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ArticleA Tragic Answer to Prayer (or The Tragedy of God's Second-Best)
       "He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their souls" (Psalm 106:15). What a sad 'but' that is! It represents God's frustration and disappointment. It means that God has so left the decision and choice with man that He will not force or coerce. It points to the fact that God has a great intention where His people are concerned but the
ArticleA Very Deep Concern...
      The Church of God is passing into, or through, some very big changes, and there is much "overturning, overturning, until he comes whose right it is" (Ezekiel 21:27). While there is very much confusion in every realm, the lines of demarcation and definition are being drawn in Christianity. Categories are being made manifest and destinies fixed accor
ArticleA Vital Ministry in a Day of Transition
       "Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord" (Malachi 4:5). "For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John." "And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come" (Matt. 11:13-14). Elijah and John the Baptist are in view in these passages of Scripture, and much
A Way of Growth - Table of Contents
       First published in "A Witness and A Testimony" magazines, 1948-1949 "But Samuel ministered before the Lord, being a child... And the child Samuel grew on, and increased in favour both with the Lord, and also with men. And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli... And (Eli) said, What is the thing that the Lord hath spoken unto the
ArticleAbounding in Love
       "The Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we also do toward you" (1 Thess. 3:12). "We are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, even as it is meet, for that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the love of each one of you all toward one another aboundeth" (2 Thess. 1:3). "For
According to Christ - Table of Contents
       First published as a continuing editorial in "A Witness and A Testimony" magazines, Nov-Dec 1958 (Volume 36-6) through May-June 1959 (Volume 37-3). (NOTE: During the many years of this spoken and printed ministry, very much has been said regarding the Church. This has led to not a few enquiries for advice from many who are in difficulty over thi
ArticleAccredited Ministry
       (An Abbreviated Message) "And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God... Let a man so account of us, as of ministers of Chr
ArticleAll Things in Christ
      We take the Epistles and we think of them as having to do within the building of the Church and the churches, the superstructure of Christianity, and so we take the technique of the Acts and the Epistles as a technique, as a system of doctrine and a system of practice, a system of Christian order, and the Epistles become - and have become for so ma
All Things in Christ - Table of Contents
       First published in A Witness and A Testimony magazines, 1937-1939 " one knoweth the Son, save the Father..." Matthew 11:27. " was the good pleasure of God... to reveal his Son in me..." Galatians 1:15-16. "...I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord..." Philippians 3:8. "...that I ma
ArticleAlone? - Not Alone!
       From "This Ministry" - Messages given at Honor Oak - Volume 3 "I, even I only, am left a prophet of the Lord" (1 Kings 18:22). "I, even I only, am left" (1 Kings 19:10,14). "Yet will I leave me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal" (1 Kings 19:18). "Then he mustered... seven thousand" (1 Kings 20:15). "Elijah..
ArticleAn Apostle's Supreme Ambition
       "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death" (Philippians 3:10). There are few words in his writings which reveal how committed to the Lord Jesus this man was. The whole context is one consummate outpouring of his heart to the One whom he said had "apprehended"
ArticleAn Appeal
      In our Editorials we have referred much to the tragedy of spiritual conditions, particularly to the divided state of Christians. It is a matter which no one really concerned for God's glory can easily set aside, or fail to have as a constant burden. Reflection upon this whole matter leads to the prayerful desire to be able to do something toward wh
ArticleAn Open Heaven
       "His servants shall serve him; and they shall see his face" Revelation 22:4 With the book of Genesis and the book of the Revelation we have the whole bound of human history and, as we read through the Scriptures, the matter which governs in this long record of human life is that of THE FACE OF GOD. The expulsion from the garden (Genesis 3:24) w
ArticleAnd So We Came To Rome
       Reading: Rom. 1:10-15; 15:22-24,32; Acts 19:21; Acts 27, 28. "And so we came to Rome" (Acts 28:14). An Earthly Objective with Heavenly Significance It is not a new idea that Paul's journey to Rome can be taken as not only the record of a journey but as representing spiritual factors in relation to the way of God with His Church in this dispe
As It Was in the Beginning - Table of Contents
       From "A Witness and a Testimony" magazines, Sept-Oct 1963 to May-June 1964 There are probably few fragments of liturgy more subject to repetition than that from which the above first part is taken. At the same time, it may be an example of the ignorance and meaninglessness with which many phrases are constantly used in Christianity. What is the
SermonAspects of the City
       Transcribed from a message given by T. Austin-Sparks in March 1960. The spoken form has been retained verbatim. A few verses from two places, one in the Old and one in the New Testament. In the Old, the first book of the Kings, chapter 7: "Solomon was building his own house thirteen years, and he finished all his house. For he built the House
ArticleAt the Crossroads
       "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls" (Jeremiah 6:16). At some point - not quite easy to fix - a false current had entered the stream of the life of the Lord's people. Small at first, it had gathered momentum, until it had tak
ArticleAttaining to God's Full Thought
       "...that saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure, even saying of Jerusalem, She shall be built; and of the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid. Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have holden, to subdue nations before him, and I will loose the loins of kings; to open the doors before him,
ArticleAttaining Unto The First Three
       "These are the names of the mighty men whom David had... Adino... Eleazar... Shammah" (2 Sam. 23:8-12). "(Abishai) was made their captain: howbeit he attained not unto the first three" (2 Sam. 23:19). We are not so much concerned at the moment with the details of the exploits of these three men as with the fact that David had a number of mighty
Because He Saw His Glory - Table of Contents
       First published in "A Witness and A Testimony" magazines 1959 (Volumes 37-1 - 37-3) "While ye have the light, believe on the light, that ye may become sons of light. These things spake Jesus, and he departed and hid himself from them" (or: "was hidden from them"). "But though he had done so many signs before them, yet they believed not on him:

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