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ArticleThe Way Of Spiritual Growth
      Before we can or will consider the laws of spiritual growth, we need to have a real concern for that growth. There must be in us a strong sense of its importance and necessity. We must realize in a living way that: 1. The measure of our ultimate satisfaction to the Lord will be the measure of the fulness of Christ. 2. The measure of our value
ArticleThe Well Within
       "The water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up into eternal life." (John 4:14) "And Isaac digged again the well of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them up..." (Genesis 26:18) The Word makes it clear that from the Lord's side the life of the Holy Sp
ArticleThe Wonderful Balance in the Life of the Lord
      How poised He was, how balanced! Take the matter of mind, heart and will, and you find in His case those three were perfectly balanced. We are very different naturally. I suppose people as a whole can be divided up into three classes. Firstly, those who are more in the realm of their head than anywhere else. They are all head in one way or another
ArticleThe Wondrous Ways of God
       From "The Work of the Ministry" Volume 1. "Thy way was in the sea, And thy paths in the great waters, And thy footsteps were not known. Thou leddest thy people like a flock. By the hand of Moses and Aaron" (Psalm 77:19,20) What a strange juxtaposition of similes! It would be difficult to have a greater contrast than is presented in these two
ArticleThe Word, the Work and the World
       (A message given to young Christians in October 1970) From "A Witness and a Testimony", Vol. 49 No. 5, 1971 I have been wondering if I could define and sum up your conference in three words, and I think I have them: the Word, the Work and the World. We are going to speak a little about these, but first we will read some fragments of Scripture.
ArticleThings That Differ
       The Disaster Resulting from Confusing Divine Truth "The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy feet" (Acts 2:34-35). "Jesus standing on the right hand of God..." "The Son of man standing on the right hand of God" (Acts 7:55-56). "If Christ is in you"; "...his Spirit that dwelleth in y
ArticleThings Which Will Be Shaken
      With this last issue of the paper for this year (and it will not reach many of you until very near the end of the year) I feel a strong desire and urge to look back and on with you. For myself, it has been a very full year. So far as movements are concerned, the fullest year of my life. I have travelled by air alone twenty-six thousand miles, and q
ArticleThis is the Message... Fellowship
       Reading: 1 John 1:1-2:1. John uses the phrase 'This is' ten times in his brief letter, and the first of his identification of things is this one in verse five: "This is the message which we have heard from him". And if you look to see what the message is, you will see that it focuses upon one word, a word which is repeatedly used in the first pa
ArticleThis Present Evil World
      Before we proceed with the message, for the sake of any young Christians who may read it, and who have not yet studied the use of words in the New Testament, let us explain the one which is now to occupy us - the 'World'. There are three main ways in which this word is used: 1. As to the material sphere which we call the earth. 2. As to the
ArticleThis Psychic Age
      The feature of intensification is inherent in all realms; the physical, the metaphysical, and the spiritual. In nature, harvest is the intensification of a process. The end is but the full outworking or development of what was inherent in the beginning. We are living in an age when, in every realm, this process has reached an enormous proportion. I
ArticleThreshing, and the Lord's Balance
       "Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech. Doth the plowman plow continually to sow? doth he continually open and break the clods of his ground? When he hath made plain the face thereof, doth he not cast abroad the fitches, and scatter the cummin, and put in the wheat in rows and the barley in the appointed place and the spelt i
SermonThy Way Was in the Sea
       Reading: Psalm 77 The heading of this psalm shows that it was contributed by Asaph, who was David's choir master - the leader of the singers. Quite a number of psalms are attributed to him, and in this one he was in real trouble; he was a man of music who had lost his music, a song leader whose only song was a lament. We do not know the actual c
ArticleTimothy and Demas
       The Verdict of the Long-run Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner, but share with me in the sufferings for the gospel according to the power of God. (2 Tim. 1:8). Be diligent to come to me quickly for Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world, and has departed for Thessalonica... (2 Tim.
SermonTitles of the Risen Lord
       Square brackets [ ] indicate interpolations, queries or corrections made by the transcriber that were not in the original spoken message. We are today occupied with the Resurrection side of the Cross, and this afternoon I'm going to ask you to consider with me some of the titles of the Risen Lord: the Resurrection titles of the Lord Jesus. In th
ArticleTo Our Readers
      Beloved of the Lord, We do not make a practice of writing a personal letter with each issue of the Witness and Testimony; the reason being that it is our desire that the personal element should be kept out as much as possible, and that there should be the very least suggestion of our being anything private or detached. If the Lord has given us a m
ArticleTraining in the House of God
       "When Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued as far as Dan." Genesis 14:14 "His trained men, born in his house." This raises some interesting questions. It must refer to a big encampment, for they were not living in an actual house but in tents. The
ArticleTruth in The Inward Parts
       "Behold, Thou desirest truth in the inward parts" (Psalm 51:6). PSALM 51 might well have as its title DE PROFUNDIS. It is here that the Psalmist reaches the deepest depths of sorrow and remorse. The bottom is touched when it is a question of "bloodguiltiness", for, in all the provisions for sin in the Mosaic ritual, there is no provision for bl
SermonUnder the Spirit's Government
       Transcribed from a message given in 1965. The spoken form has been retained verbatim. His face... as a flint... to go up to Jerusalem. See what that means? All that was involved in that... we know and He knew, but He set his face steadfastly as a flint, to go up to Jerusalem; He's committed. He's committed! He's under the Spirit's government. Y
ArticleUnderstanding of the Times
       Some Observations and An Appeal by the Editor In his "Holy War" John Bunyan's spiritual acumen is rarely more impressive than in that point in the enemy's strategy to capture Mansoul where he orders that Mr. Understanding - the Town Clerk - must be put in a dark dungeon where he cannot see what is going on. The Apostle Paul has given us no small
ArticleUnion with Christ in Consecration
       READING: Leviticus 8:22-24; Romans 12:1-2; John 17:19. Referring to this passage in chapter 8 of the book of Leviticus, it is important to note what happened in the consecration of Aaron and his sons to the priesthood at that particular point. The ram of consecration was brought, and Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon it, and then it was s

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