Joy and Strength (Neh. viii: 10) "For the joy of the Lord is your strength."
There is no greater difference between the Christian religion and other religions than in the matter of cheerfulness and joyfulness. The natural countenance of heathendom is gloomy and often very sad. Wherever you find the heathen at worship, they seem to have a veil over their faces; ...read
Knows No Gender The ideal Pentecostal Church is without distinction as to the prominence given to the sexes. The women were equally honored with the men when the Spirit was poured out. "These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication with the women." "I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy." " ...read
Laborers with God (1 Cor. iii: 9) For we are laborers together with God." 1 Cor. 8: 9.
This is the announcement of the greatest partnership known in the history of time. It almost staggers our hearts as well as thrills our hearts when we remember that there is a partnership, and that the God of the universe has taken us into the corporation -- the worms of clay t ...read
Messenger of the Covenant (Mal. iii: 1-4) Behold, I will send My messenger and he shall prepare the way before Me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple, even the messenger of the Covenant, whom ye delight in: behold He shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. But who may abide the day of His coming? and who shall stand when He appeareth. Mal. 8: 14.
Monarch Born in a Stable (Isa. ix: 6-7) "For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulders. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon His kingdom, to order it, and establi ...read
Opening Words For at least six thousand years God has had his idea of what the Pentecostal Church should be. From the time he first viewed the wreck and ruin of the race, wrought by that miracle of hell, sin, he knew what was possible for Him to bring out of the debris. Just as a sculptor, before ever he touches the marble with chisel or mallet, has a clear conc ...read
Our Father's Care (Isa. xlix: 16) "Behold I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands, thy walls are continually before me." Isa. 49: 16.
This was an answer to the cry of Israel, "The Lord hath forsaken me, and my God hath forgotten me." It was an hour of distress, an hour of discouragement, but God lifted up His voice and made the announcement of my text. \ ...read
Puts the People Under Conviction "They were pricked in their hearts." "And when he is come he will reprove the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment." The blessed Holy Ghost "when he is come" into the hearts of believers will convict sinners of sin. He is invariable in the faithfulness with which he answers the faith of Christians in this matter.
Rooted and Grounded (Col. ii. 6, 7) As ye have therefore received Jesus Christ the Lord, so walk ye in him: rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving"(Colossians 2: 6-7).
Out of this passage the following will be used as text: "Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye ...read
Stephen's Fullness (Acts vi. 5) "And they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost "(Acts VI. 5).
This is our first introduction to Stephen. We know nothing of his birthplace or childhood, his genealogy or his education. We are not told his political, social, or financial standing. We do not know whether he came off Fifth Avenue or off the Bowe ...read
The Besetting Sin (Heb. xii: 1-4) "Wherefore seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame a ...read
The Conquest of Canaan (Joh. xiii: 1) "There remaineth yet very much land to be possessed." Josh. 13: 1.
The conquest of Canaan under the leadership of Joshua was a most striking type of the conquest of Christianity under the leadership of Christ, the Captain of our salvation.
It is one thing to cross the River Jordan and sing a song; it is another ...read
The Good Spirit of the Lord (Neh. ix: 20) "Thou gavest, also, thy good Spirit to instruct them, and withheld not Thy manna from their mouth, and gavest them water for their thirst." Neh. 9: 20.
"Thou gavest also Thy good Spirit to instruct them." This is a statement of the fact that the Lord gave His Spirit to the patriarchs and prophets and leaders of these centuries ...read
The Holy Place (Psalm xxiv. 3, 4) Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who shall stand in His holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully" (Psalms xxiv. 3, 4).
This twenty-fourth Psalm was doubtless composed for and used upon that eventful occasion when the ark of God was r ...read
The Holy war (Eph. vi: 10-11) "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." (Eph. 6:10-11.)
The word war is pregnant with horror. It has associated with it everything that is terrible, horrific, heart-rending. The earth has groaned to i ...read
The Perfection which God Requires (Phil. iii, 8-15) Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousnes ...read
The Resurrection (Mark xvi, 1-14) "And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James and Salome, had brought sweet spices that they might come and anoint Him. And very early in the morning, the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulcher at the rising of the sun. And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of th ...read
The Secret of the Lord (Psalm xxv. 14) The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant"(Psalm xxv. 14).
The natural world is full of secrets. It is a sort of treasure house, filled with mysteries, about which man knows but little. Science is discovering more and more every year; but the secrets of God, discovered in these days by ...read
The Spirit of the Gospel (Isa. lxi: 1-2) "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all th ...read
The True Saint (Isaiah xxxiii. 14-16) "Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil. He shall dwell o ...read