Puritan Quotes!

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Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal in every condition. (Jeremiah Burroughs)

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It is not the bee's touching of the flower that gathers honey, but her abiding for a time upon the flower that draws out the sweet. It is not he who reads most, but he who meditates most who will prove the choicest, sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian. (Thomas Brooks)

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Let us use worldly things as wise pilgrims do their staves and other necessities convenient for their journey. So long as they help us forward in our way let us make use of them, and accordingly esteem them. But if they become troublesome hindrances and cumbersome burdens let us leave them behind us, or cast them away. The temptations of prosperity, like unseen bullets, wound and kill us before they are discerned. (George Downame)

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The best course to prevent falling into the pit is to keep at the greatest distance. He who will be so bold as to attempt to dance upon the brink of the pit may find by woeful experience, that it is a righteous thing with God that he should fall into the pit! Sin is a plague, yes, the greatest and most infectious plague in the world; and yet, ah! how few are there that tremble at it, that keep at a distance from it! (Thomas Brooks)

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Riches are . . .
  long in getting with much pains,
  hard in keeping with much care,
  quick in losing with more sorrow. (Thomas Fuller)

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Your life is short, your duties many, your assistance great, and your reward sure. Therefore faint not, hold on and hold up, in ways of well-doing, and Heaven shall make amends for all! (Thomas Brooks)

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Where one thousand are destroyed by the world's frowns ten thousand are destroyed by the world's smiles. The world, siren-like, sings us and sinks us! (Thomas Brooks)

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We fear men so much because we fear God so little. One fear cures another. When man's terror scares you turn your thoughts to the wrath of God. (William Gurnall)

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When we grow careless of keeping our souls then God recovers our taste of good things again by sharp crosses. (Richard Sibbes)

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How sweet is rest, after fatigue! How sweet will Heaven be, when our toilsome journey is ended. (George Whitefield)

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The winter prepares the earth for the spring so do afflictions sanctified prepare the soul for glory. (Richard Sibbes)

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As the wicked are hurt by the best things so the godly are bettered by the worst. (William Jenkyn)

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Poverty and affliction take away the fuel that feeds pride. (Richard Sibbes)

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To bless God for mercies is the way to increase them.
To bless Him for miseries is the way to remove them. (William Dyer)

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God's wounds cure sin's kisses kill! (William Gurnall)

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God would not rub so hard if it were not to fetch out the dirt that is ingrained in our natures! God loves purity so well that He would rather see a hole than a spot in His child's garments! (William Gurnall)

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Better be pruned to grow than cut up to burn. (John Trapp)

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Temptations, when we meet them at first, are as the lion that reared upon Samson; but if we overcome them, the next time we see them we shall find a nest of honey within them. (John Bunyan)

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Death is only a grim porter to let us into a stately palace.  (Richard Sibbes)

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Let your hope of Heaven master your fear of death. Why should you be afraid to die, who hope to live by dying!  (William Gurnall)

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Though Christians be not kept altogether from falling yet they are kept from falling altogether. (William Secker)

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In our first paradise in Eden there was a way to go out but no way to go in again. But as for the heavenly paradise, there is a way to go in but not way to go out. (Richard Baxter)

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Oh let us continually keep faith in exercise, until it be entirely swallowed up in the boundless ocean of beatific vision! (George Whitefield)

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Look not how the Christian begins but how he ends. (William Gurnall)

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A godly man prefers grace before goods, and wisdom before the world. (Richard Bernard)

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Take a saint, and put him into any condition and he knows how to rejoice in the Lord. (Walter Cradock)

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As bees are drowned in honey so the rich are choked with their prosperity. (Daniel Burgess)

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Death came in by sin and sin goes out by death! (Edmund Staunton)

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Without Christ, the most stately palace is a Hell.
With Christ, the most stinking dungeon is a palace! (Andrew Gray)

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We drown our sins in the Red Sea of Christ's blood. (William Price)

