J.C. Ryle on Reading

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

“I call upon you not to forget the book of the soul.  Let not newspapers, novels and romances be read, while the prophets and apostles are despised.  Let not the exciting and licentious swallow up your attention, while the edifying and sanctifying can find no place in your mind.”

J.C. Ryle

Thomas Watson on Being Thankful

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


“See what cause the saints have to be frequent in the work of thanksgiving. Christians are herein defective; though they are much in supplication, yet they are little in gratulation. The apostle saith, "In everything give thanks.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18” 
Thomas Watson


J.R. Miller on the Attitude of Giving Thanks

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

“”Give thanks in everything, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."  Thanksgiving should never be lacking in a Christian life. It is not enough to observe one day in the year for 'Thanksgiving' although that is a beautiful thing to do. Nor is it enough to put a sentence of thanksgiving into our daily prayers, although that, also, is proper. It is the grateful spirit which pleases God, the spirit that is always full of praise. There should be a note of thanksgiving running through all our life.

Too many of us go to God only with requests, with our burdens, our worries, our troubles; while we but rarely go to him with any word of thanks. We are not to be thankful only for the pleasant and agreeable things that come into our days—we are to be thankful, too, for the things that appear to us to be adversities. "Give thanks in everything." That means,—in the sad days as well as in the glad days, when clouds are in the sky, as well as when the sunshine is pouring everywhere. It is said here that this is the will of God for us. The Christliest life—is the one that is always keyed to the note of praise and thanksgiving.”

J.R. Miller
(On 1 Thess 5:14-24)


Jospeh Caryl on Covetousness

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

“Here in the text the covetous man's belly is his eye, and nothing of this world can fill that, and yet he neither desires nor endeavours to have it filled with any thing but the world.”
Joseph Caryl
(Exposition on Job 20:20)


John Flavel on True Conversion

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

“What, at peace with the Father and at war with His Children? It cannot be.  Do not some that hope they have made their peace with God, hate, revile, and persecute the children of God?  Surely, when we are reconciled to the Lord, we are reconciled to his people: we shall then love a christian as a christian, and by this we may know that we have passed from death to life.”

John Flavel


Stephen Charnock on Conversion

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

“Adoption gives us the privilege of sons, regeneration the nature of sons.”

Stephen Charnock


Joseph Alleine on Converting Grace

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

“Converting grace puts God on the throne, and the world at His footstool; Christ in the heart, and the world under His feet.”

Joseph Alleine


William Jenkyn on Serving Christ

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

“Christ must be served heartily. We must not be ὀφθαλμοδουλίαν, eye-servants, we must "do the will of God from the heart," Eph. 6:6; Col. 3:23.”

William Jenkyn


Alan Redpath on Prayer

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

“Before we can pray, "Lord, Thy Kingdom come," we must be willing to pray, "My Kingdom go.””

Alan Redpath

Samuel Johnson on Agriculture

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

“Agriculture not only gives riches to a nation, but the only riches she can call her own.”

Samuel Johnson 


George Everard on Walking with God

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

“To walk with God is also to live ever as in His sight. To realize His presence, to abide continually under His eye, to recognize our Father as close by our side, is the secret of much peace.”

George Everard


Charles Spurgeon on Ministers as Husbands

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

“We ought to be such husbands that every husband in the parish may safely be such as we are. Is it so? We ought to be the best of fathers. Alas! Some ministers, to my knowledge, are far from this, for as to their families, they have kept the vineyards of others, but their own vineyards they have not kept. Their children are neglected, and do not grow up as a godly seed. Is it so with yours?”

Charles Spurgeon


Abraham Wright on How We View Ourselves

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

"Many are ashamed to be seen as God made them; few are ashamed to be seen what the devil hath made them.  Many are troubled at small defects in the outward man; few are troubled at the greatest deformities of the inward man; many buy artificial beauty to supply the natural; few spiritual, to supply the defects of the supernatural beauty of the soul." 

Abraham Wright
(1611-1690)

John Newton on Trusting God

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

“We take it for granted that the sun, the moon, Jupiter, and the rest are exactly where they should be, and move just as they ought.  But if we are content that the Lord should manage the heavenly bodies without our assistance, we are ready enough to advise Him how He should dispose of our insignificant selves.  We think we could point at twenty things in our situation that might be mended, and that we should serve Him much better than we do, if we were at liberty to choose where and how we would be placed.”

John Newton


Charles Spurgeon on Weakness and Grace

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

“Our weakness should be prized as making room for divine strength. We might never have known the power of grace if we had not felt the weakness of nature. Blessed be the Lord for the thorn in the flesh, and the messenger of Satan, when they drive us to the strength of God.”

Charles Spurgeon


Ezekiel Hopkins on SIn

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

“It is the common method of Satan, in the height and fury of a temptation, to persuade the heart, either that it is no sin, or else a small venial one. If this deceit prevail and take place, the work of mortification can never go on vigorously.”

Ezekiel Hopkins


William Ames on Contentment

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

“The virtue of contentment is the acquiescence of the mind in the lot God has given”

William Ames


Richard Baxter on Sin

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

“Use sin as it will use you.  Spare it not, for it will not spare you.  It is your murderer, and the murderer of the world.  Use it therefore as a murderer should be used.  Kill it before it kills you; and then, though it kill your bodies, it shall not be able to kill your souls; and though it bring you to the grave, as it did your Head, it shall not be able to keep you there.”

Richard Baxter


Jeremiah Burroughs on Worship

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

“Note this, I beseech you: in active obedience we worship God by doing what pleases God, but by passive obedience we do as well worship God by being pleased with what God does.”
Jeremiah Burroughs




Thomas Goodwin on Christ

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

“Heaven would be hell to me without Christ.”

Thomas Goodwin


Ulrich Zwingli on Justification and Works

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

“Christ is our justification, from which follows that our good works, if they are of Christ, are good; but if ours, they are neither right or good.”

Ulrich Zwingli