It’s Flavel and Fishing Friday.

First, I did get chance to do a little fishing this week. We caught some spot. Spot fish are easily confused with pinfish and pigfish. They may be thrown back in, as I was about to do, but a fellow fisherman pointed out they were indeed spot. It’s tricky because I have seen some with similar markings. However, after studying them a bit one can identify the stripes are quite different on the side, and of course the distinct spot mark. They are said to be pretty tasty; and are of the panfish variety. Nonetheless, I have mine in the fridge ready to cook and will have to report back at a later time.

Now, I was very pleasantly encouraged to be reading through John Flavel’s works to come across not merely one, but two sermons falling within the very text I am preparing to preach on this Sunday. Sometimes the joy of reading simply intersects the work of the ministry; and it is probably best that it does. In pastor Flavel’s sermon #30 in the Method of Grace he gives eight patterns (though he promised ten) of Christ that ought to be followed. Here they are in brief:

1. Holiness

2. Obedience

3. Self-Denial

4. Diligence

5. Delight in God

6. Inoffensiveness

7. Humility

8. Contentment

The text is 1 John 2:6, and I am preaching on 1 John 2:3–6 this Sunday. I covet your prayers and hope those of you planning to attend will make every effort to be there and bring others. The Lord be praised!

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