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, 06 September 2017 21:49

Beware of Self-Righteousness!

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“Oh, let us beware of self-righteousness! Open sin kills its thousands of souls. Self-righteousness kills its tens of thousands. Go and study humility with the great apostle of the Gentiles. Go and sit with Paul at the foot of the cross. Give up your secret pride. Cast away your vain ideas of...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 22:28

The Contrast of Christ’s Comings

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“The second coming of Christ shall be utterly unlike the first. He came the first time in weakness, a tender infant, born of a poor woman in the manger at Bethlehem, unnoticed, unhonored, and scarcely known. He shall come the second time in royal dignity, with the armies...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 21:37

Without Conversion, We Are Dead

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Without conversion of heart we cannot serve God on earth. We have naturally neither faith, nor fear, nor love, toward God and His Son Jesus Christ. We have no delight in His Word.We take no pleasure in prayer or communion with Him. We have no enjoyment in His ordinances, His house, His people, or...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 01:11

The Reality of Eternity

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The state of things after the judgment is changeless and without end. The misery of the lost, and the blessedness of the saved, are both alike forever.Let no person deceive us on this point. It is clearly revealed in Scripture. The eternity of God, and heaven, and hell, all stand on the same...

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Sunday, 27 August 2017 22:03

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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Saturday, 26 August 2017 21:43

We Are Born Proud and Need Humility

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Humility like this is one of the strongest evidences of the indwelling of the Spirit of God. We know nothing of humility by nature, for we are all born proud.To convince us of sin, to show us our own vileness and corruption, to put us in our right place, to make us lowly and...

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“Those who denounce the doctrine of the second advent as speculative, fanciful and unpractical, would do well to reconsider the subject.The doctrine was not so regarded in the days of the apostles. In their eyes, patience, hope, diligence, moderation, personal holiness, were inseparably...

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Thursday, 24 August 2017 20:28

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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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 22:54

In Need of a New Heart

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Life is the mightiest of all possessions. From death to life is the mightiest of all changes. And no change short of this will ever avail to fit a person’s soul for heaven. It is not a little mending and alteration – a little cleansing and purifying – a little painting...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:59

Forsaking the World For Christ

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True Christians must make up their minds to trouble in this world. Whether we are ministers or hearers, whether we teach or are taught, it makes little difference. We must carry “a cross.” We must be content to lose even life itself for Christ’s sake. We must submit to the loss of...

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Sunday, 20 August 2017 22:07

God’s Election Bears Fruit

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“Election is always to sanctification. Those whom Christ chooses out of mankind, He chooses not only that they be saved, but that they may bear fruit, and that it can be seen.All other election beside this is a mere vain delusion and a miserable invention of man. Where there is no visible...

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Saturday, 19 August 2017 20:20

No Fickleness in Jesus

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The Lord Jesus is “a friend who never changes.” There is no fickleness about Him: those whom He loves, He loves to the end. Husbands have been known to forsake their wives; parents have been known to cast off their children; human vows and promises of faithfulness have often been...

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Friday, 18 August 2017 21:48

Make Your Calling and Election Sure

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The duty of the true Christian is clear and plain. Whatever others do, he must give all diligence to make his own calling and election sure.While others are occupied in national conflicts and political speculations, he must steadily seek first the kingdom of God. In so doing, he shall feel his...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 20:17

Death Does Not Discriminate

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We often think and talk as if the possession of riches was the great antidote to sorrow, and as if money could secure us against sickness and death.But it is the very extreme of blindness to think so. We have only to look around us and see a hundred proofs to the contrary. Death comes to palaces,...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 20:17

The Demonstration of Being Elected

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“Sanctification is the only sure mark of God’s election. The names and number of the elect are a secret thing, no doubt, which God has wisely kept in His own power, and not revealed to man.It is not given to us in this world to study the pages of the book of life, and if our names are...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 21:31

The Definition of Christian Love

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Christian love will show itself in the general spirit and demeanor of a believer. It will make him kind, unselfish, good-natured, good-tempered, and considerate for others. It will make him gentle, affable, and courteous, in all the daily relations of private life. It will make him thoughtful for...

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Monday, 14 August 2017 23:01

Ponder the Real Gospel

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Christ’s death is the Christian’s life. Christ’s cross is the Christian’s title to heaven. Christ “lifted up” and put to shame on Calvary is the ladder by which Christians “enter into the holiest,” and are at length landed in glory.It is true that we...

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Sunday, 13 August 2017 21:19

Let Go of Selfishness; Share Christ!

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Let us beware of selfishness in our religion, even after we have learned to value the light. We should labor to make all people see that we have found “the pearl of great price,” and that we want them to find it as well as ourselves. A person’s religion may well be suspected, when...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 21:29

Bring Your Mind to Church

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Let us take with us to church, not only our bodies, but our minds, our reason, our hearts and our consciences. Let us often ask ourselves, ‘What have I got from this sermon?’, ‘What have I learned?’, ‘What truths have been impressed on my mind?’. The...

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 20:13

Parents: Don’t Be Hypocrites!

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“Instruction, advice, and commands will profit little, unless they are backed up by the pattern of your own life. Your children will never believe you are serious and obey you, so long as your actions contradict your counsel.”
~ J.C. Ryle
The Upper Room, “The Duties of...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 21:15

Possessing Compassion for the Unconverted

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We ought to feel compassion when we think of the wretched state of unconverted souls, and the misery of all men and women who live and die without Christ. No poverty like this poverty! No disease like this disease! No slavery like this slavery! No death like this: death in idolatry, false religion,...

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 21:48

Do Not Doubt the Reality of Hell

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Do you believe the Bible? Then depend upon it, Hell is real and true. It is as true as Heaven — as true as justification by faith — as true as the fact that Christ died upon the cross. There is not a fact or doctrine which you may not lawfully doubt — if you doubt Hell. Disbelieve...

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Sunday, 06 August 2017 23:30

All About Doing, Never About Believing

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How painfully self–righteous are many! They can talk complacently about having “done their duty,” and being “kind to everybody,” and having always “kept to their church,” and having “never been so very bad” as some, and therefore they seem to...

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 20:55

Preachers: Sow Good Seed

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The work of the preacher resembles that of the sower. Like the sower, the preacher must sow good seed, if he wants to see fruit.He must sow the pure word of God, and not the traditions of the church, or the doctrines of men. Without this, his labor will be in vain. He may go to and fro, and seem...

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How should you know who are true Christians, if following Christ was the way to be free from trouble? How should we discern the wheat from the chaff, if it were not for the winnowing of trial? How should we know whether men served Christ for His own sake or from selfish motives, if His service...

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