Sovereign Grace Assembly

The most recent nuggets of truth are in italics at the top of the list.

Nuggets of Truth

The earth is not a spherical ball surrounded by infinite space; it is a flat circle covered by God’s firmament. —Frank Hall

If a word is worth a shekel, silence is worth two. —Unknown

Those sorrows will never injure us that bring us to God. —William Jay

Arminians and atheists worship the very same god—self. —Frank Hall

Doctrine that does not lead us to practice is doctrine that we do not believe. —Frank Hall

Who can come to Christ? All men may, and all men should—but no man can, and some men shall. —Dennis Svistun

Our union with Christ ought to lead us to walk, talk, and behave like Christ, and if our union with Christ is genuine, it will. —Frank Hall

If our joy is in our gifts, usefulness, or success, our joy will always vary because our gifts, usefulness, and success are prone to vary, but if our delight is in Christ alone, it will always be constant because Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. —Frank Hall

As it is with prayer, repentance, worship, giving, and all other spiritual exercises, so it is with searching the scriptures—quality is far more important than quantity. It is not the quantity or amount that we read that is most significant—it is the quality of our reading that matters most. We need to be concerned with how we read more than how much we read. —Frank Hall

Beware of hypocrisy, malice, and partiality. If two people are doing the same thing, but we only condemn one for the action and not the other, it proves that our judgment is really motivated by malice toward the individual we condemn. —Frank Hall

Where the case is the same the judgment ought to be the same, and the contrary judgment speaketh malice and hatred of the person. —Matthew Poole

It is gross hypocrisy to condemn that in those who reprove us which we allow in those that flatter us. —Matthew Henry

None prove so hopelessly wicked as those who, after experiencing strong religious convictions, have gone back again to sin and the world. —J.C. Ryle

Persecution never advances the cause it pretends to defend, and it always furthers the cause it seeks to destroy. —Frank Hall

Spiritual pride is a most monstrous thing. If it be not discerned and vigorously opposed, in the beginning, it very often soon raises persons above their teachers and supposed spiritual fathers and sets them out of the reach of all rule and instruction, as I have seen in innumerable instances. —Jonathan Edwards

Be sure of this—the less you value your own righteousness—the more you will seek after true holiness. The less you think of your own beauty, the more ardently will you long to become like the Lord Jesus. —C.H. Spurgeon

Divine Justice drives slowly, but it never swerves. —Frank Hall

All wishes and efforts to be great destroy all power and possibility of actually being great or doing great things for Christ’s sake. “Seekest thou great things for thyself? Seek them not.” —Frank Hall

Yes, Mary sat at the feet of Christ to hear his word as a result of her free and voluntary choice, but her free and voluntary choice was the result of God’s free and voluntary grace. —Frank Hall

False religion is more than an epidemic of evil that plagues the world and dishonors God; it is a strategy specifically designed by the devil to profane the holy name of God and destroy the souls of men. —Frank Hall

It is undeniable that the more of this world we have the more we tend to love it, lounge in it, live for it, labor after it, and the more reluctant we are to part with it. —Frank Hall

A young Christian soldier once complained to a more seasoned veteran, and said, “I can’t continue in this warfare. I am so incompetent and feel so weak. In fact, the further I go the weaker I get. I can never succeed.” The elder looked at the younger, and said with a smile, “It sounds to me like you are progressing rather admirably, dear brother. And when you become still weaker, you will succeed all the more.” —C.H. Spurgeon

All the tears, prayers, desires, earnestness, devotion, labor, and sincerity in the world are complete and utter vanity and will avail us nothing, if we do not trust Jesus Christ for the entirety of our salvation. —Frank Hall

Every day is a good day when your God is the God of all grace. —Frank Hall

True religion is manifested by the practice of obedience, mercy, purity, and self-denial, not by boasting of theological knowledge, delivering fancy speeches, or making pretty professions. —Frank Hall

That God should be so good is marvelous, but that he should be so good to you and me, who are so rebellious, is a miracle of miracles. —C.H. Spurgeon

Every trial, sorrow, and difficulty that God supports us under, gets us through, and delivers us from increases our faith, trust, and confidence in him—our lack of perceiving that increase notwithstanding. —Frank Hall

Necessity is the greatest teacher of self-denial. —Frank Hall

As God sees in his infinite understanding what is most fit to be done, so his perfect wisdom immediately directs his sovereign will to determine what will be done. —John Gill (paraphrase)

If Jesus of Nazareth were nothing more than a sinless man, his righteousness would be of no use to other men. But through the union of the human nature to the person of the Son of God, the obedience of one man becomes the righteousness of God, and so “imputable” to unrighteous men. —John Gill (paraphrase)

The pardon of sin, though an act of grace, proceeds from God upon the foot of satisfaction made for sin. —John Gill (paraphrase)

I remind you that it is by continual reminders that God’s people are made to remember the Lord Jesus and his great work of grace on their behalf. —Unknown

Gospel preaching is not so much teaching people new things as it is reminding God’s people of things they already know. —Unknown

When we forget, we lose our internal grip on something. When we remember, we regain that grip we once had. —Unknown

In this life, we will never be able to forget the very thing that God has promised to never remember, our sin! —Frank Hall

The strongest and most effective argument to be employed for urging sinners to repentance is not the certainty of judgment or the fear of hell, but the accomplishment of redemption by Jesus Christ: “Return unto me; for I have redeemed thee.” —Unknown

Prayer is a golden key which should open the morning and lock up the evening. —John MacDuff

I have a Key in my bosom that will, I am persuaded, open any lock in Doubting Castle. —Bunyan’s Christian

A graceless, merciless, selfish spirit proves that we are without grace, without mercy, and without Christ—servants of sinful self, not servants of God. —Frank Hall

Philosophical rhetoric, worldly wisdom, and human logic can do wonders from the pulpit in appearance, but they do nothing in reality. Such impressive orations appeal to the flesh, but cannot change the truth of God! —C.H. Spurgeon (paraphrase)

There are many professing Christians foaming at the mouth to serve God in the spotlight who wouldn’t dream of serving him in obscurity with no recognition; thus, they prove themselves unfit to serve God at all. —Frank Hall

Those who are too high to gather stones and pull weeds in the garden of the Lord have not yet learned how unfit they are to stand in the Lord’s vineyard, much less work in it. —Frank Hall

The Christian grows by tears—and withers by smiles. God's vines thrive the better for pruning. —Stephen Charnock

Grace is not grace, unless it is altogether free. —Augustine of Hippo

Faith does not make us sons of God; it manifests us to be sons of God. —Unknown

It is no slight stimulus to our own circumspection for us to know that we are observed by unfriendly eyes, for “the wicked watcheth the righteous.” Our lives ought to be such as will bear criticism. —C.H. Spurgeon

Children of God, our constitution is such that if we could find comfort and rest apart from the Ark Christ Jesus, away from the Sun of Righteousness, in the arms of another beloved, we most certainly would. If Noah’s dove had found a branch to perch on she certainly would have, but finding “no rest for the sole of her foot, she returned unto him into the ark.” Christ is our Resting Place, not this world. —C.H. Spurgeon

Anything that drives us to our knees is good. —Unknown

The more the church of God thinks of her great and glorious Head, the more she leans upon the invisible arm of the Eternal, the more invincible she feels herself to be! —C.H. Spurgeon (paraphrase)

Persecution is a mysterious blessing! It drives us to our Stronghold, and thereby it is overruled for our good! —C.H. Spurgeon

How often have the richest and ripest fruits of the Spirit been put forth by the Lord’s people when they have been most grieved and smitten by their enemies! —C.H. Spurgeon

The church looks fairer and shines brighter when she is in the furnace. The smell of fire does not pass upon her. Her Lord is with her—and if the fire is heated seven times hotter—his glory is seven times brighter! —C.H. Spurgeon

While the people of God flourish in adversity, the people of this world are ruined by their prosperity. —C.H. Spurgeon

He that would live well should often think of his last day, and make it his company-keeper. —Unknown

If the rich man was tormented because of his neglect of Moses and the prophets, how much greater will be the torment of those who neglect the entire Bible! —Unknown

Too many think light of sin, and therefore think lightly of the Savior. —C.H. Spurgeon

Every true preacher is trained by God at Burning Bush Bible College with Moses and Whale Belly Seminary with Jonah. —Don Fortner

Though he uses the evil devices of men to accomplish his purpose, God neither forces the wicked to do evil, nor approves of the evil they do. —Don Fortner

Even the wrath of man is yoked to the chariot wheel of God’s decrees. —Edward Dennett

The good things that the wicked enjoy in this life is all the good they will ever experience. —Unknown

New mercies give new meaning to old praises. —Alexander Maclaren

Glorious praise is the harvest that our God reaps from sowing the seed of his grace in the soil of our hearts. —Alexander Maclaren (paraphrase)

Nothing is more insane than perverse thinking, profane speaking, evil working, and sinful living. —Unknown

Sin is suicide! To continue in sin is to lay hold of the dagger of divine execution and bury it into our own hearts. —Unknown

I would to God that I could preach with such impressive simplicity that infants could understand my meaning. —Unknown

One sinful act of a faithful man often hurts more people than a thousand sinful acts of a wicked man. —Matthew Henry

It is a strange inconsistency among the people of God that though they possess wisdom from above, they do not always exercise it. —Unknown

As it is neither wise nor safe to presume upon the strength of our resolutions, so it is not wise nor safe to presume upon the weakness of our corruptions. —Matthew Henry

It is much easier for us to warn others of mischief than to avoid it ourselves. —Matthew Henry

As God declares, and experience and history have so often proved—when carnal gratifications increase, spiritual affections decay. —Charles Simeon

The man who seeks only easy things will never make much of his life. One who is afraid of hard work will never achieve anything worthwhile. —J.R. Miller

The human mind is like a sponge—it absorbs through the eyes and ears whatever it is exposed to. If we soak it in the water of God’s word, it will become saturated with the things of Christ. And if we soak it in the poisonous water of sin and ungodliness, it will become saturated with filth and pollution. —Frank Hall

If we do not love to hear Christ preached, it is because we do not love the Christ that is preached. —Joe Terrell

The empire of the whole world is but a crust to be thrown to a dog. —Martin Luther

Three things are necessary for sinners to draw near to God: a priest, a sacrifice, and a place of worship. —Unknown

The fascination of the preacher’s office is very great to weak minds, and hence I caution all young men not to mistake whim for inspiration, and a childlike preference for a call of the Holy Spirit. —C.H. Spurgeon

The worst of sinners can only be saved by the best of Saviors. Thank God that our beloved Savior is the chiefest among ten thousand! —Unknown

If our hearts truly delight in the Christ which Scripture unfolds, then they will truly shrink from every counterfeit Christ which Satan introduces. —C.H. Mackintonsh

A man who is full of himself cannot be full of the Holy Ghost. —Unknown

The Man Christ Jesus was and is like no other man. He was born like no other; he thought, spoke, felt, loved, lived, suffered, and died as no other. In all things Christ must have the preeminence. —Unknown

Any man who gives himself faithfully to the preaching of the gospel has very little time for anything else. —Don Fortner

I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God, it changes me. —C.S. Lewis

The Lord had been very gracious, and spoke peace to me in the time of my distress, and I now most ungratefully turned again to folly; at times I felt sharp reproof, but I did not get low enough to cry for help. —John Woolman

When you fully trust a person without any doubt, you get one of two results—a person for life or a lesson for life. Christ is a Person for life. —Unknown

God’s saints are not loved today and lost tomorrow. They are loved with an immutable love and saved with an everlasting salvation. —Unknown

God, in the highest wisdom, accomplishes the greatest works by the simplest means. —Octavius Winslow

To be smitten by the immortal God is infinitely better to the believer than to be blessed by mortal man. —Octavius Winslow

Happy are they who deal much in self-condemnation! If we judged ourselves more, we would judge others less; and if we condemned ourselves more, we should be less condemned by others. —Octavius Winslow

He who has one of God's blessings has all of God's blessings. —Frank Hall

How we treat the worship of God is how we treat the God we worship. —Frank Hall

The man who loves the Lord Jesus, obeys the Lord Jesus. —Frank Hall

Self-justification only results in the sinner's everlasting condemnation, but self-condemnation always results in the sinner's everlasting glorification. —Frank Hall

Salvation is not the sinner doing for God, but God doing for the sinner what the sinner could never do for himself. —Frank Hall

Salvation is not obtained by doing for Christ, but by resting in Christ. —Frank Hall

Fight God, and you will die in misery. Submit to God, and you will die in happiness. —Frank Hall

Men never learn by speaking; men learn by listening. —Frank Hall

To complain against the providence of God is to exalt our wisdom above God's wisdom. —Frank Hall

To love the world is to hate God, but to love God is to hate the world. —Frank Hall

To rightly understand the Word of God is to apprehend this one great truth: the scriptures are singular in their theme, subject, and purpose. From beginning to end, they prophesy of Christ, picture Christ, typify Christ, and reveal Jesus Christ and him crucified. —Frank Hall

There is no greater evidence of living without God in the world than living without intimate communion with the Bible. —Charles Bridges

Negligence on our part does not constitute an emergency on God's part. —Frank Hall

True saving faith does not argue with God's word; it believes God's word. —Frank Hall

Christian prayer has little to do with the sinner making known his will to God and much to do with the sinner submitting his will to the will of God.  —Frank Hall

