The Cup of Wrath!

The Cup of Wrath! – Bonar, Andrew The Cup of Wrath! Andrew Bonar (1810–1892) “In the hand of the LORD is a cup full of red wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs!” Psalm 75:8 It will help greatly to […]

Meeting as a congregation.

Meeting as a congregation. – Bonar, Andrew “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18. 20). I believe you will find the origin of public worship in the book of Genesis, that book of beginnings (4. 26). Enos, the son of Seth, […]

Mrs. Mudie

Mrs. Mudie – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 5th June 1891. MY DEAR MRS. MUDIE, –I was altogether taken by surprise when the news came, ‘Mr. Mudie is gone!’ –gone to the ‘mountain of myrrh and hill of frankincense till the Daybreak.’ You do not know how many of Christ’s friends here and elsewhere will miss him. […]

The Jewish People

The Jewish People – Bonar, Andrew  “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” Romans 1:16       Andrew Bonar had an early interest in the Jews. Being the people of God […]

Rev. Dr. MacDonald, North Leith

Rev. Dr. MacDonald, North Leith – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 9th December 1878. MY DEAR ROBERT, –From Day to Day is a book of most pleasant and profitable reading. It is 365 meditations–as many as Samuel Rutherford’s Letters–as many as Enoch’s years of earthly pilgrimage and walking with God. There is a clearness and pointedness in […]

The Hope of the Lord’s Return.

The Hope of the Lord’s Return.- Bonar, Andrew The Importance of the Doctrine of the Second Advent as a Motive and Help to Holiness.NOTES OF AN ADDRESS DELIVERED AT THE EDINBURGH CONFERENCE, 1888.It would be very pleasant and instructive to hear brethren relate incidents connected with this blessed hope, and its effect upon the souls […]

Rev. Dr. John J. Bonar his brother, Greenock

Rev. Dr. John J. Bonar his brother, Greenock – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 28th Oct. 1864.       MY DEAR JOHN,       –I cannot tell how helpful you have been to me during this season. No one could have given more sympathy, no one could have done more to cheer than you have done. I look upon it all […]

Mrs. Milne on the death of her father

Mrs. Milne on the death of her father – Bonar, Andrew ON THE DEATH OF HER FATHER.       Collace, F. C. Manse, Dec. 13th, 1855.       MY DEAR MRS. MILNE,       –I write because it might be some variety to you in your sojourn at Hastings, something like a visit. We felt for you in your bereavement, for […]

The Holy Spirit convincing.

The Holy Spirit convincing.- Bonar, Andrew ‘And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:’ John 16:8NOTES OF AN ADDRESS GIVEN AT THE PERTH CONVENTION, 1883. Shall we not honour and bless and adore the Holy Spirit? Surely it might well be expected that our love, […]

Kept by the power of God.

Kept by the power of God.- Bonar, Andrew 1 Peter 1: 5ARE there any believers here who are afraid that they will some day bring disgrace on their profession ? Let them study these words. Kept’ is the whole history of a believer’s life. It tells us we are very weak, for we need to […]

Rev. Dr. Bannerman, Perth

Rev. Dr. Bannerman, Perth – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 6th Dec. 1892. MY DEAR DR. BANNERMAN,–I return the old letter.(An old letter, which Dr. Bannernman has sent him to read, describing the Deputation appointed to visit the Holy Land in 1839.) It has, you may believe, a peculiar interest to me, and the writer’s estimate of […]

Mrs. Manson

Mrs. Manson – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 17th March 1858. MY DEAR MRS. MANSON,–Thanks for writing me, for in truth I was meditating to write you (i.e. your husband and you=one), but could not make out whereabouts you were at this time. I am glad you are to be near Crieff ; we may see you […]

Mrs. James Bonar, his daughter-in-law

Mrs. James Bonar, his daughter-in-law – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 29th Decr. 1884. MY DEAR MARY,– ‘Along the river of time we glide,The swiftly flowing resistless tide !’ Only think! the year is nearly done, and I have lived seventy-four years in this world, and must be getting near the edge of the wilderness. But the […]

Words From Heaven

Words From Heaven-Bonar, Andrew WORDS FROM HEAVEN TO THOSE BURDENED WITH ANXIOUS FOREBODINGS AND CARES       (From The Visitor’s Book of Texts. Chapter 4 from Part 3 ” The Word brought nigh to the sorrowful”) (In a few cases the wording of the Bible text will be found to differ from the Authorised Version. This is […]

The Fear Nots of the Old and New Testament.

The Fear Nots of the Old and New Testament.-Bonar, Andrew [God’s promises are all “Yea and Amen” in Christ Jesus. But let us see that we take them all from the hand of Jesus. Let the Owner of the Vineyard give us the grapes; let us not pick them as they hang over the wall. […]

Jethro.

