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From Preaching Matters: William Taylor on “Revolutionary Worship”

March 10, 2018

Here is another in the excellent Preaching Matters series from St. Helen’s Bishopsgate in London: William Taylor on “Revolutionary Worship”.  The website notes say:

What does it look like to Worship God?
How does the New Testament use the word ‘worship’, and does it match what we do in our churches?

William Taylor discusses the heart of his recent preaching series on Worship, titled Revolutionary Worship. What does it mean to worship God? How does the New Testament speak about our worship? Watch it now.


The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Bernier: “Overcoming the Devil II”

March 9, 2018

From the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Bernier of Providence REC in Texas, here is another excellent Lenten sermon that continues his thoughts about the subject of wrestling with the flesh, the world and the devil:

Overcoming the Devil II
2nd in Lent, February 25, 2018
In our previous Sermon, we began a Series concerning the spiritual struggle we have been called to wage against our primary spiritual enemies: the devil, the flesh, and the world. By examining the way in which the Lord responded to each of the temptations, designed by the devil to make him fall, we learned that the key to overcoming Satan resides in retaining the unconditional and final authority of the Word of God revealed in Scripture above everything else, just as the Lord did in all his life. “It is written” he answered. This is the key to remain faithful and obedient to God, overcoming Satan, by faith and obedience to his Word.
We also referred to the Parable of the Sower in which the seed, which represents the Word of God, can only grow and become fruitful by overcoming all our spiritual enemies, of which the Devil is the first and the worst because he is the source of all the rest.
Our world today derides anyone who dares take seriously what the Bible teaches concerning the Devil, his fallen angels and the eternal future awaiting those who in this world fail to overcome the devil’s temptations, deceptive lies, and murderous desires.
Instead of “It is written” people today say, “How can I believe the Word of a God who would send people to hell for eternity? I rather believe any other doctrine than that.”
From a fallen human perspective, such reasoning is understandable and can even be very persuasive, if one is willing to ignore the testimony of Jesus in the Gospels. For it is the Gospel as preached by Christ and given to the church which is the primary ground upon which our doctrine of the Devil and Hell depends.
 Yes, as we saw in our gospel lesson, one example among many others, a mother came to Jesus begging for her daughter who was grievously suffering a case of demon possession. In spite of our post-enlightenment bias against the reality of the spiritual world, scripture reveals that there is a real spiritual realm and that demonic entities can and do afflict human beings in many ways. Although Scripture does not give us many details concerning this, it gives us enough to understand what these demons are and where they come from, and what is their purpose. Demons are evil spirits, fallen angels, who became evil after choosing to follow Satan in his rebellion against God.
This means that before the fall of man there was a fall in Heaven which resulted in the expulsion of these fallen spirits away from God’s presence forever.
Now let us consider the reason and implications of this eternal exclusion. It is directly related to the nature and character of God. Scripture reveals that God is Holy, God is good, God is love, God is Truth and life. He is also both perfectly merciful and righteous. He is compared with light in which there can be no darkness.
This means that the very nature of God is not only opposed to evil and corruption but that all these attributes are grounded upon one and the same foundation: God’s unchanging eternal being and that therefore separation from God implies the loss of each and everyone of all these attributes entirely, what Scripture identifies as the wrath of God, the worst condition of eternal existence which belongs to the devil and his angels, a state of perpetual and final exclusion from the grace of God, which Scripture identifies as “eternal destruction”.
In other words, Love, Truth, Life, Peace, Rest, Mercy, Meekness etc. and every other good gift is interrelated to all the others so that one cannot be retained without the others. Therefore, in rejecting one, for example, by being selfish, or being a liar, or rebelling against God, one is also forfeiting life with every other good. Because life is an attribute of God who is perfectly holy, and therefore, sin which always separates us from God, necessarily leads us to death and the loss of everything which is good.
Now the archetype of rebellion, sin, and death is Satan and his fallen angels, who knowingly and willfully, after experiencing God’s holiness, love and glory in heaven, face to face, choose to rebel against Him.
Their conduct, moral choice, brought upon themselves the wrath of God, by which they were excluded from heaven and destined to eternal punishment in fire. This is what is called eternal damnation because it is a state from which there is no possible redemption. When the fallen angels choose to believe and follow Satan instead of God they knowingly choose eternal death in separation from God and embraced hell instead. From this condition, there is no turning back. And they know it.
But with humans it is different. We were not created in heaven, but we were created for heaven from the beginning, Yet, we were allowed to be tempted and fall (disobey God), just as the angels, but instead of being eternally damned like the fallen angels and the devil, God gave humans a unique hope, which he did not provide for the angels, He sent his Son, God incarnate to redeem us by his blood.
The Earth was designed to be a probation period by which human creatures could exercise their free will choice before entering eternity, cultivating through their love here and now, either love and obedience to the Truth leading to Life, or selfish, proudful rebellion and lies leading to death.
God made this possible by redeeming the whole world, becoming a man, and taking the curse of this world, and the human race, upon himself on the cross. So that sinners through faith in him can now be reconciled with God, if they want it, without merits of their own, through repentance and faith, when they hear the good news of what God has done for us, preached in the Gospel with an open invitation and commandment to all the world.
