James Smith on Christ as the Physician

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

“The world is one vast hospital. Jesus is the only physician in it; he has healed thousands, he will heal thousands more; but multitudes reject him, they imagine they can do without him; they think that they are whole, and therefore do not need a physician.”

James Smith

J.R. Miller on the Heart

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“The figure of ploughing, much used in the Bible, is very suggestive. The initial work in making Christians—is plough work. Human hearts are hard, and the first tool which must go over them, must be a plough, that they may be broken up and softened. In our Lord's parable, some seeds fell on the trodden wayside. The soil was good—it was the same as that which, in another part of the field, yielded a hundredfold—but it was hard. It had been long a roadway across the field and thousands of feet had gone over it, treading it down. There was no use in sowing seed upon it, for the ground would not receive it, and lying upon the hardened surface, the birds in eager quest for food would pick it off. The only way to make anything of this trodden roadside, was to have it broken up by the plough.”

J.R. Miller

J.C. Ryle on Distress

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , , | Posted On Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Are you a distressed believer? Is your heart . . .
  pressed down with sickness,
  tried with disappointments,
  overburdened with cares? 

To you I say, "Behold the cross of Christ!" Think whose hand it is that chastens you; think whose hand is measuring to you the 'cup of bitterness' which you are now drinking. It is the hand of Him who was crucified! It is the same hand which, in love to your soul, was nailed to the accursed tree! Surely that thought should comfort and hearten you. Surely you should say to yourself, "My crucified Savior will never lay upon me anything that is not for my good. There is a needs be. It must be well."

J.C. Ryle

A.W. Tozer on Preaching the Gospel

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Monday, April 27, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.”

A.W. Tozer

J.C Ryle on the Cost of Being a Christian

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Friday, April 24, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“I grant freely that it costs little to be a mere outward Christian. A man has only got to attend a place of worship twice on Sunday, and to be tolerably moral during the week — and he has gone as far as thousands around him ever go in religion. All this is cheap and easy work — it entails no self-denial or self-sacrifice. If this is saving Christianity and will take us to Heaven when we die — we must alter the description of the way of life, and write, "Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to Heaven!"

But it does cost 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. 

Conversion is not putting a man in a soft armchair, and taking him pleasantly to Heaven. It is the beginning of a mighty conflict, in which it costs much to win the victory. Hence arises the unspeakable importance of "counting the cost."

True Christianity will cost a man . . . 
  his self-righteousness,
  his sins,
  his love of ease, and
  the favor of the world. 

A religion which costs nothing — is worth nothing! 

A cheap, easy Christianity, without a cross — will prove in the end a useless Christianity, without a crown!”

J.C Ryle

Charles Spurgeon on Nature

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, April 23, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“The book of nature is an expression of the thoughts of God.

We have God's terrible thoughts in the thunder and lightning; God's loving thoughts in the sunshine and the balmy breeze; God's bounteous, prudent, careful thoughts in the waving harvest and in the ripening meadow.

We have God's brilliant thoughts in the wondrous scenes which are beheld from mountain-top and valley; and we have God's most sweet and pleasant thoughts of beauty in the little flowers that blossom at our feet.”

Charles Spurgeon

Thomas Watson on a Hard Heart

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“A hard heart is the anvil on which the hammer of God’s justice will be striking to all eternity. “

Thomas Watson

Alexander Smellie on the Perilous Progress in Sin

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“At first I content myself with walking in the counsel of the wicked. It is an occasional companionship. It is a meeting only now and again. For a little while I am with them, and then some better influence calls me away . . .
a remembrance of my mother's prayers,
a sentence in a letter from a friend,
a verse of Scripture shot suddenly into my mind.

But by and by I am found standing in the way of sinners. They have gained a greater power over me, and a completer fascination. I have learned to love them too well. I linger much longer in their society, and it is hard for me to tear myself from them. The poison is working, the leaven is spreading — my condition is more fixed and more hopeless by far!

And, at last, where do you see me? I am sitting in the seat of the scornful. I am at home among those who laugh at God and Christ and Heaven and Hell. You cannot see any difference between me and them. I have joined their ranks. I am one of their number. Their resorts are mine;
their sneers and sarcasms are mine;
their seared conscience and withered heart are mine!

Oh dreary ending of a dreary journey!

As I would escape that lowest depth of all — let me not look over the precipice, nor set my feet on the fatal slope. Blessed is the man who says, "I will not!" to the first allurements of sin. Blessed is the man who will not so much as walk in the Enchanted Ground.”

Alexander Smellie

J.R. Miller on Fathers

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Monday, April 20, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“A FATHER also should be a blessing to a home. The modern tendency to put upon the wife and mother all the responsibility for the making of the home and its happiness is not sanctioned by Christian teachings. The divine commands for the building of the home and the training of the children are given primarily to the man, although meant for both husband and wife. He cannot evade the responsibility; his position as the head of the family puts upon him the obligation. Besides, it is not manly that a man should want to put the whole burden on her whom he calls "the weaker vessel." If his wife is weak and he is so strong, let him remember that it is the privilege and the duty of strength to bear the heavy part of life's burdens.”

J.R. Miller

Thomas Watson on Bible Knowledge

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Friday, April 17, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Bible knowledge without repentance, will be but a torch to light people to Hell!”