Jethro.- Bonar, Andrew Exodus 18I. Jethro’s name. – His personal name was Reuel or Raguel, ‘God’s Shepherd.’ His father must have been a good man, not an idolater. Jethro is his official title, meaning his highness, or ‘his excellency.’ So this man was at once a priest of God and a man of high standing. […]

Rev. Andrew Inglis, Dundee

Rev. Andrew Inglis, Dundee – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 9th July 1891.       MY DEAR MR. INGLIS,–I have just been at Greenock, hearing the particulars of my brother John’s last hours. He died really like one falling asleep ‘in a good old age.’ But you, dear brother, are mourning over a beloved daughter called away in her […]

Winning Christ.

Winning Christ. – Bonar, Andrew ‘..and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord ; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.’ Philipp. 3:8For a man to have ‘won Christ,’ in the […]

Mrs. Horatius Bonar, his sister-in-law

Mrs. Horatius Bonar, his sister-in-law – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 28th Oct. 1864. MY DEAR JANE, –Perhaps you and Horace will excuse me for not writing sooner. It requires something to raise me before I can at present take up the pen. The bewilderment is passing away–all appears too real now, but the loneliness, when will […]

Isabella, his daughter

Isabella, his daughter – Bonar, Andrew Tuesday, 2nd April 1867. MY DEAR ISABELLA,–. . . This is a week of many interruptions of course, people calling about the Communion, etc. . . . No news here. The stream of life glides on, and we are on its banks. It will take many turns and windings, […]

Indwelling sin.

Indwelling sin. – Bonar, Andrew And I John saw these things and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not : for I am thy fellowservant, and of […]

How Faith Receives Christ and Rests on Him

How Faith Receives Christ and Rests on Him – Bonar, Andrew NOTES OF AN ADDRESS DELIVERED AT THE PERTH CONFERENCE, 1885       It is often best for us not to attempt to define Faith and its actings, but to show how the soul that has been awakened and is seeking a resting-place, may be gently led […]

His son James

His son James – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 14th Feby. 1873. MY DEAR JAMES, –I have this week been lighting upon some passages in the poets that seemed to me to illustrate, or, rather, to put in a good setting, some truths that are usually stated in Bible language. Reading a little of Carey’s ‘Dante’ (which […]

His niece in school at Kelso

His niece in school at Kelso – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 14th December 1874. MY DEAR NIECE EMILY, –It was very good in you to write me so nice a letter. It was well written every way, and makes me think you are already greatly the better of being away from home, breathing your native air. […]

EPAPHRAS

EPAPHRAS – Bonar, Andrew Always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God’ Col. 4:12.Epaphras was a citizen of Colosse. Hence his deep interest in the Colossians. The Lord does not ask His people to give up their patriotism when they turn to Him. […]

Coming to Christ.

Coming to Christ.- Bonar, Andrew The natural man is exceedingly perverse, and Satan knows how to wield this perversity of the heart. We, in our day, are ready to excuse ourselves for slowness to believe in the Lord Jesus by saying, ‘How much easier it would have been, had we seen Him in the flesh, […]

Closing address on Communion Sabbath, January 27, 1889.

Closing address on Communion Sabbath, January 27, 1889.- Bonar, Andrew ‘When He is come, He will tell us all things’ John 4:25You must have noticed some great and memorable sayings in the New Testament which were spoken unwittingly. ‘This man receiveth sinners’ (Luke 15:2); ‘It is expedient that one man should die for the people’ […]

Christ’s Silence, Part 3

Christ’s Silence, Part 3 – Bonar, Andrew  Matthew 11:1-11       JOHN the Baptist lay in prison unnoticed, and we may say uncared for, for nearly a year. How mysterious! No wonder he sent to ask the Master if there was any explanation of this. ‘Art Thou He that should come? Is this like the Messiah?’ Christ’s […]

Christ’s Silence, Part 2

Christ’s Silence, Part 2 – Bonar, Andrew Have I not held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not? Isaiah 57:11       IT is, as we would say, an old custom of God’s to keep silence when we would have expected Him to speak. Of old God’s silence was meant to lead men to […]

Christ’s Silence, Part 1

Christ’s Silence, Part 1 – Bonar, Andrew A time to keep silence and a time to speak’ Eccles. 3:7       We can draw a great deal of instruction from Christ’s silence.       ‘Let Christ’s word and silence too       Dwell in thy heart,’       a Moravian hymn says. Silence as to things we would like to know about Christ […]

ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS

ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS – Bonar, Andrew Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.Ephesians 1:3 There are many wonderful things in this epistle. Sometimes we are told to look up to the ‘heavenly places;’ sometimes to look back, past […]

A servant in his congregation

A servant in his congregation – Bonar, Andrew CRAIGNURE, ISLE OF MULL, 6th August 1884.       DEAR MARGARET,       — I was greatly surprised on receiving your letter. But I suppose you were yourself taken altogether unawares. This comfort, however, you have, sure and full, viz., that E. has only gone to ‘the mountain of myrrh and […]

A sermon to children.

