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Practical Religion

By J.C. Ryle

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   Chapter 1 - Self-Inquiry - "Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do." (Acts 15:36). The text whi
   Chapter 2 - Self-Exertion - "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to" (Luke 13:24). There once
   Chapter 3 - Authentic Religion - "Rejected silver" (Jeremiah 6:30) "Nothing but leaves" (Mark 11:13) "Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth" (1 John 3:
   Chapter 4 - A Call to Prayer - "Men ought always to pray." Luke 18:1 "I will that men pray everywhere." 1 Timothy 2:1 I have a question to offer you. It is contained in three wo
   Chapter 5 - Bible Reading - "Study the Scriptures" (John 5:39). "How do you read it?" (Luke 10:26). Next to praying there is nothing so important in practical religion as Bib
   Chapter 6 - The Lord's Supper - "A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup" (1 Corinthians 11:28) The words which form the title of this pap
   Chapter 7 - Love - LOVE is rightly called "the Queen of Christian graces." "The goal of this command," says Paul, "is love" (1 Timothy 1:5). It is a grace which all peop
   Chapter 8 - Zeal - "It is fine to be zealous, provided the purpose is good." (Galatians 4:18) Zeal is a subject, like many others in religion, which is sadly misunder
   Chapter 9 - Freedom - "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed."--John 8:36 The subject before us today deserves our attention. It should ring in the ears o
   Chapter 10 - Happiness - "Blessed [Happy] are the people whose God is the Lord." Psalm 144:15 An atheist was once addressing a crowd of people in the open air. He was tryin
   Chapter 11 - Formalism - "Having a form of godliness but denying its power."--2 Timothy 3:5 "A man is not a Jew if he is only one outwardly, nor is circumcision merely outwa
   Chapter 12 - The World - "Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord." 2 Corinthians 6:17 The text which heads this page touches a subject of vast importance in Chri
   Chapter 13 - Riches and Poverty - "There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered wi
   Chapter 14 - The Best Friend - "This my friend" Song of Solomon 5:16 A friend is one of the greatest blessings on earth. Don't tell me about money: love is better than money; sym
   Chapter 15 - Sickness - "He whom You love is sick." John 11:3 The chapter from which this text is taken is well known to all Bible readers. In life-like description, in to
   Chapter 16 - The Family of God - "His whole family in heaven and on earth." [Ephesians 3:15] The words which form the title of this paper ought to always stir some feelings in our
   Chapter 17 - Our Home - "Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations." [Psalm 90:1] There are two reasons why the text which heads this paper should
   Chapter 18 - Heirs of God - "Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God." (Romans 8:14) "For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but
   Chapter 19 - The Great Gathering - "Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to Him" [2 Thessalonians 2:1] The text which heads up this page contains an
   Chapter 20 - The Great Separation - "His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will clear His threshing floor, gathering His wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchab
   Chapter 21 - Eternity - "What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:18) A subject stands out on the face of this text which is one of the

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