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    Christ wrought out His perfect obedience as a man, through temptation, and by suffering.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    Fruitful and acceptable worship begins before it begins.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: worship 
     
    We believe that the history of the world is but the history of His influence and that the center of the whole universe is the cross of Calvary.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    The gospel is not speculation but fact. It is truth, because it is the record of a person who is the Truth.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: truth  people  facts  gospel 
     
    There can be no faith so feeble that Christ does not respond to it.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: faith  christ 
     
    As we look upon that agony and those tearful prayers, let us not only look with thankfulness; but let that kneeling Saviour teach us that in prayer alone can we be forearmed against our lesser sorrows; that strength to bear flows into the heart that is opened in supplication; and that a sorrow which we are made able to endure is more truly conquered than a sorrow which we avoid
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: heart  sorrow  alone  prayer  strength 
     
    God keeps giving Himself as long as we bring that into which He can pour Himself. And when we stop bringing, He stops giving.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: giving  god 
     
    You must cast yourself on God's gospel with all your weight, without any hanging back, without any doubt, without even the shadow of a suspicion that it will give.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: doubt  god  gospel 
     
    He who has the Holy Spirit in His heart and the Scripture in his hands has all he needs.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: heart  holy  spirit 
     
    The prayer that begins with trustfulness, and passes on into waiting, will always end in thankfulness, triumph, and praise.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: praise  prayer 
     
    The world takes its notions of God from the people who say that they belong to God's family. They read us a great deal more than they read the Bible. They see us; they only hear about Jesus Christ.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: people  world  god  jesus  bible  christ  read 
     
    If God sends us on stony paths, He will provide us with strong shoes.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: strong  god  path 
     
    The apostolic church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death and heaven. The early Christians were looking, not for a cleft in the ground called a grave but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    No man loveth God except the man who has first learned that God loves him.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: men  god 
     
    Do not let the loud utterances of your own wills anticipate, nor drown, the still, small voice in which God speaks. Bridle impatience till He does. If you cannot hear His whisper, wait till you do. Take care of running before you are sent. Keep your wills in equipoise till God's hand gives the impulse and direction.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: care  running  god 
     
    Peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but from the presence of God.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: peace  god 
     
    Being in Christ, it is safe to forget the past; it is possible to be sure of the future; it is possible to be diligent in the present.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: present  christ 
     
    Conflict, not progress, is the word that defines man's path from darkness into light. No holiness is won by any other means than this, that wickedness should be slain day by day, and hour by hour.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    That is faith, cleaving to Christ, twining round Him with all the tendrils of our heart, as the vine does round its support.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: heart  faith  christ 
     
    A picture without sky has no glory. This present, unless we see gleaming beyond it the eternal calm of the heavens, above the tossing tree tops with withering leaves, and the smoky chimneys, is a poor thing for our eyes to gaze at, or our hearts to love, or our hands to toil on.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: heart  present  eyes  sky  poor  heaven 
     
    Let the current of your being set towards God, then your life will be filled and calmed by one master-passion which unites and stills the soul.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: soul  god 
     
    Remember that vision on the Mount of Transfiguration; and let it be ours, even in the glare of earthly joys and brightnesses, to lift up our eyes, like those wondering three, and see no man any more, save Jesus only.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: men  joy  eyes  jesus  vision 
     
    The Gospel is not a mere message of deliverance, but a canon of conduct; it is not a theology to be accepted, but it is ethics to be lived. It is not to be believed only, but it is to be taken into life as a guide.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: ethics  theology  gospel 
     
    In such a world as this, with such hearts as ours, weakness is wickedness in the long run. Whoever lets himself be shaped and guided by any thing lower than an inflexible will, fixed in obedience to God, will in the end be shaped into a deformity, and guided to wreck and ruin
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: heart  world  weakness  god 
     
    Logically, faith comes first, and love next; but in life they will spring up together in the soul; the interval which separates them is impalpable, and in every act of trust, love is present; and fundamental to every emotion of love to Christ is trust in Christ.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    God is His own motive. His love is not drawn out by our loveableness, but wells up, like an artesian spring, from the depths of His nature.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: nature  god 
     
    You cannot put patience and experience into a parenthesis, and, omitting them, bring hope out of tribulation.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    The tears of Christ are the pity of God. The gentleness of Jesus is the long-suffering of God. The tenderness of Jesus is the love of God. He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: tears  god  jesus  christ  father 
     
    Let me always remember that it is not the amount of religious knowledge which I have, but the amount which I use, that determines my religious position and character.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    Here is the manliness of manhood, that a man has a good reason for what he does, and has a will in doing it.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: men  manhood 
     
    If you would know Christ at all, you must go to Him as a sinful man, or you are shut out from Him altogether.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: men  christ 
     
    Faith refers to Christ. Holiness depends on faith. Heaven depends on holiness.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: faith  christ  heaven 
     
    Be sure that your soul is never so intensely alive as when in the deepest abnegation it waits hushed before God .
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: soul  god 
     
    If you would win the world, melt it, do not hammer it.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: world 
     
    As the flowers follow the sun, and silently hold up their petals to be tinted and enlarged by its shining, so must we, if we would know the joy of God, hold our souls, wills, hearts, and minds, still before Him, whose voice commands, whose love warns, whose truth makes fair our whole being. God speaks for the most part in such silence only. If the soul be full of tumult and jangling voices, His voice is little likely to be heard.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: truth  heart  joy  silence  soul  flowers  god  mind 
     
    Unless we are wedded to Jesus Christ by the simple act of trust in His mercy and His power, Christ is nothing to us.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: power  trust  mercy  jesus  christ 
     
    As in mysterious and transcendent union the Divine takes into itself the human in the person of Jesus, and eternity is blended with time; we, trusting Him, and yielding our hearts to Him, receive into our poor lives an incorruptible seed, and for us the soul-satisfying realities that abide forever mingle with and are reached through the shadows that pass away.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    The sum of the whole matter is this: He who is one in will and heart with God is a Christian. He who loves God is one in will and heart with Him. He who trusts Christ loves God. That is Christianity in its ultimate purpose and result. That is Christianity in its means and working forces. That is Christianity in its starting point and foundation.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    Ah, there is nothing more beautiful than the difference between the thought about sinful creatures which is natural to a holy being, and the thought about sinful creatures which is natural to a self-righteous being. The one is all contempt; the other, all pity.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: thoughts  beautiful  holy 
     
    Embrace in one act the two truths-thine own sin, and God's infinite mercy in Jesus Christ.
    — Alexander MacLaren
    tags: mercy  god  jesus  sin  christ 
     
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