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SermonCome Unto Me
       "Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28. There are few texts more striking than this in all the Bible--few that contain so wide and sweeping an invitation--few that hold out so full and comfortable a promise. Let us consider-- I. Who it is that speaks. II. Who they are that are spoken to.
       "Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden--and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28. The name of the tract before you is short--but the subject which that name unfolds is deeply important. It is the first word of a text of Scripture which deserves to be written in letters of gold. I offer that text to you as a friendly invitation: I e
ArticleConsider Your Ways
       "Thus says the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways." Haggai 1:7 Beloved Friends and Brethren, I wish to write a few words to you about your souls. I want those souls to be saved. And I invite you all to take the advice I give you today, and that is, to "Consider your ways." I write to you because the time is short. The day of grace is slipping aw
       "Repent therefore, and be converted." Acts 3:19 "I assure you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3 The subject which forms the title of this paper is one which touches all mankind. It ought to come home to all ranks and classes, high or low, rich or poor, old or young, gen
SermonDaniel Found Faithful
       "Then said these men--We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel except we find it against him concerning the law of his God." Daniel 6:5 It would be impossible, I think, to imagine a higher testimony to a man's character than you have heard in these words. You know how ready the world is to find fault with a Christian--how closely his c
ArticleDo You Believe?
       "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish--but have everlasting life." John 3:16 Look at the well-known text which heads this page. Its words are probably familiar to your ears. You have very likely heard them, or read them, or quoted them, a hundred times. But have you ever consi
       "Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God." 1 Thes. 1:4 "Give diligence to make your calling and election sure." 2 Peter 1:10. The texts which head this page contain a word of peculiar interest. It is a word which is often in men's minds, and an men's tongues, from one end of Great Britain to the other. That word is "Election." There ar
SermonEnoch Walking with God
       "Enoch walked with God, and he was not--for God took him." Gen. 5:24. You all wish to go to heaven. I know it. I am fully persuaded of it. I am certain of it. There is not one of you, however false may be his views of what he must believe and what he must do, however unscriptural the ground of his hope, however worldly-minded he may be, however
ArticleEvangelical Religion
       "Approve things that are excellent" Philippians 1:10 I. Evangelical PRINCIPLES 1. The Absolute Supremacy of Holy Scripture Show us anything, plainly written, in that Book, we will receive it, believe it, and submit to it. Show us anything contrary to that Book, and however sophisticated, plausible, beautiful and apparently desirable, we wi
       "God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish--but have everlasting life." John 3:16 There are few texts better known than that which heads this page. Its words are probably familiar to our ears. We have very likely heard them, or read them, or quoted them, a hundred times. But have w
ArticleFew Saved!
      "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won't be able." Luke 13:23-24 "Enter in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in by it. How narrow is t
ArticleFire! Fire!
      When a house is on fire, what ought to be done first? We ought to give the alarm and wake the inhabitants. This is true love to our neighbor. this is true charity. Reader, I love your soul, and want it to be saved. I am therefore going to tell you something about hell. There is such a place as hell. Let no one deceive you with vain words. What men
       "Your sins are forgiven!" 1 John 2:12 There is a clause near the end of the Apostle's Creed, which, I fear, is often repeated without thought or consideration. I refer to the clause which contains these words, "I believe in the Forgiveness of sins." Thousands, I am afraid, never reflect what those words mean. I propose to examine the subject of
ArticleGeorge Whitefield
      Who were the men that revived religion in England a hundred years ago? What were their names, that we may do them honor? Where were they born? How were they educated? What are the leading facts in their lives? What was their special department of labor? To these questions I wish to supply some answers in the present and future chapters. I pity the
SermonGive Yourself Wholly to Them
       "Give yourself wholly to them." 1 Timothy 4:15 When the Apostle says, "Give yourself wholly to these things," he seems to look at the "things" of which he had been speaking in the preceding verses, beginning with the words, "Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." We have here a target set before th
ArticleGospel Treasures
      I am sure this paper will be read by some one who feels that his sins are not yet forgiven. Reader, are you that man? My heart's desire and prayer to God is that you may seek forgiveness without delay. There is forgiveness in Jesus Christ for every one that is willing to receive it. There is every encouragement that your soul can need, to confess
ArticleHaving the Spirit
       "Worldly people, who do not have the Spirit." Jude 19 I take it for granted that every reader of this paper believes in the Holy Spirit. The number of people in this country who are infidels, deists, or Socinians, and openly deny the doctrine of the Trinity, is happily not very great. Most people have been baptized in the name of the Father, and
       "Nothing unclean, or anyone who does anything detestable, and no one who tells lies will ever enter it. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life will enter it." Revelation 21:27 Brethren, there can be no question about the place described in our text. It is heaven itself, that holy city, the new Jerusalem, which is yet to be
SermonHold Fast!
      (A charge to the ministers of Liverpool, November 4, 1890) "Hold fast that which is good." 1 Thessalonians 5:21 My trumpet ought to give no uncertain sound. With abounding temporal prosperity, we seem, as a nation, to be sitting on the edge of a volcano, and at any time may be blown to pieces, and become a wreck and a ruin. Worst of all, the a
Holiness - Table of Contents
       HOLINESS ITS NATURE, HINDRANCES, DIFFICULTIES, AND ROOTS BY J. C. RYLE, D.D. Foreword by D. MARTYN LLOYD-JONES FOREWORD ONE of the most encouraging and hopeful signs I have observed for many a long day in evangelical circles has been a renewed and increasing interest in the writings of Bishop J. C. Ryle. In his day he was famous, outst

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