Friday, December 27, 2013

It is not a peace at any price

“It is not a peace at any price which the Christian loves and aims to promote. No, indeed, that is a false peace, unworthy to be called peace at all.” ~ A. W. Pink

Thursday, December 26, 2013

The church of Christ is the multitude of all those who...

The church of Christ is the multitude of all those who believe in Christ for the remission of sins, and who are thankful for that mercy and who love the law of God purely, and who hate the sin in this world an long for the life to come. ~ William Tynsdale

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Assurance and peace are to be found by resting on the Word of God.

“Assurance and peace are to be found by resting on the Word of God. The ground of both is outside of ourselves. Feelings have nothing to do with either. Deliverance from judgment is by the Finished Work of Christ, and by that alone. Nothing else will avail. Religious experiences, ordinances, self-sacrifice, Churchmembership, works of mercy, cultivation of character, avail nothing. The first thing for me, as a poor lost sinner, to make sure of is, Am I relying upon what Christ did for sinners? Am I personally trusting in His shed blood? If I am not, if instead. under the eloquence and moving appeals of some evangelist, I have decided to turn over a new leaf, and endeavor to live a better life, and I have “gone forward” and taken the preacher’s hand, and if he has told me that I am now saved and ready to “join the church,” and doing so I feel happy and contented — my peace is a false one, and I shall end in the Lake of Fire, unless God in His grace disillusions me.” ~ A. W. Pink

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Most of the so-called evangelism of our day

“Most of the so-called evangelism of our day is a grief to genuine Christians, for they feel that it lacks any scriptural warrant, that it is dishonoring unto God, and that it is filling the churches with empty professors. They are shocked that so much frothy superficiality, fleshly excitement and worldly allurement should be associated with the holy name of the Lord Jesus Christ. They deplore the cheapening of the Gospel, the beguiling of unwary souls, and the carnalizing and commercializing of what is to them ineffably sacred. It requires little spiritual discernment to perceive that the evangelistic activities of Christendom during the last century have steadily deteriorated from bad to worse.” ~ A. W. Pink

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

What the Savior suffered in His pure flesh by way of expiation

“What the Savior suffered in His pure flesh by way of expiation, those who would be saved must suffer in their corrupt flesh by way of mortification. It is true the flesh in us is reluctant, as was the holy humanity of Christ, saying, “let this cup pass from Me,” but the spirit is willing, crying “Father, Thy will be done” even in the crucifixion of my dearest lusts. Christ died a violent death, and sin must not die an easy and comfortable one. His body was nailed to the tree till His soul was separated from it, and the body of sin must be so nailed till the soul of sin—the will and love of it— depart. Christ died a tormenting death, in pains and agonies, and we must so die to sin that we “suffer in the flesh” (1 Peter 4:1). Christ died a lingering death, and so does sin languish little by little, mortification upon mortification, dying “daily.” Alas, how few dig deep enough to come to the denying of self!” ~ A. W. Pink

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

King of England

“Oh Lord, open the King of England's eyes!” ~ William Tynsdale

Sunday, November 17, 2013

When God’s Word comes to us “in power,” it comes as...

“When God’s Word comes to us “in power,” it comes as “a two-edged sword”—cutting, wounding, causing pain and deep distress. When the Word comes to us in power it is not due to any learning or eloquence of the preacher, nor to any pathos which he may employ. The fact that his hearers’ emotions are deeply stirred so that they are moved to tears, is no proof whatever that the gospel is come to them in divine efficacy: creature passions are often stirred by the actings of the stage and thousands are moved to weep in the theater. Such superficial emotionalism is but evanescent, having no lasting and spiritual effects. The test is whether we are broken and bowed before God.” ~ A. W. Pink

Thursday, November 7, 2013

There is no safer and surer way of obtaining a right conception of the nature of Christian love

“There is no safer and surer way of obtaining a right conception of the nature of Christian love than by making a thorough study of its perfect exemplification in and by the Lord Jesus. When we say a “thorough study,” we mean the taking of a comprehensive survey of all that is recorded of Him in the four Gospels, and not the limiting of ourselves to a few favorite passages or incidents. As this is done, we discover that His love was not only benevolent and magnanimous, thoughtful and gentle, unselfish and self-sacrificing, patient and unchanging, but that many other elements also entered into it. Love could deny an urgent request (John 11:6), rebuke His mother (John 2:4), use a whip (John 2:15), severely upbraid His doubting disciples (Luke 24:25), and denounce hypocrites (Matthew 23:13-33). Love can be stern (Matthew 16:23), yea, angry (Mark 3:5). Spiritual love is a holy thing: it is faithful to God; it is uncompromising toward all that is evil.” ~ A. W. Pink

Sunday, October 27, 2013

In these awful days of spiritual ignorance

“In these awful days of spiritual ignorance and the carnal perversion of the holy things of God, explanation of the most elementary truths and terms is really required. When so many precious souls have been deluded into thinking that a going forward to a “mourner’s bench” or “penitent form,” or the taking of some preacher’s hand, is the same thing as coming to Christ” ~ A. W. Pink

Saturday, October 26, 2013

...have no part in God's good promises

And as the circumcised in the flesh, and not in the heart, have no part in God's good promises; even so they that be baptized in the flesh, and not in heart, have no part in Christ's blood. ~ William Tyndale

Thursday, October 17, 2013

How vast is the difference between...

