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The Immoveability of the Believer

Dec 22 THIS is the first verse of one of the Songs of degrees. These Songs were probably sung by the pilgrims as they went up to Jerusalem, when they halted at the various stations or passed certain places of interest. It is very possible that this psalm burst forth from joyful lips at the moment when Zion first came into sight, and the worshippers gazed upon the city of their solemnities....

Psalm 125:1

A Fear to be Desired

Nov 7 THIS passage refers in the first place to the Jews. If we read the whole verse, and the preceding one, we shall see that they describe the present sad condition of God’s ancient people, and inspire us with hope concerning their future: “For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod,...

Hosea 3:5

Pray, Always Pray

Nov 3 THE present time, in which we live, is highly favoured, and ought to be highly valued. Let us never grudge the patriarchs their communion with God, when sometimes he spake personally into their ear, or revealed himself visibly to them. Blessed are our eyes, for they see, and our ears, for they hear the things which kings and prophets waited for in vain. That which was denied to them has...

John 16:26-27

Sorrow at the Cross Turned into Joy

Nov 3 WE were singing just now a hymn in which the first verse started a difficult question— “‘It is finish’d;’ shall we raise Songs of sorrow, or of praise? Mourn to see the Saviour die,   Or proclaim his victory?” The case is very well argued in the second and third verses— “If of Calvary we tell, How can songs of triumph swell?

John 16:20-22

The Church Encouraged and Exhorted

Oct 27 The Church Encouraged and Exhorted   “Bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth.” — Isaiah xliii. 6.   IF you will look at the connection of these words, you will see that they were spoken with the view of encouraging the Church: “Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the East, and gather thee...

Psalm 43:6

Receiving the Kingdom of God as Little Child

Oct 20 WHEN our Lord blessed the little children he was making his last journey to Jerusalem. It was thus a farewell blessing which he gave to the little ones, and it reminds us of the fact that among his parting words to his disciples, before he was taken up, we find the tender charge, “Feed my lambs.” The ruling passion was strong upon the great Shepherd of Israel, “who gathereth the...

Luke 18:17

The Hope Laid Up in Heaven

Oct 13 THREE graces should be always conspicuous in Christians— faith, love, and hope. They are each mentioned by Paul in the opening verses of the epistle from which our text is taken. These lovely graces should be so conspicuous in every believer as to be spoken of, and consequently heard of even by those who have never seen us. These flowers should yield so sweet a perfume that their fragrance may...

Colossians 1:5

The Need and Nature of Conversion

Oct 13 The Need and Nature of Conversion   “Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” — Isaiah lv. 7.   SOME years ago, I preached from the last four words of this verse, laying special stress upon the abundant...

Isaiah 55:7

Others to be Gathered

Oct 6 GOD’S work now is that of gathering. There was a time when it was scattering. Man built the tower of Babel, which was intended to be the centre of unity, the armoury of power, and the seat of dominion, whence some mighty Nimrod might sway his sceptre over all the human race: but the Lord would not have it so. Infinite wisdom baffled finite ambition. Man’s centre is not God’s...

Isaiah 56:8

What the Church Should Be

Sep 29 PAUL’S design in this epistle was to instruct young Timothy how he should behave himself in the church of God, so as to discharge his office as minister, evangelist, and pastor with honour to himself and profit to the people. He reminds him that the church is the house of God, and in God’s own house a man ought to be upon his best behaviour, for it is no light...

1 Timothy 3:15