William Gurnall William Gurnall (1617 - 1679)
Justification
"We are justified, not by giving anything to God, --- what we do, --- but by receiving from God, what Christ hath done for us."
 
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On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand
"Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: 'The Lord knows those who are his,' and, 'Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.'"—2 Timothy 2:19

Edward Mote was born in 1797 in London. His parents were poor, ungodly innkeepers. Mote spent his Sundays in the streets, "So ignorant was I that I did not know there was a God," he said. The schools he attended did not let the Bible be seen, much less taught.
At the age of sixteen, while an apprentice cabinetmaker, Mote was taken by his master to hear the esteemed preacher John Hyatt, of Tottenham Court Chapel. There he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior. Mote became a successful cabinetmaker and devout churchman. At age fifty-five he helped finance and build the Horsham Baptist Church and preached there for twenty-one years. Poor health forced him to retire one year before his death in 1874. Once he was climbing up Holborn Hill in London. Words came to his mind as he planted each foot: "On Christ the solid rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand." Mote understood that wealth, health, and popularity all can fade; Only Christ is a sure foundation for life.
In this world of self-centered materialism it is easy to get distracted and, without realizing it, build a life on sand. Today in prayer ask Christ to show you what is solid and what is sinking.

"My hope is built on nothing less, Than Jesus blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus' name. On Christ, the solid rock, I stand—All other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand."—Edward Mote .
 
There's a lot to be learned from history, and this volume, From Generation to Generation, puts a distinctly spiritual spin on lessons from the past. Drawing upon the famous and the ordinary of years gone by, From Generation to Generation finds nuggets of Godly wisdom in every story, making practical application for today. Beginning with a scripture, each entry includes a short edifying story, a miniature lesson, and a quote, hymn, or additional piece from the Word of God to finish up. In this devotional the reader can find wisdom and encouragement in the triumphs and tragedies of men and women from the past and present--such as Matthew Henry, Charles Swindoll, Oswald Sanders, C.S. Lewis, and William Shakespeare.