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Richard Alleine on the Oversight of Souls

Alleine (1611-1691), like his other Puritan counterparts, understood the importance of oversight. Addressing his hearers on the importance of guarding their hearts (Prov 4:23-27), he mentioned others whom God has ordained to watch over us. He quoted Hebrews 13:17 and then wrote:

“We deal so plainly and so closely with you, we are so instant in exhorting, reproving, warning, and watching over you, because we must give an account of how we discharge our duty towards you”
(Instructions About Heartwork , 7)

May our ministries also be shaped by this crucial truth.


  1. Ray says:

    Thanks for letting me know! This sounds like a great project!

  2. Mark N says:

    Hi Ray, In case you are interested…. I’m working on a long term project in recording Instructions About Heartwork as an audio book in mp3. I’ve release 10 mp3′s so far.

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