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Living by God's Promises

Living by God's Promises [Kindle Edition]

James La Belle , Joel R. Beeke
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In Living by God's Promises, Joel R. Beeke and James A. La Belle draw from stellar Puritan treatises on divine promises by Andrew Gray, Edward Leigh, and William Spurstowe, and offer them in contemporary language for today's readers. Moving beyond historical interest, this book explores a topic that is vital for Christian living. By God's grace, it will help you treasure the promises that God establishes in Christ and conveys in His covenant love to comfort you in sorrow and strengthen your faith. With the Spirit's blessing, this book will energize and deepen your life as you appropriate the precious promises in God's Word.

Deepen Your Christian Life Series From the late 1500s to the early 1700s, Puritan ministers wrote thousands of Christian books that contain massive amounts of biblical, doctrinal, experiential, and practical instruction to energize your Christian life. In the early seventeenth century, nearly twenty percent of the material coming off English presses consisted of Puritan sermon material popularized in book form. Unfortunately, many believers today find it difficult to read the antiquarian Puritan language and, when they attempt to do so, find themselves more frustrated than energized. This new series, Deepen Your Christian Life, presents in contemporary language the major teachings that several Puritans wrote on subjects that are seldom addressed adequately, if at all, today. Finally, you too will be able to enjoy the Puritans and see, by the Spirit's grace, that they really do energize your Christian life.

Author James A. La Belle is the pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Cape Cod, OPC. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife, Chantry, and their seven children.

Joel R. Beeke (Ph.D. Westminster Theological Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, pastor of the Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, editor of The Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth, and author of numerous books.

Endorsements "The promises of God give light for the Christian's path through life, and food for the soul on the pilgrimage. Living By God's Promises provides us with a third sine qua non-a map book to guide us to the store houses in which we can find the bountiful provision God has given us for the journey." - Sinclair B. Ferguson, Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina

"Living by God's Promises will be enjoyed, whether by a new Christian, a seminary student, or a saint ready to go home to be with the Lord. It masterfully weaves the voices of Puritans as echoes to the voice of our Good Shepherd whose promises are lavish and bountiful. Enjoy this book-use it often, share it with others, and read it slowly to savor the nourishment. It brings not only comfort but an encouragement to holiness." - David W. Hall, Senior Minister of Midway Presbyterian Church, Powder Springs, Georgia

"God's promises are exceedingly great and many. Other books list them, and there is a place for that, but in this book a Christian mentality is set forth to equip us by a regenerate mindset to perceive, understand, and appropriate the promises of the Bible. What assurance, courage, and energy may come from applying oneself to these pages!" - Geoff Thomas, Pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books (26 Aug 2012)
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  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a modernised compilation of the works of three Puritans, Andrew Gray, Edward Leigh, and William Spurstowe, all looking at the promises of God, and how to then live life in light of them.

Firstly, let's just point out that when I say that this is a 'modernised' compilation, that doesn't mean that the content has been 'dumbed down'. The Puritans often wrote phenomenally heavy, content-rich works, and this is an attempt to communicate that same level of truth but for a modern-day audience. This is still one of those books where every word of every sentence has justified its existence, and that means that in reading it it's likely you're being bombarded with challenging truths.

I'm not convinced, therefore, that audio is the best format for this book. On several occasions I heard a sentence and had to skip back to actually listen to it! At some points it felt like every sentence had a new challenge in it, and I would have probably preferred to have this written down instead so I could have paused, and meditated on a particular biblical idea.

That said, this is still an outstanding book. Every chapter looks at a different aspect of God's promises (such as God's promises in prayer, in suffering, in temptation), and each time I found myself drawn to seeing things in a new light. It's worth setting some time aside to focus on the book, because the writing style is hardly one for casual reading, but I'd recommend this in a flash to anyone, Christian or non.

I got this audiobook for free []. I'm not required to give a positive review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Needed Refreshment for Believers 12 Nov 2012
By Gregory P. Hoadley - Published on
In Psalm 63, David wrote, "O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water."

Given that Christians are in the midst of that "dry and weary land," or, as Peter says we are "sojourners and exiles" passing through a foreign land (1 Peter 2:11), their lives can be quite taxing and wearisome.

In short, Christians need refreshment.

As they live their lives, it is all too easy to forget that "the things that are seen are temporary, but the things that are unseen are eternal" (2 Cor. 4:18). They need to be reminded of what God has done and continues to do for them in Christ.

This is precisely what Joel Beeke and James La Belle do in their marvelous book, Living By God's Promises.

The writers base much of their work on the sermons and other writings of three long-forgotten Puritans, Edward Leigh, William Spurstowe, and Andrew Gray. They then reveal these men's treasure-trove of deep spiritual insight to a new generation of readers. Thus, Living By God's Promises is far deeper than its length of 164 pages initially suggests.

Beeke and La Belle begin with the theological underpinnings of God's promises; e.g., what they are, where they come from, and how God has imparted them to His people. And since these promises are from God Himself, they are absolutely certain. They write, "People often make mistakes that they are unable to fulfill, but God has infinite power to execute all of His promises, whether small or great. Leigh says that while men promise mountains but deliver molehills, God promises His saints two whole worlds (this life and the life to come) and performs better than any."

