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Richard Baxter on Preaching

For all my preaching buddies, let Richard Baxter stir and challenge you:

“Let the people see that you are in good earnest… You cannot break men’s hearts by jesting with them, or telling them a smooth tale, or patching up a gaudy oration.

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A Definition of "Holiness"

Holiness consists not in a mere forbearance of a sensual life, but principally in living unto God. – Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

Richard Baxter

Humility In Discourse

“A fool has no delight in understanding, but only in uncovering his heart” (Proverbs 18:2).

Another quote from a prolific unbeliever:

“Direct. XI. Take heed of a proud, self-conceited mind, that thinks too well of your own discourse.

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Avoidance of Wanton Objects

Richard Baxter writes (this is not a blanket-endorsement of Baxter, nor a promotion of him as a true Christian; like many writings, we chew the meat, and spit out the bones): 333 more words


Baxter on Gluttony: Choosing Selflessness Over Selfishness this Christmas

This may be not only the most unglamorous topic to write about, but perhaps even a bit insensitive at this time of year, when eating and drinking a lot are part of everyone’s weekly plans. 1,335 more words

Questions for Reflection

Can you truly say, that you have so far taken the everlasting enjoyment of God for your happiness, that it hath the most of your heart, of your love, desire and care; and that you are resolved, by the strength of Divine grace, to let go all that you have in the world, rather than hazard it; and that it is your daily, and your principal business to seek it? 87 more words