Acts

A Cheery Word in Troublous Times

Oct 29

A CHEERY WORD IN TROUBLOUS TIMES.   “Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.”— Acts xxvii. 25.   THE presence of a brave man in the hour of danger is a very great comfort to his companions. It is a grand thing to observe Paul so bold, …

Acts:27:25

The Minister’s Stock-Taking

Jan 01

The Minister's Stock-Taking   “And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.”— Acts 28:24.         THIS is the only proper way to calculate the results of our ministry. We just want the account-book ruled with two columns. On one side we must put down the long list of the some that believe not; …

Acts:28:24

No Illusion

Jan 01

No Illusion   “And wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision."—Acts 12:9.   FANCY, not fact! a dream! a delusion! That would be the world's estimate of the most blessed Christian experience. “Fanaticism” is the name by which they call it. But call it by whatever name ye …

Acts:12:9

The Cripple at Lystra

Jan 01

The Cripple at Lystra   "The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked."—Acts 14:9-10        I have read in your hearing the story of the preaching of Paul and Barnabas in the …

Acts:14:9

Lydia, the First European Convert

Jan 01

Lydia, the First European Convert   “And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto things which were spoken of Paul.”—Acts xvi.14.   WE may laudably exercise curiosity with regard to the first proclamation of the gospel in our …

Acts:16:14

Pressing Questions of an Awakened Mind

Jan 01

Pressing Questions of an Awakened Mind   “Who art thou, Lord?.... What wilt thou have me to do?” — Acts ix. 5, 6.   PAUL fell to the ground overcome by the brightness of the light which outshone the mid-day sun, and as he lay there he cried, “Who art thou, Lord?” After receiving an answer to his first …

Acts:9:5-6

Grace—The One Way of Salvation

Jan 01

Grace—The One Way of Salvation   “But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.” — Acts 15:11.   You who are conversant with Scripture, will recollect that these are the words of the apostle Peter. Paul and Barnabas had been preaching the gospel among the Gentiles with great …

Acts:15:11

His own Funeral Sermon

Oct 19

His own Funeral Sermon   “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep.” — Acts xiii. 36.   IT is remarkable that David should say, in the sixteenth Psalm, “Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption,” and yet that Paul …

Acts:13:36

The Prince of Life

Apr 06

The Prince of Life   “And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.” — Acts iii. 15.   PETER does not conceal the death of Christ: he is not ashamed of the fact that his Lord was crucified. God forbid that any of us should be ashamed of the cross: …

Acts:3:15

The Shank-bone Sermon; or, True Believers and Their Helpers

Mar 23

 The Shank-bone Sermon; or, True Believers and their Helpers   “Who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace.” — Acts xviii. 27.   APOLLOS is not Paul, and Paul is not Apollos. To blend the two in one would be to spoil each one of the two, without producing a good third. It is …

Acts:18:27