Alexander Smellie on Christ and the Cross

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Jesus stretched wide His blessed arms on the Cross; in His holy bosom, He received all the spears of divine wrath which should pierced my heart forever in Hell!”

Alexander Smellie


Thomas Brooks on God's Omnipresence

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Monday, March 30, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Oh! what dreadful atheism is bound up in that man's heart, who is more afraid of the eye of his father, his pastor, his child, his servant, than he is of the eye and presence of the eternal God!  Oh! that all whom this concerns, would take such serious notice of it, as to judge themselves severely for it, as to mourn bitterly over it, as to strive mightily in prayer with God both for the pardon of it, and for power against it.”

Thomas Brooks



J.C. Ryle on Sickness

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, March 27, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Men and brethren, when your time comes to be ill, I beseech you not to forget what the illness means. Beware of fretting and murmuring and complaining, and giving way to an impatient spirit.  Regard your sickness as a blessing in disguise—a good and not an evil—a friend and not an enemy. No doubt we should all prefer to learn spiritual lessons in the school of ease and not under the rod. But rest assured that God knows better than we do how to teach us. The light of the last day will show you that there was a meaning and a "need be" in all your bodily ailments. The lessons that we learn on a sick-bed, when we are shut out from the world, are often lessons which we should never learn elsewhere. Settle it down in your minds, that, however much you may dislike it, sickness is not an unmixed evil.”
J.C. Ryle

(Christ in the Sickroom)


J.C. Ryle on Sickness

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“1. Sickness is meant to make us think—to remind us that we have a soul as well as a body—an immortal soul—a soul that will live forever in happiness or in misery—and that if this soul is not saved we had better never have been born.

2. Sickness is meant to teach us that there is a world beyond the grave—and that the world we now live in is only a training-place for another dwelling, where there will be no decay, no sorrow, no tears, no misery, and no sin.

3. Sickness is meant to make us look at our past lives honestly, fairly, and conscientiously. Am I ready for my great change if I should not get better? Do I repent truly of my sins? Are my sins forgiven and washed away in Christ's blood? Am I prepared to meet God?

4. Sickness is meant to make us see the emptiness of the world and its utter inability to satisfy the highest and deepest needs of the soul.

5. Sickness is meant to send us to our Bibles. That blessed Book, in the days of health, is too often left on the shelf, becomes the safest place in which to put a bank-note, and is never opened from January to December. But sickness often brings it down from the shelf and throws new light on its pages.

6. Sickness is meant to make us pray. Too many, I fear, never pray at all, or they only rattle over a few hurried words morning and evening without thinking what they do. But prayer often becomes a reality when the valley of the shadow of death is in sight.

7. Sickness is meant to make us repent and break off our sins. If we will not hear the voice of mercies, God sometimes makes us "hear the rod."

8. Sickness is meant to draw us to Christ. Naturally we do not see the full value of that blessed Savior. We secretly imagine that our prayers, good deeds, and sacrament-receiving will save our souls. But when flesh begins to fail, the absolute necessity of a Redeemer, a Mediator, and an Advocate with the Father, stands out before men's eyes like fire, and makes them understand those words, "Simply to Your cross I cling," as they never did before. Sickness has done this for many—they have found Christ in the sick room.


9. Last, but not least, sickness is meant to make us feeling and sympathizing towards others. By nature we are all far below our blessed Master's example, who had not only a hand to help all, but a heart to feel for all. None, I suspect, are so unable to sympathize as those who have never had trouble themselves—and none are so able to feel as those who have drunk most deeply the cup of pain and sorrow.”
J.C. Ryle
(Christ in the Sickroom)



J.C. Ryle on Sickness

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“I do not say that sickness always does good. Alas! We ministers know to our sorrow that it frequently does no good at all. Too often we see men and women, after recovering from a long and dangerous illness, more hardened and irreligious than they were before. Too often they return to the world, if not to Sin, with more eagerness and zest than ever; and the impressions made on their conscience in the hour of sickness are swept away like children's writing on the sand of the sea-shore when the tide flows.

But I do say that sickness ought to do us good. And I do say that God sends it in order to do us good. It is a friendly letter from heaven. It is a knock at the door of conscience. It is the voice of the Savior asking to be let in. Happy is he who opens the letter and reads it, who hears the knock and opens the door, who welcomes Christ to the sick room. Come now, and let me plead with you a little about this, and show you a few of the lessons which He by sickness would teach us.”
J.C. Ryle

(Christ in the Sickroom)


J.C. Ryle on Sickness

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“But I do say that sickness ought to do us good. And I do say that God sends it in order to do us good. It is a friendly letter from heaven. It is a knock at the door of conscience. It is the voice of the Savior asking to be let in. Happy is he who opens the letter and reads it, who hears the knock and opens the door, who welcomes Christ to the sick room. Come now, and let me plead with you a little about this, and show you a few of the lessons which He by sickness would teach us.”

