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The faith, the mother of all good works, justifieth us, before we can bring forth any good work: as the husband marrieth his wife before he can have any lawful children by her. Furthermore, as the husband marrieth not his wife that she should continue unfruitful as before, and as she was in the state of virginity, (wherein it was impossible for her to bear fruit) but contrariwise to make her fruitful; even so faith justifieth us not, that is to say, marrieth us not to God, that we should continue unfruitful as before, but that he should put the seed of his holy spirit in us, (as St. John in his first pistle calleth it) and to make us fruitful. For, saith Paul, (Eph. ij.) “By grace are ye made safe through faith, and that not of yourselves: for it is the gift of God, and cometh not of the works, lest any man should boast himself. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath ordained that we should walk in them.” Amen.

 Preface

William Tyndale, Parable of the Wicked Mammon, 1527.

 William Tyndale published Parable of the Wicked Mammon this date, 5/8/1527.

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Discipline is what moderns need the most and want the least.

– Richard Taylor, The Disciplined Life (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship Inc., 1962), 11.

 

Theodore Roosevelt said “The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living, and the get rich theory of life.”

– Richard Taylor, The Disciplined Life (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship Inc., 1962), 18.

 

Discipline must be seen as a servant, not a savoir…Discipline unquestionably makes a man superior.  If not watched, it will make him feel superior.

– Richard Taylor, The Disciplined Life (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship Inc., 1962), 40.

 

Faith can release in a moment powers for holiness that discipline cannot command in a millennium. 

– Richard Taylor, The Disciplined Life (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship Inc., 1962), 54.

 

The baptism of the Hoy Spirit gives neither a trained mind nor trained hands.  The holiest soul may be ignorant, awkward, and blundering…he may have no trade, skill, art, or profession.  But not for long.

– Richard Taylor, The Disciplined Life (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship Inc., 1962), 60.

 

Richard Shelley Taylor was born this date (3/30/1912) in Cornelius, Oregon.  He wrote several other books including A Right Conception of Sin.  It was my privilege to sit under his teaching in the Chamberlain Holiness Lecture Series at Wesley Biblical Seminary, Jackson, MS.  Got to meet him and he autographed five of his books for me.

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Mr Wesley I reverence as the greatest minister I know but would not follow Him one step farther than he follows Christ.

                John Fletcher, Checks to Antinomianism, NY: Carlton and Porter n.d.), 71.

 

Faith is the hidden root hope the rising stalk and love together with good works the nourishing corn… Christ takes neither faith nor hope into heaven the former being gloriously absorbed in sight and the latter in enjoyment.

                John Fletcher, Checks to Antinomianism, NY: Carlton and Porter n.d.), 75.

 

…The word Belial in the original signifies “without yoke.”

                John Fletcher, Checks to Antinomianism, NY: Carlton and Porter n.d.), 81.

 

…Predestinarians…Augustine their father.

                John Fletcher, Checks to Antinomianism, NY: Carlton and Porter n.d.), 153.

 

…part of St. Paul’s triumphant song just before he received the crown of martyrdom was “I have kept the faith!”  What wonder was it that he should have kept what even the incestuous Corinthian could never lose!

                John Fletcher, Checks to Antinomianism, NY: Carlton and Porter n.d.), 256.

 

…believing is as much a work of the heart, as walking to church is a work of the feet.

                John Fletcher, Checks to Antinomianism, NY: Carlton and Porter n.d.), 297.

John William Fletcher was converted to Christ this date (1/23/1755) under the influence of a Methodist minister.

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“Faith Is the Victory”   (stanza 1) 

 

Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise.
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below
Let all our strength be hurled.
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.

 

John Henry Yates was born this date in Batavia, NY.  Yates was a shoe salesman and later a hardware store manager.  Eventually he became a Baptist minister who was influenced by Ira D. Sankey.  Yates also penned “The Harbor Bell” “The Model Church” and “The Old Book Stands.”

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I’ve never been to Bethlehem,

Nor walked by Galilee.

And the hills that knew my blessed Lord,

I may never live to see. 

But I’ve tried to trace His footsteps,

Across the Sacred Page. 

And by faith, I know He rules today,

As He has in every age.

 

O, Faith, faith without it, 

You just cannot please the Lord.

Have faith, faith, to doubt it, 

Brother, you cannot afford.

For faith is the substance

Of things hoped for and yet not seen.

And lack of faith is why the church is so awfully lean.

                                                                         –eab, 11/1973   

 

Written while principal of Wyandot Christian School in Ohio

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1st stanza

Strong Son of God, immortal love,
Whom we, that have not seen Thy face,
By faith, and faith alone, embrace,
Believing where we cannot prove.

 

            – Al­fred Ten­ny­son – died this date, 10/6/1892,  Poet Laureate (1850-1892)

 

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