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Manuscript Releases, vol. 8 [Nos. 526-663], Page 197

This work is just what is needed to soften and subdue hearts, but I have been shown that it is too sparingly done. I tell you in the fear of God that there is more sermonizing than ministering. The field is a large one, but the servants of God, by straining themselves beyond their strength in their effort to do much preaching, neglect the corners of the Lord's vineyard, and overlook the hundred weekly opportunities for doing good.—Letter 95, 1896, pp. 4, 5. (To G. B. Starr, August 11, 1896.)

There is abundant reason why we have not more of the power of God's grace, why our light does not shine more brightly. Christ says, “You have left your first love. Except you repent, I will come unto you quickly, and will remove your candlestick out of his place.” (See Revelation 2:4, 5.)

Shall we not humble ourselves before God in behalf of those who apparently have little spiritual life. Shall we not have appointed seasons of prayer for them. Shall we not pray every day for those who seem to be dead in trespasses and sins. As we plead with God to break the hearts of stone, our own hearts will become more sensitive. We shall be quicker to see our own sin.—Manuscript 117, 1903, 8, 9. (“A Neglected Work,” September 24, 1903.)

Let us be careful that we do not offend one of the little ones that believes in Jesus. All about us are souls that are tempted. They know not how to receive from Christ the grace and help that He can give. As Christians we are ever to stand ready to help such ones. With all the powers of our influence we are to seek to draw to Jesus Christ those that are in need of His grace. We are not to stand in indifference and coldness, with no sympathy

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