Preparing for Sunday

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. – John 3:17 When he declares that he did not come to condemn the world, he thus points out the actual design of his coming; for what need was there that Christ should come to …

Quotes from Holiness by JC Ryle

“True holiness does not consist merely of believing and feeling, but of doing and bearing, and a practical exhibition of active and passive grace. Our tongues, our tempers, our natural passions and inclinations– our conduct as parents and children, masters and servants, husbands and wives, rulers and subjects–our dress, our employment of time, our behavior in business, our demeanor in …

Quotes from Holiness by JC Ryle

“It is thoroughly Scriptural and right to say ‘faith alone justifies.’ But it is not equally Scriptural and right to say ‘faith alone sanctifies.’ The saying requires very large qualification. Let one fact suffice. We are frequently told that a man is ‘justified by faith without the works of the law,’ by St. Paul. But not once are we told …

Quotes from Holiness by JC Ryle

“That faith in Christ is the root of all holiness–that the first step towards a holy life is to believe on Christ–that until we believe we have not a jot of holiness–that union with Christ by faith is the secret of both beginning to be holy and continuing holy–that the life that we live in the flesh we must live …

Quotes from Holiness by JC Ryle

“Worldly people sometimes complain with reason that ‘religious’ persons, so-called, are not so amiable and unselfish and good-natured as others who make no profession of religion. Yet sanctification, in its place and proportion, is quite as important as justification. Sound Protestant and Evangelical doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life. It is worse then useless; …

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Why I Miss My Church When I’m Away

When I go out of town, I have the privilege of attending different churches. It is always a blessing to be with God’s people, yet it also reminds me of the distinct and glorious privilege of being a part of a local church community. Gospel Life Church in Joliet, IL is the my primary community in my life. This is …

Only Heaven, Only Jesus

Some cuts are deeper than can be healed in this temporary world. Instead they scab over only to break open again and again. It is not that Jesus lacks the power to heal nor does this temporary world stop him from healing. Rather, his love for us compels him to leave us with some hurts to fit us for heaven. …

Thoughts on Love

Love has always existed, not because love itself is eternal, but rather because God is eternal. “God is love.” (1 John 4:8). Because God exists, therefore love exists. Love is divine in nature, because it comes from God. Therefore, all things that have love must be connected in some manner to God. And anything connected to God must be loving. …

Quote: John Newton

“The Lord’s appointments, to those who fear him, are not only sovereign, but wise and gracious. He has connected their good with his own glory, and is engaged, by promise, to make all things work together for their advantage. He chooses for his people better than they could choose for themselves! If they are in heaviness, there is a need-be for …