Thursday, September 7, 2017

Beware of Self-Righteousness!

“Oh, let us beware of self-righteousness! Open sin kills its thousands of souls. Self-righteousness kills its tens of thousands. Go and study humility with the great apostle of the Gentiles. Go and sit with Paul at the foot of the cross. Give up your secret pride. Cast away your vain ideas of your own goodness.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Contrast of Christ’s Comings

“The second coming of Christ shall be utterly unlike the first. He came the first time in weakness, a tender infant, born of a poor woman in the manger at Bethlehem, unnoticed, unhonored, and scarcely known. He shall come the second time in royal dignity, with the armies of heaven around Him, to be known, recognized and feared, by all the tribes of the earth.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Without Conversion, We Are Dead

Without conversion of heart we cannot serve God on earth. We have naturally neither faith, nor fear, nor love, toward God and His Son Jesus Christ. We have no delight in His Word.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Reality of Eternity

The state of things after the judgment is changeless and without end. The misery of the lost, and the blessedness of the saved, are both alike forever.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Useless Doctrine

“Doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life. It is worse than useless; it does positive harm. Something of ‘the image of Christ’ must be seen and observed by others in our private life, and habits, and character, and doings.”
~ J.C. Ryle
“Introduction”, 93, 96.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

We Are Born Proud and Need Humility

Humility like this is one of the strongest evidences of the indwelling of the Spirit of God. We know nothing of humility by nature, for we are all born proud.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Faithfully Waiting For Christ’s Return

“Those who denounce the doctrine of the second advent as speculative, fanciful and unpractical, would do well to reconsider the subject.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Applying Doctrine To Head and Heart

Let us beware of resting our hopes of salvation on mere intellectual knowledge. We live in days when there is great danger of doing so.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

In Need of a New Heart

Life is the mightiest of all possessions. From death to life is the mightiest of all changes. And no change short of this will ever avail to fit a person’s soul for heaven.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Forsaking the World For Christ

True Christians must make up their minds to trouble in this world. Whether we are ministers or hearers, whether we teach or are taught, it makes little difference.

Monday, August 21, 2017

God’s Election Bears Fruit

“Election is always to sanctification. Those whom Christ chooses out of mankind, He chooses not only that they be saved, but that they may bear fruit, and that it can be seen.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

No Fickleness in Jesus

The Lord Jesus is “a friend who never changes.” There is no fickleness about Him: those whom He loves, He loves to the end. Husbands have been known to forsake their wives; parents have been known to cast off their children; human vows and promises of faithfulness have often been forgotten.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Make Your Calling and Election Sure

The duty of the true Christian is clear and plain. Whatever others do, he must give all diligence to make his own calling and election sure.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Death Does Not Discriminate

We often think and talk as if the possession of riches was the great antidote to sorrow, and as if money could secure us against sickness and death.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Demonstration of Being Elected

“Sanctification is the only sure mark of God’s election. The names and number of the elect are a secret thing, no doubt, which God has wisely kept in His own power, and not revealed to man.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Definition of Christian Love

Christian love will show itself in the general spirit and demeanor of a believer. It will make him kind, unselfish, good-natured, good-tempered, and considerate for others.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ponder the Real Gospel

Christ’s death is the Christian’s life. Christ’s cross is the Christian’s title to heaven. Christ “lifted up” and put to shame on Calvary is the ladder by which Christians “enter into the holiest,” and are at length landed in glory.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Let Go of Selfishness; Share Christ!

Let us beware of selfishness in our religion, even after we have learned to value the light. We should labor to make all people see that we have found “the pearl of great price,” and that we want them to find it as well as ourselves.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bring Your Mind to Church

Let us take with us to church, not only our bodies, but our minds, our reason, our hearts and our consciences. Let us often ask ourselves, ‘What have I got from this sermon?’, ‘What have I learned?’, ‘What truths have been impressed on my mind?’. 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Parents: Don’t Be Hypocrites!

“Instruction, advice, and commands will profit little, unless they are backed up by the pattern of your own life. Your children will never believe you are serious and obey you, so long as your actions contradict your counsel.”
~ J.C. Ryle
The Upper Room, “The Duties of Parents”, 311.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Possessing Compassion for the Unconverted

We ought to feel compassion when we think of the wretched state of unconverted souls, and the misery of all men and women who live and die without Christ. No poverty like this poverty! No disease like this disease!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Do Not Doubt the Reality of Hell

Do you believe the Bible? Then depend upon it, Hell is real and true. It is as true as Heaven — as true as justification by faith — as true as the fact that Christ died upon the cross.

