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       William Gurnall
       1617-1679
      
       William Gurnall was educated at the free grammar school of his native town, and in 1631 was nominated to the Lynn scholarship in Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he graduated BA in 1635 and MA in 1639. He was made rector of Lavenham in Suffolk in 1644; and before he received that appointment he seems to have officiated, perhaps as curate, at Sudbury.
      
       Gurnall is known by his Christian in Complete Armour, published in three volumes, dated 1655, 1658 and 1662. It consists of sermons or lectures delivered by the author in the course of his regular ministry, in a consecutive course on Ephesians 6:10-20. Comment, or recommendation, is perhaps needless in speaking of Gurnall's great work.


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Compare not thyself with those that have less than thyself, but look on those that have far exceeded thee.

    Topics: Achievement

Oh, it is sad for a poor Christian to stand at the door of the promise, in the dark night of affliction, afraid to draw the latch, whereas he should then come boldly for shelter as a child into his father's house.

    Topics: Apathy, Affliction

If thou beest ever so exact in thy morals, and not a worshiper of God, then thou art an atheist.

    Topics: Atheism

It is true, Christian, the debt thou owest to God must be paid in good and lawful money, but, for thy comfort, here Christ is thy paymaster.

    Topics: Atonement, Money

Least doers are the greatest boasters.

    Topics: Boasting, Laziness

Take heed thou makest not the least child thine enemy by offering wrong to him; God will right the wicked even upon the saint.

    Topics: Children, Enemies

Christ will bear no equal, and Satan no superior; and therefore, hold in with both thou canst not.

    Topics: Christ

Christ counts it his honour, that he is a king of a willing people, and not of slaves.

    Topics: Christ, Obedience

The soldier is summoned to a life of active duty and so is the Christian.

    Topics: Christians

The Christian's life should put his minister's sermon in print.

    Topics: Christians
    Source: A Puritan Golden Treasury

O if once our hearts were but filled with zeal for God, and compassion to our people's souls, we would up and be doing, though we could but lay a brick a day, and God would be with us.

    Topics: Compassion, Zeal

Peace of conscience is nothing but the echo of pardoning mercy.

    Topics: Conscience

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