Durham was a diligent minister who was searching but careful in his sermons. Renowned for eminent godliness and humility, he was also able to resolve complex questions and issues.
He was a minister for only eleven years but left a considerable number of writings. While expounding the Book of Revelation from the pulpit, he devoted two days each week for fasting and prayer. This was to seek divine help for a correct understanding of its meaning. He expressed simple trust on his deathbed. “For all that I have preached and written”, he said. “There is but one scripture I can remember or dare grasp…‘Whosoever cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out’”.
Paul speaks of being all things to all men in order to save them. Does that mean that we must adopt the culture around us and everything we do must be changed? How should we understand this verse?
The only definition of worship that matters is God’s.
We need discernment in what we read and how we read it in order to get most benefit. James Durham gives some simple rules to identify the most beneficial reading possible.
God’s free and hearty invitation to sinners in the gospel is attractively explained.
We need preaching that builds up in faith, godliness and spiritual maturity. But how do we know whether a sermon does this?
Nothing is more significant for the good of our soul than sustained attention. Scripture emphasises this constantly.
Fasting and prayer brings great spiritual blessings. But why do some Christians never engage in fasting and prayer? Answering this gives practical help.
James Durham shows how the Lord’s Day provides a golden opportunity for parents to orient their family towards eternal realities.
Going into Church easily can be a matter of routine, but it shouldn’t be. The Bible tells us that we need to exercise great care in meeting with God in public worship. Read more to find out how.
It’s easy to walk out of Church without retaining much of what we have heard. James Durham speaks in a searching way about how we need to respond to the Word after hearing it.
Families today are under intense pressure. It might seem that daily family worship is just one more pressure. In fact, it is a relief from other pressures and an opportunity to get family life in true perspective.
What would an accurate picture of Christ look like? The only genuine standard of accuracy is God’s Word. What happens when we apply that test?
This eternal enjoyment of God is one of the highest matters we can consider. James Durham explains what it is.
“Love within may be cold when people’s outward practice looks very hot”. Could that be you?
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