The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own.
“We have never sought to hinder the uprising of other churches from our midst or in our neighborhood. It is with cheerfulness that we dismiss our twelves, our twenties, our fifties, to form other churches. We encourage our members to leave us to found other churches; nay, we seek to persuade them to do it. We ask them to scatter throughout the land to become the goodly seed which God shall bless. I believe that so long as we do this we shall prosper. I have marked other churches that have adopted the other way, and they have not succeeded.”
– C.H. Spurgeon from sermon no. 626, The Waterer Watered, delivered on Sunday Morning, April 23, 1865, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle.
God despises pride. Pride usually leads into a terrible fall. Only Satan can convince us that we, by our own strength, have accomplished anything good spiritually. If through our talents, gifts, and opportunities anything spiritually good has been accomplished, we must always give God the glory. From whom did we secure our talents? Who has ultimately arranged our opportunities? Who is the only One who can open men’s hearts?
Thomas, C. C. (2001). Practical wisdom for pastors: Words of encouragement and counsel for a lifetime of ministry (209–210). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books.
Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of.