Charles Spurgeon on Man and God

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Friday, October 30, 2015 at 8:54 AM

“Men are always quarreling with God because he will not submit his will to their dictation.”

Charles Spurgeon


John Calvin on Obeying Evil Leaders

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 5:30 AM

"But this doctrine extends still more widely; for many would be more than preposterously wise, whilst, under pretext of due submission, they obey the wicked will of kings in opposition to justice and right, being in some cases the ministers of avarice and rapacity, in others of cruelty; yea, to gratify the transitory kings of earth, they take no account of God; and thus, which is worst of all, they designedly oppose pure religion with fire and sword. It only makes their effrontery more detestable, that whilst they knowingly and willingly crucify Christ in his members, they plead the frivolous excuse, that they obey their princes according to the word of God; as if he, in ordaining princes, had resigned his rights to them; and as if every earthly power, which exalts itself against heaven, ought not rather most justly to be made to give way. But since they only seek to escape the reprobation of men for their criminal obedience, let them not be argued with by long discussions, but rather referred to the judgment of women; for the example of these midwives is abundantly sufficient for their condemnation; especially when the Holy Spirit himself commends them, as not having obeyed the king, because they feared God."
John Calvin
(On Exodus 1:17)


Augustine on the Gospels

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.”
Augustine


John Calvin on the Gospel

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 5:30 AM


“Only those who have learned well to be earnestly dissatisfied with themselves, and to be confounded with shame at their wretchedness truly understand the Christian gospel.”
John Calvin




Abraham Kuyper on Modernism

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Monday, October 26, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Far more precious to us than even the development of human life, is the crown which ennobles it, and this noble crown of life for you and for me rests in the Christian name. That crown is our common heritage. It was not from Greece or Rome that the regeneration of human life came forth;—that mighty metamorphosis dates from Bethlehem and Golgotha; and if the Reformation, in a still more special sense, claims the love of our hearts, it is because it has dispelled the clouds of sacerdotalism, and has unveiled again to fullest view the glories of the Cross. But, in deadly opposition to this Christian element, against the very Christian name, and against its salutiferous influence in every sphere of life, the storm of Modernism has now arisen with violent intensity.”

Abraham Kuyper


Stephen Charnock on Christ

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, October 23, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Christ crucified is the sum of the Gospel, and contains all the riches of it. Paul was so much taken with Christ, that nothing sweeter than Jesus could drop from his pen and lips. It is observed that he hath the word ‘Jesus’ five hundred times in his Epistles.”

Stephen Charnock


Charles Spurgeon on Judges

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“A wretched plight for a nation to be in when its justices know no justice, and its judges are devoid of judgment.”

Charles Spurgeon


Francis Schaeffer on Morality

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“If there is no absolute moral standard, then one cannot say in a final sense that anything is right or wrong. By absolute we mean that which always applies, that which provides a final or ultimate standard. There must be an absolute if there are to be morals, and there must be an absolute if there are to be real values. If there is no absolute beyond man’s ideas, then there is no final appeal to judge between individuals and groups whose moral judgments conflict. We are merely left with conflicting opinions.”

Francis Schaeffer


Charles Spurgeon on Fatalism

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“I hear one say, “Well, sir, you seem to be a fatalist!” No, far from it. There is just this difference between fate and providence. Fate is blind; providence has eyes. Fate is blind, a thing that must be; it is just an arrow shot from a bow, that must fly onward, but hath no target. Not so,providence; providence is full of eyes. There is a design in everything, and an end to be answered; all things are working together, and working together for good.”

Charles Spurgeon

J.C. Ryle on the Focus of Paul

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Monday, October 19, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Reader, Jesus Christ crucified was the joy and delight, the comfort and the peace, the hope and the confidence, the foundation and the resting place, the ark and the refuge, the food and the medicine of Paul’s soul. He did not think of what he had done himself, and suffered himself.

He did not meditate on his own goodness, and his own righteousness. He loved to think of what Christ had done, and Christ had suffered,—of the death ofChrist, the righteousness of Christ, the atonement of Christ, the blood of Christ, the finished work of Christ. In this he did glory. This was the sun of his soul.

This is the subject he loved to preach about. He was a man who went to and fro on the earth, proclaiming to sinners that the Son of God had shed His own heart’s blood to save their souls. He walked up and down the world telling people that Jesus Christ had loved them, and died for their sins upon the cross."

J.C. Ryle

G.K. Chesterton on Impartiality

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, October 16, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.”

G.K Chesterton


William Jenkyn on Affliction

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 5:30 AM

"As the wicked are hurt by the best things--so the godly are bettered by the worst things!"

