Title Index

The Believer Sinking in the Mire

MANY rivers, and especially the Nile, have on their banks deep deposits of black mud, and when any person seeks to leap on shore, if he should ignorantly or through misfortune spring upon this soft mud he would, unless speedily pulled out, be sucked under until he was utterly swallowed up and suffocated in the mire. Having no handhold or foot-hold, the more he laboured to extricate himself from the...

Psalm 69:14

The Believing Thief

Apr 7 SOME time ago I preached upon the whole story of the dying thief. I do not propose to do the same to-day, but only to look at it from one particular point of view. The story of the salvation of the dying thief is a standing instance of the power of Christ to save, and of his abundant willingness to receive all that come to him, in whatever plight they...

Luke 23:42-43

The Bellows Burned

Sep 12 THE prophets frequently spoke in parables. This they did partly to excite the attention of their hearers. Those to whom they spoke might not have listened to didactic truth expressed in abstract terms, but when they heard mention of common things, such as bellows, and lead, and brass, they turned aside, and asked, “What is this which this man hath to say?” Moreover, metaphors often convey to the mind truth...

Jeremiah 6:29

The Beloved Pastor's Plea for Unity

Jul 7 The Beloved Pastor’s Plea for Unity “To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.” — Romans i. 7. IN a few minutes we shall gather together as members of the Church of Christ to celebrate the memorial of his death. It is a memorable eight to see...

Romans 1:7

The Best Beloved

Mar 22 No words can ever express the gratitude we owe to Him who loved us even when we were dead in trespasses and sins: the love of Jesus is unutterably precious and worthy of daily praise. No songs can ever fitly celebrate the triumphs of that salvation which he wrought singlehanded on our behalf: the work of Jesus is glorious beyond compare, and all the harps of angels fall short of...

Song of Songs 5:16

The Best Bread

Oct 28 You will observe that our Lord here speaks concerning himself. He speaks not of his words merely, nor of his offices, nor of his work, but of himself. “I am that bread of life.” And herein he teaches us all to fix our eye mainly upon his blessed person, and to think of himself first and foremost. He is the centre and soul of all. There is a tendency about...

John 4:48

The Best Burden for Young Shoulders

YOKE-BEARING is not pleasant, but it is good. It is not every pleasant thing that is good, nor every good thing that is pleasant. Sometimes the goodness may be just in proportion to the unpleasantness. Now, it is childish to be always craving for sweets; those who by reason of use have had their senses exercised, should prefer the wholesome to the palatable. It ought to reconcile us to that...

Lamentations 3:27

The Best Christmas Fare

Dec 25 THIS is a time of feasting; and we may as well have our feast as other people have theirs. Let us see whether there is not something for our spiritual palate, something to satisfy our spiritual appetite, that wo may eat, and be content, and rejoice before the Lord. Do you not think that two of the words in our text are very strange? If you had written them, would...

Psalm 119:103

The Best Cloak

THE solitary champion who is here spoken of, who looked and “saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor;” and therefore his own arm brought salvation unto him, and his righteousness it sustained him; this conquering hero we cannot fail to recognise as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Prince of the house of David, our Lord Jesus Christ. Whatever may have been...

Isaiah 59:17

The Best Donation

Apr 5 HERE we see the apostle Paul disappointed, though he was never discontented. God had taught him how to abound, and how to suffer need. In the school of grace he had learned contentment; but at this time he had met with disappointment. Things had not happened as he thought they would have done, and now he tells the Corinthians how the churches of Macedonia have disappointed him. “This they did,...

2 Corinthians 8:5