| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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. ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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. ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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, ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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: ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|
| › 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 ...read|