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God's promises are like a bag full of golden coins that God pours out at the feet of His adopted children and says: "Take what you will!" (William Spurstowe)

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When we are most lazy the devil is most busy. Sloth is the cause of sin, and idleness the fruitful mother of wickedness. (Andrew Gray)

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Christ is not truly prized at all unless He is prized above all. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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The sufferings of Christ were equivalent to the eternal torments of the damned in Hell. (Thomas Vincent)

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In Christ crucified, you may see a full answer . . .
  to all your needs,
  to all your fears,
  to all your doubts. (William Bridge)

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All the men in the world are either vessels of mercy or vessels of wrath according to the will of God. (Thomas Hooker)

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The work of the Son in redemption, does not exceed the work of the Father in election. (John Brinsley)

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Predestination is the decree of God, by which he has ordained all men to a certain and everlasting estate. (William Perkins)

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A wicked man, when he comes to die, will prefer Heaven before Hell.
But a saint on earth, prefers Heaven before earth.
If Christ is ours, God is ours, Heaven is our, all is ours! (Nathaniel Vincent)

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This is the reason that some love him, and others do not because he reveals himself to some and not to others. (John Preston)

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Faith sucks the honey of contentment, out of the hive of the promises. (Simeon Ashe)

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Faith finds its luster in action and not just in notion. It enters our hearts and not just our heads. (Samuel Ward)

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A true believer looks on religion, not as a burden which he must be forced to endure but a privilege which is his happiness to enjoy. (Andrew Gray)

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A believer's heart is the garden where Christ has planted this sweet flower of His love. (Thomas Watson)

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The lesser we discern pride in ourselves the more it reigns in our hearts. (William Perkins)

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Sin is never our master until we consent to have it so. (Daniel Burgess)

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The throne of sin is in the heart. The strength of sin lies in the love of it. Sin ruins none but those who love it. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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Love other things than Christ and you have vexing care over them, both about their gaining them, keeping them and losing them. (John Preston)

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It is a wonder to see what power petty, vain toys have over a person. (Henry Smith)

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Riches steal away the hearts of men. It is a hard thing for a man to pass from delights on earth to delights in Heaven. (Francis Taylor)

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Though you have sinned yourself near to Hell yet you have not sinned yourself into Hell. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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Crying sins are commonly answered with the echo of roaring judgments. (John Arrowsmith)

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He who hides sin loves it! (Nathaniel Vincent)

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Lovers of the world are much more afraid of losing their earthly substance, than they are of losing their immortal souls. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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The dearest thing must be parted with either as a snare or as a sacrifice. (William Strong)

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It is the height of madness, to be sin's martyrs. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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My sins are as the sand of the sea for number. O that my tears were as the water of the sea for abundance! (William Spurstowe)

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It can never by sufficiently lamented, that sin has made so many madmen in the world. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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He who will be a saint will be a sufferer. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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It is nothing to have tribulation for several days and then to triumph in the presence of God, and of the Lamb forever! (Nathaniel Vincent)

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We have no reason to complain for our afflictions. (Christopher Love)

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Affliction, yes, death is to be chosen before iniquity. (Richard Byfield)

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It is better to be a chastened son, than an undisciplined bastard. (John Arrowsmith)

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God has not promised to keep His people from afflictions, but to keep them from the hurt of them. (Edmund Calamy)

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It is expedient that you should endure the cross to inherit the crown. (Thomas Watson)

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How many men are there, that are easily drawn to immoderate sorrow for worldly crosses. (Christopher Love)

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Whatever afflictions you meet with, or whatever comforts you part with your sorrows should not be immoderate and inordinate. (Christopher Love)

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You never saw God in his mercy when you do not see him in your afflictions. (Jeremiah Burroughs)

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God has put us into the fire of affliction to refine us, and make us a vessel fit for His use. (Edmund Calamy)

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To every believer, the debt-book is crossed out; the black lines of sin are crossed out in the red lines of Christ's blood. (Thomas Watson)

