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Let us think of these things, and entreat the Lord to cast the salt of His grace into the fountain of our hearts–that the streams of our conversation may be wholesome. (John Newton)

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Cyber Hymnal – Presents John Newtons Hymns

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

1.      Afflictions Do Not Come Alone

2.      Afflictions, Though They Seem Se­vere

3.      Ah, What Can I Do?

4.      Alas! By Na­ture How De­praved

5.      Alas! Eli­sha’s Ser­vant Cried

6.      Although on Mas­sy Pil­lars Built

7.      Amazing Grace

8.      And Dost Thou Say

9.      Approach, My Soul, the Mer­cy Seat

10.   Lord, I Ap­proach Thy Mer­cy Seat

11.   As Nee­dles Point To­wards the Pole

12.   As Once for Jo­nah, So the Lord

13.   As Parched in the Bar­ren Sands

14.   As Some Tall Rock Amidst the Waves

15.   As the Ser­pent Raised by Mos­es

16.   As the Sun’s En­liv’n­ing Eye

17.   As When the Wea­ry Tra­vel­er Gains

18.   Be Still, My Heart! These Anx­ious Cares

19.   Before Eli­sha’s Gate

20.   Begone Un­be­lief

21.   Behold the Throne of Grace

22.   Believer, Free from Care, A

23.   Beneath the Ty­rant Sa­tan’s Yoke

24.   Beside the Gos­pel Pool

25.   Bitter, In­deed, the Wa­ters Are

26.   Bleak Win­ter Is Sub­dued at Length

27.   Blinded in Youth by Sa­tan’s Arts

28.   Book of Na­ture Open Lies, The

29.   By Faith in Christ I Walk with God

30.   By the Poor Wi­dow’s Oil and Meal

31.   By Various Max­ims, Forms and Rules

32.   Castle of the Hu­man Heart, The

33.   Cheer Up, My Soul, There Is a Mer­cy-Seat

34.   Chief Shep­herd of Thy Chos­en Sheep

35.   Come, My Soul, Thy Suit Pre­pare

36.   Confirm the Hope Thy Word Al­lows

37.   Constrained by Their Lord to Em­bark

38.   Could the Crea­tures Help or Ease Us

39.   Courage, My Soul! Be­hold the Prize

40.   Church a Gar­den Is, The

41.   Darkness Over­spreads Us Here

42.   Day of Judg­ment! Day of Won­ders!

43.   Destruction’s Dan­ger­ous Road

44.   Does It Not Grief, and Won­der Move

45.   Does the Gos­pel Word Pro­claim

46.   Encouraged by Thy Word

47.   Elijah’s Ex­am­ple De­clares

48.   Elisha, Struck with Grief and Awe

49.   Ensnared, Too Long, My Heart Has Been

50.   Evils That Be­set Our Path, The

51.   Father, For­give, the Sav­ior Said

52.   Father of An­gels and of Men

53.   Father We Adore, The

54.   Fervent, Per­se­ver­ing Pray­ers

55.   Fix My Heart and Eyes on Thine!

56.   For Mer­cies, Count­less as the Sands

57.   Forest Beasts, That Live by Prey

58.   From Egypt Late­ly Freed

59.   From Pole to Pole Let Others Roam

60.   From She­ba a Dis­tant Re­port

61.   Garden Con­tem­pla­tion Suits, A

62.   Gathering Clouds, with As­pect Dark, The

63.   Gladness Was Spread Through Is­ra­el’s Host

64.   Glance from Heav’n, with Sweet Ef­fect, A

65.   Glorious Things of Thee Are Spok­en

66.   Glory to God, the Fa­ther’s Name

67.   God Who Once to Is­ra­el Spoke, The

68.   God, with One Pierc­ing Glance, Looks Through

69.   Grass and Flow­ers Which Clothe the Field, The

70.   Great Shep­herd of Thy Chos­en Flock

71.   Happy Are They, to Whom the Lord

72.   Happy the Birth Where Grace Pre­sides

73.   Hark! How Time’s Wide Sound­ing Bell

74.   He Who on Earth as Man Was Known

75.   Hear What the Lord, the Great Amen

76.   Here at Be­thes­da’s Pool

77.   Honey Though the Bee Pre­pares

78.   How Blest the Right­eous Are

79.   How Da­vid, When by Sin De­ceived

80.   How Hurt­ful Was the Choice of Lot

81.   How Kind the Good Sa­mar­i­tan

82.   How Lost Was My Con­di­tion

83.   How Soon the Sav­ior’s Gra­cious Call

84.   How Sweet the Name of Je­sus Sounds

85.   How Te­di­ous and Taste­less

86.   How Wel­come to the Saints, When Pressed

87.   Hungry, and Faint, and Poor

88.   I Am, Saith Christ, Our Glor­i­ous Head

89.   I Asked the Lord That I Might Grow

90.   I Thirst, but Not as Once I Did

91.   I Would, but Can­not Sing

92.   Ice and Snow We Late­ly Saw, The

93.   If for a Time the Air Be Calm

94.   If Paul in Cae­sar’s Court Must Stand

95.   If Sol­o­mon for Wis­dom Prayed

96.   If the Lord Our Lead­er Be

97.   If to Je­sus for Re­lief

98.   In Evil Long I Took De­light

99.   I Saw One Hang­ing on a Tree

100.                    In Mer­cy, Not in Wrath, Re­buke

101.                    In Them­selves, as Weak as Worms

102.                    In Vain My Fan­cy Strives to Paint

103.                    Incarnate God! The Soul That Knows

104.                    Jesus Christ, the Lord’s Anoint­ed

105.                    Jesus Is Mine! I’m Now Pre­pared

106.                    Jesus, to What Didst Thou Sub­mit

107.                    Jesus, Who Bought Us with His Blood

108.                    John in Vi­sion Saw the Day

109.                    Joy Is a Fruit That Will Not Grow

110.                    Kindle, Sav­ior, in My Heart

111.                    Kindred in Christ, for His Dear Sake

112.                    Kine Un­guid­ed Went, The

113.                    Legion Was My Name by Na­ture

114.                    Let Hearts and Tongues Unite

115.                    Let Me Dwell on Gol­go­tha

116.                    Let Us Adore the Grace That Seeks

117.                    Let Us Love and Sing and Won­der

118.                    Let World­ly Minds the World Pur­sue

119.                    Lion, Though by Na­ture Wild, A

120.                    Lion That on Samp­son Roared, The

121.                    Lord, Our Sal­va­tion and Light, The

122.                    Lord, Thou Hast Won, at Length I Yield

123.                    Lord, What Is Man! Ex­tremes How Wide

124.                    Manna Fa­vored Is­rael’s Meat, The

125.                    Manna to Is­ra­el Well Sup­plied

126.                    Martha Her Love and Joy Ex­pressed

127.                    Mary to Her Sav­ior’s Tomb

128.                    May the Grace of Christ Our Sav­ior

129.                    Mercy, Oh Thou Son of Da­vid

130.                    Message First to Smyr­na Sent, The

131.                    Moon Has but a Bor­rowed Light, The

132.                    Moon in Sil­ver Glo­ry Shone, The

133.                    My Barns Are Full, My Stores In­crease My For­mer Hopes Are Dead

134.                    My God! How Per­fect Are Thy Ways

135.                    My Harp Un­tuned, and Laid Aside

136.                    My Soul Is Be­set

137.                    My Soul Once Had Its Plen­te­ous Years

138.                    My Soul, This Cur­i­ous House of Clay

139.                    Nay, I Can­not Let Thee Go

140.                    Lord, I Can­not Let Thee Go

141.                    No Words Can De­clare

142.                    Not to Si­nai’s Dread­ful Blaze

143.                    Now, Gra­cious Lord, Thine Arm Re­veal

144.                    Now Let Us Join with Hearts and Tongues

145.                    Now, Lord, In­spire the Preach­er’s Heart

146.                    Now May Fer­vent Pray­er Arise

147.                    Now May He Who from the Dead

148.                    Now May the Lord Re­veal His FaceDa­vid’s Son, and Da­vid’s Lord

149.                    Hap­py They Who Know the Lord

150.                    How I Love Thy Ho­ly Word

151.                    Lord, How Vile Am

152.                    Lord, Our Lan­guid Souls In­spire

153.                    Dear Shep­herd of Thy Peo­ple, Hear

154.                    O, May the Pow­er Which Melts the Rock

155.                    O, Speak That Gra­cious Word Again

·        Thou, at Whose Al­mighty Word

156.                    Oft as the Bell, with Sol­emn Toll

157.                    Oft as the Le­per’s Case I Read

