Peace, be still

November 23, 2010 | Categories: Church Blog, Front Page Gallery, and Puritans. Tags: Christ, emotions, John Owen, and suffering.

“Our minds are apt by their troubles to be cast into disorder, to be tossed up and down, and disquieted…And indeed, the mind on all such occasions is its own greatest troubler. It is likely to let loose its passions of fear and sorrow, which then multiply into innumerable perplexing thoughts, until it is carried utterly out of its own power. But in this state a due contemplation of the glory of Christ will restore and compose the mind–bring it into a sedate, quiet frame, where faith will be able to say to the winds of our soul, ‘Peace, be still,’ and they shall obey.”

John Owen
The Works of John Owen, Vol.1

Sin is always acting

October 13, 2010 | Categories: Church Blog and Puritans. Tags: John Owen and sin.

“So then I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand” (Rom.7:21). “Sin is always acting, always conceiving, and always seducing and tempting. This battle will last more or less all our days. If sin is always acting, we are in trouble if we are not always putting it to death. He that stands still and allows his enemies to exert double blows upon him without resistance will undoubtedly be conquered in the end.”

John Owen

The Remainders of Sin

September 19, 2010 | Categories: Church Blog and Puritans. Tags: John Owen and sin.

“I find it a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand” (Rom.7:21). “Believers carry a remainder of indwelling sin. It is powerful, effective, and continually working towards evil. Though its rule is broken, its strength weakened and impaired, it is still a law of great force.”

John Owen