Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
An old sea-captain was riding in the cars towards Philadelphia, and a young man sat down beside him. He said, "Young man, where are you going?" "I am going to Philadelphia to live," replied the young man. "Have you letters of introduction?" asked the old captain. "Yes," said the young man, and he pulled some of them out. "Well," said the old sea-captain, "haven't you a church certificate" "Oh, yes," replied the young man, "I didn't suppose you would want to look at that." "Yes," said the sea-captain, "I want to see that. As soon as you get to Philadelphia, present that to some Christian Church. I am an old sailor, and I have been up and down in the world, and it's my rule, as soon as I get into port, to fasten my ship fore and aft to the wharf, although it may cost a little wharfage, rather than have my ship out in the stream, floating hither and thither with the tide."
(T. De Witt Talmage, D. D.).
Parallel VersesKJV: Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.