Monday, August 7, 2017

All About Doing, Never About Believing

How painfully self–righteous are many! They can talk complacently about having “done their duty,” and being “kind to everybody,” and having always “kept to their church,” and having “never been so very bad” as some, and therefore they seem to think they must go to heaven!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Preachers: Sow Good Seed

The work of the preacher resembles that of the sower. Like the sower, the preacher must sow good seed, if he wants to see fruit.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Discerning the True and the False Christian

How should you know who are true Christians, if following Christ was the way to be free from trouble? How should we discern the wheat from the chaff, if it were not for the winnowing of trial?

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Two Sides of Friendship

“Good friends are among our greatest blessings – they may keep us back from much evil, quicken us in our course, speak a word in season, draw us upward, and draw us on.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Blessed Servants of God

“Some believers are rivers of living water long after they die. They do good by their books and writings in every part of the world, long after the hands which held the pen are mouldering in the dust.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Strive to Be Humble

Humility may well be called the queen of the Christian graces. To know our own sinfulness and weakness, and to feel our need of Christ, is the very beginning of saving religion.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

5th Mark of Salvation: Forgiven Souls Are Forgiving

Forgiven souls are FORGIVING. They do as they have been done by. They look over the offenses of their brethren. They endeavor to “walk in love, as Christ loved them, and gave Himself for them.” (Eph. 5:2.) They remember how God for Christ’s sake forgave them, and endeavor to do the same towards their fellow-creatures.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

4th Mark of Salvation: Forgiven Souls Are Holy

Forgiven souls are HOLY. Their chief desire is to please Him who has saved them, to do His will, to glorify Him in body and in Spirit, which are His. “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits?”

Friday, July 28, 2017

3rd Mark of Salvation: Forgiven Souls Are Humble

Forgiven souls are HUMBLE. They cannot forget that they owe all they have and hope for to free grace, and this keeps them lowly.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

2nd Mark of Salvation: Forgiven Souls Love Christ

Forgiven souls LOVE CHRIST. This is that one thing they can say, if they dare say nothing else—they do love Christ. His person, His offices, His work, His name, His cross, His blood, His words, His example, His ordinances—all, all are precious to forgiven souls.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

1st Mark of Salvation: Forgiven Souls Hate Sin

Forgiven souls HATE SIN. They can enter most fully into the words of our Communion Service, “The remembrance of sin is grievous unto them, and the burden of it is intolerable.” It is the serpent which bit them—how should they not shrink from it with horror?

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

5 Essential Doctrines to Believe In

1. The Absolute Supremacy of Holy Scripture

Show us anything, plainly written, in that Book, we will receive it, believe it, and submit to it. Show us anything contrary to that Book, and however sophisticated, plausible, beautiful and apparently desirable, we will not have it at any price.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Persevering Towards Heaven

“Our Lord tells us that true Christians must make up their minds regarding trouble in this world. Whether we are ministers or hearers, whether we teach or are taught, it makes little difference.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Importance of Your Conscience

Conscience is a most powerful part of our natural constitution. It cannot save our souls. It never leads a man to Christ. It is often blind, and ignorant, and misdirected.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Preparing New Christians Biblically

To count the cost is one of the first duties that ought to be pressed on Christians in every age. It is no kindness to young beginners to paint the service of Christ in false colors, and to keep back from them the old truth, “Through much tribulation we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).

Friday, July 21, 2017

High Thoughts on the Cross

“Cling to Christ and have high thoughts of the atonement made by His blood upon the cross. Think highly of His incarnation and His example.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Cultivating Faith in Your Daily Prayers

Make it your daily prayer that you may have an increase of faith. According to your faith will be your peace. Cultivate that blessed root more, and sooner or later, by God’s blessing, you may hope to have the flower.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Cost of Being a Real Christian

It costs something to be a real Christian, according to the standard of the Bible. There are enemies to be overcome, battles to be fought, sacrifices to be made, an Egypt to be forsaken, a wilderness to be passed through, a cross to be carried, a race to be run.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Take Heed How You Hear

“The parable of the sower is preeminently a parable of caution, and caution about a most important subject,—the way of hearing the word of God.

