The Best lack All Conviction…

“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; The center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”
– W.B. Yeats

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Don’t Be Ignorant of His Devices

Since Satan cannot destroy the Gospel,
he has too often neutralized
its usefulness by
addition, subtraction,
or substitution.

-J.C. Ryle

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God’s Sovereignty

“All that [God] has made He has made for Himself, to set forth His
praise; the heavens themselves with all their splendid furniture exist
but to illustrate His glory; the earth and all that is in it, and all
that happens in it, to declare His majesty; the whole course of history
is but the theatre of His self-manifestation, and the events of every
individual life indicate His nature and perfections. Men may be unable
to understand the place which the incidents, as they unroll themselves
before their eyes, take in the developing plot of the great drama: they
may, nay, must, therefore stand astonished and confounded before this or
that which befalls them or befalls the world. Hence arise to them
problems — the problem of the petty, the problem of the inexplicable,
the problem of suffering, the problem of sin … But, in the infinite
wisdom of the Lord of all the earth, each event falls with exact
precision into its proper place in the unfolding of His eternal plan;
nothing, however small, however strange, occurs without His ordering, or
without its peculiar fitness for its place in the working out of His
purpose; and the end of all shall be the manifestation of His glory, and
the accumulation of His praise.”

– B.B. Warfield (1851-1921)taken from:/Predestination

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Too Much?

“No person ever said, at the end of their days, ‘I have read my Bible too much, I have thought of God too much, I have prayed too much, I have been too careful with my soul.'” ~ J.C. Ryle

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What Are We?

“If we consider ourselves apart from God and His grace, what are we? We are nothing; we are vanity; we are fleeting shadows; here one moment and gone the next; we are insignificant; we are mere creatures who every thirty seconds gasp for our next breath of air”.
– Homer Hoeksema, from his “Redeemed With Judgement”, p.76

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Its Own Reward

“Obedience to the Divine precepts carries its own reward now: peace of conscience, tranquility of mind, contentment of heart, assurance of God’s approbation. Divine consolation is secured by heeding the Word of exhortation’.
– A.W.Pink, from his Hebrews commnetary, p.1296

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The Omnipotent Mind

“The whole creation, from Seraph down to the invisible atom, ministers to the Supreme Will, and is under the special observation, government and direction of the Omnipotent Mind – Who sees all, Himself unseen; Who upholds all, Himself sustained by none; Who guides all, Himself guided by none; and Who changes all, Himself unchanges”.

– J. Zanchius, from his “Absolute Predestination”, p.34

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Faith and Works

“As faithless works the Lord will not reward, so workless faith the Lord will not regard”.
– A.H. Drysdale, From his “Christ Invisible,Our Gain”, p. 218

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More Glorious

“Witsius has remarked that God took only six days to creation, but spent forty days with Moses in directing him to make the tabernacle – because the work of grace is more glorious than the work of creation.”

A. Bonar from his commentary on Leviticus, p.9

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Practical Holiness

“There is none upon earth who is fully conformed to God’s will. Practical holiness is a matter of growth. In this life holiness is but infantile and will only be matured in glory. At present it exists more in the form of longings and strivings, hungerings and efforts, rather than in realizations and attainments.”
– A.W.Pink, from his Hebrews Comm. p.1000

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Every Good From God Alone

“But He calls those humble who being emptied of every confidence in their own power, wisdom and righteousness, seek every good from God alone.”
-John Calvin, from his commentary on 1Peter

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Christianity is not a Species…

Christianity is not a species of the genus religion, but rather the religion of which other belief systems are false derivations”.

Gordon Clark, from his “A  Christian View of Men and Things”

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Lowly Thoughts

“He who is blest with a spiritual faith will have lowly thoughts of himself”.
A.W.Pink, Hebrews Comm. p.849

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The Nature of Faith

“The Nature of Faith is to be certain. Any measure of doubt or uncertainty is not a degree of faith but an assault upon it. Faith, therefore, must rest on something more sure than an inference of probability.”
J.I.Packer, from his “Fundamentalism and the Word of God,” p.117

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What to Renounce…

“We are not to renounce our comforts and throw away God’s blessings; but we are to renounce our carnal affections. We cannot get out of the world when we please, but we must get the world out of us”.
AW Pink, from his Hebrews Comm. p.732

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The Theater of Divine Glory

“Correctly then is this world called the mirror of divinity; Not that there is sufficient clearness for man to gain a full knowledge of God, by looking at the world, but that He has thus so far revealed Himself, that the ignorance of the ungodly is without excuse. Now, the faithful, to whom He has given eyes, sees sparks of His glory, as it were, glittering in every created thing. The world was no doubt made, that it might be the theater of the Divine Glory”.
-John Calvin, from his commentary on Hebrews, p.266

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The Need for Mutual Exhortations

“For as by nature we are inclined to evil, we have need of various helps to retain us in the fear of God.  Unless our faith be now and then raised up, it will lie prostrate: unless it be warmed, it will be frozen; unless it be roused, it will grow torpid. He would have us then to stimulate one another by mutual exhortations, so that Satan may not creep into our hearts, and by his fallacies draw us away from God.
-John Calvin, from his commentary on Hebrews, p.88

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Faith, Not a Blind Reliance”

“Faith is not a blind reliance on the Word of God, but an intelligent persuasion of it’s veracity, wisdom and beauty.”
AW Pink, from his Hebrews comm. P.654

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Purchased by Christ

‘Every grace implanted in the Christian’s soul was purchased by the obedience and blood of Christ, and are living evidences of the worth of them.”
-A.W.Pink, from his Hebrews Comm. p.575

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Dangerous and Fatal

“To indulge the flesh is dangerous; To persist in the course of self-gratification is highly dangerous; And to remain therein unto the end, would be fatal.”
A.W.Pink,from his Hebrews Comm. p.612

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