But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

The J.C. Ryle Archive - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 18 April 2018 20:24

Examining Our Salvation

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Let us search and try our hearts with honest self-examination, and seek to find out whether there is any real work of the Holy Spirit in our inward man. Far be it from me to encourage the slightest approach to hypocrisy, self-conceit, and fanaticism.Nor do I want any one to look for that angelic...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 05:50

Oh To Glory in the Cross of Christ!

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What you think now about the cross of Christ, I cannot tell; but I can wish you nothing better than this,—that you may be able to say with the apostle Paul, before you die or meet the Lord, “God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”(Gal. 6:14...

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Well would it be for the Church of Christ, if it possessed more plain-speaking ministers, like John the Baptist, in these latter days. A morbid dislike to strong language  an excessive fear of giving offence, a constant flinching from directness and plain speaking are,...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 23:16

Just As I Am, Without One Plea

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“When a professing Christian coolly tells me that he has got beyond such hymns as Just As I Am, and that they are ‘below his present experience’, though they suited him when he first took up Christianity, I must think his soul is in a very unhealthy state!”
~ J.C. Ryle

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Wednesday, 11 April 2018 22:17

Pursue Holiness By Starting with Christ

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I pity those who try to be holy without Christ! Your labor is all in vain. You are putting money in a bag with holes. You are pouring water into a sieve. You are rolling a huge round stone uphill. You are building up a wall with untempered mortar. Believe me, you are beginning at the wrong end. You...

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Would you know the reason why such multitudes around you take no interest in religion? Many have no real concern about God, or Christ, or the Bible, or heaven, or hell, or judgment, or eternity.They care for nothing but what they shall eat, or what they shall drink, or what they shall put on, or...

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It is by faith, simple faith in Christ as our Savior and Redeemer, that people’s souls are made free. It is by receiving Christ, trusting Christ, committing ourselves to Christ, placing our whole weight on Christ–it is by this, and by no other plan, that spiritual liberty is made our...

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Saturday, 07 April 2018 21:30

The Chain of Repentance

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The nature of true repentance is clearly and unmistakably laid down in holy Scripture. It begins with knowledge of sin. It goes on to work sorrow for sin. It leads to confession of sin before God.It shows itself before man by a thorough breaking off from...

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Wednesday, 04 April 2018 00:32

Applying Doctrine To Head and Heart

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Let us beware of resting our hopes of salvation on mere intellectual knowledge. We live in days when there is great danger of doing so. Education makes children acquainted with many things in religion, of which their parents were once utterly ignorant.But education alone will never make a...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 23:56

We Can’t Have Enough of Christ!

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“The New Testament begins with the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. No part of the Bible is so important as this, and no part is so full and complete. Four distinct Gospels tell us the story of Christ’s doing and dying. Four times over we read the precious account...

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Monday, 02 April 2018 01:38

Practicing What You Hear

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The person who hears Christian teaching, and practices what they hear, is like “a wise man who built his house on a rock.” They do not content themselves with listening to exhortations to repent, believe in Christ, and live a holy life. They actually repent. They actually&...

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 01:51

The Dissatisfaction of Money

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“Money, in truth, is one of the most unsatisfying of possessions. It takes away some cares, no doubt; but it brings with it quite as many cares as it takes away. There is trouble in the getting of it.There is the anxiety in the keeping it. There are the temptations in the use of...

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018 01:01

The Tragedy of a Useless Religion

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There are multitudes of people, I believe, who go to church or chapel every Sunday merely as a form. Their fathers or mothers went, and so they go; it is the fashion of the country to go, and so they go; it is the custom to attend a religious service and hear a sermon, and so they go. But as to...

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 00:09

Ascertaining Your Own Spiritual State

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Leave no stone unturned in order to ascertain your own spiritual state. Be not content with vague hopes and trusts. Rest not on warm feelings and temporary desires after God. Give diligence to make your calling and election sure.Oh, allow me to say that if you are content to live on, uncertain...

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Monday, 26 March 2018 02:43

Protect Your Assurance in Christ

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Do not forget that assurance is a thing that may be lost. Oh! it is a most delicate plant. It needs daily, hourly watching, watering, tending, cherishing. So take care. David lost it. Peter lost it. Each found it again—but not until after bitter tears. Quench not the Spirit; grieve Him not;...

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Saturday, 24 March 2018 01:15

Is Your Heart Right in the Sight of God?

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The heart is the main thing in true religion. I make no excuse for asking the special attention of my readers, while I try to say a few things about the heart. The head is not the principal thing. You may know the whole truth as it is in Jesus, and consent that it is good.You may be...

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 02:16

Are You A Christian in Name Only?

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“When a man is a Christian in name only, and not in reality – in outward things only, and not in his inward feelings – in profession only, and not in practice – when his Christianity in short is a mere matter of form, or fashion, or custom, without any influence on his heart...

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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 00:09

Discerning the False Teacher

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“What more common than to hear it said of some false teacher in this day:
‘He is so good, so devoted, so kind, so zealous, so laborious, so humble, so self-denying, so charitable, so earnest, so fervent, so clever, so evidently sincere, there can be no danger and no harm in hearing him....

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Monday, 19 March 2018 05:05

The First Mark of Conversion

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“A habit of prayer is one of the surest marks of a true Christian. All the children of God on earth are alike in this respect. From the moment there is any life and reality about their religion, they pray. Just as the first sign of the life of an infant when born into the world is the act of...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 21:20

Test All Ministers By the Word of God

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Let us beware of attaching an excessive importance to ministers of religion because of their office. Ordination and office confer no exemption from error. The greatest heresies have been sown, and the greatest practical abuses introduced into the church by ordained men. Respect is undoubtedly due...

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Saturday, 10 March 2018 23:03

Pray For the Success of the Gospel

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Prayer is one of the best and most powerful means of helping forward the cause of Christ in the world. It is a means within the reach of all who have the Spirit of adoption. Not all believers have money to give to missions.Very few have great intellectual gifts, or extensive influence among men....

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Friday, 09 March 2018 20:39

There Is Not Enough Private Prayer!

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There are few professing Christians, it may be feared, who strive to imitate Christ in the matter of private devotion. There is abundance of hearing, reading, talking, professing, visiting, contributing to the poor, subscribing to societies and teaching at schools.But is there, together with all...

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Thursday, 08 March 2018 22:41

Evidences of A Converted Heart

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“Sense of sin and deep hatred of it, faith in Christ and love to Him, delight in holiness and longing after more of it, love for God’s people and distaste for the things of the world, – these are the signs and evidences which always accompany conversion.”
~ J.C. Ryle

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 21:16

The Christian Duty of Forgiving

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There are few Christian duties which are so frequently and strongly dwelt upon in the New Testament as this of forgiveness. It fills a prominent place in the Lord’s prayer. The only profession we make in all that prayer, is that of forgiving “those who trespass against...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 21:28

Are You Converted?

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Are we converted ourselves? This is the one point to which our attention ought to be directed. Our experience may not tally with that of other believers. But that is not the question. Do we feel sin, hate it, and flee from it? Do we love Christ, and rest solely on Him for salvation? Are we bringing...

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