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A Minister Needs Boldness – William Gurnall

A Minister Needs Boldness – William Gurnall

A minister, without boldness, is like a smooth file, a knife without an edge, a sentinel that is afraid to let off his gun. If men will be bold in sin, ministers must be bold to reprove.

– William Gurnall –

The Spirit of Power and Love – Samuel Bolton

The Spirit of Power and Love – Samuel Bolton

In the Gospel, the Spirit is not a Spirit of bondage and fear, but a Spirit of power and of love.
(see Romans 8:15, 2 Timothy 1:7)

– Samuel Bolton –
from The True Bounds of Christian Freedom, 1645

Listening to Good Preaching – JC Ryle

Listening to Good Preaching – JC Ryle

Preaching is an ordinance of which the value can never be overrated in the church of Christ. But it should never be forgotten, that there must not only be good preaching, but good hearing.

– JC Ryle –
from Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, 1856

God is Merciful – Richard Sibbes

God is Merciful – Richard Sibbes

When Satan tempts us to run from God and discourages us, as he will do at such times, then keep this in mind: God has set himself to be glorious in mercy above all other attributes.

– Richard Sibbes –
from Glorious Freedom, 1639

The Greatness of His Sufferings – John Bunyan

The Greatness of His Sufferings – John Bunyan

For my part, I stand amazed at those that would not have the world believe, that the death of Jesus Christ was, in itself, so terrible as it was. …I say, if Christ was put into the very capacity of one that must suffer what in justice ought to be inflicted for sin; then, how we can so diminish the greatness of his sufferings, as some do, without undervaluing of the greatness of his love, I know not; and how they will answer it, I know not. 

– John Bunyan –
from All Loves Excelling, 1692