It was meant to be a warning to the apostles, not to expect too much from hearers.

It was meant to be a warning to all ministers of the Gospel, not to look for too great results from sermons.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Peace Which Christ Gives

“‘Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you; not as the world giveth give I unto you.’ Peace is Christ’s peculiar gift: not money, not worldly ease, not temporal prosperity. These are at best very questionable possessions. They often do more harm than good to the soul.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Study The Gospels

“It would be well if professing Christians in modern days studied the four Gospels more than they do. No doubt all Scripture is profitable.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Only Books Which Do Real Good

“It is indeed to be desired that solid Scriptural theology, like that contained in these pages, should be valued and studied in the church.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Our Unfailing Friend, Jesus Christ

Look around the world, and see how failure is written on all of people’s schemes. Count up the partings, separations, disappointments, and bereavements which have happened under your own knowledge.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Humbly Believing In God’s Election

“Is the doctrine of Election plainly stated in Scripture? This is the whole question which an honest Christian has to do with. If it is not in the Book of God, let it be forever discarded, refused and rejected by man, no matter who propounds it.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Knowing Christ…Personally

You may know a good deal about Christ, by a kind of head knowledge. You may know who He was, and where He was born, and what He did. You may know His miracles, His sayings, His prophecies, and His ordinances.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Ultimate Loss: Your Soul

The loss of the soul is the heaviest loss that can befall a man. The worst and most painful of diseases – the most distressing bankruptcy of fortune – the most disastrous shipwrecks – are a mere scratch of a pin compared to the loss of a soul.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

The Reality of the Inhabitants of Heaven

I make my solemn protest against those modern delusions, “that all people shall go to heaven at last—that it matters not how you live—that whether you are holy or unholy it does not matter—that whether you are godless or God-fearing, it is all the same thing, that all at last will get to heaven.” I cannot find such teaching in the Bible.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Total Dependance on God’s Words

There must be a real heartfelt belief that God’s promises are sure and to be depended on – a real belief that what God says in the Bible is all true and that every doctrine contrary to this is false, whatever anyone may say.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Blessedness of Heaven

The cares of this world, the necessary duties of life, the demands of our families, the work of our various stations and callings — all these things appear to eat up our days, and to make it impossible to have long quiet times of communion with God’s people.
But, blessed be God, it shall not always be so. The hour comes, and shall soon be here, when “good-bye” and “farewell” shall be words that are laid aside and buried forever! When we meet in a world where the former things have passed away, where there is . . .
no more sin,
no more sorrow,
no more poverty,
no more work of body or work of brains,
no more need of anxiety for families,
no more sickness,
no more pain,
no more old age,
no more death,
no more change —
. . . when we meet in that endless state of being, calm, and restful, and unhurried — who can tell what the bliss and blessedness will be?
~ J.C. Ryle

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Glory Only in the Cross of Christ

Let us look well to our own hearts. We live in a day when false doctrines about Christ’s death abound on every side. Let us see that Christ crucified is really the foundation of our own hopes, and that Christ’s atoning death for sin is indeed the whole life of our souls. Let us beware of adding to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, as the Roman Catholic does. Its value was infinite. It admits of no addition.
Let us beware of taking away from Christ’s sacrifice, as the Socinian [denial of Christ’s divinity] does. To suppose that the Son of God only died to leave us an example of self-denial, is to contradict a hundred plain texts of Scripture. Let us walk in the old paths. Let us say with Paul, “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Gal 6:14)
~ J.C. Ryle
Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke volume 2 , [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1998], 281. {Luke 18:28-34}

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Be On Guard Against False Doctrine

Let us be on our guard against false doctrine. Unsound faith will never be the mother of really sound practice, and in these latter days, departures from the faith abound. See then that your loins be girded about with truth, and be very jealous of receiving anything which cannot be proved by the Bible.

