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ArticleThe Matter Cleared Up!
      I had been passing through a series of trials--had been exercised with bitter disappointments, and was plied with powerful temptations. Gloom rested on the spirit, discontent was working in the mind, and the whole body was in a very irritable state. Everything looked dreary, and the spirit was crying out, "Oh! that I had wings like a dove, for then ...read
ArticleThe Name of Jesus
       "You are to name Him Jesus--because He will save His people from their sins!" Matthew 1:21 There is a savor and sweetness in all the names of Immanuel, but there is something peculiarly sweet, harmonious and precious in this of 'Jesus'. It conveys to our minds an idea of all we need--a Savior. Holy Spirit! lead me into its import, sweetness and ...read
ArticleThe Need of the Times
       "So Ahab mustered the troops of the 232 commanders. Then he called out the rest of the army of Israel, some 7,000 men. About noontime, as Ben-hadad and the thirty-two allied kings were still in their tents drinking themselves into a stupor, the troops of the commanders marched out of the city as the first contingent. As they approached, Ben-hadad' ...read
ArticleThe Person and Work of Christ
      What a wonderful person is my glorious Lord! One with Jehovah the Father--and one with me; possessing all that is peculiar to Godhead--and all that is essential to manhood. Equal with the Father, having attribute for attribute, perfection for perfection; like unto me. Having a spotless human soul, and a perfect human body. All the divine attributes ...read
ArticleThe Power of Christ
       "The Lord Jesus Christ, who is able even to subdue all things unto himself" Philippians 3:20-21 There is nothing that we need so much as power. The Lord has been teaching us this for a considerable time. We have plenty of means--but without power, they will not accomplish the end at which we aim. We have a tolerable stock of knowledge; but knowl ...read
ArticleThe Righteous Man's Privilege
       "For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous! You surround them with your favor as with a shield!" Psalm 5:12 When we read the Psalms of David we are constantly struck with the manner in which he sighs for, and seeks close, sensible, and heart-affecting communion with God. He cannot be satisfied with anything less than the presence of God, and t ...read
ArticleThe Savior's Demand
       "Do you love Me?" John 21:17 WHO is it that makes such a demand upon me, and inquires after my love? It is Jesus, the sinner's Friend--the glorious Savior. Love You! Yes, Lord, you know that I love you? The great desire of my soul, and constant prayer of my heart, as you know, is, that I may love you more, and serve you better. How can I medita ...read
ArticleThe Stimulus
       "I will bless you!" Genesis 13:2 God had called Abram to perform a difficult duty. He was required to leave his country and his kindred, and to go to an unknown land, simply because God bade him do so. This required a simple faith, and a strong stimulus--both of which the Lord gave him. The one was wrought in his heart by the Holy Spirit, and t ...read
ArticleThe True Christian
      The true Christian is born from above, partakes of the divine nature, and is taught by the Holy Spirit. He knows himself to be a vile, corrupt, and polluted sinner. He has felt condemned, confessed the justice of God in his expected doom--and sought pardon at the feet of Jesus. He knows that the law is holy, just and good; that it extends to the th ...read
ArticleThe True Light
       "A light to enlighten the Gentiles." Luke 2:32 The whole world once had the knowledge of God--but as the Gentiles did not like to retain the knowledge of God--God gave them over to a mind void of judgment, and so they became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were darkened, Romans 1:19-32. Professing themselves to be wise, the ...read
ArticleThe Voice of the Clock
      Sitting in my school-room one Sunday morning, waiting for the clock to strike seven, in order to commence the early prayer meeting, I was struck with what appeared to be the loud ticking of the clock. "Tick, tick, tick" it went. I listened, it seemed to be different to its usual tick. I suppose that my imagination began to work, for I thought it se ...read
ArticleThe Way to Please God
       "How he may please the Lord." 1 Corinthians 7:32 The Apostle, in replying to several questions which were sent him by the church at Corinth, teaches us that we should live detached from the world, holding all the things of time with a very loose hand. We are only here on earth for a time, and it may be a very short time; therefore the pleasures ...read
ArticleThe Word of God
       "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 The Bible is God's book, written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and therefore free from error; "Holy men of God wrote as they were move ...read
PamphletWait on the Lord
       By James Smith, of Cheltenham, New York, Published 1869. "Lead me in your truth, and teach me; for you are the God of my salvation; on you do I wait all the day." Psalm 25:5 The Lord intends to keep his people dependent upon himself. He has everything they can need. He intends to supply all their needs; but he will be applied to. He will ...read
ArticleWhat are You to Christ?
      The love of Christ and his people is reciprocal, so also is their interest in each other. Christ is to his people--their portion, possession, and special treasure; they live upon him, rejoice in him, and look to him, under all circumstances, for all they need. This is truly wonderful; but not as wonderful as the consideration of what the Christian ...read
ArticleWhat is Conversion?
      Conversion is the turning of the soul, from error to truth, from sin to holiness, from works to Jesus, and from Satan to God. Man has turned his back upon God; in conversion he turns his face to God. Man has closed his ear against God, when converted, he says, "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening." Man is in open rebellion against God; in co ...read
ArticleWhat Will You Do in the Last Conflict?
      A short time ago, I heard a young man, who was dying in a consumption, speaking of the exercises of his mind, and he said this thought was often made use of by the enemy to depress him, "What will you do in the last conflict?" He referred to death, which is the last enemy the Christian has to conquer, and by faith in the blood of Jesus, he will con ...read
ArticleWhy Not Me?
      'Mary' was an amiable, moral, and engaging girl, who won the affections of all around her. For a long time she was satisfied to attend her church, and keep up the form of religion. But at length, the Holy Spirit convinced her of sin, and directing her eye inward, revealed to her--the total depravity of her heart. She felt she was under the curse of ...read

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