The Spur

October 20, 2017

The Spur   “I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” — John ix. 4.   IF this ninth chapter of John is intended to be a continuation of the history contained in the eighth, as we think it is, it brings before us a …


The Word of a King

January 1, 1970

The Word of a King   “Where the word of a king is, there is power.” — Ecclesiastes viii. 4.   KINGS in Solomon’s day had a vast amount of power, for their word was absolute. They did according to their own will, and none could check them; for, as Solomon said, “the king’s wrath is as the roaring …


Sowing in the Wind; Reaping under Clouds

July 3, 1890

Sowing in the Wind; Reaping under Clouds   “He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.”— Ecclesiastes xi. 4.   Sow when the time comes, whatever wind blows. Heap when the time comes, whatever clouds are in the sky. There are, however, qualifying proverbs, which must influence our actions. We …


The Known and the Unknown

April 8, 1886

The Known and the Unknown   “For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?”— Ecclesiastes vi. 12.   MAN at his very best is only man; and well might …


The Believer’s Deathday Better Than His Birthday.

March 3, 1881

THE BELIEVER’S DEATHDAY BETTER THAN HIS BIRTHDAY.   “A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day  of one’s birth.” — Ecclesiastes vii. 1.   IN this part of the world we can hardly understand how much the Easterns thought of perfumes. When Solomon speaks of “precious ointment” he speaks of a luxury …


A Home Mission Sermon

June 26, 1859

A Home Mission Sermon   "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."—Ecclesiastes 9:10        If God had willed it we might each one of us have entered heaven at the moment of our conversion. It was …


The Wicked Man’s Life, Funeral, and Epitaph

June 13, 1858

The Wicked Man's Life, Funeral, and Epitaph   "And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity."—Ecclesiastes 8:10        IT IS QUITE CERTAIN that there are immense benefits attending our present mode …