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Practical Religion

By J.R. Miller

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   Introduction - Practical Religion A Help for the Common Days By J. R. Miller, 1888 Opening Words This is not a volume of essays, but a collection of chapt
   Chapter 1 - The Sweet Fragrance of Prayer - True prayer is fragrant to God. This was taught in the Old Testament, in one of those emblem-lessons which, when read in the light of the gospel, mean
   Chapter 2 - The Blessing of Quietness - Quietness, like mercy, is twice blessed: it blesses him who is quiet, and it blesses the man's friends and neighbors. Talk is good in its way. "There
   Chapter 3 - You Have Done it unto Me - Those certainly seem to be strange words, which our Lord says he will speak on the judgment-day to the multitudes before him. We are taught elsewhere,
   Chapter 4 - Transformed by Beholding - "For those He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son!" Romans 8:29 "We know that when He appears, we will be like Him
   Chapter 5 - Being Christians on Weekdays - How to carry our religion into all parts of our life, is the question which perplexes many of us. It is not hard to be good on the quiet Sundays, when
   Chapter 6 - Compensation in Life - Every shadow--has its light; every night--has its morning; every pang of pain--has its thrill of pleasure; every salt tear--has its crystal beauty; ev
   Chapter 7 - The Cost of Being a Blessing - Preachers sometimes tell us, in urging us to live a useful life, that it costs but little to do good. In a sense this is true. Without large outlay of
   Chapter 8 - Life as a Ladder - "Beauty and truth, and all that these contain, Drop not like ripened fruit about our feet: We climb to them through years of sweat and pain." "When
   Chapter 9 - Seeds of Light - "Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart." Psalm 97:11 The figure of the seed is very common in the Scriptures. All
   Chapter 10 - Looking at the Right Side - Very much heart-pain is caused, by looking at the wrong side of God's providences. If we could only see the strange things of our lives in their true
   Chapter 11 - For Better or Worse - One of the saddest things about life--is the waste of its blessings. Hearts go hungry--while close by, within easy reach, lies the bread which would s
   Chapter 12 - "Do the Next Thing" - DUTY never is a haphazard thing; it does not come to us in 'bundles' from which we may choose what we like best. There are never a half dozen things,
   Chapter 13 - People as Means of Grace - "As iron sharpens iron--so one man sharpens another." Proverbs 27:17 There are pairs of pictures which show some Indian children: first--as they a
   Chapter 14 - Shall We Worry? - "The little worries which we meet each day May lie as stumbling-blocks across our way, Or we may make them stepping-stones to be Of grace, O Lord,
   Chapter 15 - A Word about TEMPER - "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:32 More than half of us are bad-temp
   Chapter 16 - Forward, and Not Back - It is a good thing always to face forward. Even nature shows that men's eyes were designed to always look forward--for no man has eyes in the back of
   Chapter 17 - The Duty of Forgetting Sorrow - Sorrow makes deep scars; indeed, it writes its record ineffaceably on the heart which suffers. We really never get over our deep griefs; we are really
   Chapter 18 - People Who Fail - There are many people who fail. Yet there are two standards by which success and failure may be measured: there is the world's standard, and there is
   Chapter 19 - Living Victoriously - Life is conflict. Every good thing lies beyond a battlefield, and we must fight our way to it. There must be struggle to get it. This is true in physi
   Chapter 20 - Shut In - "A little bird I am, Shut from the fields of air, And in my cage I sit and sing To Him who placed me there, Well pleased a prisoner to be, Because, my
   Chapter 21 - Helpful People - Usefulness is the true measure of living. Our Lord made fruit--the test of discipleship. What is fruit? Is it not something which the tree bears to fe
   Chapter 22 - Tired Feet - The close of every day, finds a great many people with tired and sore feet. There are some people whose duties require them to walk all day. There are
   Chapter 23 - Hands: a Study - "Take my hands, and let them move At the impulse of Your love." Frances Havergal Man is the only being that has such wondrous hands; the hand, th
   Chapter 24 - Learning Our Lessons - We are all scholars at school. In our present life, we never get out of our classes; our real living lies on beyond the grave, and here in this world-
   Chapter 25 - Broken Lives - There are few entirely unbroken lives in this world; there are few men who fulfill their own hopes and plans, without thwarting or interruption at som
   Chapter 26 - Coming to the End - We are always coming to the end of something; nothing earthly is long-lived. Many things last but for a day; many, for only a moment. You look at the

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