Satisfied!

I love JC Ryle’s warning in his book, Holiness, “A right view of sin is the best antidote to that sensuous, ceremonial, formal kind of Christianity…I can well believe that there is much that is attractive in this system of religion, to a certain order of minds, so long as the conscience is not fully […]

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We live by the Holy Spirit

Are we aware of just how dependent we are upon the work of the Holy Spirit for everything in life?  JC Ryle, in his sermon “Having the Spirit” said,  “True Christians, we are taught, are ‘born of the Holy Spirit.’ (1 Cor. 12:3)  They live in the Spirit; they are led by the Spirit; by […]

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Christ is All!

Last night I preached on Colossians 3:11 and took aim at the words of Paul, “Christ is all.”  In JC Ryle’s book HOLINESS there is a chapter devoted to that one phrase.  It is one of the best chapters I have ever read and in it he said, “He is the High Priest, the Mediator, […]

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Backsliding and the Neglect of Prayer!

In my last blog I quoted from JC Ryle’s A Call to Prayer.  Let me quote from him again today…Ryle speaks of the great need to prayer and in the sixth session he says, “I ask whether you pray, because neglect of prayer is one great cause of backsliding.”  In the midst of his discussion […]

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Do You Pray?

For years I’ve read quotes from JC Ryle’s book Holiness, but I had never read the book.  Recently I read it and it immediately moved into My Top Ten books that every Christian should read.   I love Ryle’s writing style—both in his book, but also in his commentaries.  Today I began to read an article […]

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“Christ is All!”

In the 20th Chapter of JC Ryle’s book Holiness, Ryle concludes his book by speaking about Colossians 3:11, “Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.”  He actually spends the entire chapter talking about a phrase from that verse, “Christ is all.”  […]

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Preaching With Distinct Doctrinal Theology

If you follow my blog you know that I’ve quoted from JC Ryle’s book Holiness quite a bit.  I’m reading through the book with a group of men on Tuesday mornings and this morning I found the following quote helpful. “Mark what I say.  If you want to do good in these times, you must […]

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Seven Priceless Promises!

Jesus said,  I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:35  All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. John 6:37  If anyone thirsts, let him come to me […]

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IN CHRIST!

Over and over again the Bible says that those who are born again are in Christ.  What does this mean?  Listen to JC Ryle’s explanation. “What the ark was to Noah, what the Passover Lamb was to Israel in Egypt, what the manna, the smitten rock, the brazen serpent, the pillar of cloud and the […]

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It Is All JESUS!

“It is Christ who calls the members of the church in due time.  They are ‘the called of Jesus Christ’ (Romans 1:6).  It is Christ who quickens them. ‘The Son quickeneth whom He will.’ (John 5:21).  It is Christ who washes away their sins.  He ‘has loved us, and washed us from our sins in […]

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