Having laid the theological foundations, the authors then move on to discuss the practical implications that come with having God's promises. Frankly, this is the strongest and most comforting part of this book, as Beeke and La Belle labor to comfort, strengthen, and reassure their readers that they can grasp onto God's promises during times of affliction, temptation and sin, and in striving for holiness. They make very clear that "while we fully recognize that the Spirit is the origin of holiness, we also recognize our calling to `work out [our] own salvation with fear and trembling' (Phil. 2:12). We look to Christ to enable us to die unto sin and live unto God (Rom. 6:4), to cease to do evil and learn to do well (Isa. 1:16-17), to lay aside every weight and to run the Christian race with patience (Heb. 12:1)."

The authors also rightly emphasize the need for Christians to make great usage of the means of grace (the reading and preaching of the Word, the Sacraments, and prayer) which God has provided for Christian growth.

A final strength of this book is that it is interactive; it provides penetrating questions for further study at the end of each chapter. The reader is encouraged to take these questions seriously, as doing so will provide maximum benefit, and further help in his/her pursuit of holiness.

I highly recommend this book for use in both personal study and for group Bible studies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Edifying 9 Mar 2011
By John Crosley - Published on
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This book is a great resource that I found very edifying. Its not a book that is easy listening by any stretch. Its basically goes through passages of three great puritan writers regarding the promises of God. How we can trust, live and pray those promises. The author Joel Beeke, does a great job of weaving together the works of Andrew Gray, Edward Leigh, and William Spurstowe into easily understandable messages. The reading was also superb. Its a very difficult task quoting puritans and long passages of scripture together and making it easy to follow. There is so much in this book that I cannot really go through step by step, but below are some great quotes I noted while listening.

"If you refuse to come, consider that Christ will not forever endure such self-destructive madness."

"God's word is full of his promises to us. But when we are called upon to believe them we measure their firmness by the improbabilities and impossibilites of our circumstances instead of the strength of God's power."

"Faith will see a morning approaching in the times of greatest trouble."

"It is by meditation that we dive into the depths of the promise and make clefts into the promise."

"Yet in the midst of this suffering and groaning we have the assurance that the Spirit helps us in our weakness and intercedes for us according to the will of God....because our suffering is for our glorification, and the Spirit intercedes for us to ensure that outcome...we know that all things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to his purpose as children whom he has made co-heirs with Christ."

"God assures me, he will lay no more on me than I shall be able to bear. Either my burden shall be made lighter or my faith stronger."

"Temptation like everything in this life is subject to our heavenly father's good and gracious providence."

"Even temptations are ordained to help us grow in grace."

"No matter how great are our sins, God gives more grace. He has more grace than all our fears, all our doubts, all our sins and all our faithlessness."

"No matter how many times they fall, he forgives them as if it were the first time."

"God promises sanctification by his spirit. Since God promises and secures the indwelling of his Holy Spirit the necessary consequence is that he promises and secures our sanctification. God cannot dwell in hearts by his Holy Spirit without renovating and purifying it with his influence."
5.0 out of 5 stars better condition that I would have expected. 16 Dec 2013
By Mary M. Johnson - Published on
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I was very pleased with the book, it was like new. I think I may be its first reader!!! So good that people pass on books they don't wish to read/keep.
5.0 out of 5 stars Living by God's Promises 27 Aug 2011
By Henry Christoph - Published on
What place do the promises of God hold in your life? I would suggest that God intends them to play an important role--which is often not the case at least among Americans today. I by no means claim that God's promises are as prominent in my life as they should be, but I am certainly seeking to work on that as a problem. This recent book is a great help to that end. The promises of God are not preached about today and as closely studied as was the case when the Puritans lived. Joel Beeke and James LaBelle have sought to bring us a compilation of what three great Puritan writers (Andrew Gray, Edward Leigh, and William Spurstowe) taught about the promises of God in such a way as to speak to people today. They do a great job and I would recommend this book to everyone.
4.0 out of 5 stars True to the Book 3 Mar 2011
By A. Wencl - Published on
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Living by God's Promises by Joel Beeke and James La Belle captures the reflections on the promises of God in Scripture as described by three great puritans: Edward Leigh, Andrew Gray, and William Spurstowe.

The book was a delight to listen to because the authors give a real sense of what these puritan men believed and present their thoughts and arguments in language that is understandable. After listening to Jonathan Edwards' The Religious Affections, I found the language here much easier to understand.

That's not to say they've altered the message of Leigh, Gray, and Spurstow. In fact, the book is saturated by their presence. Beeke and La Belle so capture the spirit of these puritan leaders that at times I wasn't sure if I was listening to a quotation or the authors' themselves. That kind of writing can only come about by deep immersion over a long period of time in the writings this book draws from.

Living by God's Promises takes three largely inaccessible people and brings their writings to life, allowing readers in the 21st century to be blessed and encouraged by the thoughts of those who've been here before us.

If you are interested in the promises of God recorded in Scripture, this book is as good as any out there. Actually, it is better because it is truly a complete work that is faithful to the Bible and helps the reader analyze the promises and enjoy their blessings.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from ChristianAudio as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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