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SermonFound Wanting
      "TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting." DANIEL v. 25. Any one who loves the drama should read the Bible, for the Bible is the most dramatic book that was ever written. There is nothing to compare with it in Eschylus or Sophocles or Euripides among the ancients, or in Shakespeare among the moderns, in striking situations ...read
SermonGod
      "The fool hath said in his hearts there is no God"-Psalm xiv. 1. I have taken, or rather God has given me, for my text tonight a very short one. I do not think you ever heard a sermon from a shorter text. I will not tell you where to find the text. It occurs several hundred times in the Bible. Indeed, open your Bible at random almost anywhere an ...read
SermonGod's Guidance and How to Get It
       "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go; I will guide thee with mine eye." Ps. 32:8. "But if any of you lacketh wisdom, let him ask God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing doubting; for he that doubteth is like the surge of the sea driv ...read
SermonGod's Keeping and How to Make Sure Of It
      OUR subject this morning is God's keeping and how to make sure of it. How to enjoy or make sure of God's keeping will come out when we come to a consideration of whom God keeps. The Bible, both the Old and New Testaments, is full of passages on this important subject of God's keeping and we shall look at quite a number of these passages this mornin ...read
SermonHeroes And Cowards
      "The fear of man bringeth a snare."- Proverbs xxix. 25. I have a long text to-night, in fact three texts. The text is the best part of the sermon. If a sermon is better than the text it is a poor sermon. A good sermon is simply an exposition of the text. You will find the first text in Proverbs xxix. 25: "The fear of man bringeth a snare." Whate ...read
SermonHolding Him to the Scriptures
      (as told by Faris Daniel Whitesell) One time I received a letter, a very heartbroken letter, from a father who was a Presbyterian minister. He wrote that he had a son who was in awful spiritual darkness. The son thought that he had committed the unpardonable sin, and he was plunged into absolute despair. Would I take him in at the Bible Institut ...read
SermonHow God Guides
      "Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory." Psalm 73:23-24 There are no promises in God's Word more precious to the man who wishes to do His will, and who realizes the goodness of His will, than the promises of God's guidance. What a cheering, gladdeni ...read
SermonHow to be Inexpressibly Happy
      I have here a beautiful text, a text that you all know, but I wonder how many of you have ever pondered it enough to take in all its wonderful wealth of meaning. A young woman in England many years ago always wore a golden locket that she would not allow anyone to open or look into, and everyone thought there must be some romance connected with ...read
BookHow To Pray 1 - THE IMPORTANCE OF PRAYER
      In the 6th chapter of Ephesians in the 18th verse we read words which put the tremendous importance of prayer with startling and overwhelming force: "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." When we stop to weigh the meaning of these words, th ...read
How To Pray 2 - PRAYING UNTO GOD
      We have seen something of the tremendous importance and the resistless power of prayer, and now we come directly to the question- -how to pray with power. 1. In the 12th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles we have the record of a prayer that prevailed with God, and brought to pass great results. In the 5th verse of this chapter, the manner an ...read
How To Pray 3 - OBEYING AND PRAYING
      1. One of the most significant verses in the Bible on prayer is 1 John 3:22. John says, "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight." What an astounding statement! John says in so many words, that everything he asked for he got. How many of us can say this: "What ...read
How To Pray 4 - PRAYING IN THE NAME OF CHRIST AND ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD
      1. It was a wonderful word about prayer that Jesus spoke to His disciples on the night before His crucifixion, "Whatsoever ye shall ask IN MY NAME, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it." Prayer in the name of Christ has power with God. God is well pleased with His Son Jesu ...read
How To Pray 5 - PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT
      1. Over and over again in what has already been said, we have seen our dependence upon the Holy Spirit in prayer. This comes out very definitely in Eph. 6:18, "Praying always with all prayer and supplication IN THE SPIRIT," and in Jude 20, "Praying IN THE HOLY GHOST." Indeed the whole secret of prayer is found in these three words, "in the Spirit." ...read
How To Pray 6 - ALWAYS PRAYING AND NOT FAINTING
      In two parables in the Gospel of Luke, Jesus teaches with great emphasis the lesson that men ought always to pray and not to faint. The first parable is found in Luke 11:5-8, and the other in Luke 18:1-8. "And He said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him: 'Friend, lend me three loaves; ...read
How To Pray 7 - ABIDING IN CHRIST
      "If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." (John 15:7) The whole secret of prayer is found in these words of our Lord. Here is prayer that has unbounded power: "Ask WHAT YE WILL, and it shall be done unto you." There is a way then of asking and getting precisely what we ask and getti ...read
How To Pray 8 - PRAYING WITH THANKSGIVING
      There are two words often overlooked in the lesson about prayer which Paul gives us in Phil. 4:6,7, "In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus." (R.V.) ...read
How To Pray 9 - HINDRANCES TO PRAYER
      We have gone very carefully into the positive conditions of prevailing prayer; but there are some things which hinder prayer. These God has made very plain in His Word. 1. The first hindrance to prayer we will find in James 4:3, "Ye ask and receive not BECAUSE YE ASK AMISS, THAT YE MAY SPEND IT IN YOUR PLEASURES." A selfish purpose in pray ...read
How To Pray 10 - WHEN TO PRAY
      If we would know the fulness of blessing that there is in the prayer life, it is important not only that we pray in the right way, but also that we pray at the right time. Christ's own example is full of suggestiveness as to the right time for prayer. 1. In the 1st chapter of Mark, the 35th verse, we read, "And IN THE MORNING, rising up A GREAT ...read
How To Pray 11 - THE NEED OF PRAYER BEFORE AND DURING REVIVALS
      If we are to pray aright in such a time as this, much of our prayer should be for a general revival. If there was ever a time in which there was need to cry unto God in the words of the Psalmist, "Wilt Thou not revive us again, that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?" (Ps. 85:6) it is this day in which we live. It is surely time for the Lord to ...read
How To Pray 12 - THE PLACE OF PRAYER BEFORE AND DURING REVIVALS
      No treatment of the subject How to Pray would be at all complete if it did not consider the place of prayer in revivals. The first great revival of Christian history had its origin on the human side in a ten-days' prayer-meeting. We read of that handful of disciples, "These all with one accord continued steadfastly in prayer." (Acts 1:14, R.V.) ...read

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