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The pope, by his lies, thoroughly proves himself the most dear child of the devil, the author and founder of all lies! (Henry Greenwood)

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It is the blood of souls which the devil principally thirsts after as a murderer. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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One said well that . . .
  old wood is best to burn,
  old friends are best to trust,
  and old books are best to read. (John Arrowsmith)

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Words are the mirror of the mind they show what is in the heart. (Thomas Watson)

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Guilty men do not love to hear of the day of judgment. (Thomas Watson)

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Man's spiritual deadness is such, that he can no more move toward Heaven, so much as one step, than a dead man can rise of himself. (John Philips)

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Truth is the most sovereign ingredient for curing the nation and church. (Christopher Love)

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A hard heart is frequently accompanied with a brazen face. (John Arrowsmith)

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Men either go to Hell or Heaven. Unless of course men will follow the Papists to make purgatory which fire was kindled in the Pope's kitchen. (Thomas Hooker)

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He who despises the Word of God and its commands is not sincerely converted, but damnably deluded. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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The Word without the Spirit of God is like the carcass without the soul. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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All events are wisely disposed of by the governing care of God's providence.
Providence is a servant to God's eternal counsel and purpose.
There is no altering the course of providence. (Matthew Mead)

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Whatever afflictions, curses, and punishments are in the world they are ordained by God for the sin of man. (William Perkins)

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The promises are the field and Christ is the hidden pearl which is to be sought in them.
He who truly expects glory earnestly pursues grace. (William Spurstowe)

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God does not so much look to the measure and quantity of grace, as to the sincerity and soundness of it. (John Philips)

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A heart full of grace, is better than an head full of notions. (Thomas Watson)

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Christians are jewels and Heaven is the golden cabinet where they shall be locked up safe! (Thomas Watson)

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Let others be ambitious for honor, knowledge, wealth, pleasure but you are to be covetous, ambitious, and zealous for holiness. (Daniel Cawdrey)

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The house of the godly is a little church the house of the wicked a little Hell. (Simeon Ashe)

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A sanctified heart is better than a silver tongue. (Simeon Ashe)

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Grace is the only way to glory. No holiness, no Heaven. (Andrew Gray)

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The end of study is knowledge, but the end of meditation is holiness. (Thomas White)

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Believers are wise to admire nothing in this world. Jesus did not care for it when Satan offered him all the kingdoms of the world. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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Holiness is spiritual beauty: sin is spiritual deformity. (Peter Sterry)

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Two things make the saints maligned by the men of the world. Saints hate what the world loves and vilify what the world adores. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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A pure conscience can bear a mountain of misery, better than a mole hill of sin. (Francis Whiddon)

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You may not be outwardly bad and yet not inwardly good. (Thomas Watson)

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Stage-Plays are for the most part representations of men's villainy and wickedness, to provoke joy and laughter, and for this are unlawful. (Christopher Love)

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Godly men are very moderate in the use of the creatures, lest they should be brought under the power of them. (William Strong)

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Now what is hope, but the expectation of those things which God has promised? (Daniel Cawdrey)

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Hope is a faculty of the soul that looks out for mercy, and waits for the same. (Isaac Ambrose)

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If all the graces of God are precious pearls then humility is the string that ties them all together. (Daniel Cawdrey)

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Humility is the robe of all the sons of God and the distinguishing character of a true Christian. Humility is the only way to glory. True humility never desires to show itself because it intends to hide, not only other virtues, but above all, itself. (Daniel Cawdrey)

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Hypocrisy is the ape of all virtues, even pride itself puts on the cloak of humility. (Daniel Cawdrey)

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Hypocrisy mostly ends in apostasy. (John Greene)

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A devout heathen is better than a profane Christian. (Daniel Burgess)

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He who prays without faith and grace is a hypocrite and he who does not pray at all is an atheist. (Thomas Ford)

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You may be a hypocrite and may not know it. (Cuthbert Sydenham)

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True forgiveness is never too late but late forgiveness is seldom true. (John Arrowsmith)

