Put Your Ear

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‘Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters, and servants and masters not to come there. And then look Christ in the face, Whose mercy you have professed to obey, and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.

– William Booth

Rare Pearls

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The Lord gets his best soldiers out of the highlands of affliction.

Those who dive in the sea of affliction bring up rare pearls.

As sure as God puts His children in the furnace of affliction, He will be with them in it.

Most of the grand truths of God have to be learned by trouble; they must be burned into us with the hot iron of affliction, otherwise we shall not truly receive them.

– Charles Spurgeon

What Has Happened?

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We should not ask, “What is wrong with the world?” for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, “What has happened to the salt and light?”

The truth is that there are such things as Christian tears, and too few of us ever weep them.

– John Stott