Richard Sibbes (1577-1635) "Is the Lord Christ a servant? This should teach us not to stand upon any terms. If Christ had stood upon terms, if he had refused to take upon him the shape of a servant, alas! where had we and our salvation been? And yet wretched creatures, we think ourselves too good … Continue reading “Behold my servant…” (Matt. 12:18) – Richard Sibbes (1577-1635).
"Hence we see how brightly grace shines in the salvation of the thief on the cross. There can be no possible mistake as to him. Clearly he had no good works to trust in. He had performed no deeds of charity. Of baptism and the Lord's Supper he knew nothing. The rites, ceremonies, and ordinances … Continue reading The Penitent Thief – C. H. Mackintosh
1 Kings 8; 2 Chronicles 5, 6 "Why should we pray? Why did Solomon pray? If we can gain some insight into why Solomon prayed, we might learn something about reasons to pray. Worship: He prayed first of all as an expression of worship. His heart was filled with appreciation to God for His grace … Continue reading Solomon and The Motive for Prayer – A. J. Higgins
"In Hebrews 13:15 we have the third branch of our Lord's service for us in the heavenly sanctuary. "By Him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name." What a comfort to know that we have One in the presence of God to present … Continue reading "One who ever liveth in the presence of God." – C. H. Mackintosh
"We need to he reminded, in days like the present, that every child of God, every member of the body of Christ, whatever be his position or sphere of action, has a mission to fulfil — a work to do for Christ. He may not be called to be an evangelist, a pastor, or a … Continue reading Quotes from ‘The Christian’s Mission’ by C. H. Mackintosh
That you...may...comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge.Eph. 3:17-19 "Breadth, length, height, and depth carry in them an inexpressible something, and that something far outshines all things that can be found in this world! Paul was endeavouring … Continue reading The Infinite and Unsearchable Greatness of God – John Bunyan (1628-1688)
"When we cry to him in the hour of bodily pain or weakness, he knows well what we mean. When our prayers and praises are feeble through bodily weariness, he can understand our condition. He knows our frame. He has learned by experience what it is to be a man. To say that the Virgin … Continue reading He Knows Our Frame – J. C. Ryle (1816-1900).
"I saw coming towards us a Ghost who carried something on his shoulder. Like all the Ghosts, he was unsubstantial, but they differed from one another as smokes differ. Some had been whitish; this one was dark and oily. What sat on his shoulder was a little red lizard, and it was twitching its tail … Continue reading ‘The New-Made Man’ – C. S. Lewis.
Richard Sibbes (1577-1635) "Since Christ is thus comfortably set out unto us, let us not believe Satan's representations of him. When we are troubled in conscience for our sins, his manner is then to present him to the afflicted soul as a most severe judge armed with justice against us. But then let us present … Continue reading When Satan tries to lie to us about Christ. From ‘The Bruised Reed’ by Richard Sibbes.
Richard Sibbes (1577-1635) "It may seem to some unbefitting to offer a discourse of a 'bruised reed' to such a strong and flourishing cedar. But experience sheweth that the strongest plants in God's house are exposed sometimes to strong winds of temptation, and thereupon meet with bruisings, that they may the better know by whose … Continue reading Quotes from ‘The Bruised Reed’ by Richard Sibbes. Part 1