Daily Thoughts Blog

Assurance is a delicate Thing

Do not forget that assurance is a thing that may be lost. Oh! it is a most delicate plant. It needs daily, hourly watching, watering, tending, cherishing. So take care. David lost it. Peter lost it. Each found it again—but not until after bitter tears. Quench not the Spirit; grieve Him not; vex Him not. […]

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Comfort in the Gospel

Let us take comfort in the thought that the Lord Jesus does not cast off His believing people because of failures and imperfections. He knows what they are. He takes them, as the husband takes the wife, with all their blemishes and defects, and once joined to Him by faith, will never leave them. He […]

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John Wesley and the early Methodists, Pt 1

Iain Murray’s book, Wesley and Men who Followed, is Christian biography at its best. Murray, unlike other reformed writers, has a deep appreciation and proper understanding of the early Methodist preachers, both in the 18th and 19th centuries. One of the men Mr. Murray exposes us to today is the unknown Thomas Collins (1810-1864), one […]

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Half-Hearted Christianity

No one can serve two masters; either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. – Matthew 6:24 If you are a Christian, be consistent. Be a Christian all out, every hour, in every way. […]

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True Repentance

I trust that sorrowful penitence still exists, though I have not heard much about it lately. People seem to jump into faith very quickly these days. I hope my old friend repentance is not dead. I am desperately in love with repentance; it is the twin sister of faith. I do not myself understand much […]

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Friendships

Good friends are among our greatest blessings. They may keep us back from much evil, quicken us in our course, speak a word in season, draw us upward and draw us onward. But a bad friend is a positive misfortune, a weight continually dragging us down, and chaining us to earth. Keep company with an […]

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Pursue Humility

If we profess to have any real Christianity, let us strive to be of John the Baptist’s spirit—let us study humility. This is the grace with which all must begin, who would be saved. We have no true Christianity until we cast away our high thoughts and feel ourselves to be sinners. This is the […]

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Psalm 119

Psalm 119 is a large collection of very short prayers, most of which we only pray as we read the Psalm itself. Some of them, however, have so woven themselves into our memories and experiences that we frequently find ourselves praying them at other times. A fine example is the prayer of vs. 18: “Open […]

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“Help, Lord” – Psalm 12:1

This prayer from Psalm 12:1 is remarkable, for it is short, but seasonable and suggestive. David mourned the fewness of faithful men, and therefore lifted up his heart in supplication; when the creature failed, he flew to the Creator. He evidently felt his own weakness or he would not have cried for help. The Psalmist […]

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The Distinguishing Mark of the Christian

“Whoever does not love does not know God.” – 1 John 4:8 The distinguishing mark of a Christian is his confidence in the love of Christ, and the yielding of his affections to Christ in return. First, faith sets her seal upon the man by enabling the soul to say with the apostle, “Christ loved […]

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