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The Upper Currents

By J.R. Miller

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   Chapter 1 - Catching the Upper Currents - The Upper Currents by J. R. Miller, 1902 PREFACE These chapters contain simple lessons, intended to incite to braver, stronger, truer living
   Chapter 2 - In the Beginning God - No life can be complete, however much of beauty it may have in it--which leaves out God. No path can be a safe one, however sheltered it may seem--in
   Chapter 3 - When Prayer Is NOT the Duty - There are many commands to pray. We are taught in everything to make our requests known to God. We are bidden to be instant in prayer, to cast our bur
   Chapter 4 - God's SLOW Making of us - God does not make us all at once. The process is a long one, running through all the years of our life, however many these years may be. God begins ma
   Chapter 5 - Transformation - "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2 "And we, who with unveiled
   Chapter 6 - Keeping One's Life in Tune - Pianos have to be kept in tune. Every now and then the tuner comes and goes over all the strings, keying them up, so that there will be no discords wh
   Chapter 7 - Putting Away PAST Things - One of the most serious problems of life--is the laying down of things with which we have nothing more to do. It is hard for us to let go of interests
   Chapter 8 - The Ripening of Character - Character is a process of growth. It is like fruit--it requires time to ripen. Different kinds of fruits come to ripeness at different seasons; some i
   Chapter 9 - Steps on the Stairs - The years ought to be ascending steps in the ladder of life. We should always be going upward. Heaven is high--a place of perfect beauty and holiness.
   Chapter 10 - Getting Help from People - We receive help in our Christian lives, through many channels. But more, perhaps, than we are aware of, does God use other human hearts and lives as h
   Chapter 11 - This Too, Shall Pass Away - We meet life's experiences wisely--only when we keep in mind their transientness. Whatever they may be, painful or pleasant--they will soon pass away.
   Chapter 12 - Choosing to Do HARD Things - "I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me!" Colossians 1:29 The man who seeks only easy things--will never make muc
   Chapter 13 - Giving What We Have - "And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is your pound, which I have kept wrapped up in a napkin." Luke 19:20 There always are those who wrap
   Chapter 14 - The Ministry of Kindness - "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved--clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." Colossian
   Chapter 15 - The Ministry of Encouragement - "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." 1 Thessalonians 5:11 "But encourage one another daily, as
   Chapter 16 - The Word that was NOT Said - Many of the sins of most good people--are sins of 'not doing'. We need always to put into our prayer of penitence the confession, "We have left undone
   Chapter 17 - Things That LAST - "If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day w
   Chapter 18 - Is Self-Denial a Mistake? - One writes in a letter: "A friend of mine was speaking to me about self-denial. She does not think one ought to sacrifice one's self too much, even fo
   Chapter 19 - The Christian as a Garden-Maker - God must love flowers--for he has strewn the earth with them! Everywhere they grow--not only in the garden and conservatory, where they are cultivated
   Chapter 20 - The Virtue of Dependableness - After all, the old-fashioned virtues mean the most in life--and are of greatest value. Brilliance is well enough, if there is something solid and sure
   Chapter 21 - The Art of Living with People - Life's best school--is living with people. It is there we learn our best lessons. Someone says, "It is better to live with others--even at the cost of
   Chapter 22 - He Makes Me Lie Down - "The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He gu

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