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The dull, and the slow, and the stupid, and the doubting

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

by J.C. Ryle, The Gospel of John Then He said to Thomas: Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side. John 20:27 We see here, how kind and merciful Christ is to dull and slow believers. Nowhere, perhaps, in all the four Gospels, […]

Mark him down as a proud man

Monday, June 13th, 2016

by Ashton Oxenden The Touchstone of Humility, 1884 One way in which a really humble Christian shows himself, is by having a high opinion of others. Paul says, “In lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than himself.” “Honor one another above yourselves.” Whenever you see a person who appears to take every opportunity […]

Anxiety makes us doubt God’s lovingkindness

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Post may contain affiliate links to materials I recommend. Read my full disclosure statement. From Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening May 26, Morning Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee. –Psalm 55:22 Care, even though exercised upon legitimate objects, if carried to excess, has in it the nature of sin. The precept […]

It is the exercise of the soul under unbelief that shows the existence of spiritual life

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

A Peculiar People by J.C. Philpot “…But all God’s family, each according to their measure, have spiritual exercises. Sometimes, for instance, they are powerfully exercised with unbelief; that is, the unbelief of their hearts so powerfully works in their carnal mind, as to obscure every evidence, hide every testimony, and deface every inscription that the […]

If I know Him at all, I must love Him

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening October 14th — Morning Reading I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. — Philippians 3:8 Spiritual knowledge of Christ will be a personal knowledge. I cannot know Jesus through another person’s acquaintance with Him. No, I must know Him myself; I must know […]

Blind fate and chance are excluded

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

God’s perfect wisdom in the management of our affairs by James Buchanan The Lord reigns. Psalm 97:1 The Bible lays a solid ground for our comfort when it assures us that all things are under the government of God. He superintends the affairs of this world, both as the provident parent and as the moral […]

No case is hopeless while Jesus lives

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Morning and Evening Daily Readings by C.H. Spurgeon September 17 Morning Bring him unto me. Mark 9:19 Despairingly, the poor disappointed father turned away from the disciples to their Master. His son was in the worst possible condition, and all means had failed, but the miserable child was soon delivered from the evil one when […]

Hope Is

Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Hope is a virgin of a fair and clear countenance; her proper seat is upon the earth, her proper object is in heaven. Faith is her attorney-general, prayer her solicitor, patience her physician, charity her almoner, thankfulness her treasure, confidence her vice-admiral, the promise of God her anchor, peace her chair of state, and eternal […]

On Controversy

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

A minister who was about to publish an article criticizing a fellow minister for errors in his theology, wrote to John Newton of his intention. Newton’s reply was meant to reference controversies in theology, but I find it to be helpful for many of life’s controversies. Dear Sir, As you are likely to be engaged […]

My Politics

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

from Letters of John Newton, 1778 The whole system of my politics is summed up in this one verse, The Lord reigns. Let the nations tremble. –Psalm 99:1 The times look awfully dark indeed, and as the clouds grow thicker, the stupidity of the nation seems proportionally to increase. If the Lord had not a […]


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