perfection, groaning under imperfection; anticipating the new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Bright hope! Sweet consolation to us when moving about each day amid the vanity of a sin-laden earth, and listening to its groans and pangs! Rest for a weary world, tarry not! Earths days of weariness are now drawing to a close. These long ages of suffering and vanity have surely been enough to demonstrate the exceeding sinfulness of sin. II. The church. It is described as we who have the first fruits of the Spirit,as the sons of God. It is composed of the redeemed from among men from him by whom the curse and the vanity were brought in, to the last of His redeemed sons; a glorious church,whose members are heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ,the general assembly and church of the firstborn,Gods kings and priests, prepared for His everlasting kingdom. What, then, says the apostle here of this churchof its present and its future. Mark, (1.) Its sufferings. He calls them the sufferings of this present time; sufferings with Christ, as well as sufferings for Christ. There are fightings without, and fears within; enemies all around; tribulation on every hand,in body, and soul, and spirit; weary limbs, weeping eyes, drooping hands, feeble knees, fainting spirits, aching heads, broken hearts: even when outward persecution assails not. Through much tribulation we must enter the kingdom of God. I fill up that which is behind of the sufferings of Christ. (2.) Its groans. We ourselves groan within ourselves, sometimes articulately, and sometimes with the groanings that cannot be uttered. As Jeremiah says, Our sighs are many, and our heart is faint. The churchs groans are in unison and sympathy with a groaning creation. An absent King, a present usurper, a cursed soil, overflowing evil, disease, sorrow, death: these make it groan even in the midst of its joy unspeakable. (3.) Its waiting. Waiting,patient waiting,hoping,this is the churchs attitude, in harmony with creation. The feeling and attitude of the church intimates that the inheritance is yet to come. Not now, not yet; but soon and surely; therefore we wait, may be said to be its language. It waits now, in accordance with the saints of all ages past, for deliverance from the bondage of the corruption, and for the liberty of the glory, for the reversal of all the evil which the first Adam introduced, and for the in bringing of all the good and the glory which the second Adam has purchased. (4.) Its adoption. Even now are we the sons of God; we have already received the Spirit of adoption, crying, Abba, Father. But as it was resurrection that manifested (Romans 1:4) Christs own Sonship (though He was the eternal Son), so by resurrection is our sonship or adoption to be manifested. The day of adoption is here called the day of the redemption of the body. For this fullness of divine, and visible, and proclaimed adoption, we wait in hope and patience. (5.) Its manifestation. It doth not yet appear what we shall be. As Christ is hidden, so are we just now. We are sons, and kings, and heirs, in disguise. But the day of revelation comes; when He who is our life shall appear, we shall appear with Him in glory. If we suffer, we shall also reign with Him. The day of His recognition and crowning shall be ours also. (6.) Its liberty. In one sense we are free, Christ bath made us free. In another, we are sharers of the bondage of the corruption; we groan within ourselves; we cry, O, wretched men, who shall deliver us; we are carnal, sold under sin. The day of full freedom is at hand, eternal and glorious. (7.) Its glory. This is the glory to be revealed; it is the day of the glory for heaven and earth, of which it is said, The wise shall inherit glory,Christs glory, the churchs glory, creations glory,glory such as that described in the two last chapters of Revelation, an exceeding and eternal weight of glory. See then, 1. The power and poison of sin. It was one sin that ruined man, and marred creation, and introduced death. The effects of that one sin are still felt; they have lasted nearly six thousand years, and are as terrible as ever. What must sin be! 2. The completeness of the deliverance. Not man only, but mans earth, shares this; not mans soul alone, but mans body too; it will be the undoing of the wrongs, and sorrows, and groans, of ages. The second Adams triumph will be complete. His blood will not only give white raiment to His saints, but will wash creation white. 3. The unbelieving mans loss. He loses his soul; he loses heaven, and God, and glory, and the resurrection unto life; the incorruptible inheritance; the blessedness of the eternal rest, and the liberty of the glory, the joy and brightness of the manifestations of the sons of God. Horatius Bonar, Light & Truth: Bible Thoughts & Themes Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation if you can possibly help it. But if you’re in need of a good sermon, try these. Tweets about "sermon from:thethirstytheo" !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");
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Lords Day 32, 2012

