The fruit does not make the tree good or bad but the tree itself is what determines the nature of the fruit. In the same way, a person first must be good or bad before doing a good or bad work.
The defects of a preacher are soon spied.
Adam and Eve derived the fullness of joy and bliss from their contemplation of all the animal creatures.
Faith, like light, should always be simple and unbending; while love, like warmth, should beam forth on every side, and bend to every necessity of our brethren.
Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise.
This is the good and happy news, that Christ has paid for our sin, and through His suffering has redeemed us from eternal death. It is His kingdom and His ministry, to preach the Gospel to the poor; that is His purpose. For to the great and holy He cannot come. They do not wish to be counted sinners
It is pleasing to the dear God whenever thou rejoicest or laughest from the bottom of thy heart.
For the devil is better pleased with coarse blockheads and with folks who are useful to nobody; because where such characters abound, then things do not go on prosperously here on earth.
However, they have not acquired a perfect mastery of the art of lying; they lie so clumsily and ineptly that anyone who is just a little observant can easily detect it. But for us Christians they stand as a terrifying example of God's wrath.
It is false that the will, left to itself, can do good as well as evil, for it is not free, but in bondage...On the side of man there is nothing that goes before grace, unless it be impotency and even rebellion.
So tenaciously should we cling to the world revealed by the Gospel, that were I to see all the Angels of Heaven coming down to me to tell me something different, not only would I not be tempted to doubt a single syllable, but I would shut my eyes and stop my ears, for they would not deserve to be ei
Some will object that the Law is divine and holy. Let it be divine and holy. The Law has no right to tell me that I must be justified by it.
If you want to interpret well and confidently, set Christ before you, for He is the man to whom it all applies, every bit of it.
For what God gives I thank indeed; What He withholds I do not need
Leave the ass burdened with laws behind in the valley. But your conscience, let it ascend with Isaac into the mountain.
Always preach in such a way that if the people listening do not come to hate their sin, they will instead hate you
women and girls begin to bare themselves behind and in front, and there is nobody to punish and hold in check, and besides, God's word is mocked.
When one is possessed with doubt, that though he call upon the Lord he cannot be heard, and that God has turned him heart from him, and is angry ... he must arm himself with God's Word, promising to hear him.
One learns more of Christ in being married and rearing children than in several lifetimes spent in study in a monastery.
Thus, dear friends, I have said it clearly enough, and I believe you ought to understand it and not make liberty a law...
In a delightful garden, sowing, planting or digging are not hardship but are done with a zeal and a certain pleasure.
No one can believe how powerful prayer is and what it can effect, except those who have learned it by experience. Whenever I have prayed earnestly, I have been heard and have obtained more than I prayed for. God sometimes delays, but He always comes.
If I did not see that the Lord kept watch over the ship, I should long since have abandoned the helm. But I see Him! - through the storm, strengthening the tackling, handling the yards, spreading the sails - yes more, commanding the very winds! Should I not be a coward if I abandoned my post? Let Hi
The man who has the will to undergo all labor may win to any good.
Therefore be on your guard against the Jews, knowing that wherever they have their synagogues, nothing is found but a den of devils in which sheer selfÂglory, conceit, lies, blasphemy, and defaming of God and men are practiced most maliciously and veheming his eyes on them.
If men only believe enough in Christ they can commit adultery and murder a thousand times a day without periling their salvation.
When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, 'Repent,' he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.
How can a reason which hates God be called sound?
This doctrine (justification) is the head and the cornerstone. It alone begets, nourishes, builds, preserves, and defends the church of God and without it the church of God cannot exist for one hour.
Either God must be unjust, or you, Jews, wicked and ungodly. You have been, about fifteen hundred years, a race rejected of God.