“It may be asked why love is superior even to faith, as Paul teaches in his great Corinthian chapter. There are fundamental reasons: First, love is the result of faith; second, faith is only a means, while love is an end in itself. So it might be said that faith is the servant of love. Third, when faith has been swallowed up in perfect knowledge, love will still abide forever and ever.
”‘Wherefore thou art no longer a bondsman, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.’ This follows logically… for a son is usually an heir of his father. In another place Paul expands on this doctrine: ‘And if children, then heirs; heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ.’
“How much is included in being the heirs of God! Then whatever is His will be ours.
Visit To Henry Ward Beecher “Following the disaster of Bull Run, when the strength and resources of the nation seemed to have been wasted, the hopes of the North were at their lowest ebb, and Mr. Lincoln was well-nigh overwhelmed with the awful responsibility of guiding the nation in its life struggle. Henry Ward Beecher, of Brooklyn, was, perhaps, more prominently associated with the cause of the North at that time than any other minister of the gospel.
“According to Christ’s estimate, one individual is of unspeakable value.
”‘I say unto you, likewise, joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons who need no repentance.’
“Is that really God’s thought about us human beings, so sinful and unworthy? Among so many millions on millions does He really care for every one of us? or is He so busy with the eternities and immensities that He overlooks individuals and details?
“There is no need for Protestants to be stampeded into making a choice between the power of the Pope [Fascism] and the power of Russia [Communism]. Protestants have in their possession a power greater than both of these combined, namely, the very power of God in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With St. Paul they must declare, ‘I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to them that believe.
“Shall I tell it again? Yes! The devil had really taken possession of my heart. I was breathing nothing but hatred, vengeance and death against those defenseless and humble ministers of the Gospel. My hope was that I would make the ground so hot under their feet, in that parish and everywhere in Canada, that they could not dwell any longer in our land.
“The last address was hardly finished the third day, when I saw five or six of those humble and zealous ministers of the Gospel, or colporteurs, who had patiently and bravely attended all my meetings, with their Bibles in their hands, coming to meet and challenge me to have a discussion with them, promising to refute me before my people.
Brian Shilavy writes the following:
“The heart of idolatry is looking to sources outside of God for our basic needs and desires in life. The idol is an attempt to explain life apart from God, our Creator.
“Modern-day culture has changed dramatically since the theory of Darwinian evolution came on the scene and dominated academics in western culture, so that today the physical world is exalted above all other realities. The spiritual world is either denied or ignored.
“Our churches “teach that one Holy Church is to continue forever.” They are confident that Christ has established His kingdom upon earth, which is an everlasting kingdom, against which the gates of hell shall not prevail.
“It did in some periods of the Church’s history look as if it had ceased to exist, and some Christians became discouraged when appearances indicated that the fury of hell, though many of its emissaries wore the livery of heaven, would triumph over the Gospel.
“One thing more our text mentions as needful, that we be “strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness.“
“They are wonderful words. We have such great riches in Christ and are waiting for the full enjoyment of our everlasting inheritance in heaven. And now we are to have sufferings and afflictions, and are to learn the lesson of patience, and even to pass through our tribulations with joyfulness.
Chapter 25 For more than twenty years Johnny Appleseed had been making his name one to laugh at and love in the log cabins between the Ohio River and the northern lakes. In 1806, he loaded two canoes with apple seeds at cider mills in western Pennsylvania and floated down the Ohio River to the Muskingum, along which he curved to White Woman Creek, the Mohican, the Black Fork, making a long stay on the borders of Licking Creek and in Licking County, where many farmers were already thanking him for their orchards.