True prayer is not so much expressing your will as it is seeking God's will. —Frank Hall

It is far better to be in bondage and know it than to be in bondage and believe that you are free. —Frank Hall

Jesus Christ is God and man in one person—as really man, as if he were not God, and as truly God as, if he were not man.—Frank Hall

Faith does not dwell upon or rest in that which is obscure and difficult to see, but upon and in that which is plain and obvious. —Frank Hall

Never would we try God as we do, did he not try us as he does. —Unknown

The least of us want to be something and do something, when in reality the best of us are nothing and can do nothing. —Frank Hall

He who lives most for eternity will live the best for time. —Don Fortner

He that is down low need fear no fall. —Matthew Henry

The difference between the law and the gospel is that the law requires everything and gives nothing, but the gospel requires nothing and gives everything. —Don Fortner

He who made man was made a man that he might be made sin to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. —Don Fortner

When Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future. —Unknown

The infinite God, in infinite mercy, paid our infinite debt to his infinite justice for our infinite sins, leaving us infinitely indebted to the infinite grace of the infinite God. —Frank Hall

Perseverance is the believer holding Christ by the hand of faith. Preservation is Christ holding the believer by the hand of grace. —Don Fortner

Unbelief focuses on the problem, but faith focuses on the God who sent the problem. —Frank Hall

God only saves the un-people: the unprofitable, the ungodly, the unrighteous, the unworthy, and the undone. —Darvin Pruitt

Though no man is without sin, yet the afflictions of many are not for their sins. —Unknown

Men must not think to dance and dine with the devil, and then to sup with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. Many eat that on earth what they digest in hell. —Thomas Brooks

Prayer is as the pitcher that fetcheth water from the brook, therewith to water the herbs; break the pitcher, and it will fetch no water, and for want of water the garden withers. —John Bunyan

There are three great temptations by which Satan assails preachers: the temptation to shine, the temptation to whine, and the temptation to recline. —Don Fortner

Peace with men that is purchased at the expense of truth is purchased at a rate that ought never to be paid! —Don Fortner

Either you will be a servant under the dominion of King Jesus, voluntarily giving up all that you are and have to his claims, or you will go to hell! —Don Fortner

The measure of our responsibility, as God's servants, is determined by the measure of our privileges, as God's servants, "for unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required." —Frank Hall

The more faithful the Lord is to bless us,f the more prone we are to take his favor for granted. I pray that he will not need to take any of his mercies away from us in order to remind us where they come from. —Chris Cunningham

Do nothing that you would not like God to see. Say nothing you would not like God to hear. Write nothing you would not like God to read. Go no place where you would not like God to find you. Read no book of which you would not like God to say, "Show it to Me." Never spend your time in such a way that you would not like to have God say, "What are you doing?" —J.C. Ryle

If we had God's power, we would change everything, but if we had God's wisdom, we would change nothing. —Scott Richardson

A life spent in service to self is a wasted life, but a life spent in service to Christ is a life well spent. —Frank Hall

There are three things that every person should know about death: it is certain, fast approaching, and inescapable. —Frank Hall

There would be no depravity, death, or damnation, if not for the sin of man; and there would be no life, pardon, or glory, if not for the righteousness of God. —Unknown

True self-knowledge throws light on the otherwise dark ways of God. When one learns to murmur against his own sin, one ceases to murmur against God. —Unknown

If men listened, as much as they spoke, the world would be filled with less noise and more understanding. —Unknown

If we do not worship God in private, we most certainly do not worship God in public, regardless of how often we frequent his house. —Frank Hall

Prayer is the safest method of replying to words of hatred. —C.H. Spurgeon

If I take God at his word, the responsibility of fulfilling his promise does not lie with me, but with God, who made the promise. —C.H. Spurgeon

Life in Christ is a bed of roses—thorns and all. —Unknown

When God takes out the rod of correction, snuggle up to it as close as you possibly can; the closer you are to the rod the less it hurts. —Don Fortner

Little, if any comfort, is gotten by reading God’s word. Comfort is gotten by believing God’s word. —Frank Hall

Because of our ignorance, unbelief, and low opinions of God, I fear that when we pray, we seek far less than what the Most High God is able, willing, and ready to give. It is much for us to need, but nothing for him to bestow. —C.H. Spurgeon

If there were an ant at the door of thy granary asking for help, it would not ruin thee to give him a handful of thy wheat; and thou art nothing but a tiny insect at the door of God’s all-sufficiency. —C.H. Spurgeon

There are three words that precisely describe all human beings: fickle, fallen, and frail. —Frank Hall

One thing that God’s saints desperately need, and I hope greatly desire, is wisdom to distinguish between God’s direction and their own carnal reasoning. —Frank Hall

The greatest victory that we can ever gain in this life is not obtained by fighting, but by surrendering, surrendering to Christ the King! —Frank Hall

In all our pleadings and prayers to God, we would be wise to plead and pray for that which he has promised to give and perform. —Frank Hall

Assuredly, "Reverend" and "sinner" make a curious combination, and as I know I am the second, I repudiate the first. —C. H. Spurgeon

All who have the mind of Christ think Christ, talk Christ, live Christ, and serve Christ. —Unknown

It is the incessant round of world, world, world—the constant din of earth, earth, earth—that takes the soul away from Christ. —Unknown

Our God often tells us to remember because we are sinfully prone to forget. While our memory will preserve a thousand poisonous weeds, it suffers the Rose of Sharon to wither. —C.H. Spurgeon

It is not the shedding of our tears that brings God’s forgiveness to us, but the shedding of Christ’s blood. —Joe Terrell

Never expect too much from a lost person, and they will seldom disappoint you. —Frank Hall

A man may know much and still be a fool, but a man who prudently uses what little knowledge he has for God’s glory and the benefit of others is a truly wise man. —Unknown

The wisest of God’s people often think, feel, say, and do foolish things. —Frank Hall

Though all of God’s people trip, stumble, and fall a thousand times a day, none will ever be cast down forever. —Frank Hall

The incarnation forms the verdant spot, the oasis in the desert of a ruined universe on which God and the sinner can meet together. —Octavius Winslow

Behold one of the many mysteries of our most holy faith: God takes our nature that he may descend to us, and he gives us his nature that we may ascend to him. —Octavius Winslow

He is the wise man who knows himself, and he who knows himself will find nothing within himself to make him proud. —J.C. Ryle

The tongue of hell is Dishonesty. The tongue of the world is Carnality. The tongue of the wicked is Iniquity. The tongue of religion is Hypocrisy. But the tongue of the Learned speaks a word in season to him that is weary. Be ever-mindful of the tongue with which you speak. —Frank Hall 

Every hour that a Christian remains a Christian is an hour of miracle. —Unknown

He that boasts of grace has little grace to boast of. —C.H. Spurgeon

Satan’s master plan is to get man religious without Christ. He would rather you be WHITEWASHED than WASHED WHITE in the blood of the Lamb. Whitewashing will not save! I must be washed white in the BLOOD OF CHRIST. —Donnie Bell

“They shall all be taught of God.” Doctrine is God’s teaching from above. Experience is God’s teaching within. Practice is God’s teaching in outward demonstration. —Thomas Bradbury

Lay before me a code of spiritual laws—and I shall break them; a string of rules—and I shall scatter them; a round of duties—and I shall evade them; directions for my daily walk—and I am sure to wander from them; point to the precepts—and they will prove me perverse time and time again. Men do not need rules to regulate their behavior—they need grace to save, guide, and keep them near the cross of Christ! —Thomas Bradbury

A ministry of do, do, do generally results in nothing being done! But a ministry of done always results with God’s saints laboring for Christ, his people, and the benefit of others. —C.H. Spurgeon

The scriptures are divine, distinct, dogmatic, dependable, and definite. To resist, deride, fight, deny, dispute, or denounce the scriptures is to resist, deride, fight, deny, dispute, and denounce God himself!   —Frank Hall

There are three things that I can never do: preach man dead enough, Christ high enough, or salvation free enough. —Frank Hall

The substitutionary death of Jesus Christ has untied the Gordian Knot that bound God’s hands of free grace, that he might distribute his pardons, not only as he sees fit, but in perfect compliance with his unbending law of absolute righteousness. —Unknown

There is not a minister that dealeth seriously with the souls of men, but he finds an Arminian scheme of justification in every unrenewed heart. —Robert Traill

Your soul in undeniably important! You are inexcusably guilty! God is inflexibly just! The sacrifice of Christ is infinitely meritorious! The grace of God is invariably free! Death is quickly coming! Eternity is certainly real! God almighty commands you to trust his Son! What are you going to do? —Frank Hall

The only effective refutation of error is the establishment of the truth —James Buchanan

The gospel declares free pardon to believing sinners, but a pardon founded on a divine propitiation; a gracious remission, but a remission by means of a divine redemption; a full salvation, but a salvation procured by a divine satisfaction to God eternal justice. —James Buchanan

Sin turns all God’s grace into wantonness; it is the dare of his justice, the rape of his mercy, the jeer of his patience, the slight of his power, and the contempt of his love. —John Bunyan

In the Seed of woman, we see God become a man that men may become the sons of God. —Henry Law

The most hideous conception of Christ’s atoning work is that it is not his sacrifice that secures the acceptance of the worshipper, but the obedience of the worshipper that secures the acceptance of his sacrifice. —James Buchanan

Idolatry puts on such a good front and acts so spiritual that the shame of it is recognized only by true believers. —Martin Luther

One of the surest and quickest ways to hell is to trust in your own decision to “get saved”. —Frank Hall

It is a sign that people do not prize a thing when they do not labor after it. If men thought Christ worthy of respect, they would not sit still, but take pains in the seeking of him. —Thomas Manton

Men perish by resting in their slight wishes; they would have Christ, but they will not take the pains to get him. —Thomas Manton

If men exercised the same amount of thought, time, and energy for the good of their souls, as they do for the good of their bodies, I suppose that hell would not be nearly so full. —Frank Hall

Is it not strange that many who profess to be Christians make the getting of Christ the least of the care? —Frank Hall

A man’s heart will never yield to Christ till it bleedeth with a sense of sin. —Thomas Manton

It is a sign that we are guilty of self-confidence when we resolve upon a better life, and do not think how unable we are to live it. —Thomas Manton

We are unworthy to believe, but God is worthy to be obeyed—and this is his commandment that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ. —Thomas Manton

When a man is in distress, it is known what he putteth his trust in: then we shall see what our heart fetcheth comfort from. —Thomas Manton

Men think it easy to believe till they put themselves upon the trial of it. —Thomas Manton

Excuses are always a sign of an unwilling, unbelieving, unfaithful heart. —Thomas Manton

Men and women who willfully neglect the worship of God and the preaching of the gospel judge themselves unworthy of eternal life. What then shall be their end? —Frank Hall

We are none of us more than half-awake. —Legh Richmond

We would be wise to learn the value of Jesus Christ and our immortal souls in this world, because to learn this lesson in the world to come is to learn in too late. —Frank Hall

Lessons learned in eternity are lessons learned too late. —Frank Hall

Let us beware of do-nothing Christianity. Such religion does not come from the Spirit of God. "To do no harm," says Richard Baxter, "is the praise of a stone, not of a man." —J.C. Ryle

Our works unquestionably will not justify us. We are justified by faith without the deeds of the law. But the genuineness of our faith will be proved or disproved by the lives that we live. —J.C. Ryle

Life is meaningless until we find its true meaning in Jesus Christ. —Don Fortner

Preaching the gospel faithfully may very well cost a man his life, but to handle the word of God deceitfully will most certainly cost him his soul. —Frank Hall

The fact that we are quick to apply the commendations, promises, and blessings revealed in scripture to ourselves and slow to identify ourselves with the sins, crimes, and iniquities revealed in scripture removes every doubt as to whether or not we are self-righteous. —Frank Hall

I fear that many Bible-readers derive little benefit from what they read because they fail to understand that God is not only talking to them, but about them. —Frank Hall

God sovereignly and graciously overruled King David’s adultery, murder, and sin to bring Jesus Christ into this world, by whom David’s adultery, murder, and sin were put away forever. Now that’s wisdom! Now that’s power! Now that’s grace! That’s our God! —Frank Hall

Oh what a different place the world would be if we would deal out mercy and grace in the same measure that we deal out judgment and death. —Frank Hall

I wonder, when it comes time for us to die, will we with honesty be able to say that the world is a better place for us having lived in it? —Frank Hall

As Christ neared the cross, one of his disciples betrayed him, another denied him, and all forsook him. What sin will we not commit if left to ourselves: our strength, our wills, and our ways? —Unknown

Jesus of Nazareth is both God and man. His manhood enabled him to obey and bleed, and his Godhood made that obedience and blood meritorious and effectual for all who believe on him. —Frank Hall

Most preachers only tell half of the truth. They convince men of God’s willingness to receive them, but never say a word about man’s unwillingness to come. —Henry Mahan

Bad people go to heaven and good people go to hell—go and learn what that meaneth. —Frank Hall

The only reason we perceive ourselves to be pretty good is because we only compare ourselves with people who are pretty bad. —Henry Mahan

When a man grows in grace, his opinion of God, Christ, and others grows higher and higher, while the opinion of himself: his character, his conduct, his life, and his worth grows lower and lower. Oh, how few know the grace of God in truth! —Frank Hall

