Encyclopaedia of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America; Including the Northern and Southern Assemblies Volume 3

Encyclopaedia of the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America; Including the Northern and Southern Assemblies Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 edition. Excerpt: ...centurion, captain, pilot, and all--the heroic coolness, the veteran sagacity, and sublime composure which made him appear a sort of Deity, were the answer to fasting and prayer. Besides this, prayer exerts a sanctifying influence upon the soul. It brings our wills into harmony with the will of God. It increases our abhorrenoe of the evils from which we seek deliverance. It keeps us mindful of our sinfulncss, helplessness and dependence on the Divine bounty. It draws all the Christian graces into its focus: Charity, followed by her lovely train, her forbearance with faults, her forgiveness of injuries, her pity for errors, her compassion for wants; repentance, with her holy sorrows, her pious resolutions, her self-distrust; faith, with her elevated eye; hope, with her grasped anchot; bcruficerice, with her open hand; zeal, looking far and wide to serve; and humilily, with eyes turned inward, looking at home; each and all of these graces prayer quickens in the heart, warms into life, fits for active service and dismisses to its appropriate practice. But prayer is not only of this indirect advantage; it also secures the blessings which we need. Beyond all question, it leads God to do for us what we had no right or reason to expect, if we had not earnestly and confidently called upon Him. The speculative difiiculty which has been started on this subject, especially in relation to God's unchangeableness, vanishes when examined. We feel no hesitation in believing that God hates sin, and the way of transgressors, and we should feel as little in believing that He is pleased with that which tends to holinem. Blasphemy, for example: we are neither staggered nor confused when it influences the mind of God to punish the ofl'ender. But a...show more

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  • Paperback | 1086 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 54mm | 1,896g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123697476X
  • 9781236974761