The faithful presbyterian ministers and Christians of the Second Reformation period are known as Covenanters. Their name comes from the National Covenant (1638) and the Solemn League and Covenant (1643). These covenants bound them to maintain the doctrine, worship and government of the Scottish Church and to promote it in the whole British Isles. The Covenants and presbyterian church government were overturned by Charles II in 1662. The Covenanters continued to adhere to them and refused to submit their consciences to anything contrary to Scripture. They were removed from their pulpits. Persecution followed in which they suffered things such as imprisonment, fines and execution.
Overhearing the prayers of the Covenanters for the Jews ought to inspire and encourage us.
There are four blessings that the followers of Christ enjoy even in the most severe trials. Hugh Mackail describes them in an attractive way.
When we turn to Scripture, it is in fact clear that all Christians should expect persecution to some degree. Here is some valuable wisdom for situations of suffering for Christ.
Would it not be natural to think of the Covenanters as Scottish Puritans? The short answer is: no, this would not be accurate. There are various reasons for this.
What privilege could be greater than to have constant access to the throne room of heaven? What will help us to express ourselves in true holy boldness?
Why doesn’t God answer certain prayers? It seems so obvious to us that they should be. But we must also recognise that there may be a purpose of mercy when our desires are not fulfilled.
A nation committing itself solemnly and entirely to God to obey His Word. It really happened in Scotland.
What do you do when one wave of grief follows another? Here is true and lasting hope for the downcast that takes seriously the reality and depth of the grief.
We are meant to be busy and active with grace to the glory of God and the eternal good of ourselves and others. Here is some biblical advice about how to do that.
Revival is a deepening and strengthening of God’s whole work not just in the lives of individuals. But what do we mean by God’s whole work?
These were and are powerful books–that’s why they were executed. If their principles are lost, we are in danger of losing true civil and religious liberty
People were driven to desperation under ruthless oppression. What could they do? They rose up in self-defence, but was it right to do so?
Discouragement is a temptation that robs us of our blessings and spiritual strength. How can we rise above our fears and concerns? God Himself is the antidote to all discouragement.
True waiting is not passive paralysis; it exercises our faith and patience in persevering prayer.
True spiritual rest can only be found in the Lord Jesus Christ. But how can we enjoy this as much as possible?
The soul that has tasted that the Lord is gracious has a constant desire for the presence of God.
Practical help for those looking to obtain these valuable but hard to get hold of expositions of Scripture.
We should be sensitive to God’s righteous dealings with our nation. This may sound like a bleak message, but there is hope if we give serious heed.
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