“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.“
“I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.”
Fentiman, Travis – The Lord is my Portion, a sermon on Ps. 16:5,6, 2009
Ps. 16:5,6 “The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot. The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.”
The dying words of Matthew Henry: There is no more pleasant and comfortable life than that spent in the service of and in communion with God.
Mattull, Jonathan – The Knowing of the Love of Christ, a sermon on Eph. 3:18-19, audio, 2013
Eph. 3:16-19, “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory… that ye… may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height, and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge.”
Alexander, Archibald – Love to an Unseen Savior, 1863, 12 pages
Alexander, Archibald – The Nature of Vital Piety, HTML, 1843, 19 pages, the introductory essay to Advice to a Young Christian, by J.B. Waterbury
An important work in its own right. It begins, “True religion not only enlightens the understanding, but rectifies the affections of the heart. All genuine feelings of piety are the effects of divine truth…”
Beeke, Joel – Calvin on Piety, no date, 33 pages, including a two page bibliography
Binnie, William – Personal Religion in the Psalms, p. 218, 39 pages, being two chapters from his The Psalms: their History, Teachings and Use
Durham, Margaret – On Communion with Christ, 1669, 11 paragraphs, being an extract from her Epistle Dedicatory to her husband, James Durham’s, Commentary on the Song of Solomon.
Lady Durham’s letter is impressive, being much more spiritually full and edifying, savoring of a rich, experiential acquaintance with the deeps truths of Christ’s Word, than even the preface to the reader by the justly renowned scholar, John Owen. In it you will find, sweetly and graphically described, Christ’s communion with His beloved people.
Fentiman, Travis – The Most Predominate Sin of Reformed Christians, 2014, 6 paragraphs
Gebbie, D. Douglas – The Experiemental Religion of the Westminster Standards, 2015, 22 paragraphs. Rev. Gebbie has been a pastor in the Free Church of Scotland and the Presbyterian Reformed Church.
Hodge, Charles – Let him who Boasts, Boast in the Lord, from his Commentary on 1 Corinthians, 1:26-31
Hodge, Charles – The Nature and Necessity of a Public Profession of Religion, HTML, Buy from his The Way of Life, 1841
All too often Christianity is thought to be a personal opinion that one can keep to themselves and requires nothing. Here is a Biblical corrective. Christ said, “whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” Mt. 10:33
Isbell, Sherman – Recovering Experimental Religion, 2009, 13 pages
Young, William – What is Experimental Religion?, 2015, 6 paragraphs