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A man of one thing!

“A zealous man in religion is pre-eminently a man of one thing. It is not enough to say that he is earnest, hearty, uncompromising, thorough-going, whole-hearted, fervent in spirit. He sees only one thing, he cares for one thing, he lives for one thing, he is swallowed up in one thing; and that one thing is to please God. Whether he lives, or whether he dies,— whether he has health, or whether he has sickness,— whether he is rich, or whether he is poor,—whether he pleases man, or whether he gives offense,—whether he is thought wise, or whether he is thought foolish,— whether he gets blame, or whether he gets praise,— whether he gets honour, or whether he gets shame,—for all this the zealous man cares nothing at all. He burns for one thing; and that one thing is to please God, and to advance God’s glory. If he is consumed in the very burning, he cares not for it,—he is content. He feels that, like a lamp, he is made to burn; and if consumed in burning, he has but done the work for which God appointed him. Such an one will always find a sphere for his zeal. If he cannot preach, and work, and give money, he will cry, and sigh, and pray” (Practical Religion, p. 130).

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Where is your zeal?

Let me speak to your conscience. Where is your zeal? Where is your zeal for the glory of God, and for extending the Gospel throughout the world? You know well, that it is very low. You know well, that your zeal is a little feeble glimmering spark, that just lives, and no more—it is like a thing ready to die. Surely there is a fault somewhere, if this is the case. This state of things ought not to be. You, the child of God—you, redeemed at so glorious a price—you, ransomed with such precious blood—you, who are an heir of glory such as no tongue ever yet told, or eye saw; surely you ought to be a man of another kind. Surely your zeal ought not to be so small.

~ J.C. Ryle

Practical Religion, “Zeal”, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1998], 206.

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Just one request: persevere!

“I have but one request to make, and that is that you will persevere. I implore you to maintain your zeal and never let it go. I urge you never to stop doing the things you did at first, never to leave your first love, never let it be said of you that the things that you did in the first part of your Christian life were better than the things you did in your latter years. Beware of cooling down. All you have to do is to be lazy, and to sit still, and you will soon lose all your zeal. You will soon become another person from what you are now. Oh, don’t think that this is a needless exhortation!”

~ J.C. Ryle

Practical Religion, “Zeal”, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1998], 208, 209.

(HT: Ryle quotes)

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Remember your sin as against the LORD first: If there were “no conscience to accuse, no devil to terrify, no Judge to arraign and condemn, no hell to torment, yet he [a truly repentant sinner] would be humbled and brought on his knees for his sins, because he hath offended a loving, merciful, and long-suffering God” –William Perkins.

“Though we must not repent that we have repented, yet we must repent that we have not repented better.” (commenting on Numbers 29:11)–Matthew Henry

“God knows everything that would have happened if something else had happened that didn’t happen!”–John Whitcomb

“I want to be in the full-time business of finding out what the Word of God says and telling as many people as I can!”–John Whitcomb

“The lives that are lived before God cannot be trifles.” Alexander McClaren

On the brevity of life

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.–Shakespeare, Macbeth Act 5, scene 5, 19–28

Evolution is simply the latest means our fallen race has devised in order to suppress our innate knowledge and the biblical testimony that there is a God and that we are accountable to Him (cf. Romans 1:28). By embracing evolution, modern society aims to do away with morality, responsibility, and guilt. Society has embraced evolution with such enthusiasm because people imagine that it eliminates the Judge and leaves them free to do whatever they want without guilt and without consequences.–John MacArthur, The Battle for the Beginning.

God hath given to man a short time here upon earth, and yet upon this short time eternity depends.–Jeremy Taylor

The plain, unvarnished truth is, that every one of us needs the accountability that comes from formal, regular, intimate relationships with other godly people.–Wayne Mack, To Be or Not To Be a Church Member.

Zeal is like fire; in the chimney it is one of the best servants; but out of the chimney it is one of the worst masters–Thomas Brooks, A Puritan Golden Treasury.

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