Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wisdom from John Newton

Dr. Gary Rieben,, August 4, 2009

If you are looking for evidence of the transforming power of the grace and mercy of God, John Newton is a prime example. Once a despicable slave trader, by God's grace he was transformed into a humble servant of God and man. He became personal friends with such notables as John Wesley, William Wilberforce, William Carey, Henry Martyn and George Whitefield.

Enjoy the wisdom that flows from the pen of John Newton:

"My principal method of defeating heresy is by establishing truth. One proposes to fill a bushel with tares: now, if I can fill it first with wheat, I shall defy his attempts."

"The more subtle, bitter, and numerous the foes of truth are the more fearless and decided should its friends be. The life of truth is more important than the life of any man or any theories."

"And his faith upholds him under all trials, by assuring him that every dispensation is under the direction of his Lord; that chastisements are a token of his love; that the season, measure, and continuance of his sufferings, are appointed by infinite wisdom, and designed to work for his everlasting good; and that grace and strength shall be afforded him, according to his day."

"By faith the believer triumphs over the world's smiles and enticements: he sees that all that is in the world, suited to gratify the desires of the flesh or the eye, is not only to be avoided as sinful, but as incompatible with his best pleasures."

"When I hear a knock on my study door, I hear a message from God. It may be a lesson of instruction; perhaps a lesson of patience: but since it is his message, it must be interesting."

Dr. Gary Rieben,, August 4, 2009

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