Monday, July 3, 2017

The Happiest People in the World

“The happiest people in this world are those who make the Bible the rule of their lives. They read their Bibles often. They believe what the Bible says. They love that Savior, Jesus Christ, of whom the Bible speaks.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Grand Proof of Christ’s Mission

Let us all thank God that we have such a cloud of witnesses to prove that our Lord rose again. The resurrection of Christ is the grand proof of Christ’s divine mission.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Results of Christ’s Glorious Return

What will you see when the great event of Christ’s return takes place? You will see the eternal Son of God return in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Cost of Being a Real Christian

It costs something to be a real Christian, according to the standard of the Bible. There are enemies to be overcome, battles to be fought, sacrifices to be made, an Egypt to be forsaken, a wilderness to be passed through, a cross to be carried, a race to be run.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Behave Like Christ is Coming Again

Wherever you may live, and whatever may be your trials; however great your difficulties, and however small your helps; nothing should prevent your aiming at the highest standard, to behave like one who believes that Christ is coming again!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Cling to Christ’s Resurrection

“Let us cling firmly to the resurrection of Christ, as one of the pillars of the gospel. It ought to produce in our minds a settled conviction of the truth of Christianity: our faith does not depend merely on a set of texts and doctrines; it is founded on a mighty fact which the sceptic has never been able to overturn.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Don’t Grow Dull Towards the Gospel

Men and women who hear the Gospel regularly, I often fear much for you. I fear lest you become so familiar with the sounds of its doctrines, that you gradually become dead to its power.

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Mindset of a Pilgrim

“A holy man will follow after spiritual mindedness. He will endeavor to set his affections entirely on the things above, and to hold things on earth with a very loose hand. He will not neglect the business of this life now; but the first place in his mind and thoughts will be given to the life to come.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Deliver Us From Pantheism

I feel it a duty to bear my solemn testimony against the spirit of the day we live in, to warn men against its infection. It is not Atheism I fear so much, in the present times, as Pantheism.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Loving Friendship of Jesus Christ

Every true Christian has a Friend in heaven, of almighty power and boundless love. They are thought of, cared for, provided for, defended by God’s eternal Son.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Training Your Child to Have a Habit of Prayer

“Parents, if you love your children, do all that lies within your power to train them to have a habit of prayer. Show them how to begin. Tell them what to say. Encourage them to persevere. Remind them that if they become careless and slack about it. Let it not be your fault, if they never call on the name of the Lord.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hope in the Gospel

Who shall deliver us from this body of death? Let us thank God that Jesus Christ can. He is that divine Physician, who can make old things pass away and all things become new. In Him is life.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Antidote of Remembering Death

Death is a great fact that all acknowledge, but very few seem to realize. Most people eat, drink, talk and plan, as if they were going to live upon earth forever.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Hardness of the Human Heart

Would you know the reason why the state of people is so desperately helpless, if they die in their sins? Would you know why ministers feel so fearful about everyone who is cut off unprepared to meet God?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Dying To Know Christ

“The story of Christ’s moral teaching, self-sacrifice, example, and the need of being earnest and sincere like Him, will never smooth down a dying pillow. Christ the Teacher, Christ the great Pattern, Christ the Prophet, will not suffice.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Regular and Daily Bible Study

“Let us strive, every year we live, to become more deeply acquainted with Scripture. Let us study it, search into it, dig into it, meditate on it, until it dwell in us richly. (Coloss. 2:16.)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Being Made Holy by the Spirit

Let this also be written down on the tablet of your memory. No entrance into heaven, without the Spirit first entering your heart upon earth!

Friday, June 16, 2017

Never Be Ashamed Of Christ!

Whatever others around you think, don’t you ever be ashamed of being a Christian. Let them laugh, mock, jest, and scoff, if they will. They will not scoff in the hour of death and in the day of judgment. Hoist your flag; show your colors; nail them to the mast.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Do Not Linger!

“‘LOT lingered.’ (Genesis 19:16) Do not be a lingering soul.

Would you know what the times demand?—The shaking of nations,—the uprooting of ancient things,—the overturning of kingdoms,—the stir and restlessness of men’s minds—what do they say? They all cry aloud,—Christian! do not linger!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Humbling Praying For the Illumination of the Spirit

The corruption of human nature is a universal disease. It affects not only a man’s heart, will, and conscience, but his mind, memory, and understanding. The very same person who is quick and clever in worldly things, will often utterly fail to comprehend the simplest truths of Christianity.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

4 Great Doctrines To Always Keep in Mind

“I feel that we all need more and more of the presence of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, to guide, to teach and to keep us sound in the faith. There are certain great truths, which, in a day like this [1874!], we are especially bound to keep in mind. I believe there are times and seasons in the Church of Christ when we are bound to tighten our hold upon certain great leading truths, to grasp them with more than ordinary firmness in our hands, to press them to our hearts and not let them go.”