“How vast is the difference between that spiritual adoration which issues from renewed hearts and that “form of godliness” which is associated with altars and candles, choirs and surpliced ministers! Only that is acceptable to God which is produced by the Holy Spirit through sinners washed in the blood of the Lamb. Under grace-magnifying and Christ-exalting preaching, the spiritual senses of real Christians are exercised; as they behold the Savior’s glories in the glass of the Gospel, as they hear His voice, they have an inward impression of His presence, they taste afresh of His goodness, and His name is to them as ointment poured forth, perfuming their spirits. In this joyous frame, their hearts are drawn Heavenwards, and their songs of praise mingle with those of the holy angels and the spirits of just men made perfect.” ~ A. W. Pink

Monday, October 7, 2013

The wayward child and the self-willed youth

“The wayward child and the self-willed youth is guided by his own unsanctified and unsubdued spirit. The man of the world is controlled by “the spirit of the world.” The wicked are governed by Satan “the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). But the Christian is to yield himself unto “the still small voice” of the Holy Spirit. Yet a word of caution is needed at this point, for in our day there are many fanatics and impious people who do that which is grossly dishonoring to God under the plea that they were “prompted by the Spirit” so to act. To be “led by the Spirit of God” does not mean being influenced by unaccountable suggestions and uncontrollable impulses which result in conduct displeasing to God, and often injurious to ourselves and others. No, indeed: not so does the Spirit of God “lead” anyone.

There is a safe and sure criterion by which the Christian may gauge his inward impulses, and ascertain whether they proceed from his own restless spirit, an evil spirit, or the Spirit of God. That criterion is the written Word of God, and by it all must be measured. The Holy Spirit never prompts anyone to act contrary to the Scriptures. How could He, when He is the Author of them! His promptings are always unto obedience to the precepts of Holy Writ. Therefore, when a man who has not been distinctly called, separated, and qualified by God to be a minister of His Word, undertakes to “preach,” no matter how strong the impulse, it proceeds not from the Holy Spirit. When a woman “feels led” to pray in public where men are present, she is moved by “another spirit” (2 Corinthians 11:4), or if one claimed “guidance” in assuming an unequal yoke by marrying an unbeliever, 2 Corinthians 6:14 would prove conclusively that it was not the “guidance” of the Holy Spirit.” ~ A. W. Pink

Friday, September 27, 2013

The story of the vast majority is that Christ

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

“How different is this plain, positive and unqualified statement from the tale which nearly all preachers tell today! The story of the vast majority is that Christ came here to make salvation possible for sinners: He has done His part, now they must do theirs. To reduce the wondrous, finished, and glorious work of Christ to a merely making salvation possible is most dishonoring and insulting to Him.

Christ came here to carry into effect God’s sovereign purpose of election, to save a people already “His” (Matthew 1:21) by covenant settlement. There are a people whom God hath “from the beginning chosen unto salvation” (2 Thessalonians 2:13), and redemption was in order to the accomplishing of that decree. And if we believe what Scripture declares concerning the person of Christ, then we have indubitable proof that there can be no possible failure in connection with His mission. The Son of man, the Child born, was none other than “the mighty God” (Isaiah 9:6). Therefore is He omniscient, and knows where to look for each of His lost ones; He is also omnipotent, and so cannot fail to deliver when they are found.” —A. W. Pink

Thursday, September 26, 2013

In their mother tongue

I perceived how that it was impossible to establish the lay people in any truth except the Scripture were plainly laid before their eyes in their mother tongue. ~ William Tyndale

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

“In consequence of the guilty silence of the modern pulpit

“In consequence of the guilty silence of the modern pulpit, a generation of churchgoers has arisen which is deplorably ignorant of the basic truths of the Bible” ~ A. W. Pink

Saturday, September 7, 2013

As a result of the Fall

“But though all men are required to so love the Lord their God, none in his natural condition is able to do so. Not that he lacks the necessary faculties, but because sin is in full possession of every part of his complex being, and therefore he is “alienated from God.” As a result of the Fall every descendant of Adam is born into this world destitute of the slightest affection for God. To the religious Pharisees Christ said, “But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you” (John 5:42).

“If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (1 John 2:15).

Where is the man or woman who does not love the world until a miracle of grace is wrought within, and the bent and bias of the heart are changed? Not only is the heart of the natural man devoid of any love to God; it has a radical aversion to Him, for “the carnal mind is enmity against God” (Romans 8:7). That was unmistakably demonstrated when the Son of God became incarnate, for far from being welcomed and adored, He was hated “without a cause” (John 15:25).

