Monday, September 30, 2013

One Way to Recollect the Mind Easily In the Time of Prayer - Brother Lawrence

One way to recollect the mind easily in the time of prayer, and preserve it more in tranquility, is not to let it wander too far at other times. You should keep it strictly in the presence of God; and being accustomed to think of Him often, you will find it easy to keep your mind calm in the time of prayer, or at least to recall it from its wanderings.

Taken from the book The Practice of the Presence of God

by Brother Lawrence 1614-1691

Friday, September 27, 2013

The Christian Church Should Be - Oswald Chambers

The Christian Church should not be a secret society of specialists, but a public manifestation of believers in Jesus.

Taken from the book The Quotable Oswald Chambers

Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Men Pray As They Live - Andrew Murray

Men pray as they live, because it is the life that prays. The life that, with wholehearted devotion gives up everything for God and to God can claim everything from God.      

Taken from the book The Ministry of Intercession by Andrew Murray 1828-1917



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

When We Were Fighting - Thomas Watson

 It was wonderful love that Christ should die for such as we are. What are we? Not only vanity, but enmity. When we were fighting, he was dying; when we had the weapons in our hands, then he had the spear in his side (Rom. 5:8).       

Taken from the book The Lords Supper by Thomas Watson 1665



Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Our Obedience to the Law Is - Samuel Bolton

 Our obedience to the law is nothing else but the expression of our thankfulness to God who has freely justified us, that 'being redeemed, we might serve Him without fear' (Luke 1:74).

Taken from the book The True Bounds of Christian Freedom 

by Samuel Bolton 1645



Monday, September 23, 2013

thur 9.26

Men pray as they live, because it is the life that prays. The life that, with wholehearted devotion gives up everything for God and to God can claim everything from God.      

Taken from the book The Ministry of Intercession by Andrew Murray 1828-1917


Men Pray As They Live - Andrew Murray

The More the Diamond Is Cut - Thomas Watson

Afflictions add to the saints' glory. The more the diamond is cut, the more it sparkles; the heavier the saints' cross is, the heavier shall be their crown.

Taken from the book Extracts from the Writings of Thomas Watson

Thomas Watson 1620-1686

Friday, September 20, 2013

The Spirit of a Christian - Jeremiah Burroughs

Oh, the Lord who is our Father loves to see his Spirit in us. Great men love to see great spirits in their children, and the great God loves to see a great spirit in his children. We are one spirit with God and with Christ, and one spirit with the Holy Ghost; therefore, we should have a spirit that might manifest the glory of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost in our spirits: that is the spirit of a Christian.

Taken from the book The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

By Jeremiah Burroughs 1648       



Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Prayer Without the Heart is Like - Thomas Brooks

The Jews at this day write upon the walls of their synagogues these words, Tophillah belo cavannah ceguph belo neshamah; that is, a prayer without the heart, or without the intention of the affection, is like a body without a soul.   

Taken from the book The Secret Key To Heaven by Thomas Brooks 1665



Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Such a Strong Love for Perishing Sinners - Charles Spurgeon

 Oh that you might have such a strong love for perishing sinners that you will put up with their rebuffs and rebukes, and say to them, "Strike me if you will, but hear me; ridicule me, but still I will plead with you; cast me under your feet as though I were the offscouring of all things, but at any rate, I will not let you perish, if it be in my power to warn you of your danger."

Taken from the book Council for Christian Workers

by Charles Spurgeon  1834-1892



Tuesday, September 17, 2013

They Shall Not Seek In Vain - Ralph Venning

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

(Hebrews 11:6 ESV)


He is a rewarder of them that seek him; they shall not seek in vain, if they seek in truth.  

Taken from the book Learning in Christ's School by Ralph Venning 1675



Monday, September 16, 2013

Grace Is Not Glorious If We - Richard Sibbes

If, as the Psalmist says, 'he made us, and not we ourselves' (Psa. 100:3), shall we think that we have a hand in making ourselves again? Will God allow his glory to be encroached upon by intercessions of saints' merits, and satisfaction, and free will? Grace is not glorious if we add the least thing of our own to it.

Taken from the book Glorious Freedom by Richard Sibbes 1639



Friday, September 13, 2013

To Take Him at His Word - DL Moody

I believe that a ship will carry me across the ocean, because I have tried it. But, this will not help another man who wants to go, unless he acts on my knowledge. So knowledge of Christ does not help us unless we act on it. That is what it is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. It is to act on what we believe.

As a man steps on board ship to cross the Atlantic, so we must take Christ and make a commitment of our souls to Him. He has promised to keep all who put their trust in Him. To believe on the Lord Jesus Christ is simply to take Him at His word.            

Taken from the book The Way to God by DL Moody 1837-1899



Thursday, September 12, 2013

Christ Comforts the Souls of His People - Thomas Watson

Myrrh is of an exhilarating nature. Its smell comforts and refreshes the spirits. So Christ comforts the souls of his people, when they are fainting under their sins and suffering.      

Taken from the book The Godly Man's Picture by Thomas Watson 1666



Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Every time we pray - Oswald Chambers

Every time we pray our horizon is altered, our attitude to things is altered, not sometimes but every time, and the amazing thing is that we don't pray more.
Taken from the book The Quotable Oswald Chambers
Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Preaching Is - William Perkins

Preaching is the flexanima, the allurer of the soul, by which our self-willed minds are subdued and changed from an ungodly and pagan life-style to a life of Christian faith and repentance.

Taken from the book The Art of Prophesying by William Perkins 1592



(Flexanima is Latin for: moving, affecting, touching)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Knowledge and love - Thomas Brooks

Knowledge and love, like water and ice, beget each other. Man loves Christ by knowing, and knows Christ by loving.
Thomas Brooks 1608-1680

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Never Think Little of Praise - Charles Spurgeon

Never think little of praise, since holy angels and saints made perfect count it their lifelong joy. Even the Lord Himself said, "Whoso offereth praise, glorifieth me" (Psalms 50:23)

Taken from the book Spurgeon on Praise Charles Spurgeon 1834-1892

Monday, September 2, 2013

Will You Say That Godliness Is Unpleasant - Richard Baxter

Will you say that godliness is unpleasant, because it makes a man sorry for his ungodliness?.... Would you wish a man that hath lived so long in sin and misery, to have no sorrow for it in his return—especially when it is but a healing sorrow, preparing for remission, and not a sorrow joined with despair, as theirs will be that die impenitently?

Richard Baxter 1615-1691