Gleanings of heavenly wisdom: or, The sayings of John Dod ... and Philip Henry

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Page 11 - Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
Page 51 - In his thanksgivings for temporal mercies, he often said, — If the end of one mercy were not the beginning of another, we were undone : and to encourage to the work of thanksgiving he would say, — That new mercies call for new returns of praise, and then those new returns will fetch in new mercies.
Page 46 - When he spoke of a good name, he usually described it to be a name for good things with good people. When he spoke of contentment, he used to say, " When the mind and the condition meet, there is contentment. Now in order to that, either the condition must be brought up to the mind, and that is not only unreasonable but impossible ; for as the condition riseth, the mind riseth with it ; or else the mind must be brought down to the condition, and that is both possible and reasonable.
Page 39 - If the Lord will be pleased to grant me my request this time concerning my children, I will not say as the beggars at our door used to do, I'll never ask any thing of him again; but, on the contrary, he shall hear oftener from me than ever; and I will love God the better, and love prayer the better, as long as I live.
Page 37 - ... things wherein they differ. They are all of a mind concerning sin, that it is the worst thing in the world; concerning Christ, that he is all in all; concerning the favour of God, that it is better than life ; concerning the world, that it is vanity ; concerning the word of God, that it is very precious, &c.
Page 53 - Every minute of sabbath-time is precious, and none of it to be lost ; and that he scarce thought the Lord's day well spent, if he were not weary in body at night; wearied with his work, but not weary of it, as he used to distinguish. He would say sometimes to those about him, when he had gone through the duties of a sabbath, — Well, if this be not the way to heaven, I do not know what is.
Page 49 - ... the greatest affliction than to commit the least sin ; that it highly concerns us to do that now, which we shall most wish we had done when we come to die; that work for God is its 'own wages; that it is folly for a man to do that which he must certainly undo again by repentance, or be undone to all eternity.
Page 52 - In those things wherein all the people of God are agreed, I will spend my zeal ; and wherein they differ I will endeavour to walk according to the light that God hath given me, and charitably believe that others do so too.
Page 54 - It was a caution he was often wont to give; " See to it, that your work be not undone, when your time is done, lest you be undone for ever.
Page 47 - God can provide for us without us ; so cannot we for ourselves without God."] [Mr. Henry] said he had observed concerning himself, that he was sometimes the worse for eating, but never for abstinence ; sometimes the worse for wearing too few clothes, but never for wearing too many ; sometimes the worse for speaking, but never for keeping silence.* As to his letters, he was very free in writing to his friends.

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