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The Friend on the Road and Other Studies in the Gospels

By John Henry Jowett

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   Chapter 1 - Critics and Surgeons - THE FRIEND ON THE ROAD AND OTHER STUDIES IN THE GOSPELS REV. J. H. JOWETT, D.D. Author of "The Eagle Life," "The Preacher," "Thirsting for th
   Chapter 2 - The Challenge of the Closed Door - "Knock, and it shall be opened unto you."--Matt. vii. 7. WE are more ready to speak of the challenge of the open door. Some opportunity shines befo
   Chapter 3 - How the Best Things Become Ours - "He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for My sake shall find it."--Matt. x. 39. THIS is one of the great laws of the
   Chapter 4 - Sixpennyworth of Miracle - "A cup of cold water only."--Matt. x. 42. THE headline of this meditation is not mine. It belongs to George Gissing. And this is how it occurs. Gis
   Chapter 5 - The Peace of the Larger Life - "Ye shall find rest unto your souls."--Matt. xi. 29. CHRIST'S call is always a call to a larger life. It may not be a call to a larger field, but i
   Chapter 6 - Education by Contagion - "The Kingdom of Heaven is like unto leaven."--Matt. xiii. 33. THAT is a very vital education, perhaps the most vital of all, which is effected by c
   Chapter 7 - The Tares Among the Wheat - "Didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? Whence then hath it tares?"--Matt. xiii. 27. YES, where do the tares come from? Who are the carriers, a
   Chapter 8 - Things New and Old - "Like unto a man that is a householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old."--Matt. xiii. 52. IT is the combination of the
   Chapter 9 - The Buoyancy of Faith - "He walked upon the waters to come to Jesus."--Matt. xiv. 29. FAITH is always the secret of buoyancy. We can plant our footsteps in the sea when ou
   Chapter 10 - Sound the Great Recall - "Do ye not remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets ye took up?"-- Matt. xvi. 9. IN the midst of to-day's necessity I am
   Chapter 11 - The Bright Cloud - "Behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them."--Matt. xvii. 5. THE other day I watched a cloud form very suddenly and cover the summit of a great moun
   Chapter 12 - Mercy and Obligation - "I forgave thee all that debt; oughtest thou not therefore to have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, as I had compassion on thee?"--Matt. xviii.
   Chapter 13 - The Simplification of Life - "Of such is the Kingdom of Heaven."--Matt. xix. 14. SIMPLICITY is one of the great characteristics of the supreme life as taught and revealed by Je
   Chapter 14 - Life's Perilous Heats - "He took her by the hand. And immediately the fever left her."--Mark i. 31. IT is not illegitimate to allow our minds to pass from the fevers of th
   Chapter 15 - Feverishness - "He took her by the hand . . . and the fever left her."--Mark i. 31. IT is probable that every physical malady has its spiritual analogy. The ravag
   Chapter 16 - The Truly Sensational Life - "They were all amazed and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion."--Mark ii. 12. WHAT made them talk in this way? What had happened
   Chapter 17 - The Dominant Passion - "And as Jesus passed by, He saw Levi . . . and said unto him, Follow Me."--Mark ii. 14. "And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up, and saw him
   Chapter 18 - Doing the Impossible - "Stretch forth thy hand."--Mark iii. 5. THAT was the one thing he couldn't do! And he was asked to do it! Christ named his great incapacity and dem
   Chapter 19 - The Life I Should Live - "And Simon He surnamed Peter."--Mark iii. 16. His first name meant an uncertain sort of hearer, his second name meant a rock. And. the Lord deliber
   Chapter 20 - The Blessing and Discipline of Retirement - "Come ye yourselves apart and rest for a while."--Mark vi. 31. AND thus the Saviour Himself took time to rest. He had only three years of public mi
   Chapter 21 - Endless Possibilities - "All things are possible to him that believeth."--Mark ix. 23. OUR possibilities are as big as our tasks. Nay, they are bigger than our tasks, for
   Chapter 22 - The Price of Liberty - "The spirit cried and rent him sore and came oat of him."--Mark ix. 26. AND so the evil spirit was expelled, but only at the price of a great convu
   Chapter 23 - The Dynamics of Expulsion - "This kind goeth not forth but by prayer and fasting."--Mark ix. 29. THE evil spirit was still enthroned. The disciples had been unable to cast it
   Chapter 24 - Evils That Never Arrive - "Who shall roll us away the stone?"--Mark xvi. 3. THIS needless anxiety may stand as a common type of innumerable worries concerning difficulties w
   Chapter 25 - Returning in Power - "And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee."--Luke iv. 14. OUR Master had been at the familiar place in life where there are many
   Chapter 26 - The Old Tackle and the New Presence - "Launch out into the deep."--Luke v. 4. THE disciples had just washed their nets after a fruitless night. The labour of washing nets is light when
   Chapter 27 - The Noble Dissatisfaction - "Blessed are ye that hunger now."--Luke vi. 21. THAT is one of the constant and full-sounding notes of the New Testament, the healthiness of a cert
   Chapter 28 - The Malady of Not Wanting - "Woe unto you that are full."--Luke vi. 25. SOME of our Saviour's severest words were spoken to just this sort of people. The people had no sense o
