Private Thoughts on Religion: And Other Subjects Connected with it

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Rudd and Stockholm, 1814 - Devotional literature - 311 pages

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Page 125 - ... how often would I have gathered thee as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Page 207 - A few hours before his death, in an address to his Father, Christ says, this is eternal life, to know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.
Page 150 - I was to think daily and hourly, and think of nothing else for a thousand years, but how to cleanse my heart, or root one vice out of it in my own strength, I should be no nearer to it at the end than I was at the beginning. There may be horrid pride in confessing and aggravating our sins — "That ever I should do this!
Page 23 - His sermons, though before animated by an honest zeal, were no longer mere lectures of morality, or filled only with legal condemnation. While all godliness in principle and practice was duly enforced, the enlivening display of that glorious Saviour, whose worth and excellence he had now tasted, and who was become all his salvation and all his desire, seasoned every discourse.
Page 288 - Nothing of this is new to me ; I have foreseen and am prepared for it all." I am sensible that in the disorders of the mind, as well as those of the body, discourses are not thought the most efficacious remedies ; but I am persuaded also that the malady of the soul ought to be cured by spiritual applications.
Page 251 - Though I give all my goods to feed the poor, and my body to be burned, I am nothing: for I have not charity; I do not love God with all my heart.
Page 200 - I N. take thee M. to be my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love, cherish, and to obey, till death us do part, according to God's holy ordinance: and thereto I give thee my faith.
Page 152 - And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart; And turn ye not aside; for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.
Page 169 - ... each other. It is the Spirit's office to convince of sin, because he only has the power; nothing that others can say, or I can think, will bring me to a true sense and feeling of it without him. Till we know sin, and feel the burden of it in some degree, we shall be blind to every thing else, in Scripture, whether of nature or grace ; we shall pray with great reserve, and never mean half of what we say. Rather than be ignorant of my sin, Lord, speak to me in pain, sickness, loss of earthly comforts,...
Page 223 - ... faith can only spring from faith, as trees and plants do from their proper seeds. The generality know better what their work is, than where to begin it. If I have faith in Christ, I shall love Him ; if I love Him, I shall keep His commandments ; if I do not keep His commandments, I do not love Him; if I do not love Him, I do not believe in Him. A believer does not do good works to be saved by them, but in love to others, from a root of faith, and because he is saved. " If ye love Me, keep My...

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