A.W. Tozer on Immutability

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, August 26, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“God’s immutability presupposes His faithfulness.  If He is unchanging, it follows that He could not be unfaithful.  Upon God’s faithfulness rests our whole hope of future blessedness.  Only as He is faithful will His covenants stand and His promises be honored.”

A. W. Tozer

Edward Pearse on God's Immutability

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“God is unchangeable, and, being unchangeable, He will certainly support and deliver His Church, and that in the best way and fittest season.”

Edward Pearse

Thomas Goodwin on Worship

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“In public worship all should join. The little strings go to make up a concert, as well as the great.”

Thomas Goodwin

J.R. Miller on Suffering

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“The teaching is clear and positive.  Painful in the human experience, as it must always be in its outcome, chastening works good.  We do not know what we owe to suffering.  Many of the richest blessings which have come down to us from the past are the fruits of sorrow or pain.  Others sowed in tears, and we gather the harvest. We should never forget that redemption, the world's greatest blessing, is the fruit of world's greatest sorrow.  In our own personal life it is true that in all chastening our Father's design is our pro fit, and that suffering rightly endured yields the fruits of righteousness.”

J.R. Miller

Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Theory and Practice

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Monday, August 22, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“It is the masterpiece of Satan to make us put theory and practice into separate watertight compartments, to make men so interested in the Book that they forget to apply its teaching. What you have seen, says Paul, practice!” 

Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Ernest Reisinger on Evangelism

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, August 19, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“When a preacher of a church tries to effect that which only God can effect, it has shifted from God-centered evangelism to man-centered evangelism. Therefore, the end we must have in view in God-centered evangelism must be first and foremost, the glory of God. If our end is only man, then our evangelism will soon become man-centered, which represents most modern evangelism.”

Ernest Reisinger

Horatius Bonar on Christians

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, August 18, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“It is a great thing to be a Christian. The very name is a noble one, beyond all the noble names of earth. The thing itself is inconceivably blessed and glorious. Much, then, is expected of you. Do not disgrace the old family name. Do nothing unworthy of Him who represents you in heaven, and whom you represent on earth. He is faithful to you; be you so to Him. Let men know what a Lord and Master you serve. Be His witnesses; be His mirrors; be His living epistles. Let Him speak through you to the world. Let your life tell your fellow-men what He is, and what He is to you. Speak well of Him to men, as He speaks well of you to God. He has honoured you by giving you His name; He has blessed you by conferring on you sonship, and royalty, and an eternal heritage: see that you do justice to His love, and magnify His greatness.”

Horatius Bonar

Charles Spurgeon on Gossips

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“What a pity that there is not a tax upon words: what an income would come from it; but, alas, talking pays no toll! And if lies paid double, the government might pay off the national debt; but who could collect the money? Common fame is a common liar. Hearsay is half lies. A tale never loses in the telling. As a snowball grows by rolling, so does a story. They who talk much lie much. If men only said what was true, what a peaceable world we should see! Silence seldom makes mischief; but talking is a plague to the parish. Silence is wisdom. By this rule, wise men and wise women are scarce. Still waters are the deepest; but the shallowest brooks brawl the most; this shows how plentiful fools must be. An open mouth shows an empty head. If the chest had gold or silver in it, it would not always stand open. Talking comes by nature, but it needs a good deal of training to learn to be quiet; yet regard for truth should put a bit into every honest man’s mouth, and a bridle upon every good woman’s tongue.”
Charles Spurgeon

Thomas Watson on the Evil Tongue

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“See what a blow we have sustained by the fall; it has put out of frame the whole course of nature. Original sin has diffused itself as a poison into all the members of the body; it has made the eye unchaste, the hands full of bribes. Amongst the rest it has defiled the tongue; “it is a world of iniquity.” That which was made to be the organ of God’s praise, is become a weapon of unrighteousness.”

Thomas Watson

Thomas Brooks on False Teachers

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Monday, August 15, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“The first distinguishing mark is that they are men-pleasers. 3 They preach more to please the ear than to profit the heart.”

Thomas Brooks

Richard Sibbes on Grace

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, August 12, 2016 at 7:09 AM

“Grace, as the seed in the parable, grows, we know not how.  Yet at length, when God sees fittest, we shall see that all our endeavor has not been in vain.  The tree falls upon the last stroke, yet all the strokes help the work forward.”

