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Tenderness of conscience is always to be distinguished from scrupulousness. The conscience cannot be kept too sensitive and tender; but scrupulousness arises from bodily or mental infirmity, and discovers itself in a multitude of ridiculous, superstitious, and painful feelings.
[Conscience]
 

The Christian will find his parentheses for prayer even in the busiest hours of life.
[Prayer]
 

The first step towards knowledge is to know that we are ignorant.
[Knowledge]
 

The grandest operations, both in nature and grace, are the most silent and imperceptible. - The shallow brook babbles in its passage and is heard by every one; but the coming on of the seasons is silent and unseen. - The storm rages and alarms, but its fury is soon exhausted, and its effects are but partial and soon remedied; but the dew, though gentle and unheard, is immense in quantity, and is the very life of large portions of the earth. - And these are pictures of the operations of grace in the church and in the soul.
 

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.
 

The joy of religion is an exorcist to the mind; it expels the demons of carnal mirth and madness.
[Religion]
 

The meanness of the earthen vessel which conveys to others the Gospel of treasure, takes nothing from the value of the treasure. A dying hand may sign a deed of gift of incalculable value. A shepherd's boy may point out the way to a philosopher. A beggar may be the bearer of an invaluable present.
[Preaching]
 

The nurse of infidelity is sensuality.
[Infidelity]
 

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.
[Prayer]
 

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.
[Religion]
 

The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at a time.
[Method]
 

The union of Christians to Christ, their common head, and by means of the influence they derive from him, one to another, may be illustrated by the loadstone. It not only attracts the particles of iron to itself by the magnetic virtue, but by this virtue it unites them one to another.
 

The very heart and root of sin is an independent spirit. - We erect the idol self, and not only wish others to worship, but worship it ourselves.
[Selfishness]
 

The way of every man is declarative of the end of every man.
[Man]
 

The world looks at ministers out of the pulpit to know what they mean when in it.
[Preaching]
 

There are but two classes of the wise; the men who serve God because they have found him, and the men who seek him because they have found him not. All others may say, "Is there not a lie in my right hand?"
[Wisdom]
 

There are soft moments even to desperadoes. God does not, all at once, abandon even them.
[Thought]
 

There are three things which the true Christian desires in respect to sin: Justification, that it may not condemn; sanctification, that it may not reign; and glorification, that it may not be.
[Sin]
 

There is no such thing as a fixed policy, because policy like all organic entities is always in the making.
 

There is something in religion, when rightly apprehended, that is masculine and grand. It removes those little desires which are "the constant hectic of a fool."
[Religion]
 


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