A sermon to children.- Bonar, Andrew ‘There were also with Him other little ships’ Mark 4: 36 Some of the little things we do in our meetings with you are imitations of Christ’s ways. When you are going away from a meeting we sometimes give you a tract ; so Jesus in sending the people […]

A schoolboy in London

A schoolboy in London – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 20 INDIA STREET, 21st October 1873.       MY DEAR WALTER,       –I wonder how your soul prospers? You know we can go on busily with work, and all the more busily, when enjoying the sunshine round us–it makes all so cheerful. It is even thus with us in our […]

A friend in the country

A friend in the country – Bonar, Andrew MY DEAR SIR, –I have been too long in replying to your welcome letter. Do you think letters ever passed between the families of Moses and Jethro? Would not Moses or his son Gershom write occasionally to their friends in Midian, and tell of the wilderness journey? […]

A friend in Blairgowrie

A friend in Blairgowrie – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 2nd Sept. 1859.       DEAR FOLLOWER OF THE LAMB,       — He that believeth shall not make haste. Go on quietly resting in the grace of Jesus, for His grace is like a full well which you may draw from and yet no way exhaust. Sit beside this well, […]

‘The Value of a Thought’

‘The Value of a Thought’ – Bonar, Andrew The value of a ‘thought’ may be very great. Everybody knows this. It may be the seed of a great harvest. But it is not the thought merely in itself, but the thought carried out and used.It is like what in the mechanical department has been found […]

Winning Christ.

Winning Christ. – Bonar, Andrew ..and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord ; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.’ Philipp. 3:8For a man to have ‘won Christ,’ in the […]

What gives assurance.

What gives assurance. – Bonar, Andrew [This was originally a sermon preached at Ferryden, during the awakening in the end of 1859. It was thought to be useful in disentangling the perplexities of some anxious souls; and this gave rise to the request for its publication. (This address was published by Messrs. Chas. Glass and […]

Time With God

Time With God – Bonar, Andrew “The fruit of the Spirit is. . .joy. . .” (Gal. 5:22). Preached with little freedom. Weariness of body is against me; but still more want of much prayer through the previous week. God will not let me preach with power when I am not much with Him. More […]

The Word brought nigh to the sorrowful

The Word brought nigh to the sorrowful – Bonar, Andrew (From The Visitor’s Book of Texts. Chapter 4 from Part 3 ” The Word brought nigh to the sorrowful”)(In a few cases the wording of the Bible text will be found to differ from the Authorised Version. This is how it was printed originally, and […]

The Trial of Faith.

The Trial of Faith. – Bonar, Andrew Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and […]

The Three Ananiases.

The Three Ananiases. – Bonar, Andrew The Acts of the Apostles, Chapters 23 ; 5 ; 9.It is sometimes useful to put in juxtaposition separate facts and characters. The three Crosses—how instructive! the three Marys, the three Centurions. Here we have the three Ananiases. Their name means ‘Jehovah is gracious.’ Their parents thought it a […]

The Scapegoat.

The Scapegoat. – Bonar, Andrew Published in The Sunday at Home: A Family Magazine for Sabbath Reading 3 March 1866 (No.618) ” And Aaron shall take the two goats, and present them before the Lord, at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot […]

The resurrection of the Son of the Widow of Sarepta.

The resurrection of the Son of the Widow of Sarepta. – Bonar, Andrew 1 Kings 17‘To this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.’ (Rom. 14: 9) There never was a resurrection in the world or in the Church of Christ […]

The Pins of the Tabernacle.

The Pins of the Tabernacle. – Bonar, Andrew Exodus 27:19; 38:31; 39:40. These verses teach us a great deal. I. God’s notice of little things.—He takes time to speak about them, and bids Moses write about them. He says as much about the ‘pins’ in these passages as He does about the work of creation. […]

The napkin about Christ’s Head.

The napkin about Christ’s Head. – Bonar, Andrew ‘And the napkin, that was about His head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself ‘ John 20:7Why ‘wrapped together in a place by itself ‘? Because Jesus wished to show that He arose calmly: no haste, no hurry, not […]

The Mercy Seat

The Mercy Seat – Bonar, Andrew “It is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul” (Lev. 17: 11).“There I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy-seat” (Exod. 25: 22). READER! Have you ever felt your need of salvation! Have you ever sought it, as one who […]

The Man who lent Christ the Upper Room.

The Man who lent Christ the Upper Room. – Bonar, Andrew Matth. 26: 17-19THE disciples did not go to look for a room till they had consulted with their Lord. Never do anything without asking counsel of your Master. But why did they need to do this? It was Christ’s way to wait till He […]

The Love of the Father.

