Leaves from the tree of life

 
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 Excerpt: ...a foothold on a new continent, and their possession of it is like the world's knowledge of the map of Africa when we were children, which had a settlement dotted here and there along the coast, and all the broad regions of the interior undreamed of. The settlers huddle together upon the fringe of barren sand by the salt water, and never think of pressing forward into the heart of the land. And so too many of us are content with what we have got--a little of God, when we might have Him all; a settlement on the fringe and edge of the land, when we might traverse the whole length of it, and behold! it is all ours. Love of ease kept Israel from marching on Ramoth. It was far off; there was a river to ford and heights to climb, and no doubt there would be many hard blows going before the walls--so, on the whole, it was more comfortable to "be still," and let Ramoth alone. "We be still, and take it not out of the hands of the King of Syria." Then these things that are ours, by God's gift, by Christ's purchase, by the Spirit's influence, will need our effort to secure them. And that is no contradiction, nor any paradox. God does exactly in the same way, with regard to a great many of His natural gifts, as He does with regard to His spiritual ones. He gives them to us, but we hold them on this tenure, that we put forth our best efforts to get and to keep them. His giving them does not set aside our taking. However much we tried, we could not take them out of His hand if it were clenched. Open as His hand is, and stretched out to us as it is, the gifts that sparkle in it are not transferred to our hands, unless we ourselves put forth effort. One large part of the discipline by which men make their own their own is by familiarising themselves with...

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Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910) has been known for gen erations as the prince of preachers. He was born in Scotland and lived much of his life in England. His abilities to dissect a passage and to use analogies from nature and life have long been imitated. His sermons reveal his passion, spiritual insight, and intellectual power.

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