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Jottings from my notebooks:

by Keith A. Nolan (Hastings)

Conversion - the evidence: Some years ago a New Hebrides chieftain sat peacefully reading his Bible, when he was interrupted by a French trader. "Bah!" he said, in French. "Why are you reading the Bible? I suppose the missionaries have got hold of you, you poor fool. Throw it away! The Bible never did anybody any good." To which the chieftain calmly replied, "If it wasn't for this Bible, you'd be in my cooking-pot by now!"

Faults: If the best man's faults were written on his forehead he would pull his hat over his eyes - Gaelic Proverb.

Heaven: The self-opinionated, egoistical evangelist's idea of Heaven is a place where everything his publicity says about him is true. (Ouch!)

Finish What you Start: Frank William Taussig (1859-1940) in his lectures on "Inventors and money-makers" showed that inventors are much like artists, and that the urge to create is so strong within them that they fly off at half-a-dozen tangents, and too often fail to finish what they have begun. It seems to be that artists and inventors aren't the only culprits here.

Failure: "...he alone fails who gives up and lies down." - Ralph Waldo Trine.

Adversity has its uses: "Sweet are the uses of adversity, which like the toad, ugly and venomous, wears yet a precious jewel in his head; and this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones and good in everything." - Shakespeare, 'As You Like It'.

Humility: I have heard it said that fruit trees that spread much, and grow low, most commonly produce more and larger fruit than high trees. So the humble Christian will bring forth far more and much fairer fruit than such Christians as are lifted up.

Holiness: "Holiness is the expression of the new disposition God has given us maintained against all odds." - Oswald Chambers, ‘Biblical Psychology'.

Habits: D. L. Moody believed that the chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

Source:Redemption Tidings