O Love That Will Not Let Me Go: Facing Death with Courageous Confidence in God

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What does it look like for a believer to face the difficult reality of death through the ultimate reality of Christ? How do we live and die like we really believe the gospel is true? Readers at every stage of life will find comfort and hope as well as challenge in this collection of twenty-two short meditations drawn from the sermons and writings of classic and contemporary pastors and theologians ranging from Abraham Kuyper, Martin Luther, and Jonathan Edwards to Tim Keller, J....

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Overview

What does it look like for a believer to face the difficult reality of death through the ultimate reality of Christ? How do we live and die like we really believe the gospel is true? Readers at every stage of life will find comfort and hope as well as challenge in this collection of twenty-two short meditations drawn from the sermons and writings of classic and contemporary pastors and theologians ranging from Abraham Kuyper, Martin Luther, and Jonathan Edwards to Tim Keller, J. I. Packer, and John Piper.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433516184
  • Publisher: Crossway Books
  • Publication date: 2/4/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 671,646
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at conferences around the country and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Covenant Theological Seminary. She and her husband, David, are the co-hosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 8,500 churches nationwide and they also host Respite Retreats for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Guthrie is the author of numerous books including Holding on to Hope and Hearing Jesus Speak into Your Sorrow, and is currently working on the five-book Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series.

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?

Randy Alcorn (MA, Multnomah University) is a New York Times best-selling author and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries. Alcorn has written over forty books, including The Treasure Principle, Heaven, If God is Good, and the Gold Medallion winner Safely Home, as well as the graphic novel, Eternity. He has also authored and contributed to several books for Crossway, including Tell Me About Heaven, For the Fame of God's Name, and O Love That Will Not Let Me Go. He has written for many magazines, has been a guest on hundreds of radio, television, and online programs, and has taught on the adjunct faculties of Multnomah University and Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. The father of two married daughters, Alcorn lives in Oregon with his wife and best friend, Nanci. They are the proud grandparents of five grandsons.

TIMOTHY KELLER is founder and pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. He is the best-selling author of The Prodigal God and The Reason for God.

Joni Eareckson Tada is founder and CEO of the Joni and Friends International Disability Center, which ministers to thousands of disabled people and their families through programs of practical encouragement and spiritual help. She is also an artist and the author of numerous best-selling books such as Joni; Heaven: Your Real Home; and When God Weeps.

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

Michael Horton (PhD, University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary in California. In addition to being the author of many popular and academic books, he is also the editor in chief of Modern Reformation magazine, a host of the White Horse Inn radio broadcast, and a minister in the United Reformed Churches.

R. C. Sproul (Drs, Free University of Amsterdam) serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and is the founder and president of Ligonier Ministries. He has taught at numerous colleges and seminaries, has written over seventy books, and is featured daily on Renewing Your Mind, an international radio broadcast.

JOHN CALVIN (1509–1564) was perhaps the preeminent theologian of the Reformation. Known best for his Institutes of the Christian Religion, he also wrote landmark expositions on most of the books in the Bible.

MARTIN LUTHER (1483–1546) was professor of Bible at Wittenberg University, and this exposition of Galatians came out of his classroom. Undoubtedly the most powerful discussion of justification by faith prepared by any of the Reformers, this commentary on Galatians has had a profound impact on many through the centuries, including both John and Charles Wesley.

JONATHAN EDWARDS (1703–1758) was a pastor, theologian, and missionary. He is generally considered the greatest American theologian. A prolific writer, Edwards is known for his many sermons, including "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", and his classic Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. Edwards was appointed president of the College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) shortly before his death.

Known as the "theologian's theologian," JOHN OWEN (1616–1683) was vice chancellor of Oxford University and served as advisor and chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. Among the most learned and active of the Puritans in seventeenth-century Europe, he was an erudite and accomplished theologian both in doctrine and practical theology.

B. B Warfield was professor of theology at Princeton Seminary from 1887 to 1921.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), minister of Westminster Chapel in London for 30 years, was one of the foremost preachers of his day. His many books have brought profound spiritual encouragement to millions around the world.

CHARLES H. SPURGEON (1834–1892) was an English Baptist pastor at New Park Street Chapel, London (which later became the Metropolitan Tabernacle), for thirty-eight years. As the nineteenth century's most prolific preacher and writer, his ministry legacy continues today.

RICHARD BAXTER (1615-1691) was a leading English Puritan churchman, theologian, and writer. He authored nearly 170 works, including the 1,143-page Christian Directory, Methodus Theologiae Christianae, and Catholic Theology.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9

Part 1 A Reality that will not Be Denied

1 Only When You Know How to Die Can You Know How to Live J. I. Packer 15

2 Death's Sting Is Removed but Its Bite Remains Michael S. Horton 19

3 He Called Death Sweet Names John Piper 27

4 Not of the World Martyn Lloyd-Jones 35

5 Is Christ Our Sickness-Bearer? B. B. Warfield 39

6 Our Faith Is in God, Not in Healing Joseph Bayly 45

Part 2 An Aim that Keeps Me Pressing On

7 Finishing with Few Regrets Randy Alcorn 55

8 My Father Taught Me How to Die R. C. Sproul 63

9 Spiritual Light Shining from Your Deathbed Abraham Kuyper 67

10 A Witness in the Way We Die John Eaves 71

11 Sickness: The Soul's Undressing Jeremy Taylor 79

Part 3 A Hope that Saves Me from Despair

12 Rubbing Hope into the Reality of Death Timothy Keller 87

13 Hope Is a Glorious Grace John Owen 93

14 Directions for a Peaceful Departure Richard Baxter 97

15 What More Should God Do to Persuade You to Accept Death Willingly? Martin Luther 105

16 Comfort against Fears of the Dying Hour Thomas Boston 111

Part 4 A Future that will not Disappoint

17 Suffering Hurries the Heart toward Heaven Joni Eareckson Tada 121

18 To Despise This Present Life John Calvin 125

19 The Day of a Godly Man's Death Jonathan Edwards 131

20 Let Us Say in Dying, "Lord Jesus, Receive My Spirit" R. L. Dabney 139

21 Those Who Die Daily Die Easily Charles Haddon Spurgeon 147

22 God Reserves the Best for the Last Richard Sibbes 155

Notes 160

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