The wolf may sleep, but it’s still a wolf; and so the carnal mind may sometimes slumber, but it’s still enmity against God. —C.H. Spurgeon

So completely fallen are our minds that we can remember sinful vanities from years gone by—yet, we cannot remember the sermon we heard yesterday. "For memory," said Mr. Spurgeon, "graspeth evil things with an iron fist, but the good she holds with feeble fingers." —Frank Hall

Beloved brethren, the fact that perfect conformity to Christ in character and conduct is beyond our reach in this life is no excuse for failing to strive for it. —Frank Hall

He who would reprove the world for sin must live above the sin of the world. —Unknown

There is a painful, but necessary lesson that all gospel churches will and must learn: if their ministries thrive and flourish, it will not be because of them, but in spite of them. —Frank Hall

The more we please the flesh, the more we wrong our own souls; passions and corrupt affections do but blind the heart to its own destruction. —Thomas Manton

There is enough tinder in the hearts of the best men in the world to light a fire that shall burn to the lowest hell, unless God should quench the sparks as they fall. —C.H. Spurgeon

He that believeth on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved, be his sins ever so many; but he that believeth not on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be damned, be his sins ever so few. —Thomas Brooks

My relationship with God does in great measure determine how I talk, live, and behave in this world; but how I talk, live, and behave in this world does not in any measure determine my relationship with God. —Don Fortner

Afflictions are the black dogs by which God chases the evil from the people he loves. —Don Fortner

When hunger can be relieved without food, thirst quenched without drink, and weariness removed without rest, then, and not till then, will men find peace without Christ. —J.C. Ryle

The possession of grace secures a measure of self-depreciation, and in proportion as that grace increases, the thermometer of self-estimation will fall. Below zero is the proper point for us—for in truth we are less than the least of all the saints. —C.H. Spurgeon

If there is no offence, the gospel has not been preached. If the offence of the cross is not obvious in our preaching, then our preaching is less than useless. —Don Fortner

Any preacher who does not deal honestly with the scriptures does not deal honestly with God or with the souls of men. —Frank Hall

Jesus, the blessed man, was made a curse that cursed men might be blessed of God. —Frank Hall

The righteous man is miserable because of his troubles, but his end is peace; therefore, he has reason to rejoice. The wicked man is happy because of his prosperity, but his end is destruction; therefore, he has reason to tremble. —Frank Hall

Christ was delivered to die by the priests for envy; by Judas for gain; by the people in blind zeal; by Pilate for political advantage; but by God to accomplish the redemption of his elect. —Thomas Manton

Evil knocks at the door of every man’s heart. According to the Pharisee it knocks to get in, but according to God it knocks to get out. —Frank Hall

If your God needs you, then you certainly don't need him. —Curtis Hall

If your God needs you to let him save you, to permit him to forgive you, or to allow him to interfere in your life, then I assure you, you do not need him. —Frank Hall

There is enough of the fire of hell in the heart of a single sinner to rekindle the furnace of hell if those infernal fires were ever put out. —C.H. Spurgeon                                                                           

If a saint could ever be left by God, he would soon become a devil. —C.H. Spurgeon

There is no other fool who is as foolish as the one who thinks he is not such a fool as other men are. —C.H. Spurgeon

We are all sadly weak, and those are the weakest of all who think themselves to be strong. —C.H. Spurgeon

Most men are not prepared for life, much less prepared for death, judgment, and eternity! Oh, Lord, teach us to number our days that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. —Frank Hall

If we are surrounded by those who would slander us, the best defense is a blameless life. —C.H. Spurgeon

When we no longer need teaching, brothers and sisters, it is because we have grown too stupid to learn. —C.H. Spurgeon

God is terrible in righteousness; fearfully high and holy; unsearchably sovereign and wise; soul staggeringly majestic and pure; devastatingly irresistible; mind staggeringly awesome in omnipotent power; inexpressibly all-consuming; and totally unapproachable by sinners—except through Christ! He is the way to God! —Frank Hall

I only know one thing—that I know nothing! —Socrates

Too often the more we receive from God, the less he receives from us. —Charles Bridges

Whithersoever God gives I am both thankful and indifferent; so as, while I am rich in estate, I may be poor in spirit, and while I am poor in estate, I may be rich in grace. —Joseph Hall

Those who take the most eager pleasure in finding fault are usually those who can least bear the retort themselves. Take heed, lest while thou art exposing the mote in thy brother’s eye, thou be reminded to thy deeper disgrace of the beam that is in thine own eye. —Charles Bridges

So depraved is man that nothing is so much hidden from him as himself! —Charles Bridges

In our great abundance we must not think to live without God, so in our greatest straits we must learn to live upon God. —Matthew Henry

It is better to live poorly upon the fruits of God’s goodness than to live plentifully upon the products of our own sin. —Matthew Henry

God casts down that he may raise up; the Devil raises up that he may cast down; therefore, they who would take heed of falling, must take heed of climbing.—Matthew Henry

The practical influence of truth is the strongest evidence of its reality. God help us to practice what we preach. —Unknown

The covenant of works is, “Do this and live, O man!” But the covenant of grace is, “Do this, O Christ, and thou shalt live, O man!” —C.H. Spurgeon

Of all things in the world, God hates most the man that is neither hot nor cold. Better to have no religion than to have a little—better to be altogether without it—enemies to it, than to have just enough to make your respectable, but not enough to make your earnest. —C.H. Spurgeon

I believe that one reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church. —C.H. Spurgeon

Many parents hope to see their children saved, but where are these hopeful parents on the first day of the week? Parents who habitually absent themselves from the worship of God teach their children one unforgettable lesson, and that by their own example—how to go to hell. —Frank Hall

Anything that would dishonor God, hinder the preaching of the gospel, disrupt the unity of the saints, disturb the peace of the church, or hurt one of God’s children, reject. —Don Fortner

The gates of heaven are wide enough to receive the worst of sinners, but too narrow to admit the smallest grain of unforsaken sin.—J.C. Ryle

If all the ifs in the Bible hang on Christ, then the believer can claim them all as promises. —Rupert Rivenbark

If believers could lose their salvation, they would, but because they can’t, they won’t. —Todd Nibert

Looking at my sin, I see Christ as my atonement, and only Christ. Looking at God’s law, I see Christ as my righteousness, my only righteousness. I’m not making up what I can’t provide; he is my only righteousness. Looking at God’s justice, he is my justification. Looking at death, he is my life. Looking at the grave, he is my resurrection. Looking at eternity, he is my hope. —Henry Mahan

No Christ in your sermon sir? Then go home, and never preach again, until you have something worth preaching. —C.H. Spurgeon

He that hath fellowship with God will sometimes feel the devil within him till he thinketh himself a devil. —C.H. Spurgeon

Believers are continually upon God’s mind, before his eye, in his hand, on his heart, in his favor, and accepted in the Beloved. —Don Fortner

Only sinners repent of their sins! Only sinners call on Christ! Only sinners need free grace! Only sinners are saved! Only sinners are forgiven! Only sinners believe the gospel! Only sinners worship God! Only sinners are righteous in God’s sight! May God, by his grace, make you a sinner today! —Frank Hall

None are as blind as those who refuse to see. —Don Fortner

The presence of trouble is not strange to the people of God; the absence of trouble, however, is strange to a people to whom the Lord promises tribulation. —Don Fortner

Find me a sinner who has seen Christ, and I will show you a sinner who has quit arguing about his goodness, debating over his worthiness, and fussing about the power of his will. —Don Fortner

A man’s freewill cannot even cure him of a toothache or a sore finger; and yet he madly thinks it is in its power to cure his soul. —Augustus Toplady

My God, I groan day-by-day over the salvation of souls. Sometimes I think I could stand on the top of every hackney-coach in the streets of London, to preach God’s word. It is not enough that I can do it night and day, laboring incessantly by writing and by preaching—I would that I were multiplied a thousand-fold—that I might have a thousand tongues to preach this gospel of my blessed Redeemer. —George Whitfield

Though all of the reprobate will certainly be punished, none will be punished because they are reprobate. Punishment is not a matter of sovereignty, but a matter of justice. Sinners are punished by God because of their crimes, not because they are non-elect. —Frank Hall

A sinner does not decide for Christ! A sinner flies to Christ in utter helplessness and despair! —Martyn Lloyd-Jones

A man may be moral in his behavior and still be lost, but no man can be saved and remain immoral. —Frank Hall

When will men learn that widest liberty is true submission to the gospel sway? He is a free man whom the Son makes free, but he is a slave in whom unbridled lusts and passions rule. —Henry Law

Had Adam continued in perfect obedience to God, and never fallen—even after ten thousand years of sinless perfection, he never could have earned a single blessing from God. He would merely have rendered to God his just due. God is not obligated to give men anything. All men are obligated to give God everything. —Frank Hall

I am sure that if God had not chosen me before the foundation of the world, he never would have chosen me afterward. —C.H. Spurgeon

The human heart is a factory of idols…every one of us is, from his mother’s womb, expert in inventing idols. —John Calvin

I am nothing, have nothing, and can do nothing without God. What although I may, like a polished sepulcher, appear a little beautiful without, yet within I am full of pride, self-love, and all manner of corruption. —George Whitefield

Faith is the conducting link between man’s emptiness and God’s fullness, and herein is all the value which it has. It is the bucket let down into the fountain of God’s grace, without which the man could never draw the water of life from the wells of salvation. —Richard Chenevix Trench

The first thing that the Lord Jesus said to each of the seven churches of Asia is, “I know thy works.” We do not believe any more than we actually put into practice. Everything else is mere theory and has never reached the heart. —Henry Mahan

If one evil thought, if one evil word, if one evil action deserves eternal damnation, how many hells, my friends, do every one of us deserve, whose whole lives have been one continued rebellion against God? —George Whitefield

The reason why congregations have been so dead is because they have dead men preaching to them. How can dead men beget living children? —George Whitefield

The things that are most dangerous to our souls, as believers in Christ, are not those things that we hate and strive to avoid, but those things that we love in the flesh and are inclined to indulge. —Frank Hall

It is not the business of the preacher to beat and chasten God’s wayward people. It is his business to preach the gospel of God’s grace, and in so doing, God will correct and comfort, beat and mend, wound and heal, and chasten and console his wayward people. —Frank Hall

Straying from Christ and his cross is the single greatest cause for all of the inconsistencies and errors in our thinking, speaking, writing, preaching, and living. If we plant the feet of our hearts firmly upon Christ and him crucified, our thinking, speaking, writing, preaching, and living will greatly improve. —Frank Hall

You will never know the unthinkable power of sin until you have experienced the superior strength of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. —Unknown

The wiser and lowlier we become the better others appear to us, and the worse we know ourselves to be. —Frank Hall

When confronting religious error, be sure that your opponent is arguing with God’s Word and not you. —Chris Cunningham

The fact that we, as believers, are nothing more than sinners saved by God’s free grace, abounding with sin, and given to error in thought, attitude, speech, doctrine, and behavior, ought to make it very easy for us to overlook the faults, forgive the offences, and graciously judge the shortcomings of other men.—Frank Hall

It may be safely asserted that a universe constructed for the purpose of making God known, is a far better universe than one designed for the production of happiness in the creatures who live in it. —Charles Hodge

If we are not content with such things as we have, we shall never be satisfied with such things as we desire. —William Jay

Redemption by Jesus Christ is to the Bible what the soul is to the body—its living and all-pervading principle, without which the scriptures are a cold, lifeless system of history and moral precepts. —Charles Hodge

When presumption and self-confidence creep into the heart, and supplant humility before God and dependence upon Christ, God’s saints will always forget their God and cease to call on him. —Frank Hall

The greatest events in history are not the battles of the conquerors or the changes of dynasties, but the preaching or non-preaching of the gospel—the putting of the candle into the candlestick or the taking of the candlestick out of its place. The most important points in history are the points where the light of Christ’s cross has shined or the eras wherein that light was dimmed by superstition. —C.H. Spurgeon

The grace of God influences both the understanding and the affections. Warm affections without knowledge can rise no higher than superstition, and that knowledge which does not influence the heart and affections will only make a hypocrite. —John Owen

Men do not derive the ability to preach in power from study, learning, and book reading, but from living on their faces at the beautiful feet of their sovereign King. —Frank Hall

Christian patience will endure toil, trial, and suffering, but it will not endure false teaching or a false life. —Howard Crosby

The Christian who yields to error because he does not wish to fight is no example of Christian patience, but an example of indifference and carelessness. —Howard Crosby

O Brothers, never let the gospel hang on your lips like icicles! Let it rather be like burning lava from the mouth of a volcano! Let us be all on fire with the divine truth that is within our hearts, sowing it with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. —C.H. Spurgeon

If truth does not enter the heart, evil influences soon remove it. —C.H. Spurgeon

To hear the gospel preached in truth is an uncommon privilege, but to “know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” is a gift of sovereign grace. —Frank Hall

Carnal care and the deceitfulness of riches always walk hand-in-hand with barrenness and unfruitfulness. The love of this world and the things of this world always choke out the influence of God’s word in our hearts. Thorn and corn cannot flourish in the same heart. —Frank Hall

The salvation of God’s elect does not depend on the preacher’s labor, effort, or diligence, but their salvation will never be attained without the work of the preacher. —Don Fortner

It is a very lamentable case, is it not, that a person should believe the gospel to be true, and yet should live as if it were a lie? Such are all thorny ground hearers! —C.H. Spurgeon

