James Smith, “The Way of Salvation Set Forth”
“Then Agrippa said to Paul: You almost persuade me to become a Christian!” Acts 26:28
There are many who conclude that they are Christians, because they have been enlightened to see something of their state, danger, and deserved doom. But many are only lighted to Hell, for light in the mind–is not life in the soul. Hebrews 6:4, 10:20.
A person may be awakened to feel, to tremble, to desire salvation–as did Felix and Balaam, Acts 24:25, Numbers 23:10.
He may be reformed, and turn from open profanity to strict morality–as did some in Peter’s day, 2 Peter 2:20.
“Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
“In everything set them an example by doing what is good.” Titus 2:7
“Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands, so that if any of them do not believe the Word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.” 1 Peter 3:1-2
Unbelievers do not read the Bible, nor come to church to hear the gospel message. All that they learn about Christ and the Christian life–they must learn from those who bear Christ’s name and represent Him–as they view our character.
(Samuel Davies, “Unseen Things to Be Preferred to Seen Things”)
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen–but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary–but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18
VISIBLE things are perishable–and may soon leave us. When we think that they are ours–they often fly from our embrace!
Riches may vanish into smoke and ashes–by an accidental fire!
Young Sheep by Vera Kratochvil
(J. C. Ryle, “Old Paths”)
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Does anyone ask me what we may expect to see in a true conversion? I reply–there will always be something seen in a converted man’s . . .
and daily life.
You will not see perfection in him; but you will see in him–something peculiar, distinct, and different from other people. Continue reading
(Samuel Davies, “The Christian Feast“)
“Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve!” Joshua 24:15
I would now particularly address the young people here present. Will you be Christ’s–or Satan’s? You cannot avoid choosing one or the other for your master; for not positively choosing Christ–is virtually choosing the devil for your master, and hell for your eternal home!
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it!” Matthew 7:13-14
Path by Bobby Mikul
(James Smith, “The Pastor’s Morning Visit”)
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3
The Lord’s people are all poor; they see and feel that sin has stripped them of every excellence; and has left them wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind and naked. They can do nothing of themselves, they can procure nothing for themselves; but free grace has made ample provision for them, and the Gospel informs them that Jesus has everything they need–and that all that He has, is for them!
When they look at, or into themselves–they are discouraged; but when they look to Jesus–they rejoice! He has riches of grace–and riches of glory; and He says, “Every one who asks–receives.” He gives liberally, and upbraids not. Here then is the present blessedness of the Lord’s poor: Jesus has all they need! And He is their Redeemer and Friend! Those who seek Him shall not lack any truly good thing. Continue reading
(Letters of Mary Winslow)
"The world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever!" 1 John 2:17
May you be unceasingly led to see, that this world is not worthy of one anxious thought! It is all passing away, and we shall soon stand before the great white throne!
Realize more and more your glorious inheritance, and do not covet the poor trifles of time and sense.
Time is short!
You have much to do for God in a little space.
Eternity will be quite long enough to rest!
I am near my eternal home. Jesus is very precious, and His presence is sensibly with me. I live now more as a little helpless infant upon Christ, than ever I did in my long life!
Photo: Thistle with a bumblebee by Petr Kratochvil