January 21, 2017

'Choose not the smallest sins to reprove, nor the smallest duties to exhort them to.’

Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 6 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 258.

 

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January 20, 2017

‘Be sure that you reprove not that as a sin, which is no sin; either by mistaking the law or the fact.’ To make duties and sins of our own opinions and inventions, and then to lay out our zeal on these, and censure or reprove all that think as hardly of such things as...

January 19, 2017

‘Be sure first that your reproof have a right end; and then let the manner be suited to that end.’ If it be to convince and convert a soul, it must be done in a manner likely to prevail; if it be only to bear down the arguments of a deceiver, to preserve the standers-b...

January 18, 2017

Too few words is not so bad, as one such imprudent, foolish word too much.

Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 6 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 257.

 

January 17, 2017

'Be sure to do most, where you have most authority and obligation.’ He that will neglect and slight his family, relations, children and servants, who are under him, and always with him, and yet be zealous for the conversion of strangers, doth discover much hypocrisy, a...

January 16, 2017

‘Suit all your discourse to the quality of your auditors.’ That which is best in itself, may not be best for every hearer. You must vary both your subject and manner of discourse,

    1. According to the variety of men’s knowledge; the wise and the foolish must not be...

January 15, 2017

‘Keep a compassionate sense of the misery of ignorant, ungodly, impenitent souls.’ Think what a miserable bondage of darkness and sensuality they are in; and that it is light that must recover them: think oft how quickly they must die, and what an appearance they must...

January 14, 2017

Spare for no study or labour to get understanding in the things of God: it is a weariness to hear men talk foolishly of any thing, but no where so much as about divine and heavenly things. A wise Christian instructed to the kingdom of God, hath a treasury in his mind,...

January 13, 2017

The most necessary direction for a fruitful tongue is to get a well-furnished mind, and a holy heart, and to walk with God in holiness yourselves: for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak.

Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev....

January 12, 2017

‘Lastly, consider how short a time you are like to speak; and how long you must be silent.’ Death will quickly stop your breath, and lay you in the dark, and tell you that all your opportunities are at an end. Speak now, for you have not long to speak. Your neighbours’...

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