Resources by Hope

The Three Whats

You see the text begins with a personal experience within the mind and judgment— “the eyes of your understanding being enlightened.” Everything depends upon the opened eye: the scene may be fair, and the light may be bright, but if the sight be gone all is in vain. Zedekiah had his eyes put out by the king of Babylon, and then he was taken down to the imperial city, but...

Ephesians 1:18-20

Stand Fast

Aug 27 I THINK this morning we showed pretty plainly that many a soul has a great struggle to attain to the hope of the gospel. Not without hand-to-hand fighting do many hearts lay hold on Christ and eternal life. Conscience often sets up a chevaux de frise around the hill of Calvary, and thus cuts off the convinced sinner from approaching his Saviour. Doubts and fears, the Black Watch of evil,...

Colossians 1:23

The Hope Laid Up in Heaven

Oct 13 THREE graces should be always conspicuous in Christians— faith, love, and hope. They are each mentioned by Paul in the opening verses of the epistle from which our text is taken. These lovely graces should be so conspicuous in every believer as to be spoken of, and consequently heard of even by those who have never seen us. These flowers should yield so sweet a perfume that their fragrance may...

Colossians 1:5

A Round of Delights

Nov 11 THIS is one of the richest passages in the Word of God. It is so full of instruction that I cannot hope to bring out even so much as a tithe of its teaching. The apostle desired for the Roman Christians that they might be in the most delightful state of mind, that they should be filled with joy and peace, and that this should lead on to yet further...

Romans 15:13

Strong Consolation for the Lord's Refugees

Apr 29 WHEN we read such a choice verse as this we are apt at once to conclude that it “belongeth to them that are of full age, even to those who by reason of use, have had their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” We set this aside as a choice morsel reserved for those who have worn well and borne the burden and heat of the day, who...

Hebrews 6:18

Good News for the Destitute

Nov 9 OBSERVE that the verse which precedes the text describes the Lord as appearing in his glory. His Zion is to be built up, and therefore her King puts on the robes of his splendour. The imagery sets forth the Lord as a great monarch, superintending with great pomp and state the building of a sumptuous palace. We see him commanding the architects and the workmen, and passing from point to...

Psalm 102:17

Wrecked, but not Reckless

Jun 9 HERE was a case of extreme peril, in which there seemed to be no possibility whatever of any of the lives of nearly three hundred persons being preserved. In this emergency the apostle Paul resorted to prayer. We may avail ourselves of this privilege at the worst pinch. When things are so black that they cannot be any darker, we may still pray. God is good at a dead lift....

Acts 27:29

Hope, Yet No Hope. No Hope, Yet Hope.

Apr 8 WHO can understand the subtlety of the human heart? Well said the prophet, “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.” The physician of the body had need be skilful to track disease to its secret origin and to follow it through all its mysterious pathways in the mazes of the human body; but he who has to deal with souls has a task harder far, inasmuch as...

Isaiah 57:10

Memory-The Handmaid of Hope

Oct 15 Memory-The Handmaid of Hope “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.”— Lamentations iii. 21. MEMORY is very often the servant of despondency. Despairing minds call to remembrance every dark foreboding in the past, and every gloomy feature in the present. Memory stands like a handmaiden, clothed in sackcloth, presenting to her master a cup of mingled gall and wormwood. Like Mercury, she hastes,...

Lamentations 3:21

Alas for Us, If Thou wert All, and Nought Beyond, O Earth

Mar 27      You will understand that the apostle is arguing with professedly Christian people, who were dubious about the resurrection of the dead. He is not saying that all men are now miserable if there be no hope of the world to come, for such an assertion would be untrue. There are very many who never think of another life, who are quite happy in their way, enjoy themselves, and...

1 Corinthians 15:19