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Civilization today reminds me of an ape with a blowtorch playing in a room full of dynamite. It looks like the monkeys are about to operate the zoo, and the inmates are taking over the asylum.

    Topics: Morality

A wife who is 85% faithful to her husband is not faithful at all. There is no such thing as part-time loyalty to Jesus Christ.

    Topics: Obedience

Jesus Christ demands more complete allegiance than any dictator who ever lived. The difference is, He has a right to it.

    Topics: Obedience

What our Lord said about cross-bearing and obedience is not in fine type. It is in bold print on the face of the contract.

    Topics: Obedience

No man or woman ever had a nobler challenge or a higher privilege than to bring up a child for God and whenever we slight that privilege or neglect that ministry for anything else, we live to mourn it in heartache and grief.

    Topics: Parents

Popularity has slain more prophets of God than persecution ever did.

    Topics: Persecution

It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.

    Topics: Philosophy

If you can't pray as you want to, pray as you can. God knows what you mean.

    Topics: Prayer

It is not that God is stingy and must be coaxed, for He "giveth liberally and upbraideth not." It is that we ourselves are so shallow and sinful that we need to tarry before Him until our restless natures can be stilled and the clamor of outside voices be deadened so that we can hear His voice. Such a state is not easily reached, and the men God uses have paid a price in wrestlings and prevailing prayer. But it is such men who rise from their knees confident of His power and go forth to speak with authority.

    Topics: Prayer, Power, Authority

Some preachers ought to put more fire into their sermons, or more sermons into the fire.

    Topics: Preaching, Fire

If you want to be popular, preach happiness. If you want to be unpopular, preach holiness.

    Topics: Preaching, Holiness

A country schoolteacher, applying for a job, was asked, 'Do you teach that the earth is round or flat?' 'Which way do you want it taught?' was the reply, 'I can teach it either way.' Something like that is the attitude in many a pulpit today.

    Topics: Preaching

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