Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Happy are Those Christians Who Have Learned - JC Ryle

The Lord Jesus, we should remark, did not tarry long on the Mount of Olives. His communion with Moses and Elijah was very short. He soon returned to his accustomed work of doing good to a sin-stricken world. In His life on earth, to receive honor and have visions of glory was the exception. To minister to to others, to heal all who were oppressed by the devil, to do acts of mercy to sinners, was the rule. Happy are those Christians who have learned of Jesus to live for others more than for themselves, and who understand that is is 'more blessed to give than to receive." (Acts 20:35)

Taken from the book Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke by JC Ryle 1858 

Monday, March 23, 2015

What Tenderness, Pity, and Kindness There Is - Ichabod Spencer

Some of our sweetest solaces never could have been known but for the afflictions which bring them. What tender friendships gather around us when we are sick! What hearts beat for us and sympathize with us, and would, if they could, take themselves the pain that racks us! We should never know what tenderness and pity and kindness there is in the world, if our trials did not bring them out. Many of our calamities attach us more to our fellow-men, and make us think better of the world than we did before.
Taken from the book Practical Sermons by Ichabod Spencer 1798-1854

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

He Had Always Observed

Mr Johnson approved of the Shepherd's sincerity, for he had always observed, that where there was no humility, and no watchfulness against sin, there was no religion; and he said, that the man, who did not feel himself to be a sinner, in his opinion, could not be a Christian.  

Taken from the Tract The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain. In the book The Publications of the American Tract Society. Tracts are from the sixteenth to nineteenth century.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Christianity is Devotion to - Oswald Chambers

Christianity is not devotion to work, or to a cause, or a doctrine, but devotion to a person, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Lord Delivers Us From All - Henry Smith

The lawyer can deliver his client but from strife, the physician can deliver his patient but from sickness, the master can deliver his servant but from bondage, but the Lord delivers us from all.

Henry Smith 1560-1591

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What we Shall Lose - Richard Sibbes

Satan gives Adam an apple, and takes away Paradise. Therefore in all temptations let us consider not what he offers, but what we shall lose.
Richard Sibbes 1577-1635 Quoted in A Puritan Golden Treasury

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Only Explanation of Grief and Sorrow - Oswald Chambers

In our mental outlook we have to reconcile ourselves to the fact that sin is the only explanation as to why Jesus Christ came, the only explanation of the grief and the sorrow that there is in life.
Taken from the book The Quotable Oswald Chambers
Oswald Chambers 1874-1917