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"The Ablest Minister" By JC Philpot From Grace Gems (

The ablest minister

(J. C. Philpot, "Meditations on the
Preceptive Part of the Word of God")

He is the ablest minister who is . . .
soundest in doctrine,
deepest in experience,
most godly in practice.

He must have also a gracious experience in
his own soul of the truths which he preaches,
in their savour, sweetness, and power.

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We have just published Philpot's insightful
134 page book "Meditations on the Preceptive
Part of the Word of God" $7.21

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Grace Gems: "Pambus Wept When He Saw a Harlot: (

Pambus wept when he saw a harlot

(Thomas Brooks, "Heaven on Earth" 1667)

What labor and pains worldlings take to obtain the vain
things of this life--to obtain the poor things of this world,
which are but shadows and dreams, and mere nothings!

Oh! how should this stir and provoke Christians to be up
and doing, to labor as for life--to make sure of spiritual
and eternal things! Is earth better than heaven? No! Oh
then be ashamed, Christians, that worldlings are more
studious and industrious to obtain pebbles, than you
are to obtain pearls! They labor to obtain those things
which at last will be their burden, their bane, their plague,
their hell. You are to labor to obtain those things which will
be your joy and crown in life, in death, and in the day of

Pambus wept when he saw a harlot dressed with much
care and cost--partly to see one take so much pains to go to
hell; and partly because he had not been so careful to please
God, as she had been to please her sluttish lovers.

Ah, Chris…

Grace Gems: "The unsearchable riches of Christ!: (

The unsearchable riches of Christ!

(Thomas Brooks)

There is everything in Christ to encourage the greatest
sinners to believe on Him, to rest and lean upon Him for
all happiness and blessedness. Christ is . . .
the greatest good,
the choicest good,
the chief good,
the most suitable good,
the most necessary good
a pure good,
a real good,
a total good,
an eternal good,
a soul-satisfying good!

Sinners, are you poor? Christ has gold to enrich you.

Are you naked? Christ has royal robes, and white clothing to clothe you.

Are you blind? Christ has eye-salve to enlighten you.

Are you hungry? Christ will be manna to feed you.

Are you thirsty? He will be a well of living water to refresh you.

Are you wounded? He has a balm under his wings to heal you.

Are you sick? He is a physician to cure you.

Are you prisoners? He has laid down a ransom for you.

"The unsearchable riches of Christ!" Ephesians 3:8

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Whining and Whimpering? Grace Gems (

Ouch, and amen! PB

Whining and whimpering?

(Thomas Brooks, "Heaven on Earth" 1667)

"My Beloved is mine, and I am His!" Song 2:16

"I know," says the spouse, "that Jesus Christ
is mine! I can with the greatest confidence
and boldness affirm it. He is . . .
my Head,
my Husband,
my Lord,
my Redeemer,
my Justifier,
my Savior.
And I am His!
I am sure that I am His.
I am His by purchase;
I am His by conquest;
I am His by election;
I am His by covenant;
I am His by marriage;
I am wholly His;
I am specially His;
I am universally His;
I am eternally His!"

A well-grounded assurance will make a man . . .
patient in waiting,
courageous in doing,
cheerful in suffering.
It will make a heaven in a man's heart--on
this side heaven; and make him go singing
into paradise, despite all of life's calamities
and miseries--as he realizes that he is . . .
everlastingly chosen and beloved of God,
that God's heart is set upon him,
that his name is written in the book of life,
that there is lai…

Grace Gems: "Two Infamous Strumpets" (

Two infamous strumpets

(Thomas Brooks, "The Privy Key of Heaven" 1665)

"You have set our iniquities before You, our secret
sins in the light of Your presence." Psalms 90:8

"Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot
see him? Do not I fill heaven and earth?" Jer. 23:24

"The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping
watch on the wicked and the good." Proverbs 15:3

As we are never out of the reach of God's hand,
so we are never from under the view of God's eye.

God is privy to our most secret sins. His eye is as much
upon secret sins, as it is upon open sins. God has an eye
upon our inmost evils. He sees all that is done in the dark.

There is no cloud, nor curtain, nor moment of darkness,
which can stand between the eyes of God and the ways
of men. "For a man's ways are in full view of the Lord, and
He examines all his paths." Prov. 5:21. In this scripture
Solomon mainly speaks of the ways of the adulterer, which
usually are plotted with …