A Last Look-Out

January 13, 2018

A Last Look-Out   "The time of my departure is at hand."—2 Timothy 4:6        So near, so very near the change—his removal from this to another world; and so very conscious of it; yet Paul looked back with calm satisfaction; he looked forward with sweet assurance; and he looked round with deepest interest on the mission …

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Vanities and Verities

October 30, 2017

VANITIES AND VERITIES.   “We look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”— 2 Corinthians iv. 18.   THE apostle Paul was by no means a stoic. He had not conquered all human feeling, and rendered …

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A Cheery Word in Troublous Times

October 29, 2017

A CHEERY WORD IN TROUBLOUS TIMES.   “Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.”— Acts xxvii. 25.   THE presence of a brave man in the hour of danger is a very great comfort to his companions. It is a grand thing to observe Paul so bold, …


The Shank-bone Sermon; or, True Believers and Their Helpers

March 23, 1890

 The Shank-bone Sermon; or, True Believers and their Helpers   “Who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace.” — Acts xviii. 27.   APOLLOS is not Paul, and Paul is not Apollos. To blend the two in one would be to spoil each one of the two, without producing a good third. It is …


Paul Apprehended and Apprehending

May 30, 1889

Paul and Apprehended and Apprehending   “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.” Philippians iii. 12.   OBSERVE the apostle’s condition when he wrote these words. I do not think that either you or I will …


Two Pauls and a Blinded Sorcerer

May 18, 1884

Two Pauls and a Blinded Sorcerer   “Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord.” — Acts xiii. 12.   CYPRUS was by no means a reputable island: it was devoted to the goddess Venus, and you can imagine what her worship was, and what would be the fruitful …


The Tent Dissolved and the Mansion Entered

May 6, 1883

The Tent Dissolved and the Mansion Entered   “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”— 2 Corinthians v. 1.   PAUL ranks among the bravest of the brave. We note also with admiration how the hero of …

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Filling the Empty Vessels

September 17, 1882

Filling the Empty Vessels   “But ray God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”— Philippians iv. 19.   VERY beautiful, to my mind, is the sight of “Paul the aged” immured in his prison at Rome, likely by-and-by to be put to death, but calm, quiet, peaceful, and joyful. Just now …


Under Constraint

April 28, 1878

Under Constraint   “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead.”— 2 Corinthians v. 14.   THE apostle and his brethren were unselfish in all that they did. He could say of himself and of his brethren that when they varied their modes of action they …

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A Business-Like Account

June 3, 1877

A Business-Like Account   “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win …