It is not the lifting up of the voice, nor the wringing of the hands, nor the beating of the breasts, but the stirrings of the heart, that God looks at in prayer.

Thomas Brooks

To make one's self believe that he can convert a piece of bread into God requires such a supreme effort of the will, and complete annihilation of intelligence, that the state of the soul, after the effort is over, is more like death than life.

Dr C. Chiniquy, former Roman Catholic priest

There is great cause to fear whether a heart is right with God, whose devotion is only spent among men.

Thomas Brooks

A Christian is the most free lord of all, subject to none; and the most dutiful servant of all, subject to all.

Martin Luther

It is not the labour of the lips, but the travail of the heart; it is not the pouring forth of a flood of words, but the pouring out of the soul, that makes a man a prince, a prevailer with God.

Thomas Brooks

The sweetest experiences of God's saints are when they are alone with Him.

Thomas Manton (1620-1677)

Man loves Christ by knowing, and knows Christ by loving.

Thomas Brooks

All the strictly historical evidence we have is in favor of it [Christ's bodily resurrection], and those scholars who reject it ought to recognize that they do so on some other ground than that of scientific history.

Former Oxford University church historian William Wand on the empty tomb.

Give a man an open Bible, an open mind, a conscience in good working order, and he will have a hard time to keep from being a Baptist.

A. T. Robertson, Greek scholar

Faith is a most active quality in itself, and so it makes a Christian most active. It is a doing thing, and it sets the person doing. Faith will not suffer the soul to be idle. Faith is like the virtuous woman in the last of the Proverbs, who puts her hand to every work, who would suffer none of her handmaids to be idle.

Thomas Brooks

The work of repentance is not the work of an hour, a day, a year,but the work of a life-time.

Thomas Brooks

We live under a personal dispensation; there is no such thing as hereditary godliness or salvation by proxy. Every man must for himself repent, and for himself believe. Vain and foolish is the idea that, because we have had Christian parents, therefore we also are Christians.

Charles H. Spurgeon

To be effective preachers you must be sound theologians.

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)

In all true conversion there are points of essential agreement: there must be in all a penitent confession of sin, and a looking to Jesus for forgiveness of it, and there must also be a real change of heart, such as shall affect the entire after life, and where these essential points are not to be found there is no genuine conversion.

Charles H. Spurgeon

It seems odd, that certain men who talk so much of what the Holy Spirit reveals to themselves, should think so little of what he had revealed to others . . . A respectable acquaintance with the opinions of the giants of the past, might save many an erratic thinker from wild interpretations and outrageous inferences.

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)

It is only God, and the precious things of His house, that can satisfy a thirsty soul.

Thomas Brooks

Do you want peace and inward quietude of soul? Whensoever the Lord then does but begin to speak the least peace unto your heart, take heed that you do not refuse it, but rather improve it, and stir up yourselves then in a way of believing. Praise God for every smile, and rejoice in the least.

William Bridge

Someday you will read in the papers that Moody is dead. Don't you believe a word of it. At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. I was born of the flesh in 1837, I was born of the spirit in 1855. That which is born of the flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit shall live forever.

Dwight L. Moody

I never ask money directly from any person for the Lord's work. My part is done when I have told my story and shown the needs of the Heathen and the claims of Christ; but I gratefully receive all that the Lord moves His people to give for the Mission.

John G. Paton, missionary to the New Hebrides (1824-1907)

He that will not seriously and frequently observe the internal motions and actings of God in and upon his noble part, his immortal soul, may talk of assurance, and complain of want of assurance, but it will be long before he shall obtain assurance.

Thomas Brooks

It is not faith that saves, but faith in Jesus Christ . . . It is not, strictly speaking, even faith in Christ that saves, but Christ that saves through faith. The saving power resides exclusively, not in the act of faith or the attitude of faith or the nature of faith, but in the object of faith; and in this the whole biblical representation centres, so that we could not more radically misconceive [Scripture] than by transferring to faith even the smallest fraction of that saving energy which is attributed in the Scriptures solely to Christ Himself.

B. B. Warfield

Thou must not neglect thy work, though God delays thy comfort; thou must be as obedient in the want of assurance, as thou art thankful under the enjoyment of assistance.

Thomas Brooks

Nothing can be more indecent than to hear a dead preacher speaking to dead sinners the living truth of the living God.

Richard Baxter

Afflictions wean the believer from the world, stimulate his spiritual growth, open new vistas of faith, increase his intimacy with God and submission to His attributes, and act overall as healing tonic for his soul.

Joel R. Beeke

God loves to smile most upon His people when the world frowns most.

Thomas Brooks (1608-1680)

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