The Love of the Father. – Bonar, Andrew ‘For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up […]

The Leper drawing forth the Saviour’s Grace.

The Leper drawing forth the Saviour’s Grace. – Bonar, Andrew “And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand and touched him, and saith unto him,I will, be thou […]

The Hope of the Lord’s Return.

The Hope of the Lord’s Return. – Bonar, Andrew The Importance of the Doctrine of the Second Advent as a Motive and Help to Holiness.NOTES OF AN ADDRESS DELIVERED AT THE EDINBURGH CONFERENCE, 1888.It would be very pleasant and instructive to hear brethren relate incidents connected with this blessed hope, and its effect upon the […]

The Holy Spirit convincing.

The Holy Spirit convincing. – Bonar, Andrew ‘And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:’ John 16:8NOTES OF AN ADDRESS GIVEN AT THE PERTH CONVENTION, 1883. Shall we not honour and bless and adore the Holy Spirit? Surely it might well be expected that our […]

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Preface

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Preface – Bonar, Andrew IN this new Edition no change of any importance has been made beyond the correction of errata, and extending the texts quoted. The object of the book is to draw more attention to the great subject of connecting at all times the […]

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Chapter 6

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Chapter 6 – Bonar, Andrew HOW THIS LOOKING TO THE PERSON AFFECTS OUR VIEWS OF DEATH AND OUR HOPE OF THE LORD’S SECOND COMING.IN proportion as the soul advances in grace, its state coincides with that of the apostle, ‘I am in a strait betwixt two, […]

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Chapter 5

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Chapter 5 – Bonar, Andrew HOW LOOKING TO THE PERSON TENDS TO ADVANCE HOLINESS IN THE SOUL.“SANCTIFY them by the truth” was our Lord’s prayer; but it is truth in connection with Himself. For, separate from Him, doctrines “have no living power, but are as waters […]

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Chapter 4

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Chapter 4 – Bonar, Andrew HOW LOOKING TO THE PERSON OF CHRIST TENDS TO PROMOTE THE PEACE THAT PASSES UNDERSTANDING.No one could be supposed to have seen the Alps, if he tells you that all he saw was some rocky ridges of hills which his eye […]

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Chapter 3

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Chapter 3 – Bonar, Andrew THE HELP AFFORDED BY CHRIST’S PERSON TO A SOUL SEEKING TO KNOW SIN AND THE APPLICATION OF SALVATION.Many of the early fathers use the word “theology,” in the sense of “A discoursing upon the Divinity of Christ,” and they called the […]

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Chapter 2

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Chapter 2 – Bonar, Andrew THE GOSPEL, FROM THE FALL TO THE DAY OF THE APOSTLES, WAS FOUND IN THE PERSON OF THE SAVIOUR. In the New Testament, the name of “Mystery” is often attached to the truths that form the Gospel. The chief part of […]

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Chapter 1

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Chapter 1 – Bonar, Andrew STATEMENT OF THE FACT THAT THE PERSON OF CHRISTIS THE ESSENCE OF THE GLAD TIDINGS.From the beginning, the Gospel has come to the awakened sinner with the same consciousness of important news to tell, as that messenger who ran to David, […]

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Appendix

The Gospel pointing to the Person of Christ – Appendix – Bonar, Andrew EXTRACTS FROM OLD AUTHORS.“God would have us pitch our faith upon The Person of His Son, and not barely upon the Promise. And therefore, He has so ordered things in His divine wisdom that the Promises should all hold on Christ, and […]

The Fear Nots of the Old and New Testament.

The Fear Nots of the Old and New Testament.- Bonar, Andrew [God’s promises are all “Yea and Amen” in Christ Jesus. But let us see that we take them all from the hand of Jesus. Let the Owner of the Vineyard give us the grapes; let us not pick them as they hang over the […]

The Dialectic of Life and its Origin

The Dialectic of Life and its Origin – Bonar, Andrew TO some minds, origins are of little interest; facts are facts and let them be faced as such. To others an attempt: at the explanation of the origin of things can alone satisfy the heart and mind. They must not only know what thing does, […]

The City of Refuge.

