The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.
Example is more forcible than precept. People look at my six days in the week to see what I mean on the seventh.
All extremes are error. The reverse of error is not truth, but error still. Truth lies between extremes.
I could write down twenty cases wherein I wished that God had done otherwise than he did, but which I now see, if I had had my own way, would have led to extensive mischief.
God's way of answering the Christian's prayer for more patience, experience, hope and love often is to put him into the furnace of affliction.
Every year of my life I grow more convinced that it is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good, and dwell as little as possible on the evil and the false.
The history of all the great characters of the Bible is summed up in this one sentence: They acquainted themselves with God, and acquiesced His will in all things....
He who sows, even with tears, the precious seed of faith, hope, and love, shall doubtless come again with joy, bringing his sheaves with him, because it is the very nature of that seed to yield a joyful harvest.
Method is the very hinge of business, and there is no method without punctuality.
Faith laughs at the shaking of the spear; unbelief trembles at the shaking of a leaf.
Time can take nothing from the BIBLE. It is the living monitor. Like the sun, it is the same in its light and influence to man this day which it was years ago. It can meet every present inquiry and console every present loss
The religion of a sinner stands on two pillars; namely, what Christ did for us in the flesh, and what he performs in us by his Spirit. Most errors arise from an attempt to separate these two.
Philosophy is a proud, sullen detector of the poverty and misery of man. It may turn him from the world with a proud, sturdy contempt; but it cannot come forward and say, here are rest, grace, pardon, peace, strength, and consolation.
Unbelief starves the soul; faith finds food in famine.
Abraham teaches us the right way of conversing with God : "And Abraham fell on his face, and God talked with him." When we plead with Him, our faces should be in the dust.
Think of the ills from which you are exempt, and it will aid you to bear patiently those which now you may suffer.
The nurse of infidelity is sensuality.
Let family worship be short, savory, simple, plain, tender, heavenly.
An accession of wealth is a dangerous predicament for a man. At first he is stunned if the accession be sudden, and is very humble and very grateful. Then he begins to speak a little louder, people think him more sensible, and soon he thinks himself so.
A wise man looks upon men as he does on horses; all their caparisons of title, wealth, and place, he considers but as harness.
The spirit and tone of your home will have great influence on your children. If it is what it ought to be, it will fasten conviction on their minds, however wicked they may become.
Our Heavenly Father always sends His children the things they ask, or better things.
We are urgent about the body; He is about the soul. We call for present comforts; He considers our everlasting rest. And therefore when He sends not the very things we ask, He hears us by sending greater than we can ask or think.
The Christian will find his parentheses for prayer even in the busiest hours of life.
The only instance of praying to saints, mentioned in the Bible, is that of the rich man in torment calling upon Abraham; and let it be remembered, that it was practised only by a lost soul and without success.
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