Monday, June 12, 2017

In Our Dying Hour

“The day may come when after a long fight with disease, we shall feel that medicine can do no more, and that nothing remains but to die. Friends will be standing by, unable to help us. Hearing, eyesight, even the power of praying, will be fast failing us. The world and its shadows will be melting beneath our feet. Eternity, with its realities, will be looming large before our minds.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pondering Heaven

We know but little of the life to come in heaven. Perhaps our clearest ideas of it are drawn from considering what it will not be, rather than what it will be. It is a state in which we shall hunger no more, nor thirst any more. Sickness, pain, and disease, will not be known.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

This Earth is Not Our Rest

There is such a place as heaven. No truth is more certain in the whole of Scripture than this – there remains a rest for the people of God.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Doctrine of Perseverance

When I speak of the doctrine of perseverance, I mean this. I say that the Bible teaches that true believers, real genuine Christians, shall persevere in their religion to the end of their lives. They shall never perish. They shall never be lost. They shall never be cast away.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Devil Knows You Very Well

The devil is a constant enemy to the Christian’s soul. That great, sleepless, and unwearied foe is always laboring to do us harm. It is his constant object to wound, hurt, vex, injure, or weaken–if he cannot kill and destroy.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The 10 Marks of the Holy Spirit in a Believer

1. The Spirit awakens a person’s heart.
2. The Spirit teaches a person’s mind.
3. The Spirit leads to the Word.
4. The Spirit convinces of sin.
5. The Spirit draws to Christ.
6. The Spirit sanctifies.
7. The Spirit makes a person spiritually minded.
8. The Spirit produces inward conflict.
9. The Spirit makes a person love the brethren.
10. The Spirit teaches a person to pray.
These are the great marks of the Holy Spirit’s presence. Put the question to yourconscience and ask: Has the Spirit done anything of this kind for your soul?
~ J.C. Ryle

Monday, June 5, 2017

The Diversity of God’s Dealings

The Lord is not tied to the use of any one means exclusively in conveying grace to the soul. Sometimes He is pleased to work by the word preached publicly, sometimes by the word read privately. Sometimes He awakens people by sickness and affliction, sometimesby the rebukes or counsel of friends.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Do You Have True Peace With God?

There is no peace with God except through Christ! Peace is His peculiar gift. Peace is that legacy which He alone had power to leave behind Him when He left the world. All other peace beside this, is a mockery and a delusion.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Like a Good Shepherd

“Like a good shepherd, Christ knows all His believing people. Their names, their families, their dwelling-places, their circumstances, their private history, their experience, their trials,—with all these things Jesus is perfectly acquainted.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Is Your Heart In Tune With Heaven?

Without conversion of heart we could not enjoy heaven, if we got there. Heaven is a place where holiness reigns supreme, and sin and the world have no place at all.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Redeem the Time and Reap the Fields

Do you want to understand what the times require of all Christians in reference to the souls of others? Listen, and I will tell you. You live in times of great liberty and abounding opportunities of doing good. Never were there so many open doors of usefulness, so many fields white to the harvest. Mind that you use those open doors, and try to reap those fields. Try to do a little good before you die. Strive to be useful. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Persevering Through Trials

Would you have perfect peace in life? Then lay hold on this doctrine of perseverance. Your trials may be many and great. Your cross may be very heavy. But the business of your soul is all conducted according to an “everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure.” (2 Sam. 23:5.)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Are You A Christian? Then Prove It!

He that desires to give proof that he is a believer, should walk in the steps of Zaccheus. Like him, let him thoroughly renounce the sins which have formerly most easily beset him.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Importance of Profession and Practice

Bringing forth fruits worthy of repentance is a truth which should always occupy a prominent place in our Christianity.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Head Knowledge Christianity

“Let us beware of an unsanctified knowledge of Christianity. It is a dangerous possession, but a fearfully common one in these latter days.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Need For A Complete Change

We are all by nature so weak, so worldly, so earthly-minded, so inclined to sin, that without a thorough change we cannot serve God in life, and could not enjoy Him after death.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Telling Others About Christ In You

If we have anything to tell others about Christ, let us resolve to tell it. Let us not be silent, if we have found peace and rest in the Gospel. Let us speak to our relations, friends, families and neighbors, according as we have opportunity, and tell them what the Lord has done for our souls.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Four Costs of Becoming a Christian

“Let there be no mistake about my meaning. I am not examining what it costs to save a Christian’s soul. I know well that it costs nothing less that the blood of the Son of God to provide atonement, and to redeem man from hell.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

The Dangerous Mindset of a Pharisee

No state of soul can be conceived so dangerous as that of the Pharisee. Never are men’s bodies in such desperate plight, as when disease and insensibility set in.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

You Hypocrite! You Can’t Fool Christ!

