Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Thousands and tens of thousands have sought for pardon at the mercy-seat of Christ

Thousands and tens of thousands have sought for pardon at the mercy-seat of Christ, and not one has ever returned to say that he sought in vain. Sinners of every name and nation—sinners of every sort and description—have knocked at the door of the fold, and none have ever been refused admission.
If the way which the Gospel sets before us were a new and untraveled way—we might well feel faint-hearted. But it is not so. It is an old path. It is a path worn by the feet of many pilgrims, and a path in which the footsteps are all one way. The treasury of Christ’s mercies has never been found empty. The well of living waters has never proved dry.
    ~ J.C. Ryle

Monday, May 30, 2011

From his incarnation to his reign at the Father’s right hand

From his incarnation to his reign at the Father’s right hand, Jesus is not only the Lord who became the servant, but the servant who is Lord and continues even in this exalted state to serve his Father’s will and his people’s good. From eternity to eternity, he offers his ‘Here I am’ to the Father on behalf of those who have gone their own way. For now, Christ reigns in grace; when he returns in judgment and vindication, his kingdom will be consummated in everlasting glory.

 ~ Michael Horton

Sunday, May 29, 2011

When the people of God reach heaven

When the people of God reach heaven, they will see Jesus Christ, God and man, with their bodily eyes, as He will never lay aside the human nature. They will behold that glorious blessed body, which is personally united to the divine nature, and exalted above principalities and powers and every name that is named. There we shall see, with our eyes, that very body which was born of Mary at Bethlehem, and crucified at Jerusalem between two thieves: the blessed head that was crowned with thorns; the face that was spit upon; the hands and feet that were nailed to the cross; all shining with inconceivable glory. 
      ~Thomas Boston

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God

"If people believe in God at all today, the overwhelming majority hold that this God – however he, she, or it may be understood – is a loving being. But that is what makes the task of the Christian witness so daunting. For this widely disseminated belief in the love of God is set with increasing frequency in some matrix other than biblical theology. The result is that when informed Christians talk about the love of God, they mean something very different from what is meant in the surrounding culture.

I do not think that what the Bible says about the love of God can long survive at the forefront of our thinking if it is abstracted from the sovereignty of God, the holiness of God, the wrath of God, the providence of God, or the personhood of God – to mention only a few nonnegotiable elements of basic Christianity. The result, of course, is that the love of God in our culture has been purged of anything the culture finds uncomfortable. The love of God has been sanitized, democratized, and above all sentimentalized.

If the love of God is exclusively portrayed as an inviting, yearning, sinner-seeking, rather lovesick passion, we may strengthen the hands of Arminians, semi-Pelagians, Pelagians, and those more interested in God’s inner emotional life than in his justice and glory, but the cost will be massive."

~D. A. Carson

Friday, May 27, 2011

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. —1 John 1:8-9

“The best of men, even believers in Christ, are not without sin in themselves; and when any of the saints are said to be perfect, it must be understood in a comparative sense, or as they are considered in Christ. There never was but one since Adam, and that is Christ, who has fulfilled, or could perfectly fulfil the law; the thing is impossible and impracticable for fallen man:”

—John Gill (1697-1771)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

In the Garden Lyrics: Michael Card

Trembling with fear, alone in the garden 
Battle before the final war
Blood became tears, there in the garden
To fall upon the silent stone
There in the darkness the Light
And the darkness stood still
Two choices, one tortured will
And there once the choice had been made

All the world could be saved
by the One in the garden

The light of the dawn, was seen in the garden
By gentle eyes so sadly wise
The angels appear, they come to the garden
Clothed with sighs, they realize
The One they've adored from the start
Will be broken apart
By the ones He had come to save
So they're here simply now to be near
He's no longer alone, they sit by him and moan

The loving heart of an actual living Christ

Cease to regard the Gospel as a mere collection of dry doctrines. Look at it rather as the revelation of a mighty living Being in whose sight you are daily to live. Cease to regard it as a mere set of abstract propositions and abstruse principles and rules. Look at it as the introduction to a glorious personal Friend. This is the kind of Gospel that the apostles preached. They did not go about the world telling men of love and mercy and pardon in the abstract. The leading subject of all their sermons was the loving heart of an actual living Christ. This is the kind of Gospel which is most calculated to promote sanctification and fitness for glory. Nothing, surely, is so likely to prepare us for that heaven where Christ’s personal presence will be all, and that glory where we shall meet Christ face to face, as to realize communion with Christ, as an actual living Person here on earth. There is all the difference in the world between an idea and a person.
~ J.C. Ryle

