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Jottings – Keep Infinitely Far From Sectarianism


I do trust that you will keep infinitely far from sectarianism. The great body of the Christians who are accustomed to religion, are scarce capable of understanding anything else, as the mind ever tends there. If they become so in their position before God, they would be utterly useless, and I am persuaded, immediately broken to pieces. You are nothing, nobody, but Christians, and the moment you cease to be an available mount for communion for any consistent Christian, you will go to pieces or help the evil.

J N Darby, Letters of J. N. Darby, Vol. 1 Number 6.


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Jottings – I Am Dying


I am not living in this world, I am dying here.

J. N. Darby, The Path and Character of the Christian. Accessed on 11/10/2012.

Discovered at: Assembly Quest


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Reading John Nelson Darby

Collected Writing of J N Darby

A friend asked me to write about my experiences reading through Collected Writings of John Nelson Darby. What was it like? What did I learn from it? Are there any tips and hints for someone else wanting to read the whole set?

I read Collected Writings over the course of 15 years. There were some volumes I read in a week or two, others took months. Sometimes I’d go months, or even a whole year between finishing one volume and starting the next. And of course I read some other things in the meantime, which might have helped me understand JND a little better.

To answer the most important question, yes it was tough reading, but it was definitely worth the effort. I would absolutely encourage anyone else to read Darby. Whether reading through Collected Writings is worth the effort depends largely on who you are and what you’re looking for. If you want a verse-by-verse commentary, you’ll be disappointed. Darby wasn’t really an expositor. If you want a study of types and shadows in the Old Testament, you might want to read C H Mackintosh (CHM) instead: that isn’t really what Darby writes about.

Darby’s writing is all about bringing the Word of God to bear on every question, of bringing every thought into captivity to Christ. It’s about seeing everything in the light of the whole counsel of God. It’s about gazing out at the vast ocean of God’s love.


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Free Logos eBook by J N Darby

Logos Free Book by John Nelson Nov 2012

Every month Logos Bible Software offers a free ebook for download. This month’s (November 2012) free ebook is John Nelson Darby’s Synopsis of the Books of the Bible: Genesis to 2 Chronicles which is the first book of a five volume series covering the entire canon of scripture. Available for free from Logos’ website here.

I have personally used Darby’s “Synopsis” for many years and feel confident in recommending it to you as a reliable help. My old hard cover set has earned a prime position on my personal bookshelf as I often refer to it in my study of God’s word.

While I highly recommend that you take advantage of this free offer, I would caution you against purchasing the entire set from Logos due to the price they are charging ($109.99). Because Darby’s writings are in the public domain you can find the other volumes for free. Look Here.


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Audio: Ecclesiastes Chapter One

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” What profit has a man from all his labor in which he toils under the sun? Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 NKJV

And so begins King Solomon’s book of Ecclesiastes with a searching question: “what does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?” An excellent question, a question that many have asked. Maybe you have asked a similar question about life… “is all of this worth it?” or “work, work, work and then I die?!”

In the book of Ecclesiastes King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, explores his question with brutal honesty. In the end Solomon comes to the conclusion that life is meaningless if it is lived for the things “under the sun.” But there is hope! And that hope is found above the sun.

What about you? Are you living for those things under or above the sun?

Recorded: Sunday April 23, 2006 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA.


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Jottings – The Joy of Being Nothing


This is true greatness, to serve unnoticed and work unseen. Oh, the joy of having nothing and being nothing, seeing nothing but a Living Christ in Glory, and being careful for nothing but His interests down here.

J N Darby. “True Greatness” StemPublishing.com, Accessed on April 30, 2012.

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Jottings – Does It Edify?


If it does not edify, it can be of no use.

J N Darby, “A Few Remarks Connected With The Presence and Operation of The Spirit of God in The Body“, Collected Writings, Vol. 3, p. 321.

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Jottings – The Least Act of Faith


Referring to Mark 5:27-29: “Nothing could be more beautifully touching than the artless simplicity and thorough confidence as to Him, and humility as to herself, of this poor woman, and the Lord’s instant and necessary recognition of the least act of faith.

J. N. Darby, Notes & Comments on Scripture, Vol. 5, (Believers Bookshelf, Sunbury, PA) p. 258. Also available online here via STEM Publishing.

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Jottings – The Source of Blessing and Joy


The love of God is the source of all our blessings and joys.

John N. Darby. Notes & Comments, Vol. 1. Sunbury, PA: Believers Bookshelf, 1971 Reprint. p306.

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Jottings – Public & Private Prayer


No public prayer will do without private, but God always answers private.

John N. Darby. Notes & Comments, Vol. 1. Sunbury, PA: Believers Bookshelf, 1971 Reprint.

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