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Jonathan Edwards

I found the biography I had written on Jonathan Edwards for a class last semester. I thought it might be nice to post it here. Jonathan Edwards was a Man after God’s Own Heart.

Jonathan Edwards was a “philosopher, theologian, preacher, historian, and scientist” (Stickel.) during the 1700s in America. The World Book Encyclopedia even calls him a “revivalist” (Noll.) He was born in East Windsor, Connecticut, on 5 October 1703, as the only son to his parents Timothy Edwards and Esther Stoddard Edwards (Stickel.) Yet he had ten other sisters.
Edwards was taught by his father for his younger years of education. He lived in East Windsor until he left, at age 13, for a college education at Connecticut’s Collegiate School which changed its name to Yale College while he is there and is now known as Yale University. He graduated at 17 (Noll.) in 1720 from Yale College. And stayed at Yale for two years between 1724 and 1726 and “was a tutor” (Jonathan Edwards).

He came to know Christ at 17. Even though he grew up in a pastors home he had not become a Born-again Christian by the work of the Holy Spirit. He had not been regenerated by God until after he graduated from college. A year later after his conversion, he decided to live for the Glory of God. At age 18 and 19 he wrote out 70 revolutions that he was going to live by for the rest of his life. Lawson states that “they were like a spiritual compass for his soul. They would point him to Christ. He would read these resolutions once a week …, at the end of each month …, [and] at the end of each year for the rest of his life” (Lawson).

He became an associate pastor at the church in Northampton, Massachusetts, under his grandfather. When his grandfather “died in 1792, Edwards became chief pastor” (Noll) or senior pastor of the church. After getting the chief pastorate at the church, the Great Awakening began. In the 1730s He preached multiple sermons and started causing revivals (Stickel). All the revivals in the 1730s and 1740s became known as the Great Awakening. One of His most famous sermons was “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.”

In 1750 Jonathan Edwards was kicked from the church in Nothampton. As Chris Armstrong put it, the “ejection of Jonathan Edwards by his Northampton congregation was [messy because] … it involved the greatest theologian in American history–the central figure of the Great Awakening” (Armstrong). He opposed the view of his grandfather about the Lords Supper be taken by anyone. He view was not that and he said that “only those who publicly professed their conversion experience would be admitted to the Lord’s Supper” (Rosenmeier). And for that he was dismissed. He then became a missionary to the local Indian tribe. “Two months [before] he died of fever resulting from a smallpox inoculation,” he was made president of the College of New Jersey, which is now Princeton and that is where he is buried (Rosenmeier).

He was a great man that worked for other people. He cared about people and did not worry about what people thought about him. He was a godly, pious man who was devoted to Christ (Lawson). This man is one of my heros.


Works Cited

Armstrong, Chris. “Preacher in the hands of an angry church: Jonathan Edwards’s church kicked him out after 23 years of ministry, but the crisis proved his greatness was not merely intellectual. (Integrity and Ethics).” Leadership (Carol Stream, IL) 24.1 (Wntr 2003): 52(3). General Reference Center Gold. Gale. SAN JOSE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM. 1 Nov. 2007 <http://0-find.galegroup.com.mill1.sjlibrary.org:80/itx/start.do?prodId=GRGM&gt;.

Lawson, Steve. “Session 1” “Resolved Conference 2005.” 2005. 1 Nov. 2007

<http://www.gracechurch.org/Resolved/AudioChoice.asp&gt; (Past Audio. Must have a log in and pay $2.00 for it.)

“Jonathan Edwards.” Fire and Ice: Puritan and Reformed Writings. 1 Nov. 2007

<http://www.puritansermons.com/bio/bioedwar.htm&gt;.

Noll, Mark A. “Edwards, Jonathan.” World Book Online Reference Center. 2007. San Jose Public Library System. 1 Nov. 2007 <http://0-www.worldbookonline.com.mill1.sjlibrary.org:80/wb/Article?id=ar174620&gt;.

Rosenmeier, Jesper. “Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758).” Encyclopedia of World Biography. Ed. Suzanne M. Bourgoin. 2nd ed. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998. 17 vols.Student Resource Center – Gold. Thomson Gale. SAN JOSE PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM. 1 Nov. 2007 <http://0-find.galegroup.com.mill1.sjlibrary.org:80/srcx/infomark.do?&contentSet=GBRC&type=retrieve&tabID=T001&prodId=SRC-1&docId=EK1631001992&source=gale&srcprod=SRCG&userGroupName=sjpllib&version=1.0&gt;.

Stickel, George W. Dictionary of Literary Biography, Volume 270: American Philosophers Before 1950. A Bruccoli Clark Layman Book. Edited by Philip B. Dematteis, Saint Leo University, and Leemon B. McHenry, California State University, Northridge. Gale Group, 2002. pp. 89-102. San Jose Public Library System. 1 Nov. 2007 < http://0-galenet.galegroup.com.mill1.sjlibrary.org/servlet/LitRC?YBE=A.D.&locID=sjpllib&srchtp=advathr&c=1&NR=Edwards+Jonathan&ai=U13702038&docNum=H1200011065&bConts=15023&vrsn=3&OP=contains&YDE=A.D.&DYQ=is&ca=1&ste=6&BYQ=is&tab=1&tbst=arp&n=10&GD=any&gt;.

