Father,

in Your mercy

dispel the darkness

of this night,

and let Your servant

sleep in peace,

that at the dawn

of a new day

I may wake

with joy in Your Name;

through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

“An hour’s enjoyment of the light of Christ’s countenance is worth more than the wealth of the Indies and the power of Kings.”

—John Newton, The Christian Correspondent (Hull: George Prince, 1790), 174.

This is from a letter written from Olney on April 1, 1769.

“The heart of the matter is this:

preach one Christ,

by Christ,

to the praise of Christ.

Soli Deo Gloria.”

—William Perkins, The Art of Prophesying (Carlisle, PA: @BannerofTruth, 1996), 79.

“He who has been with us thus far, will be with us to the end.

He knows how to manifest Himself even here, to give more than He takes away, and to cause our consolations to exceed our greatest afflictions.

Jesus is able to keep us from falling.”

—John Newton

“Be this my school, by frequent prayer and constant meditation on the Word of God, to wait upon the visits of the great Teacher! Then I shall be wise unto salvation myself, and fitted, if the Lord please, to assist as an instrument in the edification of others.”

—John Newton

“My heart is like a country but half subdued, where all things are in an unsettled state, and mutinies and insurrections are daily happening.”

—John Newton, The Christian Correspondent (Hull: George Prince, 1790), 78.

O Lord,

make Your Word a swift Word,

passing from the ear to the heart,

from the heart to the lip and conversation;

that, as the rain returns not empty,

so neither may Your Word,

but accomplish that for which it is given.

Amen.

—George Herbert

“Busyness kills more Christians than bullets.”

—Kevin DeYoung, Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013), 30.

By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us.

—1 John 3:16

“It is impossible to praise God without also uttering the praises of the Father, of the Son, and of the Spirit.”

-John Calvin, Commentary on the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1989), 1: 205. Calvin is commenting on Isaiah 6:3.

“A doctrine of the church is only as good as the doctrine of God which underlies it.”

–John Webster, Confessing God: Essays in Christian Dogmatics II, The Cornerstones Series (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016), 156.

“The heart of Jesus Christ, now He is in heaven, is as graciously inclined to sinners as ever it was on earth.”

—Thomas Goodwin, The Works of Thomas Goodwin, vol. 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage, 2021), 4: 113.

“The second person of the Trinity is the Son, eternally begotten of the Father; the Word, eternally uttered by the Father; the image, perfectly representing the Father; the radiance, eternally shining forth from the Father.”

-@scottrswain, The Trinity (@Crossway, 2020), 78.

“I have determined, the Almighty God being my help and shield, yet to suffer if frail life might continue so long even till the moss shall grow on mine eyebrows, rather than thus to violate my faith and principles.”

-John Bunyan, (Works, 2: 594)

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“In the creature’s knowing, esteeming, loving, rejoicing in, and praising God, the glory of God is both exhibited and acknowledged; His fullness is received and returned.”

—Jonathan Edwards, “Dissertation Concerning the End for Which God Created the World,” (WJE, 8: 531).

“Christian theology speaks about mercy by speaking about Jesus Christ.”

—John Webster, God without Measure: Working Papers in Christian Theology: Virtue and Intellect, vol. 2 (London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2016), 2: 49.

“I am going to the three Persons with whom I have had communion: they have taken me; I did not take them. I shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye; all my lusts and corruptions I shall be rid of; those croaking toads will fall off in a moment.”

—Thomas Goodwin, (2: lxxiv)

Whate’er my God ordains is right:

here shall my stand be taken;

though sorrow, need, or death be mine,

yet am I not forsaken.

My Father’s care is round me there;

He holds me that I shall not fall:

and so to Him I leave it all.

-Samuel Rodigast (1675)

A word in season:

“It is also recorded that, in familiar discourse with Thomas Goodwin, Sibbes said,

‘Young man, if you ever would do good, you must preach the gospel, and the free grace of God in Christ Jesus.’”

—Richard Sibbes, Works (@BannerofTruth), 1: xxxviii.

“They know nothing of the life and power of the gospel,

nothing of the reality of the grace of God,

nor do they believe aright one article of the Christian faith,

whose hearts are not sensible of the love of Christ.”

—John Owen, Works (@BannerofTruth), 1: 166-167.

“The Spirit follows us to the sacrament, and in that glass shows us Christ’s face smiling on us, and through His face His heart.

And thus helping of us to a sight of Christ, we go away rejoicing that we saw our Saviour that day.”

—Thomas Goodwin, (Works, 4: 108)

I am the LORD your God,

who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.

— Psalm 81:10

“We possess the whole Christ, but eternity is needed to disclose all the unsearchable riches of our inheritance in Him.”

—Alexander MacLaren, Expositions of Holy Scripture: Ephesians, Volume 14 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1984), 14: 17.

“There is not the meanest, the weakest, the poorest believer on the earth, but Christ prizeth him more than all the world besides.

Were our hearts filled much with thoughts hereof, it would tend much to our consolation.”

—John Owen, Works (@BannerofTruth, 2: 136)

“To give a poor sinful soul an overflowing sense that God in Jesus Christ loves him, delights in him, is well-pleased with him, and has thoughts of tenderness and kindness towards him, is an inexpressible mercy.

This is the Spirit’s work.”

—John Owen (@BannerofTruth, 2: 240)