Jottings – It is an Immense Comfort to be Able to Say Nevertheless God


Commenting on 2 Corinthians 7:6 ~


It is an immense comfort, in the inward storms and conflicts of the heart, to be able to say, “Nevertheless God.” Oh, what a divine solace there is in Him, now made known to us in Christ.


Turpin, W. T. “Nevertheless God.” Collected Writings of W.T. Turpin. Morganville, NJ: Present Truth, 1999. 413. Print.



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Jottings – Theological Arguments


I beg leave, in my turn, to give you a few advices,


1. Be calm. Do not venture into the field again till you are master of your temper.


2. Be good-natured. Passion is not commendable; but ill nature still less.


3. Be courteous. Show good manners, as well as good nature, to your opponent, of whatever kind.


4. Be merciful. When you have gained an advantage over your opponent, do not press it to the uttermost. Remember the honest quaker’s advice to his friend a few years ago: ‘Art thou not content to lay John Wesley upon his back, but thou wilt tread his guts out?’


5. In writing, do not consider yourself as a man of fortune, or take any liberty with others on that account. Men of sense simply consider what is written; not whether the writer be a lord or a cobbler.


6. Lastly, Remember, ‘for every idle word men shall speak, they shall give an account in the day of judgment.’ Remember, ‘by thy words shalt thou be justified; or by thy words shalt thou be condemned.’


John Wesley, “Some Remarks on Mr. Hill’s Farrago Double Distilled,” quoted in Luke Tyerman, The Life and Times of the Rev. John Wesley, Vol. 3. (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1871), 162.


Thanks Keith!


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Free eBook: From Prussia with Love – The George Muller Story

Free Logos eBook From Prussia With Love, The George Muller Story

This month (November 2014) Logos Bible Software is offering a free ebook: From Prussia with Love, The George Muller Story written by Carol Purves.

If you enjoy reading Christian biographies or reading about Christian history this ebook will make a nice addition to your digital library.

George Muller was a nineteenth century Christian who lived and severed the Lord primarily in England. While there are many notable events in brother Muller’s life he is best known for establishing homes for hundreds of orphaned children without ever making his needs publically known.

Link: Logos Free Book of the Month – November 2014


Note: you can take advantage of this free offer even if you are not a customer of Logos. The eBook may be read on a computer or mobile device using one of Logos’ free apps including Vyrso, Biblia, and Logos.



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Jottings – I Have A Need For Christ, I Have A Great Christ For My Need

I Have A Need For Christ, I Have A Great Christ For My Need

“I have a need for Christ; I have a great Christ for my need.”


C.H. Spurgeon, The Salt-cellars: Being a Collection of Proverbs, Together with Homely Notes Thereon, Volume 1. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1889), Page 291.


Thanks Keith!


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Jottings – Leaving The Throne Of Grace?

People sometimes say when wishing to pray, 'Let us come to the throne of grace.' In answer to such an invitation I can only say, I hope we have not left it.

Commenting on Hebrews 4:16:
People sometimes say when wishing to pray, “Let us come to the throne of grace.” In answer to such an invitation I can only say, I hope we have not left it.


Stoney, James B. “Readings On The Book of Hebrews.” Food For The Flock. 1878 ed. Vol. 5. London: W. B. Horner, 1878. Page 96. Accessed online in PDF format on Oct. 22, 2014 here:



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Remembering My Family Heritage

John and Henrietta Thomson, on their wedding day in 1932

John and Henrietta Thomson, on their wedding day in 1932

My cousin Sandy Sheridan maintains a delightful and encouraging blog named:Verses From Mama— hearing God speak one Bible verse at a time.

Recently, Sandy blogged about our common Grandfather John Thomson. I encourage you to check it out.

Grandpa Thomson, as I called him, is literally the patriarch of our family. He, and his godly wife Henrietta, raised their family of three children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). All three of their children (including my father) became Christians and raised Christians families of their own. This third generation is the generation that Sandy and I are members of. All surviving members of our generation have professed Christ as savior, reached adulthood, and are now raising Chritian families of their own.

Grandma & Grandpa Thomson loved their family deeply. Though they have left this earthly realm, and are now at home with their Lord; we who are left behind continue to benefit from their godly example and legacy. One of my most cherished memories from my teenage years is from a weekend I spent with them in their home. The weekend was not an “exciting” weekend– we did not go skying or to a major league ball game– it was a simple, quiet weekend. However, that weekend made an indelible mark on my life…

When we sat down for a simple lunch grandpa prayed, thanking God for the meal. During his prayer he simply and quickly mentioned every family member by name. Including me. This made an impression on me. When I asked about this afterwards I discovered that this was their daily practice– to pray for every family member every day! Wow. See Philemon 1:4 and 1 Thessalonians 1:2.

God has, and continues to, answer their daily prayers– prayers that were made in simple faith. James 5:16.

The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. ~~ Psalm 16:6 ESV

Thank you Lord for the godly family heritage that you have given to me. Praise be to God!

Thank you Sandy for your great post!


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Jottings – The Triumphant Course With God

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On 2 Chron. 29:3 –
“A course begun with God is sure, in the long run, to prove a triumphant one. There may be failure, difficulty, temptation, sorrow, clouds, and darkness; yet in the end it will be made manifest that, he who begins his course in the sanctuary will end it in the glory. ‘They that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.’ (Psalm 92:12.)”


C. H. Mackintosh, Reflections on the Life and Times of Hezekiah, (New York: Loizeaux Brothers), p. 7. [Italics original.]


Thanks Keith!


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Jottings – The Kindness of God

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Commenting on Jeremiah 10 and preceding chapters:

“…the repetition of God’s pleadings with Israel… is the most touching proof of the kindness of God, who multiplies His appeals to a rebellious and perverse people… ”


J N Darby, “Synopsis of The Books of The Bible: Jeremiah” Accessed electronically on 9/16/14 here:


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Jottings – Where To Find Sanctuary

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Commenting on Jeremiah 17:12 “It was the conviction that the throne of God is a sanctuary, that if a man would find sanctuary he must find the throne; if a man would find the place of refuge, of quietness, of peace in the midst of trouble and turmoil and distress, he is not to seek it by the way of asking for a solution, but by putting his life into right relationship with the established throne of the abiding government of God.”


G. Campbell Morgan. Westminster Pulpit, Vol. I. Sermon 57 – Jeremiah 17:12 Sanctuary. Originally published 1915. Digital edition.



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Jottings – Faith Basks In The Sunshine Of The Divine Favor And Faithfulness

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It is when nature’s horizon is overcast with the blackest clouds, that faith basks in the sunshine of the divine favor and faithfulness.


Mackintosh, C. H. (n.d.). Discipleship in an Evil Day (p. 5). New York: Loizeaux Brothers.



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