Where there is genuine love to God in anyone, that person has been made the subject of a miracle of grace. At regeneration the blessed Spirit slays our native enmity against God, and sheds abroad His love in our heart. A principle of life, of grace, of holiness, is communicated to the soul. There is

“given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true” (1 John 5:20).

A personal revelation of God is made to the one born again, so that He

“hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

The film of prejudice is removed, the mist of error is dispersed, and the soul perceives the majesty, the excellence, the loveliness of the divine character, and exclaims,

“Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11).

Such a discovery and view of God draws out the heart to Him so that He is now its supreme delight.

“The grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 1:14).

Those two graces of faith and love always go together, being implanted at one and the same time by one and the same hand.” ~ A. W. Pink

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Here is the final word against those who decry godly obedience as “legalism"

“Here is the final word against those who decry godly obedience as “legalism.” The incarnate Son walked according to His Father’s commandments. He “pleased not himself” (Romans 15:3). His meat was to do the will of the One who had sent Him. And He has left us an example that we should follow His steps.

“He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk even
as he walked” (1 John 2:6).

The one who disregards God’s “commandments” is not walking as Christ walked; instead, he is walking as the world walks. Let no one heed the idle quibble that the “commandments” of Christ are opposed to or even different from the commandments of the Father. Christ and the Father are one — one in nature, one in character, one in authority.

“The commandments of Christ include the whole of the preceptive part of the inspired volume, with the exception of those ritual and political statutes which refer to the introductory dispensations which have passed away” (Dr. John Brown).

And let it be said again, that no Christian can abide in Christ’s love unless he is keeping Christ’s commandments!” ~ A. W. Pink

Monday, August 26, 2013

As Christ compareth the understanding of scripture to a key

As Christ compareth the understanding of scripture to a key, so compareth he it to a net, and unto leaven, and unto many other things for certain properties. I marvel, therefore, that they boast not themselves of their net and leaven, as well as of their keys; for they are all one thing. But as Christ biddeth us beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, so beware of their counterfeited keys, and of their false net; which are their traditions and ceremonies, their hypocrisy and false doctrine, wherewith they catch, not souls unto Christ, but authority and riches unto themselves. ~ William Tyndale

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Behold how it moved Jacob to cover himself with a hairy skin

“It must not be overlooked that while Satan is very subtle the flesh also is exceedingly artful, fully capable of playing many parts in order to gain its own ends. Behold how it moved Jacob to cover himself with a hairy skin and masquerade as Esau, king Saul to disguise himself when he went to the witch of Endor (1 Samuel 28:8), the wife of Jeroboam feigning herself to be another when she visited the prophet Ahijah, whose eyes were set by reason of age (1 Kings 14:1-6), and the wolves in sheeps’ clothing of Christ’s day. In his second epistle Paul warned the Corinthians against

“false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:13),

and Jude complained that ungodly men had “crept in unawares” into the assemblies of the saints (Jude 1:4). The churches are full of such today.” ~ A. W. Pink

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The seeds of unbelief

“Many of those who are paid to stand in our pulpits and defend the Truth of God are now the very ones who are engaged in sowing the seeds of unbelief and destroying the faith of those to whom they minister.” ~ A.W. Pink

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The ultimate destiny of every individual

“The ultimate destiny of every individual is decided by the will of God, and blessed it is that such be the case; if it were left to our wills, the ultimate destination of us all would be the lake of fire.” ~ A. W. Pink

Friday, July 26, 2013

The preaching of God’s word is hateful and contrary unto them

The preaching of God’s word is hateful and contrary unto them. Why? For it is impossible to preach Christ, except thou preach against antichrist; that is to say, them which with their false doctrine and violence of sword enforce to quench the true doctrine of Christ. And as thou canst heal no disease, except thou begin at the root; even so canst thou preach against no mischief, except thou begin at the bishops. ~ William Tyndale

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Why is it that some Christians...

“There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on His Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. . . . Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God's Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord. . . .”
~ Charles H. Spurgeon

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The hardest task before most of us is not to learn, but to unlearn

“The hardest task before most of us is not to learn, but to unlearn. Many of God’s own children have drunk so deeply of the sweetened poison of Satan, that it is by no means easy to get it out of their systems; and while it remains in them, it stupefies their understanding.” ~ A. W. Pink

Sunday, July 7, 2013

How subtle the Devil is!

“Equally pitiable is the hand religion of the day, when young “converts” are put to teaching a Sunday school class, urged to “speak” in the open air, or take up “personal work.” How many thousands of beardless youths and young girls are now engaged in what is called “winning souls for Christ,” when their own souls are spiritually starved! They may “memorize” two or three verses of Scripture a day, but that does not mean their souls are being fed. How many are giving their evenings to helping in some “mission,” when they need to be spending the time in “the secret of the Most High”! And how many bewildered souls are using the major part of the Lord’s day in rushing from one meeting to another instead of seeking from God that which will fortify them against the temptations of the week! Oh, the tragedy of this hand “Christianity.”

