John and Herod

Jan 01

John and Herod    “For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and heard him gladly.” — Mark vi. 20.   JOHN sought no honour among men. It was his delight to say concerning our Lord Jesus, “He must increase, but …


Preach, Preach, Preach Everywhere

Jan 01

Preach, Preach, Preach Everywhere   “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptised shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” — Mark xvi. 15, 16.   BEFORE our Lord gave his disciples this commission, he addressed them in tones …


The New Fashion

Jan 01

The New Fashion   “And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.” — Mark ii.12.   IT is very natural that there should be many surprising things in the gospel, for it is beyond measure remarkable …


The Miracle of the Loaves

Jan 01

The Miracle of the Loaves   “They considered not the miracle of the loaves.”—Mark vi. 52.   Let us with deep attention consider the miracle of the loaves, lest we fall into the same evil as that which happened to the disciples in the text. When they saw Jesus walking on the sea “they were sore amazed in themselves …


The Determination of Christ to Suffer for His People

Dec 15

The Determination of Christ to Suffer for His People   “And they gave him to drink wino mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.” — Mark xv. 23.   OUR Saviour, before he was nailed to the cross, and on the cross, several times had drinks of different sorts offered to him. Whilst they were nailing him to …


If Thou Canst.” “If Thou Canst

Oct 04

If Thou Canst.” “If Thou Canst   “If thou canst do anything, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.”— Mark ix. 22, 23.   WE are all familiar with the story of this youth, who was possessed by a dumb spirit, which caused …

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Christ’s Curate in Decapolis

Apr 27

Christ’s Curate in Decapolis   “And they began to pray him to depart out of their coasts. And when he was come into the ship, ho that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell …


Baptism Essential to Obedience

Oct 13

Baptism Essential to Obedience   “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.” — Mark xvi. 16.   IF our congregations were what they ought to be, it would be a very simple matter to preach, for a sermon would then only need to be like the orders given by a commanding officer to his troops, short, sharp, …


No Root in Themselves

Sep 23

No Root in Themselves   “And have no root in themselves.” — Mark iv. 17.   THESE rocky-ground hearers have occupied our thoughts twice recently. You remember that the first sermon concerning them was upon the text, “They had no deepness of earth;” and that, in it, I tried to show the shallowness of some men’s religious character, — …


The Messages of Our Lord’s Love

Aug 05

The Messages of Our Lord’s Love   “Go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.”— Mark xvi. 7.   SEE, brethren! Jesus delights to meet his people. He is no sooner risen from the dead than he sends a message by an …