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The weakness of a woman is,,,,

‎"The weakness of a woman is that she needs a head. The weakness of a man is that he needs a woman." 
    - John Macarthur

Repentance is a discovery of the evil of sin

Repentance is a discovery of the evil of sin, a mourning that we have committed it, a resolution to forsake it. It is, in fact, a change of mind of a very deep and practical character, which makes the man love what once he hated, and hate what once he loved.
   -Charles Spurgeon

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The fanaticism which discards the Scripture

‎"The fanaticism which discards the Scripture, under the pretense of resorting to immediate revelations is subversive of every principle of Christianity. For when they boast extravagantly of the Spirit, the tendency is always to bury the Word of God so they may make room for their own falsehoods."
   ~John Calvin

Monday, May 23, 2011

He who runs from God in the morning

“He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find him the rest of the day”
   ~ John Bunyan

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Our Lord Jesus Christ is the God of pity and of pardon

--Psalm 40:10-11

“The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is the God of pity and of pardon, the God of love. Not of love as with us, in a mere effeminate sense, as though it were only an impulse of human admiration that would wink at iniquities. He is Love, love in the essence, love essentially divine; love consistent with holiness, that hums like flames of fire. In justice deep and terrible is God; in majesty he doth ride on the wings of the wind. This God of tempest, is the God of God, and this is the God whom Jesus preached; and while he did not conceal the sterner attributes of the Almighty, yet he did not forget to depict the heart of mercy and the hand that is ready to help. The God whom he preached is full of gentleness and tenderness. . . .”
       ~C.H. Spurgeon

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Romans 1 is not suggesting men...

Romans 1 is not suggesting men know there is 'something' out there, or simply an Intelligent Designer, rather it declares men KNOW enough of the ONE TRUE GOD to be condemned for their rejection of Him! As to 'atheism', it simply doesn't exist & besides even the so-called 'atheist' has replaced the Lord with him/herself-none reject God unknowingly or involuntarily 
     ~Julius Mickel

Are we left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas?

"Without absolutes revealed from without by God Himself, we are left rudderless in a sea of conflicting ideas about manners, justice and right and wrong, issuing from a multitude of self-opinionated thinkers. "
     ~John Owen

Monday, May 16, 2011

No man has a problem with the EXISTENCE of God

No man has a problem with the EXISTENCE of God, the objection lies in the fact that God REIGNS supreme! Men HATE the fact that God doesn't answer to men, that God asks for no votes, suggestions, or opinions, but rather He does whatsoever He pleases, & whatever He does IS good  
    ~Julius Mickel

Sunday, May 15, 2011

No pastor lives up to what he preaches.

‎"No pastor lives up to what he preaches. If he does, he is preaching too low." 
    ~ John Piper

Saturday, May 14, 2011

What is the cause of all God's purposes towards us?

‎"What is the cause of all God's purposes towards us? Himself. There is no other cause."        
       ~ Thomas Goodwin

Friday, May 13, 2011

______ will empty, not “fill” churches." A.W. Pink

‎"Faithful preaching will render the minister unpopular, and will empty, not “fill” churches." 
     ~ A.W. Pink

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Powerful Knowledge of Christ

Let us see that our knowledge of Christ be not a powerless, barren, unpractical knowledge: O that, in its passage from our understanding to our lips, it might powerfully melt, sweeten, and ravish our hearts! Remember, brethren, a holy calling never saved any man, without a holy heart; if our tongues only be sanctified, our whole man must be damned. We must be judged by the same gospel, and stand at the same bar, and be sentenced to the same terms, and dealt with as severely as any other men.”
~ John Flavel

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

There Is Not Enough Private Prayer!