How subtle the Devil is! Under the guise of promoting growth in “the knowledge of the Lord,” he gets people to attend a ceaseless round of meetings, or to read an almost endless number of religious periodicals and books; or under the pretence of “honoring the Lord” by all this so-called “service” he induces the one or the other to neglect the great task which God has set before us:

“keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:23).” ~ A. W. Pink

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The worldling thinks the real Christian is crazy

“The worldling thinks the real Christian is crazy, the Christian knows the poor worldling is spiritually insane.” ~ A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “An Exposition of Hebrews” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

If God send thee to the sea

Mark this also, if God send thee to the sea, and promise to go with thee, and to bring thee safe to land, he will raise up a tempest against thee, to prove whether thou wilt abide by his word, and that thou mayest feel thy faith, and perceive his goodness. For if it were always fair weather, and thou never brought into such jeopardy, whence his mercy only delivered thee, thy faith should be but a presumption, and thou shouldest be ever unthankful to God and merciless unto thy neighbor. ~ William Tyndale

Friday, June 21, 2013

you COULD NOT be loved more

'He who knew no sin became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God' (2 Cor 5)
Brethren you COULD NOT be loved more,
Christ was HATED so YOU would be LOVED,
Christ was cursed so that YOU would be BLESSED, Christ died so YOU would LIVE! ~ Julius Mickel

Monday, June 17, 2013

Christians today are far, far more concerned about their bodies than their souls

“The vast majority of professing Christians today are far, far more concerned about their bodies than their souls, about carnal pleasures than spiritual riches, about earthly comforts than heavenly consolations, about the good opinion of their fellows rather than the approbation of God. But a few — and O how few — are made serious, become in deadly earnest to examine well their foundations and test every inch of the ground they stand on. With them religion is not something to be taken up and laid down according to their fitful moods. Where will they spend ETERNITY is their all-absorbing concern. Every other interest in life sinks into utter insignificance before the vital consideration of seeking to make sure that they have “the root of the matter” in them. O my reader, can you be satisfied with the cheap, easy-going religion of the day, which utterly ignores the clamant call of the Son of God “Agonize to enter in at the strait gate” (Luke 13:24)?

Can you rest content with the “smooth things” now being proclaimed from well nigh every pulpit, which assures those who are at emnity with God they can become Christians more easily than a youth can join the army, or a man become a ‘free mason’ or ‘odd fellow’? Can you follow the great crowd who claim to have “received Christ as their personal Savior” when no miracle of grace has been wrought in their hearts, while the Lord Himself declares

“Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto Life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14)?

Dare you rest upon some “decision” made when you were deeply stirred by some anecdotes addressed to your emotions? Have you nothing more than some change in your religious views or some reformation in your outward ways to show that you are “a new creature in Christ Jesus”? Slight not, we beseech you, this pressing word, “Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God”.” ~ A. W. Pink

Friday, June 14, 2013

Free will carried many a soul to hell

"Free will carried many a soul to hell, but never a soul to heaven." ~ Charles Spurgeon

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Man's idolatrous estimation of his self as

Nothing quite reveals man's idolatrous estimation of his self as being preeminent then his acceptance of Christ dying for sins of others while he refuses to accept that men should die for their own sins!
~ Julius Mickel

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Oh the need to renew our minds

Not even if Spurgeon, Lloyd-Jones, or Jc Ryle was your pastor/preaching would they be able through their preaching, make-up for a neglect of personal study and daily meditation of scripture!
There is a grand difference in true fellowship when the people of God are digging in the Word of God and then they come together encourage one another in the Way of God! We can meet together more and for longer and it will not 'build' community (body living) if Christ is missing and we just chit chat about surface issues!
You know what that daily musing and stirring of zeal looks like? UNFORTUNATELY it looks like many a church during/after the elections or during March Madness,as soon as the sermon is over, zealous impassioned expressions of anger, disgust, praise, rejoicing, amening, agreements and disagreements........how sad is that when 'church' is dismissed or bible study is over, now we can talk about the things we really have on our mind......o the need to renew our minds and then we can bless one another in this bloody battle against the world, Satan, and our flesh! ~ Julius Mickel

Friday, June 7, 2013

The true prophet never attempts guile

“The true prophet never attempts guile or presses anyone to attend his services. No, he is content to follow his Master’s practice: “he that hath ears to hear let him hear,” and there he leaves it.” ~ A. W. Pink

Thursday, June 6, 2013

God does not bestow his Spirit on his people in order to...

"God does not bestow his Spirit on his people in order to set aside the use of his Word, but rather to render it fruitful. " ~ John Calvin

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

If I profess with the loudest voice

If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point. 
~ MARTIN LUTHER

Monday, May 27, 2013

God was under no constraint

God was under no constraint, no obligation, no necessity to create. That He chose to do so was purely a sovereign act on His part, caused by nothing outside Himself, determined by nothing but His own mere good pleasure.
A.W. Pink

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Christ is with us until the world’s end

Christ is with us until the world’s end. Let his little flock be bold therefore.
For if God be on our side, what matter maketh it who be against us, be they bishops, cardinals, popes, or whatsoever names they will? ~ William Tyndale

Saturday, May 25, 2013

There is nothing more important than...

