Sips from Ancient Wells

True grace will enable a man to step over the world’s crown to take up Christ’s cross; to prefer the cross of Christ above the glory of the world. Godfrey, first king of Jerusalem, refused to be crowned with a crown of gold, saying that it was not becoming of a Christian there to wear a crown of gold where Christ had worn a crown of thorns”. Thomas Brooks, from Smooth Stones taken from Old Brooks, pg. 46

Sips from Ancient Wells

images-24Much of a Christians spiritual strength lies in secret prayer, as Samson’s did in his hair. Nothing disarms Satan and disarms sin like this. Secret prayers are the pillars of smoke wherein the soul ascends to God out of the wilderness of this world. Secret prayer is Jacob’s ladder, where you have God descending into the soul, and the soul sweetly ascending to God. Secret meals are very fattening, and secret duties are very soul enriching.”  Thomas Brooks 

Sips from Ancient wells

“Sin turns all God’s grace into wantonness; it is the dare of His justice, the rape of His mercy, the jeer of His patience, the slight of His power, the contempt of His love…Take heed of giving yourself the liberty of committing one sin, for that will lead to another; till, by an ill custom, it becomes natural.” 

Dying Sayings of John Bunyan

Sips from Ancient Wells

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“Have a special care to sanctify the Lord’s day; for in the way you keep it, so it will be, with you, all the week long. Make the Lord’s Day the market for your soul; let the whole day be spent in prayer, repetitions, meditations; lay aside the affairs of the other part of the week; let the sermon you heard be converted into prayer: Shall God allow you six days, and will you not afford Him, one?” from John Bunyan’s Dying Sayings