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Pray for Jesus

Oct 21 HAVING on one or two occasions made use of the phrase, “praying for King Jesus,” I have been somewhat surprised to find that it was not understood, and I have been rather astonished at receiving several notes asking for an explanation of what I supposed to be a matter of common knowledge. It seemed to hearers and readers of my sermons as if the phrase must be a mistake, as...

Psalm 72:15

Children’s Bread Given to Dogs

Oct 14 IN this narrative we have the portrait of a soul for which a sure blessing is reserved. If the story closed without its final verse, one might be quite sure as to what the result of the woman’s pleading would be. Christ must change his nature if a person coming as she is said to have come could be sent empty away. I shall with a few touches sketch the...

Matthew 15:27

A Saviour Such as You Need

Oct 7 WE have all heard of Utopia, that imaginary land where all things are such as one might desire. A man who should conceive a spiritual Utopia might well be supposed to say, “What a delightful thing it would be, if a man could, in this life, be completely saved! What a priceless boon would be bestowed upon a man if he could know, by infallible authority, that his every sin...

Hebrews 10:15-18

The Church Aroused

Oct 7 WE have not time this evening to enter into the question as to where this quotation came from. There does not appear to be one exactly like it in the compass of the Old Testament; but we must remember that the apostle very frequently quotes the spirit of texts rather than the words of them. In the eighth and in the tenth chapters of the Epistle to the Hebrews we...

Ephesians 5:14

Soul Murder—Who is Guilty?

Sep 30 DAVID had been grossly guilty towards his faithful and veteran friend Uriah. He had given instructions that he should be led into the hottest part of the fight, and then suddenly deserted that so he might be smitten by the sword of the Syrians, and might appear to have died in the natural order of battle; whereas, of course, his death was a cowardly murder, planned and devised by the...

Psalm 51:14

War with Amalek

Sep 23 THERE were two great trials which the children of Israel had to endure in passing onward to the promised rest, — their wants and their enemies; but I. must add a third, which sprang out of these two by reason of the unbelief of their hearts; that third evil, far worse than the other two, was their sins. Probably, my brethren, you have found out by now that you could...

Exodus 17:8

A Feast for Faith

Sep 16 ISAIAH admired the husbandman’s skill in his calling. He mentions with admiration the various methods adopted by the farmer in the rotation of crops, in the choice of different soils for certain seeds, in the methods of binding up and stowing away his produce; and he enlarges especially upon the different methods of threshing which were used by the Orientals, some tender grain being threshed out by a staff in...

Isaiah 28:29

Kicking Against the Pricks

Sep 9 THIS expression is highly characteristic of the Saviour from its figurative form. While he was on earth, without a parable spake he not unto the people; and speaking out of heaven, in this instance, he still adopts the parabolic style, as he did in Patmos, when he revealed himself to John as walking among the golden candlesticks. Here is a parable wilful, and wrapped being up stricken in a with...

Acts 9:5

The Blood of Abel and the Blood of Jesus

Sep 2 THE first shedding of human blood was a very terrible experiment. Whether Cain’s murderous blow was premeditated or not, the sight of a bleeding human corpse must have been a terrible novelty to him. He had not been hardened by reading details of warfare, or listening to tales of murder; killing and slaying were new terrors to mankind, and he who was the ringleader in such violence must have been...

Genesis 4:10; Hebrews 12:24

Heavenly Geometry

Aug 19 THIS divine mensuration is an art of the most desirable kind, as appears from its being the object of most earnest apostolic prayers. Paul was not content to travail in birth for souls, and to become their spiritual parent, but he afterwards exercised the functions of a nursing father, tenderly caring for the souls to whom he had been blessed, and desiring to see them growing up in the faith...

Ephesians 3:16-19