Day 289 – Monday 19th June – It’s absolutely scorching in London at the minute and so it means nothing happens quickly. I had a trip to the bank and talks with builders before meeting with Gethin and Chris to talk about next year. Donald popped in to chat about the church weekend that’s coming up. I spent a bit of time reading and doing admin, it was nice not to be thinking about preparing next Sunday and I had an evening at home.
I’ve got a number of larger books I’m going to try and work through this summer. Reformed Heritage Books sent me the 2 Volume “The Christian’s only comfort in life and death” It’s an exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism by Theodorus Vandergroe (1705-84).
Quotes From Chapter 1
“the Catechism presents to us a religion in which all of its doctrines culminate in attributing nothing to man and everything to God. Consequently, it causes man completely to look away from the creature to that he seeks and finds his comfort, peace, and salvation exclusively in the triune God” (p2)
“The manner in which one is called to travel to heaven is a way that is filled with sharp thorns.” (p6)
“In and of themselves, believers, though redeemed by Christ, will always remain a very poor, needy, defenceless, and impotent people, who in their own strength cannot remain standing against their mighty enemies: Satan, the world, and their own flesh. In light of the fact that they are his property, the Lord Jesus, with a most tender love, with the greatest care, and to the utmost of His power, sustains and preserves them against all their enemies. They are the apple of Christ’s eye, His body, His flesh and blood. He is their compassionate savior, their head, their husband, and their Lord and king. It is a matter of honor for Him that His believers will not perish to all eternity and that no one will be able to pluck them out of His hands, but that, at His time, he will safely bring them into His Father’s house, in which there are many mansions.” (p10)