Archibald Alexander on Sin, Salvation & Grace

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , , | Posted On Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 8:38 AM

“It is as easy for him to save a great as a small sinner.  No one was ever saved because his sins were small; no one was ever rejected on account of the greatness of his sins.  Where sin abounded, grace shall much more abound.”

Archibald Alexander


Alexander Smellie on God's Work of Sanctification

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

"Whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor."—Matt. iii. 12.

“The fan of Jesus is in His hand, and He will throughly cleanse His threshing-floor.

The words are not words of terror alone. They do not tell me simply that He will separate false souls from true at last, those who have merely a name to live from those within whom the power of godliness dwells and advances. That is solemn fact which I have need to lay to heart; but there is more than that.

The words are words of richest comfort also. For the wheat and the chaff are within the same life—the life which the Saviour has redeemed and is regenerating from day to day. Is this life mine?

Then in my history He will employ His winnowing and cleansing fan. It is the fan of His testing and purifying providence. It is the fan of His teaching and purging Word. It is the fan of His sifting and sanctifying Spirit. Through one agency and through another He will busy Himself about my nature, until all that is worthless and all that is evil have gone from me completely and for ever.

He can be satisfied with nothing short of my absolute and stainless perfection. It will mean a long, long patience on His part. It will mean an arduous and sometimes an agonising discipline for me. But by and by the chaff will have disappeared from my soul. By and by I shall be pure and ripe and precious wheat, which, in His great harvest home, He will carry with joy into His heavenly garner. It is a hope which may bring tears of gladness to my eyes. It is an expectation to fill my heart with melody and music.”

Alexander Smellie


J.C. Ryle on Idolotry

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at 9:23 AM

“Let us mark this well. It is high time to dismiss from our minds those loose ideas about idolatry, which are common in this day. We must not think, as many do, that there are only two sorts of idolatry–the spiritual idolatry of the man who loves his wife, or child, or money more than God; and the open, gross idolatry of the man who bows down to an image of wood, or metal, or stone, because he knows no better. We may rest assured that idolatry is a sin which occupies a far wider field than this. It is not merely a thing in pagan lands, that we may hear of and pity at missionary meetings; nor yet is it a thing confined to our own hearts, that we may confess before the mercy-seat upon our knees. It is a pestilence that walks in the Church of the Living Christ to a much greater extent than many suppose. It is an evil that, like the man of sin, “that sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4).”


J.C. Ryle


Samuel Rutherford on Where Ones Trust is to Be

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Monday, December 28, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Believe God's word and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your Rock is Christ, and it is not the Rock which ebbs and flows, but your sea.”


Samuel Rutherford


George Swinnock on Grace

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, December 25, 2015 at 5:30 AM

"If God is incomparable, then His grace is infinite.  Oh that the God of heaven should show goodness to those who are rebels against His majesty!"
George Swinnock


George Swinnock on Pride

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, December 24, 2015 at 5:30 AM

"If God is incomparable, those who prefer themselves above God are guilty of abominable pride and presumption.  If He is so transcendently excellent in His being, attributes, works, and words, then how desperately impudent are those who put themselves in the balance with God!"

George Swinnock


George Swinnock on God

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at 5:30 AM

"God is an infinite being.  He is without bounds or limits, measures or degrees.  God is a sphere whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere."
George Swinnock


George Swinnock on God and Creation

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“God is incomparable in His work of creation.  The creature cannot create.  We can alter the form, but we cannot produce the matter.  A goldsmith can make a sparkling jewel, but he requires precious stones to do so.  He cannot make gold out of dust, or diamonds out of dirt.  We cannot create one grain of corn or one blade of grass.  We can put the matter unto a better form, but we cannot make matter when there is none.”

George Swinnock


George Swinnock on the Misery of Sinners

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Monday, December 21, 2015 at 5:30 AM

"The misery of the sinner consists in the fact that they will depart from the incomparable God for eternity.  "Depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (Matt. 7:23).  "Depart from me, ye cursed" (Matt. 24:41).  What a dreadful sound will the word "depart" make in sinners' ears!  What a deep wound will it make in their hearts."
George Swinnock


J.C. Ryle on Regeneration

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, December 18, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“To be "born of God" is to be the SUBJECT OF AN INWARD CHANGE of heart, so complete, that it is like passing into a new existence. It is the introduction into the human soul of a seed from heaven, a new principle, a Divine nature, a new will. Certainly it is no outward bodily alteration; but it is no less certain that it is an entire alteration of the inward man. It adds no new faculties to our minds; but it gives an entirely new bent and bias to our old ones. The tastes and opinions of one "born of God," his views of sin, of the world, of the Bible, of God, and of Christ, are so thoroughly new, that he is to all intents and purposes what St. Paul calls "a new creature." In fact, as the Church Catechism truly says, it is "a death unto sin and a new birth unto righteousness.””