Think what a solemn warning there is to all worldly and hypocritical professors of religion. Let all such read, mark, and digest these words. Jesus says to you, “I know thy works”.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Repentance

Repentance is a thorough change of person’s natural heart, upon the subject of sin. We are all born in sin. We naturally love sin.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Summarizing the 6 Marks of Regeneration

I know there is a vast difference in the depth and distinctness of these marks among those who are Regenerate. In some people they are faint, dim, feeble, and hardly to be discerned. You almost need a microscope to make them out. In others they are bold, sharp, clear, plain, and unmistakable, so that he who runs may read them.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

No Fruit, No Conversion

Let it be a settled principle in our religion that when a person brings forth no fruits of the Spirit, they do not have the Holy Spirit within them.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Devil and His Duties in Church

The devil, no doubt, is everywhere. That malicious spirit is unwearied in his efforts to do us harm. He is ever watching for our halting, and seeking occasion to destroy our souls. But nowhere perhaps is the devil so active as in a congregation of Gospel-hearers.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

We Can Talk With Him

“While Christ is absent believers must ask much in prayer. It is written, ‘Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: ask and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.’

Monday, April 3, 2017

Guard Your Heart Against Unbelief

Let us watch our own hearts carefully in the matter of unbelief. The heart, and not the head, is the seat of its mysterious power.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Book Review: The Lost Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon His Earliest Outlines and Sermons Between 1851 and 1854

J.C. Ryle on Charles Spurgeon

"I am not a bit ashamed to say that I often read the sermons of Mr. Spurgeon. Now when you read Mr. Spurgeon's sermons, note how clearly and perspicuously he divides a sermon, and fills each division with beautiful and simple ideas. How easily you grasp his meaning! How thoroughly he brings before you certain great truths, that hang to you like hooks of steel, and which, once planted in your memory, you never forget!" -J.C. Ryle,
Simplicity in Preaching

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Loving Friendship of Jesus Christ

Every true Christian has a Friend in heaven, of almighty power and boundless love. They are thought of, cared for, provided for, defended by God’s eternal Son.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Being Convinced of Your Sinful Heart

“What is the reason that men are so half-hearted in seeking Christ? Why are they so soon deterred, and checked, and discouraged in drawing near to God?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

God Delights in Honoring Zeal

Nothing is so effective in keeping true Christianity alive as the yeast of zealous Christians scattered throughout the Church. Like salt, they prevent the whole body from falling into a state of decay.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Your True Character Exposed

Let it be a settled principle with us, never to be satisfied with mere outward church-membership. We may be inside the net, and yet not be in Christ.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lord, Clothe Us With Humility

The Return of the Seventy-Two

17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10:17-20

“We learn, from this passage, how ready Christians are to be puffed up with success. It is written, that the seventy returned from their first mission with joy, ‘saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.’

We Shall Thank God For Every Storm

“If we are true Christians, we must not expect everything smooth in our journey to heaven.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Grasp the Truth of the Holy Spirit

Let us never be ashamed, in a day of abounding heresy, to contend earnestly for the Godhead and personality of the Holy Spirit, and the reality of His work on souls.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

Where is Your Zeal For God?

Let me speak to your conscience. Where is your zeal? Where is your zeal for the glory of God, and for extending the Gospel throughout the world?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Longing To Be In Fellowship

Sheep love to be together; they do not like being alone; there are no animals which seem to take such pleasure in being in a flock, and cling to each other’s company so faithfully.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Do Not Be the Unfaithful Church

Take any church on earth, the most renowned for wisdom, the most famous for age, the most apostolic in her government;

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Parents, Seek God's Blessing as You Parent

