His name shall be called... Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
I came not to send peace,... but a sword. Matthew 10:34
The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable. James 3:17
That is a startling combination of text. The first is part of one of the sublimest of Messianic prophecies. It occurs in that great passage of Isaiah in whi ...read
|Sermon||Peace Among Men of God's Pleasure|
Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men in whom He is well pleased. Luke 2:14
These words constituted the angelic anthem of welcome to the New Race. The angel messenger had told the shepherds of "a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger." In this chorus the angels expressed their understanding of the significa ...read
|Sermon||Playing the Fool|
... behold, I have played the fool.... 1 Samuel 26:21
That is autobiography; clear, truthful, inclusive. In half-a-dozen words we have the story of Saul, Israel's first king, like the nations. Under stress of circumstances, men often tell truths and whole truths, which, if they had time to think, they would never utter. God's method of crisis is ...read
Today we are living in post-resurrection days in the fullest sense; in days when we no longer have the presence of our Lord as to the physical fact, but when we know He is night at hand, in the midst of every assembly of His people, the close, personal companion of every pilgrim of faith, the constant comrade of every trusting soul.
. . . He wa ...read
|Sermon||Power for Service|
But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8
If we know our Lord only at the Cross we know very much, but not all. And if we know Him only in the place of His resurrection, from external obser ...read
|Sermon||Prayer or Fainting|
They ought always to pray, and not to faint. Luke 18:1
Such is Luke's interpretation of the meaning of the parable which Jesus uttered to His disciples concerning the uprighteous judge "which feared not God, and regarded not man," but who granted the request of the importunate widow from the purely selfish motive which he expressed graphically a ...read
|Article||Preaching With Passion|
In the true sermon there must always be passion. Our Lord's testimony concerning John, His forerunner, was this: "He was a burning and a shining light" (John 5:35). It is one thing to shine; it is quite another to burn as well.
Half the sermons today--may I be forgiven if I am cruel--are failing because they lack the note of passion.
There is ...read
|Sermon||Preparation for Service|
In the year that king Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and His train filled the temple. Above Him stood the seraphim: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the lord of host ...read
|Sermon||Preparing the Highway|
The voice of one that crieth, Prepare ye in the wilderness the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a high way for our God. Isaiah 40:3
These words are taken from the prologue to the second part of the prophecy of Isaiah. That prologue consists of the first eleven verses of chapter 40, and this chapter contains the keynote of the twenty- ...read
|Devotional||Proclaiming the Word of Truth|
"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers" (Eph. 4:11).
The business of those within the Church is to teach the word of truth in such form and fashion that the Church will be able to incarnate the Word, and flash the light on the world's darkness. The apostolic function, which, techni ...read
Whenever a new vision is presented to the trusting soul a new crisis is created for that soul, and the soul will either obey and march into larger life, or disobey and turn backward. The man or woman who has the largest, fullest knowledge of Christ is the man or woman who is most conscious that he or she has hardly yet begun to see His glory. The H ...read
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now . John 16:12
These were some of the final words of Jesus to His disciples, spoken amid the messages of which we speak as His Paschal discourses. They were uttered in the hearing of that inner circle of souls who had gathered about Him, loyal to Him, having tabernacled with Him, h ...read
|Devotional||Redemption through the Blood|
Ever day I need the Cross more . . . Every day I live this Christian life I am more and more conscious that I cannot understand the mystery of all Jesus did; yet more and more conscious that by the way of that Cross, and that Cross alone, my wounded heart is healed, my withered soul is renewed, my deformed spirit is built up, my broken manhood is r ...read
Born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:13
The principal and inclusive thought of the text is contained in the phrase "begotten... of God." By this phrase we are ushered into the presence of the central miracle of Christianity, the first, fundamental work of the Holy Spirit. All the powers and ...read
|Sermon||Restlessness and It's Remedy|
Who will shew us any good? Psalm 4:6
That is not the inquiry of the psalmist. It is a question which he quotes, in order that he may reply to it. Let us, therefore, read not only the inquiry but also the answer:--
There be many that say, Who will shew us any good?
Lord, lift Thou up the light of Thy countenance upon us.
Thou hast put gladness i ...read
|Sermon||Righteousness or Revenue|
"Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Matthew 6:24).
These words occur in that part of the Manifesto of Jesus in which, after enunciating His laws for the government of human life, both in its human and Divine relationships, He declared the necessity for a super earthly consciousness in dealing with all the things of the earth.
You will at on ...read
To the saints.... As becometh saints. Ephesians 1:1 and 5:3
It would appear as though this were an unwarrantable wresting of texts from their context, yet it is not really so. I grant at once that nothing of the teaching of this letter can be gained from these isolated quotations; but if I may take it for granted that we are familiar with the wh ...read
|Sermon||Salvation in Zion|
I will place salvation in Zion. Isaiah 46:13
The forty-sixth and forty-seventh chapters of the prophecy of Isaiah constitute a complete message in themselves. The forty-sixth has to do with God's determination to destroy Babylon; the forty-seventh describes that destruction.
The reading of the forty-sixth chapter brings before the mind a condit ...read
|Devotional||Salvation is Righteousness Made Possible|
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ...For therein is the righteousness of God revealed..." (Rom. 1:16-17).
Salvation is righteousness made possible. If you can tell me that salvation is deliverance from hell, I tell you that you have an utterly inadequate understanding of what salvation is. If you tell me that salvation is forgiveness ...read
In sanctification of the Spirit. 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2
The two outstanding figures in the book of the acts of the Apostles are Peter and Paul. Each in his respective sphere was a pioneer in the great Christian campaign springing from the Pentecostal effusion. The phrase which suggests the line of our evening meditation is found in th ...read