William Tyndale William Tyndale  (1477 - 1536)
Marriage
"Marriage was ordained for a remedy and to increase the world and for the man to help the woman and the woman the man, with all love and kindness."
 
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The Right kind of Faith
"The apostles said to the Lord, 'Increase our faith!' He replied, 'If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.'"—Luke 17:5-6

The nineteenth-century Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy tells the story of "The Three Hermits": A bishop was traveling by ship when he heard that three hermits lived on a nearby island. He decided to stop and instruct them in the faith. The bishop asked them how they prayed. One answered, "We pray thus: 'You three have mercy on us three.'" He told them they should not pray that way and so labored to teach them the Lord's Prayer. He repeated each word a hundred times until they learned the prayer by rote. The bishop said farewell and returned to the ship while the hermits repeated the Lord's Prayer with loud voices. The ship sailed away. The bishop looked back toward the island and saw the hermits running over the sea as if it were dry land. They came on board and said, "We have forgotten, servant of God, we have forgotten what thou didst teach us. While we were learning it, we remembered it; when we ceased for an hour to repeat it, we have forgotten it. Teach it to us again." The bishop bowed to the hermits and said, "Acceptable to God is your prayer, ye hermits. It is not for me to teach you. Pray for us sinners." They paused, turned, and went back over the sea to their island. The amount of faith is not as important as the right kind of faith—trust and dependence on our all-powerful God. Today ask Jesus to help you to trust Him completely for everything.

"Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps."—David Lloyd George
 
There's a lot to be learned from history, and this volume, From Generation to Generation, puts a distinctly spiritual spin on lessons from the past. Drawing upon the famous and the ordinary of years gone by, From Generation to Generation finds nuggets of Godly wisdom in every story, making practical application for today. Beginning with a scripture, each entry includes a short edifying story, a miniature lesson, and a quote, hymn, or additional piece from the Word of God to finish up. In this devotional the reader can find wisdom and encouragement in the triumphs and tragedies of men and women from the past and present--such as Matthew Henry, Charles Swindoll, Oswald Sanders, C.S. Lewis, and William Shakespeare.