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The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. Brethren, what is true of ministers is true of all our people. You need to read. Renounce as much as you will all light literature, but study as much as possible sound theological works, especially the Puritan writers, and expositions of the Bible.

Charles Spurgeon

The Bible is the truest utterance that ever came by alphabetic letters from the soul of man, through which, as through a window divinely opened, all men can look into the stillness of eternity, and discern in glimpses their far-distant long-forgotten home.

Thomas Carlyle

Knowledge of the Lord always leads to, and stimulates, an interest in church history.

David Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Prayer must carry on our work as well as preaching: he preacheth not heartily to his people, that prayeth not earnestly for them. If we prevail not with God to give them faith and repentance, we shall never prevail with them to believe and repent.

Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

to his son Harry: “with singleness of heart make the glory of the Lord your aim. Take heed of professing religion without the power…”

Oliver Cromwell

Where death leaves us judgment finds us and eternity holds us.

Charles H. Spurgeon

It is a mistake to say that people will no longer listen to doctrinal preaching.

Loraine Boettner

As the Trinity is not discoverable by reason in the first place, so it is not capable of proof by reason in the second place.

Loraine Boettner

All true repentance is followed by a forsaking of evil.

Andrew Fuller (1754-1815)

I am aware it is common to consider a backslider as being a good man, though in a bad state of mind; but the Scriptures do not confine the term to this application.

Andrew Fuller (1754-1815)

But, particularly, one great difference between saints and hypocrites is this, that the joy and comfort of the former is attended with godly sorrow and mourning for sin.

Jonathan Edwards

Godliness consists not in a heart which intends to do the will of God, but in a heart which does it.

Jonathan Edwards

Christian practice is a costly, laborious thing.

Jonathan Edwards

O, when will all professors, and especially all professed ministers of Christ, learn the difference between the law and the gospel?

Charles H. Spurgeon

No boldness in poor sinful worms of the dust, that have a right sight of God and themselves, will prompt them to approach to God with less fear and reverence than spotless and glorious angels in heaven, who cover their faces before his throne, Isa vi.

Jonathan Edwards

Christians are Christlike; none deserve the name of Christians, that are not so in their prevailing character.

Jonathan Edwards

That man is under great convictions whose conviction is great in proportion to his sin. But no man that is truly under great convictions thinks his conviction great in proportion to his sin. For if he does, it is a certain sign that he inwardly thinks his sins small. And if that be the case, it is a certain evidence that his conviction is small. And this, by the way, is the main reason that persons, when under a work of humiliation, are not sensible of it at the time of it.

Jonathan Edwards

An experienced servant of God has said, that, while popularity is a snare that few are not caught by, a more subtle and dangerous snare is to be famed for holiness. The fame of being a godly man is as great a snare as the fame of being learned or eloquent. It is possible to attend with scrupulous anxiety even to secret habits of devotion, in order to get a name for holiness.

Andrew Bonar

There is a sort of men, who indeed abundantly cry down works, and cry up faith in opposition to works, and set themselves very much as evangelical persons in opposition to those that are of a legal spirit, and make a fair show of advancing Christ and the gospel and the way of free grace, who are indeed some some of the greatest enemies to the gospel way of free grace, and the most dangerous opposers of pure humble Christianity.

Jonathan Edwards

"Very many of the most important things declared in the gospel are hid from the eyes of natural men."

Jonathan Edwards

"We easily believe what we wish to believe."

Timothy Dwight

I have often been struck with [the thought] that nothing was heard of the danger of spurious [false] conversions. For months together, the thought never seemed to be glanced at, that there was any such thing as a satanic influence in the form of religion. Such a character as an enthusiastic hypocrite, or a self-deceived person, seemed never to be dreamed of.

Asahel Nettleton

"It is by seeing the excellency of Christ's Person that the saints are made sensible of the preciousness of His blood, and its sufficiency to atone for sin; for therein consists the preciousness of Christ's blood, that it is the blood of so excellent and amiable a Person."

Jonathan Edwards

"Don't expect what you don't inspect."

John S. Waldrip

"Take heed of giving thyself liberty of committing one sin, for that will lead thee to another; till, by an ill custom, it become natural."

John Bunyan

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