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

Song for the Free, and Hope for the Bound

Nov 6 MY anxious, prayerful desire this morning is, that some who have been in the condition described in the text may come out of it into full redemption. They have been too long in prison; and now the silver trumpet sounds— liberty to the captives. Jesus has come into the world to break the gate of brass, and to cut the bars of iron in sunder. Oh, that my prayer might...

Psalm 107:14-16

Shaven and Shorn, but Not Beyond Hope.

Sep 26 LET me introduce the text to you. Samson was set apart from his birth to be the champion of Israel, to break the power of the Philistines who lorded over God’s people. Everything in his bringing up had reference to his peculiar calling as the hero of Israel, the hammer of Philistia. He was to be a Nazarite from his birth. Amongst other things which concerned the Nazarite he never...

Judges 16:22

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