Daily Thoughts Blog

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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The Little Foxes of Sin

“Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes, that are spoiling the vine.” – Song of Solomon 2:15 A little thorn may cause much suffering. A little cloud may hide the sun. Little foxes spoil the vines; and little sins do mischief to the tender heart. These little sins burrow in the soul, and make […]

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Death is a Great Fact

I appreciate your prayers today, as I have a difficult funeral to do today at 2:30 in Dallas for a family, whom we have been friends with for years; please pray for me, that I would be helped by the Lord to both comfort them and give truth to them that would not be compromised. […]

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