HIGHLAND PREACHERS AND BELIEVERS In a fascinating book entitled “The Days of the Fathers in Ross-shire”, first published in 1861, the Rev. John Kennedy of Dingwall (1819-84) describes the development of religious life in the Highlands of Scotland during the eighteenth century. Short portraits are given of notable ministers and outstanding believers in Ross-shire. He …
Issue: Issue 5
Though Satan hath not the key to thy heart, yet he can stand in the next room to it and hear what is whispered there. He hunts the Christian by the scent of his own feet, and smells which way the heart inclines William Gurnall 1617 – 1679
Many are soon engaged in holy duties, easily persuaded to take up a profession of religion, and easily persuaded to lay it down; like the new moon, which shines a little in the first part of the night, but is down before half the night is gone; lightsome professors in their youth, whose old age …
Tell some of adding faith to faith, one degree of grace to another; and you shall find they have more mind to join house to house, and field to field. It is earth, earth; and they never think they have had enough of the soil, till death comes and stops their mouths with a shovelful …
O, how many part with Christ at a crossway, like Orpah, that go furlong or two with Him, but when He bids them prepare for hardship, then they fairly kiss and leave Him; loath indeed, to lose heaven, but more loath to buy it at so dear a rate.
The more public the place, Christian, and the more eminent thy service for God, the more thou must expect some dangerous design of the devil against thee. And if every private soldier needs armour against Satan’s bullets of temptation, much more the officers who stand in front of the battle.
Many have yielded to go a mile with Satan who never intended to go two. He leads poor creatures down into the depths of sin by winding stairs that let them not see the bottom whither they are going.
The serpent’s eye does well only in the dove’s head.
Thou temptest God to suffer thy locks to be cut, when thou art so bold to lay thy head in the lap of temptation. William Gurnall 1617 – 1679
But beloved we are persuaded better things of you and things that accompany salvation though we thus speak. Hebrews 6 9.