Hymn of the Day
(tune: "Rock of Ages "p.126)
Christ exalted is our song,
Hymned by all the blood-bought throng;
To His throne our shouts shall rise,
"God with us," by sacred ties;
He hath once the winepress trod,
Shout believer to thy God.
Peace procured by blood divine,
Cancelled all thy sins and mine.
Here thy bleeding wounds are healed,
Sin condemned and pardoned sealed;
Grace her empire still maintains,
Love without a rival reigns.
In thy Surety thou art free,
His dear hands were pierced for thee;
With His spotless garment on,
Holy as the Holy One!
Here the sacred records show,
Crimson sin made white as snow!
Oh the height and depth of grace,
Shining with a noon-day blaze;
Saints dejected, cease to mourn,
Faith to vision soon shall turn;
Ye the Kingdom shall obtain,
And with Christ exalted reign!
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"They were pricked in their heart°"
The best preaching is that which pricks our heart. This is the only kind of impression that is a saving impression. It is not if I please your ears, your eyes, your sense of smell, but if your heart is pricked. Many attempts are made to make people religious from the outside. It is done with clothes, and how you wear your hair. This is Wal-Mart salvation, for all I need for this kind of salvation I can buy at Wal-Mart. Some say salvation comes by eating or not eating, by drinking or not drinking. Again that is Wal-Mart salvation. Our Lord said, it is "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man, but that which cometh out of the mouth, that defileth a man." It is the heart which must be changed. If your conversion is produced in the flesh, it will only be concerned with fleshly things. Never be satisfied with a religion which does not affect your heart. Never be satisfied with worship that is not from the heart. If you are to be blessed by the hearing of this Gospel, then you must be pricked in your heart. – Milton Howard
He shall not fail. ~Isaiah 42.4
The will of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. ~Isaiah 53.10
Failure is our name; His name is success. Nothing that we do can be called a success. Everything Christ did was and is a success. He has obtained eternal redemption and has lost none of those the Father gave to Him. For this reason, we do not found the hope of our souls on anything we have done but entirely on what Christ has done! And therein do we rest. -Joe
O the beauty of the person of Jesus, when seen with the eye of faith by the illumination of the Holy Spirit! As the light of the morning, when the sun arises, "as a morning without clouds," is our Well-Beloved unto us. The sight of the burning bush made Moses put off his shoes, but the transporting vision of Jesus makes us put off all the world! When once He is seen we can discern no beauties in all other creatures in the universe. He, like the sun, has absorbed all other glories into his own excessive brightness. This is the pomegranate which love feeds upon, the flagon wherewith it is comforted.
A sight of Jesus causes such union of heart with him, such goings' out of the affections after him, and such meltings of the spirit towards him, that its expressions often appear to carnal men to be extravagant and forced; when they are nothing but the free, unstudied, and honest effusions of its love.
Carnal men are themselves ignorant of the divine passion of love to Jesus, and therefore the language of the enraptured heart is unintelligible to them. They are poor translators of love's celestial tongue who think it to be at all allied with the amorous superfluities uttered by carnal passions. Jesus is the only one upon whom the loving believer has fixed his eye, and in his converse with his Lord he will often express himself in language which is meant only for his Master's ear, and which worldlings would utterly scorn could they but listen to it. The pious feelings at which they jeer, are as much beyond their highest thoughts as the 'sonnets of angels' excel the 'gruntings of swine'. - C.H. Spurgeon
All my theology is reduced to this narrow compass: Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners! -Archibald Alexander
It is grace at the beginning, and grace at the end. So that when you and I come to lie upon our death beds, the one thing that should comfort and help and strengthen us there is the thing that helped us in the beginning. Not what we have been, not what we have done, but the Grace of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, it ends with grace. Grace wondrous grace. By the grace of God, I am what I am. Yet not I, but the Grace of God which was with me. – Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Often times we come into the house of God with a cloud hanging over our heads. Then we hear the gospel, the good news, and go out walking on clouds. -copied
God hath one Son without sin, but none without sorrow." – John Trapp
It is one of the most unwise things under heaven to comfort people who have not yet closed with Christ in heart faith. When people manifest an interest in the gospel and give an ear to our message, we must not allow our love for them and our zeal for their conversion to lead us to offer them rest when they need strong words to shut them up to Christ.
Any friendship with the pastor and church people which gives an unbeliever cheer, fellowship, and ease short of a union with Christ is dangerous. A sinner's main business is to come to CHRIST HIMSELF, to love Christ, to rest in Christ. Then come to church fellowship, rest, and the joys of the body. There is no half-way house before believing in Him! -Henry T. Mahan