Category Archives: Quotes

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones on loving the local church

I was doing a little study in preparation for our elder’s retreat this weekend, and ran across these punchy observations regarding a difficult passage (1 John 2:19 – “They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us”). It should be observed, he is making observations largely as it pertained to England, which has the Church of England, a state recognized church. Even so, I don’t think his Read full article [...]

A Good Reason to Sing, guest blogger Paul Biebel

  Lately I have been meditating on the subject of our “calling.” I’m not sure why I seem stalled out on this subject but after spending several weeks on it in my devotions, I can do nothing but conclude that being called unto Christ is the highest blessing that can be poured upon a mortal man by a sovereign and eternal God. Even the slightest comprehension of His divine choosing of me, rather than my neighbor, chases away the cares and anxieties of this world. If only such bliss could be my first thought each day before I fly out Read full article [...]

Did Spurgeon need a psychiatrist, or a Savior?

The great British preacher of a century ago, Charles Spurgeon, went through five years as a child feeling intense guilt before he was saved. He goes on for a whole chapter in his autobiography describing the agony of those years. Here is a brief excerpt: When but young in years, I felt with much sorrow the evil of sin. My bones waxed old with my roaring all the day long. Day and night God’s hand was heavy upon me. I hungered for deliverance, for my soul fainted within me. I feared lest the very skies should fall upon me, and Read full article [...]

Rightly Dividing (accurately handling) the Word of Truth

  John Piper…heard at T4G…my paraphrase… “30 to 40 years ago, feminists trying to undermine the biblical basis for gender roles in church and society were misusing Galatians 3:28 ["there is neither male nor female"]. I objected to using this verse out of context, declaring that to use the verse this way was one step away from misusing Scripture to justify homosexuality and gay marriage. People angrily scoffed at me and laughed, asserting that these were ridiculous claims. No one would ever take it this far. WELL NO ONE IS LAUGHING NOW!” We cannot underestimate the risks and dangers of Read full article [...]

Spurgeon on Islam

We discussed some weeks back how Jesus did not condone the use of force in promoting Christianity (sermon is here). As well, we have been studying the doctrines and beliefs of Islam with the teens on Sunday night. I found this quote from Charles Spurgeon, preached in 1857, to be surprisingly relevant to the intersection of those two topics (and with a subtle reference to the first advent of Christ too — how seasonal). Mahommedans’ religion might be sustained by scimitars, but Christians’ religion must be sustained by love. The great crime of war can never promote the religion of Read full article [...]

Declaration of Thanksgiving

Over the years I have made it a habit to read the presidential proclamation which set aside the last Thursday of October as a day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens,” as it was declared by Abraham Lincoln 148 years ago. I trust you will be blessed as I am to read this during this season of Thanksgiving.  October 3, 1863 By the President of the United States A Proclamation The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, Read full article [...]

Charles Spurgeon on Finding the “Perfect Church”

I ran across this quote today by Charles Spurgeon. He once said about finding the perfect church: “If I had never joined a church till I had found one that was perfect, I should never have joined one at all; and the moment I did join it, if I had found one, I should have spoiled it, for it would not have been a perfect church after I had become a member of it. Still, imperfect as it is, it is the dearest place on earth to us.” I love our church (that is you, the people). I thank God Read full article [...]

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