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God hates that religion which costs men nothing. (William Strong)

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Happiness is the common object of every man's desire. (John Philips)

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The foundation of a man's eternal happiness or misery, is laid in this life. (William Strong)

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By the law we see our misery and by the gospel we see our remedy. (Edmund Calamy)

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A godly man must not impose on his conscience the necessity of observing such rules of practice which God has not prescribed. (Nicholas Byfield)

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A godly man must not impose on his conscience the necessity of observing such rules of practice which God has not prescribed. (Nicholas Byfield)

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A law properly is a commandment with penalty. (William Bridge)

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God's love does not spring from delight in our beauty but from pity to our deformity. (William Spurstowe)

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Christ's love is written in characters of blood, and his grace is stamped on every line and blessing of the gospel. (Richard Rawlin)

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God presently gives an everlasting assurance of salvation to all who love Christ sincerely. (William Pinke)

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Would you love Christ use him much, and then more you will prize him, and more you will love him. (William Bridge)

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If the wicked love God it is only for his benefits. (Henry Smith)

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If a man does not love the Lord Jesus, it is because he loves something better than him. (John Preston)

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We should love Christ's person more entirely than his benefits. (William Pinke)

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Mercies are designed to be as cords to draw you, and afflictions as rods to drive you nearer to God let both attain their end. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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Look on your own secret sins, your relapses, and then on Christ's coming with his mercies and favors and you cannot but love him. (John Preston)

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Love is a holy disposition rising from faith where we cleave to Christ with full purpose of heart, to serve and please him in all things. (John Preston)

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Men may have knowledge of God by the hearing of the ear, and yet have no acquaintance with God. (Matthew Newcomer)

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Meditation is a serious, earnest and purposed musing upon some point of Christian instruction. (John Ball)

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Meditation tends to lead us forward toward the Kingdom of Heaven, and serves for our daily strengthening against the world, flesh and Devil. (John Ball)

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By meditation, the Christian improves his knowledge, quickens his affections, and excites practice. (Thomas White)

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Meditation and prayer are like two turtles-doves if you separate one, the other dies.
Illumination makes us shining lamps, meditation makes us burning lamps.
Meditation imprints and fastens a truth in the mind.
A Christian without meditation is like a soldier without weapons, or a workman without tools.
Meditation is like the watering of the seed, it makes the fruits of grace to flourish.
Meditation is the chewing on the truths we have heard.
Let us go into Hell by contemplation that we may not go into Hell by condemnation. (Thomas Watson)

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It is a great piece of happiness upon earth not to long after that which the Lord is pleased to deny. (Simeon Ashe)

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God is not otherwise to be enjoyed than as he is obeyed. (John Howe)

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No man can die in the Lord who does not live to the Lord. (William Spurstowe)

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The Christian soul is content that God should rule everything, not only the eye, or hand, or tongue but the whole man. (Isaac Ambrose)

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Good works do not make a good man but a good man does make works good. (Martin Luther)

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An ignorant person cannot please God. (Thomas Case)

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A man may as well go to Hell for not doing good as for doing evil. (Thomas Watson)

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Good works are rewardable, though they are not meritorious. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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What way your hearts go that way your thoughts go. (William Strong)

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When a baby is born, it cries; when a sinner is born again, he prays. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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Those are the strongest Christians who are the mightiest in prayer. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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A praying Christian is a useful Christian in the world. (Jeremiah Burroughs)

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Prayer does not make a change in God, but makes a change in us. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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Without prayer, adversity will be intolerable and prosperity will be a snare. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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Prayer is tying a knot at the end of meditation. (Daniel Burgess)

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If once a man ceases to pray against sin, he is in danger to commit it. (William Strong)

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Prayer is the spiritual leech which sucks the poison of sin out of the soul. (Thomas Watson)

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It is not a small work to break the pride and stoniness of your heart. It needs power from above. (Nicholas Byfield)

