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Hippocrates on Healing

Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that made him sick Hippocrates

de Mello on Changing Others

Each time you seek to change another, ask yourself this: What will be served by this change - my pride, my pleasure or my profit? Anthony de Mello, Awakening

Forsyth on Teaching on Prayer

No one ought to undertake teaching about prayer who has not spent more toil in the practice of prayer than on its principle. P.T. Forsyth, The Soul of Prayer

Maclaren on anxiety

Your anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; but it empties today of its strength. - Alexander Maclaren, Sermon "Anxious Care"

Chambers on Criticism

When we discern that other people are not growing spiritually and allow that discernment to turn to criticism, we block our fellowship with God. God never gives us discernment so that we may criticize, but that we may intercede. Oswald... Continue Reading →

Dyson on the importance of idleness

I am fooling around not doing anything, which probably means that this is a creative period, although of course you don’t know until afterward. I think that it is very important to be idle…. People who keep themselves busy all... Continue Reading →

Running a church like a business

I don't know whether the church should be run like a business or not, but I know it shouldn't be run like a bad business.

A 17th Century nun on aging

Lord, You know better than I know myself that I am growing older and will someday be old. Keep me from the fatal habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion. Release me from... Continue Reading →

Lewis on Obedience and Authority

Obedience accepted with delight and authority exercised with humility are the very lines along with our spirits live. C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

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