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The power of prayer

From JC Ryle: Prayer obtains fresh and continued out-pouring of the Spirit. He alone begins the work of grace in a man's heart. He alone can carry it forward and make it prosper. But the good Spirit loves to be entreated. And those who ask most, will always have most of His influence.   Prayer is the surest remedy against the devil and besetting sins. That sin will never stand firm which is heartily prayed against. That devil will never long keep dominion over us which we beseech the Lord to cast forth. But, then, we must spread out all our case before our heavenly Physician, if He is to give us daily re- lief. We must drag our indwelling devils to the feet of Christ, and cry to Him to send them back to the pit.

Bolt your eyes to the beauty of God!

Bolt Your Eyes to the Beauty of God! A Meditation on Psalm 27:4 Geoffrey R. Kirkland Christ Fellowship Bible Church I. God’s Beauty Is Pleasant. The beauty of God pleasantly satisfies the hearts of His people. God infinitely delights and supremely gladdens the hearts of those whom He has redeemed. God’s worth and His glory manifested in His works, ways, and Word brings happiness to His people. An infinity of delights that are infinitely beautiful and infinitely mysterious are wrapped up in the pleasantness of God. To be God is to be eternally pleasant and beautiful. God satisfies. God pleases His people. God satisfies and pleases His people because He is infinitely satisfied and pleased in and of Himself. God lacks nothing. He is eternally pleasant and because He Himself is the source of all divine and eternal pleasures. The beauty of God is worth meditating on in this age for the beauty of God will consume and bring pleasure to His people for endless eternities to come in glory. Th

A Sign of Genuine Conversion

Excellent counsel from Robert Murray M'Cheyne who did not take one's verbal profession as a sign of conversion. He said... "It is holy-making Gospel," he declared. "Without holy fruit all evidences are vain. Dear friends, you have awakenings, enlightenings, experiences, a full heart in prayer, and many due signs ; but if you want holiness, you will never see the Lord. A real desire after complete holiness is the truest mark of being born again. Jesus is a holy Saviour. He first covers the soul with His white raiment, then makes the soul glorious within - restores the lost image of God, and fills the soul with pure, heavenly holiness. Unregenerate men among you cannot bear this."

Promote Family Worship!

We must have a special eye upon families, to see that they are well ordered, and the duties of each relation performed. The life of religion, and the welfare and glory of both the Church and the State, depend much on family government and duty. If we suffer the neglect of this, we shall undo all…. I beseech you, therefore, if you desire the reformation and welfare of your people, do all you can to promote family religion. —Richard Baxter