Free Pardon

October 21, 2017

Free Pardon   “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.”— Isaiah xliii. 25.   THIS extraordinary passage is rendered the more remarkable from its connection, for it follows a description of the sins of God’s people, a description which mentions their sins of omission in that …


Overwhelming Obligations

October 13, 2017

Overwhelming Obligations   “What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward me?”— Psalm cxvi. 12.   DEEP emotion prompts this question ; but where are the depths of love and gratitude that can meet its exuberant demands ? You will perhaps remember an incident in the life of a famous soldier, who also became a …


Maschil of Ethan

January 1, 1970

MASCHIL OF ETHAN: A MAJESTIC SONG.   “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations. For I have said, Mercy shall be built up for ever: thy faithfulness shalt thou establish in the very heavens.”— Psalm lxxxix. 1, 2.   THIS psalm is one of the very choicest …


This Year Also

January 1, 1970

This Year Also   “This year also.”—Luke xiii. 8.   AT the opening of another year, and at the commencement of another volume of sermons, we earnestly desire to utter the word of exhortation: but alas, at this present, the preacher is a prisoner, and must speak from his pillow instead of his pulpit. Let not the few words …


The Tender Mercy of God

June 27, 1886

The Tender Mercy of God    “To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the …


Bankrupt Debtors Discharged

September 16, 1883

Bankrupt Debtors Discharged   “And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both.”— Luke vii. 42.   THE two debtors differed very considerably in the amounts which they owed: the one was in arrears five hundred pence, and the other fifty. There are differences in the guilt of sins, and in the degrees of men’s criminality. …


The First Note of My Song

August 31, 1879

The First Note of My Song    “Who forgiveth all thine iniquities.” — Psalm ciii. 3.   I AM a firm believer, not only in the inspiration of the psalms themselves, but also in the correctness of their order. I believe that Paul was right when he called a certain psalm “the second psalm,” and that those are wrong …


A God Ready to Pardon

January 9, 1876

A God Ready to Pardon   Thou art a God ready to pardon."—Nehemiah 9:17.   When a man's conscience is so awakened to the existence of sin that he cannot perceive any plea for mercy within himself, it is his wisdom to look for a plea in the nature and character of God. Now, brethren, if we search ourselves …


Abundant Pardon

September 27, 1874

Abundant Pardon “He will abundantly pardon.” — Isaiah lv. 7. IN our childhood we learned from Dr. Watts’ Catechism that Isaiah was that prophet who spoke more of Jesus Christ than all the rest. In the chapter before us he had been declaring in the name of the Lord the coming and the character of the Redeemer, …


A Singular Title and a Special Favor

July 12, 1874

A Singular Title and a Special Favor “The God of my mercy shall prevent me.”— Psalm lix. 10. A LIFE without trouble would be very uninteresting. Our opportunities for greatness would be narrowed down if trials were gone. I watched a glorious sunset, marvelling at the beauty wherewith the evening skies were- all ablaze, and adoring him …