Only Mockeries if Empty of Affection

“There are no hearts that hunger so for expressions of affection as the hearts of which we are most sure. There is no love that so needs its daily bread as the love that is strongest and holiest. There is no place where rudeness or disrespect is so unpardonable as inside our own homes and towards our best beloved. The tenderer the love and the truer, the more it CRAVES THE THOUSAND LITTLE ATTENTIONS and kindnesses which so satisfy the heart. It is not costly presents at christmas and birthdays and anniversaries that are wanted; these are only mockeries if the days between are empty of affection.”

J.R. Miller

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/the-home-beautiful.92749/, Comment 1

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Church Hypocrites

Church hypocrites?

by Spurgeon

No man who is not united in his heart vitally and entirely to
Christ, can ever be of the slightest service to the church of God.

Oh, if there be a place where sinners are more loathsome
to God than anywhere else, it is in his church.

A dog in its kennel is well enough- but a
dog in the throne-room is quite out of place.


A sinner in the world is bad enough-
but in the church he is hideous!

A madman in an asylum is a creature to be pitied,
but a madman who protests he is not mad, and will
thrust himself among us that he may obtain means
of doing mischief, is not merely to be pitied,
he is to be avoided, and needs to be restrained.

God hates sin anywhere, but when sin puts its fingers
upon his divine altar; when it comes and lays its insolent
hand upon the sacrifice that is burning there, then God
spurns it from him with disgust.

Of all men, who stand in the most likely place to receive the
mightiest thunderbolt, and the most terrible lightning’s flash,
those are the men who have a divided heart, and profess to
serve God, while with their souls they are serving sin.

Take heed, sinner, take heed, running on in your sin you will
meet with punishment. But after all, O hypocrite, look well
to your ways, for your sin and your lie together shall bring
down a dread and swift destruction upon your devoted head.

Source: http://www.gracegems.org/9/church_hypocrites.htm

They Are Glad To Be Deceived

“And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.” Zechariah 3:1

It is the object of Satan to keep those secure who are safe in his hands; nor does God see fit to disturb their quiet. But on the other hand, where Satan perceives a work of grace going on, where he sees the eyes sometimes filled with tears, where he hears the sobs heaving from the contrite heart, where he observes the knees often bent in secret prayer, where his listening ear often hears the poor penitent confess his sins, weaknesses, and backslidings before God, (for by these observations we have reason to believe Satan gains his intelligence,) wherever he sees this secret work going on in the soul, mad with wrath and filled with malice, he vents his hellish spleen against the objects of God’s love. Sometimes he tries to ensnare them into sin, sometimes to harass them with temptation, sometimes to stir up their wicked heart into desperate rebellion, sometimes to work upon their natural infidelity, and sometimes to plague them with many groundless doubts and fears as to their reality and sincerity before a heart-searching God.

So that while those who have no work of grace upon their hearts at all, are left secure, and free from doubt and fear, those in whom God is at work are exercised and troubled in their minds, and often cannot really believe that they are the people in whom God takes delight. The depths of human hypocrisy, the dreadful lengths to which profession may go, the deceit of the carnal heart, the snares spread for the unwary feet, the fearful danger of being deceived at the last–these traps and pitfalls are not objects of anxiety to those dead in sin. As long as they can pacify natural conscience, and do something to soothe any transient conviction, they are glad to be deceived.

But, on the other hand, he that has a conscience tender in God’s fear knows what a dreadful thing it is to be a hypocrite before God, to have “a lie in his right hand,” and be deluded by the prince of darkness; and therefore, until God himself with his own blessed lips speaks with power to his conscience, and establishes him in a blessed assurance of his saving interest in Christ by “shedding abroad his love in his heart,” he must be tried and exercised in his mind, he must have these various tossings to and fro, for this simple reason–because he cannot rest satisfied except in the personal manifestations of the mercy of God.

J.C. PHILPOT 1802-1869

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/they-are-glad-to-be-decieved.17756/#post-222779, Comment 1

What Christians Should Know About Intersectionality

A concept appearing more and more in American political discourse and on college campuses is “intersectionality,” a theory that is becoming a political movement that noted Christian thinkers consider contrary to the Gospel.

Broadly defined — though its precise meaning is disputed — “intersectionality” refers to the interconnected nature of social categories like race, gender, class and how these identity markers create overlapping and interdependent systems of disadvantage or discrimination…

Read more: https://www.christianpost.com/news/what-christians-should-know-about-intersectionality-193970/

So Will You Be Strong In The Lord

Do not strive in your own strength; cast yourself at the feet of the Lord Jesus, and wait upon Him in the sure confidence that He is with you, and works in you. Strive in prayer; let faith fill your heart-so will you be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.

— Andrew Murray

Source: https://christianquote.com/holiness-10/

Did Matthew (27:9) falsely attribute a prophecy to Jeremiah that came from Zechariah (11:12-13)?

Many skeptics and liberal scholars have suggested that Matthew’s gospel contains an error:

Matthew 27:9–10
Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced, and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”

The quotation about the thirty pieces of silver is highly reminiscent of Zechariah, and it is, therefore, assumed that Matthew made a mistake…

Read more: https://answersingenesis.org/contradictions-in-the-bible/mixed-prophets/

Such Mercies Prove To Be Hard Crosses And Troubles

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“If things do befall us when we have vexed ourselves into the possession of them, yet now they are mingled and brackish; they are not so clear and sweet…It will not at all have the relish of a mercy until we have repented of our former disturbance. He who is impatient until he has a good is usually unthankful when he receives it; for he knows not how to depend on God has yet to learn how to bless God. Neither can I expect a contentment of mind in the fruition, where there has been an unbelieving turbulence in the expectation…When the Israelites desired, by any means, to have a king, they had him, but it was in wrath…When God must answer, not our needs but our desires; not our wants but our pleasures, we usually find that such mercies prove to be hard crosses and troubles; and we scarce taste a delight before we break out into new complaints, so that by our vexing we have procured to ourselves a further burden.”

~Obadiah Sedgwick, Providence Handled Practically

Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/dont-vex-your-mind.93135/