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Man's Thoughts and God's Thoughts

Feb 18 THE text speaks of thoughts; it mentions the thoughts of man and the thoughts of God. The power of thought is one point in which man is made in the image of God. Other animated creatures which are put in subjection to the thinking, intelligent creature man, have no fellowship with God in thought; into his world of pure spirit they cannot enter. To the majestic lion or to the...

Isaiah 55:8,9

Spring in the Heart

Feb 11 THERE is something very delightful in the spring-time of nature, and though other seasons excel in fulness, yet spring must always bear the palm for freshness and for beauty. We are accustomed to thank God when the harvest hours draw round, and the golden grain invites the sickle, but we ought equally to thank God for the rougher and stormier days of spring, because all these are preparing the harvest....

Psalm 65:10

The Mighty Arm

Feb 4 WE are about, during the coming week, humbly but earnestly to beseech of God for days of refreshing and seasons of revival. It is well for us at the outset distinctly to remind ourselves of the source whence all the strength must come. No genuine revival can ever arise from the flesh. “That which is born of the flesh is flesh.” Human excitement at the utmost, and carnal zeal at...

Psalm 89:13

The Reward of the Righteous

Jan 21 IT is exceedingly beneficial to our souls to mount above this present evil world to something nobler and better. The cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches are apt to choke everything good within us, and we grow fretful, desponding, perhaps proud, carnal. It is well for us to cut down these thorns and briars, for heavenly seed sown among them is not likely to yield a harvest,...

Matthew 25:31-36

Frost and Thaw

Jan 14 MOST of us were astonished when looking out of our window the other morning we saw the whole earth adorned with a white mantle. In a few short hours the earth had been covered to a considerable depth with snow. We were not much less astonished when looking forth again we saw the fields as green as ever, the trees all unsilvered, and the ploughed fields as bare as if...

Psalm 147:16-18

Unity in Christ

Jan 7 FOR several years I have thankfully received the text of the first Sabbath in the year from a venerable clergyman of a parish in the suburbs of our city. Spared by a gracious Providence, my good brother has sent me with his Christian salutations these two verses for my subject. I can only hope that as we have enjoyed together for several years a true communion of spirit in the...

John 17:20,21