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SermonThe Strategy of God
       From "This Ministry" - Messages given at Honor Oak - Volume 3. Reading: Job 23:8-14. "He hideth himself" (v. 9). "He knoweth the way that I take" (v. 10). "He performeth that which is appointed for me" (v. 14). The Initial Move with God This is one of the most remarkable books of the Bible for quite a number of reasons, and we may well be t
ArticleThe Street of Pure Gold
       "And he shewed me a river of water of life, bright as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the midst of the street thereof" (Revelation 22:1-2) Passing from the general description of the holy city in Revelation 21 the apostle John then said that he was shown it as consisting of one single and central street, with a r
ArticleThe Supreme Importance of Knowing Christ
       From "The Work of the Ministry" - Volume 3 Reading: John 17:3; Philippians 3:8,10; John 15:15; 14:21. "That they should know thee... and him whom thou didst send, even Jesus Christ..." "That I may know him..." "I... will manifest myself unto him..." The knowledge of Christ is THE basis of the whole of the life of the child of God, and underlie
ArticleThe Supreme Vocation
       Reading: Daniel 10:1-21 From the tenth chapter of the Book of Daniel I want to take just this fragment from the nineteenth verse: "And he said, O man greatly beloved, fear not peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong." And I want to add to that, for later purposes, two fragments from the New Testament: "Withal praying for us also, that Go
ArticleThe Swing of the Pendulum
      If a pendulum clock is not true on its base the pendulum will swing too much to one side. This will upset its timekeeping, and those who are guided by it will be misled. There is much that spiritually corresponds to this, and in the Word of God there is a constant effort to keep the Lord's people true on their basis. The Church is intended to be G
ArticleThe Testimony of the Blood
       "And the Lord said to the serpent... I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: He shall bruise thy head..." (Genesis 3:15). "... the old serpent... and they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony, and they loved not their life even unto death" (Revelation 12
SermonThe Things Which Befall Us
       "For we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning our affliction which befell us in Asia, that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, insomuch that we despaired even of life: yea, we ourselves have had the sentence of death within ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raiseth the dead: who delivered
ArticleThe Time In Which We Live
       An Appeal To The People Of God Ezra 8. The ground upon which we stand is very much more positive at this present time than even the Old Testament saints enjoyed, for we look back to Calvary's triumphant accomplishment. Yet the Old Testament position and condition is also a true picture of our own time and condition spiritually; I am thinking
ArticleThe Time is Shortened
       "But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both those that have wives be as though they had none; and they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; and they that use this world, as not abusing it..." 1 Corinthians 7:29-31. It is
ArticleThe Tragedy of the Unfinished Task
      This evening we move in thought into the Book of Judges - and how very different it is from the Book of Joshua! I think the Book of Judges is the most terrible book in the Bible! And why is it such a terrible book? Because it is the book of the unfinished task. In the Book of Joshua the people of Israel went into the land, and had a wonderful hist
ArticleThe Transcendent "Sign"
       "What sign shewest thou...? Jesus answered... Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up" (John 2:13-22). In our book, Discipleship in the School of Christ, we have pointed out two things as to the Gospel by John. One: that his peculiar name for miracles is "Signs", indicating that John was particularly concerned with what the "mi
ArticleThe Transcendent Value of the Knowledge of Christ
       "I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord" (Philippians 3:8). "For to me to live is Christ..." (Philippians 1:21). "The excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus..." Clearly that means that the knowledge of Christ in the case of the Apostle Paul far transcended all other knowledge. For him it was
ArticleThe True Nature of New Testament Christianity
      In what we are now, by the Lord's help, essaying to set forth, we are making a bold and honest attempt to uncover the true nature of New Testament Christianity. It is in the way of spiritual excavation, to lay bare the essential foundation and character of that which took its rise from the ascension and heavenly session of our Lord Jesus Christ. I
ArticleThe Unity of the Spirit
       "Giving diligence to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Ephesians 4:3. This unity is that which is resultant from the indwelling and dominating control of the Holy Spirit. The illustration is that of the head and the body. Every limb or member, every faculty of the body is controlled by the nervous system, and this nervous syst
ArticleThe Unveiling of Christ in the Heart
      Paul was continually growing in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, but it was a comprehensive knowledge or revelation which took him immediately away into Arabia for an extended period, that he might be occupied with its implications, and when he came back it is quite clear he had grasped the significance of that revelation, he had seen what Jesus mean
ArticleThe Unveiling of Jesus Christ
      At the beginning of the book of the Revelation, we find, on the one hand, a situation of spiritual loss and failure, weakness, and many other conditions and features which even the Lord Himself, in all His grace, has to deplore. Through His servant John He sends a series of letters to seven representative churches, aimed at securing the renewing of
ArticleThe Value of Being Pronouncedly the Lord's
       Reading: Acts 27. "Acts" is a book of principles. This whole story, and a great deal more in the life of Paul, is a commentary upon, and exposition of, verse 23 - "God whose I am, whom also I serve". Paul might have been the Lord's on this voyage and kept silent. The power and the value of his being there at that time was due to his being pronou
ArticleThe Voice of the Son of God
       Reading: John 5:25, 28; 11:43; 6:63, 65; 8:43; 10:4,5; 10:16. It is well known that with John 11 a transition has taken place. Up to chapter 10 a series of spiritual truths and principles has been very largely enunciated and made practical in relation to a number of individuals. With chapter 10 those truths are taken up in a collective way, and
ArticleThe Way
       "But Saul, yet breathing threatening and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and asked of him letters to Damascus unto the synagogues, that if he found any that were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem" (Acts 9:1,2). "But when some were hardened and disobedient, speaking evi
ArticleThe Way Of Recovery
       "David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave of Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him. And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became captain over them: and there were with h

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