The Minister as Shepherd

Book Cover: The Minister as Shepherd
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ISBN: 9781300313670
Pages: 128
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ISBN: 9781300313670
Pages: 128

In The Minister as Shepherd, Charles Edward Jefferson (1860–1937) calls pastors to view their primary role not to be as mere preachers, but more importantly, to be shepherds of the flock of God. This he illustrates with examples from Scripture and history. He describes the work of the shepherd: to prod, provide for, and protect the sheep. He also makes sense of the pastor’s two greatest temptations, and how they may best be avoided. Jefferson concludes the book by encouraging pastors to seek the bountiful reward promised to those who shepherd the flock with gentleness and faithfulness.

This book is an encouragement to pastors everywhere who are often discouraged by the challenges unique to pastoral ministry. It is heartily recommended to both the student in seminary and the pastor who has served his congregation for decades—both will find its refreshing and direct message comforting.

Includes a biographical preface, embedded Scripture references (no internet connection needed), and helpful hyperlinked endnotes.

A Treatise on Afflictions

Book Cover: A Treatise on Afflictions
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ISBN: 9781105188336
Pages: 119
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ISBN: 9781105188336
Pages: 119
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ISBN: 9781466499614
Size: 5.25 x 8.00 in
Pages: 119

In A Treatise on Afflictions, Thomas Case (1598–1682) generously applies a soothing salve to the wounds of God’s suffering saints. He begins by compassionately illustrating twenty lessons God teaches his children in affliction. He then proceeds to show the advantages wrought by affliction in the lives of languishing believers. He shows why deliverance from suffering should not necessarily be the believer’s primary goal when dark days come, and explains why suffering may sometimes seem to last longer than it should. The author shows from Scripture how affliction and instruction go hand-in-hand in the life of the child of God.

This work rings true to the suffering reader because it was written while the author was imprisoned in the Tower of London alongside Thomas Watson, Christopher Love (who was beheaded), and others.

Originally titled Correction, Instruction or The Rod and the Word, this classic treatise has been carefully prepared for the benefit of a new generation of Christian readers. It includes a biographical preface by James Reid, and has Scripture references from the English Standard Version (ESV®) embedded in the text as hyperlinks—no wireless connection is needed.

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The Christian Warrior

Book Cover: The Christian Warrior
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ISBN: 9781300134817
Pages: 131
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ISBN: 9781300134817
Pages: 131
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ISBN: 9781481857710
Size: 5.25 x 8.00 in
Pages: 131

In The Christian Warrior, Isaac Ambrose provides armament and strategy to fight our tireless adversary, the devil. He begins by showing, from Ephesians 6:12, how all God’s people are warriors engaged in a battle, that our enemy is both powerful and malicious, and that we must wrestle and strive hard against him. He then gives specific examples of how Satan attacks us at different stages of life: in childhood, at our first conversion, during the prime of life, and at the time of death. Ambrose gives practical, point-by-point advice throughout the book on how to cope with these attacks. He illustrates how Satan attempts to foil the believer coming to Christ at each stage of his conversion. He then shows how Satan tries to convince the doubting believer that his conversion is not genuine, and how to answer those arguments. He continues by showing how to endure persecution, how to resist temptations of the flesh (lust, pride, anger, condemning others, dishonest gain), and how Satan attempts to exploit the special vulnerabilities of both weak and strong Christians. He concludes by preparing the believer for “the final battle” in the hour of his death (which is often his most intense time of attack), by illustrating how to avoid the extremes of presumption and despair.

Even readers not accustomed to Puritan works will find Ambrose’s warm and engaging style both eminently useful and Christ-exalting. Much more than a copy-paste-publish e-book, this Digital Puritan Press reprint has been carefully edited from the original texts. The more difficult language has been smoothed out to make it more accessible to the modern reader. In the digital edition, every Scripture reference hyperlinked as an endnote in the ESV version (no internet connection is needed). The print edition includes a Scripture index and glossary. Both include a helpful biographical preface to the life and times of the author.

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Daily Communion With God

Book Cover: Daily Communion With God
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ISBN: 9781105292019
Pages: 105
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ISBN: 9781105292019
Pages: 105
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ISBN: 9781463666088
Size: 5.25 x 8.00 in
Pages: 105

In Daily Communion with God, pastor Matthew Henry shows, with his inimitably graceful style, how a Christian should begin every day with God in quiet prayer and meditation upon Scripture. He then shows how to take that same spirit into the day’s events while still reflecting upon his duty to honor God in thought, word, and deed. Finally, the author shows how believers are to close the day with God by prayerful consideration of the day’s successes and failures, with an eye toward our continual dependence upon him for strength and mercy.

Originally delivered as a series of sermons at Bednal Green in 1712, this material was so positively received that many of the hearers insisted that it be put into print. This classic treatise has been carefully prepared for the benefit and enjoyment of a new generation of Christian readers. It includes the moving, comprehensive biographical preface written by James Hamilton in 1847.

The electronic edition contains embedded Scripture references in the ESV®; the print edition includes a Scripture index and glossary.

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The Necessity of Self-Examination

Book Cover: The Necessity of Self-Examination
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ISBN: 9781105608247
Pages: 78
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ISBN: 9781105608247
Pages: 78

In The Necessity of Self-Examination, Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) guides the reader in a thorough search of his thoughts, intentions, words, and deeds. Edwards begins by convincing the reader of the necessity of self-examination, proceeds to show why many living in sin are unaware of it, and finally giving specific directions on how to go about examining oneself. He illustrates this with chapters on self-examination concerning one’s behavior at church, whether any secret sins are permitted, how one thinks of and treats his fellow man, and how one conducts himself in his household.

This Digital Puritan edition includes a biographical preface by Gerald Mick and an appendix of seventy-five questions drawn from the text of the book, suitable for quick review or for use in an accountability group setting. Scripture references (in the English Standard Version) are hyperlinked and embedded into the book. No internet connection is required.