Therefore to enjoy heaven the only thing necessary is to believe the Gospel of Christ, asking for forgiveness; and then continuing to follow Christ in repentance and amendment of life until the end of this life, preparing now for an eternal life with God, and all the redeemed, by loving him above all things and our neighbors as ourselves. But for those who reject obeying the gospel, the opposite future awaits, for in that case they are essentially repeating the equivalent of the same choice the original fallen angels made, preferring evil over good. But whatever we love first, that is what we become; whatever we sow now, that shall we reap for eternity.
It has been well said: “as men became partakers in the guilt of demons, so now are they also condemned to share in their punishment.” (Meyer’s NT Commentary to Matthew 25:41)
Now let us consider the nature of the devil and his followers.
At the conclusion of the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, we hear the Lord saying:
“30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” (Matthew 13:30)
This parable complements the Parable of the Sower and gives us the whole picture of redemptive history from the divine perspective.
The Lord explained the meaning of the parable. He that sows the good seed is the Son of man. He sows the good seed by the preaching of the Gospel over His field which is the whole world. The good seed is those who receive the Gospel of Truth and become children of the kingdom carrying the seed within them and giving good fruit accordingly; “but the tares are the children of the wicked one;” who believe and obey his lies. The enemy who sows the bad seed, by his lies is the devil; “the harvest is the end of the world, and the reapers are the angels.”
And listen to the conclusion:
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Matthew 13:40-42)
“Things that offend” translates the Greek word “scandalas” which means literally, all those who cause others to fall.
The devil did not disobey only, he craftily designed “scandalas” stumbling blocks, snares, traps, a stick with a bait to lead God’s creatures to disobedience and rebellion.
So, a child of the devil, accordingly, is one who similarly uses his capabilities, intelligence, talents, and resources to dress as an angel of light in order to deceive and snare others away from God and obedience to the Gospel.
The other word used to describe the children of the devil is “those who practice lawlessness”.
Not only those who sin but those who approve sin and defend it as the right course of action and therefore practice sin without remorse or repentance; Those who love a lie, rather than the truth.
This is why the rationalization of sin, the defense of error and behaviors which God has clearly revealed are sinful is so dangerous to both individuals and societies, because it not only leads to decadence in this world, but it carries eternal consequences.
The doctrine of Hell and eternal punishment then is an essential part of the Gospel which is sobering in the seriousness of its warnings.
In our day to day choices we are sowing the seeds of the harvest we shall inherit in the world to come.
God did not create angels or humans for death; he created all for Life and Truth; and has done everything to restore us to life through his incarnation, redemption and the sending of the Holy Ghost.
Denying the doctrine of the eternal retribution of the disobedient creatures, which has become so common in our time, is a form of denial of the incarnation. Because it is Jesus who gave the gravest warnings about the dangers of an eternal life separated from God; Jesus Christ clearly taught the reality and danger of eternal punishment; Also, if there is no curse over sin leading to death with eternal consequences, then our Lord became a man and gave his life for nothing, or to achieve something which could have been done easily without the need of his suffering of death upon the cross for our redemption.
The fact of the Lord’s incarnation leading to his suffering upon the cross, i.e. that God incarnate died for the sins of the world, implies the necessary eternal consequences of sin, and its eternal punishment after death so that there is only one way of salvation through faith in Christ.
It is important also to recognize that advocating some notion of annihilation of the soul after death, is to deny the clear indication of eternity attached to the afterlife in many places in Scripture. (Mark 9:42-48; Matt. 18.6-9; Luke. 17.1-2 Revelation 21:13-15; Mt.25:41-46; Matt. 10:28; Matthew 12:32.)
Whatever our state in the afterlife, it carries the notion of an eternal conscious existence. This is the consistent witness of Scripture whenever it touches this subject and is made explicit in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. (Luke 16:19-31)
The Second Death, the lake of fire, the eternal punishment, or penalty of sin are all indicative of an eternal state of existence in separation from God and under his wrath; these various symbols describe the agony of an existence deprived of any good or blessing, or hope of deliverance which has been described in Scripture variously as outer darkness, wailing and gnashing of teeth, and an unquenchable fire.
It is not possible to choose with the devil and not suffer his punishment.
This is what is also implied in the doctrine of the gospel concerning the Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, the “unforgivable sin”; it implies that in the process of our temporal existence, a person may so embrace the character of the demons, by cursing the Holy Ghost, that they may shut themselves into a spiritual position from which there is no possibility of redemption, as it will be for all who die unrepentant, having chosen lies and death over life.
The unforgivable sin now, is a token, reminding us of a future in which repentance will no longer be possible to the rebellious members of the human race, just as it is now impossible for the fallen angels.
Therefore, now, when there is still chance for repentance, now is the opportunity for us to renounce the devil, the world and the flesh and trust in Jesus alone for our redemption, so that dying to sin and living to him we may prepare for heaven more and more, imitating him with the hope of partaking of the blessed life, he has prepared for all who love God above all things and their neighbors as themselves. Amen.
Let us Pray
O Lord, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thine honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, World without end. Amen.
by the Rev. Dr. Benjamin E. Bernier


