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A bad tree

(Octavius Winslow, "From Grace to Glory" 1864) "By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people gather grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit... Read More

A base heathenish invention!

The following is from Spurgeon's sermon, "The Voice of the Cholera" No. 705. Amos 3:3-6. The word "chance" should be forever banished from the Christian's conversation. Luck or chance is a base heathenish invention! God rules and overrules all things, and he does nothing without a motive. The fallin... Read More

A glory, a beauty, and a sweetness

(J. C. Philpot, "The Secret of the Lord" 1844) How sweet it is to trace the Lord's hand in providence . . . to look back on the chequered path that He has led us by; to see how His hand has been with us for good; what difficulties He has brought us through; in what straits He has appeared; how in th... Read More

A hundred doctrines floating in the head

(J. C. Philpot) By five minutes real communion with the Lord . . . we learn more, we know more, we receive more, we feel more, and we experience more than by a thousand years of merely studying the Scriptures, or using external forms, rites, and ceremonies. One truth written by the Spirit in the hea... Read More

A little secret...

Spurgeon, "The Holy Ghost, the Great Teacher" Let me tell you a little secret- whenever you cannot understand a text, open your Bible, bend your knee, and pray over that text; and if it does not split into atoms and open itself, try again. If prayer does not explain it, it is one of the things God d... Read More

A lump of vanity

In reality . . . riches are but dust, honors are but shadows, pleasures are but bubbles, and man is but a lump of vanity, composed of sin and misery.... Read More

A peculiar, indescribable, invincible power

(Philpot, "The Word of Men and the Word of God") "Our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction." 1 Thes. 1:5 The gospel comes to some in word only. They hear the word of the gospel, the sound of truth; but it reaches the outward ear ... Read More

A shelf in my head?

Spurgeon, "Christ- The Power and Wisdom of God" Before I knew the gospel I gathered up a heterogeneous mass of all kinds of knowledge from here, there, and everywhere-- a bit of chemistry, a bit of botany, a bit of astronomy, and a bit of this, that, and the other. I put them altogether, in one grea... Read More

A sweet power

(Cudworth, 1647) "Speaking the truth in love." Ephes. 4:15 When we would convince men of any error by the strength of truth, let us additionally pour the sweet balm of love upon their heads. Truth and love are two of the most powerful things in the world; and when they both go together, they cannot ... Read More

Accidents, Not Punishments

by C. H. Spurgeon, September 8, 1861 There were some present at that very time who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And He answered them, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in thi... Read More

All doctrine, all experience, all precept

(J. C. Philpot, "The Precepts of the Word of God") All doctrine, all experience, all precept center, as one grand harmonious whole, in the glorious Person of the Son of God. From Him they all come; to Him they all flow. Severed from Him . . . doctrine is seen to be but a withered branch; experience ... Read More

All dropping from the outstretched, munificent hand!

All dropping from the outstretched, munificent hand of a loving, gracious, and bountiful Father! (from Octavius Winslow's "My Times in God's Hand") Beloved, remember that all our past and all our coming prosperity, if indeed He shall so appoint it, is in the hand of God. It is His wisdom that sugges... Read More

All in all to all eternity!

From Spurgeon's sermon, "Even So, Father!" I have all in all to all eternity, when I can call God my Father. "Father!" He that can lisp that word upon his knees has uttered more eloquence than Demosthenes or Cicero ever knew! Abba, Father! He that can say that, has uttered better music than cherubim... Read More

All is transparent and harmonious to His eye!

(From Octavius Winslow's, "My Times in God's Hand") We live in a world of mysteries. They meet our eye, awaken our inquiry, and baffle our investigation at every step. Nature is a vast arcade of mysteries. Science is a mystery. Truth is a mystery. Religion is a mystery. Our existence is a mystery. T... Read More

All is well

(Henry Law, "Deuteronomy" 1858) How varied are the stations of man's calling! How diverse are their positions in life! Some reign in palaces; some toil in cottages. Some feast at plenty's table; some pine in poverty's contracted cells. Purple and splendor deck the rich man; Lazarus lies a beggar at ... Read More

All our care, forethought, and caution

(John MacDuff, "The Prophet of Fire" 1877) "Wherever we go, there is but a step between us and death!" (Matthew Henry) "One day Israel's new king, Ahaziah, fell through the latticework of an upper room at his palace in Samaria, and he was seriously injured." 2 Kings 1:2 King Ahaziah was thus suddenl... Read More

All the mysteries of providence?

(Octavius Winslow, "Morning Thoughts") "Now we see through a glass darkly (in a riddle), but then face to face; now I know in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known." 1 Cor. 13:12 The position which the Christian shall occupy hereafter will be most favorable to a full and clear comprehe... Read More

All things!

(Philpot, "The Subjection of All Things Under the Feet of Jesus") "You crowned Him with glory and honor and put all things under His feet. In putting all things under Him, God left nothing that is not subject to Him." Hebrews 2:7-8 See the sovereign supremacy of Jesus! There may be circumstances in ... Read More

All this loveliness of character

(J. A. James, "The Practical Believer Delineated" 1852) "Without holiness no one will see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14 An unholy person cannot inherit the kingdom of God. There is a vast difference between sanctification--and the common morality of life. There are many people who are . . . very amiable ... Read More

All your secret abominations!

Spurgeon, "Plain Directions to Those Who Would Be Saved from Sin" "The ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord; and he ponders all his goings." Proverbs 5:21 God is everywhere present, at all times. He has seen all your evil ways. No night is so dark as to hide from His eyes. No chamber so retir... Read More

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