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This is a post of requested prayer.
Lately I haven’t been feeling a desire for Christ, God, the Bible, to mortify sin. I’ve been struggling. I’ve been praying for God to give me a desire for Himself and His Son. A Desire for His Word. I have been praying and repenting. Asking for the Holy Spirit. I know that God must give me a desire for these things yet I still haven’t been feeling a desire for them. I don’t think it was an on the spot thing but slowly happening.
I was thinking about 20 minutes ago and I was thought, what do I do just give up and see what happens, and right at that point the part of the verse that says “the violent take it by force” popped into my head. Then I thought to myself, thats right. This isn’t a time to give up. It’s a time to take the Kingdom of Heaven by force. I must fight to get in. It isn’t a thing of going with the flow but living against the world. My natural tenancy is to Hate God and to love the world. I must fight that. I must fight the world, the flesh and the devil.
I’m not giving up. I’m fighting. I have been asking God to pull me up, no matter the cost. No matter how long it takes. I want Him to revive my heart so I desire Him and want to seek Him.
I believe it was the Holy Spirit that caused that verse to pop into my head and I thank God for His Kindness. I believe God is behind this. I believe He wants me to fight for my sanctification.

I know I can’t do this alone. I need people by my side to help me. I need people to pray for me and help me fight. It’s time to fight to enter the kingdom and time to crucify the world and it’s desires.

‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

So I found this Hymn and decided I would like to share it. I found it in my hymnal when I picked it up and said to myself, “This is one of the best gifts God has given me.

I randomly opened it up and found a “Worship Sequence.” It pointed me to ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus. I started reading it and liked it so much I gave it my own melody. I did find it online in the Cyber Hymnal which I will quote to at the end of the post.

‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus
TEXT: Louisa M. R. Snead
MUSIC: William J. Kirkpatrick

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
And to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus says the Lord!”

Refrain

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more!

O how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Refrain

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

Refrain

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

Refrain

You can hear find the lyrics and listen to it on the Cyber Hymnal.

Notice the last line of the refrain. That is really what caught my attention. I’ve been lacking Faith in Christ lately and I believe it is because I’ve been looking at myself instead of looking to Him. I would ask for prayer that I would focus more on my Savior, Jesus, than I would on myself. Thanks all.

For His Glory,
Mark

Born Again

I found this excellent quote by John Newton. I would like you all to read it.

I repeat my advice to read the Scriptures with prayer, to keep close the important points, of human depravity, regeneration, the atonement, and the necessity of divine teaching. If a man is born again, hates sin, and depends upon the Savior for life and grace, I care not whether he be an Arminian or a Calvinist. If he be not born again, he is nothing, let him be called by what name he will.

Jonathan Aiken in his biography of John Newton was using this quote to show that he wrote letters to convey his most important messages. Aiken says that from this letter is was obvious that Newton was dismissive of denominational labels. I want to show it because it was Mr. Newton’s view of a Christian and I agree with it. I’m not sure what source it was from. I was struggling to understand how to use the Sources and Biographical Notes section of the Book.
The source I believe it was from is written in this way on page 390 of the Book: Campbell: July 18, 1795, pp. 75-76.
The quote itself is on page 340 of Jonathan Aiken’s Book, John Newton; Disgrace to Amazing Grace, Crossway Books, 2007.

Ascending to Heaven

“The way to Heaven is ascending; we must be content to travel uphill, though it be hard and tiresome, and contrary to the natural bias of our flesh”

-Jonathan Edwards


I thought I would share this quote. I found this quote by Jonathan Edwards by searching Jonathan Edwards quotes on Google. I’m not sure it is by him, but it does sound like something he would say.

The reason I want to share it though is because IT IS SO TRUE! The way to Heaven is ascending, we must continue to fight for holiness and that is hard and contrary to the natural tendancy of our Flesh.

Hey readers.
It’s really been a while since I’ve posted. If this blog represents the spiritual disciple in my life, it’s doing a pretty good Job. As I have prayed that God would draw me closer to Him, I’ve been seeing it happen but I would like continued prayer as I am still struggling. Pray that the world would have less and less of a grip on me. I was able to witness to a couple of people, Alisha and some others. Pray for Alisha though. She is in love with her sin so much that she is blinded.
On to the subject of this post:

I was reading my email and I saw an article on the front page of my email about the aftershocks and fear of the Chinese people. As I was skimming it, I thought about the fact that God uses Natural disasters as both punishments of wrath against their sin but also to serve as a warning.

My personal opinion is that this earthquake and it’s after shocks are because God is angry with the Chinese for the crackdown on Christians because of the up coming Olympics. I started going through my email and I was finding emails about that all the way back to October. They might go back even further but I didn’t check.

The emails I receive are from the Voice of the Martyrs, Open Doors and other ministries serving the persecuted. I thought I might quote some of the emails.

