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, 27 April 2017 21:21

Repentance

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Repentance is a thorough change of person’s natural heart, upon the subject of sin. We are all born in sin. We naturally love sin.We take to sin, as soon as we can act and think—just as the bird takes to flying, and the fish takes to swimming. There never was a child that required...

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I know there is a vast difference in the depth and distinctness of these marks among those who are Regenerate. In some people they are faint, dim, feeble, and hardly to be discerned. You almost need a microscope to make them out. In others they are bold, sharp, clear, plain, and unmistakable, so...

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Friday, 21 April 2017 21:33

No Fruit, No Conversion

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Let it be a settled principle in our religion that when a person brings forth no fruits of the Spirit, they do not have the Holy Spirit within them. Let us resist as a deadly error the common idea, that all baptized people are born again, and that all members of the Church have the Holy Spirit. One...

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 00:06

The Devil and His Duties in Church

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The devil, no doubt, is everywhere. That malicious spirit is unwearied in his efforts to do us harm. He is ever watching for our halting, and seeking occasion to destroy our souls. But nowhere perhaps is the devil so active as in a congregation of Gospel-hearers. Nowhere does he labor so hard to...

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The J.C. Rylefacebook page and website are teaming up withRare Document Traders to present an opportunity to win an authentic Charles Spurgeon sermon page manuscript! These sermon page manuscripts were written down by professional "speed writers" in Spurgeon's day, while they were...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:50

We Can Talk With Him

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“While Christ is absent believers must ask much in prayer. It is written, ‘Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: ask and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.’We may well believe that up to this time the disciples had never realized their Master’s full dignity....

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Sunday, 02 April 2017 23:38

Guard Your Heart Against Unbelief

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Let us watch our own hearts carefully in the matter of unbelief. The heart, and not the head, is the seat of its mysterious power. It is neither the lack of evidence, nor the difficulties of Christian doctrine, that make men unbelievers. It is lack of will to believe. They love sin. They are wedded...

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J.C. Ryle on Charles Spurgeon "I am not a bit ashamed to say that I often read the sermons of Mr. Spurgeon. Now when you read Mr. Spurgeon's sermons, note how clearly and perspicuously he divides a sermon, and fills each division with beautiful and simple ideas. How easily you grasp his...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 09:23

The Loving Friendship of Jesus Christ

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Every true Christian has a Friend in heaven, of almighty power and boundless love. They are thought of, cared for, provided for, defended by God’s eternal Son. They have an unfailing Protector, who never slumbers or sleeps, and watches continually over their interests. The world may despise...

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Saturday, 18 March 2017 01:41

Being Convinced of Your Sinful Heart

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“What is the reason that men are so half-hearted in seeking Christ? Why are they so soon deterred, and checked, and discouraged in drawing near to God? The answer is short and simple. They do not feel sufficiently their own sins. They are not thoroughly convinced of the plague of their own...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 00:05

God Delights in Honoring Zeal

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Nothing is so effective in keeping true Christianity alive as the yeast of zealous Christians scattered throughout the Church. Like salt, they prevent the whole body from falling into a state of decay. No one but people of this kind can revive Churches that are about to die. It is impossible to...

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Saturday, 11 March 2017 21:44

Your True Character Exposed

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Let it be a settled principle with us, never to be satisfied with mere outward church-membership. We may be inside the net, and yet not be in Christ.The waters of baptism are poured on myriads who are never washed in the water of life. The bread and wine are eaten and drunk by thousands at the...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 14:57

Lord, Clothe Us With Humility

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The Return of the Seventy-Two

17 The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 18 And he said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 Behold, I have given you...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 20:42

We Shall Thank God For Every Storm

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“If we are true Christians, we must not expect everything smooth in our journey to heaven.We must count it no strange thing, if we have to endure sicknesses, losses, bereavements, and disappointments, just like other people. Free pardon and full forgiveness, grace by the way and glory to the...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 20:34

Grasp the Truth of the Holy Spirit

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Let us never be ashamed, in a day of abounding heresy, to contend earnestly for the Godhead and personality of the Holy Spirit, and the reality of His work on souls. Just as we clasp to our hearts the doctrine of the Trinity, and the proper Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, as great foundation...

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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 01:56

Never Be Tired of Speaking of Christ

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Do you ever try to do good to others? If you do, remember to tell them about Christ.Tell the young, tell the poor, tell the aged, tell the ignorant, tell the sick, tell the dying – tell them all about Christ. Tell them of His power, and tell them of His love; tell them of His doings, and...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 01:15

Where is Your Zeal For God?

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Let me speak to your conscience. Where is your zeal? Where is your zeal for the glory of God, and for extending the Gospel throughout the world? You know well, that it is very low. You know well, that your zeal is a little feeble glimmering spark, that just lives, and no more—it is like a...

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Saturday, 04 March 2017 22:24

In Need of the Holy Spirit’s Presence

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Does anyone of us desire to help the Church of Christ? Then let him pray for a great outpouring of the Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit can give edge to sermons, and point to advice, and power to rebukes, and can cast down the high walls of sinful hearts. It is not better preaching, and finer writing...

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Friday, 03 March 2017 22:49

Longing To Be In Fellowship

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Sheep love to be together; they do not like being alone; there are no animals which seem to take such pleasure in being in a flock, and cling to each other’s company so faithfully. And so is it with true Christians: it is their delight to meet each other and be together, if possible. It is...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 19:06

Do Not Be the Unfaithful Church

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Take any church on earth, the most renowned for wisdom, the most famous for age, the most apostolic in her government;and we are bold to tell you if that church is unfaithful to the Bridegroom Christ Jesus, if she does not hold forth the light of the pure gospel, if sh...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 20:32

Parents, Seek God's Blessing as You Parent

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Lastly, train them with continual prayer for a blessing on all you do. Without the blessing of the Lord, your best efforts will do no good. He has the hearts of all men in His hands, and unless He touches the hearts of your children by His Spirit, you will wear yourself out for nothing....

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 01:29

Christ Will Take Care of His Church

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Fear not for the Church of Christ when ministers die, and saints are taken away. Christ can ever maintain His own cause.He will raise up better servants and brighter stars. The stars are all in His right hand. Leave off all anxious thought about the future. Cease to be cast down by the measures of...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 22:12

The Benefits of the Lord’s Supper

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The Lord’s Supper was ordained for a continual remembrance of the sacrifice of Christ’s death, until He comes again.The benefits it confers are spiritual, not physical. Its effects must be looked for in our inward man. It was intended to remind us, by the visible, tangible emblems of...

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Reader, remember these three looks at Jesus, backwardupwardforward; and make use of them every day.
The first is the secret of peace of conscience: no peace unless we look backward at the cross of Christ!
The second is the secret of real daily strength...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 19:35

The Satisfaction of Looking Unto Jesus

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Keep on looking unto Jesus. Faith shall soon be changed to sight, and hope to certainty. Looking to Jesus on earth by faith, you shall end with seeing Jesus eye to eye in heaven. Those eyes of yours shall look on the head that was crowned with thorns, the hands and feet that were pierced with...

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