Richard Sibbes

Charles Bridges on Pride

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“The elevation of the proud is often the step to their downfall. But God’s honour, put upon his own people, upholds them, as Joseph and Daniel, in their high eminence, as witnesses for his name. Meetness for heaven is that adorning clothing of humility, which leads us to ascribe all our grace to God, and all our sin to ourselves. This is the prostrate adoration of heaven (Rev 5:9-12). The Lord imbue us richly with this spirit.”

Charles Bridges

George Muller on Prayer

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 5:30 AM

"I must offer a word of warning to believers. Often the work of the Lord itself may tempt us away from communion with Him. A full schedule of preaching, counseling, and travel can erode the strength of the mightiest servant of the Lord. Public prayer will never make up for closet communion."

George Muller

J.C. Ryle on Friends

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 5:25 AM

"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.  But a bad friend is a positive misfortune, a weight continually dragging us down, and chaining us to earth.  Keep company with an irreligious man, and it is more than probable you will in the end become like him.  That is the general consequence of all such friendships.  The good go down to the bad, and the bad do not come up to the good."

J.C. Ryle

Thomas Brooks on Meditating on God's Word

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Monday, August 8, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“Remember, it is not hasty reading but seriously meditating upon holy and heavenly truths, that makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul.  It is not the bee's touching of the flower that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time upon them, and drawing out the sweet. It is not he that reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian."

Thomas Brooks

Thomas Watson on the Transforming Power of Divine Knowledge

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Friday, August 5, 2016 at 5:30 AM

““We all with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image” (2Co 3:8). As a painter looking upon a face, draws a face like it in the picture; so looking upon Christ in the glass of the Gospel, we are changed into His similitude.14 We may look upon other objects that are glorious yet not be made glorious by them: a deformed face may look upon beauty and yet not be made beautiful. A wounded man may look upon a surgeon and yet not be healed. But this is the excellency of divine knowledge: it gives us such a sight of Christ as makes us partake of His nature. As Moses, when he had seen God’s back parts: his face shined, [for] some of the rays and beams of God’s glory fell upon him.”

Thomas Watson

Richard Steele on the Upright Man

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 5:28 AM

“As there are thousands of beams and rays, yet they all meet and center in the sun. So an upright man, though he has a thousand thoughts, yet they all (by his good will) meet in God. He has many subordinate ends—to procure a livelihood, to preserve his credit, to provide for his children—but he has no supreme end but God alone. Hence, he has that steadiness in his resolutions, that undistractedness in his holy duties, that consistency in his actions, and that evenness in the frame of his heart, which miserable hypocrites cannot attain.”

Richard Steele

Horatius Bonar on Worship

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“Where am I to worship God? man asks; but he answers it in his own way; as all false religions, and indeed some true ones, have done. On certain sacred spots, he says, where some man of God has lived, where some martyr’s blood has been shed, where the footsteps of good men are recorded to have been, which have been consecrated by certain priestly rites,—there and there only must men worship God. God’s answer to the question, Where am I to worship God? is, EVERYWHERE: on sea and land, vale or hill, desert or garden, city or village or moor, — anywhere and everywhere.”

Horatius Bonar

Charles Spurgeon on Pride

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“Pride, to begin with, I am afraid, may be set down as the sin of human nature. If there is a sin that is universal, it is this. Where is it not to be found? Hunt among the highest and loftiest in the world, and you shall find it there; and then go and search amongst the poorest and the most miserable, and you shall find it there. There may be as much pride inside a beggar’s rags as in a prince’s robe; and a harlot may be as proud as a model of chastity. Pride is a strange creature; it never objects to its lodgings. It will live comfortably enough in a palace, and it will live equally at its ease in a hovel.”

Charles Spurgeon

Charles Bridges on Pride and Wisdom

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Monday, August 1, 2016 at 5:27 AM

“The proud man conceives himself wise enough. He asks no counsel, and thus proves his want of wisdom.  But with the modest, well-advised, there is the wisdom that is from above, “which is first pure, then peaceable” (Jam 3:17, with 3:14- 16).”

Charles Bridges

Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the Family

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, July 29, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“In other words, there is no hope of dealing with the moral problems of society except in terms of the Gospel of Christ. Right will never be established apart from godliness; but when people become godly they proceed to apply their principles all along the line, and righteousness is seen in the nation at large. But, unfortunately, we have to face the fact that for some reason this aspect of the matter has been sadly neglected in this present century…For one reason or another, the family does not count as it used to do. It is not the center and the unit that it was formerly. The whole idea of family life has somehow been declining; and this, alas, is partly true in Christian circles also. The family’s central importance that is found in the Bible and in all the great periods to which we have referred seems to have disappeared. It is no longer being given the attention and the prominence that it once received. That makes it all the more important for us to discover the principles that should govern us in this respect.”

Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Johann Arndt on Christ

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“Consider now, O Christian! what an immense, what an infinite good thou hast in Christ thy Redeemer, and to what spiritual benefits thou art entitled by him. If people were but better acquainted with the sources of this heavenly comfort, then no cross, no affliction, would seem any longer insupportable to them; because Christ would be all in all, and by his presence alleviate the miseries of this life. Christ himself is ours not only as a crucified Christ, but also as he is glorified, together with all the majesty that resides in him. “All things are yours, whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s” (1Co 3:21- 23).”
Johann Arndt

Matthew Meade on the Christian

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“The altogether Christian makes God the chief end of all his performances. Now the almost Christian fails in this. For he that was never truly cast out of himself, can have no higher end than himself. It is dangerous to be almost a Christian, in that it stills and serves to quiet conscience. Now it is very dangerous to quiet conscience with anything but the blood of Christ.”

Matthew Mead

A.W. Pink on Brotherly Love

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“The maintenance of brotherly love tends in various ways to the spiritual blessing of the Church, the honor of the Gospel, and the comfort of believers. The exercise thereof is the best testimony to the world of the genuineness of our profession. The cultivation and manifestation of Christian affection between the people of God are far more weighty arguments with unbelievers than any apologetics.10 Believers should conduct themselves toward each other in such a way that no button or pin is needed to label them as brethren in Christ. “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (Joh 13:35). It should be made quite evident that their hearts are knit together by a bond more intimate, spiritual, and enduring than any which mere nature can produce. Their deportment11 unto each other should be such as not only to mark them as fellow disciples, but as Christ says, “My disciples”—reflecting His love!”

A.W. Pink

Jeremiah Burroughs on Contentment

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Monday, July 25, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“Not only must the tongue hold its peace: the soul must be silent.  Many may sit silently, refraining from discontented expressions, yet inwardly they are bursting with discontent.  This shows a complicated disorder and great perversity in their hearts.  Notwithstanding their outward silence, God hears the peevish,18 fretful language of their souls.  A shoe may be smooth and neat outside, while inside it pinches the flesh. Outwardly, there may be great calmness and stillness, yet within, amazing confusion, bitterness, disturbance, and vexation.”

Jeremiah Burroughs

Thomas Boston on Regeneration and Works

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Friday, July 22, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“Regeneration is absolutely necessary to qualify you to do any thing really good and acceptable to God. While you are not born again, your best works are but glittering sins; for though the matter of them is good, they are quite marred in the performance.”

Thomas Boston

J.C. Ryle on the Repentance and the Knowledge of Sin

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , , | Posted On Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 5:20 AM

“The eyes of the penitent man are opened. He sees with dismay and confusion the length and breadth of God’s holy Law, and the extent, the enormous extent, of his own transgressions. He discovers, to his surprise, that in thinking himself a “good sort of man,” and a man with a “good heart,” he has been under a huge delusion. He finds out that, in reality, he is wicked, guilty, corrupt, and bad in God’s sight. His pride breaks down. His high thoughts melt away. He sees that he is neither more nor less than a great sinner. This is the first step in true repentance.”

J.C. Ryle

Charles Spurgeon on Good Works

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“Again, nothing is a good work unless it is done with a good motive; and there is no motive that can be said to be good but the glory of God.”

Charles Spurgeon

Thomas Guthrie on Sin and Temptation

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 5:30 AM

“Besides, does not the experience of all good men prove that sin is most easily crushed in the bud, in its beginnings?  Is it not safer to flee from temptation than to fight it?  Fight like a man when you cannot avoid the battle; but rather flee than fight.  Be afraid of temptation, avoid it, abhor it; and if caught by the enchantress, tear yourself from her encircling arms; throw her from you; seek safety in flight, your answer that of Joseph's chastity, Shall I do this great evil and sin against God?”

Thomas Guthrie

J.C. Philpot on Christ

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Monday, July 18, 2016 at 5:27 AM

“Right views concerning Christ are indispensable to a right faith, and a right faith is indispensable to salvation. To stumble at the foundation, is, concerning faith, to make shipwreck altogether; for as Immanuel, God with us, is the grand object of faith, to err in views of His eternal deity, or to err in views of His sacred humanity, is alike destructive. There are points of truth which are not fundamental, though erroneous views on any one point must lead to God dishonoring consequences in strict proportion to its importance and magnitude; but there are certain foundation truths to err concerning which is to insure for the erroneous and the unbelieving, the blackness of darkness forever” 

J.C. Philpot