Note: After several days of computer problems, I have returned.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

The true Christian, in the present day, must never be surprised to find that he has constant trials to endure. . .Human nature never changes.  So long as he serves the world and walks in the broad way, little, perhaps, will be said against him.  Once let him take up the cross and follow Christ, and there is no lie too monstrous and no story too absurd for some to tell against him and for others to believe.  But let him take comfort in the thought that he is only drinking the cup which his blessed Master drank before him.  The lies of his enemies do him no injury in heaven, whatever they may on earth. – J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), commenting on John 8.48-52.

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