Thursday, March 22, 2018

Are You A Christian in Name Only?

“When a man is a Christian in name only, and not in reality – in outward things only, and not in his inward feelings – in profession only, and not in practice – when his Christianity in short is a mere matter of form, or fashion, or custom, without any influence on his heart or life – in such a case as this the man has what I call a ‘formal religion.’ He possesses indeed the form, or shell, or surface of religion, but he does not possess its substance or its power.”
~ J.C. Ryle
Practical Religion, “Formality”, 262, 263.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Discerning the False Teacher

“What more common than to hear it said of some false teacher in this day:
‘He is so good, so devoted, so kind, so zealous, so laborious, so humble, so self-denying, so charitable, so earnest, so fervent, so clever, so evidently sincere, there can be no danger and no harm in hearing him. Besides he preaches so much real Gospel: no one can preach a better sermon than he does sometimes! I never can and never will believe he is unsound.’

Monday, March 19, 2018

The First Mark of Conversion

“A habit of prayer is one of the surest marks of a true Christian. All the children of God on earth are alike in this respect. From the moment there is any life and reality about their religion, they pray. Just as the first sign of the life of an infant when born into the world is the act of breathing, so the first act of men and women when they are born again is praying.”
~ J.C. Ryle
A Call to Prayer, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2002], 5.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Test All Ministers By the Word of God

Let us beware of attaching an excessive importance to ministers of religion because of their office. Ordination and office confer no exemption from error. The greatest heresies have been sown, and the greatest practical abuses introduced into the church by ordained men.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Pray For the Success of the Gospel

Prayer is one of the best and most powerful means of helping forward the cause of Christ in the world. It is a means within the reach of all who have the Spirit of adoption. Not all believers have money to give to missions.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

There Is Not Enough Private Prayer!

There are few professing Christians, it may be feared, who strive to imitate Christ in the matter of private devotion. There is abundance of hearing, reading, talking, professing, visiting, contributing to the poor, subscribing to societies and teaching at schools.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Evidences of A Converted Heart

“Sense of sin and deep hatred of it, faith in Christ and love to Him, delight in holiness and longing after more of it, love for God’s people and distaste for the things of the world, – these are the signs and evidences which always accompany conversion.”
~ J.C. Ryle
Practical Religion, “Self-Inquiry”, 11.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Christian Duty of Forgiving

There are few Christian duties which are so frequently and strongly dwelt upon in the New Testament as this of forgiveness. It fills a prominent place in the Lord’s prayer. The only profession we make in all that prayer, is that of forgiving “those who trespass against us.”It is a test of being forgiven ourselves.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Are You Converted?

Are we converted ourselves? This is the one point to which our attention ought to be directed. Our experience may not tally with that of other believers. But that is not the question. Do we feel sin, hate it, and flee from it?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Training Your Child Means Watching Over Their Soul

“Precious, no doubt, are these little ones in your eyes; but if you truly love them, then often think about their souls. Nothing should concern you as greatly as their eternal destiny. No part of them should be so dear to you as that part which will never die.

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