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PamphletOur Comforter
       THE COMFORTER--A DIVINE PERSON "Then Peter said: Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit...You have not lied to men--but to God." Acts 5:3-4 Everything that characterizes a person is ascribed to the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures. He is said to be sent, to come, to act. He teaches, lea
ArticleOur Father's Demand
       "A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If I am a father--where is My honor? And if I am a master, where is your fear of Me?" Malachi 1:6 A profession of the Christian religion involves solemn obligations. The Lord expects us to be what we profess, and speaks to us accordingly in his Word. Do we profess to be Christians? Then God ex
ArticlePleasing God
      "Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more!" 1 Thessalonians 4:1 My mind is struck with the idea. I ask, "Is it possible for a sinner to do anything that will please God?" The reply is, No, not considered simply as a sin
ArticlePower! Power!
      We greatly need spiritual power in the present day. We abound in means of grace, in opportunities to do good, in incentives to holiness; but we are very feeble! Who that hears us pray, sees us work, or studies our characters--but must see that we are weak, and, though Christians, very much like other men! We need to be endued with the Spirit of pow
      True praise includes--a grateful acknowledgment of mercies--glorifying God for his goodness--and a celebrating the excellencies of Jehovah with thankfulness. In praise we confess ourselves unworthy, indebted, and laid under great obligation for kindness manifested; we adore the author, acknowledge that we received the favor, and give thanks with gr
      Real prayer is the going forth of the soul to the Lord to communicate its needs, wishes, and requests. It is making known our feelings, fears, and troubles, unto our God. It is pleading with our King for life, liberty, and blessedness. It is pleading with our Prophet to teach, instruct, and make us wise. It is pleading with our heavenly Father for
PamphletPrecious Things from the Everlasting Hills
       Pleasant Fruits for All People PREFACE "Sanctify them by the truth; Your Word is truth." John 17:17 All saving and sanctifying truth is from God. It was conceived in his heart, communicated by his Holy Spirit, and is to be found in his word. It is intended for our use, to enlighten the understanding, to quicken the affections, to reg
       "Let us go across to the outpost of those pagans," Jonathan said to his armor bearer. "Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!" 1 Samuel 14:6 Iseael was in distress, for the Philistines were oppressing them. Jonathan was looking to the Lord, and expecting del
      RELIGION is a term which is used by different people in a very different sense; and men are reckoned religious by very different rules. If a man goes to a place of worship, attends to certain religious duties, and abstains from certain flagrant sins--he is called a religious man. But there is no real religion in all this. Real religion supposes the
ArticleRemember the Lord
       Nehemiah 4:14 Nothing affects us more than our thoughts, therefore we ought to direct our attention to them. The intellect should be under control, as well as the heart and life. Indeed we cannot keep the heart, or regulate the life aright--unless we attend to the intellect. Therefore God often directs attention to the thoughts in his most Holy
ArticleSecure Christ for Your Friend
      A Christian was dying. The things of time were fast fading from his view. Eternity, with all its glorious realities, was just bursting upon him. He had tried once more the foundation on which he was resting--and found it solid rock. He had peace in his heart, and glory in his eye. His conscience was clear. His confidence was strong. His Savior's wo
ArticleSeven Solemn Subjects!
       1. SIN is the object of the believer's hatred, and the daily cause of grief; he feels it working within him, and discovers it in all he performs. Every thought, word, and action, is defiled by it--and he groans being burdened with it. He is delivered from its guilt by faith in atoning blood--but he wants to witness its uprooting by the hand of al
PamphletThe Better Land
       The Border Land "The time has come for my departure. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day!" 2 Timothy 4:6-8 Aged Christian, your day is far spent, your journey is nearly ended
ArticleThe Children of God
      It is the honor and happiness of some to be thus related to the Lord; "born again not of corruptible seed--but of incorruptible, which lives and abides forever." The Holy Spirit quickens them to feel their malady and misery, and enlightens them to see their danger and desert: he leads them to confess their sin, cry for mercy, plead for pardon, and
ArticleThe Christian's Preservative
      It is a melancholy truth, which every day's experience corroborates, that the seed of every evil still lurks in our fallen nature, and is ready to break out into action if an opportunity presents itself; and, notwithstanding the promises made in the good word of God, and the privileges to which free grace introduces us, we shall certainly turn asid
ArticleThe Elect of God
      "For He chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in His sight." Ephesians 1:4 How surprising the grace, how astonishing the fact--that sinners, enemies to God, and children of wrath--should be elect of God! It appears too good to be true, and I find it hard to believe . . . that such a poor, vile, worthless si
ArticleThe Fame of Jesus
      Yes, Jesus is indeed famous; his fame is spread through the ranks of angels, the hosts of devils, the carnal multitude, and especially in his church. His love for poor sinners, and the grace displayed in his conduct toward them, entitles him to everlasting honor. How wondrous his love! When nothing else could procure their pardon--he freely gave h
ArticleThe Fearful Destiny!
       The sinners in Zion are terrified! Terror has surprised the hypocrites! "Who can live with this devouring fire?" they cry. "Who can survive these everlasting burnings?" Isaiah 33:14 The threatenings of God are solemn things. They are called forth by sin. They prove God's justice. They manifest his unutterable abhorrence of all impurity. They are
ArticleThe Greatest Loss
      Some time ago, two friends met in Gloucester market, and entered into conversation. The one was somewhat cast down, and began to tell a long mournful tale of losses he had experienced. The other heard him patiently for a time, and then said, "But you have not lost your soul!" At this, the other brightened up, and replied, "No, for I gave that to Je
ArticleThe Lamb's Book of Life
      The Lord Jesus Christ is often represented in sacred Scripture by the figure of a LAMB, either to set forth the mildness, patience, and loveliness of his nature; or the design of his incarnation, which was that he might offer himself as a sacrifice to God, and so put away sin. He is pointed out to us as the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the

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