158.                    Oft in Vain the Voice of Truth


159.                    Often Thy Pub­lic Means of Grace

160.                    On Man, in His Own Im­age Made

161.                    On the Same Flow­er We Oft­en See

162.                    On What Has Now Been Sown

163.                    Once a Wo­man Si­lent Stood

164.                    Once Per­ish­ing in Blood I Lay

165.                    Once, While We Aimed at Zi­on’s Songs

166.                    One Aw­ful Word Which Je­sus Spoke

167.                    One Glance of Thine, Eter­nal Lord

168.                    One There Is, Above All Others

169.                    Oppressed with Un­be­lief and Sin

170.                    Our Lord, Who Knows Full Well

171.                    Peace Which God Alone Re­veals, The

172.                    Pensive, Doubt­ing, Fear­ful Heart

173.                    Physician of My Sin Sick Soul

174.                    Pleasing Spring Again Is Here

175.                    Kindly Spring Again Is Here

176.                    Poor Esau Re­pent­ed Too Late

177.                    Poor Sin­ners! Lit­tle Do They Think

178.                    Poor, Weak and Worth­less Though I Am

179.                    Christ a Re­deem­er and Friend

180.                    Pray­er an An­swer Will Ob­tain

181.                    Preach­ers May, from Eze­ki­el’s Case

182.                    Precious Bi­ble! What a Trea­sure

183.                    Prepare a Thank­ful Song

184.                    Prophets’ Sons, in Time of Old, The

185.                    Quiet, Lord, My Fro­ward Heart

186.                    Refreshed by the Bread and Wine

187.                    Rejoice, Be­liev­er, in the Lord

188.                    Remember Us, We Pray Thee, Lord

189.                    Return to Bless My Wait­ing Eyes

190.                    Safely Through Ano­ther Week

191.                    Saints Em­man­u­el’s Por­tion Are, The

192.                    Salva­tion! What a Glor­i­ous Plan

193.                    Saved by Blood I Live to Tell

194.                    Savior Calls His Peo­ple Sheep, The

195.                    Savior Shine and Cheer My Soul

196.                    Savior, Visit Thy Plan­ta­tion

197.                    See Aar­on, God’s Anoint­ed Priest

198.                    See! Ano­ther Year Is Gone!

199.                    See, How Rude Win­ter’s Icy Hand See! The Corn Again in Ear!

200.                    See the Gloomy Ga­ther­ing Cloud

201.                    See, the World for Youth Pre­pares

202.                    Shall Men Pre­tend to Plea­sure

203.                    Shelter from the Rain or Wind, A

204.                    Shunemite, Op­pressed with Grief, The

205.                    Sight, Hear­ing, Feel­ing, Taste and Smell

206.                    Signs Which God to Gi­de­on Gave, The

207.                    Simon, Be­ware! the Sav­ior Said

208.                    Sin, When Viewed by Scrip­ture Light

209.                    Sinner, Art Thou Still Se­cure?

210.                    Sinner, Hear the Sav­ior’s Call

211.                    Son of God! Thy Peo­ple’s Shield

212.                    Sovereign Grace Has Pow­er Alone

213.                    Stop, Poor Sin­ner! Stop and Think

214.                    Strange and Mys­ter­i­ous Is My Life

215.                    Con­flict­ing Feel­ings

216.                    Subtle Spi­der Often Weaves, The

217.                    Supported by the Word

218.                    Sweet Was the Time When First I Felt

219.                    Sweeter Sounds Than Mu­sic Knows

220.                    Ten Thou­sand Tal­ents Once I Owed

221.                    That Man No Guard or Wea­pons Needs

222.                    That Was a Won­der Work­ing Word

223.                    Then the Apostle Won­ders Wrought

224.                    Though Cloudy Skies and North­ern Blasts

225.                    Though in the Out­ward Church Be­low

226.                    Though the Morn May Be Se­rene

227.                    Though Jer­i­cho Plea­sant­ly Stood Though Small the Drops of Fall­ing Rain

228.                    Though Sore Be­set with Guilt and Fear

229.                    Though Trou­bles A­ssail Us

230.                    Thus Saith the Ho­ly One, and True

231.                    Thus Saith the Lord to Ephe­sus

232.                    Thy Man­sion Is the Christ­ian’s Heart

233.                    Thy Mess­age, by the Preach­er, Seal

234.                    Thy Prom­ise, Lord, and Thy Com­mand

235.                    Time, by Mo­ments, Steals Away

236.                    Time, with an Un­wear­ied Hand

237.                    ’Tis a Point I Long to Know

238.                    ’Tis Past—The Dread­ful Stormy Night

239.                    To Thee Our Wants Are Known

240.                    Unbelief the Soul Dis­mays

241.                    Uncertain How the Way to Find

242.                    Unless the Lord Had Been My Stay

243.                    Water Stood Like Walls of Brass, The

244.                    We Seek a Rest Be­yond the Skies

245.                    Wearied by Day with Toils and Cares

246.                    What a Mourn­ful Life Is Mine

247.                    What Con­tra­dic­tions Meet

248.                    What Think You of Christ? Is the Test

249.                    When a Black Over­spread­ing Cloud

250.                    When Adam Fell

251.                    When Any Turn from Zi­on’s Way

252.                    When Des­cend­ing from the Sky

253.                    When First My Soul En­list­ed

254.                    When First to Make My Heart His Own

255.                    When Han­nah, Pressed with Grief

256.                    When Is­ra­el by Di­vine Com­mand

257.                    When Is­ra­el Heard the Fiery Law

258.                    When Is­ra­el Was from Egypt Freed

259.                    When Is­ra­el’s Tribes Were Parched with Thirst

260.                    When Je­sus Claims the Sin­ner’s Heart

261.                    When Jo­seph His Breth­ren Be­held

262.                    When Jo­shua, by God’s Com­mand

263.                    When Mo­ses Waved His Mys­tic Rod

264.                    When My Pray­ers Are a Burd­en and Task

265.                    When My Sav­ior, My Shep­herd Is Near

266.                    When on the Cross, My Lord I See

267.                    When Paul Was Part­ed from His Friends

268.                    When Pe­ter Boast­ed, Soon He Fell

269.                    When Pe­ter Through the Te­di­ous Night

270.                    When Sin­ners Ut­ter Boast­ing Words

271.                    When Slum­ber Seals Our Wea­ry Eyes

272.                    When the Be­loved Dis­ci­ple Took

273.                    When the Dis­ci­ples Crossed the Lake

274.                    When the Poor Pris­on­er Through a Grate

275.                    When the Sun, with Cheer­ful Beams

276.                    When the Wound­ed Spir­it Hears

277.                    While I Lived With­out the Lord

278.                    While Jo­shua Led the Armed Bands

279.                    While with Cease­less Course the Sun

280.                    Why Should I Fear the Dark­est Hour

281.                    Wishes That the Slug­gard Frames, The

282.                    With Is­ra­el’s God Who Can Com­pare?

283.                    With Sa­tan, My Ac­cus­er, Near

284.                    Word from Je­sus Calms the Sea, A

285.                    Word of Christ, Our Lord, The

286.                    Worldling Spent Each Day, A

287.                    Ye Saints on Earth As­cribe with Heav’n’s High Host

288.                    Yes! Since God Him­self Has Said It

289.                    Zaccheus Climbed the Tree

