To Ponder:

More pithy gems from J.C. Ryle

  • The standard of the world, and the standard of the Lord Jesus–are indeed widely different. They are more than different–they are flatly contradictory one to the other. Never be satisfied with the world’s standard of Christianity!
  • Hell is truth known too late!
  • That Bible is readbest, which is practiced most!
  • God’s eternal election is the first link in that chain of a sinner’s salvation, of which heavenly glory is the end!
  • A tree may always be known by its fruit. Just so, a true Christian may always be discovered by their habits, tastes and affections.
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 Pithy gems from J.C. Ryle #3

  • The beginning of the way to Heaven–is to feel that we are on the way to Hell.
  • There is a commonworldly kind of Christianity in this day, which many have, and think they have enough–a cheap Christianity which offends nobody, and requires no sacrifice–which costs nothing, and is worth nothing!
  • Christian! Your trials, crosses and conflicts are all temporary.
  • I am one of those old-fashioned ministers who believe the whole Bible and everything that it contains.
  • There are no lessons so useful–as those learned in the school of affliction.
  • Christ is never fully valued, until sin is clearly seen. We must know the depth and malignity of our disease, in order to appreciate the great Physician.
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 More Pithy Gems from J. C. Ryle

  • Pride is the oldest and most common of sins. Humility is the rarest and most beautiful of graces.
  • Lookto the cross, think of the cross, meditate on the cross–and then go and set your affections on the world if you can!
  • A crucified Savior will never be content to have a self-pleasing, self-indulging, worldly-minded people!
  • The Gospel was not meant merely to reside in our intellect, memories, and tongues–but to be seen in our lives.
  • Happiness and contentment do not depend on outward circumstances–but on the state of the heart.
  • Healthis a good thing; but sickness is far better–if it leads us to God. 
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To Ponder:

More Pithy gems from George Whitefield

  • Oh for a thousand lives to be spent in the service of Christ!
  • Left to himself–man is half beast and half devil.
  • God, give me a deep humility, a well-guided zeal, a burning love and a single eye!
  • If one evil thought, if one evil word, if one evil action, deserves eternal damnation–then how many Hells do every one of us deserve, whose whole lives have been one continued rebellion against God!
  • The reason why congregations have been so dead–is because they have dead men preaching to them. How can dead men beget living children?
  • I expect perpetual conflicts and struggles in this life. I expect only a cross, while on this side of eternity.
  • There are many who go on in a round of religious duties, who think that they will go to Heaven when they die. But if you examine them, though they have a Christ in their heads–they have no Christ in their hearts.
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Pithy gems from Thomas Watson #2 What fools are they who, for a drop of pleasure, drink a sea of wrath. . . Every time you draw your breath, you suck in mercy. . . We are more sure to arise out of our graves, than out of our beds. . . Read the Scripture, not only as a history, but as a love-letter sent to you from God. . . God would have us part with nothing for Him, but that which will damn us if we keep it! The only design He has for us is to make us holy. . . Death is the last and best physician. It cures all diseases and sins–the aching head and the unbelieving heart. Sin was the midwife which brought death into the world–and death shall be the grave to bury sin! O the privilege of a believer. . . There is more evil in a drop of sin–than in a sea of affliction. . . Knowledge without repentance–will be but a torch to light men to Hell.

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Pithy gems from Charles Spurgeon:

  • It is better to preach five words of God’s Word–than five million words of man’s wisdom.
  • Let us never think that we have learned a doctrine, until we have seen its fruit in our lives.
  • A large part of the professing church is nothing better than the world, wrongfully named with Christ’s name.
  • Anything that makes us pray is a blessing!

 

Pithy gems from J.C. Ryle:

  • It costs something to be a true Christian. It will cost us our sins, our self-righteousness, our ease and our worldliness!
  • According to the men of the world–few are going to Hell. According to the Bible–few are going to Heaven.
  • By affliction, Christ shows us our emptiness and weakness, draws us to the throne of grace, purifies our affections, weans us from the world, and makes us long for Heaven.
  • Nothing is so offensive to Christ as lukewarmness in religion! “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth!” Revelation 3:16.
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Scripture is like a pair of spectacles, which dispel the darkness and give us a clear view of God. . . Our physical illnesses serve us for medicines to purge us from our vanity and love of the world. . . While all men seek after happiness–scarcely one in a hundred looks for it from God. . . The glory of God shines, indeed, in all creatures in heaven and earth–but never more brightly than in the cross. . . God works in His elect in two ways: inwardly, by His Spirit; outwardly, by His Word. (Quotes from John Calvin)

“Christ died”–that is history; “Christ died for our sins”–that is doctrine. Without these two elements, joined in an absolutely indissoluble union, there is no Christianity. . . The true reason why faith is given such an exclusive place by the New Testament, so far as the attainment of salvation is concerned, over against love and over against everything else in man…is that faith means receiving something, not doing something or even being something. To say, therefore, that our faith saves us means that we do not save ourselves even in slightest measure, but that God saves us. . . “If God be for us, who can be against us?” That does not mean that faith in God will bring us everything that we desire. What it does mean is that if we possess God, then we can meet with equanimity the loss of all besides. . . Has it never dawned upon us that God is valuable for His own sake, that just as personal communion is the highest thing that we know on earth, so personal communication with God is the sublimest height of all? If we value God for His own sake, then the loss of other things will draw us all the closer to Him; we shall then have recourse to Him in time of trouble as to the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. (Quotes of J. Gresham Machen)

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