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Holiness Tradition

James on Asceticism

Every day do something for no other reason than its difficulty, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test. Asceticism in this sort of thing is... Continue Reading →

Chambers on being of use to God

God can accomplish nothing with the person who thinks that he is of use to God. The most important aspect of Christianity is not the work we do, but the relationship with Him that we maintain and the surrounding qualities... Continue Reading →

Tozer on Why We Shouldn’t Pray for Revival

Evangelical mystic A.W. Tozer explains why today's church is not ready for revival.

Hawke on Happiness

Often we imagine that we will work hard until we arrive at some distant goal, and then we will be happy. This is a delusion. Happiness is the result of a life lived with purpose. Happiness is not an objective.... Continue Reading →

Sayers on the Deadly Virtues

The Seven Deadly Virtues: respectability, childishness, mental timidity, dullness, sentimentality, censoriousness, and depression of spirits. Dorothy Sayers, Letters to a Diminished Church

Trueblood on Transforming Church

Trueblood gives some practical advice on how to transform congregations into redemptive societies

Smith on Failure

Hannah Whitall Smith gives advice how to respond when we fail in the Christian life

Smith on Temptations

Hannah Whitall Smith corrects three misconceptions about temptations

Packer on Genuine Holiness

J.I. Packer contrasts genuine holiness with legalistic rules.

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