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John MacDuff
1818-1895

      John Ross MacDuff was born May 23, 1818 in Bonhard, Scotland. He died at his home in Chislehurst, Kent, England on April 30, 1895. John Ross MacDuff was a Presbyterian minister and a prolific writer of excellent Christian books and materials. He was especially known for the practical, poetic, and devotional qualities of his work. He was also a published poet and hymn writer. John Ross MacDuff had Doctor of Divinity Degrees from the University of Glasgow and the University of New York. He served as a pastor for many years in several churches, including the Church of Scotland.

      One of the hymns John Ross MacDuff wrote the words for was Christ Is Coming! - Published in 1853.

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A Book for the Bereaved - Table of Contents
       A BOOK FOR THE BEREAVED by John MacDuff, 1883 "Brothers and sisters, we want you to know the truth about those who have died, so that you will not be sad, as are those who have no hope. We believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will take back with Jesus those who have died BELIEVING in Him. So then, comfort on ...read
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A Book of Private Prayer - Table of Contents
       A Book of Private Prayer for Morning and Evening by J. R. MacDuff, 1890 INTRODUCTION The verses of Scripture at the head of each prayer, are made suggestive of thought for the morning and evening prayers which follow. This, it is hoped, will secure greater variety in the subject matter of devotion. To all who have God as their Father ...read
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Clefts of the Rock - Table of Contents
       CLEFTS OF THE ROCK The Believer's Grounds of Confidence in Christ by John MacDuff, 1874 In a quaint but powerful way, MacDuff presents various aspects of the person and work of Jesus, as various 'clefts in the rock' in which the believer can hide himself for protection, comfort, and strength in his pilgrimage to his heavenly home. ...read
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Communion Memories - Table of Contents
       COMMUNION MEMORIES by John MacDuff, 1886 The record of some Communion Sundays, with Meditations, Addresses, and Prayers suited for the Lord's Table THE GRAIN OF WHEAT FALLING INTO THE GROUND AND DYING. "I tell you the truth, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produ ...read
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Encouragements to Patient Waiting - Table of Contents
       ENCOURAGEMENTS TO PATIENT WAITING by John MacDuff, 1864 INTRODUCTION May the effort "to speak a word to him that is weary" be attended with the Divine blessing, and may many of God's tried and suffering ones realize in their hours of weakness, pain, and distress, the soothing, elevating, and strengthening power which lies in Christ. I ...read
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Eventide at Bethel - Table of Contents
       EVENTIDE AT BETHEL or, The Night-dream of the Desert AN OLD TESTAMENT CHAPTER IN PROVIDENCE AND GRACE By John MacDuff, 1878 Dedicated to all on the journey of life--especially to those just starting on their pilgrimage. PREFACE This is intended as a companion volume to "Noontide at Sychar." 'The story of Jacob's Ladder' and 'The sto ...read
SermonLoving Counsels
       A New Years Address "The By-gone Time." While the coming year you greet, with many a merry chime, I sing a solemn dirge tonight, a dirge for the by-gone time-- Yes, from the soul within me, most bitterly I mourn, For the many wasted moments which never can return; For the many lost occasions for working something good, For the prompt ...read
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Memories of Gennesaret - Table of Contents
       MEMORIES OF GENNESARET Our Lord's Ministry in Gennesaret (also called Galilee or Tiberias) by John MacDuff, 1887 The Home "Few are the tones of love He hears, Unpillowed oft His weary head; By day He wrought, by night He prayed, His way was paved with love and tears." "Leaving Nazareth, He went and lived in Capernaum, which was b ...read
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Palms of Elim - Table of Contents
       "PALMS OF ELIM" or "Rest and Refreshment in the Valleys" by John MacDuff, 1879 "After leaving Marah, they came to Elim ('Valleys'), where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees. They camped there beside the springs." Exodus 15:27 (Elim was an oasis in the desert.) This volume is intended for the comfort and refreshment for ...read
ArticleShadows of the Great Rock
       "And a Man will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land." Isaiah 32:2 A great rock! "That Rock is Christ," and "the shadows" are those precious truths--those sublime grounds and utterances of trust and confidence, under which His people ma ...read
DevotionalThe Faithful Promiser (31 day devotional)
       THE FAITHFUL PROMISER. By the Author of "THE WORDS OF JESUS," "THE MORNING AND NIGHT WATCHES," ETC. "Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises."--2 Pet. i. 4. NEW YORK: STANFORD & DELISSER, No. 508, BROADWAY. 1858. The Faithful Promiser. It has often been felt a delightful exercise by the ...read
ArticleThe First Bereavement
      This is a solemn hour on which you have entered. The shadows of death for the first time are falling around your dwelling. Often before have you heard of trial. You may have visited over and over again the house of affliction. You may even have dealt out lessons of comfort to others. The doors of neighbors and friends you have seen darkened with be ...read
ArticleThe Heart Wounded
       "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God." Psalm 42:1 Are we not warranted to infer that it was the 'wounded' stag which David now saw, or pictured he saw, seeking the brooks?--the deer hit by the archers, with blood-drops standing on its flanks, and its eye glazed with faintness, exhaustion, and dea ...read
DevotionalThe Night Watches (31 day devotional)
       THE NIGHT WATCHES. By the Author of "THE WORDS OF JESUS," "THE FAITHFUL PROMISER," ETC. NEW YORK: STANFORD & DELISSER, No. 508, BROADWAY. 1858. "When I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the night watches." -- Psalm 63:6 "My soul waits for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more tha ...read
DevotionalThe Rainbow in the Clouds (31 day devotional)
       "When I send clouds over the earth, the rainbow will be seen in the clouds" Genesis 9:14 1. SOVEREIGNTY "The Lord Reigns." Psalm 93:1 No rainbow of promise in the "dark and cloudy day" shines more radiantly than this. God, my God, the God who gave Jesus, orders all events, and overrules all for my good! "When I," says He, "send clou ...read
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The Shepherd and His Flock - Table of Contents
       THE SHEPHERD AND HIS FLOCK by John MacDuff, 1870 "I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord." Ezekiel 34:15 "We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way." Isaiah 53:6 Mournful is this opening picture. It is composed of no quiet pastoral scene with verda ...read
DevotionalThe Words of Jesus (31 day devotional)
       THE WORDS OF JESUS. by the author of "THE MORNING AND NIGHT WATCHES," "THE FAITHFUL PROMISER," ETC. Taken from the last London Edition. New York: STANFORD & DELISSER, No. 508, BROADWAY. 1858. The Words of Jesus. "A word spoken in season," says the wise man, "how good it is!" If this be true regarding the utterance ...read

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