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SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 10 - RUTH
      RUTH ii. 4. And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you. And they answered him, The Lord bless thee. Most of you know the story of Ruth, from which my text is taken, and you have thought it, no doubt, a pretty story. But did you ever think why it was in the Bible? Every book in the Bible is meant ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 11 - SOLOMON
      ECCLESIASTES i. 12-14. I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem. And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith. I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexati ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 12 - PROGRESS
      (Preached before the Queen at Clifden, June 3, 1866.) ECCLESIASTES vii. 10, Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this. This text occurs in the Book of Ecclesiastes, which has been for many centuries generally attributed to Solomon the son of David. I say ge ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 13 - FAITH
      (Preached before the Queen at Windsor, December 5, 1865) HABAKKUK ii. 4. The just shall live by his faith. We shall always find it most safe, as well as most reverent, to inquire first the literal and exact meaning of a text; to see under what circumstances it was written; what meaning it must have conveyed to those who heard it; and so to ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 14 - THE GREAT COMMANDMENT
      MATT. xxii. 37, 32. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. Some say, when they hear this,--It is a hard saying. Who can bear it? Who can expect us to do as much as that? If we are asked to be respectable and sober, to live and let live, not to ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 15 - THE EARTHQUAKE
      (Preached October 11, 1863.) PSALM xlvi. 1, 2. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea. No one, my friends, wishes less than I, to frighten you, or to take a dark and gloomy view of this world, or o ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 16 - THE METEOR SHOWER
      (Preached at the Chapel Royal, St. James's, Nov. 26, 1866.) ST. MATTHEW x. 29, 30. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. It will be well for us to recollect, once for all, who spoke these words; even Jesus Christ, who dec ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 17 - CHOLERA, 1866
      LUKE vii. 16. There came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people. You recollect to what the text refers? How the Lord visited His people? By raising to life a widow's son at Nain. That was the result of our Lord's visit to the little town of Nain. It is wo ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 18 - THE WICKED SERVANT
      ST. MATTHEW xviii. 23. The kingdom of heaven is likened to a certain king, which would take account of his servants. This parable, which you heard in the Gospel for this day, you all know. And I doubt not that all you who know it, understand it well enough. It is so human and so humane; it is told with such simplicity, and yet with such force ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 19 - CIVILIZED BARBARISM
      (Preached for the Bishop of London's Fund, at St. John's Church, Notting Hill, June 1866.) ST. MATTHEW ix. 12. They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. I have been honoured by an invitation to preach on behalf of the Bishop of London's Fund for providing for the spiritual wants of this metropolis. By the bishop, and ...read
SermonWater of Life and Other Sermons, 20 - THE GOD OF NATURE
      (Preached during a wet harvest.) PSALM cxlvii. 7-9. Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp unto our God: who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains. He giveth to the beast his food, and to the young ravens which cry. There is no reason why thos ...read
SermonWestminster Sermons, 1 - THE MYSTERY OF THE CROSS. A GOOD FRIDAY SERMON
      PHILIPPIANS II. 5-8. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a slave, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto ...read
SermonWestminster Sermons, 2 - THE PERFECT LOVE
      1 JOHN IV. 10. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. This is Passion-week; the week in which, according to ancient and most wholesome rule, we are bidden to think of the Passion of Jesus Christ our Lord. To think of that, however happy and comfortable, however busy a ...read
SermonWestminster Sermons, 3 - THE SPIRIT OF WHITSUNTIDE
      ISAIAH XI. 2. The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him; the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. This is Isaiah's description of the Spirit of Whitsuntide; the royal Spirit which was to descend, and did descend without measure, on the ideal and perfect King ...read
SermonWestminster Sermons, 4 - PRAYER
      PSALM LXV. 2. Thou that hearest prayer, unto Thee shall all flesh come. Next Friday, the 20th of December, 1871, will be marked in most churches of this province of Canterbury by a special ceremony. Prayers will be offered to God for the increase of missionary labourers in the Church of England. To many persons--I hope I may say, to all in th ...read
SermonWestminster Sermons, 5 - THE DEAF AND DUMB
      ST MARK VII. 32-37. And they bring unto Jesus one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech Him to put His hand upon him. And He took him aside from the multitude, and put His fingers into his ears, and He spit, and touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, He sighed, and said, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. And st ...read
SermonWestminster Sermons, 6 - THE FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT
      ST JOHN III. 8, The wind bloweth whither it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, or whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. It is often asked--men have a right to ask--what would the world have been by now without Christianity? without the Christian religion? without the Churc ...read
SermonWestminster Sermons, 7 - CONFUSION
      PSALM CXIX. 31. I have stuck unto thy testimonies: O Lord, confound me not. What is the meaning of this text? What is this which the Psalmist and prophets call being confounded; being put to shame and confusion of face? What is it? It is something which they dread more than death; which they dread as much as hell. Nay, it seems in the mind of ...read
SermonWestminster Sermons, 8 - THE SHAKING OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH
      HEBREWS XII. 26-29. 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 receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God ...read
SermonWestminster Sermons, 9 - THE KINGDOM OF GOD
      LUKE XXI. 29-33. And Jesus spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; when they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass aw ...read

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