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SermonTwenty-Five Village Sermons, 15 - THE TRANSFIGURATION
      MARK, ix. 2. "Jesus taketh Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into a high mountain apart, and was transfigured before them." The second lesson for this morning service brings us to one of the most wonderful passages in our blessed Saviour's whole stay on earth, namely, His transfiguration. The story, as told by the different Evan ...read
SermonTwenty-Five Village Sermons, 16 - THE CRUCIFIXION
      ISAIAH, liii. 7. "He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter." On this day, my friends, was offered up upon the cross the Lamb of God,--slain in eternity and heaven before the foundation of the world, but slain in time and space upon this day. All the old sacrifices, the lambs which were daily offered up to God in the Jewish Temple, the lambs w ...read
SermonTwenty-Five Village Sermons, 17 - THE RESURRECTION
      LUKE, xxiv. 6. "He is not here--He is risen" We are assembled here to-day, my friends, to celebrate the joyful memory of our blessed Saviour's Resurrection. All Friday night, Saturday, and Saturday night, His body lay in the grave; His soul was--where we cannot tell. St. Peter tells us that He went and preached to the spirits in prison--the s ...read
SermonTwenty-Five Village Sermons, 18 - IMPROVEMENT
      PSALM xcii. 12. "The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow like the cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing." The Bible is always telling Christian people to GO FORWARDS--to gr ...read
SermonTwenty-Five Village Sermons, 19 - MAN'S WORKING DAY
      JOHN, xi. 9, 10. "Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night he stumbleth, because there is no light in him." This was our blessed Lord's answer to His disciples when they said to Him, "Master, the Jews of late tr ...read
SermonTwenty-Five Village Sermons, 20 - ASSOCIATION
      GALATIANS, vi. 2. "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ." If I were to ask you, my friends, why you were met together here to- day, you would tell me, I suppose, that you were come to church as members of a benefit club; and quite right you are in coming here as such, and God grant that we may meet together here on t ...read
SermonTwenty-Five Village Sermons, 21 - HEAVEN ON EARTH
      1 COR. x. 31. "Whether ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." This is a command from God, my friends, which well worth a few minutes' consideration this day;--well worth considering, because, though it was spoken eighteen hundred years ago, yet God has not changed since that time;--He is just as glorious as ever; ...read
SermonTwenty-Five Village Sermons, 22 - NATIONAL PRIVILEGES
      LUKE, x. 23. "Blessed are the eyes which see the things which ye see: for I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them." This is a noble text, my friends--and yet an awful one, for if it does not increase our reli ...read
SermonTwenty-Five Village Sermons, 23 - LENTEN THOUGHTS
      HAGGAI, i. 5. "Now, therefore, thus saith the Lord of Hosts, consider your ways." Next Wednesday is Ash-Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the season which our forefathers have appointed for us to consider and mend our ways, and return, year by year, heart and soul to that Lord and Heavenly Father from whom we are daily wandering. Now, we all ...read
SermonTwenty-Five Village Sermons, 24 - ON BOOKS
      JOHN, i. 1. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." I do not pretend to be able to explain this text to you, for no man can comprehend it but He of whom it speaks, Jesus Christ, the Word of God. But I can, by God's grace, put before you some of the awful and glorious truths of which it gives us a sigh ...read
SermonTwenty-Five Village Sermons, 25 - THE COURAGE OF THE SAVIOUR
      JOHN, xi. 7, 8. "Then after that saith He to His disciples, Let us go into Judea again. His disciples say to Him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone thee, and goest thou thither again?" We all admire a brave man. And we are right. To be brave is God's gift. To be brave is to be like Jesus Christ. Cowardice is only the devil's likeness. ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 1 - THE WATER OF LIFE
      (Preached at Westminster Abbey) REVELATION xxii. 17. And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. This text is its own witness. It needs no man to testify to its origin. Its own words show it to be inspired and divine ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 2 - THE PHYSICIAN'S CALLING
      (Preached at Whitehall for St. George's Hospital.) ST. MATTHEW ix. 35. And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. The Gospels speak of disease and death in a very simple and human tone. They regard th ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 3 - THE VICTORY OF LIFE
      (Preached at the Chapel Royal.) ISAIAH xxxviii. 18, 19. The grave cannot praise thee, death cannot celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth. The living, the living, he shall praise thee. I may seem to have taken a strange text on which to speak,--a mournful, a seemingly hopeless text. Why I have chosen it, I ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 4 - THE WAGES OF SIN
      (Chapel Royal June, 1864) ROM. vi. 21-23. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life thro ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 5 - NIGHT AND DAY
      (Preached at the Chapel Royal) ROMANS xiii. 12. The night is far spent, the day is at hand; let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Certain commentators would tell us, that St. Paul wrote these words in the expectation that the end of the world, and the second coming of Christ, were very near ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 6 - THE SHAKING OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH
      (Preached at the Chapel Royal, Whitehall.) HEBREWS XII. 26-29. But now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore, we receiv ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 7 - THE BATTLE OF LIFE
      GALATIANS v. 16, 17. I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. A great poet speaks of 'Happiness, our being's end and aim;' and he has been reproved for so doing. Men have said, and wi ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 8 - FREE GRACE
      (Preached before the Queen at Windsor, March 12, 1865.) ISAIAH iv. 1. Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Every one who knows his Bible as he should, knows well this noble chapter. It seems to be one of the separ ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 9 - EZEKIEL'S VISION
      (Preached before the Queen at Windsor, June 16, 1864.) EZEKIEL i. 1, 26. Now it came to pass, as I was among the captives by the river of Chebar, that the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God. And upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man. Ezekiel's Vision may seem to some a strange and unprofitab ...read

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