Beware of Murmuring Under Affliction

J.C. Ryle

Every sickness and sorrow is a gracious message from God, and is meant to call us nearer to Him. Let us pray that we may learn the lesson that each affliction is appointed to convey.

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By | September 29th, 2017|Affliction, Christian Life, Herald|

When the Weary, Seeking Rest

Horatius Bonar

When the weary, seeking rest,
To Thy goodness flee;
Hear then in love, O Lord, the cry
In Heav’n, Thy dwelling place on high.

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By | June 27th, 2017|Affliction, Christian Life, Gospel, Herald|

As You Grieve, Consider What Jesus Gained

Albert N. Martin

If truth will disciple us even in our grieving (Phil. 4:8), we must think more of what Jesus has gained by this death than upon what we have lost. At the moment the soul of a Christian is separated from the body, the divine purpose of His own sacrifice is fulfilled, the desire of God’s heart is satisfied, and holy joy is accomplished.

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By | June 2nd, 2017|Affliction, Christ, Christian Life, Herald|

How Shall I Grieve?

Albert N. Martin

God holds His children responsible for the control of their thoughts at all times. Two texts of Scripture clearly establish this first principle. “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Phil. 4:8).

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By | June 2nd, 2017|Affliction, Christian Life, Herald|

Christ, the Fountain of Comfort

Octavius Winslow

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort. —2 Corinthians 1:3

It is in the heart of God to comfort His people. We need to begin with this central truth. All real comfort for any sorrow flows from sympathy, and true sympathy is the reflection of the heart. All our divine comfort is the pure reflection of the heart of God.

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By | December 29th, 2016|Affliction, Christ, Herald|

The Great Giver

sky-thumbA.W. Pink

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? —Romans 8:32

Our text tells of the gracious character of our loving God as interpreted by the gift of His Son. And this, not merely for the instruction of our minds, but for the comfort and assurance of our hearts.

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By | December 12th, 2016|Affliction, Herald|

Beloved, and yet Afflicted

071320151439-SpurgeonCharles H. Spurgeon

That disciple whom Jesus loved is not at all backward1 to re-cord that Jesus loved Lazarus too. There are no jealousies among those who are chosen by the Well-beloved. Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus: it is a happy thing where a whole family lives in the love of Jesus.

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By | December 5th, 2016|Affliction, Christian Life, Herald|

Good Comes Through Affliction

thomas-brooksThomas Brooks

A gracious soul secretly concludes, “As stars shine brightest in the night, so God will make my soul shine and glisten like gold while I am in this furnace, and when I come out of the furnace of affliction.” “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold” (Job 23:10).

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By | December 1st, 2016|Affliction, Christian Life, Herald|

Cheer Up, My Dear Friends II

071320151439-SpurgeonCharles H. Spurgeon

And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them
to the service of the house of the LORD. —2 Chronicles 35:2


And it is so in the work of Christ. We must keep on battering, battering, battering, and at last, though it may not be for another thousand years, the Lord will triumph! Though Christ cometh quickly, He may not come for another ten thousand years. But in any case, idolatry must die and truth must reign.

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By | November 17th, 2016|Affliction, Christian Life, Church, Herald|

Cheer Up, My Dear Friends I

071320151439-SpurgeonCharles H. Spurgeon

And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged them
to the service of the house of the LORD. —2 Chronicles 35:2


I am hardly going to preach so much as to talk to different persons who are discouraged in the work of the Lord, that we may rouse them up, rally them round us, and encourage them.

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By | November 17th, 2016|Affliction, Christian Life, Church, Herald|