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SermonThe Privileges of the True Christian
       "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of my Father's hand." (John 10:27-29) About the first part of this text, beloved, I spoke to you
ArticleThe Real Presence--What Is It?
       "If Your Presence does not go with us--do not send us up from here!" Exodus 33:15 There is a word in the text which heads this page which demands the attention of all English Christians in this day. That word is "presence." There is a religious subject bound up with that word, on which it is most important to have clear, distinct, and scriptural
SermonThe Ten Virgins
       "Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. Those who were foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom delayed, they all slumbered and
SermonThe True Church
       "On this rock I will build My church, and the gates of hell will not overcome it." Matthew 16:18 We live in a world in which all things are passing away. Kingdoms, empires, cities, institutions, families--all are liable to change and corruption. One universal law seems to prevail everywhere--in all created things there is a tendency to decay. Th
SermonThe Unchanging Christ
       "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever." Hebrews 13:8 Always the same! unchanging!--that is a glorious character; a character which belongs to nothing that is of the earth; a character which He alone deserves, who is the Lord from heaven. What of this present world in which we live and move and have our being? It has stampe
The Upper Room - Table of Contents
       THE UPPER ROOM Being a Few Truths for the Times JOHN CHARLES RYLE BISHOP OF LIVERPOOL [1880-1900] Preface The volume now in the reader's hands requires little introductory explanation. It contains a very miscellaneous selection of papers which I have sent forth from time to time, in one shape or another, during a forty-five years' ministr
ArticleThe Way of Salvation
      Where must a man go for pardon? Where is forgiveness to be found? There is a way both sure and plain, and into that way I desire to guide every inquirers feet. That way is simply to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior. It is to cast your soul with all its sins, unreservedly on Christ--to cease completely from any dependence on your own wo
ArticleThe Whole Family!
       "The whole family in heaven and earth." Ephesians 3:15 Reader, Look at the words which form the title of this tract, and ponder them well. They are words which ought to stir some feelings in our minds at any time, and especially at Christmas. There lives not the man or woman on earth, who is not a member of some "family." The poorest as well as
Thoughts for Young Men - Table of Contents
      When the Apostle Paul wrote his Epistle to Titus about his responsibility as a minister, he mentioned young men as a group requiring particular attention. After speaking of older men and older women, and young women, he adds this advice, "Encourage the young men to be self-controlled" (Titus 2:6). I am going to follow the Apostle's advice. I propos
ArticleThoughts on Immortality
       "The things which are seen are temporary; but the things which are not seen are eternal." --2 Corinthians 4:18 A subject stands out on the face of this text, which is one of the most solemn and heart-searching in the Bible. That subject is eternity, or immortality. The subject is one of which the wisest man can only take in a little. We have no
ArticleToplady and his Ministry
       "Ask the former generation. Pay attention to the experience of our ancestors." Job 8:8 A perfect orchestra contains many various instruments of music. Each of these instruments has its own merit and value; but some of them are curiously unlike others. Some of them are dependent on a player's breath, and some on his skill of hand. Some of them ar
ArticleTried by Its Fruits
       "Every tree is known by his own fruit." Luke 6:44 Our lot is cast in times when there is a tendency to try all ancient institutions by their results. Schools, colleges, universities, corporations, old endowed charities, all are successively put into the crucible, and placed in the furnace. "Will an institution stand the fire? Is the result of th
ArticleTrue Preaching
      The instrumentality by which the spiritual reforms of the eighteenth century carried on their operations, was of the simplest description. It was neither more nor less than the old apostolic weapon of preaching. The sword which the apostle Paul wielded with such mighty effect, when he assaulted the strongholds of heathenism eighteen hundred years a
ArticleUnbelief, A Marvel
       "He marveled at their unbelief." Mark 6:6 The text which heads this page is a very remarkable one. Of all the expressions in the four Gospels which show that the Lord Jesus Christ was very Man, none perhaps is more startling than this. That He who was born of the Virgin Mary, and had a body like our own, should hunger and thirst, and weep and re
       "For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world, but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?" (1 John 5:4-5) It ought to be our practice, if we have any religion, to examine the state of our souls from time to time, and to fin
ArticleWe Must Be Holy!
      Reader, We must be holy on earth before we die--if we desire to go to heaven after death! If we hope to dwell with God forever in the life to come--we must endeavor to be like Him in the life that now is. We must not only admire holiness, and wish for holiness--we must be holy. Holiness cannot justify and save us. Holiness cannot cover our iniqui
ArticleWhat Can You Know?
       "Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens--what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave--what can you know?" Job 11:7-8 These striking words came from the lips of Zophar the Naamathite, one of the three friends who came to comfort the patriarch Job in his aff
SermonWhat do you Think about Christ?
       "What do you think about Christ?" (Matthew 22:42) Beloved, I have told you more than once, and I tell you now again, that since I have had the charge of this district it has been my heart's desire and prayer to promote your salvation. Morning and night I make my petition to my Father who is in heaven, that it will please Him to pour out the Holy
ArticleWhat is Your Hope?
      Reader, what is your hope about your soul? Have you any, or have you none? Can you tell me in what way you expect to be accounted righteousness before God?: Depend upon it, these are very serious questions. You and I are dying men. After death comes the judgment. What is your hope of acquittal in that solemn day? What are we going to plead on our
ArticleWheat or Chaff?
      "His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly cleanse His threshing floor. He will gather His wheat into the barn, but the chaff He will burn up with unquenchable fire!" (Matthew 3:12) You see a question at the head of this page. For whom do you think it is meant? Is it for corn merchants and farmers only, and for none else? If you th

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