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, 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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Thursday, 03 August 2017 19:58

The Two Sides of Friendship

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“Good friends are among our greatest blessings – they may keep us back from much evil, quicken us in our course, speak a word in season, draw us upward, and draw us on. But a bad friend is a positive misfortune, a weight continually dragging us down, and chaining us to earth. Keep...

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Tuesday, 01 August 2017 00:12

Blessed Servants of God

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“Some believers are rivers of living water long after they die. They do good by their books and writings in every part of the world, long after the hands which held the pen are mouldering in the dust.Such men were Bunyan, and Baxter, and Owen, and George Herbert, and Robert M’Cheyne....

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Monday, 31 July 2017 00:50

Strive to Be Humble

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Humility may well be called the queen of the Christian graces. To know our own sinfulness and weakness, and to feel our need of Christ, is the very beginning of saving religion.It is a grace which has always been the distinguishing feature in the character of the holiest saints in every age....

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Forgiven souls are FORGIVING. They do as they have been done by. They look over the offenses of their brethren. They endeavor to “walk in love, as Christ loved them, and gave Himself for them.” (Eph. 5:2.) They remember how God for Christ’s sake forgave them, and endeavor to do...

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Forgiven souls are HOLY. Their chief desire is to please Him who has saved them, to do His will, to glorifyHim in body and in Spirit, which are His. “What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits?”(Ps. 116:12), is a leading principle in a pardoned heart. It was the remembrance...

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Forgiven souls are HUMBLE. They cannot forget that they owe all they have and hope for to free grace, and this keeps them lowly.They are brands plucked from the fire—debtors who could not pay for themselves—captives who must have remained in prison forever—but for undeserved...

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Forgiven souls LOVE CHRIST. This is that one thing they can say, if they dare say nothing else—they do love Christ. His person, His offices, His work, His name, His cross, His blood, His words, His example, His ordinances—all, all are precious to forgiven souls.The ministry which...

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Forgiven souls HATE SIN. They can enter most fully into the words of our Communion Service, “The remembrance of sin is grievous unto them, and the burden of it is intolerable.” It is the serpent which bit them—how should they not shrink from it with horror?It is the poison which...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:45

5 Essential Doctrines to Believe In

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1. The Absolute Supremacy of Holy Scripture

Show us anything, plainly written, in that Book, we will receive it, believe it, and submit to it. Show us anything contrary to that Book, and however sophisticated, plausible, beautiful and apparently desirable, we will not have it at any price.

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Monday, 24 July 2017 00:07

Persevering Towards Heaven

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“Our Lord tells us that true Christians must make up their minds regarding 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...

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Saturday, 22 July 2017 22:16

The Importance of Your Conscience

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Conscience is a most powerful part of our natural constitution. It cannot save our souls. It never leads a man to Christ. It is often blind, and ignorant, and misdirected.Yet conscience often raises a mighty testimony against sin in the sinner’s heart, and makes him feel that “it is an...

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Friday, 21 July 2017 22:17

Preparing New Christians Biblically

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To count the cost is one of the first duties that ought to be pressed on Christians in every age. It is no kindness to young beginners to paint the service of Christ in false colors, and to keep back from them the old truth, “Through much tribulation we must enter the kingdom of God” (Ac...

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Thursday, 20 July 2017 20:16

High Thoughts on the Cross

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“Cling to Christ and have high thoughts of the atonement made by His blood upon the cross. Think highly of His incarnation and His example.Thing highly of His miracles and His words. Think highly of His resurrection, intercession and coming again. But think highest of all on Christ’s...

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017 20:49

Cultivating Faith in Your Daily Prayers

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Make it your daily prayer that you may have an increase of faith. According to your faith will be your peace. Cultivate that blessed root more, and sooner or later, by God’s blessing, you may hope to have the flower. You may not perhaps attain to full assurance at once: it is good sometimes...

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