We shall always find him at Church!

(J. C. Ryle, "The Gospel of Luke" 1858)

"The seed is the Word of God. Those along the
 path are the ones who hear, and then the devil
 comes and takes away the Word from their hearts,
 so that they may not believe and be saved."
      Luke 8:11-12

The devil, that malicious spirit, is unwearied in his
efforts to do us harm. He is ever watching for our
halting, and seeking occasion to destroy our souls.

But nowhere perhaps is the devil so active as in a
congregation of Gospel hearers.
Nowhere does he
labor so hard to stop the progress of that which is
good, and to prevent men and women being saved.
From him come . . .
  wandering thoughts;
  roving imaginations;
  listless minds;
  dull memories;
  sleepy eyes;
  fidgety nerves;
  weary ears; and
  distracted attention.

In all these things Satan has a great hand.

People wonder where they come from, and
marvel how it is that they find sermons so
dull, and remember them so badly!

They forget the parable of the sower.

They forget the devil.

Let us take heed that we are not wayside hearers.

Let us beware of the devil.

We shall always find him at Church!

He never stays away from public ordinances.

Let us remember this, and be upon our guard.