Advice to a Young Christian, on the Importance of Aiming at an Elevated Standard of Piety
This was originally released in 1827 by an anonymous author simply called A Village Pastor with an outstanding Introductory Essay by Archibald Alexander. It went on to be one of the best selling books by the American Tract Society. It was also published in the UK by the Religious Tract Society of London where it became very popular. "To the lambs of Christ's flock, whom Peter was enjoined by the Good Shepherdf to feed, I dedicate this little book. The letters which compose it were written to instruct one of their number, the daughter of a highly valued friend. Since they are now made public, it is the ardent prayer of the author, that they may comfort and edify many more."--The Author. "The following letters are well calculated to turn the attention of the Christian public to the importance of diligence and punctuality in performing the duties of the closet. They were forwarded to me by an esteemed young clergyman, who is settled as a pastor in a distant and retired village. These letters are seasonable, judicious, and pious, and that as they are written in an animated style they will be extensively perused by the young." - Archilbald Alexander.
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Page 69 - Knowledge dwells In heads replete with thoughts of other men, Wisdom in minds attentive to their own. Knowledge, a rude unprofitable mass, The mere materials with which wisdom builds, Till smoothed and squared and fitted to its place, Does but encumber whom it seems to enrich.
Page 87 - I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance; but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire; whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Page 54 - Create in me a clean heart, 0 God ; and renew a right spirit within me.
Page 55 - If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning ! If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth ; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy...
Page 86 - By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
Page 67 - Unto Him that loved me, and washed me from my sins in his own blood ; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.
Page 2 - Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right ; And I hate every false way.
Page 122 - May this blest volume ever lie Close to my heart, and near my eye, Till life's last hour my soul engage, And be my chosen heritage.
Page 84 - ... for their encouragement, to misinterpret and misapply its meaning. When they meet with such a sweeping declaration as this, " If any man love the world, and the things that are in the world, the love of the Father is not in him...
Page 28 - grow in grace," to " forget the things which are behind," and " reach towards those which are before ? " to make Christ our mark ; and press towards it, with all the energy of an Olympic racer, struggling in competition for the goal? Now, I warn you not to listen to such cold predictions. They who make them from their own experience, may have been...