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The Life of John Newton, Part 1 - by Michael Phillips
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1 Chronicles 17:16-17
Sep 10, 2006 am - A few months ago, while leading the hymn, Amazing Grace, I was so moved by the lyrics that I promised to lecture on John Newton (its author) this year. After a lot of reading, a fair amount of thinking, and several false starts, I now wish I hadn't make the promise! But, having made it, I ought to keep it. If the lecture does you no good, therefore, at least it will help me to obey that passage in Ecclesiastes- Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God, for God is in heaven and you are upon earth; therefore, let your words be few. If studying Church History is hard work, that's not all it is: it's a rewarding work as well. For, in reading the lives of the saints, we are also reading the Life of Christ in them. The Lord who loved John Newton and used him for His glory, loves us too, and is using us to promote the same glory. There are two kinds of Christian history: biography and autobiography. The former are written about the saints; the latter, by the saints. Both are helpful in their own way, but-to my way of thinking-autobiographies are far more helpful. Because they tell of the man's inner life which is always a mixture of good ... More >>>

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