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Losing or Finding
      "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it" (Matt. 16:25). On the face of it nothing can be more contradictory than to say that to save one's life is to lose it, and to lose one's life is to find it. Sometimes this paradox is explained by declaring that Jesus had two different

Praying Like Christ
      "And he was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun..." (Matt. 17:2). He was transfigured while He prayed. This element of the experience we can understand. No one of us ever prayed as Jesus prayed. We are all poor, fearful, darkened, sinful beings in the presence of God. We never have had Christ's perfect trust, His unc

The Prayer of Surrender
      "...Moses knew not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him" (Exod. 34:29). But there is a height in prayer above communion. What shall I call it? It may be named the prayer of surrender. Very few ever utter that prayer to its utmost syllable. Few ever really lay themselves, spirit and soul and body on God's altar. We are

The Victory That Overcomes
      "This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith" (1 John 5:4). There lies the noblest victory of the men who believe. To John and to his generation, and to all men who have had the vision of God, the world is the blinding, seducing, terrifying reality. By the world, John does not mean the realm of earth and sea and sky, or

What He Calls Death
      "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" (1 Cor. 15:55). He has three names for death. He calls it a falling asleep. He is using one of the phrases which daring and trustful men had coined, and He is giving it proof and reality. When He stands beside the bed of Jairus' little daughter He softly says, "Talitha cumi,\

Whatever Cloud May Fall
      "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him" (Matt. 17:5). Hear Him." This is the message which in some form is given to men who fear as they enter the cloud. Out of every cloud which shall fall over men, on their knowledge, or faith, or understanding of God's will, or interpretation of His ways, there comes this one

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