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A writer in the Christian Register says: "We are ever disposed to measure ourselves by what is conspicuous and tells in our favor with others. Jesus teaches us to measure ourselves by what is childlike. All the efforts we may put forth to add to our religious stature does not imply growth, but partakes more of the nature of spiritual pride. One quaint old English writer declares that the Christian grows tall by stooping: the heaviest wheat is not found upon the most upright stalks, and so the growth of the divine life is not marked by imposing greatness."

The (Swedenborgian) New—Church Messenger says: "There are various degrees and qualities in the obedience of truth, and that government is best which in the most complete way causes truth to prevail in the world. The mere external maintenance of order by means of an efficiently organized police force, is not so perfect an expression of governmental maintenance of truth as that carrying out of order among the people accomplished by a hearty obedience of the laws of order by the people themselves from their own self—control and from their own self—imposed obedience."

The (Episcopalian) Church Standard quotes the following from an address of the Bishop of London before the World's Christian Endeavor convention: "This is the message that I would leave with you: 'If you take care of your temper, your energies will take care of themselves.' It is not by what we decide or violently assert, but by our temper in the small things of life, by our grace, humility, and self—sacrifice, that we shall turn the hearts of others to see shining through the Christian the earnest of a power which the world does not contain."

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September 27, 1900

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