By faith in Christ believers receive internally what Christ has done for them externally. Because they were justified by Christ’s imputed righteousness at the cross, they are sanctified by Christ’s imparted righteousness in the new birth. —Don Fortner

Mercy can only be for the undeserving, guilty sinner who has done nothing to deserve mercy.  Can you find a reason for God to save you?  If your answer is “yes”, God’s mercy is not for you.  If your answer is “no”, you are a candidate for mercy from God. —Pastor Frank Tate

No one is indifferent toward Christ; for he that is not with Christ is against Christ. All intelligent creatures, good and evil, whether they know it or not take an interest in the work of redemption. Whether for malice or adoration redemption excites them all! —C.H. Spurgeon

Do you know the difference between gladness and gratitude? Gladness looks at the kindness and takes it all, but gratitude looks at the Giver, and loves him for it all. —Andrew Bonar

Anybody on earth can make a profession of faith, but only the Holy Spirit of God can draw you to Jesus Christ. Salvation is not man’s decision, but God’s decision. That’s not shutting the door, but showing you where it is. —Rolfe Barnard

The gospel is not the treaty of a beggar, but the condescension of the King. —Rolfe Barnard

As long as a sinner thinks that he deserves anything from God’s spiritual treasury, he shall receive nothing! God’s grace is freely bestowed upon the undeserving, the hell-deserving, and the beggar. —Maurice Montgomery

Friendship will die unless it is nourished by continual contact. —William Barclay

We must never lose the memory of what we have done to God and what God has done for us. —William Barclay

Uselessness always invites disaster, and the church which has ceased to shine for Christ has lost the reason for its existence. —William Barclay

When you hear the word of God preached, understand that God is talking to you, not the person behind you. “The churches of the land are sprinkled all over with baldheaded old sinners whose hair has been worn off by the constant friction of countless sermons that have been aimed at them and glanced off and hit the man in the pew behind.” —Henry Ward Beecher

The devil is aware that one hour of close fellowship, hearty converse with God in prayer, is able to pull down what he hath been contriving and building many a year. —John Flavel

When salvation is made to hinge upon the exercise of man’s freewill rather than upon God’s sovereign will, Jesus Christ is reduced to a mere tool in the hands of sinners, when in fact he is the sum and substance of salvation in the hands of God. —Frank Hall

If Christ is indeed the King of kings and Lord of lords; if he is indeed sovereign, almighty, and God over all; how then can he be subject to those who are in subjection to him? Salvation is not, “if you will,” but “if he will."  —Frank Hall

The trials by which God proves our faith in Christ are the instruments of grace by which our God teaches us patience. —Don Fortner

Too often we walk upon God’s promises like children upon ice, always fearful of them breaking, and us falling! How shameful! It is unbelief alone that prevents us from soaring in our hearts to the celestial city and walking by faith, even now, across the streets of gold. —Don Fortner

There are three great enemies against which God’s children should daily pray: pride, worldliness, and unbelief. —J.C. Ryle

Bethany was known in scripture not so much as Bethany, but as "the town of Mary and her sister Martha." I wonder who in our town gives the name by which it is known in heaven? —Robert Murray M’Cheyne

The Lord Jesus often removes earthly comforts, worldly treasures, and temporal benefits from his people, writing death and dissatisfaction upon them all. He does this to open a way into his child’s heart, to convince that lonely, bereaved, and desolate saint that he is a substitute for everything, while nothing shall ever be a substitute for him. —Octavius Winslow (paraphrase)

As the Lord God waits with great patience that he may be gracious to us, let us wait on him in the patience of faith that we may honor him. —Don Fortner

To lie at Jesus’ feet is a right experience. To lie there sick and wounded is better. But to lie there as dead is best of all! —C.H. Spurgeon

My righteousness before God is not based upon the righteousness of Christ; my righteousness before God is the righteousness of Christ. —Don Fortner

Faith in Christ is the result of God’s determination to bring his children to glory. Unbelief is the sinner’s determination to go to hell. —Frank Hall

Men and women who are determined to live in sin will always, always, always, find reasons not to come to the house of God, listen to the gospel, call on Christ, and believe on him. Unbelief is never short on petty, superficial, ridiculous excuses! —Frank Hall

Christ is not to be judged by the character and conduct of those who profess his name. The character and conduct of those who profess his name are to be judged by Christ. —Frank Hall

God never made a opossum that he didn’t make a persimmon tree for; and he never made a preacher that he didn’t make a pulpit for. —Townley Davis

In the churches of Jesus Christ which are most full of life, some are dead. And in the churches of Christ which are most dead, some are full of life. No gospel church is without its excellence, but none are without its defects. No gospel church is perfect. —Don Fortner   

No true church has anything to fear except for indifference to Christ. —Don Fortner

Of all the temptations to which God’s children are exposed, growing rich is perhaps the most dangerous of all because it is a snare that they do not dread. —C.H. Spurgeon

There are five sorts of people in the church of Christ: those who neither labor nor faint; those who faint, but never labor; those who once labored, but have since fainted; those who labor still, but are ready to faint; and then there are those who labor without fainting. Which one are you? —Unknown

The teacher’s sins are the teachers of sin. —Andrew Bonar

God’s grace plus your works does not equal salvation. It equals your everlasting damnation! —Frank Hall

If God in very faithfulness afflicts his people to make good his threatening, oh, how much more in faithfulness will he preserve and provide for his people, to make good his promises! —Thomas Brooks

The true, honest, sincere, heartfelt prayer of faith is like the breath of a musician passing through the golden flute of the soul—music in the ears of God. —Frank Hall

Christ’s life of obedience as the sinner’s Substitute was a walk from Bethlehem to Calvary without so much as a stumble. —Andrew Bonar

Enoch walked with God, and one day he took a very long walk, for he never came back again! —Andrew Bonar

Why did Thomas not go to the meeting that night with the other disciples? I think he said, “What’s the use of going? The Master won’t be there.” —Andrew Bonar

The good things of eternal life are so many that they exceed number, so great that they exceed measure, and so precious that they exceed estimation. —Augustine of Hippo

In the kingdom of God no one ever grows without trials, without enduring temptations, sorrows, and afflictions. Abasement is the path to exaltation. Sorrow is the path to service. And weakness is the path to strength. —Don Fortner

The man sent from God to preach the gospel has only one great responsibility: preach the gospel faithfully. Those to whom God sends the gospel have only one great responsibility: believe the gospel immediately. —Frank Hall

If we can live without God in this world, we will most certainly live without him in the world to come. —Frank Hall

All of God’s children are disciples and followers of Christ, and all are babes in grace, infants in Christ Jesus, constantly needing nourishment, protection, and tender care. Yet, among these spiritual infants, among God’s little children, are wise fathers, strong young men, and needy babies. —Don Fortner

Godliness is no more and no less than the commitment of a person’s heart to Jesus Christ, his cause, his church, and his gospel by the obedience of faith which worketh by love. —Frank Hall

The forgiveness of sin is an act of God’s love and justice towards his people. Because of his great love for us God is willing to forgive our sins. And because his justice is satisfied on our behalf he is able to forgive us of our sins. Forgiveness is the non-imputation and non-remembrance of sin. —Don Fortner

Children are naturally disobedient to their parents. They must be taught to obey. Sinners are not naturally obedient to God. They must be taught to obey through the things they suffer. Foolishness is bound up in our hearts, but by the rod of our Father’s correction it will be driven away. —Frank Hall

There are many who denounce as infidels those who preach natural evolution who are themselves guilty of preaching spiritual evolution. What absurdity! When our nature matures to its fullest years it only becomes viler. Even after we are born-again that old man within us is as evil as ever. —Don Fortner

Abraham Lincoln once commented after reading a certain book, “For those who like this kind of book this is the kind of book they will like.” The Bible is the Book of God, written by God about the Son of God and his glorious salvation. And I say to those who like this kind of book,
“This is the kind of Book you will like.” —Paul Mahan

Zeal, like fire, is a good servant indeed, but it is a bad master; it must be carefully watched. —Ralph Venning

After many years of faithful service to Christ, a young man asked an old preacher about his life and ministry. All the old preacher could say was this: “All of these years—and I have done so little for him who has done so much for me. I have almost begun to begin serving my Master.” I wonder when we will begin. —Unknown

Rat poison is mostly wholesome and edible, but it’s still deadly poison. If the gospel you believe is anything less than 100 percent Christ and 100 percent grace, it is 100 percent poison! Beware of religious rat poison! —Frank Hall

Freewill exempts the creature from the power of God, as if man, spider-like, could spin a thread out of his own bowels whereon to climb to heaven. —John Gill

What kind of church would the Church of Christ be if all its members spoke and behaved just like me? —Frank Hall

Only those who remain in the gospel by faith and in whom the gospel remains by grace are truly in Christ and will continue in Christ. —Frank Hall

The most difficult thing in all the world is to press forward in the path of duty, faith, and obedience when everything in you and around you is telling you to give up. In fact, with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. Rejoice sinner! He giveth more grace. —Frank Hall

Is it not humbling to remark how little we realize the deep connection of the house of God with eternity? —Charles Bridges

Men do not know Christ the Light by coming into the Five Points of Calvinism any more than they know the darkness of their own hearts by memorizing the Ten Commandments. —Henry Mahan

He that lives in sin and looks for happiness hereafter is like him that soweth cockle and thinks to fill his barn with wheat or barley. —John Bunyan

If a man would live well, let him fetch his last day to him and make it always his company-keeper. —John Bunyan

God has revealed his existence and his government of the world so clearly and so authoritatively that any philosophical or scientific speculations inconsistent with those truths are like cobwebs in the track of a tornado. They offer no sensible resistance. —Charles Hodge

There is no more effectual way of getting rid of a truth than by rejecting the proofs on which it rests. —Charles Hodge

The uncertainty attending all philosophical or scientific theories as to the origin of things is sufficiently apparent from their number and inconsistencies. —Charles Hodge

Science as soon as she gets past the actual and existent is in the region of speculation, is merged into philosophy, and is subject to all its hallucinations. —Charles Hodge

If so much as the will to be saved depends on me, I cannot be saved. —Don Fortner

If all human tongues were eloquent and all did speak his praise forever; and if all angelic voices never spoke except to laud and magnify him, so glorious is he that the praises of all combined would not rise above the soles of his feet! —C.H. Spurgeon

To read much and practice nothing is to hunt much and catch nothing. Ah! What cause have most to sigh that they have heard so much, and read so much, and done so little! —Thomas Brooks

The gospel is not an offer, but a preaching of Christ crucified, a proclamation of the unsearchable riches of his grace, peace, pardon, righteousness, life, and salvation by him. —John Gill

Should men object that it is neither fair nor right for God to require of men what they have no power to perform it should be observed that even though man by sin has lost his power to comply with the will of God by rendering obedience to it God has not lost his power, right, or authority to command. —John Gill

If only one of God’s sheep were to perish, the purpose of God would be frustrated, the power of God resisted, the promise of God broken, the faithfulness of God would be a mockery, and the word of God proved to be a lie. —Darvin Pruitt

The fairest child who has entered life this year and become the sunbeam of a family is not, as its mother perhaps fondly calls it, a little angel or a little innocent, but a little sinner. —J.C. Ryle

Where does the word of God proclaim an atonement that doesn’t atone? A redemption that doesn’t redeem? A deliverance that doesn’t deliver? A ransom that doesn’t set free? A Savior who doesn’t save? Nowhere! Universal redemption is no redemption at all! Universal redemption is universal nonsense! —Don Fortner

Few are ever saved on their death beds. One thief on the cross was saved that none should despair, but only one, that none should presume. —J.C. Ryle

President Eisenhower once said that “the urgent is rarely important, and the important is rarely urgent.” Oh, that sinners knew the importance and urgency of faith in Jesus Christ! —Frank Hall

God gave us his best when he gave us his Son; therefore, it is only reasonable and right that we give our best to him. And even though our best is innately worthless, we dare not give him less. —Frank Hall

If the public worship of God is an unspeakable blessing that we do not deserve (and it most certainly is), then why do we, with such contemptible frequency and ease, treat it as if it were an inconvenient obstacle that must be overcome that we might fulfill the sinful lusts of our own corrupt flesh? —Frank Hall

We are all apt to imagine ourselves of great consequence, and I believe we often think we are occupying the attention of others when they hardly think of us. —James Haldane

Numberless professing Christians refer to the Bible as the word of God, not from the conviction that arises from God given faith, but from the empty prejudice of religious education. —Unknown

Lots of people acknowledge that the Bible is the written word of God, who not only neglect it, but live in complete disobedience to all that it teaches. And when they do happen crack it open and read a few verses, it is not to learn God’s will, but to atone for their sinful lives of disobedience. —Frank Hall

Christianity is everything or nothing. If it be true, it warrants and commands every sacrifice to promote its influence. If it be not, then let us lay aside the hypocrisy of professing to believe it. —Robert Haldane

You are a sinner in your own eyes or a sinner in God’s eyes, but you can’t be both. —Dennis Svistun

What strange things that a preacher should prize his labors and that a congregation should despise them! —Frank Hall

That man is truly humble who neither claims any personal merit in the sight of God, nor proudly despises brethren, or aims at being thought superior to them, but reckons it enough that he is one of the members of Christ, and desires nothing more than that the Head alone should be exalted. —John Calvin