Lastly, train them with continual prayer for a blessing on all you do. 
Without the blessing of the Lord, your best efforts will do no good. He has the hearts of all men in His hands, and unless He touches the hearts of your children by His Spirit, you will wear yourself out for nothing. Therefore, water the seed you sow in their minds with unceasing prayer. The Lord is far more willing to hear than we are to pray; far more ready to give blessings than we are to ask them—and, oh, how He loves to be petitioned for our children. And I set this matter of prayer before you, as the capstone and seal of all you do. I believe the child of many prayers is seldom cast away. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Christ Will Take Care of His Church

Fear not for the Church of Christ when ministers die, and saints are taken away. Christ can ever maintain His own cause.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Benefits of the Lord’s Supper

The Lord’s Supper was ordained for a continual remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ’s death, until He comes again.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Looking Backward, Upward and Forward at Jesus

Reader, remember these three looks at Jesus, backwardupwardforward; and make use of them every day.

Friday, February 24, 2017

The Satisfaction of Looking Unto Jesus

Keep on looking unto Jesus. Faith shall soon be changed to sight, and hope to certainty. Looking to Jesus on earth by faith, you shall end with seeing Jesus eye to eye in heaven.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

3 Simple Rules For Listening to a Sermon

It is not enough that we go to church and hear sermons. We may do so for fifty years, and be nothing better, but rather worse. “Take heed,” says our Lord, “how you hear.” Would any one know how to hear properly? Then let them lay to heart three simple rules.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Prize the Bible More and More

Is the Bible the Word of God? Then let us all resolve from this day forward to prize the Bible more. Let us not fear being idolaters of this blessed book.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Mercy to the Feeble Christian

Let us never set down men in a low place, as graceless and godless, because their faith is feeble and their love is cold.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Be Patient and Endure

We must run with patience, or we shall never obtain. There may be many things we cannot understand, much that the flesh could perhaps wish otherwise, but let us endure unto the end, and all shall be made clear, and God’s arrangements shall be proved best.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Great Day of Judgment on Your Own Goodness

Think, you who take comfort in some fancied ideas of your own goodness – think, you who wrap up yourselves in the notion, “all must be right, if I keep to my Church,” – think for a moment what a sandy foundation you are building upon!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Don’t Be Ignorant of the Bible

Knowledge of the Bible, in short, is the one knowledge that is needful. A man may get to heaven without money, learning, health, or friends—but without Bible knowledge he will never get there at all.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

No True Happiness Without Christ

The plain truth is, that without Christ there is no happiness in this world! He alone can give the Comforter who abides forever.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Counterfeit Sanctification

“Let us beware of any hope that does not exercise a sanctifying influence over our hearts, lives, tastes, conduct, and conversation. It is a hope that never came down from above. It is mere base metal, and counterfeit coin. It lacks the mint-stamp of the Holy Ghost, and will never pass current in heaven.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Knowing Your Bible in the Time of Need

I want people to fill their minds with passages of Scripture while they are well and strong, that they may have sure help in the day of need. I want them to be diligent in studying their Bibles, and becoming familiar with their contents, in order that the grand old Book may stand by them and talk with them when all earthly friends fail.
~ J.C. Ryle
Tract: Be Content

Monday, February 6, 2017

Do Not Lose Your Soul to Hell!

If I thought there was no such place as hell I would not write as I do. If I thought that as a matter of course all people would go to heaven at last, I would be quiet and leave them alone.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Guard Against Pride

“Let us watch against pride in every shape – pride of intellect, pride of wealth, pride of our own goodness. Nothing is so likely to keep a man out of heaven, and prevent him from seeing Christ, as pride. So long as we think we are something we shall never be saved. Let us pray for and cultivate humility; let us seek to know ourselves correctly, and to find out our place in the sight of a holy God.”
~ J.C. Ryle

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Reality of Communion with Christ

The names and offices of Christ, as laid down in Scripture, appear to me to show unmistakably that this communion between the saint and his Savior is not a mere fancy, but a real true thing.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Insignificance of the External

Let it never be forgotten that the material part of a Christian Church is by far the least important part of it. The fairest combinations of marble, stone, wood and painted glass, are worthless in God’s sight, unless there is truth in the pulpit and grace in the congregation.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Reality of Hell

There is such a place as hell. Let no one deceive you with vain words. What people do not like, they try hard not to believe. When the Lord Jesus Christ comes to judge the world, He will punish all who are not His disciples with a fearful punishment:

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Delusion of Happiness

Don’t tell me of your happiness if it daily depends on the uncertainties of the earth. Your home may be rich in comforts;

Sunday, January 29, 2017

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