Mrs. Horatius Bonar, his sister-in-law
GLASGOW, 28th Oct. 1864.
MY DEAR JANE,
--Perhaps you and Horace will excuse me for not writing sooner. It requires something to raise me before I can at present take up the pen. The bewilderment is passing away--all appears too real now, but the loneliness, when will that pass away? I know 'He doth not willingly afflict,' --I have felt that-- ...read
Mrs. James Bonar, his daughter-in-law
GLASGOW, 29th Decr. 1884.
MY DEAR MARY,--
'Along the river of time we glide,
The swiftly flowing resistless tide !'
Only think! the year is nearly done, and I have lived seventy-four years in this world, and must be getting near the edge of the wilderness. But the prospect on before is very bright--the sadness is all in looking back. The ...read
Mrs. James Bonar, his daughter-in-law
GLASGOW, 9th April 1883.
MY DEAR MISS MARY,
-- Amidst our Communion services yesterday, we did not fail to remember 'a former member of the congregation now lingering in the valley of the shadow of death.' Nor did we forget yourself, watching by the sick while we were in the Sanctuary and at the Table. When reading at the beginning of the se ...read
GLASGOW, 17th March 1858.
MY DEAR MRS. MANSON,--Thanks for writing me, for in truth I was meditating to write you (i.e. your husband and you=one), but could not make out whereabouts you were at this time. I am glad you are to be near Crieff ; we may see you now and then. But I will be afraid to say much to Mr. Manson about ministerial work, lest ...read
Mrs. Milne on the death of her father
ON THE DEATH OF HER FATHER.
Collace, F. C. Manse, Dec. 13th, 1855.
MY DEAR MRS. MILNE,
--I write because it might be some variety to you in your sojourn at Hastings, something like a visit. We felt for you in your bereavement, for a father is altogether peculiar, so peculiar that you know the Lord represents our nearest access to Himself b ...read
GLASGOW, 5th June 1891.
MY DEAR MRS. MUDIE,
--I was altogether taken by surprise when the news came, 'Mr. Mudie is gone!' --gone to the 'mountain of myrrh and hill of frankincense till the Daybreak.' You do not know how many of Christ's friends here and elsewhere will miss him. All of us felt, when we were privileged to have his visits, that ...read
Mrs. R. M. Ballantyne, his niece, Harrow-on-the-Hill
GLASGOW, 18th April 1890.
MY DEAR JANE,
--I shall try to do as you request.
I have a list of names--sons of godly parents--who are still 'far off,' for whom I pray from time to time that they may be 'brought nigh by the blood of Christ,' led by the Holy Spirit. I shall put --'s name into the number.
Pray for me and mine. Tell our great ...read
Mrs. Thom, Aberfeldy
GLASGOW, March 1st, 1879.
DEAR MRS. THOM,
--I was glad to hear from you. You seem to thrive on Highland air and Highland services. . . . Pray for us here, seek power from on high to minister and people. I read the other day that two American professors have lately shown how the power that is in the Niagara Fall may be transmitted along a copp ...read
Mrs. William Bonar, his sister-in-law
GIRVAN, 16th Aug. 1862.
MY DEAR JESSIE,
... It is so still to-day, the sea like glass, and somehow everything seems to fall in suitably with our present feelings. We have bidden dear Christian our last farewell. It is so strange to try to realise that we shall no longer see her among us, or get one of her letters telling whatever she thought ...read
John 3:1-21 ; 7:50 ; 19:39
We have three scenes given us in the life of Nicodemus.
The first is his interview with Christ. How he was awakened we do not know. It is of no consequence when and how it is done, if it is the beginning of the great change. You say, 'I cannot go one step towards Christ till I am born again and feel it.' That is a ...read
Onesiphorus: The New Testament Ebedmelech
2 Timothy 1: 16-18 and 4:19
Paul had a heart that felt everything keenly. It is from his pen that 'Rejoice with them that do rejoice and weep with them that weep' comes. It is he who wrote in Phil.4: 8: 'the bowels of Christ Jesus.' Many times he speaks in this way, 'desiring greatly to see thee.' No wonder, then, that he so felt the kindness ...read
Palestine for the Young - The Tribe of Levi
The prophecy of Jacob regarding Levi was remarkably fulfilled : "I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel" (Gen. 49. 7). You have to search for their dwellings in every corner of the land. They were scattered and divided over all Israel; for they got forty-eight cities, taken out of all the other tribes, to dwell in, not to possess. ...read
Paul's Fifteen Days Visit to Peter
'Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.' Galatians 1:18
For three years after his conversion Paul was out of sight in Arabia. The Lord sent him there, as He sent Moses to Midian, to be trained for after work. It was an education time. He would, no doubt, visit Sinai (see 4: 25), and on the ...read
NOTES OF AN ADDRESS GIVEN AT THE GLASGOW CHRISTIAN CONVENTION, 1880.
The subject is the outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, the fiftieth day after the Passover. It might be interesting and profitable at another time to take up the question, 'In what did the work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament saints differ from His work in ...read
Praise ye the LORD : for it is good to sing praises unto our God ; for it is pleasant ; and praise is comely. Psalm 147:1
There are many things that might be said about praise ; but you remember the Psalms have given us three statements that may guide us. The Book of Psalms says 'Praise is PLEASANT;' it says again, 'It is GOOD to sing praise;' ...read
PSALM XIII To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David.
How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever?
How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?
How long shall I take counsel in my soul, - having sorrow in my heart daily?
How long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
Consider and hear me, O Lord my God : lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sl ...read
PSALM LXXVII To the chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph.
I cried unto God with my voice,
Even unto God with my voice ; and he gave ear unto me.
In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord:
My sore ran in the night, and ceased not : my soul refused to be comforted.
I remembered God, and was troubled :
I complained, and my spirit w ...read
Ready to Go
"I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me" (2 Kings 2:9).
0 that his mantle would fall upon me! Evil days are begun. He was so reverent toward God, so full also in desire toward Him, whether in family prayer or at common ordinary meetings. He seemed never unprepared. His lamp was always burning, and his loins always girt. I nev ...read
"Pray without ceasing" (1 Thess. 5:17).
God has this week been impressing much upon me the way of redeeming time for prayer by learning to pray while walking or going from place to place. Also He has been showing me how to make more direct use of Scripture to my own case in daily reading. Tomorrow is the anniversary of my ordination day I feel m ...read
Rev. A.N. Somerville Glasgow
Monday, Dec. 11th, 1837.
MY DEAR ALIC,
--you now know the beginning of a full ministry in the Gospel of Christ. Has it, then, solemnised you deeply? Have you felt as the young priest-- some young son of Aaron--would feel on the day when first the anointing oil that ordained him to his office was poured on his head, and himself permitted for t ...read