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Life in Christ

Dec 31      This world saw our Lord Jesus for a very little time, but now it seeth him no more. It only saw him with the outward eye and after a carnal sort, so that when the clouds received him and concealed him from bodily vision, this spiritually blind world lost sight of him altogether. Here and there, however, among the crowds of the sightless there were a few chosen...

John 14:19

The Sages, The Star, and The Saviour

Dec 25 THE incarnation of the Son of God was one of the greatest events in the history of the universe. Its actual occurrence was not, however, known to all mankind, but was specially revealed to the shepherds of Bethlehem and to certain wise men of the east. To shepherds— the illiterate, men little versed in human learning— the angels in choral song made known the birth of the Saviour, Christ the...

Matthew 2:2

Joseph's Bones

Dec 18 WE cannot readily tell which action in a gracious life God may set the most store by. The Holy Spirit in this chapter selects out of good men’s lives the most brilliant instances of their faith. I should hardly have expected that he would have mentioned the dying scene of Joseph’s life as the most illustrious proof of his faith in God. That eventful life — perhaps the most interesting...

Hebrews 11:22

Purging Out the Leaven

Dec 11 “WHAT God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.” Evermore in Scripture the doctrines of grace are married to the precepts of holiness. Where faith leads the way, the virtues follow in a goodly train. The roots of holiness and happiness are the same, and in some respects they are but two words for the same thing. There have been persons who have thought it impossible that holiness should...

1 Corinthians 5:6-8

The Essence of the Gospel

Dec 4 MAY have preached from this text before, I may have done so several times; if I have not, I ought to have done. It is the whole Bible in miniature. We may say of it so many words so many volumes, for every single syllable here is charged to the full with meaning. We may read it, and re-read it, and continue still to read it day and night, yet...

John 3:18

Our King Our Joy

Nov 27 THE book of Psalms ends in a sacred tumult of joyous praise. There is praise in it all through, though sometimes it is but a still small voice, but when you reach the concluding Psalms you hear thunders of praise; there God is praised with the sound of the trumpet and upon the high-sounding cymbals. All the force and the energy of sacred minstrelsy is laid under contribution that Jehovah...

Psalm 149:2

The Saint One with His Savior

Nov 20 THE connection of our text is very terrible. When we are reading the sixteenth verse one seems to remember Sodom, its infamy, and the fire and brimstone that came down from heaven upon it; but here in our text we enter into Jerusalem, the holy city, whose streets are of purity so rich and rare, as to be comparable to gold clear as transparent glass, and there we seem to...

1 Corinthians 6:17

New Uses for Old Trophies

Nov 19      When David had fought with an adversary, and overcome him, he took away his armor and his weapons, and as other victorious heroes were wont to do, he bore them home as mementoes of his prowess, the trophies of the battle. These were placed in the house of the Lord. Perhaps David at the same time dedicated in like manner the shield and the sword which he had...

2 Kings 11:10

Iconoclast

Nov 13 THE first commandment instructs us that there is but one God, who alone is to be worshipped; and the second commandment teaches that no attempt is to be made to represent the Lord, neither are we to bow down before any form of sacred similitude. “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the...

2 Kings 18:4, 5

Right Replies to Right Requests

Nov 6 IN this chapter there is an evident progress. It opens by the disciples asking the Lord to teach them to pray. To that he gave a full and sufficient reply; he prepared them an outline of what complete prayer should be. Brethren, we have need, some of us, to begin with asking to be taught to pray. It will be a blessed sign when it can be said of us,...

Luke 11:11-16