Sunday··2012·08·05
I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord. Jesus answered them and said, Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal. Therefore they said to Him, What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God? Jesus answered and said to them, This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent. So they said to Him, What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, He gave them bread out of heaven to eat. Jesus then said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world. Then they said to Him, Lord, always give us this bread. Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. But I said to you that you have seen Me, and yet do not believe. All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day. For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day. Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, I am the bread that came down out of heaven. They were saying, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, I have come down out of heaven? Jesus answered and said to them, Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall all be taught of God. Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh. Then the Jews began to argue with one another, saying, How can this man give us His flesh to eat? So Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also will live because of Me. This is the bread which came down out of heaven; not as the fathers ate and died; he who eats this bread will live forever. John 6:2658 My Flesh Is Meat Indeed Samuel Stennett (17271795) Here at Thy table, Lord, we meet To feed on food divine; Thy body is the bread we eat, Thy precious blood the wine. He that prepares the rich repast, Himself comes down and dies; And then invites us thus to feast Upon the sacrifice. The bitter torments He endured Upon the shameful cross, For us, His welcome guests, procured These heart-reviving joys. His body, torn with rudest hands, Becomes the finest bread; And with the blessing He commands, Our noblest hopes are fed. His blood, that from each opening vein In purple torrents ran, Hath filled this cup with generous wine, That cheers both God and man. Sure there was never love so free, Dear Savior, so divine! Well Thou may claim that heart of me, Which owes so much to Thine. Yes, Thou shalt surely have my heart, My soul, my strength, my all: With life itself I’ll freely part, My Jesus! at Thy call. Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004). Hymn tune: Dundee Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation if you can possibly help it. 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Lords Day 8, 2013

Sunday··2013·02·24
I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord. What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you? Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members? You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel. You do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture speaks to no purpose: He jealously desires the Spirit which He has made to dwell in us? But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you. James 4:110 Pride Lamented Samuel Stennett, (17271795) Oft have I turned my eyes within, And brought to light some latent sin; But pride, the vice I most detest, Still lurks securely in my breast. Here with a thousand arts she tries To dress me in a fair disguise, To make a guilty wretched worm Put on an angels brightest form. She hides my follies from mine eyes, And lifts my virtues to the skies; And, while the specious tale she tells, Her own deformity conceals. Rend, O my God, the veil away, Bring forth the monster to the day; Expose her hideous form to view, And all her restless power subdue. So shall humility divine Again possess this heart of mine, And form a temple for my God, Which He will make His loved abode. Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004). Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation if you can possibly help it. But if you’re in need of a good sermon, try these. Tweets about "sermon from:thethirstytheo" !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");
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Hymns of My Youth III: Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned

Saturday··2013·06·01
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. —Isaiah 53:4–5 This is one of those long Puritan hymns that has only partially survived in the hymnal. You can find the full text here. 130 Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned Majestic sweetness sits enthroned Upon the Savior’s brow; His head with radiant glories crowned, His lips with grace o’erflow, His lips with grace o’erflow. No mortal can with Him compare Among the sons of men; Fairer is He than all the fair Who fill the heav’nly train, Who fill the heav’nly train. He saw me plunged in deep distress And flew to my relief; For me He bore the shameful cross, And carried all my grief, And carried all my grief. To Him I owe my life and breath And all the joys I have; He makes me triumph over death, And saves me from the grave, And saves me from the grave. —Favorite Hymns of Praise (Tabernacle Publishing Company, 1967).

Lord’s Day 32, 2013

Sunday··2013·08·11
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. —Romans 7:21–25 " />Indwelling Sin Lamented Samuel Stennett (1727–1795) With tears of anguish I lament, Here, at Thy feet, my God, My passion, pride, and discontent. And vile ingratitude. Sure there was ne’er a heart so base, So false as mine has been; So faithless to its promises, So prone to every sin! My reason tells me Thy commands Are holy, just, and true; Tells me whate’er my God demands Is His most righteous due. Reason I hear, her counsels weigh, And all her words approve; But still I find it hard to obey, And harder yet to love. How long, dear Savior, shall I feel These struggles in my breast? When wilt Thou bow my stubborn will, And give my conscience rest? Break, sovereign grace, O break the charm, And set the captive free; Reveal, Almighty God, Thine arm, And haste to rescue me. —Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004). Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation if you can possibly help it. But if you’re in need of a good sermon, try these. Tweets about "sermon from:thethirstytheo" !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");
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Lord’s Day 6, 2014