Obedience and suffering are like repentance and faith—inseparable. Where there is obedience, there is always suffering. Like our Master, we must learn obedience through the things that we suffer. —Frank Hall

It may be that the Lord sometimes delays granting our requests immediately to make us willing for him not to answer them. It’s called faith, surrender, and resignation. —Don Fortner

The highest office-bearer in the church recognizes the least as being a brother worthy of respect and recognition. In Christ, we are all one, and he that is greatest is but a mere servant. —Henry Mahan

Sound, orthodox, regular Bible teaching instructs God’s saints how to live in the world for the glory of God, but only the personal experience of God’s grace, through pain and suffering, can produce humility, patience, obedience, and every other virtue that accompanies godliness in the hearts of God’s saints. —Frank Hall

Let us not insult over others when they err in doctrine or in practice, but tremble for ourselves, and pray, “Lord, hold thou me up, and I shall be safe.” —William Jay

Whatever men teach you, men can unteach you! But that which God burns into your heart is yours forever! —Henry Mahan

To pray according to the will of God is to simply ask for what God has promised to give. —Frank Hall

Sinners do not learn patience by speedy delivery, but by prolonged difficulty. Sinners do not learn obedience by the things they enjoy, but by the things they suffer. Sinners do not learn the free grace of God on the mountain top; they learn it in the valley of humiliation. —Frank Hall

Many have shamed themselves by doing too little for the cause of Christ, but no believer, no preacher, and no congregation will ever be condemned by God for spending too much, giving too much, doing too much, or sacrificing too much for the glory of his only begotten Son. —Frank Hall

No child of God is in danger of being overly committed, overly faithful, or overly devoted to Jesus Christ, but every believer is in danger of being indifferent to Christ, partial, halfhearted, self-indulgent, carnal, and overly committed to this world. —Frank Hall

I am convinced that when God’s saints finally get to glory, they will see that their most bitter difficulties in life were their greatest blessings; that their greatest pains were for their greatest good; and that all of those supposed setbacks were really progress. —Frank Hall

I am confident that it is far better and far wiser to focus on being all that we should be instead of focusing on all that others should be. —Frank Hall

If we spent half as much time criticizing ourselves, as we do others, the world would be a better place. —Frank Hall

If you have time to point out what others are doing and not doing, you are wasting your time. That time would be better spent correcting your own faults. —Frank Hall

I have observed that all who are experts on the behavior and conduct of others are usually novices in fulfilling their own obligations and responsibilities. —Frank Hall

As a general rule, those who are quick to find fault with others are always quick to excuse themselves, and those who attempt to shame others have more to be ashamed of than those whom they attempt to shame. —Frank Hall

There can be no reception of grace, no reception of Christ, and no reception of salvation where the word of grace, word of Christ, and word of salvation are not preached, for “it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.” —Frank Hall

The fact that we are self-proclaimed mote detection experts reveals just how little we actually know about this thing called grace. —Frank Hall

Being an expert on the speech, conduct, and behavior of others does not manifest a heart full of knowledge, but a heart void of grace. —Frank Hall

Expert mote detectors see far too much sin in others and far too little in themselves. —Frank Hall

To possess the knowledge of the doctrine of grace and not practice grace is a gross contradiction. Knowledge that does not lead to practice is no knowledge at all, but pretense and hypocrisy. —Frank Hall

Grace cannot be common if it is sovereign. Grace cannot be an offer if it is effectual. And grace cannot be earned if it is free. God’s grace is sovereign, effectual, and free, and that is the only kind of grace there is. —Frank Hall

Those who are always telling others what they need to be doing are always doing what they shouldn’t be doing. —Frank Hall

If we were half as concerned about our own sins, faults, and shortcomings, as we are about the sins, faults, and shortcomings of others, we would have one less sin to confess. —Frank Hall

Only pride and hypocrisy moves a person to use the faults of others as an excuse for their own disobedience and sin. —Frank Hall

The question of the hour is not, “What should so and so be doing?” but “What should I be doing?” —Frank Hall

Only Pharisees have the time and wherewithal to examine and critique the behavior and conduct of others. —Frank Hall

Your sins, your faults, your shortcomings, and your flaws are your business. My sins, my faults, my shortcomings, and my flaws are my business. Why can’t we learn this lesson? —Frank Hall

Fault finding knit-pickers who have a high opinion of themselves always know what others are saying and doing wrong, but somehow they never know what they are saying and doing wrong. —Frank Hall

If you have time to find fault with others, you not only have time, but good reason, to find fault with yourself. —Frank Hall

A preacher is a nobody who wants to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody. —Unknown

Preaching is getting a message from God’s heart to the preacher’s heart to the people’s heart. —Scott Richardson

Men and women use the most absurd, unjustifiable, and ridiculous excuses to neglect and forsake the assembly of God’s saints. What could possibly be more important than the house, gospel, and worship of God? —Frank Hall

There is no such thing as a Savior of unsaved men. —Tim James

If we had any true conception of the dangers that attend the possession of great earthly riches, we would be far more afraid of wealth than of poverty. —Frank Hall

The rich man tends to indulge the false notion that because he has money he has everything and stands in need of nothing; therefore, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. —Frank Hall

The first great difficulty is to convince a man that he is a sinner, but the second difficulty is to persuade a believer that he is forever safe in Christ. —Robert Haldane

Let us be very careful about what we sing. It is as wrong to sing false doctrine as it is to preach it. False doctrine can be spread by singers as easily as it can by preachers. Songs popular in the world probably have no place in the church. —Daniel Parks

Before God makes a man a faithful leader of his church, he first makes him a faithful follower in his church. —Frank Hall

Our happiness and misery doesn’t depend so much on our circumstances as it does on our disposition under those circumstances. —Frank Hall

We have all heard of the three Rs: Ruin by the fall, Redemption by the Son, and Regeneration by the Spirit. But the three Ss are just as important: the Sinfulness of man, the Sovereignty of God, and the Success of the Son. —Frank Hall

Sadly most preachers preach a little-j-jesus and a little-s-sinner. Gospel preachers, however, preach a big-J-Jesus and a big-S-Sinner. Big sinners need a big Savior! —Frank Hall

The Bible knows nothing of a generic redemption made possible for all men by a potential redeemer. It only teaches an effectual redemption made for a particular people by a successful Jesus. —Frank Hall

In a vainglorious show of humility some parade their sin before others, verbally condemning themselves as if they were worse than all others, when in fact, if their sin truly was as horrible as they say, they, no doubt, would seek to conceal the matter rather than publicize it. —Frank Hall

A God called preacher preaches the true gospel without the concern of losing his congregation. His concern is for the lost who are in his congregation. —David Eddmenson

Those parents who neglect the house, worship, and gospel of God play a major part in destroying their children in hell. Only God can prevent such destruction. —Frank Hall

If we live in yesterday, we will be of no use today, and we have no reason to expect that we will be useful tomorrow. —Frank Hall

No one should impiously regard the precepts of Christ simply as good advice, nor exalt the advice of his fellow men to a level with Christian precepts. —William Farel

To act according to its nature is the only liberty which belongs to any created being. —Charles Hodge

Matthew, Mark, and Luke say, “This Jesus is God”, but John says, “This God became Jesus.” —B.B. Warfield

The Word is, in some deep sense, distinct from God, and he is at the same time, in some high sense, identical with God. —B.B. Warfield

Trials rush upon us on horseback and often leave us on foot while pleasures come upon us on oxen and often depart on the wings of an eagle. —Unknown

It is not under the sharpest trials, but the longest trials that we are most in danger of fainting under. —Andrew Fuller

The simple fact that we fail to have our way so often proves beyond all doubt that we really have no idea what’s best for us. —Frank Hall

That which is new in theology simply is not true. Like Adam, the gospel was brought forth by God in full stature. No man can add to it or take from it. —Unknown

Man is not free since the fall—because all he does is sin. Saints in glory are free—because they cannot sin. Inability in the former destroys freedom. Inability in the latter is the perfection of freedom. —Augustine of Hippo

An atonement that does nothing for anyone that it does not do for everyone obviously saves no one. —Unknown

Faith is much, much more than saying we believe. Faith is devoting our entire beings to the person, cause, gospel, people, and glory of Jesus Christ. Those who say they believe, but do not wholeheartedly commit themselves to Christ are nothing more than religious hypocrites. —Frank Hall

A man’s character is not determined by his words alone, but by his actions. And though it is true that by our words we will be justified or condemned, actions always speak louder than words. If we are indeed ungodly people, regardless of what we profess, in due time, our conduct and behavior will manifest the ungodliness within. —Frank Hall

Just because a person reads their Bible, says their prayers, and goes to church on a regular basis that does not mean they are faithful. However, if a person willfully neglects their Bible, private prayer, and the public worship of God, rest assured, they are not faithful. —Frank Hall

So great is the depravity of unregenerate man that although there is nothing he needs more than the gospel, there is nothing he desires less. —Scott Richardson

To read, instead of “searching” the scriptures is only to skim the surface, and gather up a few superficial notions. The rule of success is to dig up and down the field, and if the search be discouraging, dig again. —Charles Bridges

Never has apostasy from the faith been connected with honest, prayerful, and diligent study of the word of God. —Charles Bridges

You can serve men by serving God, but you cannot serve God by serving yourself. You can aim at pleasing men or aim at pleasing God, but you can’t aim at both. No man can serve two masters! —Frank Hall

An unread Bible is as useless as an unloaded gun! —Frank Hall

People who say, “Don’t preach doctrine; let’s just worship God,” make about as much sense as the basketball coach who says, “Alright boys, don’t worry about the baskets, the ball, or those lines out there. Let’s just play basketball.” —Don Fortner

Faith in Christ is not taking a leap in the dark, but walking in the light. —Don Fortner

Any teaching which does not square with the scriptures is to be rejected, even if it snows miracles every day. —Martin Luther

All true gospel preachers preach exactly the same message that the Apostles of Christ preached, and every time we read about the preaching of the Apostles in the book of Acts, in all thirty seven references, the subject preached was Jesus Christ and the resurrection. —Don Fortner

We dare not go to the Bible to prove our doctrine, but we must go to the Bible to get our doctrine. —Don Fortner

The truth is always a simple thing. If a man has to take you around the world to get you around the corner, in attempting to explain, prove, and authenticate his doctrine, his doctrine is false. —Don Fortner

Faith alone saves no one, but, through faith in Jesus Christ, all of God’s elect will be saved. —Frank Hall

The moment we think we have no sin, we shall desert Christ. —Thomas Adam

When we have done all we ever shall do, the very best state we ever shall arrive at will be so far from meriting a reward that it will need a pardon. If I was to live to the world’s end, and do all the good that man can do, I must still cry, “Mercy!” —Thomas Adam

Art thou troubled poor lost soul? Believe now, and thou shalt be comforted, for the time of faith is the time of comfort. —C.H. Spurgeon

Tell, if you can, what is it to be wise? 'Tis but to know how little can be known. —Alexander Pope

It is incomparably better to obtain knowledge at the expense of the detection of our previous ignorance, so as to become wiser today than we were yesterday, than to retain our ignorance and forfeit the knowledge for the sake of the false credit of having what we have not. —Ralph Wardlaw

There is nothing to be feared more than this, that we should fear anything more than God; and there is nothing to be desired more than this, that we should fear God above all things. —Joseph Caryl

'Tis dangerous to go always to the furthest bounds of things lawful. They that will do the utmost of what they may are easily engaged to do what they may not. —Joseph Caryl

No two truths are more clearly revealed in the Book, more vehemently opposed by men, or more humbling to our proud flesh. Whether we read them and rejoice, read them and weep, or read them and rejoice as we weep, the God of the Bible is absolutely sovereign and men are absolutely depraved. —Frank Hall

Remember your own immortality, and put nothing into your character which it might be an immortal misery to feel or an immortal shame to see. —Unknown

There can be no faith in Christ without knowing him; no knowing him apart from the scriptures; no knowing the scriptures without spiritual life; and there can be no life apart from a work of almighty grace within. —Tommy Robbins

Beware of flattering words! When evil men are very loud in their praises of us they usually have some wicked design against us. They fawn and flatter that they may deceive and destroy. —C.H. Spurgeon

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver; but unsolicited advice is like the emerods that God sent to trouble the Philistines: an uninvited, unwanted, unpleasant, pesky, painful, inconvenient, unappreciated, vexing plague that troubles, harasses, and distresses him who receives it. —Frank Hall

There are only three things necessary to understand and interpret God’s word correctly: grace, faith, and honesty. —Frank Hall

Men can no more secure themselves from the punishment of their sins by their own devices than they can save themselves from a raging conflagration by a covering of chaff. —Charles Hodge

It is because the demands of justice are met by the work of Christ that his gospel is the power of God unto salvation and so unspeakably precious to those whom the Spirit of God has convinced of sin. —Charles Hodge

Don't tell me who your Savior is; tell me who your Lord is. Then I’ll know who your Savior is. —Rolfe Barnard

In ancient times, man’s God given senses were the tools for his science, but in modern times man’s science is used to deny his own God given senses. —Unknown

The scientific community lost all credibility as soon as they denied the existence of God and began teaching as scientific fact that human beings are descended from mud, muskrats, and monkeys. —Frank Hall

How can any sane person believe the so called science of atheists who say that creation began with a big bang? —Frank Hall

