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.

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