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
Thursday, 18 January 2018 20:08

Diligently Growing in Grace

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All that believers have is undoubtedly of grace. Their repentance, faith, and holiness, are all the gift of God. But the degree to which a believer attains in grace, is ever set before us as closely connected with his own diligence in the use of means, and his own faithfulness in living fully up to...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 19:03

Cast Your Anchor on the Bible

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Let the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible, be the rule of our faith and practice. Holding this principle we travel upon the king’s highway. The road may sometimes seem narrow, and our faith may be severely tried, but we shall not be allowed greatly to err. Departing from this...

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 19:06

You Are Never a Loser With Christ

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We may rest assured that no person shall ever be a real loser by following Christ. The believer may seem to suffer loss for a time, when they first begin the life of a decided Christian. They may be cast down by the afflictions that are brought upon them on account of their religion.But let them...

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Monday, 15 January 2018 21:28

Watch Out! It May Be Too Late

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We may settle it in our minds, that there will be an entire change of opinion one day as to the necessity of decided Christianity. At present, we must all be aware, the vast majority of professing Christians care nothing at all about it. They have no sense of sin.They have no love towards Christ....

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 23:12

The Ultimate Question Regarding Christ

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Everyone who believes on the Son of God, and trusts their soul to Him, is at once pardoned, forgiven, justified, counted righteous, reckoned innocent, and freed from all liability to condemnation. Their sins, however many, are at once cleansed away by Christ’s precious blood. Their soul,...

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Saturday, 13 January 2018 07:51

Christian Songs of Praise

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“The best public worship is that which produces the best private Christianity. The best Church Services for the congregation are those which make its individual members most holy at home and alone.If we want to know whether our own public worship is doing us good, let us try it by these...

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Friday, 12 January 2018 21:35

The State of the Heart Via the Tongue

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Let it be a settled principle again in our religion, that when a person’s general conversation is ungodly, their heart is graceless and unconverted. Let us not give way to the vulgar notion, that no one can know anything of the state of another’s heart, and that although people are...

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Thursday, 11 January 2018 22:34

The Best of Men Are Men at Best

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“The best of men are only men at their very best. Patriarchs, prophets, and apostles, – martyrs, fathers, reformers, puritans, – all are sinners, who need a Savior: holy, useful, honorable in their place – but sinners after all.”
~ J.C. Ryle

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 06:48

The State of the ‘Almost Christian’

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There are many whom I must call “almost Christians,” for I know no other expression in the Bible, which so exactly describes their state. They have many things about them which are right, good and praiseworthy in the sight of God. They are regular and moral in their lives.They are free...

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Monday, 08 January 2018 22:41

No Repentance in the Grave

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“The Bible teaches plainly that what we are when we die, whether converted or unconverted, whether believers or unbelievers, whether godly or ungodly, so shall we rise again when the last trumpet sounds. There is no repentance in the grave: there is no conversion after the last breath is...

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Sunday, 07 January 2018 22:24

Be Ready To Glorify God in Death

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We may glorify God in death, by being ready for it whenever it comes.The Christian who is found like a sentinel at his post, like a servant with his loins girded and his lamp burning, with a heart packed up and ready to go, the man to whom sudden death, by the common consent of all who knew him,...

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Saturday, 06 January 2018 21:45

The Key to Understanding the Bible

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Christ’s sacrifice and death for sinners, and Christ’s kingdom and future glory, are the light we must bring to bear on any book of Scripture we read. Christ’s cross and Christ’s crown are the clue we must hold fast, if we would find our way through Scripture difficulties. Ch...

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Friday, 05 January 2018 20:42

Jesus Stands Ready to Save You

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If you are determined to have the world and the things of the world, its pleasures and its rewards, its follies and its sins; if you must have your own way, and cannot give up anything for Christ and your soul; if this be your case, there is but one end before you.I fairly warn you, I plainly tell...

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Thursday, 04 January 2018 18:41

Christ’s Shadow in the Old Testament

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Let it be a rule with us, in the reading of our Bibles, to study the types and ordinances of the Mosaic law with prayerful attention. They are all full of Christ. The altar–the scape-goat–the daily burnt-offering–the day of atonement, are all so many sign-posts pointing to the...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 19:08

Useless Doctrine

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“Doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life. It is worse than useless; it does positive harm. Something of ‘the image of Christ’ must be seen and observed by others in our private life, and habits, and character, and doings.”
~ J.C. Ryle

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 19:16

Declaring War On Your Besetting Sins

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There are particular besetting sins, of which each separate Christian can alone furnish an account; every single person has some weak point, each person has a thin, weak spot in their wall of defense against the devil, each person has a traitor in their camp ready to open the gates to Satan,...

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Monday, 01 January 2018 20:04

Let Nothing Get Between You and Christ

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A true Christian will strive to do his duty in whatever station or position he finds himself, and to do it well. Whether statesman, or merchant, or banker, or lawyer, or doctor, or tradesman, or farmer, he will try to do his work so that no one can find occasion for fault in him. But he will not...

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Monday, 01 January 2018 04:56

Are You Ready For The New Year?

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I ASK you a plain question at the beginning of a new year: Are you ready?
It is a solemn thing to part company with the old year. It is a still more solemn thing to begin a new one. It is like entering a dark passage: we know not what we may meet before the end. All before us is uncertain: we know...

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Friday, 29 December 2017 21:15

Thoughts of Christ’s Blood at Death

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“Cling to Christ, and make much of the old foundational truths concerning salvation by His blood. These are the old friends to which our souls will turn at last in the hour of our departure.These are the ancient doctrines on which we shall lean back our aching heads, when life is ebbing away...

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Thursday, 28 December 2017 18:55

Never Rest Until You Are Justified

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Let us never rest until we know and feel that we are reconciled to God. Let it not content us to go to Church, use means of grace, and be reckoned Christians, without knowing whether our sins are pardoned, and our souls justified.Let us seek to know that we are one with Christ, and Christ in...

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When the apostle Paul wrote his epistle to the Romans, he used five words which the wisest of the heathen could never have used. SocratesPlatoAristotleCicero and Seneca were wise people. On many subjects they saw more clearly than most people in...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 21:08

Is Your Life an Epistle of Christ?

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Are you alive? Then see that you prove it by your actions. Be a consistent witness. Let your words, works, ways and tempers all tell the same story. Let not your life be a poor lethargic life, like that of a tortoise or a sloth—let it rather be an energetic stirring life, like that of a deer...

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You need not be cast down by sickness. The eternal part of you is safe and provided for, whatever happens to your body. You may well look calmly on death. It opens a door between you and your inheritance.You may well not sorrow exclusively over the things of the world – over partings and...

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Saturday, 23 December 2017 20:49

Being Ready For Christ’s Return

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Are you ready for the second coming of Christ? He will come again to this world one day. As surely as He came the first time, so surely will He come the second time. He will come to reward all His saints who have believed in Him and confessed Him on earth.He will come; to judge all His enemies,...

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Friday, 22 December 2017 19:22

The Need to Plead Guilty

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Without confession there is no salvation. The love of God towards sinners is infinite. The readiness of Christ to receive sinners is unbounded. The blood of Christ can cleanse away all sin. But we must “plead guilty” before God can declare us innocent. We must acknowledge that we...

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