How many lies must scientists tell us before we stop drinking their Kool Aid altogether? To believe the witness of people whom we know to be liars is totally ludicrous. I say let God be true and every man a liar. —Frank Hall

The big bang theory, the theory of evolution, and countless other doctrines of “science falsely so called” are not merely mistakes on the part of scientists, but downright lies and assaults on the Bible, intended to turn human beings into devoted atheists. —Frank Hall

Scientists tell us that the sun is stationary and the earth is moving; but God did not say in the days of Joshua, “Earth stand still.” He commanded the sun to stand still, “so the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.”  —Frank Hall

How prone we are to cling to preconceived notions, popular opinions, and science falsely so called; and how hard it is to unlearn the prejudices of a sorry, corrupt, and wretched education! —Frank Hall

As a general rule, the church in every generation sees the errors of the church in the preceding generation. Just as the true church of our day sees much of the error of the church in the previous generation, so the church in the following generation will see our errors that are, even now, hidden from our sight. —Frank Hall

How apt we are to misunderstand scripture! How apt we are to understand literally what is to be taken figuratively, and to understand figuratively that which is to be taken literally! How apt we are to understand and explain the scriptures by our own mistaken doctrine; whereas, we ought to simply form and fetch our doctrine from the scriptures. —Frank Hall

When what we have been taught as truth conflicts with what the scriptures teach as truth, there is only one way to proceed: we must rid ourselves of all that does not coincide with the Book. —Frank Hall

It is folly to covet to be wise above what is written, and wisdom to be content to be no wiser. —Matthew Henry

The Lord Jesus said to his disciples on one occasion, “I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” I suspect that even today many believers cannot receive some of the harder and more challenging doctrines of scripture, because like the apostles in their infancy, they simply are not able to do so. —Frank Hall

If you were baptized before God saved you, before God gave you faith in Christ, you have not been baptized. —Don Fortner

If we are honest, when we are trying to find out what the Bible teaches about any subject, we do not randomly pick out verses of scripture, put them together, and form our doctrine. Rather, we must find the place in the Bible where that subject is taught and explained, and submit to the doctrine of holy scripture. —Don Fortner

Believers do not live in sin. Sin lives in them, but they do not live in sin. They live in Christ. —Don Fortner

Immersion is not a mode of baptism; immersion is baptism. Without immersion, baptism cannot be performed. —Don Fortner

Though modern science tells us that ancient man was an ignorant, primitive barbarian, who crawled around on all fours, it is an undeniable fact of holy scripture that is abundantly verified by mounds of physical evidence that ancient man was far, far more advanced than we are today. —Frank Hall

Our father, Adam, and his generation were not the worst of us, but the very best of us. Adam’s generation surpassed ours in every conceivable way, and we have been going downhill ever since. —Frank Hall

If the first man, Adam, named all the animals, and no one today can even memorize the names of all the animals, how can we possible think that we are better, smarter, and more advanced than the ancients? I suspect that Adam’s superior knowledge extended far beyond the mere names of four footed beasts. —Frank Hall

It is painfully evident that the agenda of modern science is not to pursue truth, but to overthrow the very foundation of all truth—that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. If that fact be denied, everything else will and must be wrong. —Frank Hall

The one, reliable test that proves the genuineness of a person’s faith, in any age, is endurance to the end. All who depart from the gospel and turn their backs on Christ never believed, but those who endure to the end shall be saved. —Frank Hall

There is no end to what a man will see or fail to see in the scriptures when he is determined to prove his favorite opinions. —Frank Hall

If your holiness can be seen by men, you have none. —Frank Hall

If only we saw the whole, we should see that the Father is doing little else in the world but training his vines. —Robert Murray M’Cheyne

If there were no heaven for the righteous, the sons of God would follow after goodness because their regenerated spirit pants for it; and if there were no hell for the wicked, from the necessity of his new born nature, the true Christian would strive to escape from all iniquity. —C.H. Spurgeon

Could a wife sleep with the knife that killed her husband, when he was defending her from a cruel assailant? So, neither can a redeemed sinner clutch that dagger, sin, to his heart, by which our Emmanuel was slain! —Don Fortner

He who grows most in the grace of God grows most in the knowledge of his own sinfulness. —Don Fortner

You may drive hogs and sheep together into the same mire. They will both fall into it and both stain themselves, but you soon detect a difference in them. The pig wallows in it because he loves it, but the sheep escapes as soon as he can because it is loathsome to his nature. So it is with a child of God: he falls, perhaps often, into sin, but soon, he is up again. It is not his nature to wallow in sin. —Don Fortner

Pharisees are the only people in the entire world who do not struggle with pride and self-righteousness, and sadly, they comprise the vast majority of mankind. —Frank Hall

Poor, pitiful worms are we—so impatient under our trials, as if we had a right to complain, and so ungrateful under God’s mercies, as if we actually deserved them. —Frank Hall

William Jay said that ignorance is the pedestal of pride. Once let a sinner learn his depravity, guilt, and nothingness and down falls the golden image of self, like Dagon before the ark of the Lord. —Frank Hall

Our Savior says, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” That means no one else has any power. —Don Fortner

There are four horrible mistakes that men are prone to make: mistaking coming to church for coming to Christ; mistaking friendship with the minister for friendship with God; mistaking religion for righteousness; and mistaking hearing the gospel for believing the gospel. —Frank Hall

Very soon, my friends, you will hear your last sermon, take your last step, and breathe your last breath. The day of salvation is NOW, not tomorrow! —Frank Hall

All men have a tendency to put things off until tomorrow, secretly supposing that they will have more time. But the fact is, with each tick of the clock and with every passing sunset, time grows shorter and shorter. Men never have more time. They always have less. The time to call on Christ is today. —Frank Hall

As a general rule, the disposition for liberality and generosity in the cause of Christ diminishes as one’s capacity to do good increases. The greater part of what is done in the name of Jesus Christ is done by very common people with very common, earthly resources. —Unknown

Is it not a very sad testament to our depravity that we all have a striking tendency to forget kindnesses shown to us by brethren and friends; and yet, we are remarkably talented in remembering the slightest offenses? God help us, and may our brethren and friends be better and wiser than us. —Frank Hall

Let us be quick to forgive and slow to reprove; slow to anger and quick to mercy; quick to forget offenses and quick to mend fences. —Frank Hall

A religion that gives nothing, costs nothing, and suffers nothing is worth nothing. —Martin Luther

Though no motive, however good, can sanctify a bad action, no action, however good, can be acceptable to God, if its motive and principle be not pure. —Charles Simeon

I reckon him a Christian indeed who is neither ashamed of the gospel nor a shame to it. —Matthew Henry

There are just two kinds of people in religion: those who say, “That’s good enough”, and those who say, “It’s never good enough”. Anyone who sets boundaries to their devotion to Christ and hatred for sin is nothing more than a hypocrite. —Frank Hall

It is exceedingly evil, unequal, and inconsistent to expect God to hear us when we pray, if we will not hear him when he speaks by his gospel. God will not hear those who refuse to hear him. “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.” —Frank Hall

It is true that our sins have separated us from our God. However, our righteousness is what keeps us apart. —Joe Terrell

Stephen Charnock asked, “Shall the silly passenger that understands not the use of the compass be angry that the skillful captain will not steer the vessel according to his pleasure?” And dare we, silly sinners, who understand not the use of the divine compass, be angry when the all-wise Captain of Providence steers our affairs, as he sees fit? —Frank Hall

Man conjures up trouble to himself when, by his folly, he brings himself into sin; and from thence, to misery. Then his heart frets against the Lord, and lays the blame, both of his sin and following mischiefs, upon God. —Stephen Charnock

There is no greater comfort than knowing that there is One who presides in and over the world, who is so wise, he cannot be mistaken; so faithful, he cannot deceive; so pitiful, he cannot neglect his people; and so powerful, that he can even make stones to be turned into bread, if he please! —Stephen Charnock

To study the word of God successfully is to study it daily, thoughtfully, and prayerfully. —Frank Hall

I suspect that often enough the Lord our God blasts our decisions, schemes, and designs, not so much because they are inherently evil or even wrong, but simply because we, in a spirit of self-reliance, do not consult with him first. —Frank Hall

Seek to be lamb-like, without which all your efforts to do good to others will be as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal. —Robert Murray M’Cheyne

A few more trials, a few more tears, a few more days of darkness, and we shall be forever with the Lord. —Robert Murray M’Cheyne  

When you hear a gospel preacher stutter, stumble, and fall over his sermon in the pulpit, that’s him; but when you hear him preach with freeness, liberty, and any measure of power, that’s God. —Frank Hall

Faith that does not lead us to wholehearted consecration to Jesus Christ is faith we would be better off without. —Frank Hall

Trouble of conscience for sin is nothing else but God letting out some sparks of hell upon the soul. —Jeremiah Burroughs

Rather than pumping ourselves full of mind-altering pharmaceuticals to escape the reality of our guilt, let’s face reality, confess our sin, take sides with God against ourselves, and cry out with the publican, “God be merciful to me a sinner.” —Frank Hall

God states his purpose of grace in the form of promises. The saints turn those promises into prayers. God turns their prayers into providence, and divine providence turns into world history. Thus, God fulfills his purpose of grace. —Frank Hall

The more we realize that we are but common sinners the more we will realize the uncommon blessedness of God’s amazing grace in Jesus Christ. —Don Fortner

The best definition of humility I ever heard was this: to think rightly of ourselves. When you are half an inch above the ground, you are that half-inch too high. Your place is to be nothing. —Charles Spurgeon

Nothing better fits a man for usefulness, contribution, and service in the life that now is than living for the world to come. —Frank Hall

Just because we are religious that doesn’t mean we’re righteous, and just because we give money to the church that doesn’t mean that Christ gave his life to put away our sins. Faith alone is the evidence of things not seen, all other apparent goodness notwithstanding. —Frank Hall

It is the invariable nature of unbelief to live for self, serve self, and seek self. If we do not have faith in Jesus Christ, though we be supremely religious, not only is it impossible to live for the glory of God, we will with absolute certainly live for ourselves. —Frank Hall

A partial confession of sin is a total denial of sin. If we are not completely corrupt and totally sinful then we are not sinners at all; and thus, we exclude ourselves from God’s great salvation. —Frank Hall

Unity must be according to God’s holy word, or else it were better war than peace. We ought never to regard unity so much that we forsake God’s word for her sake. —Hugh Latimer

Ascribing freewill to man is just another way of saying that he is sovereign over his salvation, and if man is sovereign, God can’t be. —Frank Hall

Faith not only believes the doctrine of Christ, it obeys Christ himself. We must not only believe the word of God, we must actually practice and follow the word of God, as obedient children. Faith that believes the doctrine, but lives in defiance of God’s written revelation is not the faith of God’s elect. —Frank Hall

Mystery Babylon may wow, but it can never save. Secret things may impress, but they can never convert. The strange and obscure may grab your attention, but only Christ can grab your heart. Ezekiel’s wheels, the writing on the wall, and the locusts with breastplates of iron may dazzle and excite, but only the revelation of Jesus Christ can save you from your sins. —Frank Hall

Nine out of ten arrows in the minister’s quiver ought to be shot at the sinner’s good works, for these are his worst enemies. —C.H. Spurgeon

The solicitation of faith is always preceded by unsolicited grace. Grace is never reactive; it’s always proactive. It does not wait; it initiates, sustains, and consummates the chosen sinner’s salvation. —Frank Hall

If we only worship God one or two days a week, we do not worship God at all. God is worshipped by his people every single day without exception. —Frank Hall

Sunday-morning-religion and Christmas-day-religion are nothing more than decorative cups filled with poisonous mud—pretty to look at, but they need to be dumped out, washed, sanitized, sanctified, and filled with grace. —Frank Hall

He is the best preacher, not that tickles the ear, but that breaks the heart. —Thomas Brooks

No man sets a better rate upon virtue than he that loseth a good name to keep a good conscience. —Unknown

Where Christ is like to gain most and Satan like to lose most, there Satan, in his instruments, will stir and rage most. —Thomas Brooks

The joy of the wicked is but as a glass, bright and brittle, and evermore in danger of breaking, but the joy of the saints is lasting. Their joy lasts forever whose object remains forever. —Thomas Brooks

My greatest fear is the praises of men, but my joy is in their reproaches and evil speeches. Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! —Martin Luther

Choose your company wisely, for as one man observed, “As often as I have been among wicked men, I have returned home less a man than I was before.” —Frank Hall

It is not the believer’s faithfulness that makes him holy. It is Christ’s faithfulness that makes him holy, and because God makes him holy, he lives faithfully to Christ. —Frank Hall

When studying the scriptures, we must always be careful that we never confound interpretation with application or vice versa. Interpretation is based on context, and application is based on principle. —Frank Hall

The man or woman who derives no pleasure from worshipping God on earth would be totally miserable in heaven, because heaven is an eternal state of perpetual and perfect worship. If we find worship distasteful in this world, we always will. —Frank Hall

How fickle, how brief, and how uncertain is a man’s life? The Puritan Thomas Brooks said, “Man’s life is the shadow of smoke, the dream of a shadow.” Augustine said, “One doubteth whether to call it a dying life or a living death.” Seek now thy Creator, before the day of evil comes upon you. —Frank Hall