There is nothing more important, more practical, more relevant, or more missional than the Gospel. True seekers are not looking to be entertained by a church, they are looking for the remedy to the guilt of their sins before a Holy God. ~ Doug Eaton

You won't find scripture in context teaching that

FRIEND, you might find a community of people that will ease your conscience that the SIN you're living IN is nothing to be too worried about, yeah you might find a couple preachers, a couple books, that'll convince you that your sinful lifestyle is in fact acceptable or that God at least 'tolerates' it. You might search the scriptures for verses that will comfort you that no matter what, God will love, accept, and forgive you without real repentance.
HOWEVER.....you won't FIND scripture IN CONTEXT teaching that, you won't be able to find ONE book in the bible that will lead you to that conclusion, you won't be able to face or argue against the plethora of scripture verses ALL throughout the BIBLE warning and condemning such a wicked twisting of the scriptures. In other words your willful ignorance will do nothing but help you sleep better on your journey towards an eternity in Hell.
Turn from such lies, repent of your wickedness, turn to Christ, believe upon the Lord and pursue righteousness............for this is what Christ has accomplished taking the place of vile God-hating rebels, He bore the full punishment of those who believe and gives the fullness of His righteousness to them. Despite what we deserve, God chose to love us, He chose to save us, and in that salvation that God freely provides, He supplies the powerful working of the Holy Spirit to create that new heart which loves what God loves and hates what God hates, yes IN Christ we are given new desires and the power to act upon them, in other words we don't save ourselves, we don't change ourselves, it is ALL of God from beginning to end, it's His work and it's for His glory! ~ Julius Mickel

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Stop the cowardice

I notice it's very common today for Christians to speak a truth from the scriptures and preface it with a 'Well, I believe..' and it sounds a whole lot like 'This is what's true to me' (I know, I know, some do this just out of habit...but).
If it's concerning SOUND DOCTRINE, something you KNOW is TRUE because the Word of God declares it as such, then Christians should be careful not to express the truth as though it is a personal opinion.
Stop the cowardice, speak God's ABSOLUTE truth in an ABSOLUTE way! ~ Julius Mickel

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Shame on those who can speak 'truth' without passion


The pattern found in scripture concerning God's purpose and working in times of tragedy especially mass tragedy is 3 fold: 1. To cause men to cry out to Him 2. To judge men 3. To strengthen His people
I believe one reason why there still exists a large number of people who think there is one type of God in the Old Testament and another type of God in the New is because of well meaning Christians and they're unwillingness to face and wrestle with how active God truly is in affairs of men, just a glance at the pattern of the book of Judges testifies to His sovereignty in bringing people back to Him! This makes me think of something Paul Washer often tells of the time where he warns the pastor that wants him to preach on the attributes of God, that he doesn't want to split their church.....explaining their will be nice long attending members who will get upset declaring that's not my God, i could never love a God like that.."
Is it all just theory? Do u really believe, do you ever share the gospel with any urgency??? Are men really in danger, does God's wrath really abide on people?

Such truths need explanation, but shame on those who can speak 'truth' without passion, without carefulness, without great concern for souls, without deep longings for men to be reconciled to God, without love to God and to men. ~ Julius Mickel

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Inconsistent professing Christians injure the gospel more than...

"Inconsistent professing Christians injure the gospel more than the sneering critic or the heretic" ~ Charles Spurgeon

Saturday, May 18, 2013

I do not believe that it is appropriate that I spend my time defending my name.

"The answer is simple: for myself, I do not believe that it is appropriate that I spend my time defending my name. My name is nothing – who really cares about it? And I am not called to waste precious hours and energy in fighting off every person with a laptop who wants to have a pop at me. As a Christian, I am not meant to engage in self-justification any more than self-promotion; I am called rather to defend the name of Christ; and, to be honest, I have yet to see a criticism of me, true or untrue, to which I could justifiably respond on the grounds that it was Christ’s honor, and not simply my ego, which was being damaged. I am called to spend my time in being a husband, a father, a minister in my denomination, a member of my church, a good friend to those around me, and a conscientious employee. These things, these people, these locations and contexts, are to shape my priorities and my allocation of time. Hitting back in anger at those who, justly or unjustly, do not like me and for some reason think the world needs to know what they think of me is no part of my God-given vocation. God will look after my reputation if needs be; He has given me other work to do." ~ Carl Trueman

Friday, May 17, 2013

Prayer is the highest activity of the human soul

"Prayer is the highest activity of the human soul, and therefore it is at the same time the ultimate test of a 
man´s true spiritual condition (there is nothing so much as prayer life that tells the truth about us as Christian people). Everything we do in the Christian life is easier than prayer."
~ Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones

Saturday, May 11, 2013

There are only two religions in the world:

There are only two religions in the world: divine accomplishment and human achievement.
~ John MacArthur

Friday, May 10, 2013

Christian contentment is that sweet, inward...

Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition.
Jeremiah Burroughs ~ The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

All the sheep rightfully belong to Jesus.

All the sheep rightfully belong to Jesus. Before they ever came to Him, they had already been given to Him as a gift by the Father ages ago." ~ Steve Lawson

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

There can be no saving faith till the soul is filled with...

There can be no saving faith till the soul is filled with evangelical repentance, and repentance is a godly sorrow for sin, a holy detestation of sin, a sincere purpose to forsake it. The Gospel calls upon men to repent of their sins, forsake their idols, and mortify their lusts, and thus it is utterly impossible for the Gospel to be a message of good tidings to those who are in love with sin and madly determined to perish rather than part with their idols. ~ A.W. Pink

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

No one can do as much damage to the church of God as the man who...

No one can do as much damage to the church of God as the man who is within its walls, but not within its life. ~ C. H. Spurgeon

Monday, May 6, 2013

"Hot mince pies!"

A boy in the streets, selling mince pies, kept crying, "Hot mince pies!" A person bought one and found it quite cold. "Boy", he said, "why do you call these pies hot?" "That's the name they go by, sir," said the boy. So there are plenty of people who are called Christians, but they are not Christians--that's simply the name they go by. ~ C. H. Spurgeon

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The doctrine of the Fall

Few preachers of religion do believe thoroughly the doctrine of the Fall, or else they think that when Adam fell down he broke his little finger, and did not break his neck and ruin his race.
~ C.H. Spurgeon

Friday, May 3, 2013

The fact is that “foreknowledge”....

The fact is that “foreknowledge” is never used in Scripture in connection with events or actions; instead, it always has reference to persons. It is persons God is said to “foreknow,” not the actions of those persons. ~ A.W. Pink

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The new birth is monergistic

The new birth is monergistic, that is it is the single work of almighty God. Infants do not cooperate in their birth. Infants do not induce their own procreation. And no more than those who are dead in trespasses and sin give themselves life, it is the work of almighty God. The verb here makes you passive, you were born again. You didn't give birth to yourself, God did it...God did it. It is thus an irresistible work. It is the work of God "An unwilling people are made willing in the day of God's power." ~ John MacArthur

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The amazing sinfulness of sin

I am convinced that the first step toward attaining a higher standard of holiness is to realize more fully the amazing sinfulness of sin. ~ J.C. Ryle

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Sin is a thing of time...

Sin is a thing of time, but mercy is from everlasting. Before you and I sought the Lord, the Lord sought us ~ Spurgeon

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The great mistake made by most of the Lord’s people

The great mistake made by most of the Lord’s people is in hoping to discover in themselves that which is to be found in Christ alone. ~ A.W. Pink

Saturday, April 27, 2013

If it were possible...

Can we wish, if it were possible, to walk in a path strewed with flowers when His was strewed with thorns?
~ John Newton

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

There is something of a secret atheism in all

"There is something of a secret atheism in all, which is the fountain of the evil practices in their lives, not an utter disowning of the being of a God, but a denial or doubting of some of the rights of his nature." ~ Stephen Charnock

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Do not glory in your own faith

"Do not glory in your own faith, your own feelings, your own knowledge, or your own diligence. Glory in nothing but Christ." ~ J.C. Ryle

Monday, April 22, 2013

The only power the world has over the Christian is...

"The only power the world has over the Christian is the power we give it by loving the things of the world." ~ James White

Saturday, April 20, 2013

If you have ever come to the sprinkled blood...

If you have ever come to the sprinkled blood, you will feel your need of coming to it every day. He who does not desire to wash in it every day has never washed in it at all. Believers constantly feel it to be their joy and privilege that there is still a fountain opened. Past experiences are doubtful food for Christians; a present coming to Christ alone can give us joy and comfort. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

Friday, April 19, 2013

Christian, you must be careful to loathe your sin

Christian, you must be careful to loathe your sin in the love of Christ and never as an attempt to perform penance in order to achieve the love of Christ!
Abandon the lie that by enforcing a self-induced purgatory upon yourself can lead to anything but further condemnation, misery and failure!
You are dearly loved, His love was set upon you while you were dead in sin, while you were His enemy, and nothing shall separate that which God has initiated and pledged to finish! ~ Julius Mickel

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Lord's chastening is a mark of His love

Brethren, the Lord's chastening is a mark of His love, His goodness to us to keep us and continue to redirect us to Himself, over and over and over again. Praise the Lord for His wounds are gracious alarms that we have strayed, that He is calling for us to come closer to Him!
Psalm 119:67 "Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep your word."

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

It is not hard to deceive ministers

"It is not hard to deceive ministers, relatives and friends. But it is impossible to deceive Christ." ~ J.C. Ryle

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A wicked attempt to share the praise of the enthroned God!

"Go through the Ten Commandments, and learn that any breach of them is at its core violent anarchy against the throne-rights of God. All pride — what is it but an attempt to share the glory that belongs to the throne, and to the God upon that throne, and to say in reality, ‘O God, please let me sneak into the picture and get glory too?’ Is not that pride? — a wicked attempt to share the praise of the enthroned God!

