With this lesson we begin a new study through Thomas Case’s Treatise of Afflictions, which he wrote while imprisoned in the Tower of London. Think of it as a “Part 2” following The Crook in the Lot. It’s similar enough that it makes a nice follow-up study, but it’s different enough that I couldn’t pass it up! Case’s Treatise is absolute first-rate and comes with an unmistakable experiential tone to it. You can tell Case learned these things in the heat of the furnace. In fact, so great was his growth in the grace and knowledge of Christ by his time in the Tower that once Thomas Manton heard him preach on what he had learned, he said he could envy his imprisonment!I’m not sure how long we’ll spend on Case, but whatever time we spend will be well worth it. I have truly been blessed by his insights. May God so bless you.


Dr. James La Belle

Pastor La Belle was born in Florida, raised in Alabama until he was 15 years old, and then lived in Washington until he was 30, when he and his family left for Seminary in Philadelphia. He and his wife Chantry have been married for 24 years and have 7 children from ages 19 to 9: River, Schylie, Forrest, Terra, Sandy, Rocky, and Chantry. Pastor La Belle has published two books with Joel Beeke (Living by God's Promises and Living Zealously), with a third forthcoming (Living for God's Glory in Marriage) and is currently working on a Doctorate in Puritan Studies.

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