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J. C. Ryle Life, Ministry, and Wisdom – Pt 6

True and False Unity No doubt we all love unity, but we must distinctly maintain that true unity can only be built on God’s truth. We must not withhold the right hand of fellowship from any faithful brethren because he does not think exactly like us, but we must understand who the men are to whom we extend […]

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J. C. Ryle Life, Ministry, and Wisdom – Pt 5

Ryle believed that pastors must take time to sit at the firesides in the homes of the people, hear their thoughts, and speak faithfully about the things of God. He believed that a man who only speaks of Christ from behind a pulpit should not be surprised at having small usefulness. Real love for people […]

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J. C. Ryle Life, Ministry, and Wisdom – Pt 4

There is much to be learned from Ryle’s teaching with respect to keeping a right proportion and balance in the presentation of the truth. It is no small thing both to state biblical truth and to keep it in a right relationship with other truths. One doctrine, magnified out of proportion to other truths, will limit the usefulness of any […]

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If God had left me alone

Sometimes, when I see some of the worst characters in the street, I feel as if my heart must burst forth in tears of gratitude that God has never let me act as they have done! I have thought, “If God had left me alone, and had not touched me by His grace, what a great […]

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J. C. Ryle: Life, Ministry, and Wisdom Part 3

  What we weave in time, we wear in eternity; it matters little how we die, but it matters much how we live. What the sun is in the heavens, is what Christ is in true Christianity. Nothing is to be added to Christ in salvation, nothing is to be joined with Him in honor, and […]

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J. C. Ryle – Life, Ministry, and Wisdom, Part 2

  For various reasons, people may for a time appear to belong to Christ and hold orthodox belief. Upbringing, self-advantages, and culture may hide for a while what is missing. But let the disadvantages of being an evangelical Christian come to be experienced, and those unrenewed by the Holy Spirit will turn to whatever other […]

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J. C. Ryle – Life, Ministry, and Wisdom

Iain Murray’s new Banner of Truth biography on J. C. Ryle, 19th century British Anglican pastor, gives an outstanding glimpse into Ryle, which many Christians would enjoy and greatly benefit from, who have profited from Ryle’s writings, but know nothing about him. In this newly-released biography, J. C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone, Murray gives […]

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What Repentance Truly Means

There was a day when I died; died to self, my opinions, preferences, tastes and will; died to the world, its approval or censure; died to the approval or blame even of my brethren or friends; and since then I have studied only to show myself approved unto God. – George Mueller Many mourn for their sins that […]

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God in Christ

God in nature is God above us; God in providence is God beyond us; and God in his law is God against us. But God in Christ is God for us, God with us, and God in us. – William Jay

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Remembering a Friend

A delightful man’s body was buried under a beautiful tree in a lovely country cemetery in rural Kentucky this past Tuesday. Mike Morrow’s soul had taken its heavenly flight the previous Friday, and his earthly ‘tent’ was laid to rest in Union Cemetery, immediately beside the Union Baptist Church building, where Mike had pastored for sixteen […]

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