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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

The Christian Home

"It was said of one that 'she looked like a prayer.' If we would make our homes truly Christian homes, our daily lives must be like our daily prayers.

If the members of the family wrangle and quarrel, the fact that the father is a minister or an elder, and the mother president of a Dorcas society or secretary of an association to send the gospel to China, does not make the home religious. If a blessing is asked at the table before the meal begins, and if then, instead of cheerful and affectionate conversation, the table-talk is made up of faultfinding with the food, of ill-tempered disputes amid acrimonious bickerings, the asking of a blessing surely does not make the intercourse Christian. If family worship is observed with scrupulous fidelity, and the members rise from their knees to violate the simplest lessons of Christian love and kindness in their fellowship as a household, the fact that there is family worship does not make a Christian home.

The prayers must be lived. The Scripture lessons must find their way into the heart and then into the speech and conduct."


- J.R. Miller (1840-1912), a Presbyterian pastor from Pennsylvania and a popular Christian author.

11 comments:

  1. Wow, I really like this, Travis... Those words are so very true and essential to remember-- every minute of every day.

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  2. Oh, and... look what I found!! Have you ever seen this?? It looks pretty interesting... ;o)
    http://books.google.com/books?id=ZomuPgMTeB4C&printsec=frontcover&dq=j.+r.+miller&as_brr=1&ei=rctoS8y0C5TmzQS65NT-Bw&cd=5#v=onepage&q=&f=false

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  3. No Annie, I have not seen that book before, though it looks interesting. You will have to tell me if you like it (if you are able to look at it a little). Thank you for showing it to me :o)

    The quote above is taken from 'The Family'

    http://www.visionforum.com/booksandmedia/productdetail.aspx?categoryid=1&browseby=author&authorid=8&productid=34872

    ...though I do not have it. A friend showed it to me.

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  4. Yes, we must have the Spirit of Christ in us, as well as His name upon us, and love one another as He has loved us.

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  5. Oh, and PuritanismToday went down. I don't know why :o(

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  6. Gavin Beers said something about it shortly before they deleted it. He said that it was really difficult to keep it going. I assume they deleted it (rather than just leaving it up and never posting on it again) so that it wouldn't get spammed... I will really miss it-- there was such a wealth of knowledge there that I never really got to explore! Oh well :o(

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  7. You know, thinking of what Christ has done for me, and the pain, suffering, and reviling that he endured without sin is the most effective impetus for me to care for others. I think that our lack of love for others is sort of a slap in the face to all Christ did...

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  8. Yeah :o( Thomas Adam, a 1700's English pastor, said "I have been forgiven so much... yet love so little?"

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  9. Yeah, we should not be like the unforgiving servant in Matthew 18 :o(

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  10. I will tell you a story sometime, of when we used to preach at the jail, and Drake was talking with a guy in a cell, who walked in with his little daughter on his wife cheating on him for the second time, and how Drake pressed upon him Matthew 18, and he fell apart...

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  11. It's really sad, in a way, but... it is amazing how God sometimes brings men to prison in order that He might save their souls. I will definitely like to hear the rest of that story sometime.

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