J.C. Ryle
(Christ in the Sick Room)


J.C. Ryle on Death

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Monday, March 23, 2015 at 5:30 AM

No medical skill can prevent death. Our physicians and surgeons are unwearied in their efforts to find new remedies and modes of treatment. They compass sea and land in order to prevent disease, and discover remedies, diminish pain, and lengthen life. But in spite of vaccination and quinine and chloroform, in spite of all that medicine and surgery can do—there is something which your ablest doctors find beyond their reach. When the time appointed by God comes, they cannot keep men and women alive.”

J.C. Ryle
(Christ in the Sick Room)


J.R. Miller on Anxiety About the Future

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Friday, March 20, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“A great many people worry about the future. They vex themselves by anxious questioning as to how they are going to get through certain anticipated experiences. We had better learn once for all—that there are in the Bible no promises of provision for needs—while the needs are yet future. God does not put strength into our arms today for the battles of tomorrow; but when the conflict is actually upon us—then the strength comes. "As your days—so shall your strength be.””

J.R. Miller


Samuel Rutherford on Idols

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 5:30 AM


"O wretched idol, Myself!" 
Samuel Rutherford


J.R. Miller on Afflictions

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Afflictions are 'God's corrections'. They come always with a purpose of love in them. God never afflicts one of His children, without meaning His child's good in some way. So blessing is always intended by God. It is usually afterward that people begin to see and to understand the good that God sent them in their trial. "You do not understand what I am now doing" said Jesus, "but you shall understand hereafter." "No chastening seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." So when we have troubles and afflictions, we may know that God wants to do us good in some way through them.”

J.R. Miller


Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the The Church

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 5:30 AM

"Once you have lost the division between the world and the Church, the Church ceases to be truly Christian!"

Martyn Lloyd-Jones


A.W. Tozer on Entertainment and the Church

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Monday, March 16, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“The great god 'Entertainment' amuses his devotees mainly by telling them stories. The love of stories, which is characteristic of childhood, has taken fast hold of the minds of the retarded saints of our day, so much so that many manage to make a comfortable living by spinning yarns and serving them up in various disguises to church people. What is natural and beautiful in a child, may be shocking when it persists into adulthood, and more so when it appears in the sanctuary and seeks to pass for true religion!”
A.W. Tozer


Horatius Bonar on Worldliness

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, March 13, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“We think that we can make the strait gate wider, and the narrow way broader, so as to be able to walk more comfortably to the heavenly kingdom. We try to prove that 'modern enlightenment' has so refined 'the world and its pleasures', that we may safely drink the poisoned cup, and give ourselves up to the inebriation of the Siren song.”

Horatius Bonar


Thomas Watson on Heaven

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, March 12, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Heaven is the highest link of the saint's happiness. As there is no intermission in the joys of Heaven — so there shall be no expiration of them. When God has once planted His saints in paradise, He will never transplant them, "they shall be forever with the Lord!””

Thomas Watson


Alexander Smellie on the Needs of Christians Today

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , , | Posted On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“What Christian men and women urgently need, in this hard-driven time, is to sit down in company with the Bible, and not only familiarize themselves with its contents, but hear through its verses the voice of their Redeemer and King speaking intimately to themselves. This will rekindle faith, and give wings to hope, and keep the flame of love aglow.”

Alexander Smellie
(1857-1923)


J.R. Miller on The True Test of LIfe

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“It may be set down as a principle, that the true test of a life is found in the things that are done—when no human eye is watching—the things of the quiet days. The ten thousand little acts and words and manifestations of disposition, which make up the substance of living, much more justly index the real character—than do the one or two ostentatious things which people talk about.”

J.R. Miller


Richard Baxter on the Family and Holiness

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Monday, March 9, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Let it be the principal part of your care and labor in all their education, to make HOLINESS appear to them the most necessary, honorable, gainful, pleasant, delightful, amiable state of life; and to keep them from apprehending it either as needless, dishonorable, hurtful, or uncomfortable. Especially draw them to the love of it—by representing it as lovely. The whole skill of parents for the pious education of their children, consists in this—to make them conceive of holiness as the most amiable and desirable life—by representing it to them in words and practice—not only as most necessary, but also as most profitable, honorable, and delightful. "Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace." Proverbs 3:17.”
Richard Baxter


Richard Sibbes on Afflictions

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, March 6, 2015 at 5:30 AM

"Poverty and affliction take away the fuel that feeds pride!"

Richard Sibbes 


Charles Spurgeon on Affliction

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 5:30 AM

"The furnace of affliction is a good place for you, Christian; it benefits you; it helps you to become more like Christ, and it is fitting you for Heaven!"

Charles Spurgeon


John Angell James on Affliction

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 5:30 AM

"Afflictions tend to wean us from the world--and to fix our affections on things above."

John Angell James


Thomas Boston on Affliction

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 5:30 AM

"Affliction does not rise out of the dust or come to men by chance; but it is the Lord who sends it, and we should own and reverence His hand in it!"

Thomas Boston


Charles Spurgeon on Affliction

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Monday, March 2, 2015 at 5:30 AM


"Those who dive into the sea of affliction, bring up rare pearls!"
Charles Spurgeon