Thursday, July 30, 2015

Paul’s Course was Shaped By – E.M. Bounds 7-30-15

Paul was a leader by appointment and by universal recognition and acceptance. He had many mighty forces in this ministry. His conversion, so conspicuous and radical was a great force, a perfect magazine of aggressive and defensive warfare. His call to the apostleship was clear, luminous and convincing. But these forces were not the divinest energies which brought forth the largest results to his ministry. Paul's course was more distinctly shaped and his career rendered more powerfully successful by prayer than by any other force.
E.M. Bounds 1835-1913
Quoted in the book Paul the Leader by J. Oswald Sanders

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In Prayer it is Better to Have - John Bunyan

In prayer it is better to have a heart with  without words, than words without a heart.
John Bunyan 1628-1688

Monday, July 27, 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bring Forth Fruit Answerable To Your State - Ralph Venning

Bring forth fruit answerable to your state. At one time, fruits worthy of repentance were the fruits called for, but now you are to bring forth fruits worthy of assurance, victory, and joy in the Holy Ghost. It is true, God had some little praise from you when you were babes, but now he expects much more; that you bring forth much fruit and be filled with it, that you be strong in faith, that you abound in love, that you be filled with all wisdom and knowledge, to walk worthy of God and to do all to his glory.
Taken from the book Learning in Christ's School
by Ralph Venning 1675

Friday, July 17, 2015

Help Me in This Warfare - Thomas Chalmers

My God, Thou knowest my infirmities; and Thou knowest my desire to overcome them. Send forth Thy Spirit to help me in this warfare. Give me wisdom, O God, and the meekness of wisdom. Let the power of Christ rest upon me.
Taken from the book Sabbath Scripture Readings II
by Thomas Chalmers 1780-1847

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Let Us Bless the God of The Poor

Let us bless the God of the poor, and pray continually that the poor may become rich in faith and the rich be made poor in spirit.
Taken from the book The Publications of the American Tract Society  Tracts are from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Christianity Never Diminishes Human Sympathies - Ichabod Spencer

Christianity never diminishes human sympathies. It makes them more wise, more judicious and tender; it sanctifies them, but it never represses them. The inspired Apostle himself poured forth the comforts of Christianity on the bleeding hearts of his smitten brothers.
Taken from the book Practical Sermons by Ichabod Spencer 1798-1854

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Our Lord’s Call to Sinners - J.C. Ryle

I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. Luke 5:32
Let it be noted here, as well as elsewhere, that our Lord's call to sinners is not a bare call to become his disciples, but a call "to repentance."
Taken from the book Expository Thoughts on the Gospels by J.C. Ryle 1856

Friday, July 10, 2015

The Elements of a Ministry of Power - Horatius Bonar

Nearness to Christ, intimacy with him, assimilation of his character – these are the elements of a ministry of power.
Horatius Bonar 1808-1889

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Remember What Sin Is - Oswald Chambers

Remember what sin is: the fundamental independence of God; the thing in me that says, I can do without
God, I don't need Him. The hatred of the world has its source there.
Taken from the book The Quotable Oswald Chambers Oswald Chambers 1874-1917

Saturday, July 4, 2015

True Will-Power and Courage - DL Moody

True will-power and courage are not on the battlefield, but in everyday conquests over our inertia, laziness, boredom.

DL Moody 1837-1899

Friday, July 3, 2015

He Who Runs From God in the Morning - John Bunyan

He who runs from God in the morning will scarcely find him the rest of the day.

 John Bunyan 1628-1688

Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Truest Measure of a Church’s Strength - EM Bounds

What is the truest measure of a church's strength? True strength lies in the vital godliness of the people. The aggregate personal holiness of the members of each church is the only true measure of strength. Any other test offends God, dishonors Christ, grieves the Holy Spirit, and degrades religion.
 EM Bounds 1835-1913

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

May There Be No Doubt As To What I Have Asked - Andrew Murray

Lord Jesus, teach me to pray with all my heart and strength so clearly that there may be no doubt as to what I have asked. May I know what it is that I desire so that when my petitions are recorded in heaven, I can record them on earth too, and note each answer when it comes. And may my faith in what your Word has promised be so clear that the Spirit may indeed work in me liberty to will that it come to pass. Lord, renew, strengthen, and sanctify wholly my will for the work of effective prayer.
Taken from the book Teach Me to Pray by Andrew Murray 1828-1917