290.                    Zeal Is That Pure and Heav’nly Flame

291.                    Zion! The Ci­ty of Our God

Grace Gems Presents John Newton

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Will the sins of believers be publicly declared at the great day? www.gracegems.org/Newton/03.htm

Are You Born AgainAnd though he may sometimes fell so low that he questions whether he is a Christian at all, he will generally be able to say with old John Newton,

Are You Born Again Though he may sometimes feel so low that he questions whether or not he is a Christian at all, he will be able to say with John Newton, “I am not what I

Grace Gems! “In few writers are Christian doctrine, experience and practice more happily balanced than John Newton. Few write with more simplicity, piety or power.

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. On controversy.

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The practical influence of faith. www.gracegems.org/Newton/06.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The doctrines of election and final perseverance. www.gracegems.org/Newton/09.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Eight letters to a pastor. www.gracegems.org/Newton/95.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The propriety of a ministerial address to the unconverted. www.gracegems.org/Newton/07.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Saving knowledge.

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. On faith, and the communion of saints. www.gracegems.org/Newton/26.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Six letters to a pastor. www.gracegems.org/Newton/97.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Christian experience. www.gracegems.org/Newton/34.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Seven letters to a Christian friend.

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Divine revelation. www.gracegems.org/Newton/65.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Questions on salvation. www.gracegems.org/Newton/67.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Union with Christ. www.gracegems.org/Newton/27.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Nine letters to a pastor. www.gracegems.org/Newton/98.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. A Christian library. www.gracegems.org/Newton/15.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. On the gradual increase of gospel illumination. www.gracegems.org/Newton/24.htm

John Newton

John Newton’s Letters. Family worship. www.gracegems.org/Newton/04.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Conformity to the world.

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. That bitter root, indwelling sin! www.gracegems.org/Newton/44.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Thoughts from the sick room. www.gracegems.org/Newton/50.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The benefits of affliction. www.gracegems.org/Newton/90.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. On hearing sermons. www.gracegems.org/Newton/13.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The heavenly gardener.

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The city was pure gold. www.gracegems.org/Newton/42.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. What a Christian ought to be. www.gracegems.org/Newton/45.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Combating worldliness. www.gracegems.org/Newton/88.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Causes, nature, and marks of a decline in grace.www.gracegems.org/Newton/40.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Five letters to a Christian friend. www.gracegems.org/Newton/102.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Simplicity and godly sincerity. www.gracegems.org/Newton/21.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Our imperfect knowledge of Christ’s love. www.gracegems.org/Newton/78.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Views of Divine truth. www.gracegems.org/Newton/64.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Four letters to a Christian friend. www.gracegems.org/Newton/96.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The Christian and the world. www.gracegems.org/Newton/62.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The Christian’s creed. www.gracegems.org/Newton/84.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The heavenly Builder. www.gracegems.org/Newton/77.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Difference between acquired and experimental knowledge. www.gracegems.org/Newton/39.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. A Christian’s attainments in the present life. www.gracegems.org/Newton/43.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The work of grace.

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. All things work together for good. www.gracegems.org/Newton/70.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Emptiness of the creature. www.gracegems.org/Newton/76.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. By the grace of God I am what I am! www.gracegems.org/Newton/49.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Trust in the providence of God, and benevolence to his poor. www.gracegems.org/Newton/01.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Four letters to a widow. www.gracegems.org/Newton/92.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. A word to professors in trade. www.gracegems.org/Newton/37.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The history of mankind. www.gracegems.org/Newton/63.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. O for a warmer heart. www.gracegems.org/Newton/73.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Blinded by Satan. www.gracegems.org/Newton/52.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The plan of salvation. www.gracegems.org/Newton/68.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The inward witness to the ground and reality of faith. www.gracegems.org/Newton/08.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. All our concerns are in His hands. www.gracegems.org/Newton/75.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. A Christian’s present blessedness. www.gracegems.org/Newton/59.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Our common mercies. www.gracegems.org/Newton/46.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The Lord only afflicts for our good. www.gracegems.org/Newton/82.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Without Me you can do nothing. www.gracegems.org/Newton/56.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Soldiers of Christ. www.gracegems.org/Newton/81.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. To a friend, on his recovery from illness. www.gracegems.org/Newton/32.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Four letters to a friend. www.gracegems.org/Newton/89.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. A word in season. www.gracegems.org/Newton/36.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. God rules all! www.gracegems.org/Newton/41.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The Duke of Sully. www.gracegems.org/Newton/47.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters A believer’s frames. www.gracegems.org/Newton/20.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The advantages of a state of poverty. www.gracegems.org/Newton/22.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Our divine Shepherd. www.gracegems.org/Newton/53.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Communion with God. www.gracegems.org/Newton/25.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Temptations.

