“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32) I was encouraged by these words today and thought I would pass them on without commentary and just this paragraph to set the context. As I begin my preparation for next week’s worship service I found these words from J.C. Ryle on … More The Father Delights to Give Us the Kingdom
If you spend much time around as many churches as I do, you meet some truly great saints of God–men and women whose growth in grace inspires a longing for a deeper walk with Jesus in ways that jump start renewed zeal for holiness. At the church I planted in Bolingbrook, IL I met some … More Why are Christians So Immature?
From J.C. Ryle “The man who is about to sail for Australia or New Zealand as a settler is naturally anxious to know something about his future home, its climate, its employments, its inhabitants, its ways, its customs. All these are subjects of deep interest to him. You are leaving the land of your nativity, … More Great Thoughts on Heaven
Tuesday is for Hearing the Word We have in C.S. Lewis’s words, “a prejudice against older books.” That is a problem. Too often we cut ourselves off from the greatness of brothers and sisters who finished well and can teach us much. Here’s one of those voices from 164 years ago: (And perfectly in sync … More Everything We Believe in Submission to the Word of God
Wednesday is for Prayer I am being raked over the coals by my third reading of J.C. Ryle’s A Call to Prayer: An Urgent Plea to Enter into the Secret Place. You can kid yourself and delude yourself and hypnotize yourself into thinking you are too busy to pray or too distracted to pray or that you … More “Prayer will consume sin or sin will choke prayer.”
No Finger Pointing, … Just sayin’. How serious are we in dealing with sin in our lives?
Wednesday is for Prayer “I am afraid the private devotions of many are most painfully scanty and limited; just enough to prove they are alive and no more. They really seem to want little from God. They seem to have little to confess, little to ask for, and little to thank him for. Alas, this … More “Stunted, Dwarfish, Clipped” Prayers: The Malady of Our Age
Sunday Musings “I believe that thousands never utter a word of prayer at all. They eat. They drink. They sleep. They rise. They go forth to their labor. They return to their homes. They breathe God’s air. They see God’s sun. They walk on God’s earth. They enjoy God’s mercies. They have dying bodies. They … More Don’t Live Like a Beast without a Soul
Friday is for Heart Songs Here is a great passage from J.C. Ryle on the absolute supremacy of the word of God to evangelical faith. I picked this up from Eric T. Young over at Reformed Bibliophile. The first leading feature in Evangelical Religion is the absolute supremacy it assigns to Holy Scripture, as the … More Evangelical Faith Requires an Authoritative Bible
Wednesday is for Prayer Long day today and a longer one tomorrow. No time to write something new, so here is a brief offering from John Piper’s Tuesday blog. Let’s make this our prayer for all the saints of God, especially leaders, today. On the Subject of J.C. Ryle, I would also recommend A Call … More Longing for Holiness and True Sanctification