Thoughts on the Religious Life (Google eBook)

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G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1879 - Christian life - 129 pages
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Page 35 - The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou nearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth ; so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Page 128 - ... gray, And prints of little feet, mark the dust along the way. And some approach the threshold whose looks are blank with fear. And some whose temples brighten with joy in drawing near, As if they saw dear faces, and caught the gracious eye Of Him, the Sinless Teacher, who came for us to die.
Page 24 - Whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation. And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and he doeth according to his will in the armies of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth...
Page 127 - But were it the meanest under-service, if God by his Secretary conscience enjoin it, it were sad for me if I should draw back...
Page 9 - I cannot but lament the tendency of the time encouraged by some in the zealous prosecution of science to turn its attention from the teachings of the gospel, from the beautiful example of Christ's life, and the supremely excellent precepts which he gave to his disciples and the people who resorted to hear him. To those teachings and that example, the world owes its recovery from the abominations of heathenism. The very men who, in the pride of their investigations into the secrets of the...
Page 127 - I trust hereby to make it manifest with what small willingness I endure to interrupt the pursuit of no less hopes than these, and leave a calm and pleasing solitariness, fed with cheerful and confident thoughts, to embark in a troubled sea of noises and hoarse disputes, put from beholding the bright countenance of truth in the quiet and still air of delightful studies...
Page 11 - In my view of the life, the teachings, the labors, and the sufferings of the blessed Jesus, there can be no admiration too profound, no love of which the human heart is capable too warm, no gratitude too earnest and deep of which He is justly the object. It is with sorrow that my love for Him is so cold, and my gratitude so inadequate. It is with sorrow that I see any attempt to put aside His teachings as a delusion, to turn men's eyes from his example, to meet with doubt and denial the story of...
Page 10 - I feel for the dispensation which bestowed that example on mankind, for the truths which he taught and the sufferings he endured for our sakes. I tremble to think what the world would be without Him. Take away the blessing of the advent of his life and the blessings purchased by his death, in what an abyss of guilt would man have been left ! It would seem to be blotting the sun out of the heavens to leave our system of worlds in chaos, frost, and darkness. In my view of the life, the teachings,...
Page 5 - And some approach the threshold whose looks are blank with fear, And some whose temples brighten with joy in drawing near, As if they saw dear faces, and caught the gracious eye Of Him, the Sinless Teacher, who came for us to die. I mark the joy, the terror ; yet these, within my heart, Can neither wake the dread nor the longing to depart ; And, in the sunshine streaming on quiet wood and lea, I stand and calmly wait till the hinges turn for me.
Page 69 - Clouds and darkness are round about Him. His pavilion is dark waters and thick clouds of the skies ! Justice and judgment are the habitation of His throne ! Mercy and truth shall go before His face ! Fellow-citizens : God reigns, and the Government at Washington still lives ! " The speaker was GENERAL GARFIELD.

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