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Seriously engaged about trifles. www.gracegems.org/Newton/58.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. I was once blind, but now I see. www.gracegems.org/Newton/23.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. When we see the world in flames! www.gracegems.org/Newton/54.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Three letters to a Christian friend. www.gracegems.org/Newton/99.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Three letters to a tempted believer. www.gracegems.org/Newton/86.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Difficulties and snares. www.gracegems.org/Newton/80.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The heart of man. www.gracegems.org/Newton/69.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Extract of a letter to a student in divinity. www.gracegems.org/Newton/02.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. How to walk with God. www.gracegems.org/Newton/48.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. A visitor from heaven! www.gracegems.org/Newton/57.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Thoughts on the exercise of social prayer. www.gracegems.org/Newton/19.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Separated from the ungodly world. www.gracegems.org/Newton/51.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The furnace of affliction. www.gracegems.org/Newton/83.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Thought on the ice-palace. www.gracegems.org/Newton/55.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Seven letters to a Christian friend. www.gracegems.org/Newton1/01.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. A; or Grace in the Blade. www.gracegems.org/Newton/10.htm

The School Of Suffering by John Newton I suppose you are still in the ‘school of the cross’, www.gracegems.org/SERMONS2/Newton_suffering.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Seven letters to a pastor. www.gracegems.org/Newton/85.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. C; or, The full corn in the ear. www.gracegems.org/Newton/12.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The snares and difficulties attending the ministry of the gospel. www.gracegems.org/Newton/05.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Seven letters to a Pastor. www.gracegems.org/Newton/101.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Divine guidance.

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Blemishes in Christian character. www.gracegems.org/Newton/31.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. Five letters to a young man going into the Christian ministry. www.gracegems.org/Newton/93.htm

John Newton John Newton’s Letters. The impatient patient. www.gracegems.org/Newton/72.htm

More Than a Calvinist by John Newton To be enabled to form a clear by John Newton To be enabled to form a clear, consistent, and comprehensive judgment of the truths revealed in the Scripture, is a great privilege.

More than a Calvinist by John Newton To be enabled to form a clear …

More than a Calvinist by John Newton. To be enabled to form a clear, consistent, and comprehensive judgment of the truths revealed in the Scripture,

John Newtons Letters John Newton’s Letters. Two letters to a friend. www.gracegems.org/Newton/106.htm

Grace Gems! John Newton, “More than a Calvinist” · John Newton, “The School Of Suffering” · William Plumer, “Job’s Trials and Mercies” www.gracegems.org/SERMONS.htm

Thoughts on Religious Experience Pastor John Newton, 1725-1807, when awakened to some sense of his sinful and dangerous condition, which occurred during a violent and long-continued storm

John Newtons Letters by John Newton, 1769. I. The characteristic excellence of Paul, which was as the spring or source of every other grace—was the ardency of the supreme love gracegems.org/Newton/115.htm

Vital Godliness John Newton says, “In mixed conversation, it is a good rule to say nothing, without a just cause—to the disadvantage of others. www.gracegems.org/24/vital_godliness19.htm

Grace Gems for OCTOBER 2008 (Letters of John Newton) “By the grace of God I am what I am!” www.gracegems.org/08/10/10.html

THE CHRISTIAN MOTHER The history of John Newton is often mentioned as a proof of the deep and lasting impression which a mother may produce upon the mind of her child.

Vital Godliness John Newton says, “The Lord bids me ‘fear not’—and at the same time he says, ‘Happy is the man who fears always.’ How to fear and not to fear at the same

New Page 0 (Letters of John Newton) The Gospel of Christ, the glorious Gospel of the blessed God—is the only effectual means for reforming mankind.

The Family at Home Another lady asked the John Newton what was the best rule for female dress and behavior? “Madam,” said he, “so dress and so conduct yourself,

New Page 1 “Tell me not,” says the excellent John Newton, “how a man died; rather tell me how he lived.” Let but the religion of an individual be a living, www.gracegems.org/WINSLOW/ev12.htm

Ministerial Duties Stated and Enforced A pastoral charge by John Angell James, delivered to his brother Thomas …… In that illustrious day, when even the mighty works of Bacon, of Newton, www.gracegems.org/25/ministerial_duties.htm

MORNING THOUGHTS, or DAILY WALKING WITH GOD By Octavius Winslow John 16:8. This is the great office of the Spirit- this is His first work, “No man,” says the excellent Newton, “ever did or ever will feel himself to

LETTERS TO THE AGED John Newton, in one of his last letters, says that he had but onewww.gracegems.org/26/letters_to_the_aged2.htm

Vital Godliness John Newton says, “Those who seek not assistance from God, can find it nowhere else: www.gracegems.org/24/vital_godliness12.htm

Grace Gems! May the Lord give us a spirit of humility and discernment in all things.” www.gracegems.org/Our%20Beliefs.htm

FALSE DOCTRINES AND FALSE TEACHERS In answer to a question from a corrupt writer, www.gracegems.org/Plumer/false_doctrines.htm

Grace Gems for NOVEMBER 2008 (Letters of John Newton) “People will be lovers of SELF” www.gracegems.org/08/11/08.htm

I asked the Lord that I might grow “These inward trials I employ, From self, and pride, to set you free www.gracegems.org/14/asked.htm

Vital Godliness John Newton well says, “There is a natural love to our friends and family www.gracegems.org/24/vital_godliness18.htm

Grace Gems for May 2002 by John Newton. The Gospel of Christ, the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, is the only effectual means for reforming mankind. www.gracegems.org/02/5.htm

THE HAPPY HOME IN VIEW John Newton Christ has not only manifested his love to a lost world in his incarnation, sufferings, and death, but also in going to prepare a place, www.gracegems.org/Books2/dh09.htm

LOVE OF THE TRUTH I think it is John Newton who somewhere says that he never knew any person who appeared to be actuated by a sincere love of the truth, who did not come www.gracegems.org/26/love_of_the_truth.htm

The value of time (Letters of John Newton) “Redeeming the time “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16. We have published these insightful letters of John Newton:

GRACIOUS INVITATION John Newton Come, my soul, your suit prepare; Jesus loves to answer prayer— Let me die Your people’s death. —John Newton www.gracegems.org/Mac/tg01.htm