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The Spirit takes away the fig leafs of excuses and presents sin naked and bare. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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Conversion is a nail which the prophets of old were hammering on perpetually. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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Regeneration does not work on our understanding only to show us what we are to do, but on our will as well to alter and reform it. (Francis Taylor)

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Pray to God to give you the same Spirit who wrote the Word, to enable you to delight in it. (Edmund Calamy)

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Sorrow and tears for sin are never right until they are like floods of water to drive us to Christ. (Christopher Love)

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All of us put up broken duties but few of us have broken hearts. (Thomas Doolittle)

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No man ever miscarried for being a great sinner; but only for being an impenitent sinner. (William Spurstowe)

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The more the wicked are called to holiness the further they run into all sin and wickedness. (Andrew Gray)

Every heart that is not a Holy Spirit Temple is nothing more than Satan's hideous dunghill. (Daniel Burgess)

There is the curse of God on all that a wicked man enjoys. (Christopher Love)

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The Sabbath is the market day of our souls, in which we come to God's house to buy the wine and milk of the word without money. (Henry Burton)

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I had rather be a preacher in a pulpit, than a prince on a throne. (Christopher Love)

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Since the love of the world is so common in the church, it is a plain demonstration that salvation is not a common thing. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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Christianity is no jesting matter; the profession of Christ is the most serious business in the world. (William Pinke)

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By the key of faith, we fetch daily new grace out of Christ's treasury to sanctify us more and more. (Edmund Calamy)

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Desire to know the meaning of the rod, and to hear God's voice speaking in it. (Richard Byfield)

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The love of some corruption keeps many from the sweet fruition of God's favorable countenance. (Francis Taylor)

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He who does not care to be like Christ, certainly has no love to him, nor any saving interest in his love. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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Saints are afflicted, that they may be more thoroughly sanctified. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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Sin is worse than Hell because it made Hell to be Hell. (Christopher Love)

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Do you complain of a hard heart? The sight of a broken Christ will break your heart, or nothing will. (William Bridge)

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Sin is infinite because it is against an infinite God, bringing an infinite punishment because it cannot be atoned for by finite creatures. (John Beart)

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It is dangerous to be the world's favorite. (Simeon Ashe)

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Wicked thoughts are deadly evils. (William Perkins)

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In a moment sin is committed on earth. Then it comes before God in Heaven, and is condemned to Hell. (Henry Smith)

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There is in sin, these two things: a debt to God and a bondage to Satan. (William Strong)

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For as sins of commission poison the soul, so sins of omission starve the soul. (Thomas White)

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As the violence of winds and waves sink a ship, so gluttony and drunkenness sink our souls and bodies into the depth of Hell. (Andrew Gray)

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Great sins require great lamentations. (Henry Greenwood)

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Strange that believers should be abhorred because they are beautified with grace, and be hated because they are lovely. (Nathaniel Vincent)

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Let courage animated by faith dwell in you and you will readily overcome both the frowns and flatteries of the world. (William Spurstowe)

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The healing of the Church's breaches should be the desire of every Christian. (John Brinsley)

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All those who would walk worthy of the Gospel, must endeavor a sweet, close, holy, lasting union among themselves. (Matthew Newcomen)

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No one thing either deforms or weakens the Church more than division. (John Brinsley)

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Every true and acceptable service to God has a precept, promise, and pattern. (John Philips)

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It is as the filthiness of whoredom, to the Lord to have human inventions erected or interposed as parts or props of worship. (Gasper Hickes)

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Singing is making, in a special manner, man's tongue to be God's glory. (Nathaniel Holmes)

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It is unlovely when some in the congregation sing out of tune but the greatest absurdity of all is when our hearts are not in tune. (Thomas Ford)

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The Word is a trumpet to proclaim Christ. The Lord's table is a looking-glass to represent Him. (Thomas Watson)

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To institute holy days, and to make them parts of God's worship, is a privilege of God alone. God only can prescribe His own worship. (Daniel Cawdrey)

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In our worst condition we have cause to praise God. (Richard Sibbes)

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