The ancients painted Opportunity with a hairy forehead, but bald behind to signify that while a man hath opportunity before him he may lay hold on it, but if he suffer it to slip away he cannot pull it back again.  —Unknown

Life in this world ain’t much. It begins with a slap on the bottom and ends with a shovel of dirt in your face, and there ain’t much in between except bumps and bruises. —Scott Richardson

Though true repentance be never too late, yet late repentance is seldom true. —Thomas Brooks

Salvation is altogether by God’s free and sovereign grace. Grace planned our salvation, provided us with a Redeemer who purchased our pardon with his blood, produced life in us by his Spirit, preserves us in life and faith, and shall present us faultless before the presence of God’s glory in eternity. —Don Fortner

Don’t perish in your sins because you have questions about this, that, and the other. It is far better to be secure beneath the blood of Christ by faith, with unanswered questions, than to remain in unbelief with the wrath of God abiding upon you, while possessing all the answers! —Frank Hall

If we know the gospel, it is not due to our ability to learn; it is due to God’s ability to teach. Likewise, if we continue in the faith, it is not due to our ability to persevere; it is due to God’s ability to keep us to the end. Let us always render to God his due, and never rob him of his glory. —Frank Hall

The sinner’s responsibility to believe does not imply that he has the ability to do so, nor does his inability to believe excuse noncompliance. —Frank Hall

The moment a believer looks at his unworthiness more than at the righteousness of Christ and supposes that there is not a sufficiency of merit in Jesus to supply the absence of all merit in himself before God is but a setting up his sinfulness and unworthiness above the infinite worth, fullness, and sufficiency of Christ’s atonement and righteousness. —Octavius Winslow

Vain worship is the result of vain doctrine, just as true worship is the result of true doctrine. If our doctrine is false, we cannot worship the true and living God. —Frank Hall

If we would simply pause and consider the painful and far-reaching consequences of our past indiscretions, we would be much more careful in all that we say and do. —Frank Hall

The gospel is a fact; therefore, tell is simply. It is a joyful fact; therefore, tell it cheerfully. It is an entrusted fact; therefore, tell it faithfully. It is a fact of infinite moment; therefore, tell it earnestly. It is a fact about a person; therefore, preach Christ. —Archibald Brown

The talebearer carrieth the devil in his tongue, and the tale-hearer carries the devil in his ear. —John Trapp

“Mad dog! Mad dog!” is a terrible hue and cry, but there are few curses whose bite is so dangerous as a busybody’s tongue. —C.H. Spurgeon

“Fire! Fire!” is an alarming note, but the talebearer’s tongue is set on fire of hell, and those who indulge it had better mend their ways, or they may find that there is a fire in hell for unbridled tongues. —C.H. Spurgeon

If sinners would be forever with the Lord, they must be forever like the Lord. —Frank Hall

The proverb says, “Ugly women finely dressed are the uglier for it.” Likewise, ugly sinners robed in the beautiful garb of religious formality and decked with all the costly ornaments of the Pharisee are the uglier for it. —Frank Hall

There are some things that God will not do for you. God will not read your Bible for you. God will not repent for you. God will not believe the gospel for you. Yet, apart from his almighty grace, you will never do any of these things with any measure of real success. —Frank Hall

It will not be a burden to me at the hour of death that I have thought too highly of Jesus, expected too much from him myself, or labored too much in commending and setting him forth to others. —John Newton

Grace does not promote sin and licentious living; it prevents it! —Frank Hall

What God will, how God will, and when God will define the rule, which should govern all the conduct and limit all the desires of the child of God. The instant the overwhelmed heart is brought into this state, the afflicted believer has planted his feet on the Rock that his higher than he. —Octavius Winslow

Preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ always disturbs and angers the wicked, but it always edifies and establishes the righteous. —Frank Hall

The religion of a sinner stands on two pillars; namely, what Christ did for us in his flesh and what he performs in us by his Spirit. Most errors arise from an attempt to separate these two. —John Newton

The books and brains of dead men, though good and helpful in their own right, are not substitutes for God’s Book and the teaching of the Holy Ghost. “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” —Frank Hall

Victory! Victory! It is through the blood of the Lamb. Some people don’t like such a religion as this—all done and finished. They want to do something, but I can do nothing. It is of him, and to him, and through him be all the glory. —John Warburton

We must measure afflictions by their outcome, not by how much they hurt. —Thomas Brooks

Anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strength. —C.H. Spurgeon

The man who is boisterous and overbearing, who is swept along by the heat of his temper, who cannot brook oppositions, who cares not what confusion and strife he causes, is not a wise man, but a complete fool. —John Adam (paraphrase)

The sin underneath all our sins is to trust the lie of the serpent that we cannot trust the love and grace of Christ and must take matters in to our own hands. —Martin Luther

Looking to Christ, leaning on Christ, and living to Christ is the way of life, peace, and true happiness. Looking to self, leaning on self, and living to self is the way of ruin, misery, and death. —Frank Hall

The first step in loving Christ, believing Christ, seeing Christ, serving Christ, and resting in Christ is learning that we can’t. —Frank Hall

Ignorance of the nature and design of the law is at the bottom of most religious mistakes. —John Newton

Faith does more than simply believe doctrinal facts about love, mercy, and grace. God-given faith exercises love, mercy, and grace toward all men, especially toward the brethren. —Frank Hall

If the man mentioned in John 9, who was born blind and on whom our Lord graciously bestowed the blessing of sight, had then taken a cudgel and beat all the blind men he met because they would not see, his conduct would have greatly resembled that of an angry Calvinist. —John Newton

The faith of God’s elect has three properties attributed to it in scripture: it purifies the heart, overcomes the world, and works by love. —John Newton

I saw that it was not my good frame of heart that made my righteousness better, nor my bad frame that made my righteousness worse; for my righteousness was Jesus Christ himself, the same yesterday and today and forever. —John Bunyan

Jesus is bread to the hungry, water to the thirsty, a garment to the naked, healing to the wounded. Whatever a soul can desire is found in him. —John Flavel

In all things, natural and spiritual, simplicity is forceful and usually undeniable and conclusive, but complexity and convolution generally do nothing more than confuse and mystify the mind. —Frank Hall

The Bible never tells others how they are to treat me; however, the Bible repeatedly tells me how I am to treat others. —Frank Hall

People who are offended by the gospel are people who are offensive to God. —Don Fortner

It is not until we take full responsibility for our sin that we cry to God for mercy. —Todd Nibert

All God has to do to harden a man’s heart is absolutely nothing. —Todd Nibert

If you have a new nature, be on guard against the old nature. —Frank Hall

What a man preaches is what a man believes, regardless of what he professes in private. —Frank Hall

Christ never says, “Come once you have made yourself ready.” However, he does say, “Come, for all things are now ready.” One call is works, and the other is grace. Can you tell the difference? —Frank Hall

If you have nothing but Christ, you have everything; however, if you have everything but Christ, you have nothing. —Todd Nibert

Jesus Christ is all: all God requires, all God provides, all we need, all we have, and all we desire. —Frank Hall

The most Godlike thing we can do is forgive those who offend against us, and the most hypocritical thing we can do is refuse to forgive those who offend against us. —Todd Nibert

If God ever has mercy upon you, it will not be because of your repentance and faith; yet, unless you repent and believe the gospel, you will never taste the mercy of the Lord. —Frank Hall

If your ledger of personal righteousness is not dripping red with emptiness and guilt, you cannot be saved. God only saves destitute sinners. —Frank Hall

Pride is so subtle that it can gather strength even from those gracious manifestations, which seem directly calculated to mortify it. It is so dangerous that a messenger from Satan himself may be esteemed a mercy, if overruled and sanctified by the Lord to make or keep us more humble. —John Newton

We cherish our blessings, rest in our comforts, live upon our frames and feelings. In so doing, we lose sight of our Savior and forget him. He removes them from us that we might be always coming to him for more. Oh, matchless love of Jesus! —Octavius Winslow

Depending on our gifts and talents to preach is one thing; depending on Christ alone to preach is another. Sometimes—yea, oftentimes—our God wisely suspends our preaching gifts and talents; thus, he graciously forces us to depend on him alone. —Frank Hall

A sermon that gives men a reason to be self-righteous is no sermon at all, and a sermon that gives men a reason to be self-indulgent should have never been preached. —Dennis Svistun

I have learnt...that it is just when we are emptied out and powerless that God pours his richest blessing through the preacher. —Archibald Brown

God never takes anything away from a man without giving him something better. —Henry Mahan

Child of God, do not worry about ungodly people who offend against you. They have God to deal with. Avenge not yourself. Vengeance is God’s. —Frank Hall

The pride of others often offends me and makes me studious to hide my own; because their good opinion of me depends much upon their not perceiving it. —John Newton

“He lived like hell and died like hell, but he went to heaven.” Such thinking and speaking is common, and it is poisonous, erroneous, and dishonest. If he lived like hell and died like hell, you can count on it—he went to hell. —Frank Hall

All that Christ is, he is to God for us, and all that God is, he is to us in Christ. —Rick Warta

Without a doubt, the saddest days I’ve ever experienced in my life were days when I sinned against my God. —Rick Warta

Remind yourself of these three things daily: God is the Creator—you are a mere creature; you are nothing—Christ is everything; you need him—he does not need you. —Frank Hall

Counting it all joy when we fall into diverse temptations honors God by justifying his wisdom, grace, and sovereignty. It also demonstrates mature judgment and faith, growth in the grace and knowledge of the Lord, and good progress in the school of experience. —Frank Hall

Sacrifice, cost, and expense are things that we all try to avoid, but when it comes to the worship of God, sacrifice, cost, and expense are not suggestions—they are requirements. If there is no sacrifice, no cost, and no expense, there is no worship. —Frank Hall

We gladly preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to all men without distinction or prejudice, but we only preach it for the salvation of those who believe. —Frank Hall

To linger from the throne of grace because of unfitness and lack of preparation to approach is to alter its character from a throne of grace to a throne of merit. —Octavius Winslow

The most effective and certain way to increase and prolong our chastisements and afflictions is to grumble about them and fight against them, to harden our hearts and give ourselves to impatient resistance. Relief and salvation only come through silent surrender. —Frank Hall

Never complain that thy afflictions are great till thou canst say that thy sins are not great. —Thomas Brooks

To pray without laboring is to mock God. To labor without praying is to rob God of his glory. —Robert Haldane

Where there is unerring wisdom to direct and almighty power to execute, no difficulty can exist, which shall not be overruled for good. —Charles Simeon

Matters of opinion and judgment may be debatable, but matters of truth and righteousness never are. —Frank Hall

If you debate it, it is debatable; therefore, never debate the truth of God. God’s truth is not debatable. —Frank Hall

God is good, wise, and just in all things, and we are sinners who deserve nothing but wrath from him. These realities should forever silence our complaining and murmuring before God and against God. —Frank Hall

Children of God, beware of anything that tends to draw your hearts away from God or that tends to indispose your hearts for communion and fellowship with Jesus Christ. —Frank Hall

What a mercy it is to have no might that God may increase our strength! What a curse it is to be so strong in yourself that you do not go to the Strong for strength! —C.H. Spurgeon

Human nature, intellect, and reasoning would rather dance naked around a golden calf than have a holy God on a high mountain that a beast cannot touch without being killed. —Unknown

I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen. —Martin Luther

So-called “scientists” today are more akin to witch doctors, who have mesmerized the superstitious tribe to believe their booga-booga nonsense. —Edward Hendrie

Long before Copernicus came along and set the earth a-spinning round the sun, God almighty, the Creator, fixed it flat and firm upon immovable pillars. —Frank Hall

The purpose of NASA is not space exploration. The purpose of NASA is to conceal the true nature of God’s flat, stationary earth. —Frank Hall

On the fourth day, God tells us, in very simple language, that he made two great lights, not one great light and one great reflector. Come on, people! Wake up! Where is your faith? Will you, or will you not take God’s word over the word of scientists falsely so called? —Frank Hall

“The whole world is against you!” a colleague once exclaimed to Athanasius, when it looked like the entire Roman empire was lapsing into Arianism. Unperturbed, Athanasius replied, “Then it is Athanasius against the world!” —Athanasius

Mortal men of dust and clay do not have the authority to sit in judgment over God’s revealed truth. No one gets to say, “This truth matters, but this truth doesn’t.” God revealed it; therefore, it matters. I, for one, love all the counsel of God and hate every false way. —Frank Hall

Dogs will become donkeys before the circle of the earth will become a ball. Grace will become works before the stationary earth begins its circuit around the sun. And salvation will cease to be free before the earth will remove from its foundations and begin its journey around the sun. —Frank Hall

The Syrophoenecian woman prized even the smallest crumb that fell from the Master’s table, and shall we despise the smallest crumb of holy scripture that we might remain in darkness concerning the nature of God’s creation? —Frank Hall

Who are we to dismiss any text of scripture as invaluable or inconsequential? God’s word is just that—God’s word! It possesses intrinsic value in itself, regardless of what any man may think, feel, or say. —Frank Hall

The only thing I can think of that is worse than being deceived is choosing to remain deceived once you have been told the truth. —Frank Hall

The greatest difficulty that men have in receiving God’s testimony concerning his fixed, flat, stationary earth, and ever moving sun is unbelief. —Frank Hall

“But they have pictures of the spinning ball earth.” And we have God’s word. Trash the pictures, and retain God’s word. —Frank Hall