These arrests are the latest in the Chinese communist government’s crackdown on Christians prior to the Olympics this summer.”

As China prepares to host the 2008 Olympic Games, a recent debate of whether athletes will have personal access to Bibles during their stay in Beijing sparked international controversy.

An announcement stated that the country intended to ban Bibles for security reasons, as well as all religious symbols in the Olympic Village — a report that came on the heels of China’s official pledge to encourage religion during the 2008 Games.”

Pray for Christians in China who face increased persecution ahead of the 2008 Olympics.”

Here is the last quote I’m going to include. I have decided to include the whole email I recieved from Christian Freedom International back in October of last year. I hope you see what I’m saying through all these quotes. I’m trying to show you whats happening and why I’m thinking the recent earthquake was a warning and a punishment on China. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not turning my back on China. Continue to pray for them. Send relief. But don’t forget to pray against the persecution and mistreatment of Christians. So I end with the email from October.

With the Olympics less than a year away, Beijing is set to achieve a major propaganda victory.

Yet the so-called People’s Republic of China just launched another church crackdown, arresting at least 15 Christian leaders in six provinces.

Fortunately, you and I can do something. We don’t have to purchase Chinese toys or products.

I urge you to call, write, or email the Chinese embassy in Washington and the following companies to explain why.

Walmart | Toys R Us | Mattel | Hasbro | Target

Here is the email address for the Chinese embassy in Washington:
chinaembassy_us@fmprc.gov.cn, or call (202) 328-2500.

You can simply say, “Unless China allows religious freedom and stops the persecution of Christians I will not buy products made in China.”

We can–we must–shame the Chinese government for denying its citizens the freedom to worship God.

I know such a strategy might not bear immediate fruit, but in following the Gospel pattern we would be planting seeds for the future.

We must never forget the plight of our brothers and sisters abroad–whether in China or elsewhere.

Please forward this alert to others.
Sincerely,
Jim Jacobson
Christian Freedom International

If you would like updates on Persecuted Christian see the following Ministries’ websites and maybe even sign up for their e-newsletters.

Please continue to pray for Burma and China.

Mark

Man is Evil!

I found this video on the Way of The Master Radio Website.
It’s a Video Sermon Jam of Paul Washer.
Watch This Video, Listen to it.

Now how do you feel? Sinful? Good. Turn to Christ. You need Him because of your Sin.

This is one of my favorite songs. In the Hymnal I now have, the verse it choses to have before the song is Luke 9:23. I know there are more. Luke 14:27 is another. Matthew 10:38; Matthew 16:24,25; Mark 8:34,35. These are all of Jesus telling the crowd that if they want to be his disciple, they must take up their own crosses and follow him. They must die to themselves that they might truly live. I have taken up mine. I want to loose my life, that I might gain it. This is my song.

Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken
TEXT: Henry F. Lyre
MUSIC: Leavitt’s The Christian Lyre, 1831; attributed to Wolfgang A. Mozart; arranged by Hubert P. Main

Jesus, I my cross have taken, all to leave and follow Thee.
Destitute, despised, forsaken, Thou from hence my all shall be.
Perish every fond ambition, all I’ve sought or hoped or known.
Yet how rich is my condition! God and Heaven are still mine own.

Let the world despise and leave me, they have left my Savior, too.
Human hearts and looks deceive me; Thou art not, like them, untrue.
And while Thou shalt smile upon me, God of wisdom, love and might,
Foes may hate and friends disown me, show Thy face and all is bright.

Go, then, earthly fame and treasure! Come, disaster, scorn and pain!
In Thy service, pain is pleasure; with Thy favor, loss is gain.
I have called Thee, “Abba, Father”; I have set my heart on Thee:
Storms may howl, and clouds may gather, all must work for good to me.

Man may trouble and distress me, ’twill but drive me to Thy breast.
Life with trials hard may press me; heaven will bring me sweeter rest.
Oh, ’tis not in grief to harm me while Thy love is left to me;
Oh, ’twere not in joy to charm me, were that joy unmixed with Thee.

Take, my soul, thy full salvation; rise o’er sin, and fear, and care;
Joy to find in every station something still to do or bear:
Think what Spirit dwells within thee; what a Father’s smile is thine;
What a Savior died to win thee, child of heaven, shouldst thou repine?

Haste then on from grace to glory, armed by faith, and winged by prayer,
Heaven’s eternal day’s before thee, God’s own hand shall guide thee there.
Soon shall close thy earthly mission, swift shall pass thy pilgrim days;
Hope soon change to glad fruition, faith to sight, and prayer to praise.

You can hear find the lyrics and listen to it on the Cyber Hymnal.

If you haven’t taken up your cross, I plead with you, to take it up. Life is much better. You are living for a much better purpose, the Glory of Christ and the good of sinners.
Taking up your cross is dying to yourself, your sinful self, and letting Christ live through you; his righteousness live through you.
Take up your Cross and be like our God and Saviour Jesus Christ, “who for the joy set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:2). Remember He took up a cross for your sin, not his. Be Like Christ Jesus!