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Vain Thoughts

How do vain thoughts intrude into the mind! No man can keep a door locked against them. We feel them rushing upon us while we endeavour to avoid them. We are confounded and overwhelmed by them, and drawn to things against our own resolutions.

—Stephen Charnock
The Complete Works of Stephen Charnock, 3:186


Forgetting the Prize of Christ

It is a most lamentable thing to see how most men do spend their care, their time, their pains, for known vanities, while God and glory are cast aside

That He who is all should seem to them as nothing, and that which is nothing should seem to them as good as all.

That God should set mankind in such a race where heaven or hell is their certain end, and that they should sit down, and loiter, or run after the childish toys of the world, and so much forget the prize that they should run for.

—Richard Baxter
Adapted from “Making Light of Christ and Salvation,” in The World’s Great Sermons, 2:60.

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