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The Dignity of the Christian Ministry

Charles Bridges

The Divine original of the Christian Ministry has already opened a view of its dignity far above any earthly honour or elevation, and such as the infidel scoff can never degrade. An institution—introduced into the world, and confirmed to the Church, with such solemn preparation—conversant with the interests, and entrusted with the charge, of immortal souls—ordained as the main instrument for the renovation of the world, and the building up of the Church—cannot be of inferior eminence.

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Jesus Christ Will Return Again

Albert N. Martin

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that are fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in no wise precede them that are fallen asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven (1 Thess 4:14-16).

There it is in artless simplicity. The Lord Himself; not one like Him; not one resembling Him; not one in the place of Him. The Lord Himself shall descend!

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Youth Warned Against Sin

John Angell James

Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. —Ecclesiastes 11:9

No one was more capable of forming a correct opinion on this subject than Solomon, since no man ever commanded more resources of earthly delight than he did or ever more eagerly availed himself of the opportunities that he possessed…

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The Divine Origin and Institution of the Christian Ministry

Charles Bridges

The Church is the mirror that reflects the whole effulgence1 of the Divine character. It is the grand scene, in which the perfections of Jehovah2 are displayed to the universe. The revelations made to the Church—the successive grand events in her history—and, above all—the manifestation of “the glory of God in the Person of Jesus Christ”—furnish even to the heavenly intelligences fresh subjects of adoring contemplation.3

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The Lord’s Coming is Certain to Occur

Albert N. Martin

There are some things we can know for certain, and one of them is: that the Lord Jesus Christ, who is presently seated at the right hand of the majesty on high, will return physically, visibly, in power and in great glory at the end of the age.

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Charles Bridges

Charles Bridges, M.A. (1794 - 1869), was a preacher and theologian in the Church of England, and a leader of that denomination’s Evangelical Party. Educated at Queens’ College, Cambridge, he was ordained in 1817 and served from 1823 to 1849 as vicar of Old Newton, Suffolk.

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We are apt to think lightly of the privilege of an open Bible, a preached Gospel, and the liberty of meeting together for public worship. We grow up in the midst of these things, and are accustomed to have them without trouble. And the consequence is that we often hold them very cheap, and underrate the extent of our mercies. Let us take heed to our own spirit in the use of sacred things. —J.C. Ryle

A true saint carries Christ in his heart and the cross in his shoulders. —Thomas Watson

The darkest days of the Church have been those when it has been lightly esteemed. Let us honor the sacraments and public prayers of the Church, and reverently use them. —J.C. Ryle

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