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This Life’s Innocent Pleasures Best Enjoyed by Faithful Christians

D. Scott Meadows

Newton is not teaching the philosophy of hedonism that enjoyment is a reliable guide for how we should live. Rather, he grants his friend’s hedonistic premise for the sake of argument and makes a case for godly living even from this. That is a subtle but important distinction, and with that understood, Newton’s letter sets a good example of Christian persuasion.

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A Crying Sin of Our Age

Arthur W. Pink

And why take ye thought for raiment? (Matthew 6:28).

All care for apparel is not here forbidden. There is a lawful and godly concern, whereby we may labor honestly and in a sober manner for such clothing as is [suitable] for the station of life that Divine providence has allotted us: such as is needful to the health and comfort of our bodies.

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Christian Modesty Defined

Jeff Pollard

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety (1 Timothy 2:9).

Noah Webster defines modesty as “that lowly temper which accompanies a moderate estimate of one’s own worth and importance."

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Believe to Know

D. Scott Meadows

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself (Jn 7.17).

We gather from all this that faith is the eye of the soul, while unbelief is spiritual blindness and a moral defect for which we are most culpable. Religious agnosticism and skepticism are to be severely censured, not just pitied.

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Thinking Like A Christian About Modest Apparel

Robert G. Spinney

The Christian’s wardrobe is no small matter. The daily statements we make with our clothing—intentional or unintentional, interpreted correctly or incorrectly—are among the boldest statements we make. Thinking Christianly about clothing involves many issues…

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What a rare thing is thankfulness

J.C. Ryle

Now one of them, when he saw that he had been healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice, and he fell on his face at His feet, giving thanks to Him. And he was a Samaritan. Then Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed? But the nine—where are they? (Luke 17:15-17).

We are told that of all the ten lepers whom Christ healed, there was only one who turned back and gave Him thanks. The lesson before us is humbling, heart-searching, and deeply instructive.

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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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