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An Essay on The Genius, Works, and Times of Baxter ~ Excerpts

Some few years before his death, Baxter took a minute and extensive survey of his own character, and committed it to paper. From this paper the following extracts are taken: - “Because it is soul-experiments which those that urge me to this kind of writing do expect that I should especially communic... Read More

Christian Economics ~ Excerpts- Cases about Divorce and Separation

[i]Quest.[/i]V. May husband and wife part by mutual consent, if they find it be for the good of both? [i]Answ.[/i] If you speak not of dissolving the bond of their relations, but withdrawing as to cohabitation, I answer, 1. it is not to be done upon passions and discontents, to feed and gratify each... Read More

Directions for Hating Sin

Direct. I. Labour to know God, and to be affected with his attributes, and always to live as in his sight.—No man can know sin perfectly, because no man can know God perfectly. You can no further know what sin is than you know what God is, whom you sin against; for the formal malignity of sin is rel... Read More

Directions for Heavenly Contemplation

Meditation is the means by which the soul digests truth for its nourishment and strength. It was God's command to Joshua, "This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein" (Josh... Read More

Four Aids to Heavenly Contemplation

Having set your heart in tune, we now come to the music itself. Having acquired an appetite, approach the feast. Come, for all things are now ready. Heaven and Christ and the eternal glory are before you. Four factors promote heavenly contemplation. The first factor is consideration. By this I mean ... Read More

Heavenly life encouragements

I have given you, dear reader, my best advice for maintaining a heavenly life. If you cannot meditate as systematically and completely as I have recommended, then do it as you can. Just be sure to do it seriously and frequently. Become friendly with this heavenly work, and you will, in some degree, ... Read More

Heavenly Meditation

Now, reader, according to the directions already given, conscientiously practice meditation as well as prayer. Do it daily if possible. Retire into some private place at the most convenient time, and lay aside all worldly thoughts. With all possible seriousness and reverence look up towards heaven. ... Read More

Hindrances to a Heavenly Life on Earth

If you value a heavenly life upon earth, I must charge you to avoid some dangerous hindrances. LIVING IN ANY KNOWN SIN is a great impediment to a heavenly life. If this be your situation, I dare say that heaven and your soul are strangers. These beams in your eye (Matthew 7:4) will not let you look ... Read More

How to Persevere in Heavenly Contemplation

The hardest part of heavenly meditation is bringing it into clear focus. It is easier to think about "heaven" as an abstract idea than to concentrate on the real heaven. Faith meets tremendous resistance in trying to view that which is supernatural. It grows tired quickly. The objects of faith are f... Read More

How to Seek the Saints' Rest While on Earth

Be convinced of the value of heaven, for if you do not believe it to be the greatest treasure, you will never set your heart upon it. This conviction must sink into your heart, for if it is only an intellectual opinion it will have little motivational power. Endeavor to remember how near your rest i... Read More

On Sin

Richard Baxter (1615-1691) was a Puritan preacher. This portion comes from a massive volume entitled "A Christian Directory" which deals with a multitude of very practical and spiritual issues in the believer's life. This particular excerpt is on the subject of the great sinfulness of sin. Labour cl... Read More

Reason and Zeal for Drowsy Sinners

If we were heartily devoted to our work, it would be done more vigorously, and more seriously, than it is by the most of us. How few ministers do preach with all their might, or speak about everlasting joys and everlasting torments in such a manner as may make men believe that they are in good earne... Read More

The Duty of Helping Others to Seek the Saints' Rest

Has God set before us such a wonderful possession as the saints' everlasting rest, and made us capable of such unimaginable happiness? Why, then, don't all of the children of this kingdom exert themselves more to help others to enjoy it? We see the glory of the kingdom, while others around us do not... Read More

The Hallway to the Saints' Rest

The hallway to heaven is not barricaded anymore. The flaming sword no longer bars the passage to Paradise, for Christ has provided the way in. The porch of this temple is magnificent, and the gate of it is called "Beautiful." Here are the four corners of this porch of Paradise. 1. The Second Coming ... Read More

The Misery of Those Who Lose the Saints' Rest

If you, reader, are a stranger to Christ and to the holy nature and life of His people, and if you live and die in this condition, let me tell you that you will never partake of the joys of heaven or have the least taste of the saints' everlasting rest. I must repeat the sinister words of Judges 8:2... Read More

The Nature of the Saints' Rest

From heaven's height the soul surveys the Promised Land. Looking back on earth, the soul views the dreary wilderness through which it passed. To stand on Mount Memory, comparing heaven with earth, fills the soul with unimaginable gratitude, and makes it exclaim: "Is this the inheritance that cost so... Read More

The Necessity of Seeking the Saints' Rest

Why don't people seek this wonderful rest more enthusiastically? You would think that if a person heard even once about such a tremendous possibility, and if he believed what he heard, that he would almost forget to eat and drink, and would care for nothing else but how to secure this treasure. And ... Read More

The Need of Personal Revival

I know not what others think, but for my own part I am ashamed of my stupidity, and wonder at myself that I deal not with my own and others souls as one that looks for the great day of the Lord; and that I can have room for almost any other thoughts and words; and that such astonishing matters do no... Read More

The People Who Receive the Saints' Rest

The heavenly rest is designed for "the people of God," as the text identifies them (Heb. 4:9). They are chosen by God "before the foundation of the world" (Eph. 1:4). They are but a part of humanity. They are fewer than the world imagines, yet not as few as some narrow-minded people think. These peo... Read More

The Possession of the Saints' Rest is Not on Earth

We have not yet come to our resting place. How foolish it is to expect it here. What Christian doesn't deserve this correction? All of us would like continual prosperity, because it is so pleasing to the flesh; but we don't consider how unreasonable such a desire is. When we enjoy lovely homes, mone... Read More

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