Thomas Watson

James Smith on Delighting in God

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Delighting in God always produces resignation and holy contentment. Whatever they have — they enjoy it as the undeserved gift of God; and they feel obligated and thankful for all. They would rather be conformed to God's will — than have their own will. They know that His appointments are best — because they are infinitely wise, holy, and gracious. They can say, "I trust in You, O Lord, for You are my God! My times are in Your hand!" They find that godliness with contentment is great gain; and say with one of old, "The little that a righteous man has — is better than the riches of many wicked!" "Better a little with the fear of the Lord — than great treasure with turmoil.””

James Smith

J.R. MIller on the Home as New Edens

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“How can we make new Edens of our homes? What are some of the secrets of home happiness? I might gather them all into one word and say—CHRIST! If we have Christ as our guest—our home will be happy!

Christ in the joy—and Christ in the sorrow;
Christ in the day of plenty—and Christ in the day of pinching poverty;
Christ in the business—and Christ in the social life;
Christ at the marriage altar—and Christ as the wedded pair walk together toward the sunset gate.

Christ makes a happy home—when He is admitted into all the household life!”

 J.R Miller

A.W. Pink on Sin's Presence

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Our consciousness of sin's presence has, first, an emptying influence: it makes way for a pardoning and cleansing Christ, by convicting the soul of its deep need.

Second, it has a continual abasing influence, bringing us to realize more and more our utter insufficiency and complete dependence upon God.

Third, it has an evangelical influence, for it serves to make us more conscious of the perfect suitability of the great Physician for such lepers as we feel ourselves to be.

Fourth, it has a God-honoring influence, for it brings the renewed soul to marvel increasingly at His "longsuffering to us" (2 Peter 3:9).

Fifth, it should promote a spirit of forbearance to our fellows: we ought not to expect less failure in them—than we find in ourselves.”

A.W. Pink

Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Doctrine and Behavior

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Monday, April 13, 2015 at 5:30 AM

"Once you go astray in your doctrine, you will very soon be going astray in your behavior;  You cannot divorce doctrine from behavior."
Martyn Lloyd-Jones

J.R. Miller on Living for God

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Friday, April 10, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“There really is no such thing as secrecy in this world. We imagine that no eye is looking — when we are not in the presence of men. But really, we always have a spectator — we are living all our life in the presence God Himself! We should train ourselves, therefore, to live for the Divine eye in all that we do — that our life may stand the Divine inspection, and that we may have the approval and commendation of God Himself!”

J.R. Miller

James Smith on Afflictions

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Our afflictions are like the winds that sweep the world. They are powerful, penetrating, and even alarming. But our Heavenly Father holds the winds in His hand, and only allows them to blow as He pleases. He has a purpose to answer by every blast, and He always watches its working and its effect.”

James Smith

G.K. Chesterton on Satisfaction

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“There are two ways to get enough. One is to continue to accumulate more and more.  The other is to desire less.”

G.K. Chesterton

J.C. Ryle on Importance of Reading the Gospels

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 5:22 AM

"It would be well if Christians studied the four Gospels more than they do. No doubt, all Scripture is profitable. It is not wise to exalt one part of the Bible at the expense of another. But I think it would be good for some who are very familiar with the Epistles--if they knew a little more about the writings of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.

Now, why do I say this? I say it because I want Christians to know more about Christ. It is good to be acquainted with all the doctrines and principles of Christianity. It is better to be acquainted with Christ Himself. It is well to be familiar with faith and grace and justification and sanctification. They are all matters "pertaining to the King." But it is far better to be familiar with Jesus Himself, to see the King's own face, and to behold His beauty! This is one secret of eminent holiness! He who would be conformed to Christ's image, and become a Christ-like man--must be constantly studying Christ Himself!"
J.C Ryle

William Mason on Treasuring Christ

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Monday, April 6, 2015 at 5:14 AM

“Is not Christ our richest treasure? Should he not be ever in our minds, and our minds ever on him? It is said of a Spanish ambassador, that when he saw the famous treasury of St. Mark in Venice, he fell to groping in the chests and trunks. On being asked the reason, he said, he was feeling whether they had any bottom.  ‘But in this,’ said he, “my king's treasure in the mines of Mexico and Peru far exceeds yours; for they have no bottom - yours have.” O Christian, the riches of Christ are boundless and bottomless. You have in Christ’s unsearchable riches, bags which wax not old; treasure which faith not.”

William Mason

Theodore Cuyler on Belonging to Christ

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, April 3, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Every true believer is surrendered to the ownership of Christ.  Up to the hour of conversion we had other masters--self, sin, and the devil.  Now Jesus says to each Christian, "You are Mine! I own you. I will instruct you, and polish you, and put you wherever it pleases Me.  I will take care of you, and nothing shall pluck you out of My hand. You shall be My own special treasure in the day of My triumphant appearing. I will place you in My crown!"

Theodore Cuyler

A.W. Pink on Sin

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Tens of thousands of religionists see so little filth in sin, that they imagine a few tears will wash away its stain. They perceive so little criminality in it, that they persuade themselves that a few good works will make full reparation for it.”

A.W. Pink

John Bunyan on the Life of a Christian

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“O soul, consider this deeply--it is the life of a Christian which carries more conviction and persuasion than his words. Though, like an angel, you talk of Christ, of the gospel, of the doctrines of grace, and of Heaven--yet, if you indulge devilish tempers, and live under the power of any sinful lusts and passions--you will hereby harden others against the things of God and prevent their setting out in the ways of God. Study and pray to be a consistent walker in the ways of holiness; else, all is but windy profession and airy talk.”

John Bunyan