Sermons for the Times, 11 - AHAB AND NABOTH
1 Kings xxi. 2, 3. And Ahab spake unto Naboth, saying, Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house: and I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money. And Naboth said unto Ahab, The Lord forbid it me, that I should give t ...read
Sermons for the Times, 12 - THE LIGHT OF GOD
[Preached for the Chelsea National Schools.]
Ephesians v. 13. All things which are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever is made manifest is light.
This is a noble text, a royal text; one of those texts which forbid us to clip and cramp Scripture to suit any narrow notions of our own; which open before us boundless vistas of ...read
Sermons for the Times, 13 - PROVIDENCE
Matthew vi. 31, 32, 33. Be not anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, what shall we drink, or wherewithal shall we be clothed? (for after all these things do the heathen seek:) for your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto ...read
Sermons for the Times, 14 - ENGLAND'S STRENGTH
2 Kings xix. 34. I will defend this city, to save it for mine own sake.
The first lesson for this morning's service is of the grandest in the whole Old Testament; grander perhaps than all, except the story of the passage of the Red Sea, and the giving of the Law on Sinai. It follows out the story which you heard in the first lesson for last Sund ...read
Sermons for the Times, 15 - THE LIFE OF GOD
Ephesians iv. 17, 18. That ye walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.
You heard these words read in the Epistle for to-day. I cannot expect that you all understood them. It is no shame to you that you did not ...read
Sermons for the Times, 16 - GOD'S OFFSPRING
Galatians iv. 7. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
I say, writes St. Paul, in the epistle which you heard read just now, 'that the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors, until the time appointed b ...read
Sermons for the Times, 17 - DEATH IN LIFE
Romans viii. 12, 13. Brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Does it seem strange to you that St. Paul should warn you, that you are not debtors to your own flesh? It is not strange, when you co ...read
Sermons for the Times, 18 - SHAME
Romans x. 11. For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.
My friends, what this text really means is one thing; what we may choose to think it means is another thing--perhaps a very different thing. I will try and show you what I believe it really means.
'Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.' It seems ...read
Sermons for the Times, 19 - FORGIVENESS
Psalm li. 16, 17. Thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.
You all heard just now the story of Nathan and David, and you must have all felt how beautiful, and noble, and just it was; how it dec ...read
Sermons for the Times, 20 - THE TRUE GENTLEMAN
1 Cor. xii. 31; xiii. 1. Covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
My friends, let me say a few plain words this morning to young and old, rich and poor, upon this text.
Now you a ...read
Sermons for the Times, 21 - TOLERATION
[Preached at Bideford, 1854]
Philippians iii. 15, 16. And if in any thing ye shall be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.
My friends, allow me to speak a few plain and honest words, ere we part, on a matter which is near ...read
Sermons for the Times, 22 - PUBLIC SPIRIT
(Preached at Bideford, 1855.)
1 Corinthians xii. 25, 26. That there should be no division in the body; but that the members should have the same care, one of another. And whether one member suffer, all suffer with it; or whether one member be honoured, all rejoice with it.
I have been asked to preach in behalf of the Provident Society of this ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 1 - THE KING OF THE EARTH
FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT. [Preached in 1849.]
Behold, thy King cometh unto thee.--MATTHEW xxi. 4.
This Sunday is the first of the four Sundays in Advent. During those four Sundays, our forefathers have advised us to think seriously of the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ--not that we should neglect to think of it at all times. As some of you kno ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 2 - HOLY SCRIPTURE
SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
Whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our example, that we, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope.--ROMANS xv. 4.
"Whatsoever was written aforetime." There is no doubt, I think, that by these words St. Paul means the Bible; that is, the Old Testament, which was the only p ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 3 - THE KINGDOM OF GOD
THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; He has 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.--ISAIAH lxi. 1.
My friends, I do entreat those of you who wish to get any real g ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 4 - A PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS
FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
Rejoice in the Lord always.--PHILIPPIANS iv. 4.
This is the beginning of the Epistle for to-day, the Sunday before Christmas. We will try to find out why it was chosen for to-day, and what lesson we may learn from it.
Now Christmas-time was always a time of rejoicing among many heathen nations, and long before the ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 5 - CHRISTMAS DAY
He made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a slave.--PHILIPPIANS ii. 7.
On Christmas-day, 1851 years ago, if we had been at Rome, the great capital city, and mistress of the whole world, we should have seen a strange sight--strange, and yet pleasant. All the courts of law were shut; no war was allowed to be proclaimed, and n ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 6 - TRUE ABSTINENCE
FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT.
I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection.--1 COR. ix. 27.
In the Collect for this day we have just been praying to God, to give us grace to use such abstinence, that our flesh being subdued to our spirit, we may follow His godly motions.
Now we ought to have meant something when we said these words. What did ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 7 - GOOD FRIDAY
In all their affliction He was afflicted, and the angel of His presence saved them. In His love and in His pity He redeemed them; and He bare them and carried them all the days of old.--ISAIAH lxiii. 9.
On this very day, at this very hour, 1817 years ago, hung one nailed to a cross; bruised and bleeding, pierced and naked, dying a felon's death ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 8 - EASTER-DAY
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God--COLOSSIANS iii. 1.
I know no better way of preaching to you the gospel of Easter, the good news which this day brings to all men, year after year, than by trying to explain to you the Epistle appointed for this day, which we have ju ...read