Monthly Archives: April 2010

The Two sides of Friendships

“Good friends are among our greatest blessings – they may keep us back from much evil, quicken us in our course, speak a word in season, draw us upward, and draw us on. But a bad friend is a positive misfortune, a weight continually dragging us down, and chaining us to earth. Keep company with an irreligious man, and it is more than probable you will in the end become like him. That is the general consequence of all such friendships. The good go down to the bad, and the bad do not come up to the good.” J.C. Ryle Thoughts For Young Men, 44.

HT: J.C. Ryle

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Principles for Life from the Death of Christ (1 Peter 2:21-24)

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The afflictions of the godly

How do the afflictions of the godly, differ from the afflictions of the wicked?

(1) The afflictions of the godly are but corrections; but those on the wicked are punishments. The one come from a Father; the other from a Judge.

(2) The afflictions of the godly are fruits of covenant mercy. Afflictions on the wicked are effects of God’s wrath. Afflictions on the wicked are the pledge of hell; they are like the shackling of a malefactor, which presages his execution.

(3) The afflictions of the godly make them better; but afflictions on the wicked make them worse. The godly pray more; “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.” Psalm 130:1. The wicked blaspheme more. “Men were scorched with great heat—and blasphemed the name of God.” Revelation 16:9.

Affliction on the godly is like bruising spices—which makes them give off a most sweet and fragrant aroma. Affliction on the wicked is like pounding weeds with a pestle—which makes them give off a foul stench.

It is a sign the affliction is sanctified, when the heart is brought to a sweet submissive frame. (Thomas Watson, “The Ten Commandments”)

HT: Grace Gems

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Christian Must Suffer

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The Impossibility of Salvation, Parts 1, 2, and 3

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Soft breed Christians

“Our churches these days are filled (or one-quarter filled) with a soft breed of Christian that must be fed on a diet of harmless fun to keep them interested. About theology they know little. Scarcely any of them have read even one of the great Christian classics, but most of them are familiar with religious fiction and spinetingling films” From Tozer’s “That Incredible Christian”, 1964, page 88.

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The Harmony of the Trinity in Election

“At the end of the day my brothers, the issue that is at stake in divine election and in effectual redemption is not a matter of whether you argue about the five points of Calvinism. At the end of the day it’s a matter of the harmony of the Trinity.

Have the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit a harmony in their purposes? Does God plan something, that the Son effects, that the Spirit fails to bring to fruition?

No Paul says, God’s plan for the fullness of time is going to be effected because this is the God who works out all things (Ephesians 1:11)according to the counsel of His will… in order that at the end of the day His predestining purpose that we should be adopted through Jesus Christ according to the purpose of His will (Ephesians 1:5) might see us conformed to the likeness of His Son. And that’s the thing that God has set His heart upon… conforming His elect to the likeness of His Son.

And mark Paul’s words, He will let nothing stand in the way of fulfilling that purpose… and honoring His Son and honoring His Son’s death. He will certainly not let my puny will stand in the way of His Son’s eternal glory.”-Sinclair Ferguson from a sermon “His Eternal Election.”

HT: Reformed Voices

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Church Activities


Work that is only religious work and religious activity can be done by ungifted men and women and it can be done within the framework of the Christian church. But it will wind up with the judgment upon it: It is only a product of a human mind. From Tozer’s Tragedy in the Church?, 1978, page 31.

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Beautiful Music

Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.

~Martin Luther

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Holy Spirit first

“No sinner ever comes to Christ until the Holy Spirit first comes to him.” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

HT:The Bororean

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