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John Owen

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  • The vigor and power and comfort of our spiritual life depends on our mortification of deeds of the flesh.

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  • I wish thy lot, now bad, still worse, my friend, for when at worst, they say, things always mend.

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  • Leanness of body and soul may go together.

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  • The most tremendous judgment of God in this world is the hardening of the hearts of men.

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  • All thing I thought I knew; but now confess, the more I know I know, I know the less.

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  • All other ways of mortification are vain, all helps leave us helpless, it must be done by the Spirit.

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  • After hearing the evidence, I will record a verdict of natural causes.

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  • The house built on the sand may oftentimes be built higher, have more fair parapets and battlements, windows and ornaments, than that which is built upon the rock; yet all gifts and privileges equal not one grace.

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  • Temptation is like a knife, that may either cut the meat or the throat of a man; it may be his food or his poison, his exercise or his destruction.

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  • Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.

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  • The custom of sinning takes away the sense of it, the course of the world takes away the shame of it.

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  • In the divine Scriptures, there are shallows and there are deeps; shallows where the lamb may wade, and deeps where the elephant may swim.

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