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Living Water magazine is published for the encouragement and help of Christians by the Stone Publishing Trust, established in 1992 by the will of a Christian widow, Mrs. Dorothy Stone.
Collected from the 15 year history of Living Water magazine, this excerpted collection offers a varied sample of writings from six historical men of faith. Discover historical sermons, devotions, personal letters, and explications of scripture from influential Christian leaders, each renowned for their gospel preaching and writing.
Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661) was a Scottish theologian who, in the midst of political and religious turmoil in the British Isles, advocated controversial ideas about both religion and politics. He was charged with treason and most of his collected letters were written from prison, focusing on his reliance upon Christ in times of trial. In this collection are selections from his letters.
Lay all your loads and your weights by faith upon Christ. Ease yourself and let Him bear all. He can, He does, He will bear you. When we shall come home into Christ's fair presence . . . then shall we see life and sorrow to be less than one step or stride from a prison to glory, and that our little inch of time-suffering is not worthy to be compared with even our first moment's welcome home to Heaven. —Samuel Rutherford
Charles Andrew Coates (1862-1945) was a member of the Plymouth Brethren, an influential evangelical movement originating in England in the 1800s. C. A. Coates was a prolific writer of gospel tracts and scripture outlines, as well as beloved hymns.
How often do you read the Word? Once a week? Or once a month? The one who reads his Bible most is the one who enjoys it most, and who turns to it with the greatest delight. On the other hand, if you neglect the Word today you will have less taste for it tomorrow, still less the day after, and so on until it becomes a dry book to you. You must make a point of it that you are in company with the Word of God every day. It is not a question of a great deal--you perhaps have not time for that--but it must be daily. – C. A. Coates
George Cutting (1843-1934), a contemporary of C. A. Coates, had a particular concern for spreading the "glad tidings" of the Gospel. In his writings, he demonstrates a gift for illustrating his points with simple illustrations from everyday life.
But perhaps you say, 'I fear my faith is too feeble to claim the blessing.' I only ask, 'Is it strong enough to make Christ Himself the object of your trust?' Is He your only confidence? Is His precious blood your only plea? Then, whether you think you can claim it or not, the word of God claims the blessing for you, and you have but to put your 'Amen' to it. "Whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins". "All that believe are justified from all things". – George Cutting
John Nelson Darby (1800-1882) was another influential member of the Plymouth Brethren, and was one of the earliest preachers to delve more deeply into Biblical prophecy and a focus on the mystery of the end times.
…and knowing this, the way is to return to Him at once, just as we are, and then confess our sin and weakness to Him. It is only in Him and from Him that we shall find that which will restore our souls. Humbleness in His presence is the only real humbleness. If we own ourselves before Him to be just what we are, we will find that He will show us nothing but grace. – J. N. Darby
This collection also contains quotations and short writings by C.H. Spurgeon and C.H. Mackintosh.