The City of Refuge. – Bonar, Andrew Appoint for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses; and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood’ Joshua 20:2,3There were six cities of refuge in the land of Israel. These were so situated that any manslayer, when pursued, […]

The Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life – The life defined G

The Christian’s Secret to a Happy Life – The life defined G – Bonar, Andrew In the first chapter I have tried to settle the question regarding the scriptural basis of the experience sometimes called the higher Christian life. It is the only true Christian life which is best described in the words, the “life […]

THE BRETHREN OF OUR LORD

THE BRETHREN OF OUR LORD – Bonar, Andrew ‘For neither did his brethren believe in him.’ John 7:5WE know the names of four of our Lord’s brethren, James, Simon, Joses, Juda (Mark 6:3). There seems to have been a large family. The idea is held by some that these were only relatives, not brethren in […]

The Atoning Blood

The Atoning Blood – Bonar, Andrew “Christ needed the storm on the Lake of Galilee that He might show how His single word could quiet it. He needed a troubled conscience that He might show how His atoning blood could calm and quiet it. And He needed a great and guilty sinner in order to […]

THE ALTAR OF ABRAHAM

THE ALTAR OF ABRAHAM – Bonar, Andrew And Abraham planted a grove in Beersheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the everlasting God’ Gen. 21:33In that spot, half desert, but near a cluster of wells full of clear, clean water, Abraham planted a group of trees – a grove of trees. Now […]

Singing before suffering.

Singing before suffering. – Bonar, Andrew ‘When they had sung an hymn’ Matt. 26:30 ‘NEVER man spake like this man,’ and possibly the same might be true of Christ’s singing, ‘never man sang like this man.’ Did angels listen then as did the prisoners to the singing of Paul and Silas at Philippi? What fragrant […]

Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne – The Latter Days of His Ministry 160

Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne – The Latter Days of His Ministry 160 – Bonar, Andrew CHAPTER 6In The Latter Days of f His Ministry My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish his work. John 4:34 During the summer of 1842, he was exposed to several attacks of illness, […]

Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne – His Youth, and Preparation for the Ministry 1

Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne – His Youth, and Preparation for the Ministry 1 – Bonar, Andrew Chapter 1His Youth and Preparation for the Ministry Many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord. Luke 1:14,15 In the midst of the restless activity of such a day as ours, […]

Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne – His Mission to Palestine and the Jews 93

Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne – His Mission to Palestine and the Jews 93 – Bonar, Andrew CHAPTER 4His Mission to Palestine and the Jews Here am I; send me. Isaiah 6:8 Though engaged night and day with his flock in St. Peter’s, Mr. McCheyne ever cherished a missionary spirit. “This place hardens me for a foreign […]

Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne – His Labors in the Vineyard Before Ordination 35

Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne – His Labors in the Vineyard Before Ordination 35 – Bonar, Andrew CHAPTER 2His Labors in the Vineyard Before Ordination He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.(Psalm 126:6) While he was still undergoing a student’s usual examinations before the […]

Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne – First Years of Labor in Dundee 59

Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne – First Years of Labor in Dundee 59 – Bonar, Andrew CHAPTER 3 First Years of Labor in Dundee Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many […]

Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne – Days of Revival 129

Robert Murray Mc’Cheyne – Days of Revival 129 – Bonar, Andrew CHAPTER 5Days of Revival They shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. Isaiah 44:4 His people, who had never ceased to pray for him, welcomed his arrival among them with the greatest joy. He reached Dundee on a […]

Redeeming Time

Redeeming Time – Bonar, Andrew “Pray without ceasing”(1 Thess. 5:17). God has this week been impressing much upon me the way of redeeming time for prayer by learning to pray while walking or going from place to place. Also He has been showing me how to make more direct use of Scripture to my own […]

Ready to Go

Ready to Go – Bonar, Andrew “I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me” (2 Kings 2:9). 0 that his mantle would fall upon me! Evil days are begun. He was so reverent toward God, so full also in desire toward Him, whether in family prayer or at common ordinary […]

Psalm 77

Psalm 77 – Bonar, Andrew PSALM LXXVII (77)To the chief Musician. To Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph. I cried unto God with my voice,Even unto God with my voice ; and he gave ear unto me. In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord:My sore ran in the night, and ceased not : […]

Psalm 13

Psalm 13 – Bonar, Andrew PSALM XIII (13)To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David. How long wilt thou forget me, O Lord? for ever?How long wilt thou hide thy face from me?How long shall I take counsel in my soul, – having sorrow in my heart daily?How long shall mine enemy be exalted over […]

Praise

Praise – Bonar, Andrew Praise ye the LORD : for it is good to sing praises unto our God ; for it is pleasant ; and praise is comely. Psalm 147:1 There are many things that might be said about praise ; but you remember the Psalms have given us three statements that may guide […]

Pentecost.

Pentecost. – Bonar, Andrew The subject is the outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, the fiftieth day after the Passover. It might be interesting and profitable at another time to take up the question, ‘In what did the work of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament saints differ from His work […]

Paul’s fifteen days’ visit to Peter.

Paul’s fifteen days’ visit to Peter. – Bonar, Andrew ‘Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days.’Galatians 1:18For three years after his conversion Paul was out of sight in Arabia. The Lord sent him there, as He sent Moses to Midian, to be trained for […]

Palestine for the Young – The Tribe of Levi

Palestine for the Young – The Tribe of Levi – Bonar, Andrew The prophecy of Jacob regarding Levi was remarkably fulfilled : “I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel” (Gen. 49. 7). You have to search for their dwellings in every corner of the land. They were scattered and divided over […]

Onesiphorus: The New Testament Ebedmelech.

