Heaven is Sweeter – Richard Baxter

Heaven is Sweeter – Richard Baxter

I think heaven is the sweeter because many of my old, lovely, affectionate, holy friends are there, and I am the more willing by death to follow them. And should it not be more pleasing to think that my God and Father, my Saviour and Comforter, are there?

– Richard Baxter –
from the book Dying Thoughts, 1683

Forgiveness – Phillips Brooks

Forgiveness – Phillips Brooks

Forgive, forget. Bear with the faults of others as you would have them bear with yours. Be patient and understanding. Life is too short to be vengeful or malicious.

– Phillips Brooks –

God wants to heal and restore your relationships – Chip Ingram

God wants to heal and restore your relationships – Chip Ingram

I know for me, going back the person I’ve bad-mouthed or lied to is absolutely humiliating! But isn’t it interesting that “humiliating” has the same root word as “humility”? Part of humility is taking responsibility for my sin and asking forgiveness even when it doesn’t feel good. God wants to heal and restore your relationships, but it’s not easy.

– Chip Ingram –

Reprove and Praise – Thomas Adams

It was well done of Paul to reprove Peter to his face, and it was well done of Peter, to praise Paul in his absence.

– Thomas Adams –

Man in Favor with God – Greg Gordon

God can gift people, but it is something else when a man is in favour with God; when God can say “For this man’s sake, I will not judge this city or will show favour to this church.”

– Greg Gordon –

Jesus Must Be Your First Love – Leslie Ludy

Until Jesus Christ is the obsession of your heart, you’ll always be looking to mere men to meet your needs that only Him can fill. Only when you make Jesus Christ your first love, will you be ready for a love story that reflects His glory.

– Leslie Ludy –

How to Choose Friends – Thomas Brooks

Let those be thy choicest companions who have made Christ their chief companion.

– Thomas Brooks –
from Smooth Stones taken from Ancient Brooks: Selections from the Writings of Thomas Brooks