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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 ... 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 overru ... 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 ... 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, ... 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 p ... 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 ... 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, th ... 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 ... 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 ... 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 . . . ... 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 ... 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, Fathe ... 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 ... 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 cell ... 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 wa ... 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 wa ... 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 ... 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 t ... 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 moralit ... 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. ... read more

An idol is an idol
      (J. C. Philpot, "Prevailing Pleas" 1865) "Son of man, these leaders have set up idols in their hearts! They have embraced things that lead them into sin." Ezekiel 14:3 An idol is an idol, whether worshiped inwardly in heart, or adorned ou ... read more

An unfailing spring of joy and consolation!
       "O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my every thought when far away. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest ... read more

And how is it that I am made to differ?
      (John MacDuff, "The Prophet of Fire" 1877) Let us adore the freeness of God's mercy, and the sovereignty of His grace. God's thoughts are not our thoughts, neither are His ways our ways. Man has generally some reason for conferring his fa ... read more

Angels damned, men saved?
      From Spurgeon's sermon, "ELECTION AND HOLINESS" God has CHOSEN to himself a people whom no man can number, out of the children of Adam- out of the fallen and apostate race who sprang from the loins of a rebellious man. Now, this is a wonder of ... read more

Are you hungry?
      from Spurgeon's sermon, "BREAD FOR THE HUNGRY" We should come to hear the Word, like baby birds in the nest-- when the mother-bird comes with the worm, they are all stretching their necks to see which one shall get the food, for they are all hung ... read more

As your Biblical knowledge widens
      (John Angell James, "Christian Progress" 1853) There are many who regard an increasing acquaintance with the text of the Bible, as an evidence of growth in grace. Ask yourselves the solemn question. In proportion as you store your minds wit ... read more

Authority, glory and sovereign power!
      (J. C. Philpot, "Jesus, the Enthroned King") "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns!" Rev. 19:6 The unlimited dominion of King Jesus extends over . . . all things, all events, all circumstances, all people! All are subjected ... read more

Babylonian books!
      by Spurgeon To forego your Bible reading for the perusal even of good books would soon bring a conscious descending of the soul. If you read the 'Babylonian books' of the present day, you will catch their spirit, and it is a foreign one, which wil ... read more

Beware of light reading!
      from Horatius Bonar's book, "FOLLOW THE LAMB" Beware of light reading! Shun novels; they are the literary curse of the age. If you are a parent, keep novels out of the way of your children. But whether you are a parent or not, neither read them ... read more

Beware of that practical atheism!
      (from Winslow's, "The Glory of Christ in Heaven") Beloved, God is in history. God in every man's history. God is in your history. He is in every event, and circumstance, and incident of your life. Whatever that history be, God arranged ... read more

Bible reading...
      by Thomas Brooks-- "Remember that it is not hasty reading, but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths, that makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee that gathers honey, but h ... read more

Biblical knowledge
      "Reader, remember this: if your biblical knowledge does not now affect your heart, it will at last, with a witness, afflict your heart. If it does not now endear Christ to you, it will at last provoke Christ the more against you. If it does ... read more

Bold, unblushing audacity!
      (Bonar, "Divine Love and Human Rejection of It") "I listen to their conversations, and what do I hear? Is anyone sorry for sin? Does anyone say, 'What a terrible thing I have done'? No! All are running down the path of sin as swiftly as ... read more

Bow to the Word!
      Don Fortner I bow to the Word of God. There are many good creeds, confessions, and catechisms written by men, clearly setting forth the gospel of the grace of God; but I do not pin my faith to the writings of any man, or any group of men, no matt ... read more

Building air-castle upon air-castle!
      (John MacDuff, "Thoughts for the Quiet Hour", 1895) He who goes about whining all day long about some imaginary drawbacks in the sphere which Providence has assigned him--when all the while he is situated so much better than thousands around--i ... read more

But God also prepared a worm!
      (John MacDuff, "The Prophet of Fire" 1877) "And the Lord God prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, and soon it spread its broad leaves over Jonah's head, shading him from the sun. This eased some of his discomfort, and Jonah ... read more

Can he scale heaven and dethrone our God?
      (Henry Law, "Psalms") "Let us break their chains," they cry, "and free ourselves from this slavery." Psalm 2:3 Self will rejects restraint. Pride will not yield to rule. Conceited reason lifts up defiant head. The gentle scepter of ... read more

Can he scale heaven and dethrone our God?
      (Henry Law, "Psalms") "Let us break their chains," they cry, "and free ourselves from this slavery." Psalm 2:3 Self will rejects restraint. Pride will not yield to rule. Conceited reason lifts up defiant head. The gentle scepter of ... read more

Can the Ethiopian change his skin?
      (Joseph Philpot, "Daily Words for Zion's Wayfarers") "Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil." Jeremiah 13:23 Before the soul can know anything about salv ... read more

Christian contentment
      Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition. Jeremiah Burroughs ... read more

Come and display your treasure!
      (Henry Law, "Deuteronomy" 1858) Ah! wretched worldling, when will you be wise! Come and display your treasure! Your best is but . . . a fading flower; a fleeting shadow; a tottering reed; a failing brook. And how long can yo ... read more

Common or priceless?
      (Spurgeon, "Praises and Vows Accepted in Zion") We have our common mercies. We call them common, but, oh, how priceless they are! Health to be able to come here and not to be stretched on a bed of sickness, I count this better than bags of g ... read more

Contemplating God's greatness!
      From Spurgeon's sermon, "Fear Not" Lift up your eyes, behold the heavens, the work of God's fingers-- behold the sun guided in his daily march; go forth at midnight, and behold the heavens; consider the stars and the moon; look upon these works ... read more

      From Spurgeon's, "The Immutability of God" The proper study of a Christian is the Godhead-- The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage the attention of a child of God, is the name, the nature ... read more

Continually churning up mire and dirt!
      (John Angell James, "Christian Love" 1828) "The wicked are like the troubled sea, which cannot rest, whose waves are continually churning up mire and dirt." Isaiah 57:20 Until the carnal mind, which is enmity against God, is regenerated an ... read more

Dark and mysterious providences
      (Octavius Winslow, "No Night There") Our journey is often dark, long, and weary. In the present life our path is at times draped with gloomy, painful, and inexplicable clouds. "God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform." So ... read more

Darkness of ignorance, dungeons of falsehood, chains of superstition!
      from Spurgeon’s,"WHAT GOD CANNOT DO!" Truth once reigned supreme upon our globe, and then earth was Paradise. Man knew no sorrow while he was ignorant of falsehood. The Father of Lies invaded the garden of bliss, and with one foul lie he blig ... read more

Deluged with love!
      God is the fountain of love, as the sun is the fountain of light. Every stream of holy love, yes, every drop that is, or ever was, proceeds from God. In heaven, this glorious God is manifested, and shines forth, in full glory, in beams of love. ... read more

      (John MacDuff, "A Book for the Bereaved") "Does disaster come to a city, unless the Lord has done it?" Amos 3:6 "Does disaster come to a city," to the cottage, to the palace--is there disaster which blights some unknown poor man's dwellin ... read more

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