Many precious lessons

(J.C. Ryle)   “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.” John 16:33 If we are true Christians, we must not expect everything smooth in our journey to Heaven. We must count it no strange thing, if we … Continued

All Divinely arranged

(James Smith, “It Will All End in Mercy!” 1856)  Play Audio!  Download Audio “We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God, and are called according to His purpose!” Romans 8:28 If … Continued

Your light affliction

 It is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom! (George Mylne, “Fear Not!” 1854)“Fear not little flock, it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom!” Luke 12:32 Reader, are you one of the redeemed flock … Continued

Time is short

(Letters of John Newton excerpts) …we are growing older and may expect that as years increase — infirmities will increase also. Yet we are in His hands — and they are merciful hands. His Word still gives us encouragement to trust … Continued

The fires are afflictions

(James Smith, “Daily Bible Readings for the Lord’s Household”)  Play Audio!  Download “Glorify the Lord in the fires!” Isaiah 24:15 The fires are afflictions. These are intended . . . to try us, purify us, and to endear the Lord … Continued

He cannot be unkind

(William Purton, “Lessons of Peace in the School of Affliction” 1868) “Tribulation works patience, and patience experience, and experience hope.” Romans 5:4 When great sorrows came upon righteous Job, he did not complain. There was no word of rebellion against … Continued

Our afflictions have a termination

(John Angell James, “Afflictions“) The Christian looks to the end of afflictions! The end may sometimes come in this world. In reference to this, the utmost that the believer can be sure of is that afflictions will end in God’s … Continued

A gracious soul concludes

(Thomas Brooks, “Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod” 1659) “It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees!” Psalm 119:71 : As stars shine brightest in the night so God will make my soul … Continued

Grieved by various trials

short(Letters of John Newton) LISTEN to audio!  Download audio “Now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials.” 1 Pet. 1:6 The Lord loves His children, and is very indulgent to them so far as … Continued

Sanctified afflictions

(J.R. Miller, “Weekday Religion” 1880)  LISTEN to audio! Download audio “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey Your Word.” Psalm 119:67 “It was good for me to be afflicted, so that I could learn Your statutes.” … Continued