JC Ryle

What makes some Christians more holy than others? – JC Ryle

What makes some Christians more holy than others? – JC Ryle

What is the reason that some believers are so much brighter and holier than others? I believe the difference, in nineteen cases out of twenty, arises from different habits about private prayer. I believe that those who are not eminently holy pray little, and those who are eminently holy pray much.

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Doctrine is useless, unless… – JC Ryle

Doctrine is useless, unless… – JC Ryle

Doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life. It is worse than useless; it does positive harm. Something of “the image of Christ” must be seen and observed by others in our private life, and habits, and character, and doings.

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Neglected Prayer – JC Ryle

Neglected Prayer – JC Ryle

I ask whether you pray, because there is no duty in religion so neglected as private prayer.

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from A Call to Prayer

Don’t try to please everyone – JC Ryle

Don’t try to please everyone – JC Ryle

We must give up the vain idea of trying to please everybody. That is impossible, and the attempt is a mere waste of time. We must be content to walk in Christ’s steps, and let the world say what it likes.

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Prayer vs Sin – JC Ryle

Prayer vs Sin – JC Ryle

Praying and sinning will never live together in the same heart. Prayer will consume sin, or sin will choke prayer.

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Don’t Despair of the Future – JC Ryle

Don’t Despair of the Future – JC Ryle

I do not despair of the future. God forbid that I should do so. I believe in the almighty power of God to deliver us, even in the darkest hour … what He has done in time in the past He may do again. For this let us all agree to pray. A praying, interceding people are the very backbone of the church.

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Actually Living the Christian Life – JC Ryle

Actually Living the Christian Life – JC Ryle

The person who hears Christian teaching, and practices what they hear, is like a “wise man who built his house on a rock.” They do not content themselves with listening to exhortations to repent, believe in Christ, and live a holy life. They actually repent. They actually believe. They actually cease to do evil, learn to do well, abhor that which is sinful, and cleave to that which is good. They are a doer as well as a hearer.

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