A quote from J.C. Ryle on the importance of holiness before the world

March 7, 2018

In an excellent article, Do whatever makes you holy, Michael Taylor quotes J.C. Ryle on how important a witness to the world our holiness is:

I believe that far more is done for Christ’s kingdom by the holy living of believers than we are at all aware of. There is a reality about such living which makes men feel, and obliges them to think. It carries a weight and influence with it that nothing else can give. It makes religion beautiful, and draws men to consider it, like a lighthouse seen afar off… Your life is an argument that none can escape… I believe there is far more harm done by unholy and inconsistent Christians than we are aware of. Such men are among Satan’s best allies. They pull down by their lives what ministers build with their lips. They cause the chariot wheels of the gospel to drive heavily. They supply the children of this world with a never-ending excuse for remaining as they are… Let us take heed lest the blood of souls should be required at our hands. From murder of souls by inconsistency and loose walking, good Lord, deliver us! Oh, for the sake of others, if for no other reason, let us strive to be holy!2

Please read Michael’s article…it is absolutely worth the time.

Another Lenten reflection from Abp. Peter Jensen: “The New Heart”

March 6, 2018

From GAFCON, here is another Lenten reflection by Peter Jensen, on “The New Heart”; it is the fourth in a series.

For the Third Sunday in Lent: Augustine of Hippo on the danger of relapse

March 5, 2018

For the Third Sunday in Lent, here is another selection from Faith and Life: readings compiled from ancient writers that I have posted before:


“What, then,” it will be asked, “does the devil now tempt no one of the faithful, because he will be cast out of the hearts of the faithful?” Yes, indeed, he does not cease to tempt. But it is one thing to reign within, another to assail from without; for sometimes an enemy assails a city thoroughly fortified, but he does not take it. And if any darts shot by him reach us, the Apostle instructs us how they may be kept from hurting us; he mentions “the breastplate and shield of faith’.” And if the devil sometimes wounds us, there is One at hand who heals. For as it is said- to those who are fighting, “These things I write unto you, that ye sin not;” so those that are wounded hear what follows, “And if any one sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous; He is the propitiation for our sins.” For what do we pray for when we say, “Forgive us our trespasses,” except that our wounds may be healed? And what else do we beg when we say, “And lead us not into temptation,” but that he who is plotting against us, or contending externally to us, may not break in at any point, may not be able to overcome us by force or by fraud? But whatsoever engines he may direct against us,—when he does not occupy the place of our heart where faith dwells, he has been cast out. But “unless the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” Do not then presume on your own strength, if you do not wish to call the devil in again, after he has been cast out.