Grace Gems for the month of MAY are now available in one file! (Letters of John Newton) Dear friend, I truly pity those who rise early and (Letters of John Newton) “The Lord is my Shepherd; I have everything I need! www.gracegems.org/09/05/5.html

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John Newton, in that dark night at the helm of his vessel, would not have remembered the hymn which his mother taught him, and which revolutionized his life www.gracegems.org/MacDuff/sychar04.htm

Grace Gems! John Newton *Wisest author. J. C. Philpot *Most experimental & insightful author. Arthur Pink *Best modern author. William S. Plumer www.gracegems.org/BOOKS.htm

Grace Gems! (Letters of John Newton) I compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the course of the year–to a great bundle of sticks, far too large for us to www.gracegems.org/Grace_Gems.htm

CONVERSION Let anyone study the life of Augustine, of Martin Luther, of Hugh Latimer, of John Bunyan, of Colonel Gardiner, of John Newton, of Thomas Scott. www.gracegems.org/24/Ryle_conversion.htm

Great Attainments No man can read the memoirs of John Newton, Thomas Scott, John Brown of Haddington, and many others, without seeing something desirable in the heritage of

THE HAPPY HOME CONTEMPLATED “By faith I see the hour at hand, When in his presence I shall stand. Then will it be my endless bliss, To see him where and as he is.” John Newton

Grace Gems! John Newton John Berridge · J. Osbourne. Letters, especially when written to beloved friends in the Lord, draw forth much of the inmost experience of www.gracegems.org/letters.htm

THE PERSON OF CHRIST Till then I would Your love proclaim. With every fleeting breath, And may the music of Your Name Refresh my soul in death! (John Newton) www.gracegems.org/Books2/dh13.htm

Female Piety Good John Newton has some admirable remarks on the subject of entertainments given to Ministers. “Some of us would be better pleased, whatever kindness our

The Family at Home “There are many books,” said John Newton, “which I cannot sit down to read. They are indeed good and sound—but have a great quantity of pages,

Thoughts on Religious Experience The method pursued by John Dod with Mrs. Drake should be imitated. …. that such men as John Newton and Thomas Scott were in the habit of consulting with

“No man ever did, or ever will feel himself to be a lost to be a lost, miserable and hateful sinner, unless he be powerfully and supernaturally convinced by the Spirit of God.” John Newton.

Submit to the appointments of our Maker! By John Newton How highly By John Newton. How highly does it become us, both as creatures and as sinners, to submit to the appointments of our Maker! and how necessary is it to our

Grace Gems (John Newton’s Letters) Writing to a worldling, John Newton says— If you were to send me an inventory of your pleasures; how charmingly your time runs on,

Self growing Christians think themselves nothing; full-grown Christians think themselves less than nothing.” John Newton. HOME QUOTES SERMONS BOOKS.

Experimental Preaching Though all are exercised at times—yet some pass through the voyage of life much more smoothly than others” (John Newton). Excellent counsel is contained in

I saw One hanging on a tree by John Newton In evil long I took delight, Unawed by shame or fear, Till a new object struck my sight, And stopped my wild career.

New Page 1 If indeed it has begun. Let me love You more and more. If I love at all, I pray. If I have not loved before, Help me to begin today. -John Newton www.gracegems.org/14/tis.htm

Mr by John Newton, August 1772. I think I received some instruction where I little expected it: I mean, at Mr. Cox’s Museum. The www.gracegems.org/2002/Mr.%20Cox’s%20Museum.htm

A lost to be a lost, miserable and hateful sinner, unless he be powerfully and supernaturally convinced by the Spirit of God.” John Newton www.gracegems.org/8/a_lost.htm

The highest attainment acceptance of Jesus as revealed in the Gospel, is the highest attainment we can reach in this life. -John Newton. HOME QUOTES SERMONS BOOKS.

HIS WILL You have need of patience Yield to His prescriptions, and fight against every thought that would represent it as desirable to be permitted to choose for yourself. John Newton

The only effectual means for reforming mankind by John Newton The Gospel of Christ, the glorious Gospel of the blessed God, is the only effectual means for reforming mankind.

Pope SELF? (John Newton, author of “Amazing Grace”) “I have read (John Newton, author of “Amazing Grace”) “I have read of many wicked popes, but the worst pope I ever met with is Pope SELF.” www.gracegems.org/03/pope.html

Wilt Thou pursue Thy worm to death? (by John Newton) I asked the (by John Newton) I asked the Lord that I might grow. In faith, and love, and every grace; Might more of His salvation know, And seek more earnestly His face www.gracegems.org/03/gadsby.html

New Page 0 (by John Newton) What a wilderness in itself! How dark, how desolate, without the light of the Gospel and knowledge of Jesus! It does not appear so to www.gracegems.org/2002/What%20a%20poor,%20uncertain,%20dying%20world%20is%20this!.htm

The DEVOTIONAL Spirit of the LordFor example, the grace of God may convert an individual pursuing an occupation–as in the case of the eminent John Newton, when engaged in the

New Page 0 (by John Newton, author of “Amazing Grace”) There is indeed a difference among men, but it is owing to the restraints of Divine Providence, without

I asked the Lord by John Newton I asked the Lord that I might grow, In faith and love and every grace, Might more of His salvation know, And seek more earnestly His face.

For you, a vile sinner, a rebel worm! (David Harsha, “Christ

With pleasing grief and mournful joy, My spirit now is filled; That I should such a life destroy, Yet live by him I killed.” (John Newton) www.gracegems.org/02/for.htm

The buzzing of a fly? (Winslow, “The God of Bethel”) Look at that says John Newton, “I may take it to God.” This is not mere sentiment. It is the practical embodiment of a principle of experimental religion most honoring

Our trials by John Newton- The Lords appointments, to those who fear him, are not only sovereign, but wise and gracious. He has connected their good with his own glory www.gracegems.org/15/our_trials.htm

Grace Gems for April 2003 (John Newton, author of “Amazing Grace”) “I have read of many wicked popes, but the worst pope I ever met with is Pope SELF.” Severe, yet wise and loving www.gracegems.org/03/4.htm

Mark chapter 16 We may have begun like Augustine, and John Newton, and been ringleaders in every kind of iniquity. But once brought to Christ, we need not doubt that all is

Many Shall Come John Newton, the author of well-known hymns and letters, was once the captain of a slave-ship on the coasts of Africa, and saw no harm in buying and selling

What is this babbler trying to say? (Letters of John Newton) “What (Letters of John Newton) “What is this babbler trying to say?” www.gracegems.org/08/10/babbler.html

THE HOLY SPIRIT There were many slave captains in John Newton’s time; yet none but he became a preacher of the Gospel. We cannot account for this. www.gracegems.org/24/Ryle_holy_spirit.htm

THE GOD OF BETHEL “If the buzzing of a fly troubles me,” says John Newton, “I may take it to God.” This is not mere sentiment. It is the practical embodiment of a principle

The WATCHFUL Spirit of the Lord

As John Newton pithily said–‘It is the man bringing his dividend from the bank door who has most cause to dread the pilferer’s hand.’ www.gracegems.org/Winslows/lp09.htm

Grace Gems for January 2002 John Newton. Love suffering, and bleeding, and expiring! (from Winslow’s, “No Separation from Christ Jesus”). The love of Christ! Such a precious theme!

