Finding Beauty in the Preaching of God’s Word

Nothing is more beautiful in the eyes of God than a soul that loves to hear His Word.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

HT: @CJMahaney

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Bible Reading, Otherwise Known as Practical Religion

Next to praying there is nothing so important in practical religion as Bible reading. By reading that book we may learn what to believe, what to be, and what to do; how to live with comfort, and how to die in peace. Happy is that man who possesses a Bible! Happier still is he who reads it! Happiest of all is he who not only reads it, but obeys it, and makes it the rule of his faith and practice!

J. C. Ryle (1816-1900)

“Here I Stand”

(Reply to the Diet of Worms) “Since your majesty and your lordships desire a simple reply, I will answer without horns or teeth. Unless I am convinced by Scripture and by plain reason (I do not believe in the authority of either popes or councils by themselves, for it is plain that they have often erred and contradicted each other) in those Scriptures that I have presented, for my conscience is captive to the Word of God, I cannot and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand; I can do no other. God help me. Amen.”

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Memorize Scripture

It is the work of the Holy Spirit to bring back into the conscious mind the things that are stored in the subconscious. In studying the Bible, never think that because you do not understand it, therefore it is of no use. A truth may be of no use to you just now, but when the circumstances arise in which that truth is needed, the Holy Spirit will bring it back to your remembrance.

Oswald Chambers, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount (Grand Rapids: Discovery House Publishers, 1995), 14.