Onesiphorus: The New Testament Ebedmelech. – Bonar, Andrew Paul had a heart that felt everything keenly. It is from his pen that ‘Rejoice with them that do rejoice and weep with them that weep’ comes. It is he who wrote in Phil.4: 8: ‘the bowels of Christ Jesus.’ Many times he speaks in this way, […]

On Holy Ground

On Holy Ground – Bonar, Andrew “You can remember when you thought you were to get into heaven in spite of God’s holiness. Now you know that it is because of His Holiness that you get there, for none but the all-holy God would have sent His Son to die for us, or would have […]

Nicodemus.

Nicodemus. – Bonar, Andrew We have three scenes given us in the life of Nicodemus. The first is his interview with Christ. How he was awakened we do not know. It is of no consequence when and how it is done, if it is the beginning of the great change. You say, ‘I cannot go […]

Mr. James Mudie, Montrose (3)

Mr. James Mudie, Montrose (3) – Bonar, Andrew COLLACE, May 31st, 1844. MY DEAR BROTHER,—. . . I did not observe that there were five Sabbaths in June. I suppose therefore I that our Communion will be the last day of June. Now this would leave me the interval of one Sabbath to come to […]

Meeting as a congregation.

Meeting as a congregation. – Bonar, Andrew “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt. 18. 20). I believe you will find the origin of public worship in the book of Genesis, that book of beginnings (4. 26). Enos, the son of Seth, […]

Let’s Not Trouble Ourselves With “What Ifs?”

Let’s Not Trouble Ourselves With “What Ifs?” – Bonar, Andrew “Their past experience was not of great use to the Israelites in their journeyings. They needed always to consult God. If you think you will get through anything because you got through before, you will certainly fail. You must ask fresh counsel of God and […]

Letters: Written for one in spiritual despair (1)

Letters: Written for one in spiritual despair (1) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 9th Oct. 1872.MY DEAR MISS M.,—. . . I read with great interest your own letter about your friend who seems so near despair, and this morning your sister has given me more particulars from your friend’s letter to you. It is a […]

Letters: The Misses Leiper, Crossford (1)

Letters: The Misses Leiper, Crossford (1) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 17th Feb.1886.DEAR SISTERS ‘in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ’ !Do you not hear the Master saying, as He points downwards to our earth and to your dwelling, ‘Our friend Lazarus sleepeth! but I am going to awaken him out of […]

Letters: The Misses Church, Glasgow (1)

Letters: The Misses Church, Glasgow (1) -Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 16th Jan. 1884. MY DEAR SISTERS,—An old minister, whom you have had some knowledge of, wrote to his friend a salutation that I offer to you— ‘Grace, mercy, and peace shall be with you.’ He did not say, ‘May grace, mercy, and peace be with you,’ […]

Letters: Rev. William Armstrong, Rutherglen (2)

Letters: Rev. William Armstrong, Rutherglen (2) – Bonar, Andrew 20 INDIA STREET, 1st Decr.1885. MY DEAR MR. ARMSTRONG,— It was very kind in Mrs. Armstrong to write to me, letting me know that you are making some progress. I wonder what your meditations have been. Did you ever see the little book I enclose (Thoughts […]

Letters: Rev. Malcolm White, Blairgowrie (1)

Letters: Rev. Malcolm White, Blairgowrie (1) – Bonar, Andrew STRACHUR, 28th August 1879.MY DEAR MR. WHITE,—One word to assure Mrs. White and yourself that you are not forgotten in your sorrow. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.’ When the Lord Jesus returns, He will bring with Him the little ones who fell asleep […]

Letters: Rev. John Purves, Jedburgh (1)

Letters: Rev. John Purves, Jedburgh (1) – Bonar, Andrew DURING THE VISIT OF THE DEPUTATION TO THE HOLY LAND JERUSALEM, June 17th, 1839. MY DEAR JOHN,—I scarcely know how to write when sending you a letter from Jerusalem and Mount Zion. Our present residence is actually on the hill of Zion, and our windows look […]

Letters: Rev. James Manson (4)

Letters: Rev. James Manson (4) – Bonar, Andrew COLLACE, August 30, 1844. MY DEAR FRIEND,—I am longing to hear of you. Are you better? and where are you? It is a sore trial to be laid aside, but it must be very sanctifying. It seems to be peculiarly a minister’s furnace. Remember the Baptist. He […]

Letters: Rev. J.H.Wilson Edinburgh (3)