Grace Gems for DECEMBER 2005 generally be able to say, with old John Newton, “I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be in another world.

Grace Gems “There are many books,” said John Newton, “which I cannot sit down to read. They are indeed good and sound—but have a great quantity www.gracegems.org/07/07/07.html

Grace Gems for DECEMBER 2008 John Newton. ~ ~ ~ ~. A Morning Prayer (by S. E. Pierce, 1820). We again draw near unto You, O Lord our God, beseeching You to grant us audience with Your www.gracegems.org/08/12/12.html

Grace Gems for July 2002 by John Newton (author of Amazing Grace) How highly does it become us, both as creatures and as sinners, to submit to the appointments of

Grace Gems for JUNE 2006 (John Newton) I am not what I ought to be. Ah, how imperfect and deficient. I am not what I wish to be. I abhor what is evil, and I would cleave to what is

Grace Gems for January 2005 At age 82, John Newton, the author of the hymn, ‘Amazing Grace’, said, “My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things—that I am a www.gracegems.org/05/01/1.htm

Grace Gems for November 2002 (John Newton). One fiery trial? (Winslow, “The God of Comfort”). One fiery trial, sanctified by the grace of the. Holy Spirit, has done more to break up the

Grace Gems for September 2000 -by John Newton In evil long I took delight, Unawed by shame or fear, Till a new object struck my sight, And stopped my wild career. www.gracegems.org/23/9_2000.htm

ALIVE OR DEAD He did it with John Newton. All this the Spirit has done, and much more, of which I cannot speak particularly. And the arm of the Spirit is not shortened.

Grace Gems for AUGUST 2008 (John Newton’s Letters) There is an amazing and humbling difference between the conviction we have of the beauty and excellence of Divine truths—and our

Grace Gems (John Newton). “I know, O Lord, that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.” Psalm 119:75. Trials are medicines which our great and www.gracegems.org/08/02/02.html

I would have carried the whole human race to hell with me

(Letters of John Newton) “By the grace of God—I am what I am!” 1 Corinthians 15:10. October 27, 1778. My dear friend, How industriously is Satan served! www.gracegems.org/09/05/carried.html




John Berridge Newton, snatched from Africa’s burning shore, and from worse than African servitude, John Berridge was the eldest son of a wealthy farmer and grazier, www.gracegems.org/18/john_berridge.htm


Warburton The school and the academy cannot turn a ‘noodle’ into a Newton, nor educate a though it might have marred, a John Warburton—either as a Christian or www.gracegems.org/17/Warburton.htm

II The great Sir Isaac Newton used to say that he felt himself no better than ….. did that which made him “greatly distressed,” he beheaded John the Baptist. ..www.gracegems.org/BOOKS/ym2.htm

Gods Light on Dark Clouds discovered the rotation of the earth, and Newton the law of gravitation. After John lays down his pen, HISTORY takes up hers, and carries us on

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Bio – John Newton – slave trader, poet, and preacher. (1725 – 1807)

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

 john-newton-1John Henry Newton Jr. born in Wapping, London, son of John Henry Newton Sr. and Elizabeth Newton (nee Seatclife). His father a shipmaster in the Mediterranean service was educated at Jesuit College in Spain .His mother a godly women, brought John up as a Nonconformist Christian and dedicated him to the Lord and His ministry. When John was six, his mother died of tuberculosis. His father remarried the following year. The stepmother didn’t pay much attention to John and his needs so when he was 9 he was sent to a boarding school for two years and at the age of 11 he went to sea with his father for a total of six voyages. John became a teenager raised in a godless surrounding. After the six voyages his father retired, and his father planned for John to take up a position as a slave master at a sugar plantation in Jamaica however, in 1743 he became a captain of a slave-ship himself.


John’s life sounds like a movie with being forced to join the naval service, trying to escape, being caught and flogged 96 times, contemplating suicide, put on another ship called the Pegasus where he again is in trouble for making a deal with a slave traitor named Amos Clowe, who was married to an African duchess named Princess Peye. Both Clowe and his wife abused him terrible. Newton later remembered this as the time he was “once an infidel and libertine, a servant of slaves in Africa.” Now, John’s father is looking for him, and had asked a captain friend of his to keep and eye out for him, he was found and rescued from his bondage. Next upon a ship heading home, a terrible storm cames up awakens him as the ship was filling with water, he cries out to God – upon that moment the Lord touched his heart, although it was not with salvation at  this point in time – oh the goodness of God as He worked in John’s life and heart! Surviving this ordeal he began to read the Bible.  He turned away from gambling, drinking and profanity; though he continued to work in the slave industry he had a compassion now for the slaves he was dealing with. John said “I cannot consider myself to have been a believer in the full sense of the word, until a considerable time afterwards.”


Next in his this very unusual life John returns to England and a friend of his father’s hires him as his first mate, once again on a slave trading vessel. This ship was now bound for the West Indies off the coast of Guinea. In 1748-49 John became sick with a fever and finally professed total belief in the Lord and asked God to take control of his life. John marks this as his conversion and at this point he said he now had total peace, the amazing grace of God and how mysteriously are His ways.


On February 12, 1750 John married his live long friend and distant cousin Mary Catlett, who he had been in love with since he was seventeen. Now he goes back to sea and after three more trips to trade slaves and after having a stroke, he stopped this type of employment but continued to invest his monies in the trade business. With time on his hands he began to study Hebrew, Greek and Syriac and became known as a lay minister, seven years later was ordained into the Church of England.  Through a series of things he is finally ordained makes friends with George Whitefield and picks up the nickname of “Young Whitefield.” He also became friends with John Wesley. He was called a moderate Calvinist or a hidden one because of the debates of the day. Newton held strong objection to secular amusement and did not tolerate the Roman Catholic Chruch and its false teachings.


In December 1790 his dear wife passed away from cancer. In “Letters to a Wife” (2 columns) you can read of his love for his wife. Though his faculties failed him with age, being elderly and blind he continued to preach,. He said he could not stop. On December of 1807 Mr. Newton died and was buried next to his wife at St. Mary Woolnoth. Later in 1893 both bodies were move to Olney, as the church at St. Mary’s removed all those buried there.


John Newton was a great hymnist and writer – writing one of our best known hymns – Amazing Grace.

