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Christ’s Motive and Ours

Nov 29 THE true test of any action lies in its motive. Many a deed, which seems to be glorious, is really mean and ignoble because it is done with a base intention; while other actions, which appear to be poor and paltry, if we truly understood them, would be seen to be full of the glory and beauty of a noble purpose. The mainspring of a watch is the most important...

2 Corinthians 8:9

Wanted! — Volunteers

Oct 25 IT was a great thing for king Jehoshaphat to have such a pious lord-lieutenant, one who could command an army, and at the same time obey the commands of God. Christian men ought greatly to value Christian servants, especially if such persons are employed in positions of trust. If we can have godly men to occupy our offices, and transact our business, we should be very grateful, and do our best...

2 Chronicles 2 Chronicles 17:16

If Thou Canst.” “If Thou Canst

Oct 4 WE are all familiar with the story of this youth, who was possessed by a dumb spirit, which caused him to fall into violent fits of epilepsy, and wrought worse evils, casting him, at times, into the waters, and into the fire, to destroy him. The father intended to bring his child to Jesus, of whom he had heard so much; but our Lord being absent, he made his application...

Mark 9:22, 23

A Harp of Ten Strings

Aug 30 IT is very clear that Mary was not beginning a new thing; for she speaks in the present tense, and in a tense which seems to have been for a long time present: “My soul doth magnify the Lord.” Ever since she had received the wonderful tidings of the choice which God had made of her for her high position, she had begun to magnify the Lord; and when once...

Luke 1:46, 47

The Lad’s Loaves in the Lord’s Hands

Aug 9 LOOK, there are the people! Five thousand of them, as hungry as hunters, and they all need to have food given to them, for they cannot any of them travel to buy it! And here is the provision! Five thin wafers— and those of barley, more fit for horses than for men— and two little anchovies, by way of a relish! Five thousand people and five little biscuits wherewith to...

John 6:11

Young Man! A Prayer for You

Aug 2 THIS young man waited upon a prophet: he could not have had a more instructive occupation; yet his eyes needed to be opened. He was well disposed towards good things, for the tone of his language to his master shows that he was heartily at one with him; but his eyes were not yet half opened. Being in great alarm for his master’s safety, he ran to him to warn...

2 Kings 6:17

Barriers Broken Down

Jul 26 You that have your Bibles open, kindly follow me from the first verse of the chapter. It begins, “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” If you really desire that men should be saved, pray for them. It is an empty wish, a mere formality, if you do not turn it into prayer. Every loving desire for any man or woman...

Romans 10:3

God Rejoicing in the New Creation

Jul 5 THIS passage, like the rest of Isaiah’s closing chapters, will have completest fulfilment in the latter days when Christ shall come, when the whole company of his elect ones shall have been gathered out from the world, when the whole creation shall have been renewed, when new heavens and a new earth shall be the product of the Saviour’s power, when, for ever and for ever, perfected saints of God...

Isaiah 65:17-19

Redemption through Blood, the Gracious Forgiveness of Sins

Jun 7 READ the chapter, and carefully note how the apostle goes to the back of everything, and commences with those primeval blessings which were ours before time began. He dwells on the divine love of old, and the predestination which came out of it; and all that blessed purpose of making us holy and without blame before him in love, which, was comprehended in the covenant of grace. It does us...

Ephesians 1:7

The Statute of David for the Sharing of the Spoil

Jun 7 THOSE who associate themselves with a leader must share his fortunes. Six hundred men had quitted their abodes in Judæa; unable to endure the tyranny of Saul they had linked themselves with David, and made him to be a captain over them. They were, some of them, the best of men, and some of them were the worst: in this, resembling our congregations. Some of them were choice spirits, whom...

1 Samuel 30:21-25