Do we "consider [our] life of any account as dear to myself" Acts 20:24?

Reading Cotton Mather Manuductio Ad Ministerium, which our Brother Matt G. is reviewing for Pastoral Leadership. A quote in light of what was preached last night:

“But the contemplation of DEATH shall be the FIRST point of the Wisdom that my Advice must lead you to . . . Do this, that you may do nothing like Living in Vain. Place yourself in the Circumstances of a Dying Person; your Breath failing, your Throat rattling, your Eyes with a dim Cloud, and your Hands with a damp Sweat upon them, and your Weeping Friends no longer able to retain you with them: And then entertain such Sentiments of this World, and of the Work to be done in this World, that such a View must inspire you withal.” (p.2)

I also greatly appreciated and was provoked to thinking about the comments by Pastor Doran concerning our worship of memories and sentiment. The “Glory Days,” far from past, are yet to come, Amen?!

Let’s look at the prospect of death not as a leaving behind of all we hold dear, but an entrance into a clearer view of a work well done and a Savior well served.



2 Responses to “Do we "consider [our] life of any account as dear to myself" Acts 20:24?”

  1. 1 nicole smith
    February 23, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    i think this is a great idea-but i also know that i would spend time in front of my computer that i should be doing other things. i’m already working on reducing computer time-it’s a struggle for me.

  2. 2 PLJ III
    February 23, 2007 at 2:45 pm

    I agree. So many “good” online blogs, resources and such. I will probably leave it up and use it to place resources we could use from time to time.
    Pastor Pearson

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