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SermonSaving Faith
       "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish--but have everlasting life." John 3:16 In this verse, beloved, we have one of those "heavenly things," which our Lord had just spoken of to Nicodemus. Blessed indeed are the lips which spoke it, and blessed are the hearts which can receive
       "He told this parable to some who trusted in themselves, that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt." (Luke 18:9) Are there none to whom this parable is applicable in the present day? Truly, if it were so, the ministers of Jesus would have comparatively a light employment and an idle post. We do not often meet with men who deny t
SermonSigns of the Times
      Enormous luxury, extravagance, self-indulgence, mammon-worship, and an idolatry of fashion and amusements, are sorrowful marks of our times. With all our outward show of religion, is there any proportionate increase of internal reality? With all this immense growth of external Christianity, is there any corresponding growth of vital godliness? Is
SermonThe Blood of the Lamb
       "These are those who came out of the great tribulation. They washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, they serve him day and night in his temple. He who sits on the throne will spread his tabernacle over them. They will never be hungry, neither thirsty any more; neither will the
SermonThe Character of the True Christian
       "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." (John 10:27) That is a glorious saying, a perfect and complete text; containing all I need to know for my soul's comfort, full of privileges and mercies for true believers and penitent sinners, and at the same time shutting the door effectually against self-righteous Pharisees and wh
SermonThe Christian Race
       "Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has
ArticleThe Cross of Christ
       "Far be it from me to boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world." Galatians 6:14 What do we think and feel about the cross of Christ? We live in a Christian land. We probably attend the worship of a Christian church. We have, most of us, been baptized in the name of
The Duties of Parents - Table of Contents
       Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 23: 6. I suppose that most professing Christians are acquainted with the text at the head of this page. The sound of it is probably familiar to your ears, like an old tune. It is likely you have heard it, or read it, talked of it, or quoted it, ma
ArticleThe Fallibility of Ministers
       "When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in hi
The Gospel of John - Table of Contents
       PREFACE I send forth the volume now in the reader's hands, with much reticence, and a very deep sense of responsibility. It is no light matter to publish an exposition of any book in the Bible. It is a peculiarly serious undertaking to attempt a Commentary on the Gospel of John. I do not forget that we are all apt to exaggerate the difficulties
The Gospel of Luke - Table of Contents
       PREFACE The volume now in the reader's hands, is a continuation of the "Expository Thoughts on the Gospels," of which two volumes have been already published. The general design of the work has been so fully explained in the preface to the volume on Matthew, that it seems needless to say anything further on the subject. I will only remark that
The Gospel of Mark - Table of Contents
       PREFACE The volume now in the reader's hands, is a continuation of a work already commenced by "Expository Thoughts on Matthew." The nature of the work has been so fully explained in the preface to the volume on Matthew, that it seems unnecessary to say anything on the subject. It may be sufficient to repeat that the reader must not expect to f
The Gospel of Matthew - Table of Contents
       MATTHEW 1:1-17 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Abraham became the father of Isaac. Isaac became the father of Jacob. Jacob became the father of Judah and his brothers. Judah became the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar. Perez became the father of Hezron. Hezron became the father of Ram. Ram beca
SermonThe Grace of God in Vain
       "We then, as workers together with him, beseech you that you receive not the grace of God in vain." 2 Cor. 6:1. Although the Church of Corinth, to which these words were written, was certainly not a body without spot and blemish; although we learn by Paul's first Epistle that in many things its members were to be blamed; still, with all its faul
ArticleThe Great Battle
      All men ought to love peace. War is an immense evil, though it is a necessary evil sometimes. Battles are bloody and distressing events, though sometimes nations cannot maintain their rights without them. But all men ought to love peace. All ought to pray for a quiet life. All this is very true, and yet there is one war which it is a positive duty
ArticleThe Heart
       "Give me your heart." Proverbs 23:26 "Your heart is not right in the sight of God." Acts 8:21 The heart is the main thing in true religion. I make no excuse for asking the special attention of my readers, while I try to say a few things about the heart. The head is not the principal thing. You may know the whole truth as it is in Jesus, and co
ArticleThe Holy Spirit
      "If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him." (Romans 8:9) The subject of this paper is one of the deepest importance to our souls. That subject is the work of God the Holy Spirit. The solemn words of the text which heads this page demand the attention of all who believe the Scriptures to be the living voice of God. "I
SermonThe Lord our Righteousness
       "This is His name whereby He shall be called--the Lord our Righteousness." Jeremiah 23:6. The time is short. It is but a little while, and the Lord Jesus shall come in His glory. The judgment shall be set and the books shall be opened. "Before Him shall be gathered all nations," "that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according t
SermonThe Outlook
      (1) The first and worst cloud which I see in our Church's outlook, is the widespread disposition to regard religious externalism as a substitute for vital soul-saving Christianity. When I speak of externalism, let me explain what I mean. We all know that the external part of religion has received a large amount of new attention during the last for
ArticleThe Power of the Holy Spirit
      There is hope in the Gospel for any man, so long as he lives. There is infinite willingness in Christ to pardon sin. There is infinite power in the Holy Spirit to change hearts. There are many diseases of the body which are incurable. The cleverest doctors cannot heal them. But, thank God! there are no incurable diseases of soul. All manner and qua

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