Desirous of approval…

…if we are desirous to have our faith approved, we ought to abide by this rule, to be satisfied with the command alone, and go forward wherever God commands, and, expecting the success which he promises, not to indulge in excessive anxiety.

Calvin, Harmony of the Evangelists, Book III, p. 197

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Along with weakness…

…even in the present day in order to rise above the offence of the cross, it is of great importance to us to know that, along with the weakness of the flesh, the glory of divinity appeared in Christ about the very time of his death.

Calvin, Harmony of the Evangelists, Book III, p. 196

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Collect: Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity…

LORD we pray thee, that thy Grace may always prevent, and follow us; and make us continually to be given to all good works through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Early…and often…

Let us therefore learn to repent early, lest our long-continued harshness should confirm the reign of Satan within us; for as soon as we have been abandoned to this tyranny his rage will have no bounds.

Calvin, Harmony of the Evangelists, Book III, p. 193

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Our own tools…

We are, in a certain sense, our own tools, and therefore must keep ourselves in order.

Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, p. 1

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Lath and plaster…

It is delicious to put one’s foot through the lath and plaster of old affectations, to make room for the granite wall of reality.

Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, p. xiv

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Collect: Fourteenth Sunday after Trinity

ALMIGHTY and everlasting God, give unto us the increase of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain that which thou dost promise, make us to love that which thou dost command; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

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