“The secret formula of the saints: When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord’s choicest wines.”
– Samuel Rutherford
“For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.”
Will you hesitate, then, child of God to sink your emptiness in this fullness; to drink abundantly from this supply; to go to Jesus . . .
- with every sin, the greatest;
- with every temptation, the strongest;
- with every need, the deepest;
- with every trial, the severest;
- with your mental despondency, your lowest spiritual frame yes, exactly as you are–and receive from Christ’s boundless grace–grace to help you in the time of need? Hesitate not!
The reading of good sermons is the most underrated kind of Christian literature on the market today. In former centuries, the reading of sermons was the bulk of the mature Christian’s reading diet.
Most Puritan books, for example, are sermons edited for print. Sermon reading keeps believers in the Word, matures the soul, and whets the appetite for good preaching. It promotes Christ-centered thinking, healthy self-examination, and godly piety in every sphere of life.
Though nothing can replace the Word preached, sermon reading has one advantage over preaching—the sermons that made it into print are usually the minister’s best!
Tolle Lege—”pick up and read” great sermon books, especially those of past centuries that are packed with spiritual meat.” — Joel Beeke
You cannot commit a greater crime against some people than to be more useful than they are.
When we meet a brother with ten talents, do we congratulate ourselves on having such a man given to help us, or do we depreciate him as much as we can? Such is the depravity of our nature that we do not readily rejoice in the progress of others if they leave us behind; but we must school ourselves to this.
“The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.”
President Abraham Lincoln – 1863