Letters: Rev. J.H.Wilson Edinburgh (3) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 14th Jan. 1863.MY DEAR MR. WILSON,—I have been hearing tidings of your state of health that are not very pleasant.Will you, if convenient, drop me a few lines letting me know? For you know Paul, had he been in our day, would have sent Tychicus ‘to […]

Letters: Rev. J.H.Thomson, Hightae (1)

Letters: Rev. J.H.Thomson, Hightae (1) – Bonar, Andrew CRAIGNURE, ISLE OF MULL, Augst. 16th, 1884.MAN OF ZEBULON, who ‘handlest the pen of the writer,’ and follower of Ezra and his band, who not only read in the law of God distinctly, but who also ‘gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading,’ peace […]

Letters: Rev. Horatius Bonar his brother (2)

Letters: Rev. Horatius Bonar his brother (2) – Bonar, Andrew DURNESS, SUTHERLANDSHIRE, 11th August 1869.MY DEAR HORACE,—I am often thinking on you and Jane, and the past ways of our God. ‘Even so, Father.’ May we not apply Christ’s words— ‘Thou takest away the gift which we would have kept, and givest other gifts. Even […]

Letters: Rev. Duncan Stewart, Hawick (1)

Letters: Rev. Duncan Stewart, Hawick (1) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, I3th Feb. 1886.MY DEAR MR. STEWART,—Your ‘Lectures’ (On the Covenanters, which Mr. Stewart had been delivering in Hawick.) have reached me this week and last—both of them very fresh and most interesting. It has been to you a labour of love, and of ‘brotherly love;’ […]

Letters: Rev. Dr. MacDonald, North Leith (3)

Letters: Rev. Dr. MacDonald, North Leith (3) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 9th December 1878.MY DEAR ROBERT,—From Day to Day is a book of most pleasant and profitable reading. It is 365 meditations—as many as Samuel Rutherford’s Letters—as many as Enoch’s years of earthly pilgrimage and walking with God. There is a clearness and pointedness in […]

Letters: Rev. Dr. John J. Bonar his brother, Greenock (1) –

Letters: Rev. Dr. John J. Bonar his brother, Greenock (1) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 28th Oct. 1864. MY DEAR JOHN,—I cannot tell how helpful you have been to me during this season. No one could have given more sympathy, no one could have done more to cheer than you have done. I look upon it […]

Letters: Rev. Dr. Bannerman, Perth (1)

Letters: Rev. Dr. Bannerman, Perth (1) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 6th Dec. 1892.MY DEAR DR. BANNERMAN,—I return the old letter.(An old letter, which Dr. Bannernman has sent him to read, describing the Deputation appointed to visit the Holy Land in 1839.) It has, you may believe, a peculiar interest to me, and the writer’s estimate […]

Letters: Rev. Dr. Andrew, Glasgow (1)

Letters: Rev. Dr. Andrew, Glasgow (1) – Bonar, Andrew 20 INDIA STREET, GLASGOW, 23rd January 1892MY DEAR FELLOW-PILGRIM,—Very many thanks for your Visit to Palestine. It is a capital book for the young, and reading your narrative is just like taking a walk with you and hearing you all the time calling our attention to […]

Letters: Rev. Andrew Inglis, Dundee (2)

Letters: Rev. Andrew Inglis, Dundee (2) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 9th July 1891. MY DEAR MR. INGLIS,—I have just been at Greenock, hearing the particulars of my brother John’s last hours. He died really like one falling asleep ‘in a good old age.’ But you, dear brother, are mourning over a beloved daughter called away […]

Letters: Rev. A.N.Somerville Glasgow (8)

Letters: Rev. A.N.Somerville Glasgow (8) – Bonar, Andrew Monday, Dec. 11th, 1837.MY DEAR ALIC,—you now know the beginning of a full ministry in the Gospel of Christ. Has it, then, solemnised you deeply? Have you felt as the young priest— some young son of Aaron—would feel on the day when first the anointing oil that […]

Letters: Mrs. William Bonar his sister-in-law (2)

Letters: Mrs. William Bonar his sister-in-law (2) – Bonar, Andrew GIRVAN, 16th Aug. 1862. MY DEAR JESSIE,… It is so still to-day, the sea like glass, and somehow everything seems to fall in suitably with our present feelings. We have bidden dear Christian our last farewell. It is so strange to try to realise that […]

Letters: Mrs. Thom, Aberfeldy (2)

Letters: Mrs. Thom, Aberfeldy (2) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, March 1st, 1879. DEAR MRS. THOM,—I was glad to hear from you. You seem to thrive on Highland air and Highland services. . . . Pray for us here, seek power from on high to minister and people. I read the other day that two American […]

Letters: Mrs. R. M. Ballantyne, his niece, Harrow-on-the-Hill (1)

Letters: Mrs. R. M. Ballantyne, his niece, Harrow-on-the-Hill (1) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 18th April 1890. MY DEAR JANE,—I shall try to do as you request. I have a list of names—sons of godly parents—who are still ‘far off,’ for whom I pray from time to time that they may be ‘brought nigh by the […]

