“A godly pastor is a pastor who is like God, who has a heart of free grace running after sinners.”

-Sinclair Ferguson

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“Human life has always been lived on the edge of a precipice. If men had postponed the search for knowledge and beauty until they were secure, the search would never have begun.”

-C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory and Other Addresses (New York: Harper, 1949/2001), 49.

“My observation of Christendom is that most of us tend to base our personal relationship with God on our performance instead of on His grace.”

—Jerry Bridges, Transforming Grace: Living Confidently in God’s Unfailing Love (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2008), 9.

“Grow in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus.

To know Him is the shortest description of true grace.

To know Him better is the surest mark of growth in grace.

To know Him perfectly is eternal life.”

—John Newton, The Works of John Newton, Vol. 6 (@BannerofTruth), 6: 73–74.

“More deeply affecting words than these, perhaps, were never written. They show us in great broad letters the infinite love of the Lord Jesus Christ towards sinners.”

–J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Luke, Vol. 2 (@BannerofTruth), 2: 138. Ryle is commenting on Luke 15:11-24.

“More deeply affecting words than these, perhaps, were never written. They show us in great broad letters the infinite love of the Lord Jesus Christ towards sinners.”

–J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Luke, Vol. 2 (@BannerofTruth), 2: 138. Ryle is commenting on Luke 15:11-24.

“If we take comfort in our own love to Christ, we are building on a sandy foundation.

But if we lean on Christ’s love to us, we are on a rock.”

–J.C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Luke, Vol. 2 (Carlisle, PA: @BannerofTruth, 1858/2012), 2: 130.

“Jesus did ‘do and teach,’ (Acts 1:1).

If a man teach uprightly and walk crookedly, more will fall down in the night of his life than he built in the day of his doctrine.”

—John Owen, The Works of John Owen, Vol. 13 (Carlisle, PA: @BannerofTruth, 1850-53/1997), 13: 57.

Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.

Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.

—John 12:24-25

“Everything is finished; there is nothing left for us to do. We may rest with all our soul and for all of time in the perfect work of redemption that Christ has accomplished.”

—Herman Bavinck, Guidebook for Instruction in the Christian Religion (Hendrickson, 2022), 123.

“The soul is united to what it loves by love, yet it is faith that brings Jesus Christ into the heart, and reveals Him to the soul in all His excellencies and His glory.”

–Thomas Goodwin, “The Object and Acts of Justifying Faith,” (Works, 8: 472).

“When we exhort you to believe,

what do we exhort you to?

To set up Jesus Christ in your hearts,

to set Him up a throne there,

to ascribe all to Him,

and to go out to Him for all.”

–Thomas Goodwin, “The Object and Acts of Justifying Faith,” (Works, 8: 470).

“Faith is of all graces the meanest and the lowest, a poorer and a more beggarly grace than to love by far: for in loving God, we return something to Him, love for His love, we give as well as we take; but in believing we receive all from God.”

–Thomas Goodwin, (Works, 8: 459)

“Faith doth all by going to Christ.”

–Thomas Goodwin, “The Object and Acts of Justifying Faith,” The Works of Thomas Goodwin, Volume 8 (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage, 1862/2021), 8: 460.

“Scripture causes us to become aware of God where we would otherwise not see Him; through its light, we behold God’s attributes, spread out in all of the works of His hands.”

—Herman Bavinck, Guidebook for Instruction in the Christian Religion (Hendrickson, 2022), 22.

“All the works of God in nature and grace, in creation and re-creation, and in the world and history enable us to know something of the incomprehensible and lovely nature of God.”

—Herman Bavinck, Guidebook for Instruction in the Christian Religion (Hendrickson, 2022), 20.

“As soon as we acknowledge God to be the supreme Architect, who has erected the beauteous fabric of the universe, our minds must necessarily be ravished with wonder at His infinite goodness, wisdom, and power.”

—John Calvin, Commentary on the Book of Psalms, (1: 309).

“The world was made partly that there might be prayer.

But let’s have finished with ‘partly’.

The great work of art was made for the sake of all it does and is, down to the curve of every wave and the flight of every insect.”

—C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm, p. 75.

“As clear a voice as the creation has, apart from the Torah it will fall on deaf ears.”

—@DrJimHamilton, Psalms, vol. 1, Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Academic, 2021), 1: 257. Commenting on Psalm 19.

“Everything God has made and everything God has spoken may teach us some valuable lesson. His works declare, preach, show, publish His existence all the time and in every place.”

—William Plumer, Studies in the Book of Psalms (Carlisle, PA: @BannerofTruth, 1867/2016), 262.

“Secret sin is a stepping-stone to presumptuous sin.”

—Charles H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David: Psalms 1-26, vol. 1 (London: Marshall Brothers, n.d.), 1: 275.

“The Bible should be our Mentor, our Monitor, our Memento Mori, our Remembrancer, and the Keeper of our Conscience.”

—Charles H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David: Psalms 1-26, vol. 1 (London: Marshall Brothers, n.d.), 1: 274.

“Free grace brings heart-joy.

There is no cordial of comfort like that which is poured from the bottle of Scripture.”

—Charles H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David: Psalms 1-26, vol. 1 (London: Marshall Brothers, n.d.), 1: 273.

“The gospel is perfect in all its parts, and perfect as a whole: it is a crime to add to it, treason to alter it, and felony to take from it.”

—Charles H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David: Psalms 1-26, vol. 1 (London: New York: Marshall Brothers, n.d.), 272.

“He who is harsh to the unfortunate,

and cruel to the needy,

who never forgives the wayward,

nor seeks to recover the prodigal,

is not like God.”

—William Plumer, Studies in the Book of Psalms (Carlisle, PA: @BannerofTruth, 1867/2016), 986.