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Matthew Henry: Short Story and A Couple of Quotes

I am working on a short biography of Matthew Henry, the great writer, whose Bible commentaries are still being used today, and still, over 300 years later, are popular and considered standard for Biblical study. Here is another figure from Christian history, who also served as a Pastor. I find it striking now, looking at the brief histories I’ve written or gathered, of great men of the faith, that I never mentioned as part of their initial introduction, that they served as Pastors.

I came across this story, taken from Matthew Henry’s diary, which was written shortly after he had been robbed. I have to share this with you. It reminds me of something about what was thought about the early Christians, who had been converted through the preaching of the Apostle Paul: The amazing thing about these new converts was not that they did not steal anymore … it was that they did not want to steal anymore.
Here’s the short story from Matthew Henry:

“Many years ago, Matthew Henry, a well-known Bible scholar, was once robbed of his wallet. Knowing that it was his duty to give thanks in everything, he meditated on this incident and recorded in his diary the following:

‘Let me be thankful, first, because he never robbed me before; second, because although he took my purse, he did not take my life; third, because although he took all I possessed, it was not much; and fourth, because it was I who was robbed, not I who robbed.'”

Before I close,  please allow me to share just a few short quotes from Matthew Henry:

THOSE THAT WILL NOT YIELD TO THE FEAR OF GOD SHALL BE MADE TO YIELD TO THE FEAR OF EVERYTHING ELSE.

WE STAND NO LONGER THAN GOD HOLDS US AND GO NO FARTHER THAN HE CARRIES US.

IT IS BETTER TO BE SERVING GOD IN SOLITUDE THAN SERVING SIN IN A MULTITUDE.

Afflictions are sent to bring us to our Bibles and to our knees.Thanksgiving is good, but thanksliving is better.

Afflictions are sent to bring us to our Bibles and to our knees.
Thanksgiving is good, but thanksliving is better.

 

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Desiring God by John Piper

When Does God Become 100 Percent for Us?

Desiring God by John Piper.

Gospel-Centered

“What exactly does that mean? What does it look like?” Here is a brief explanation.

Gospel-Centred.

Your Emotions Are a Gauge, Not a Guide

“… God designed your emotions to be gauges, not guides. They’re meant to report to you, not dictate you. The pattern of your emotions will give you a reading on where your hope is because they are wired into what you believe and value — and how much…”

Your Emotions Are a Gauge, Not a Guide.

Listening to the Word Preached

“… As we gather in local churches to hear the preaching of God’s word from faithful ministers, what is the proper spiritual posture we should take for listening to the sermon?”

Listening to the Word Preached.

 

Bible Study Tools Online – Verses, Commentaries, Concordances, Verses, Parallel Versions

“… BibleStudyTools.com is the largest free online Bible website for verse search and in-depth studies …”

Bible Study Tools Online – Verses, Commentaries, Concordances, Verses, Parallel Versions.

Guest Post: “You Ask Wrongly”

…”His will is that the gospel be spread and all come to repentance and obey Him. Are we serving that will, or our own?”

… Great thoughts! … not so simple … How powerful to pray His will. It strikes me that, often, we pay for God’s will in our lives, but, when we pray for others, we leave that phrase out. We pray God’s will to be done in your life, your husband’s life, and in your ministry. May we all seek first to be obedient to what He wants, and always seek Him to find out what’s next. Don’t we so often seek His face, but not His will? Our Pastor always says that, so often, we are more interested in what’s in God’s hand than in His heart.
Enjoy this!
You Ask Wrongly.