When recalling our meetings, I realized that Christie almost always asked me the same few questions, and that prayerfully considering my answers to each one always helped get me off the fence and make a good choice. I thought it might be helpful to others to share what they were. Have you prayed about it?
What does such baptizing with water signify? It signifies that the old Adam in us should, by daily contrition and repentance, be drowned and die with all sins and evil lusts, and, again, a new man daily come forth and arise; who shall live before God in righteousness and purity forever.
Where is this written? Paul says Romans, chapter 6: We are buried with Christ by Baptism into death, that, like as He was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. How Christians should be taught to confess. What sins should we confess?
Before God we should plead guilty of all sins, even of those which we do not know, as we do in the Lord's Prayer. But before the confessor we should confess those sins alone which we know and feel in our hearts.
Here consider your station according to the Ten Commandments, whether you are a father, mother, son, daughter, master, mistress, a man-servant or maid-servant; whether you have been disobedient, unfaithful, slothful; whether you have grieved any one by words or deeds; whether you have stolen, neglected, or wasted aught, or done other injury.
You should speak to the confessor thus: Reverend and dear sir, I beseech you to hear my confession, and to pronounce forgiveness to me for God's sake. I, a poor sinner, confess myself before God guilty of all sins; especially I confess before you that I am a man-servant, a maidservant, etc.
But, alas, I serve my master unfaithfully; for in this and in that I have not done what they commanded me; I have provoked them, and caused them to curse, have been negligent [in many things] and permitted damage to be done; have also been immodest in words and deeds, have quarreled with my equals, have grumbled and sworn at my mistress, etc.
For all this I am sorry, and pray for grace; I want to do better. A master or mistress may say thus: In particular I confess before you that I have not faithfully trained my children, domestics, and wife [family] for God's glory.
I have cursed, set a bad example by rude words and deeds, have done my neighbor harm and spoken evil of him, have overcharged and given false ware and short measure. And whatever else he has done against God's command and his station, etc.
But if any one does not find himself burdened with such or greater sins, he should not trouble himself or search for or invent other sins, and thereby make confession a torture, but mention one or two that he knows.
In particular I confess that I once cursed; again, I once used improper words, I have once neglected this or that, etc. But if you know of none at all which, however is scarcely possiblethen mention none in particular, but receive the forgiveness upon your general confession which you make before God to the confessor.
Then shall the confessor say: God be merciful to thee and strengthen thy faith! Dost thou believe that my forgiveness is God's forgiveness? Then let him say:Oct 07, · Now have we journeyed to a spot of earth Remote,—the Scythian wild, a waste untrod.
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We have eyes to see with, ears to hear with, why then do we err? We have been blessed with five senses that we are expected to survive with. But as technologies improve and our knowledge is broadened, the more we realize that our senses are not as glorious as previously thought.
To our reproach it must be said, that though for a century and a half we have had under our eyes the races of black and of red men, they have never yet been viewed by us as subjects of natural history.
Take away the sensation of them -- let the eyes not see light or colours, or the ears hear sounds; let the palate not taste, or the nose smell and all colours, tastes, odours, and sounds vanish and cease, and are reduced to their causes, i.e. size, shape, and motion of parts. "Friends are those rare people who ask how we are, and then wait to hear the answer." "I think that if you keep your eyes and your ears open and you are receptive to learning, there are skills.
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