–St. Augustine on St. John’s Gospel

I definitely see here a warning against being overconfident in our own ability to withstand temptation.

For the Third Sunday in Lent: Augustine of Hippo on “Light in the Lord”

March 4, 2018

One reading for the Third Sunday in Lent from the book Faith and Life: readings compiled from ancient writers is this selection from St. Augustine:


IF “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all,” and if we ought to have fellowship with Him, the darkness must be expelled from us, that light may be kindled in us; for darkness can have no fellowship with light; therefore see what follows, “But if we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie;” and you have the Apostle Paul saying, “What communion hath light with darkness?” Therefore let a man now say to himself, “What shall I do? how shall I become light? I live in sins and iniquities. A feeling of despair and gloom steals over me. There is no salvation except in fellowship with God. God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. But sins are darkness; iniquities are darkness. We are pressed down by iniquities, so that we cannot have fellowship with God; what hope then have we? what will become of us?” Let us listen, if haply He will comfort and uplift us, and give us hope, lest we faint by the way. For we are hastening to our Country; and if we despair of reaching it, we faint from our very despair. But He who wishes us to reach it, feeds us by the way, that He may preserve us in the Country. “But if we walk in the light, as He also is in the light, we have fellowship one with another.” Let us walk in the light, as He is in the light, that we may be able to have fellowship with Him. And what shall we do about our sins? Hear what follows; “And the Blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” It is great ease of mind that God has given us. The devil once held a bond of slavery against us, but it was obliterated by the Blood of Christ. If you have confessed your sins, truth is in you; for truth itself is light. Your life is not yet perfectly lustrous, for sins are there; but yet you now begin to be illuminated, for confession of sins is there.

–St. Augustine on First Epistle of St. John, Tr. i.

One thing for certain: 1 John 1:9 is one of the most hopeful passages in Scripture – an antidote for despair.

This month’s free audiobook from christianaudio: “Talking With Your Kids About God”

March 3, 2018

This month’s free audiobook from christianaudio is Talking With Your Kids About God by Natasha Crain.  The notes on this book say “Christian parenting is hard work–and it’s getting harder. Parents have a deep desire to pass on their faith, but fear that today’s increasingly skeptical and hostile world will eventually lead their kids to reject the truth of Christianity. That leaves parents feeling overwhelmed. This practical and timely resource gives parents the confidence of knowing what to discuss with their children and how to discuss it in order to facilitate impactful conversations that will form the basis of a lifelong faith.”

This book could be very helpful for any parent, so if you are interested, give Talking With Your Kids About God a try.

The Rev. Dr. Benjamin Bernier: “Overcoming the Devil I”

March 2, 2018

From the Rev. Dr. Benjamin Bernier of Providence REC in Texas, here is an excellent Lenten sermon that speaks the truth about the subject of wrestling with the devil:

1st in Lent , February 18, 2018

This past Wednesday we began our forty days Church fast in preparation for the celebration of Holy Week. In our sermon, we observed how for us to overcome our spiritual enemies it is essential that we keep the word of God at all times as the center of our inner life, which the Scripture calls our heart, including our mind, our soul, and our spiritual strength.
Christ is the Word of God incarnate and through the preaching of the Gospel, as we hear, receive, understand and apply it, the Word of God grows in us making us more and more like Christ as faithful members of his kingdom, and leads us to bring the fruit of the Spirit which is also a witness to Christ before the world. And so the Word of God continues to grow from one generation to the next.
But there are three main obstacles which hinder the growth of the Word of God in us and around us. The first and primary one of these three enemies, which is at the root of all the others, is the devil.
In our Gospel lesson, we heard the devil’s frontal attack against the Lord at the beginning of his ministry. After being anointed, at his baptism, with the Holy Spirit descending upon him in the form of a dove and after hearing the voice of the Father identifying him as the beloved Son of God, in whom He was well pleased, the Spirit then led Jesus to the desert, to be tempted of the devil.
We tend to underrate the importance of what happened at the Lord’s baptism, There, God the Father himself, directly and publicly announced and ratified to the world the identity of his Son. We may not mediate often on the implications of this but the devil clearly understood the importance of this declaration, and made it the subject of his first two temptations.
The devil knew that the day he dreaded had finally come; That long ago promised “seed of the woman”, the one who would defeat him, was now upon the Earth, therefore the devil took his first opportunity to tempt him to make him fall from fulfilling his mission as he had done with the first Adam. To accomplish that object the only thing Satan needed to achieve was to tempt Jesus to deviate from perfect obedience to the Father.
But what the devil did not know is that Jesus came into the world, God became a man, with the express purpose of overcoming him, undoing the damage caused by the first Adam’s disobedience, in order to liberate the world from the bondage of the curse caused by the devil’s temptation; that through his victory on the Cross, through faith in Jesus as Son of God, Saviour and Lord, he would make it possible for each and every Son of Adam to overcome the devil also.
Now, please observe that the claims of the Gospel and Scripture concerning all this are historical claims based upon actual facts, not mythical or empty religious symbolism. God is real, Christ is really the Son of God who became man, Adam really disobeyed God and that is how sin and death came into the world. The devil is also real, and hates and wants to destroy us.
Scripture reveals that we have a spiritual adversary who hates us because he is jealous that God has chosen the human race for his service after he and his angels were expelled from the blessings of heaven.
He therefore conspired to defeat God’s purpose of blessing humanity, knowing that if the Head of humanity fell through disobedience the whole of humanity would fall with him under a curse and therefore the Devil would become ruler upon this fallen world enslaving humanity, just as he had become the prince of the fallen angels in the spiritual world.
But notice that from the beginning the power of the devil resides in perverting the good. The devil has no positive or creative power. The devil cannot love, he cannot enjoy anything good. He cannot give life. He can only offer counterfeits.
His power is the power of imitation, the power of make-believe, the power of unlawful persuasion, the power of lies, the power of death. He is a liar and a murderer from the beginning.(John 8:44) Because just as truth, life, and obedience are essential and interdependent in God, so lies, disobedience and death are what defines the enemy of God.
His primary tool for leading us away from God is temptation. Temptation is a trial of our obedience and fidelity to God. The devil uses lies to make us deviate from trusting and obeying the Word of God.
The Word of God is life, what God says can be trusted, and must be obeyed, unconditionally. The devil knows this, and he also knows that such faith and obedience is essential to all faithful servants of God, because God is holy, and in heaven, all things always follow eagerly and without hindrance the command of his word.
So, when the devil learned that God had spoken giving a commandment to Adam and Eve, not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, the devil knew what to aim for through his lies.
So he deceived Eve, telling her that it was ok to disobey God, that she would not die, but would become more like God instead.
A small lie led to a small act of disobedience, which led to the enslavement of the human race.
The Devil came to Jesus with the same objective and the same tactic; test Jesus to see if he would deviate from perfectly trusting and obeying the Word of God.
He began with a small suggestion, that the Son of God would prove his identity by using his power to calm his hunger, turning stones into bread; placing the needs of the body before trust and obedience to the Word of God.
Jesus answered this and every other temptation responding: “It is written.”
We here learn how to defeat the devil every time he comes with his subtle suggestions to doubt or disobey God’s Word. “It is written,” spoken by Christ, tells us that God has spoken in Holy Scripture and that his word is final.