J.C. Ryle


Archibald Brown on Joy in Christ

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Thursday, December 17, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“O, beloved, would to God we knew more of this joy of perfect and complete surrender. It is our will clashing with our Father's will that gives disquiet. Were our will but one with His, it would be utterly impossible for us ever to be anything else than serene, calm and happy. Within our soul would dwell a deep of calm contentedness. Having no- choice of our own, the soul would find equal joy in all.  The " even so Father" would prove perpetual music in the breast.”

Archibald Brown



George Muller on Prayer

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, December 16, 2015 at 5:30 AM

"But let none think that public prayer will make up for closet communion."

George Muller


Charles Spurgeon on Christian Precepts in All Areas of Life, Even Politics

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , , | Posted On Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“I long for the day when the precepts of the Christian religion shall be the rule among all classes of men,in all transactions. I often hear it said " Do not bring religion into politics." This is precisely where it ought to be brought, and set there in the face of all men as on a candlestick. I would have the Cabinet and the Members of Parliament do the work of the nation as before the Lord, and I would have the nation, either in making war or peace, consider the matter by the light of righteousness. "We are to deal with other nations about this or that upon the principles of the New Testament I thank God that I have lived to see the attempt made in one or two instances, and I pray that the principle may become dominant and permanent We have had enough of clever men without conscience, let us now see what honest, God-fearing men will do. But we are told that we must study "British interests, as if it were not always to a nation's truest interest to do righteousness. "But we must follow out our policy." I say, No! Let the policies which are founded on wrong be cast like idols to the moles and to the bats. Stand to that most admirable of policies,—" As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise." Whether we are kings, or queens, or prime ministers, or members of parliament, or crossing sweepers, this is our rule if we are Christians.”

Charles Spurgeon


Dietrich Bonhoeffer on Ones Actions Aligning to Ones Words

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Monday, December 14, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Sometimes we don't need another chance to express how we feel or to ask someone to understand our situation.  Sometimes we just need a firm kick in the pants.  An unsmiling expectation that if we mean all these wonderful things we talk about and sing about, then lets see something to prove it.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Augustine on Humility

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, December 11, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Do you wish to rise? Begin by descending. You plan a tower that will pierce the clouds? Lay first the foundation of humility.”

Augustine

Thomas A’ Kempis on Humility

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.”

Thomas A’ Kempis


Richard Sibbes on Humility

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 5:30 AM

"Men, for the most part, are not lost enough in their own feeling for a Saviour.  A holy despair in ourselves is the ground of true hope. In God the fatherless find mercy (Hos. 14:3); if men were more fatherless, they should feel more God’s fatherly affection from heaven, for the God who dwells in the highest heavens dwells likewise in the lowest soul (Isa. 57:15).  Christ’s sheep are weak sheep, and lacking in something or other; he therefore applies himself to the necessities of every sheep. He seeks that which was lost, and brings again that which was driven out of the way, and binds up that which was broken, and strengthens the weak (Ezek. 34:16).  His tenderest care is over the weakest."

Richard Sibbes 


Thomas Watson on Humility

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Let us carry ourselves as God’s children in humility. ‘Be ye clothed with humility’ (1 Peter 5:5). It is a becoming garment. Let a child of God look at his face every morning in the glass of God’s Word and see his sinful spots. This will make him walk humbly all the day after. God cannot endure to see his children grow proud. He suffers them to fall into sin, as he did Peter, that their plumes may fall, and that they may learn to go on lower ground.”

Thomas Watson


Richard Baxter on Humility

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Monday, December 7, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Above all pray and labour for a truly humble mind, that is well acquainted with its own defects ; and fear and fly from a proud, overvaluing of your own understanding.”

Richard Baxter



George Everard on Christ

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Friday, December 4, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Remember that only a broken heart can receive a bruised and crucified Savior!”

George Everard


John Newton on Assurance

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Assurance grows by repeated conflict, by our repeated experimental proof of the Lord’s power and goodness to save; when we have been brought very low and helped, sorely wounded and healed, cast down and raised again, have given up all hope, and been suddenly snatched from danger, and placed in safety; and when these things have been repeated to us and in us a thousand times over, we begin to learn to trust simply to the word and power of God, beyond and against appearances: and this trust, when habitual and strong, bears the name of assurance; for even assurance has degrees.”

John Newton


Oswald Chambers on Faith

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time.”

Oswald Chambers




George Everard on Living For God's Glory

Posted by Tony Konvalin | Labels: , | Posted On Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 5:30 AM

“Whatever is done, even in the commonest matters of life, the food we eat, our conduct at the breakfast table or the dinner table, is to be done for the glory of the Father and the Son.

George Everard