The conversion of John Owen and encouragement to your ministry

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  1. Reformed Bookworm

    Reformed Bookworm Puritan Board Sophomore

    Dear Ministers of the Gospel, do not grow weary or dismayed. You never know when the next Owen or Spurgeon may be in your congregation waiting for the Spirit to work on their soul through your humble preaching. Take encouragement from Owen's conversion:

    "Dr Edmund Calamy was at this time minister in Aldermanbury Chapel, and attracted multitudes by his manly eloquence . Owen had gone one Sabbath morning to hear the celebrated Presbyterian preacher, and was much disappointed when he saw an unknown stranger from the country enter the pulpit. His companion suggested that they should leave the chapel and hasten to the place of worship of another celebrated preacher ; but Owen’s strength being already exhausted, he determined to remain. After a prayer of simple in these words of Matthew 8: 26: ‘Why are ye so fearful, O ye of little faith?’ Immediately it arrested the thoughts of Owen as appropriate to his present state of mind, and he breathed an inward prayer that God would be pleased by that minister to speak to his condition. The prayer was heard , for the preacher stated and answered the very doubts that had long perplexed Owen’s mind; and by the time that the discourse was ended, had succeeded in leading him forth into the sunshine of a settled peace. The most diligent efforts were used by Owen to discover the name of the preacher who had thus been to him ‘as an angel of God,’ but without success." - Andrew Thomson - "John Owen: Prince of Puritans"
     
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