Sometimes in reading of the word, God makes a man stay on something that cuts him to the heart, and shakes him as to his present condition.  More frequently in the hearing of the word preached — his great ordinance for conviction, conversion, and edification — does he meet with men.  God often hews men by the sword of his word in that ordinance, strikes directly on their bosom-beloved lust, startles the sinner, makes him engage unto the mortification and relinquishment of the evil of his heart.

– John Owen

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