Friday, June 27, 2014

No Basis for Envy - Richard Sibbes

In spiritual things there is no basis for envy, for everyone may partake of everything. In the things of this life there is envy, because the more one has, the less another has. But for more to partake of spiritual things is a matter of glory and excellency.

Taken from the book Glorious Freedom by Richard Sibbes 1639



The Great Business of Their Lives - Richard Baxter

That this Spirit is given to all true believers is evident by the effects of his being given. They have ends, affections, and lives different from the rest of mankind; they live upon the hopes of a better life, and their heavenly interest overrules all the opposite interest of this world. In order to this they live under the conduct of divine authority, and to obey and please God is the great business of their lives.

Taken from the book Dying Thoughts by Richard Baxter 1683



Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What a Foolish Thing Is This - Jeremiah Burroughs

What a foolish thing is this, that because I have not got what I want, I will not enjoy the comfort of what I have.

Taken from the book The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

By Jeremiah Burroughs 1648     

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Whole Scripture Principally Aims At - Martin Luther

The whole Scripture doth principally aim at this thing, that we should not doubt, but that we should hope, that we should trust, that we should believe, that God is a merciful, a bountiful, a gracious, and a patient God to his people.

Martin Luther 1483-1546

Monday, June 23, 2014

They Think Themselves Beyond Mercy - John Bunyan

They think themselves beyond the reach of his mercy. Wherefore in answer to this conceit it is, that the Lord asketh, saying, "Is my hand shortened at all that it cannot redeem?" (Isaiah 50:2)

Taken from the book All Loves Excelling by John Bunyan 1692

Thursday, June 19, 2014

I Have Been Helped By - Samuel Rutherford

I have been helped … by praying for others; for by making an errand to God for them, I have gotten something for myself.

Samuel Rutherford 1600-1661


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Emulate the Tiny Ant - St. Augustine

Emulate the tiny ant; be an ant of God. Listen to the word of God and hide it in your heart. Collect plenty of food during the happy days of your spiritual summers. You will then be able to endure the difficult days of temptations during the winters of your soul.

St. Augustine 354 - 430

Monday, June 16, 2014

In All Things Look To the End - Thomas A' Kempis

In all things look to the end, and how you will stand before that just Judge.

Thomas a' Kempis 1380-1471

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Old Disciples Have Often Discouraged Young Beginners - JC Ryle

The hard judgments and unreasonable expectations of old disciples have often driven back and discouraged young beginners in the school of Christ.

Taken from the book Expository Thoughts on the Gospels by J.C. Ryle 1856

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Attempt great things - William Carey

Attempt great things for God and expect great things from God.
William Carey 1761-1834

Friday, June 6, 2014

Unexpected Fruit - John Owen

Did you never run to a tree for shelter in a storm, and find fruit which you did not expect? Did you never go to God for safeguard in these times, driven by outward storms, and there find unexpected fruit, the peaceable fruit of righteousness, that made you say, "Happy tempest, which cast me into such a harbor"?

John Owen 1616 –1683


Thursday, June 5, 2014

First we practice sin, then we - THOMAS MANTON

First we practice sin, then defend it, then boast of it. Sin is first our burden, then our custom, then our delight, then our excellency.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

No Man Can Continue - Ichabod Spencer

No man can continue in any sin without losing more and more of the powers of self-control.

Taken from the book Practical Sermons by Ichabod Spencer 1798-1854