And so this sight of God cannot help but produce humility, submission, contrition, and on the brighter side, it cannot help but produce gratitude, that in the exercise of His sovereign rights I should be blessed of God with sanity, with soundness of body, clearness of mind, and, above all, that I should be blessed with grace, confidence that God is on His throne, that nothing past, present or future has ever made that throne twitter one-thousandth of an inch. Jehovah reigneth! let the earth tremble. Confidence, unshakable confidence, joy, regardless of what transpires in the sphere that I can see! All is well where He sits.

Has God made you a Calvinist? I am not asking whether you have read a book by Boettner, or Kuyper or Warfield and become a Calvinist. I am asking, Has God given you a vision of Himself? Did He shatter you? and bring you to that place by his grace of humility, submission, contrition, gratitude, confidence and joy? That is what makes a Calvinist. If we know this we will want to say,
My God, how wonderful Thou art,
Thy majesty how bright!
How beautiful Thy mercy-seat,
In depths of burning light!

O how I fear Thee, living God,
With deepest, tenderest fears,
And worship Thee with trembling hope
And penitential tears!

How beautiful, how beautiful
The sight of Thee must be,
Thine endless wisdom, boundless power,
And awful purity! "
~ Pastor Albert N. Martin

Monday, April 15, 2013

The great mistake made by most of the Lord’s people is...

The great mistake made by most of the Lord’s people is in hoping to discover in themselves that which is to be found in Christ alone. ~ A.W. Pink

Sunday, April 14, 2013

The freedom of our will is a curse.

The freedom of our will is a curse. Because we can still choose according to our desires, we choose to sin and thus we become accountable to the judgment of God. ~ R.C. Sproul

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Do not have your concert first

Do not have your concert first and tune your instruments afterward. Begin the day with God. ~ Hudson Taylor

Friday, April 12, 2013

He brings a death upon our...

God often takes a course for accomplishing His purposes directly contrary to what our narrow views would prescribe. He brings a death upon our feelings, wishes, and prospects when He is about to give us the desire of our hearts. ~ John Newton

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Sin forsaken is...

Sin forsaken is one of the best evidences of sin forgiven. ~ J.C. Ryle

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

He is your Father

"You need never be anxious, you must never be worried. God is with you in this state, you are not alone, and He is your Father." ~ Martyn Lloyd Jones

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

God's ultimate end in all things is...

God's ultimate end in all things is the promotion of His own glory. This must be our chief aim and driving pursuit as well. ~ Steve Lawson

Monday, April 8, 2013

The true minister of Christ knows...

"The true minister of Christ knows that the true value of a sermon must lie, not in its fashion and manner, but in the truth which it contains" ~ C.H. Spurgeon

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Lip Prayer vs. Heart Prayer

Many pray with their lips for that for which their hearts have no desire ~ Jonathan Edwards

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Friday, April 5, 2013

The Father did not turn away from His Son because He...

"The Father did not turn away from His Son because He lacked the fortitude to witness His sufferings, but because our sin was laid upon Him." Paul Washer

Thursday, April 4, 2013

If I see aright, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament.

If I see aright, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of self-assured and carnal Christianity whose hands are indeed the hands of Abel, but whose voice is the voice of Cain. The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it. The old cross brought tears and blood; the new cross brings laughter. ~ A.W. Tozer

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The chief end for which Christ lived and died:

"The chief end for which Christ lived and died: To provide eternal redemption for sinners." ~ J.C. Ryle

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

How different is the God of the Bible from the God of modern Christendom!

"How different is the God of the Bible from the God of modern Christendom! The conception of Deity which prevails most widely today, even among those who profess to give heed to the Scriptures, is a miserable caricature, a blasphemous travesty of the Truth. The God of the twentieth century is a helpless, effeminate being who commands the respect of no really thoughtful man. The God of the popular mind is the creation of maudlin sentimentality. The God of many a present-day pulpit is an object of pity rather than of awe-inspiring reverence." - AW Pink, The Sovereignty of God

Monday, April 1, 2013

If you are concerned about the souls of men

"You will be delivered from petty worries if you are concerned about the souls of men." ~ C.H. Spurgeon

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Do you deliberately avoid anyone who knows God more than you do?

"Some of You deliberately avoid anyone who knows God more than you do, who's more zealous for God then you are....you've deliberately chosen your friends because they're right at your level or a little lower and there's nothing about them that will challenge you to go higher...be honest..do a little self-examination..why do i have the friends i have.....does their presence prod and draw me to greater conformity to Christ OR does it leave me more smug and more satisfied and self-deceived with where i am?" ~ Albert N. Martin

Saturday, March 30, 2013

This Christian life is...