   Chapter 29 - Sentimentaltsm - "I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest."--Luke ix. 57. SURELY that was the speech of a sentimentalist! I think of sentimentalism as ill-forme
   Chapter 30 - The Pedantic Conscience - "Ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God."-- Luke xi. 42. IT is possible to overlook large ends i
   Chapter 31 - A Receiver of Wrecks - "This man receiveth sinners."--Luke xv. 2. THE title which I have given to this meditation may sometimes be seen as one of the headlines on the bus
   Chapter 32 - The Supreme Test - "Faithful in that which is least."--Luke xvi. 10. WE make a great mistake if we regard this faithfulness in that which is least as an elementary
   Chapter 33 - Fainting - "Men ought always to pray and not to faint."--Luke xviii. 1. SUPPOSE we turn the counsel into a promise: "Men ought always to pray and they will no
   Chapter 34 - Doing the Impossible - "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."--Luke xviii. 27. WE have not to travel far before we meet the impossible. We soon
   Chapter 35 - Divine Visitations - "Thou knowest not the time of thy visitation."--Luke xix. 44. GOD visits us in opportunity. The dawn of opportunity is the unveiling of His presenc
   Chapter 36 - Self-Possession - "In your patience ye shall possess your souls."--Luke xxi. 19. To possess one's soul is an infinitely grander thing than to possess some magnificen
   Chapter 37 - The Treacherous Kiss - "Judas, betrayest thou the Son of Man with a kiss?"--Luke xxii. 48. To use a kiss in the ministry of betrayal is like using a sacramental cup to po
   Chapter 38 - The Friend on the Road - "Jesus Himself drew near."--Luke xxiv. 15. THE Friend whose absence they were mourning was with them on the road. They walked in sadness because th
   Chapter 39 - Dull Scholars - "Slow of heart to believe."--Luke xxiv. 25. I REMEMBER seeing a letter from a very distinguished officer who was serving in the Gallipoli campaign.
   Chapter 40 - The Unknown Christ - "He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not."--John i. 10. THE past tense sometimes deludes us. The things we l
   Chapter 41 - The Worst and the Best - "He knew what was in man."--John ii. 25. OUR Lord has always known what is in every man. Everything is transparent. The rosebush does not hide the
   Chapter 42 - Increase and Decrease - "He must increase, and I must decrease."--John iii. 20. AND yet that very decrease is the secret of sure growth. This sort of decrease is really a
   Chapter 43 - Hating the Light - "Everyone that doeth evil hateth the light."--John iii. 20. THE seedy garments, which pass muster in the dull low-grade light of the winter's day,
   Chapter 44 - Heroic Goodness - "He was a burning and a shining light."--John v. 35. IT is the combination of the two words "burning" and "shining" which portrays so distinguished
   Chapter 45 - Living Words - "The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."--John vi. 63. THIS passage is extraordinarily interesting. Here is our Lord
   Chapter 46 - The Last Bridge - "Many of the disciples went back, and walked no more with him."--John vi. 66. LADY JEUNE once asked Mr. Joseph Chamberlain why, in his opinion, so
   Chapter 47 - The Ministry of Infusion - "He that believeth on Me . . . out of him shall flow rivers of living water."--John vii. 38. THE Master speaks of men and women from whose lives fl
   Chapter 48 - Breaking the Awful Silence - "Jesus saith unto her . . ."--John xi. 23. WHO likes to break the silence when some sorrow has stricken our neighbor dumb? The stroke has fallen, a
   Chapter 49 - Preparing for the Miracle - "And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me."--John xi. 41. THAT is a very strange and unusual order. Laza
   Chapter 50 - The Inner Door - "Sir, we would see Jesus."--John xii. 21. IN his book entitled "Fragments of Prose and Poetry," Mr. F. W. H. Myers has the following vital passage:
   Chapter 51 - The Revelation in the After Days - "What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter."--John xiii. 7. THERE are numberless things to which at present we have no clue. Ma
   Chapter 52 - The Troubled Heart - "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."--John xiv. 27. WHENEVER Ian Maclaren was called to a house of sickness or sorrow he alw
   Chapter 53 - The Gift of Peace - "My peace I give unto you."--John xiv. 27. BUT a soul may possess the peace of Christ and yet know no end of trouble. Indeed, round about these wor
   Chapter 54 - Settling Down in Christ - "Abide in Me."--John xv. 4. THE Lord Jesus Christ calls us to a settled life in His fellowship. But the difficulty is, our nature is so truant. The
   Chapter 55 - The Joy of the Lord - "That My joy might be in you, and that your joy might be full."--John xv. 11. IT is an extraordinary thing that our Lord should speak of His joy in
   Chapter 56 - The Joy of Christian Life - "These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full."--John xv. 11. WHO would not say that this
   Chapter 57 - The Sense of Mission - "As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world."--John xvii. 18. THIS word of the Master was recalled to me whe
   Chapter 58 - Living at Second Hand - "Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of Me?"--John xviii. 34. WAS it a rumour caught in the air, or a
   Chapter 59 - The Great Act of Receiving - "Receive ye."--John xx. 22. IT is a great thing to ask. It is a still greater thing to receive. There are many askers to one receiver. We make our

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