But a Step

November 29, 1885

But a Step   “There is but a step between me and death.”— 1 Samuel xx. 3. THIS was David’s description of his own condition. King Saul was seeking to destroy him. The bitter malice of that king would not be satisfied with anything short of the blood of his rival. Jonathan did not know this. He could …

1 Samuel:20:3

Departed Saints Yet Living

October 4, 1885

Departed Saints Yet Living   “Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.” — Luke xx. …


What is Your Life?

March 30, 1884

What is Your Life?   “For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”— James iv. 14.   WHEN a prince dies they toll the great bell of the cathedral that all the city may hear it, and that for miles round the tidings may spread. Swift messengers …



December 12, 1880

Alive    “The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.” — Psalm cxix. 144.   YESTERDAY afternoon I was the subject of a somewhat singular circumstance. An esteemed friend and relative came over to my house, evidently labouring under great disturbance of mind, and having enquiries to make of a very important order. …


Life More Abundant

January 4, 1874

Life More Abundant   “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”—John x. 10.   “THE thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.” False teachers, whatever their professions, seriously injure and emperil the souls of men, and in the end cause their destruction; their selfish …


Alive or Dead—Which?

June 16, 1867

Alive or Dead—Which?   “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” — 1 John 5:12.   LAST Sabbath morning we addressed you upon the gracious operations of the Holy Spirit in the believer, and upon the glorious fact of his dwelling in the hearts of the regenerate. …

1 John:5:12

Life in Earnest

February 2, 1862

Life in Earnest   “He did it with all his heart and prospered.” — 2 Chronicles 31:21        THIS is no unusual occurrence; in fact it seems to be the general rule of the moral universe that those men prosper who do their work with all their hearts, while those are almost certain to fail who go …

2 Chronicles:31:21

A Voice from the Hartley Colliery

January 30, 1862

A Voice From the Hartley Colliery   “ If a man die, shall he live again ? ” — Job 14:14        ONCE more the Lord has spoken. Once again the voice of Providence has proclaimed “All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of grass.” O sword of the Lord, when wilt thou rest and …


The Good Man’s Life and Death

August 16, 1857

The Good Man's Life and Death   "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."—Philippians 1:21        How ominously these words follow each other in the text—"live," "die." There is but a comma between them, and surely as it is in the words so is it in reality. How brief the distance between …