Monthly Archives: February 2011

Vigor & Rigor

‎”To be vigorous in spiritual life, we must be rigorous in daily life.” (Murray Caphil, Preaching with Spiritual Vigour, 50)

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Experimental Christianity

“Experimental Christianity values genuine spiritual experience. It is not content merely to know the truth, but desires to experience, live and feel it. It is not satisfied with affirming the importance of holiness, but gives rise to an earnest pursuit … Continue reading

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An Exact Man

“Reading makes a full man; conversation a ready man, and writing an exact man.” (Francis Bacon, cited in Samuel Miller, Thoughts on Public Prayer, 291)

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How to Use a Book

“The most truly valuable use we can make of any book, especially one on such a subject, is by no means servilely copying its pages; but by digesting its thoughts; by making them our own; and, in short, like a … Continue reading

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Living at the Throne

“None can hope to attain excellent in the grace and gift of prayer in the public assembly, unless they abound in closet devotion, and in holy communion with God in secret… without this, there will not, there cannot be that … Continue reading

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Characteristics of Good Prayer

“There is hardly any thing more attractive and impressive in this exercise [of public prayer] than the appearance of a sanctified intelligence, as well as a warm heart, dictating and accompanying every petition; when there is an opportunity given for … Continue reading

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Yes, Minister?

“Yes, it is the fault of the officiating minister in the Presbyterian Church, if prayer be not made the most tender, touching, and deeply impressive of all the services of the public sanctuary.” (Samuel Miller, Thoughts on Public Prayer, 171)

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Sign of the Times

“The preaching of the gospel is perhaps the single most important sign of the times. It is the evidence of the triumph of God’s gracious purposes in history, preparing the way for the coming again of the Lord of glory, … Continue reading

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The Best Part of Preparation

“O! that ministers could be persuaded to realize that the best part of their preparation for the pulpit, that which is best adapted to impart the richest instructiveness, and the most touching unction to all its teachings, is, not to … Continue reading

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The True Sacred Orator

“Of all this art of persuasion he is the greatest master who seems to have none. Let your aim be to persuade men in Christ’s name, and not to be praised for skill in persuading. These two distinct ends many … Continue reading

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