Hope

Israel’s Hope; or, the Centre of the Target

Jan 01

Israel’s Hope; or, the Centre of the Target   “Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.”— Psalm cxxx. 7.   WHEN he penned this psalm, the writer, David, was in deep distress, if not of circumstances, yet of conscience. He constantly mentions iniquities, and begs forgiveness. He …

Psalms:130:7

The Three Whats

Jan 01

The Three Whats    “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which …

Ephesians:1:18-20

Song for the Free, and Hope for the Bound

Nov 06

Song for the Free, and Hope for the Bound   “He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut …

Psalms:107:14-16

Shaven and Shorn, but Not Beyond Hope.

Sep 26

Shaven and Shorn, but Not Beyond Hope.   “Howbeit the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaven.”— Judges xvi. 22.   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 …

Judges:16:22

Stand Fast

Aug 27

Stand Fast   “Be not moved away from the hope of the gospel.”— Colossians i. 23.   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 …

Colossians:1:23

The Hope Laid Up in Heaven

Oct 13

The Hope Laid Up in Heaven   “For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel.”— Colossians i. 5.    THREE graces should be always conspicuous in Christians— faith, love, and hope. They are each mentioned by Paul in the opening verses of the …

Colossians:1:5

A Round of Delights

Nov 11

A Round of Delights   “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” — Romans xv. 13.   THIS is one of the richest passages in the Word of God. It is so full of instruction that I cannot hope …

Romans:15:13

Strong Consolation for the Lord’s Refugees

Apr 29

Strong Consolation for the Lord's Refugees   “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.”— Hebrews vi. 18.   WHEN we read such a choice verse as this we are apt at once …

Hebrews:6:18

Good News for the Destitute

Nov 09

Good News for the Destitute   “He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.”— Psalm cii. 17.   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 …

Psalms:102:17

Wrecked, but not Reckless

Jun 09

Wrecked, but not Reckless   “All hope that we should be saved was then taken away.” — Acts xxvii. 20.   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 …

Acts:27:29