“I have been to NASA’s website. I have seen the images for myself.” But have you been to God’s word, and seen his testimony for yourself? —Frank Hall

For the sun to stand still, as God says that it did over Gibeon, it must have been moving. No amount of trickery, manipulation, or contortion will ever change God’s clear testimony on the matter. —Frank Hall

Either God established the earth on immovable foundations, as he says, or the earth is moving, rotating, revolving, and orbiting, as men say. How can it do both? —Frank Hall

It’s always the man who speaks out the loudest who men try to silence the most. —Dennis Svistun

Just as Bartimaeus cried all the more when men attempted to silence him, so the more men attempt to silence me, concerning the glorious flat earth of God, I will cry out all the more. —Frank Hall

God has “made his wonderful works to be remembered.” They are, each and every one, to be remembered just as God made them. —Frank Hall

The truth of God, all the truth of God, has intrinsic value. When men begin to pick and choose which truths are relevant and which are not, they naturally bring themselves into a snare. —Frank Hall

Two times in the scriptures we read that the sun/Son stood still—once over Gibeon and once just outside of Jericho. If the sun did not actually stand still in its course over Gibeon, then the Son did not actually stand still in his course just outside of Jericho. —Frank Hall

It is very easy to believe truth, so as to act upon it and defend it, when everyone else is on board with you. It is something altogether different to believe the truth, so as to act upon it and defend it, when everyone is vehemently opposed to it. —Frank Hall

No man preaches the truth, concerning the Creator or his creation, who does not frankly and boldly declare God’s creation to be what God says it is: a fixed, flat, stationary earth, with sun, moon, and stars in circuit above. Ascribing a false creation to the true Creator is preaching a false creator. —Frank Hall

Nowhere in the Bible does God say that he created the earth as a moving, spinning, rotating ball. Such a notion springs from preconceived ideas and presuppositions. —Frank Hall

Though believers are righteous, holy, accepted of God, and freely forgiven of all their sins, in this life, they will never rise above being totally depraved sinners. —Frank Hall

I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self. —Martin Luther

We are to follow God’s servants only insofar as they themselves follow God. When they deviate from God, we must deviate from them. When they defy God, we must defy them. When they depart from God, we must depart from them. —Frank Hall

There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence. —John Calvin

The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul. —John Calvin

A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent. —John Calvin

Man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols. —John Calvin

It would be the height of absurdity to label ignorance tempered by humility “faith.” —John Calvin

No one can travel so far that he does not make some progress each day. So let us never give up. Then we shall move forward daily in the Lord's way. And let us never despair because of our limited success. Even though it is so much less than we would like, our labor is not wasted when today is better than yesterday! —John Calvin

What God says is best, indeed is best, though all men in the world are against it. Seeing, then, that God prefers his religion; seeing God prefers a tender conscience; seeing they that make themselves fools for the kingdom of heaven are wisest; and that the poor man that loveth Christ is richer than the greatest man in the world that hates him: shame, depart, thou art an enemy to my salvation. —John Bunyan

Superstition, idolatry, and hypocrisy have ample wages, but truth goes a begging. —Martin Luther

Man’s mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition; so much so that if a man believes his own mind, it is certain that he will forsake God and forge some idol in his own brain. —John Calvin

If you love anything better than God, you are idolaters. If there is anything you would not give up for God, it is your idol. If there is anything that you seek with greater fervor than you seek the glory of God, that is your idol, and conversion means a turning from every idol. —C.H. Spurgeon

Man is such an idolater that, if he cannot idolize anything else, he will idolize himself, and set himself up, and bow down and worship himself. —C.H. Spurgeon

He who counts the stars and calls them by their names is in no danger of forgetting his own children. —C.H. Spurgeon

Those who try to force the square peg of scripture into the round hole of their false doctrine must necessarily shave off parts of the Bible in order to get it to fit. —Unknown

I make nothing of a man’s religion, if his dog or his cat is not the better for it. —Rowland Hill

I care nothing for the insults of men, and I care even less for their praises. —Frank Hall

Hell would be a paradise, if love were there, and an earthly paradise is little better than hell, if love be absent. —Rowland Hill

God has left just enough slack in the rope of Holy Scripture that, if a man is determined to hang himself, he has just enough rope to do so. —Unknown

For a man to succeed, in his own mind, in changing the facts of Holy Scripture to suit his own corrupt opinions is the greatest of all failures, because he has only succeeded in bringing ruin, misery, and destruction upon himself. —Frank Hall

When men can’t defend their doctrine from the scriptures, they usually resort to slandering those who can. —Frank Hall

Those who seek to undermine the truth of God to retain their position will be crushed beneath the weight of their own folly. —Frank Hall

Men who refuse to believe the scriptures are seldom content to be alone in their unbelief. Like Diotrophes and the Pharisees of old, loving to have the preeminence in the church, they will not enter in, and those who would enter, they hinder. —Frank Hall

Nothing but free grace, a perfect righteousness, full atonement, and a complete salvation will do for a ruined sinner. —Frank Hall

Some things never change: man is still sinful, grace is still sweet, God’s elect are still safe, God is still sovereign, his purpose is still sure, Christ is still Savior, and his cross is still successful. —Frank Hall

When we come to know our hearts, we are soon delivered from trusting in ourselves and on our own fancied righteousness. —Rowland Hill

A man with “neutral principles” is a man without principles. Halting between two opinions is the same as believing a lie. God’s people are not called to earnestly contend for neutrality; they are called to earnestly contend for the faith, which was once delivered to the saints. Be cold, or be hot, for if thou art lukewarm, Christ shall spew thee out of his mouth! —Frank Hall

When we open our mouths to speak for God, if we are concerned more about how the people will respond to the truth than for the truth itself, we will inevitably compromise the truth, in some measure, that the people may find it more pleasing to their tastes. —Frank Hall

When preaching, whether in manner or matter, God’s servants do not seek to please men; they seek to please God; therefore, gospel preachers must never change their message or their delivery to please or appease men, regardless of what people say. To do so is to dishonor their high and holy calling by becoming man-pleasing puppets, whose message and delivery depends upon the will of the people and not the will of God. Let us please God, and forget public opinion. —Frank Hall

It is far better for a congregation to conform to the will of God than for a preacher to conform to will of the people. Making and molding preachers is God’s work alone, as is making and molding vessels fit for glory. —Frank Hall

When will we ever learn that it is not our business to tell others what they should and should not to be doing? All that should matter to me is God’s will for me, not what is God’s will for Mr. and Mrs. So and So. —Frank Hall

Though unity is certainly a most desirable thing, there can be no real, sincere unity without the bond of truth. —Rowland Hill

Our God is the God of truth, and Satan is the father of lies. The earth is flat—that’s God’s truth. The earth is a spinning ball—that’s the devil’s lie. —Frank Hall

Faith in Christ may cost you your life, but unbelief will cost you your immortal soul. —Frank Hall

Many endure of a season, but we must endure to the end, if we would be saved. —Frank Hall

Nothing can be done for Christ without Christ. —Frank Hall

God has spoken to man in two voices, the voice of inspiration and the voice of nature. By man’s ignorance, they have been made to disagree, but the time will come, and cannot be far distant, when these two languages will strictly accord—when the science of nature will no longer contradict the science of scripture. —Samuel Rowbotham

To defend the ball earth is to take sides with the devil against God. To promote heliocentricity and all its attendant falsehoods is to despise the one, true Creator and defend the very gates of hell. And the times of this foolishness God winked at, but now he commandeth all men everywhere to repent. —Frank Hall

God allows the enemies of the truth to prolong their hideous blasphemy against him that their evil ways might be manifestly seen as continued rejection of the truth, and not merely as a matter of mistaken judgment. He permits them to continue in their evil course that their demise and overthrow might be seen by all to be fair, equal, just, deserved, and righteous. —Frank Hall 

I fear for that man who slanders, mocks, and ridicules God’s servant. Such a slanderous rebel believes he is flinging dirt in the face his enemy, but in reality, he is digging a pit for himself. —Frank Hall

“Hath God said that he sitteth upon the circle of the earth? God hath not said that he sitteth upon the circle of the earth, for God sitteth upon the sphere of the earth.” We are not ignorant of Satan’s devices. His slippery methods of deception are the same today as they were in the beginning. —Frank Hall

He who cannot reason is a fool. He who will not reason is a bigot. He who dares not reason is a coward. But he who can and dares to reason is a man indeed. —Unknown

As the way to have affliction continued is to be discontent under it, so the way to have it removed is to be content with it. —William Bridge

As there is no duty which a godly man performs but a wicked man may do the same, yet remain wicked, so there is no temptation which a wicked man may yield unto but godly man may be tempted unto, yet remain godly. —William Bridge

He never sins against the Holy Ghost that fears he has sinned against the Holy Ghost. —William Bridge

When God seems to be mine enemy and to stand with a drawn sword against me, then do I cast and throw myself in his arms. —Martin Luther

So great is Jesus Christ, and so infinite are his resources and riches that his giving an entire world would be less than our giving a crumb of bread. His gifts may be too large for us to receive, but they most certainly are not too large for him to bestow. —Frank Hall

He has all things, who has him who has all things. —Unknown

A man who is little in his own eyes will account every affliction as little and every mercy as great. —Jeremiah Burroughs

Self is the only oil that makes the chariot wheels of the hypocrite move in all religious concerns. —Thomas Brooks

Most people want a Christ that will keep them out of hell while he lets them alone to live their lives as they want to. —Rolfe Barnard

I am a Christian because God saved me. All I did was to benefit. He did all the dying and shed his blood to make atonement for my sins. He did all the giving, and all I could do was to receive. —Rolfe Barnard

The believer does not accept Jesus Christ by faith; rather, by faith, he believes that God accepts him in the Beloved freely by his grace. —Frank Hall

A wicked man is the worst of creatures; a wicked Christian is the worst of men; and a wicked minister is the worst of Christians. —Matthew Henry

To look for help from Giant Despair, Sir Difficulty, and all the harassing hooligans of hell anywhere other than Jesus Christ is like looking for salvation in the devil himself—utter folly. —Frank Hall

While the spirit of religion may be maintained in the midst of many errors, yet every error tends to weaken our spirituality. —C.H. Spurgeon

The men who have the least idea of what spiritual religion is are the very men who pay the most superstitious attention to outward forms. —C.H. Spurgeon

Mr. Spurgeon noted that “if you wanted to find the seducer, the unjust judge, the liar, the perjured man in the days of Christ, you had only to ask for the man who had fasted thrice in the week and gave tithes of all he possessed.” As it was then, so it is now; lost religious people are, of all people, the most ungodly. —Frank Hall

Human nature does not mind what you tell it to do, just as long as you do not tell it to believe. —C.H. Spurgeon

We believe that all true discoveries, whether “in the heavens above, in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth,” will harmonize with that which is written in the word of God; and if they do not thus harmonize, they are perfectly contemptible in the judgment of every true lover of scripture. —C.H. Mackintosh

The spotless purity of truth must always be at war with the blackness of heresy and lies. —C.H. Spurgeon

Christianity without the faithful practice of love, grace, sympathy, and compassion is the Christianity of devils. —Frank Hall

Jesus Christ my Lord is worthy of all my heart and so much more. Dare I give him half, a third, or less than all my heart? A Savior who is all, who gave his all, and who gives me all is worthy of my all, and not a farthing less. —Frank Hall

Regeneration is the irresistible, illuminating, spiritual, life-giving work of God’s almighty grace in the soul of chosen redeemed sinners, by which elect sinners are brought to saving faith in Jesus Christ; it is not the act of man or the result of his freewill. —Frank Hall

Nothing God does in providence is arbitrary, unequal, random, or pointless; God’s providence is only and always according to wisdom, truth, and purpose, though we seldom see it to be so. —Frank Hall

In consequence of Adam’s transgression, all men are born into this world in a state of spiritual death—separated from God, guilty, helpless, polluted, lost, depraved, and without hope. —Frank Hall

Every believer glorifies God alone in the whole of their salvation from sin, and every man who comes short of eternal life knows that he has no one to blame for his folly but himself. —Frank Hall

Why God intervenes to save one and not another, when all are equally undeserving; why the things of God are revealed unto babes, while hidden from the wise and prudent, can only be answered in the language of our Lord: “even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight.” —Charles Hodge

Only grace can show a man that his inability to repent and believe the gospel in no way changes or lessens his obligation to do so. —Frank Hall

Unbelief hides Jesus from us, so that, when we sin, though he be standing close beside us, we cannot see him. —Adelaide Leaper Newton

Oh, it is marvelous that the Lord should regard those intermittent spasms of importunity which come and go with our necessities! —C.H. Spurgeon

Take care, brethren, for if we think we can do anything of ourselves, all we shall get from God will be the opportunity to try. —C.H. Spurgeon

If a man cannot see the glory of God in Christ set forth in the gospel, the defect is in his vision, not in God’s revelation. —Frank Hall

Brethren, let us fear no loss, because we have nothing to lose, seeing that all we possess is Christ’s already. —C.H. Spurgeon

None are so bad but the gospel affords them a ground of hope; none are so good as to have any just ground of hope without it. —John Newton

Hearing the truth that does not result in doing the truth is truth that we do not believe, regardless of what we pretend and profess. —Frank Hall

Faith is the evidence of salvation, but faith that does not obey God's word is evidence of merely pretending to have faith. —Frank Hall