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SermonSelfishness Not True Religion
      TEXT. "--Seeketh not her own."--1. Cor. xiii. 5. THAT is, Charity, or Christian love, seeketh not her own. The proposition which I design to establish this evening, is the following: THAT A SUPREME REGARD TO OUR OWN HAPPINESS IS INCONSISTENT WITH TRUE RELIGION. This proposition is naturally the first in the series that I have been labori ...read
SermonSinners bound to change their own hearts
      Ezek xviii. 31. MAKE YOU A NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT, FOR WHY WILL YE DIE? These words were addressed to the house of Israel, who from their history and from the verses in connection with the text, were evidently in a state of impenitency; and the requirement to make them a new heart and a new spirit was enforced by the weighty penalty ...read
SermonStewardship
      Luke xvi. 2.--"Give an account of thy stewardship." A steward is one who is employed to transact the business of another, as his agent or representative in the business in which he is employed. His duty is to promote, in the best possible manner, the interest of his employer. He is liable, at any time, to be called to an account for the man ...read
SermonThe Doom of Those Who Neglect So Great Salvation
      "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?" -- Hebrews 2:3. ESCAPE what? What can Universalists say to such a question as this? They whose first doctrine proclaims that there can be no danger -- what will they say to this solemn question and its startling assumption of peril from which there shall be no escape? How shall we escape? s ...read
SermonThe Essential Elements of Christian Experience
      "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled." -- Matt. v. 6. THERE are a great many things in the experience of Christians, which, traced out in their natural history, are exceeding interesting. I have been struck to notice how very commonly what is peculiar to Christian experience drops out of the mind; ...read
SermonThe Excuses of Sinners Condemn God
      "Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?" -- Job xl. 8. ALTHOUGH in the main, Job had spoken correctly of God, yet in his great anguish and perturbation under his sore trials, he had said some things which were hasty and abusive. For these the Lord rebuked him. This rebuke is contained in our con ...read
SermonThe Inner and The Outer Revelation
      THERE are many who believe that a loose indefinite infidelity has rarely, if ever, been more prevalent in our country than at this time, especially among young men. I am not prepared to say it is an honest infidelity, yet it may very probably be real. Young men may really doubt the inspiration of the Christian Scriptures, not because they have hone ...read
SermonThe Loss When a Soul is Lost
      "For what shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" -- Mark 8:36, 37. OURS is an inquisitive world, and the present especially is an inquisitive age. Particularly is this inquisitiveness developed in perpetual inquiries upon matters of loss and gain. Almost u ...read
SermonThe Necessity of Divine Teaching
      TEXT.--Nevertheless I tell you the truth--it is expedient for you that I go away--for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you--but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. Of sin, because they believe not on me--of righteousness, because I go ...read
SermonThe Prevailing Prayer Meeting
      Preached September 4, 1859 - Glasgow, Scotland A sermon on the importance of prayer as an appropriate and indispensable means of securing and promoting revivals of religion, with important related observations from the great revivals of New York, Albany, Rochester, Boston, etc. This message was re-introduced to the Christian public through the ...read
SermonThe Refuge Of Lies
      "Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet, and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place." -- Isaiah xxviii. 17. ALL men know themselves to be sinners against God. They know also, that, as sinners, they are in peril and are not safe. Hence their anxiety to find so ...read
SermonThe Rule by Which Guilt of Sin is Estimated
      "And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent: because he hath appointed a day, in which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead." -- Acts 17:30, 31. THE text declares that ...read
SermonThe Salvation of Sinners Impossible
      "If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" -- 1 Peter 4:18. I SAID in a former sermon, that the doctrine of the text is that the salvation of the righteous is difficult and that of the sinner impossible. In that sermon I discussed at length the first part of this subject, showing how and why the salvatio ...read
SermonThe Savior Lifted Up, and the Look of Faith
      "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." -- John iii. 14, 15. "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (This he said, signifying what death he should die.)" -- John xii. 32, 33. IN order to ...read
SermonThe Self-Hardening Sinner's Doom
      "He that, being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." -- Proverbs 29:1. IN discussing this subject I will consider: I. WHEN AND HOW PERSONS ARE REPROVED; II. GOD'S DESIGN IN REPROVING SINNERS; III. WHAT IT IS TO HARDEN THE NECK; IV. WHAT IS INTENDED BY THE SINNER'S BEING SUDDENLY D ...read
SermonThe Sinner's Excuses Answered
      "Elihu also proceeded and said, Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God's behalf. I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker." -- Job xxxvi. 1-3. ELIHU was present and heard the controversy between Job and his friends. The latter maintained that God's dealings with Job proved ...read
SermonThe Sinner's Natural Power and Moral Weakness
      "Of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage." -- 2 Peter ii. 19. I PROPOSE in my present discourse to discuss the moral state of the sinner. I. All men are naturally free. The first important fact to be noted is, that all men are naturally free, and none the less so for being sinners. They naturally have freedom of wil ...read
SermonThe Spirit Not Always Striving
      "And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man." -- Gen. vi. 3. IN speaking from this text I shall pursue the following outline of thought, and attempt to show: I. What is implied in the assertion, My Spirit shall not always strive with man; II. What is not intended by the Spirit's striving; III. What is intended by it; ...read
SermonThe Wages of Sin
      "The wages of sin is death." -- Romans 6:23. THE death here spoken of is that which is due as the penal sanction of God's law. In presenting the subject of our text, I must -- I. Illustrate the nature of sin; II. Specify some of the attributes of the penal sanctions of God's law; III. Show what this penalty must be. I. Illustrate ...read
SermonThe Way of Salvation
      TEXT.--"Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." -- Acts xvi.30, 31, with 1 Cor. 1. 30. THERE can be no objection to putting these texts together in this manner as only a clause in the first of them is omitted, whi ...read

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