There are few professing Christians, it may be feared, who strive to imitate Christ in the matter of private devotion. There is abundance of hearing, reading, talking, professing, visiting, contributing to the poor, subscribing to societies and teaching at schools. But is there, together with all this, a due proportion of private prayer? Are believing men and women sufficiently careful to be frequently alone with God? These are humbling and heart-searching questions. But we shall find it useful to give them an answer.

Why is it that there is so much apparent religious working, and yet so little result in positive conversions to God – so many sermons, and so few souls saved – so much machinery, and so little effect produced – so much running here and there, and yet so few brought to Christ? Why is all this? The reply is short and simple. There is not enough private prayer. The cause of Christ does not need less working, but it does need among the workers more praying. Let us each examine ourselves, and amend our ways. The most successful workmen in the Lord’s vineyard, are those who are like their Master, often and much upon their knees.
~ J.C. Ryle

Monday, May 9, 2011

The beginning of Christ

‎"When we come to the end of self we come to the beginning of Christ."
    - Charles Spurgeon 

Sunday, May 8, 2011

I am sure He chose me before I was born

I am quite certain that, if God had not chosen me, I should never have chosen Him; and I am sure He chose me before I was born, or else He never would have chosen me afterwards; and He must have elected me for reasons unknown to me, for I never could find any reason in myself why He should have looked upon me with special love.
~ C.H. Spurgeon (1834 - 1892)

Saturday, May 7, 2011

_________________ is essentially atheism.~ Charles Spurgeon

“Opposition to divine sovereignty is essentially atheism."
    ~ Charles Spurgeon

The eminency of the Father’s love

“Christians walk oftentimes with exceedingly troubled hearts, concerning the thoughts of the Father towards them. They are well persuaded of the Lord Christ and his goodwill; the difficulty lies in what is their acceptance with the Father— what is his heart towards them. . . . It is exceeding acceptable unto God, even our Father, that we should thus hold communion with him in his love — that he may be received into our souls as one full of love, tenderness, and kindness, towards us. . . . Now, there is not any thing more grievous to the Lord, nor more subservient to the design of Satan upon the soul, than such thoughts as these. . . . So much as we see of the love of God, so much shall we delight in him, and no more. Every other discovery of God, without this, will but make the soul fly from Him; but if the heart be once much taken up with this the eminency of the Father’s love, it cannot choose but be overpowered, conquered, and endeared unto him.” ~ John Owen

Friday, May 6, 2011

Sin, like a venomous disease

"Sin, like a venomous disease, Infects our vital blood; The only balm is sovereign grace, And the physician, God." - Isaac Watts

Monday, May 2, 2011

Praise and Gratitude

I cannot but observe to you the goodness of our God, yea, the riches of his goodness:
Who freely gave Jesus Christ out of his own bosom for us, and has not withheld his Spirit, ordinances and ministers, to reveal and apply him to us. Here is love that wants an epithet to match it:
Who engaged my heart upon this transcendent subject in the course of my ministry among you: a subject which angels study and admire, as well as we:
Who so signally protected and overshadowed our assemble in those days of trouble, wherein these truths were delivered to you. You then sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to your taste: his banner over you was love; your bread was then sure, and your waters failed not: Yea, such was his peculiar indulgence, and special tenderness to you, that he suffered no man to do you harm; and it can hardly be imagined any could attempt it that had but known this, and no worse than this, to be your only design and business:
Who made these meditations of Christ a strong support, and sweet relief to mine, now with Christ, and no less to me, under the greatest exercises and tries that ever befel me in this world; preserving me yet (though a broken vessel) for some farther use and service to your souls:
Who in the years that are past left not himself without witness among us, blessing my labours, to the conversion and edification of many; Some of which yet remain with us, but some are fallen asleep:
Who has made many of you that yet remain, a willing and obedient people, who have in some measure supported the reputation of religion by your stability and integrity in days of abounding iniquity: my joy and my crown; so stand ye fast in the Lord!
Who after all the days of fears and troubles, through which we have past, has at last given us and his churches rest; “that we being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear in righteousness and holiness (which doing, this mercy may be extended to us) all the days of our life.”
In testimony of a thankful heart for these invaluable mercies, I humbly and cheerfully rear up this pillar of remembrance, inscribing it with EBEN-EZER, and JEHOVAH-JIREH!”
~ John Flavel