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“The prosperity of the church is not what the world calls so—numbers, wealth, extension—but increase in spirituality and love, new and noble victories over sin, greater sacrifices for Christ’s sake, yet more fearless recognition of his name and assertion of his truth. The church of God is often most prosperous when she has least in her coffers, fewest in her temples, and nothing but hostility in the world.”

—John Cumming, Apocalyptic Sketches: Lectures on the Book of Revelation, 1854

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