This Christian life is one of continually putting off the old man with all its traits and putting on the new man. But our ultimate desire is not to be not-sinful but to be truly godly. We are not to aim at being not-sinful but to aim at being marked by Christian character. We experience the greatest success in battling sin when our desire is not only to stop sinning but to have our lives marked by the opposite character trait. The thief needs to do more than stop stealing; he needs to learn to be generous. The porn-addicted young man needs to do more than stop looking at pornography; he needs to learn to love and honor younger women as sisters. The angry mom needs to do more than stop lashing out at her children; she needs to learn to display patience and kindness. In each case the aim is not to stop sinning, but to be a display of Christ-like character. ~ Tim Challies

Friday, March 29, 2013

A more moral and religious America

A more moral and religious America will not bring blessing from God ~ John MacArthur

The resurrection of our divine Lord

The resurrection of our divine Lord from the dead is the cornerstone of Christian doctrine.--C. H. Spurgeon

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Every Christian must have a...

Every Christian must have a master passion, an overruling ambition that dominates his life. That supreme purpose must be the glory of God. ~ Steve Lawson

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I am never ashamed to avow myself a...



I am never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist; I do not hesitate to take the name of Baptist; but if I am asked what is my creed, I reply, "It is Jesus Christ."

~ C.H. Spurgeon

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A true believer is a lifelong....


A true believer is a lifelong follower of Jesus Christ. Believing is not a one-time event, but the beginning of a long term journey with Him ~ Steve Lawson

Monday, March 25, 2013

Between a living God and dying people

I think the most awesome task in the world today is not to be the president of the United States or the king of an empire, but to be a man that stands between a living God and dying people. ~ Leonard Ravenhill

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The most tremendous judgment of God in this world is...

The most tremendous judgment of God in this world is the hardening of the hearts of men. - John Owen

Saturday, March 23, 2013

You are not only responsible for...



"You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say."

~ Martin Luther

Friday, March 22, 2013

The scene on Calvary

"No scene in sacred history ever gladdens the soul like the scene on Calvary. Nowhere does the soul ever find such consolation as on that very spot where misery reigned, where woe triumphed, where agony reached its climax. There Grace has dug a fountain which always gushes with waters pure as crystal, each drop capable of alleviating the woes and the agonies of mankind!" ~Charles Spurgeon (Justification By Grace 126.153)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

‎"God’s purpose in redeeming men from sin is not to give them freedom to do as they please but freedom to do as He pleases, which is to live righteously." - John MacArthur

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Don't lose sight of Christ

Don't lose sight of Christ as you seek for knowledge! Theology is the study of GOD, not the mastery of subjects or the race of intellectuals, and so THEOLOGY should never be detached from WORSHIP, and by worship i mean WORTH-SHIP: that we should grow all the more in our estimation of how great our God is and in seeing Him as more worthy our hearts should LONG for Him all the more!! So then we study, we wrestle with the text so that we might better KNOW Him and make Him KNOWN seeking above all things to be conformed to His image!! ~ Julius Mickel

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Captive to the Word of God

‎"My Conscience is captive to the Word of God." - Martin Luther

Monday, March 18, 2013

Jesus promises you two things:...

"Jesus promises you two things: A cross to die on and eternal life. He's everything or He's nothing." ~Paul Washer

Sunday, March 17, 2013

We should set the Word of God always before us...

“We should set the Word of God always before us like a rule, and believe nothing but that which it teacheth, love nothing but that which it prescribeth, hate nothing but that which it forbiddeth, do nothing but that which it commandeth." ~ Henry Smith

Saturday, March 16, 2013

I do believe that we slander Christ when...

‎"I do believe that we slander Christ when we think that we are to draw the people by something else but the preaching of Christ crucified. We know that the greatest crowd in London has been held together these thirty years by nothing but the preaching of Christ crucified. Where is our music? Where is our oratory? Where is anything of attractive architecture, or beauty of ritual? “A bare service,” they call it. Yes, but Christ makes up for all the deficiencies" C.H. Spurgeon

Friday, March 15, 2013

Faith is the gift of God

Faith is the gift of God – not the result of the persuasion of the evangelist. – Jerry Bridges

Thursday, March 14, 2013

How little we know of the compassion of Jesus!

Oh, to realize that souls, precious, never dying souls, are perishing all around us, going out into the blackness of darkness and despair, eternally lost, and yet to feel no anguish, shed no tears, know no travail! How little we know of the compassion of Jesus! – Oswald J. Smith

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The gospel is only good news if...

The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time. – Carl F.H. Henry

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Your one business in life is to...

Your one business in life is to lead men to believe in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Every other thing should be made subservient to this one objective. – Charles Spurgeon

Monday, March 11, 2013

Some missionaries go to Africa

Some missionaries go to Africa – others travel to the Orient or to Europe. Every missionary goes somewhere. We all have a mission field, if only our own neighborhood or office building. Every corner of the world is a mission field. There are no boundaries in this world beyond which Christian witness is out of bounds. – R.C. Sproul

Monday, March 4, 2013

If I see aright, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament.

If I see aright, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of self-assured and carnal Christianity whose hands are indeed the hands of Abel, but whose voice is the voice of Cain. The old cross slew men; the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it. The old cross brought tears and blood; the new cross brings laughter.

A.W. Tozer (1897-1963)