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Of Repentance and Coming to Christ

December 23, 2016 Leave a comment

OF REPENTANCE AND COMING TO CHRIST.

THE end of affliction is the discovery of sin, and of that to bring us to a Savior. Let us therefore, with the prodigal, return unto him, and we shall find ease and rest.

A repenting penitent, though formerly as bad as the worst of men, may by grace become as good as the best.

To be truly sensible of sin, is to sorrow for displeasing of God, to be afflicted that he is displeased by us, more than that he is displeased with us.

Your intentions to repentance, and the neglect of that soul-saving duty, will rise up in judgment against you.

Repentance carries with it a divine rhetoric, and persuades Christ to forgive multitude of sins committed against him.

Say not with thyself, to-morrow I will repent; for it is thy duty to do it daily.

The gospel of grace and salvation is above all doctrines the most dangerous, if it be received in word only by graceless men; if it be not attended with a sensible need of a Savior, and bring them to him. For such men as have only the notion of it are of all men most miserable; for by reason of their knowing more than heathens, this shall only be their final portion, that they shall have greater stripes.

Mr. John Bunyan’s Dying Sayings

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Foxe’s Book of Martyrs-Contents

CHAPTER I HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN MARTYRS TO THE FIRST GENERAL PERSECUTIONS UNDER NERO

I. St. Stephen

II. James the Great

III. Philip

IV. Matthew

V. James the Less

VI. Matthias

VII. Andrew

VIII. St. Mark

IX. Peter

X. Paul

XI. de

XII. Bartholomew

XIII. Thomas

XIV. Luke

XV. Simon

XVI. John

XVII. Barnabas

 

CHAPTER II THE TEN PRIMITIVE PERSECUTIONS

CHAPTER III PERSECUTIONS OF THE CHRISTIANS IN PERSIA

CHAPTER IV PAPAL PERSECUTIONS

CHAPTER V AN ACCOUNT OF THE INQUISITION

CHAPTER VI AN ACCOUNT OF THE PERSECUTIONS IN ITALY, UNDER THE PAPACY

CHAPTER VII AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE AND PERSECUTIONS OF JOHN WICKLIFFE

CHAPTER VIII AN ACCOUNT OF THE PERSECUTIONS IN BOHEMIA UNDER THE PAPACY

CHAPTER IX AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE AND PERSECUTIONS OF MARTIN LUTHER

CHAPTER X GENERAL PERSECUTIONS IN GERMANY

CHAPTER XI AN ACCOUNT OF THE PERSECUTIONS IN THE NETHERLANDS

CHAPTER XII THE LIFE AND STORY OF THE TRUE SERVANT AND MARTYR OF GOD, WILLIAM TYNDALE

CHAPTER XIII AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE OF JOHN CALVIN CALVIN AS A FRIEND OF CIVIL LIBERTY

CHAPTER XIV AN ACCOUNT OF THE PERSECUTIONS IN GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, PRIOR TO THE REIGN OF QUEEN MARY I

CHAPTER XV AN ACCOUNT OF THE PERSECUTIONS IN SCOTLAND DURING THE REIGN OF KING HENRY VIII

CHAPTER XVI PERSECUTIONS IN ENGLAND DURING THE REIGN OF QUEEN MARY

CHAPTER XVIII THE RISE, PROGRESS, PERSECUTIONS, AND SUFFERINGS OF THE QUAKERS

CHAPTER XIX AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE AND PERSECUTIONS OF JOHN BUNYAN

CHAPTER XX AN ACCOUNT OF THE LIFE OF JOHN WESLEY

CHAPTER XXI PERSECUTIONS OF THE FRENCH PROTESTANTS IN THE SOUTH OF FRANCE, DURING THE YEARS 1814 AND 1820

CHAPTER XXII THE BEGINNINGS OF AMERICAN FOREIGN MISSIONS

MISSIONARY BEGINNINGS

 

Sinners cannot endure God’s displeasure

December 31, 2012 10 comments

fullerThe only question that remains is, whether thou canst endure his displeasure. And this must surely be a forlorn hope! Can thine heart endure, and thine hands be strong, in the day that he shall deal with thee? Think of the wrath to come. If it were founded in caprice or injustice, supported by conscious innocence, you might possibly bear it; but, should you perish, you will be destitute of this resource. Conscience will eternally say Amen to the justice of your sufferings. If you had mere justice done you, unmixed with mercy, your sufferings would be more tolerable than they will be; but if you perish, you must have your portion with Bethsaida and Chorazin. Goodness gives an edge to justice. The displeasure of a kind and merciful being– and such is the wrath of the Lamb–is insupportable.

