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Brother Lawrence on Guilt

When he sinned, he confessed it to God with these words: "I can do nothing better without You. Please keep me from falling and correct the mistakes I make." After that, he did not feel guilty about the sin. Brother... Continue Reading →

Finney on What Revivals Are (and Aren’t)

Charles Finney explains what revivals are, what hinders them, and when they can be expected.

Edwards on the Importance of Emotion

Jonathan Edwards makes the case for the importance of emotions in the spiritual life.

Tozer on Orthodoxy

For myself, I am reverently concerned that I teach nothing but Christ crucified. For me to accept a teaching or even an emphasis, I must be persuaded that it is scriptural and altogether apostolic in spirit and temper. And it... Continue Reading →

Eliot on Evangelical Hypocrisy

George Eliot's scathing critique of an Evangelical preacher of her time bears lessons for Evangelicals of all times.

The Desert Saints on Doing Nothing for Show

The Desert Fathers and Mothers teach about the importance of humility and doing nothing for show.

Quaker Self-Examination

The Canadian Yearly Meeting's Advices and Queries guide Canadian Quakers in their practice of self-examination. Come see what they ask themselves!

Thomas à Kempis on the Dangers of Intellectualism

Thomas à Kempis outlines some dangers of substitute learning for genuine devotion.

Spurgeon on depression in ministry

Charles Spurgeon shares how depression manifests itself in pastoral ministry.

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