Sermons in Trials

Marah Better Than Elim

April 4, 1889

Marah Better Than Elim   “So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of …


The Trial of Your Faith

December 2, 1888

The Trial of Your Faith   “The trial of your faith.”— 1 Peter i. 7.   IT is a great thing if any man can truthfully speak to you, my brother, about “your faith” for all men have not faith, and wherever faith is found, it is the token of divine favour. True faith is, in every case, of …

1 Peter:1:7

All Joy in All Trials

February 4, 1883

All Joy in All Trials    “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”— James i. 2, 3, 4.   JAMES calls the converted among the twelve tribes his …


The Present Crisis

July 13, 1879

The Present Crisis    “I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.” — Hosea v. 15.   THE Lord does not always tell us what he will do. “Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.” …


For the Troubled

January 12, 1873

For the Troubled   “Thy wrath lieth hard upon me, and thou hast afflicted me with all thy waves.” — Psalm lxxxviii. 7.   IT is the business of a shepherd not only to look after the happy among the sheep, but to seek ones after the sick of the flock, and to lay himself out right earnestly for …


The Barley-Field on Fire

April 3, 1864

The Barley-Field on Fire   "Absalom sent for Joab, to have sent him to the king; but he would not come to him: and when he sent again the second time, he would not come. Therefore he said unto his servants, See, Joab’s field is near mine, and he hath barley there; go and set it on …

2 Samuel:14:29-31

The Greatest Trial on Record

February 22, 1863

The Greatest Trial on Record   "The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed."—Psalm 2:2        After our Lord had been betrayed by the false-hearted Judas, he was bound by the officers who had come to take him; no doubt the cords were drawn as …


The Jeer of Sarcasm, and the Retort of Piety

April 8, 1860

The Jeer of Sarcasm, and the Retort of Piety   "Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the …

2 Samuel:6:20-22

A Bottle in the Smoke

March 23, 1856

A Bottle in the Smoke   "For I am become like a bottle in the smoke; yet do I not forget thy statutes." —Psalm 119:83        The figure of "a bottle in the smoke" is essentially oriental; we must therefore go to the East for its explanation. This we will supply to our hearers and readers in the …