The Guilt and Danger of Such a Nation as This – John Newton

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

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John Newton • Contemporary Issues Series • 47 min. 
Still Waters Revival Books 

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The Ascension of Messiah to Glory – John Newton – Audio

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009


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John Newton • 18th Century Classics • 27 min. 
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But My Eye And My Heart Are To Jesus! – John Newton

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

john-newton-1(the following is from the diary of John Newton)

January 1, 1773
This is the ninth New Years day I have seen in this church. I have reason to say, ‘The Lord crowns every year with His goodness!’ The entrance of this year finds me and my dear Mary in health and peace. I am still favored with strength, and with some liberty for my pastoral work, and hope the Lord is still pleased to work by me–for the edification of His people, and the awakening of lost sinners.

As to myself . . .
  my exercise of grace is faint,
  my consolations small,
  my heart is full of evil,
  my chief burdens are, a wild ungoverned imagination, and a strange sinful backwardness to reading the Scriptures, and to secret prayer.

These have been my complaints for many years, and I have no less cause of complaint than formerly. But my eye and my heart are to Jesus! His I am; Him I desire to serve; to Him this day, I would devote and surrender myself anew.

O Lord, accept, support, protect, teach, comfort and bless me. Be . . .
  my Arm,
  my Eye,
  my Joy and
  my Salvation.
Mortify the power of sin–and increase the image of Your holiness in my heart. Anoint me with fresh oil, make me humble, faithful, diligent and obedient. Let me in all things attend . . .
  to Your Word as my rule,
  to Your glory as my end, and
  depend upon Your power and promise for my safety and success.

I am now in the 49th year of my life, and may expect in the course of a few years at most–to go whence I shall no more return; nor have I a certainty of continuing here a single year–or even a month or a day! May Your grace keep me always until my appointed change shall come, and when the summons shall come–may I be enabled to rejoice in You, as the strength of my heart and my portion forever!

“You guide me with Your counsel, and afterwards You will take me up in glory. Whom do I have in heaven but You? And I desire nothing on earth but You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever!” Psalm 73:24-26

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I Am A Perverse And Unruly Patient! – John Newton

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

john-newton-1(Letters of John Newton)

I am bound to speak well of my Physician–He treats me with great tenderness, and bids me in due time to expect a perfect cure. I know too much of Him (though I know but little) to doubt either His skill or His promise.

It is true, I have suffered sad relapses since I have been under His care. Yet I confess, that the fault has not been His–but my own! I am a perverse and unruly patient! I have too often neglected His prescriptions, and broken the regimen He appoints me to observe. This perverseness, joined to the exceeding obstinacy of my disorders, would have caused me to be turned out as an incurable long ago–had I been under any other hand but His! Indeed–there is none like Him! When I have brought myself very low–He has still helped me. Blessed be His name–I am yet kept alive only by means of His perfect care.

Though His medicines are all beneficial–they are not all pleasant. Now and then He gives me a pleasant cordial; but I have many severe disorders, in which there is a needs-be for my frequently taking His bitter and unpalatable medicines!

We sometimes see published in the newspapers, acknowledgments of cures received. Methinks, if I were to publish my own case, that it would run something like this:

“I, John Newton, have long labored under a multitude of grievous disorders:
    a fever of ungoverned passions,
    a cancer of pride,
    a frenzy of wild imaginations,
    a severe lethargy, and
    a deadly stroke!

In this deplorable situation, I suffered many things from many physicians, spent every penny I had–yet only grew worse and worse!

In this condition, Jesus, the Physician of souls, found me when I sought Him not. He undertook my recovery freely, without money and without price–these are His terms with all His patients! My fever is now abated, my senses are restored, my faculties are enlivened! In a word, I am a new man! And from His ability, His promise, and the experience of what He has already done–I have the fullest assurance that He will infallibly and perfectly heal me–and that I shall live forever as a monument of His power and grace!”

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Filled With Folly, Vanity, And Vexation! – John Newton

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

john-newton-1(Letters of John Newton)

August 28, 1779
My dear friend,
The days speed away apace! Each one bears away its own burden with it–to return no more. Both pleasures and pains which are past–are gone forever! What is yet future will likewise, soon be past.

Our final end will shortly arrive! O to realize the thought, and to judge of things now in some measure suitable to the opinion which we shall form of them, when we are about to leave them all! Many things which now either elate or depress us–will then appear to be trifles as light as air!

Only one thing is needful

to have our hearts united to Jesus in humble faith;
to set Him always before us;
to rejoice in Him as our Shepherd and our portion;
to submit to all His appointments, not of necessity, because He is stronger than us–but with a cheerful acquiescence, because He is wise and good, and loves us better than we do ourselves;
to feed upon His truth;
to have our understandings, wills, affections, imaginations, memory–all filled and impressed with the great mysteries of His redeeming love;
   to do all for Jesus;
   to receive all from Jesus;
   to find all in Jesus!

I have mentioned many things, but they are all comprised in one–a life of faith in Jesus!

We are empty vessels in ourselves–but we cannot remain empty. Unless Jesus dwells in our hearts, and fills them with His power and presence–they will be filled with folly, vanity, and vexation!

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Academic Studies – John Newton

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

john-newton-1(Letters of John Newton)

Dear friend,
I truly pity those who rise early and study late–with no higher prize and prospect in view, than the obtaining of academic honors! Such pursuits will before long appear (as they really are) as vain as the foolish games of children! May the Lord impress them with the noble ambition of living to and for Him. If these scholars, who are laboring for pebbles under the semblance of goodly pearls, had a discovery of the Pearl of great price–how quickly and gladly would they lay down their admired attainments, and become fools–that they might be truly wise! Their academic studies, if taken in the aggregate, are little better than splendid trifles!

Friend, what a snare have you escaped! You would have been nothing but a scholar–had not God visited your heart and enlightened you by His grace! Now I trust you account your former academic gains, but loss–compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus. What you have attained in the way of learning, will be useful to you–if sanctified, and chiefly so by the knowledge which you have of its insufficiency to any valuable purpose in the great concerns of life–knowing God and walking with Him!

Please forward this on to your pastors, as many are involved with these vain academic pursuits–merely so that they can add a couple of “letters” at the end of their names.

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His Sheep Feed In The Midst Of Wolves! – John Newton

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

john-newton-1(Letters of John Newton)
“The Lord is my Shepherd; I have everything I need!” Psalm 23:1

The Lord is my Shepherd! This is a comprehensive word. The sheep can do nothing for themselves. The Shepherd must guide, guard, feed, heal and recover. It is well for us–that our Shepherd is the Lord Almighty! If His power, care, compassion and fullness were not infinite–the poor sheep would be forsaken, starved and die! But we have a Shepherd full of care, full of kindness, full of power, who has said, “I will search for My lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak!” Ezekiel 34:16. How tender are these expressions, and how well fulfilled! His sheep feed in the midst of wolves–yet are safely preserved; for, though they cannot see Him–His eye and His heart are ever upon them!