William Jenkyn


Richard Sibbes on Rules for Right Judgement

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“We should judge of things as to whether they help or hinder our main purpose; whether they further or hinder our judgment; whether they make us more or less spiritual, and so bring us nearer to the fountain of goodness, God himself; whether they will bring us peace or sorrow at the last; whether they commend us more or less to God, and whether they are the thing in which we shall approve ourselves to him most. We should also judge of things now as we shall do hereafter when the soul shall be best able to judge, as when we are under any public calamity, or at the hour of death, when the soul gathers itself from all other things to itself. We should look back to former experience and see what is most agreeable to it, and what was best in our worst times. If grace is or was best then, it is best now. We should also labour to judge of things as he does who must judge us, and as holy men judge, who are led by the Spirit. More particularly, we should judge according to what those judge that have no interest in any benefit that may come by the thing which is in question; for outward things blind the eyes even of the wise. We see that papists are most corrupt in those things where their honor, ease, or profit is engaged; but in the doctrine of the Trinity, which does not touch on these things, they are sound. But it is not sufficient that judgment is right. It must also be ready and strong.”

Richard Sibbes


James Buchanan on Affliction

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“The grand peculiarity of the Bible, as a book of consolation, is that it seeks not to cast our sufferings into the shade, but rather sets them before us in all their variety and magnitude. It teaches us to find consolation in the midst of acknowledged sorrow and causes light to arise out of the deepest darkness—“That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we were appointed thereunto” (1Th 3:3). In many respects, it gives a more gloomy view of human life than we are oftimes willing to entertain. It represents affliction as “ordained” for us and “appointed” so that it cannot be escaped. It tells us that our future life will be checkered with trials, even as the past has been. It gives no assurance of respite4 from suffering, so long as we are in this world: “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake” (Phi 1:29). And when it traces these afflictive events to their causes; when it represents suffering as the fruit and the wages of sin; when it charges us with guilt and affirms that we have provoked the Lord to anger; when it leads us to regard our sorrows as connected with our characters and inflicted by a righteous Governor and Judge; and when, carrying our eye beyond this world altogether, it points to an eternal state of retribution, where sorrows infinitely more severe and judgments infinitely more confounding await impenitent and unforgiven guilt—it does present such a view of our present condition and future prospects as may well fill us with awe and alarm. Yet still it is the “book of consolation”; still it contains the elements of peace, the seed of hope, the wellspring of eternal joy. “
James Buchanan
(1804-1870)


Samuel Rutherford on the Loveliness of Christ

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Monday, October 12, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“This soul of ours hath love, and cannot but love some fair one;  and 0, what a fair 0ne, what an only 0ne, what an excellent, lovely, ravishing 0ne is Jesus! put the beauty of ten thousand thousand worlds, of paradises like the garden of Eden in one; put all trees, all flowers, all smells, all colours, all tastes, all joys, all sweetness, all loveliness in one;  0, what a fair and excellent thing would that be? And yet it would be less to that fair and dearest Well-Beloved Christ, than one drop of rain to the whole seas, rivers, lakes, and fountains of ten thousand earths.”

Samuel Rutherford


James Buchanan on Affliction

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, October 9, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“The general end of affliction, as it is explained in God's Word, is the moral and spiritual improvement of believers; in other words, their progressive sanctification, and their preparation for glory. Oh! how important must the right use of affliction be, if it is intended to terminate in such a blessed result. It stands connected with our everlasting welfare,— with all that we can enjoy on earth, and all that we hope for in heaven.”

James Buchanan




Charles Spurgeon on War

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“What pride flushes the patriot’s cheek when he remembers that his nation can  murder faster than any other people.  Ah, foolish generation, ye are groping in the  flames of hell to find your heaven, raking amid blood and bones for the foul thing which ye call glory.  Killing is not the path to prosperity; huge armaments are a curse to the nation itself as well as to its neighbours”

Charles Spurgeon


Andrew Murray on Sin

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 5:30 AM

"Not to be occupied with your sin, but to be occupied with God brings deliverance from self."

Andrew Murray



Greg Bahnsen on Knowledge

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“The teaching of Colossians 2:3-8 is unambiguous. ALL knowledge (note: not simply knowledge of "religious" matters is to be found in Christ.” 

Greg Bahnsen


Jared Bell Waterbury on God's Word

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

“We should ever approach that sacred book with reverence. Though written by men, remember that those men "spake, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit."  The medium through which it was communicated, detracts not from the divinity of the matter. When we open the sacred volume, we listen to the voice of God. It is the same voice, though unaccompanied by those terrific circumstances, which issued from that awful cloud which curtained the summit of Sinai. It is the same voice that was heard in such piteous lamentations from Calvary, when our Immanuel trode for us the wine press of the wrath of God. Should we not, therefore, give a reverential attention, when Jehovah speaks? Should not our posture be that of the deepest humility and awe?”

Jared Bell Waterbury


John Owen on Sanctification

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, October 2, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“The growth of trees and plants takes place so slowly that it is not easily seen.  Daily we notice little change.  But, in course of time, we see that a great change has taken place.  So it is with grace.  Sanctification is a progressive, lifelong work (Proverbs. 4:18).  It is an amazing work of God's grace and it is a work to be prayed for (Romans. 8:27).”

John Owen


J.C. Ryle on Ones Heart

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 5:30 AM


“Let us watch jealously over our hearts, and beware of giving way to the beginnings of sin.  Happy is he who feareth always, and walks humbly with his God.  The strongest Christian is the one who feels his weakness most, and cries most frequently, "Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe." (Psalm 119:117; Pro v. 28: 14.)”
J.C. Ryle