(Ralph Venning, “The Plague of Plagues!” 1669) “The wicked and the one who loves violence–His soul hates!” Psalm 11:5 God hates man for sin! It is not only sin, but sinners that God hates–and that for sin! It is said of God, that He hates the workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:5); not only the works […]


Worse Than Devils!

(Ralph Venning, “The Plague of Plagues!” 1669) “Fools mock at sin!” Proverbs 14:9 Those who mock at sin, are worse than fools and madmen! Tell them, as Lot told his sons-in-law of the danger and judgments which hang over their head–and, as with Lot, you seem to them as one who jokes. Genesis 19:14. 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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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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Little Sins?

(Ralph Venning, “The Plague of Plagues!” 1669) Beware of such sins as the world calls little sins! They say: “What harm is there in an innocent lie?” Alas, what a contradiction this is! Can a lie be innocent? One says, “Oh, it is only a trick of youth!” Yes, but it is such a trick […]

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