Hold Your Hand in this Fire!

(Ralph Venning, “The Plague of Plagues!” 1669) “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account!” Hebrews 4:13 Take heed of what men call secret sins. There are only too many who continue in wickedness, because as they […]

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We Are Still Alive Because…

(Ralph Venning, “The Plague of Plagues!” 1669) “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease–for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning! Great is Your faithfulness!” Lamentations 3:22-23 If sin is so exceedingly sinful–so contrary to, and displeasing to God–then surely . . . His patience is exceedingly great, His goodness is exceedingly rich, and […]

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Heeding the Warnings of God

(John Newton’s Letters) My dear friends, Poor dear Rebecca! Thankfully your child was not killed, nor a bone broken. We are always glad to hear from you, but now we must beg to hear soon to confirm our hopes, that by this time she is perfectly recovered. She had often been cautioned against sliding down […]

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Remedy of the Cross

“…lest in the unmeasured abundance of our riches we go wild; lest, puffed up with honors, we become proud; lest, swollen with other good things–either of the soul or of the body, or of fortune–we grow haughty, the Lord himself, according as he sees it expedient, confronts us and subjects and restrains our unrestrained flesh […]

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Father Knows Best!

(John Newton’s Letters) “My times are in Your hands!” Psalm 31:15 This world seems all uncertainty–yet all is under the unspeakably gracious and infallibly wise direction of our Heavenly Father. Oh! This is the great thing to be desired–to be savingly interested in the promise which engages that all things shall work together for our […]

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Our Suffering Isn’t Forever

(John Newton’s Letters) “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.” John 16:33 Every step we take, brings us nearer to our Father’s house! We shall soon be at Home–where the wicked cannot trouble, and where the weary are at rest. How wisely the Lord varies His dispensations! They are not all painful–lest […]

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Do You Fear God?

(Edward Griffin, 1770-1837) “Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1 “How can a young man keep his way pure?” Psalm 119:9 Let the fear of God always be before your eyes. This will hold you back from a thousand evils! […]

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He Knows What We Are Made Of

“For He knows what we are made of, how we are formed, He knows our frame, He is mindful, remembers that we are dust.  This knowledge of God embraces our contitutional temperament, the feebleness of our understanding, the strength of our fears, the shattered state of our nerves, the violence of temptations, our readiness to […]

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The Good Shepherd

(Thomas Watson, “The Good Shepherd”) “I am the Good Shepherd–I know My sheep!” John 10:14 Christ knows all of His sheep. His knowing His sheep–is His loving them. This is a great consolation. He knows every one of their names. “He calls His own sheep by name.” John 10:3 He knows all the sighs and […]

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