Good News of God, 28 - DARK TIMES
1 JOHN iv. 16-18.
We have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love but perfect love casteth out fear; because fea ...read
Good News of God, 29 - GOD'S CREATION
GENESIS i. 31.
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold it was very good.
This is good news, and a gospel. The Bible was written to bring good news, and therefore with good news it begins, and with good news it ends.
But it is not so easy to believe. We want faith to believe; and that faith will be sometimes sorely tried.
Good News of God, 30 - TRUE PRUDENCE
MATTHEW vi. 34.
Take, therefore, no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Let me say a few words to you on this text. Be not anxious, it tells you. And why? Because you have to be prudent. In practice, fretting and anxiety help no man towards prudence. ...read
Good News of God, 31 - THE PENITENT THIEF
LUKE xxiii. 42, 43.
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To-day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
The story of the penitent thief is a most beautiful and affecting one. Christians' hearts, in all times, have clung to it for comfort, not only for themselv ...read
Good News of God, 32 - THE TEMPER OF CHRIST
PHILIPPIANS ii. 4.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.
What mind? What sort of mind and temper ought to be in us? St. Paul tells us in this chapter, very plainly and at length, what sort of temper he means; and how it showed itself in Christ; and how it ought to show itself in us.
'All of you,' he tells us, 'be like-mi ...read
Good News of God, 33 - THE FRIEND OF SINNERS
(Preached in London.)
MARK ii. 15, 16.
And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners they said onto his disciples, How is it that he ea ...read
Good News of God, 34 - THE SEA OF GLASS
REVELATION iv. 9, 10, 11.
And when those beasts give glory, and honour, and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worth ...read
Good News of God, 35 - A GOD IN PAIN
HEBREWS ii. 9, 50.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain o ...read
Good News of God, 36 - ON THE FALL
GENESIS iii. 12.
And the man said, The woman, whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
This morning we read the history of Adam's fall in the first Lesson. Now does this story seem strange to you, my friends? Do you say to yourselves, If I had been in Adam's place, I should never have bee ...read
Good News of God, 37 - THE WORTHY COMMUNICANT
LUKE xviii. 14.
I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other.
Which of these two men was the more fit to come to the Communion? Most of you will answer, The publican: for he was more justified, our Lord himself says, than the Pharisee. True: but would you have said so of your own accord, if the Lord had not said ...read
Good News of God, 38 - OUR DESERTS
LUKE vi. 36-38.
Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same ...read
Good News of God, 39 - THE LOFTINESS OF GOD
ISAIAH lvii. 15.
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy, I dwell in the high and holy place; with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
This is a grand text; one of the grandest in the whole Old Testament; ...read
Gospel of the Pentateuch, 1 - GOD IN CHRIST
GENESIS i. I. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
We have begun this Sunday to read the book of Genesis. I trust that you will listen to it as you ought--with peculiar respect and awe, as the oldest part of the Bible, and therefore the oldest of all known works--the earliest human thought which has be ...read
Gospel of the Pentateuch, 2 - THE LIKENESS OF GOD
GENESIS i. 26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.
This is a hard saying. It is difficult at times to believe it to be true.
If one looks not at what God has made man, but at what man has made himself, one will never believe it to be true.
When one looks at what man has made himself; at the ...read
Gospel of the Pentateuch, 3 - THE VOICE OF THE LORD GOD
(Preached also at the Chapel Royal, St. James, Sexagesima Sunday.)
GENESIS iii. 8. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.
These words would startle us, if we heard them for the first time. I do not know but that they may startle us now, often as we have heard them, if we think seriously over the ...read
Gospel of the Pentateuch, 4 - NOAH'S FLOOD
GENESIS ix. 13. I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
We all know the history of Noah's flood. What have we learnt from that history? What were we intended to learn from it? What thoughts should we have about it?
There are many thoughts which we may have. W ...read
Gospel of the Pentateuch, 5 - ABRAHAM
(First Sunday in Lent)
GENESIS xvii. 1, 2. And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
I have told you that the Bible reveals, that is, unveils the Lord God, Jesus Christ our Lord, and through him God the Father Almighty. I have tried ...read
Gospel of the Pentateuch, 6 - JACOB AND ESAU
(Second Sunday in Lent.)
GENESIS xxv. 29-34. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and wha ...read
Gospel of the Pentateuch, 7 - JOSEPH
(Preached on the Sunday before the Wedding of the Prince of Wales. March 8th, third Sunday in Lent.)
GENESIS xxxix. 9. How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
The story of Joseph is one which will go home to all healthy hearts. Every child can understand, every child can feel with it. It is a story for all men and all times. ...read
Gospel of the Pentateuch, 8 - THE BIBLE THE GREAT CIVILIZER
(Fourth Sunday in Lent.)
PHILIPPIANS iv. 8. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
It may not be easy to se ...read