Sunday··2014·02·09
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst. —Matthew 18:20 The Pleasures of Worship Samuel Stennett (1727–1795) How charming is the place, Where my Redeemer God Unveils the beauties of His face, And sheds His love abroad. Not the fair palaces, To which the great resort, Are once to be compared with this, Where Jesus holds His court. Here, on the mercy seat, With radiant glory crowned, Our joyful eyes behold Him sit, And smile on all around. To Him their prayers and cries Each humble soul presents: He listens to their broken sighs, And grants them all their wants. To them His sovereign will He graciously imparts; And in return accepts, with smiles, The tribute of their hearts. Give me, O Lord, a place Within Thy blest abode, Among the children of Thy grace, The servants of my God. —Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004). Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation if you can possibly help it. But if you’re in need of a good sermon, try these. Tweets about "sermon from:thethirstytheo" !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");
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In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned

Saturday··2014·10·25
Majestic Sweetness Sits Enthroned And all were . . . wondering at the gracious words which were falling from His lips; Luke 4:22 Majestic sweetness sits enthroned Upon the Savior’s brow; His head with radiant glories crowned, His lips with grace o’erflow, His lips with grace o’erflow. No mortal can with Him compare Among the sons of men; Fairer is He than all the fair Who fill the heav’nly train, Who fill the heav’nly train. He saw me plunged in deep distress And flew to my relief; For me He bore the shameful cross, And carried all my grief, And carried all my grief. To Him I owe my life and breath And all the joys I have; He makes me triumph over death And saves me from the grave, And saves me from the grave. Since from His bounty I receive Such proofs of love divine, Had I a thousand hearts to give, Lord, they should all be Thine, Lord, they should all be Thine. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

Lord’s Day 9, 2016

Sunday··2016·02·28
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not be disheartened or crushed Until He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law. —Isaiah 42:1–4, cf. Matthew 12:20–21 Early Piety Samuel Stennett (1727–1795) How soft the words my Savior speaks! How kind the promises He makes! A bruised reed He never breaks, Nor will He quench the smoking flax. The humble poor He won't despise, Nor on the contrite sinner frown; His ear is open to their cries, He quickly sends salvation down. When piety in early minds Like tender buds, begins to shoot, He guards the plants from threatening winds, And ripens blossoms into fruit. With humble souls He bears a part In all the sorrows they endure; Tender and gracious is His heart, His promise is forever sure. He sees the struggles that prevail Between the powers of grace and sin; He kindly listens while they tell The bitter pangs they feel within. Though pressed with fears on every side, They know not how the strife may end; Yet He will soon the cause decide, And judgment into victory send. —Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004). Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation if you can possibly help it. But if you’re in need of a good sermon, try these. Tweets about "sermon from:thethirstytheo" !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");
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Lord’s Day 16, 2016

Sunday··2016·04·17
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. —Colossians 3:1–4 Vanity of the World Samuel Stennett (1727–1795) In vain the giddy world inquires, Forgetful of their God, “Who will supply our vast desire, “Or show us any good?” Through the wide circuit of the earth Their eager wishes rove, In chase of honor, wealth, and mirth, The phantoms of their love. But oft these shadowy joys elude Their most intense pursuit; Or if they seize the fancied good, There’s poison in the fruit. Lord, from this world call off my love, Set my affections right; Bid me aspire to joys above, And walk no more by sight. O let the glories of Thy face Upon my bosom shine; Assured of Thy forgiving grace, My joys will be divine. —Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004). Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation if you can possibly help it. But if you’re in need of a good sermon, try these. Tweets about "sermon from:thethirstytheo" !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");
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Lord’s Day 11, 2016

Sunday··2017·03·12
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp isthe Lamb. —Revelation 21:23 The Promised Land Samuel Stennett (1727–1795) On Jordan’s stormy banks I stand, And cast a wishful eye To Canaan’s fair and happy land, Where my possessions lie. O the transporting, rapturous scene, That rises to my sight; Sweet fields arrayed in living green, And rivers of delight! There generous fruits that never fail, On trees immortal grow; There rocks, and hills, and brooks, and vales, With milk and honey flow. All O’er those wide extended plains Shines one eternal day; There God the Son forever reigns, And scatters night away. No chilling winds, or poisonous breath, Can reach that healthful shore; Sickness and sorrow, pain and death, Are felt and feared no more. When I shall reach that happy place, I’ll be forever blest? When shall I see my Father’s face, And in His bosom rest? Filled with delight, my raptured soul Can here no longer stay; Though Jordan’s waves around me roll, Fearless I’d launch away. —Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004). Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation if you can possibly help it. But if you’re in need of a good sermon, try these. Tweets about "sermon from:thethirstytheo" !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");
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