Which of God’s children have not cause to say, “My soul is among lions!” But our Shepherd stops their mouths, or only permits them to gape and roar, and show their teeth. He does not allow them to bite and tear us at their will. Let us trust our Shepherd–and all shall be well.

As to daily occurrences, it is best to trust that a daily portion of comforts and crosses–each one the most suitable to our case–is adjusted and appointed by the hand which was once nailed to the cross for us! We must trust, that where the path of duty and prudence leads us–that there is the best situation we could possibly be in, at that time.

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The Fight! – John Newton

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

john-newton-1(Letters of John Newton)

September 1764
My dear Madam,
I understand something of your warfare. Paul describes his own case in few words, “Conflicts on the outside, fears on the inside.” Does not this comprehend all you would say? And how are you to know experimentally, either your own weakness–or the power, wisdom and grace of God, seasonably and sufficiently afforded–but by frequent and various trials? How are the graces of patience, resignation, meekness and faith, to be discovered and increased–but by the exercise of trials?

The Lord has chosen, called, and armed us for the fight! Shall we wish to be excused from the battle? Shall we not rather rejoice that we have the honor to appear in such a cause, under such a Captain, such a banner and in such a company?

God has graciously provided:
a complete suit of armor,
formidable weapons,
precious balm to heal us–if we receive a wound, and
precious cordials to revive us–when we are in danger of fainting!

Further, we are assured of the victory beforehand! O what a crown of glory is prepared for every conqueror, which Jesus, the righteous Judge, the gracious Savior–shall place upon every faithful head with His own hand!

So let us not be weary and faint, for in due season we shall reap! The time is short! In a little while, the struggle of indwelling sin, and all the conflicts surrounding us, shall be known no more! “Be faithful, even to the point of death–and I will give you the crown of life!” Revelation 2:10

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He Has A Numerous And Necessitous Family! – John Newton

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

john-newton-1(Letters of John Newton)

What a multitude of eyes and hearts wait at the Throne of Grace! He has a numerous and necessitous family–but He is rich enough to supply them all–and His tender compassions extend to the poorest and most unworthy of them! Like the sun–He can cheer and enlighten millions of His poor pensioners at once! He gives to each one as bountifully–as if there were no others to partake of His favor!

His best blessings are not diminished–by being shared among many. The greatest earthly monarch would soon be poor–if he was to give but a pittance to all his subjects. But Jesus has unsearchable, inexhaustible riches of grace to bestow!

The innumerable assembly around the Eternal Throne are all continually supplied from His fullness; and yet there is enough and to spare for His earthly children also–and for all who shall come after us! May He give us an eager appetite–a hunger and thirst that will not be satisfied with anything short of the Bread of Life. We may confidently open our mouths wide–for He has promised to fill them!

“Let us therefore approach the Throne of Grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need!” Hebrews 4:16

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Mr. Cox’s Museum – John Newton

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

john-newton-1(Letters of John Newton)

August, 1772
My dear Miss,
I received some instruction where I little expected it–at Mr. Cox’s Museum. The efforts of his ingenuity amazed me–while at the same time I was struck with their insignificance. His fine things were curious beyond all I had any idea of; and yet what are they better than toys and amusements, suited to the taste of children! And notwithstanding the variety of their motions, they were all destitute of life.

There is unspeakably more wisdom and skill in the mechanism of a butterfly or a bee which flutters unnoticed in the fields–than in all his fancy apparatus put together! But the works of God are disregarded, while the feeble imitations of them which men can produce gain universal applause! If you and I could make self-moving lions and elephants, what would it profit us?

Blessed be God, that He has given us some glimpses of His wisdom and love–by which our hearts, more hard and lifeless by nature than the stones in the street–are constrained and enabled to move upwards, and to seek after Him. He has given us in His Word, a greater treasure than all that we ever beheld with our eyes, and a hope which shall flourish when the earth and all its works shall be burnt up! What will all the fine things of men’s devising be worth on that day?

With permission from Grace Gems

Then They Hiss And Spit Their Venom! – John Newton

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

john-newton-1(Letters of John Newton)

“I know, O Lord, that Your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness You have afflicted me!” Psalm 119:75

“God disciplines us for our good–that we may share in His holiness.” Hebrews 12:10 

In Scripture, we read much concerning the emptiness, vanity and uncertainty of the present world.

When our minds are enlightened by the Holy Spirit–then we receive and acknowledge what His Word declares to be truth. Yet if we remain long without changes and trials, and when our path is very smooth–we are for the most part but faintly affected with what we profess to believe. But when some of our dearest friends die, or we ourselves are brought low with pain and sickness–then we not only say, but feel that this world must not, cannot be our rest!

We know by experience, that though afflictions in themselves are not joyous–but grievous–yet in due season they yield the peaceful fruits of righteousness. Various are the blessed fruits which afflictions produce:

By affliction, prayer is quickened–for our prayers are very apt to grow languid and formal in a time of ease.

Affliction greatly helps us to understand the Scriptures, especially the promises; most of which are made to times of trouble. We cannot so well know their fullness, sweetness and certainty–as when we have been in the situation to which they are suited, have been enabled to trust and plead them, and found them fulfilled in our own case.

We are usually indebted to affliction–as the means or occasion of the most signal discoveries we are favored with–of the wisdom, power, and faithfulness of the Lord. These are best observed by the evident proofs we have–that He is near to support us under trouble, and that He can and does deliver us out of it.

Likewise, many of our graces cannot thrive or manifest themselves, without trials–such as resignation, patience, meekness and long-suffering. Strength of grace is not ordinarily acquired by those who sit still and live at ease.

Afflictions do us good likewise, as they make us more acquainted with what is in our own hearts, and thereby promote humiliation and self-abasement. There are abominations which, like nests of vipers, lie so quietly within our hearts, that we hardly suspect they are there–until the rod of affliction rouses them! Then they hiss and spit their venom! This discovery is indeed very distressing–yet, until it is made, we are prone to think ourselves much less vile than we really are, and cannot so heartily abhor ourselves and repent in dust and ashes.

I must write a sermon rather than a letter–if I would enumerate all the good fruits which, by the power of sanctifying grace, are produced from this bitter tree of affliction!

While we have such a depraved nature, and live in such a polluted world; while the roots of pride, vanity, self-dependence and self-seeking, are so strong within us–we need a variety of sharp afflictions to keep us from cleaving to the dust!

“Before I was afflicted I went astray–but now I obey Your Word.” Psalm 119:67

With permission from Grace Gems