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Charles H. Spurgeon – Preach the Gospel

“The devil has seldom done a cleverer thing than hinting to the church that part of their mission is to provide entertainment for the people, with a view to winning them.
From speaking out as the Puritans did, the church has gradually toned down her testimony, then winked at and excused the frivolities of the day. Then she tolerated them in her borders. Now she has adopted them under the plea of reaching the masses.
My first contention is that providing amusement for the people is nowhere spoken of in the Scriptures as a function of the church. If it is a Christian work, why did not Christ speak of it? “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”

(Mark 16:15). “That is clear enough.”
~ Charles H. Spurgeon

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A.W. Pink – The Scriptures and Joy

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The ungodly are ever seeking after joy, but they find it not: they busy and weary themselves in the pursuit of it, yet all in vain. Their hearts being turned from the Lord, they look downward for joy, where it is not. Rejecting Substance, they diligently run after the shadow, only to be mocked by it. It is the sovereign decree of heaven that nothing can make sinners truly happy but God in Christ; but this they will not believe, and therefore they go from creature to creature, from one broken cistern to another (see Jer 2:13), inquiring where is the best joy to be found.

Each worldly thing which attracts them says, It is found in me; but each disappoints. Nevertheless, they go on seeking it afresh today in the very thing which deceived them yesterday. If after many trails they discover the emptiness of one creature comfort, then they turn to another, only to verify our Lord’s word, “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again” (John 4:13).

- A.W. Pink, The Scriptures and Joy

 

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Arthur Pink, “Another Gospel”

“Yes, my reader, it is possible to work in the name of Christ, and even to preach in His name, and though the world knows us, and the Church knows us, yet to be unknown to the Lord! How necessary it is then to find out where we really are; to examine ourselves to see whether we be in the faith; to measure ourselves by the Word of God and see if we are being deceived by our subtle Enemy; to find out whether we are building our house upon the sand, or whether it is erected on the Rock which is Christ Jesus.”~ Arthur Pink, “Another Gospel” Real men read Pink (A.W. Pink) Matthew 7:24-25

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Jesus, my whole trust is in You – C. H. Spurgeon

Jesus, Jesus, my whole trust is in You. I know that no righteousness of my own can save me, but only You. O Christ-sink or swim, I cast myself on You”? Oh my brothers and sisters, you are drawn by the Father, for you could not have come unless He had drawn you! Sweet thought! And if He has drawn you, do you know what is the delightful inference? Let me repeat just one text, and may that comfort you-“The Lord has appeared of old unto me, saying, I have Loved you with an everlasting love-therefore with loving kindness have I drawn you. C. H. Spurgeon
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The Second Beatitude By A.W. Pink

A striking illustration and exemplification of the spirit upon which the Savior here pronounced His benediction is to be found in Luke 18:9-14. There a vivid contrast is presented to our view. First, we are shown a self-righteous Pharisee looking up toward God and saying, “God, I thank Thee that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. This may all have been true as he looked at it, yet this man went down to his house in a state of condemnation. His fine garments were rags, his white robes were filthy, though he knew it not. Then we are shown the publican, standing afar off, who, in the language of the Psalmist, was so troubled by his iniquities that he was not able to look up (Ps. 40:12). He dared not so much as lift up his eyes to heaven, but smote upon his breast. Conscious of the fountain of corruption within, he cried, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” That man went down to his house justified, because he was poor in spirit and mourned for sin. AW Pink

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Samuel Rutherford – Faith

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“THE faith that God requireth of sinners is that they rely upon Christ, as despairing of their own righteousness, leaning wholly and withal humbly, as weary and laden, upon Christ as on the resting stone laid in Zion. But He seeks not that without being weary of their sin they rely on Christ as mankind’s Savior, for to rely on Christ and not be weary of sin is presumption, not faith. Faith is ever neighbor to a contrite spirit, and it is impossible that faith can be where there is not a cast-down and contrite heart in some measure for sin.”

Excerpt From: Rutherford, Samuel. “31 Days With Samuel Rutherford.” Lewis Publishing, iBooks.

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Every saint is God’s temple – Thomas Brooks

It was a choice saying of Augustine, ‘Every saint is God’s temple, and he that carries his temple around with him, may go to prayer when he pleases.’ Some saints have never had so much of heaven brought down into their hearts, as when, they have been with God in a corner. Oh, the secret manifestations of divine love, the secret kisses, the secret embraces, the secret influences, the secret communion with God, that many a precious Christian has had in the most solitary places: it may be behind the door, or behind the wall, or behind the hedge, or behind the arbour, or behind the tree, or behind the rock, or behind the bush, etc. – Thomas Brooks