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       Samuel Rutherford
       Samuel Rutherford was a Scottish Presbyterian theologian and author. He was one of the Scottish Commissioners to the Westminster Assembly.
       Rutherford was also known for his spiritual and devotional works, such as Christ Dying and drawing Sinners to Himself and his Letters. Concerning his Letters, Charles Spurgeon wrote: "When we are dead and gone let the world know that Spurgeon held Rutherford's Letters to be the nearest thing to inspiration which can be found in all the writings of mere men". Published versions of the Letters contain 365 letters and fit well with reading one per day.
       Rutherford was a strong supporter of the divine right of Presbytery, the principle that the Bible calls for Presbyterian church government. Among his polemical works are Due Right of Presbyteries (1644), Lex, Rex (1644), and Free Disputation against Pretended Liberty of Conscience.

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When I am in the cellar of affliction, I look for the Lord's choicest wines.

    Topics: Affliction

Believe God's love and power more than you believe your own feelings and experiences. Your rock is Christ, and it is not the rock that ebbs and flows but the sea.

    Topics: Believing, Feelings

Ye have lost a child; nay, she is not lost to you, who is found in Christ; she is not sent away, but only sent before; like unto a star which, going out of sight, does not die and vanish, but shines in another hemisphere.

    Topics: Children, Death
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

Since He looked upon me, my heart is not my own. He hath run away to heaven with it.

    Topics: Christ, The Heart

Hunger and longing for Christ hath brought on such a necessity of enjoying Christ that I will not, I dow not want him; for I cannot master nor command Christ's love.

    Topics: Christ

We take nothing to the grave with us, but a good or evil conscience. It is true, terrors of conscience cast us down; and yet without terrors of conscience we cannot be raised up again.

    Topics: Conscience

Let your children be as so many flowers, borrowed from God. If the flowers die or wither, thank God for a summer loan of them.

    Topics: Contentment, Gratitude

Think it not hard if you get not your will, nor your delights in this life; God will have you to rejoice in nothing but himself.

    Topics: Contentment

We may sing beforehand, even in our winter storm, in the expectation of a summer sun at the turn of the year; no created powers can mar our Lord Jesus' music, nor spill our song of joy. Let us then be glad and rejoice in the salvation of our Lord; for faith had never yet cause to have wet cheeks, and hanging-down brows, or to droop or die.

    Topics: Contentment, Salvation

My faith has no bed to sleep upon but omnipotence.

    Topics: Faith

To believe Christ's cross to be a friend, as he himself is a friend, is also a special act of faith.

    Topics: Faith, Friendship, The Cross

I will charge my soul to believe and wait for Him, and will follow His providence, and not go before it, nor stay behind it.

    Topics: Faith, Providence

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