The Church As She Should Be

January 9, 2018

The Church As She Should Be "Thou art beautiful, O my love as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners."—Song of Solomon 6:4 There are various estimates of the Christian church. Some think everything of her; some think nothing of her; and probably neither opinion is worth the breath which utters it. Neither Ritualists, …

Song of Solomon:6:4

Renewing Strength

January 1, 1970

Renewing Strength   “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength.”— Isaiah xl. 31.   HUMAN strength is of many kinds, but in any form it will spend itself in due time. God can lend to men immense physical force; but though a man had the strength of a lion and an ox combined, he would one …


The Lord’s Own View of His Church and People

April 7, 1887

The Lord’s Own View of His Church and People   “A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.” — Song of Solomon iv. 12.   WE understand this sacred love-song to be a Canticle of Communion between the Lord Jesus Christ and his church. He is the Bridegroom, and she the bride. …

Song of Solomon:4:12

The One Foundation

September 14, 1879

The One Foundation    “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” — I Corinthians iii. II.   UPBUILDING is very important, but the first question must always concern the foundation. However quickly, however cleverly a man may build, if the foundation be unsound he is a foolish builder; and however slowly, …

1 Corinthians:3:11

What the Church Should Be

September 29, 1878

What the Church Should Be   “That thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.”— 1 Timothy iii. 15.   PAUL’S design in this epistle was to instruct young Timothy how he should behave himself in the church …

1 Timothy:3:15

A Generous Proposal


A Generous Proposal   “Come thou, with us, and we will do thee good.” — Numbers x. 29.   THESE ancient words, so simple, yet so sweet, fascinate us with a potent hallowed charm. They ring out their melody like a familiar air; the language of a heart instinct with kindness, inspired with faith, and inspirited with the enthusiasm …


A Glorious Church

May 7, 1865

A Glorious Church   “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing” but that it …


The Royal Pair in Their Glorious Chariot

November 30, 1862

The Royal Pair in Their Glorious Chariot   “Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant? Behold his bed, which is Solomon’s; threescore valiant men are about it, of the valiant of Israel. They all hold swords, being expert in war: …

Song of Solomon:3:6-11

The Church – Conservative and Aggressive

May 19, 1861

The Church — Conservative and Aggressive    “The Church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.” — 1 Timothy 3:15.        You will remember it was announced last Sunday that a collection would be made to-day in behalf of our institution for training young men for the ministry. It has been thought desirable that I …

1 Timothy:3:15

Peace at Home, and Prosperity Abroad

May 9, 1860

Peace at Home, and Prosperity Abroad   "He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly."—Psalm 147:14-15        Pardon me, my brethren, if I attempt no exposition whatever of the text, but simply endeavor to address you upon what I …