Rev. Andrew Fuller–The Great Question Answered

 

Sinners cannot resist God’s hand

December 17, 2012 4 comments

fullerFinally: Though your sin be exceedingly offensive to your Creator, and though you can make no atonement for it, yet, if you could resist his power, escape his hand, or endure his wrath, your unconcern might admit of some kind of apology. Surely I need not prove to you that you cannot resist his power–what is your strength when tried? You may, in the hour of health and festivity, and when in company with others like yourself, indulge your pride, and boast great things; but if God touch you with his afflicting hand, your strength and your courage, instantly forsake you.

Rev. Andrew Fuller–The Great Question Answered

 

We need to remember Christ in all the times he has manifested himself to us

Thanks be unto God, I speak not of you all, for in this place there is a goodly remnant according to the election of grace, and to them I turn.

Perhaps I could tell you of some old barn, hedge-row, or cottage; or if you have lived in London, about some garret, or some dark lane or street, where first you met with Christ; or some chapel into which you strayed, and you might say, “Thank God, I can remember the seat where first he met with me, and spoke the whispers of love to my soul, and told me he had purchased me.”

Dost mind the place, the spot of ground,

Where Jesus did thee meet?”

Yes, and I would love to build a temple on the spot, and to raise some monument there, where Jehovah-Jesus first spoke to my soul, and manifested himself to me. But he has revealed himself to you more than once-has he not? And you can remember scores of places where the Lord hath appeared of old unto you, saying, “Behold I have loved you with an everlasting love.” If you cannot all remember such things, there are some of you that can; and I am sure they will understand me when I say, come and do this in remembrance of Christ-in remembrance of all his loving visitations, of his sweet wooing words, of his winning smiles upon you, of all he has said and communicated to your souls. Remember all these things to-night, if it be possible for memory to gather up the mighty aggregate of grace.” Bless the Lord. O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.”

Charles H. Spurgeon—The Remembrance of Christ—A sermon delivered on Sabbath Evening January 7th 1855

A Converted Man Thinks it Good to be Afflicted

September 4, 2012 Leave a comment

When the mind is thoroughly convinced that God can, consistently with His honour, willingly receive to favour the most naked, forlorn, wretched, guilty, hell-deserving of the human race, and become a Father and Friend to him, he is happier than if all the world was his own. When God is his sensible Portion, everything else fades into utter insignificance. The fig tree may not blossom, nor any fruits be in the vine, yet he will “joy in the God of his salvation” (Hab. 3:18). The Apostle, Paul, although a prisoner at Rome, not in the least dejected, cries “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice” (Phil. 4:4). When God is chosen as our supreme Good, all earthly idols are rejected, and our treasure is laid up in Heaven. In proportion as grace flourishes in the heart our comforts will remain, let outward things go as they will; yea, it will be found that it is “good to be afflicted” (Psa. 119:71).

Arthur W. Pink–Studies in the Scriptures February, 1937 The Spirit Transforming.

The Sinner being Reproved is made Better or Worse

August 1, 2012 2 comments

The sinner under the afflictive hand of divine providence, is always made better or worse. If sickness and pain and the death of friends do not wean him from the world, and drive him to God, they harden his heart. This is the effect of all the judgments of heaven-of all the calamities and miseries of human life. This is strikingly illustrated in the case of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Because sentence against an evil work is not speedily executed, therefore the heart of the sons of men are fully set in them to do evil.

Asahel Nettleton-The Destruction of  Hardened Sinners