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Common Men; Uncommon Master


February 2016

A Word from Flavel

It is horrid and amazing to see how the minds of many are captivated and ensnared by every silly trifle; and how others can indifferently turn them with a kind of spontaneity to this object, or to that (as their fancy strikes) among the whole universe of beings, and scarce ever reluctate (ie. repudiate), recoil, or nauseate, until they be persuaded to Christ. In their unconverted state, it is as easy to melt the obdurate rocks into sweet syrup, as their hearts into divine love.

from The Fountain of Life

Don’t Bathe With a Heretic

The apostle John once entered a bath to bathe; but, learning that Cerinthus was within (he was a heretic notable for a theology which said Christ’s kingdom was an earthly kingdom,which lead to the indulgence of many wicked fleshly desires, -ed), he sprang from the place and rushed out of the door, for he could not bear to remain under the same door with him. And he advised those that were with him to do the same, saying, “Let us flee, lest the bath fall; for Cerinthus, the enemy of the truth, is within.”

-as relayed by Eusebius, ch 28, paragraph 6

A Word from Flavel

A saving, though an imperfect knowledge of Christ, will bring us to heaven, John 17:2, but a regular and methodical, as well as a saving knowledge of him, will bring heaven into us, Col. 2:2,3

from The Fountain of Life

Medicine from the Sweet Dr. Sibbes

It would be a good contest amongst Christians, one to labour to give no offence, and the other to labour to take none. The best men are severe to themselves, tender over others. Yet people should not tire and wear out the patience of others: nor should the weaker so far demand moderation from others as to rely upon their indulgence and so to rest in their own infirmities, with danger to their own souls and scandal to the church.

-from The Bruised Reed

A Word from Watson

Many Christians are like sieves; put a sieve into the water, and it is full but take it forth of the water, and all runs out: so, while they are hearing a sermon, they remember something; but like the sieve out of the water, as soon as they are gone out of the church, all is forgotten.

from The Art of Divine Contentment

A Word from Flavel

I confess it is better to have a well ordered heart, than a methodical head; but surely both are better than either.

from The Fountain of Life

A Word from Flavel

When we have borrowed metaphors from every creature that has any excellency or lovely property in it, until we have stripped the whole creation bare of all its ornaments, and clothed Christ with all that glory; when we have even worn out our tongues, in ascribing praises to him, alas! we have done nothing, when all is done. Yes, woe to me! how do I every day behold unreasonable souls most unreasonably disaffected to my lovely Lord Jesus! denying love to One, who is able to compel love from the stoniest heart!

from The Fountain of Life

A Word from Bishop Ryle

With whom is the Christian soldier meant to fight? Not with other Christians. Wretched indeed is that man’s idea of religion who fancies that it consists in perpetual controversy! He who never satisfied unless he is engaged in some strife between church and church, chapel and chapel, sect and sect, faction and faction, part and party, knows nothing yet as he ought to know… As a general rule, the cause of sin is never so much helped as when Christians waste their strength in quarreling with one another and spend their time in petty squabbles.

Holiness, ch. 4

The Anniversary of the Death of Rev. Lawrence Saunders, Feb. 8, 1555

From Foxe’s Book of Martyrs
text from

Mr. Saunders, after passing some time in the school of Eaton, was chosen to go to King’s College in Cambridge, where he continued three years, and profited in knowledge and learning very much for that time. Shortly after he quitted the university, and went to his parents, but soon returned to Cambridge again to his study, where he began to add to the knowledge of the Latin, the study of the Greek and Hebrew tongues, and gave himself up to the study of the Holy Scriptures, the better to qualify himself for the office of preacher. Continue reading “The Anniversary of the Death of Rev. Lawrence Saunders, Feb. 8, 1555”

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