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

The Rev. Dr. James A. La Belle was ordained and installed by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) as the Pastor of Presbyterian Church of Cape Cod on Apr 27, 2007. He graduated from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in May 2006 with a Master of Divinity (MDiv). He served four separate internships in the OPC during his Seminary years before accepting the call to PCCC as his first pastorate. He also served as a Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church in America from 1996-2002 before transferring his and his family’s membership to the OPC. Alongside his pastoral ministry at PCCC Pastor La Belle pursued a doctoral degree from The North American Reformed Seminary and graduated in August 2016 with a Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) in Puritan Studies.

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