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ArticleI Have Something to Say to You
       Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." Luke 7:40 Reader, I do not know who you are. I know not whether you are old or young, rich or poor, learned or unlearned. I only know that you are a child of Adam, and have a soul to be lost or saved. And therefore I say, "hear me! I have somewhat to say unto you!" Reader, I have four ...read
ArticleJustification
       "Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 5:1 There is a word in the text which heads this page which ought to be very precious in the eyes of Englishmen. That word is "peace." Even in "merry England" we have known something of the horrors of war in the last thirty years. The Crimean war, the India ...read
ArticleLooking Unto Jesus!
       "Looking unto Jesus." Hebrews 12:2 The text of Scripture which heads this page is well fitted to supply useful thoughts for Christmas. At a season like this, when we are specially invited to remember how our blessed Lord came into the world, and was born of the Virgin Mary, we surely cannot do better than ask ourselves, what we know of "Looking ...read
SermonNeglect Not the Gift
       "Neglect not the gift that is in you, which was given you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery." 1 Timothy 4:14 Brethren, the leading topics of the subject committed to me appear to be the ministerial office, and the imperative duty of not neglecting it. Paul speaks to Timothy of his office, as "a gift." And he says of ...read
ArticleNever Perish!
       "They shall never perish!" John 10:28 There are two points in religion on which the teaching of the Bible is very plain and distinct. One of these points is the fearful danger of the ungodly; the other is the perfect safety of the righteous. One is the happiness of those who are converted; the other is the misery of those who are unconverted. On ...read
SermonNot Corrupting the Word
       "Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary, in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God." 2 Corinthians 2:17 It is no light matter to speak to any assembly of immortal souls about the things of God. But the most serious of all responsibilities is, to speak to a gathering of ministers, s ...read
ArticleOne Blood
       "He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the boundaries of their dwellings" Acts 17:26 This is a very short and simple text, and even a child knows the meaning of its words. But simple as it is, it supplies food for much thought, and it forms part of a speech d ...read
SermonOnly One Way--Christ!
       "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12 These words are striking in themselves. But they are much more striking if you consider when and by whom they were spoken. They were spoken by a poor and unpopular Christian, in the midst of a persecuting Jewish Council ...read
ArticleOur Hope!
       "Good hope through grace." 2 Thess. 2:10 "The hope of the ungodly shall perish." Job 8:13 "For what is the hope of the godless, when he is cut off, when God takes away his life?" Job 27:8 "I hope," is a very common expression. Everybody can say, "I hope." About no subject is the expression used so commonly as it is about religion. Nothing is m ...read
ArticleOur Souls!
       "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Mark 8:36 The saying of our Lord Jesus Christ, which stands at the head of this page, ought to ring in our ears like a trumpet-blast. It concerns our highest and best interests. It concerns OUR SOULS. What a solemn question these words of Scripture contai ...read
ArticlePerseverance
       "They shall never perish." John 10:28 There are two points in religion on which the teaching of the Bible is very plain and distinct. One of these points is the fearful danger of the ungodly; the other is the perfect safety of the righteous. One is the happiness of those who are converted; the other is the misery of those who are unconverted. On ...read
ArticlePharisees and Sadducees
       "Be careful," Jesus said to them. "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!" Matthew 16:6 Every word spoken by the Lord Jesus is full of deep instruction for Christians. It is the voice of the Chief Shepherd. It is the Great Head of the Church speaking to all its members--the King of kings speaking to His subjects--the ...read
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Practical Religion - Table of Contents
       "Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do." (Acts 15:36). The text which heads this page contains a proposal which the Apostle Paul made to Barnabas after their first missionary journey. He proposed to revisit the Churches they had been the means of founding, and to see ...read
SermonProfit and Loss
       "What shall it profit a man, if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?" Mark 8:36 It is a sad proof, beloved, of our evil and corrupt nature, that our Lord Jesus Christ should have thought it necessary to use such language and to ask such a question. He was preaching to His own people--to the children of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to t ...read
ArticleProve All Things
       "Prove all things--hold fast that which is good." 1 Thessalonians 5:21 You live in days when the text before your eyes is one of the first importance. The truths it contains are especially truths for the times. Give me your attention for a few minutes, and I will try to show you what I mean. There were three great doctrines or principles which ...read
SermonReady to Be Offered
       "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all those who love his appearing." (2 Tim ...read
SermonRegeneration, Part 1
       "Truly, truly, I say to you--Unless a man is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3 If the Bible is false, as some proud men have dared to say--then we are no better than the beasts which perish, and the best thing a man can do is to eat and drink and live as he pleases. If the Bible is only half true, as some unhappy people str ...read
Regeneration, Part 2
       "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3. Without this new birth, no man or woman can be saved! You may remember I began to speak of it last Sunday morning, and I endeavored to establish in your minds two main points, which it may be well to recall to your recollection now. First, then, I ...read
Regeneration, Part 3
       "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3 We have reached the last point in our inquiry about the new Birth--I mean the MARKS and EVIDENCES by which it may be known--the marks by which a man may find out whether he has himself been born again or not. To set before you the character of thos ...read
ArticleRepentance
       "Except you repent, you shall all likewise perish." Luke 13:3 The text which heads this page, at first sight, looks stern and severe, "Except you repent, you shall all perish." I can fancy someone saying, "Is this the Gospel?" "Are these the glad tidings? Are these the good news of which ministers speak?" "This is a hard saying, who can hear it? ...read

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