The truth of the incarnation ratifies the truth of the Scriptures. Jesus said “It is written” and with that, the temptation was over. Because the Word of God is final and absolute and there is nothing that the devil can do against it. In order to overcome the devil, we must keep with Jesus the final authority of the word of God and live accordingly following its teaching, remembering always first, that man shall not live by bread alone, but by feeding upon the inspired Word of God. (Matt. 4:4)
Second, Jesus answered: “You will not put the Lord your God to the test.”
Notice that the root of the first two temptations was to put in doubt what God had said, just like at the beginning,
God said: Do not eat, you will surely die. The devil said: eat, you will not die.
Now, God had said, “this is my Son.” The devil said, “if you are the Son of God,” and then even quoted Scripture against the Word, to use its promises against the will of God. Notice that this is typical of what the devil does to tempt us. He uses something which is good as appointed by God, and then turns it against the will of God, distorting its true purpose and corrupting its true nature. The same thing happens with food, drink, love, desire and everything else, as created by God and used according to his will it is all good, but when abused or distorted even Scripture may be used against the will of God if we pervert its God defined meaning and purpose and substitute it with something different.
But Jesus understood that nothing good could come from doubting what God has said. So, Jesus answered: Thou shall not put the Lord, thy God to the test.(Matt. 4:7) He would not jump, for to do so, as the devil suggested, would dishonor God by using Scripture against Scripture, demanding further proof over what God had already said. When God has spoken no additional proof is needed.
And finally, The devil offered all the glory of all the kingdoms of the world if Jesus would bow and worship him. In other words, the devil offered Jesus the opportunity of ruling the world under his command, under the curse, without having to suffer the cross, in exchange for one act of worship.
This is because worship and obedience are expressions of the same thing. We worship whom we respect and obey. We cannot worship God and disobey his word at the same time.
Jesus understood this truth well. He also knew that the glory of a cursed world is temporal and illusory by definition, a mere counterfeit of real glory, and that it is foolishness to place temporal glory over eternal blessing.  So Jesus answered once more quoting Scripture. It is written: You will only worship and bow before God alone.
The devil wants to be honored, trusted and obeyed as if he was God. That is why he actively leads weak human beings to believe his lies calling good evil, and evil good; defying the Word of God so that we may deviate from it one way or another and so remain bound to him.
But Jesus victory teaches us the key to defeat and overcome the devil. Like Jesus, we must keep the Word of God as the primary rule and sustenance of our lives. We must trust the Word of God unconditionally, and we must worship God alone as revealed by Jesus Christ.
The devil cannot do anything against God’s Word, that is why he had to flee from Jesus.
And the same thing is true concerning us:
James says: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
Thanks to the grace of God now, even the weakest and youngest of all human beings can defeat the devil with a simple prayer: “Lord, remember me” (Luke 23:42), “Lord, have mercy upon me”(Luke 18:38), “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief” (Mark. 9:24). This door is open for us now, because Jesus did for us what we could not do for ourselves. He rendered perfect obedience to God and then offered his own life in sacrifice upon the cross, “oblation and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world”, “the righteous for the unrighteous”,(1 Peter 3:18) breaking the curse upon us by taking the curse upon himself, dying on the cross, opening a new way for salvation, the only way, Jesus Christ himself, the Truth, the Life and the Way; the way of life, trust, love and obedience through faith in him, in whom alone we can overcome the kingdom of death, unbelief, disobedience, and hate.
As we begin this new Season of Lent, let us meditate on the Truth God has revealed in his Word and ratified by his incarnation, with all its glorious implications, that inspired by its truth we may overcome all the temptations of the devil remaining faithful to the Word of God, for the honor and glory of our only true Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, To whom with the Father and the Holy Ghost be all honor and glory now and forevermore. Amen.
Let us Pray
O Lord, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thine honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, World without end. Amen.


by the Rev. Dr. Benjamin E. Bernier


Another Lenten reflection from Abp. Peter Jensen: “The Repentant Heart”

March 1, 2018

From GAFCON, here is another Lenten reflection by Peter Jensen, on “The Repentant Heart”; it is the third in a series.

Another Lenten devotional – this one based on The Books of Homilies

February 28, 2018

Today I came across another Lenten resource, and this one is a little different.  Fr. Kurt Hein, of Light of Christ Anglican Church in Georgetown, Texas, has done (along with his father) a modern day re-interpretation of several of the homilies from Book One of the Books of Homilies and divided them into devotional chunks for Lent.  They can be downloaded as a PDF here.

Personally I find these devotionals to be beautiful and reverent – most fitting for Lent.  I hope to see further from these men along these lines – very well done!