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“Why am I such a stranger to the poor of my native town?” by Robert Murray M’Cheyne

“March 3.—Accompanied A. B. in one of his rounds through some of the most miserable habitations I ever beheld. Such scenes I never before dreamed of.

Ah! Why am I such a stranger to the poor of my native town? I have passed their doors thousands of times. I have admired the huge black piles of building, with their lofty chimneys breaking the sun’s rays.

Why have I never ventured within? How dwelleth the love of God in me? How cordial is the welcome even of the poorest and most loathsome to the voice of Christian sympathy!

What imbedded masses of human beings are huddled together, unvisited by friend or minister! ‘No man careth for our souls’ is written over every forehead.

Awake, my soul! Why should I give hours and days any longer to the vain world, when there is such a world of misery at my very door?

Lord, put Thine own strength in me. Confirm every good resolution. Forgive my past long life of uselessness and folly.”

–Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Memoir and Remains of the Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Ed. Andrew A. Bonar (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1844/1966), 34.

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“A plain book for plain people” by John Newton

“The New Testament is a plain book designed for plain people. The gospel is to be preached to the poor and simple who are as capable of receiving it as the wise, and in some sense more so.”

–John Newton, Letters of John Newton (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth Trust, 1869/2007), 202.

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“Jesus is mine” by John Newton

“Jesus is mine: in Him I have wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, an interest in all the promises and in all the perfections of God.

He will guide me by His counsel, support me by His power, comfort me with His presence, while I am here. And afterwards, when flesh and heart fail, He will receive me to His glory.”

–John Newton, “Cardiphonia” in The Works of John Newton, Volume 1 (London: Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1824), 1: 488.

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“But Jesus still lives” by John Newton

“I have lost another of my people; a mother in our Israel; a person of much experience, eminent grace, wisdom, and usefulness. She walked with God forty years.

She was one of the Lord’s poor; but her poverty was decent, sanctified, and honourable. She lived respected, and her death is considered as a public loss.

It is a great loss to me: I shall miss her advice and example, by which I have been often edified and animated.

But Jesus still lives. Almost her last words were, ‘The Lord is my portion, saith my soul.'”

–John Newton, “Cardiphonia” in The Works of John Newton, Volume 1 (London: Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1824), 1: 477.

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“We shall sit with Christ as kings” by Richard Sibbes

“This promise is accomplished at the last day of judgment, when we shall sit with Christ as kings, ruling with Him, and as judges of the twelve tribes of Israel, judges of the world.

We are here conquerors of the world, the flesh and the devil; but then all things shall be put under our feet. And this should comfort us in our sufferings under wicked men. For at that time those that now triumph over us shall be trodden down as dust.

And again, we should learn not to fret to see the prosperity of the wicked (Psalm 37:1). They are but flowers of a day’s continuance. Who envies the estate or happiness of a base person that in a play acts the person of a king? This world is no other than a stage play.

Let the wicked be in ever so great a place, he must return to his rags; and the good man, though he acts the part of a beggar here for a while, he shall be a king hereafter forever and in the meantime God considers him as His dear son.”

–Richard Sibbes, “The Sun of Righteousness,” in The Works of Richard Sibbes, Ed. Alexander Grosart (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, Repr. 2001), 7:177-178.

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