Letters: Mrs. Mudie (1)

Letters: Mrs. Mudie (1) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 5th June 1891.MY DEAR MRS. MUDIE,—I was altogether taken by surprise when the news came, ‘Mr. Mudie is gone!’ —gone to the ‘mountain of myrrh and hill of frankincense till the Daybreak.’ You do not know how many of Christ’s friends here and elsewhere will miss him. […]

Letters: Mrs. Milne on the death of her father (1)

Letters: Mrs. Milne on the death of her father (1) – Bonar, Andrew ON THE DEATH OF HER FATHER. COLLACE, F. C. Manse, Dec. 13th, 1855. MY DEAR MRS. MILNE,—I write because it might be some variety to you in your sojourn at Hastings, something like a visit. We felt for you in your bereavement, […]

Letters: Mrs. Manson (1)

Letters: Mrs. Manson (1) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 17th March 1858.MY DEAR MRS. MANSON,—Thanks for writing me, for in truth I was meditating to write you (i.e. your husband and you=one), but could not make out whereabouts you were at this time. I am glad you are to be near Crieff ; we may see […]

Letters: Mrs. James Bonar, his daughter-in-law (1)

Letters: Mrs. James Bonar, his daughter-in-law (1) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 29th Decr. 1884. MY DEAR MARY,— ‘Along the river of time we glide, The swiftly flowing resistless tide !’ Only think! the year is nearly done, and I have lived seventy-four years in this world, and must be getting near the edge of the […]

Letters: Mrs. Horatius Bonar his sister-in-law (2)

Letters: Mrs. Horatius Bonar his sister-in-law (2) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 28th Oct. 1864. MY DEAR JANE,—Perhaps you and Horace will excuse me for not writing sooner. It requires something to raise me before I can at present take up the pen. The bewilderment is passing away—all appears too real now, but the loneliness, when […]

Letters: Mr. William Dickson Edinburgh (5)

Letters: Mr. William Dickson Edinburgh (5) – Bonar, Andrew COLLACE, Oct. 6th, 1846. MY DEAR FRIEND,—I have this moment got a refreshing word which being a piece of the Bread of Life I may share with you. It is Ruth 1:21: ‘The Almighty hath afflicted me.’ The word ‘Almighty’ is John Bunyan’s word ‘Shaddai,’ the […]

Letters: Mr. William Bonar his brother (1)

Letters: Mr. William Bonar his brother (1) – Bonar, Andrew COLLACE, Tuesday Morning. (probably written about 1845)MY DEAR WILLIAM,—Here is a neat plan of Jerusalem and the country round, to which I have added a few names. By means of it you may ‘walk about Zion and tell the towers thereof,’ just as you do […]

Letters: Mr. Wikinson at the Mildmay Mission to the Jews (1)

Letters: Mr. Wikinson at the Mildmay Mission to the Jews (1) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, November 8th 1881MY DEAR MR. WILKINSON,Last night I was present with Mr. Baron at a most interesting meeting of Jews, fifteen in number, and could at once see that the stagnant waters had been stirred by Mr. Baron’s visit. I […]

Letters: Mr. Robert Young Edinburgh (1)

Letters: Mr. Robert Young Edinburgh (1) – Bonar, Andrew AFTER MRS. BONAR’S DEATHGLASGOW, 17th Oct. 1864.MY DEAR MR. YOUNG,—This has been an awfully sudden and solemn stroke. All went well till the afternoon of Friday—nothing indeed to startle us till about six o’clock, and in three hours all was over. . . . During the […]

Letters: Mr. Robert Noble, Clapham (1)

Letters: Mr. Robert Noble, Clapham (1) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 14th Dec. 1891.MY DEAR MR. NOBLE,—You sympathise with us, I know, though far off; and so I write to tell you of another stroke on our congregation. Last week George Jackson, (an elder in Finniston Church for many years) who to the last was always […]

NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL

NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPEL – Robert Murray Mcchene “So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the Gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to […]

Letters: Mr. Lewis Grant, his nephew, Kirkcaldy (1)

Letters: Mr. Lewis Grant, his nephew, Kirkcaldy (1)- Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 16th January 1880.MY DEAR LEWIS,—Your note has just come with its burden of heavy tidings. I had written an hour ago to Uncle William, whose letter expressed anxious alarm, but we were not prepared for your announcement, for Willie’s note of yesterday was rather […]

Letters: Mr. David Dickson, his brother-in-law (1)

Letters: Mr. David Dickson, his brother-in-law (1) – ABERNYTE, Saturday, 3rd August 1867.MY DEAR DAVID,—Your note was another cloud in our sky. I thought you had got better accounts of your dear boy. But if the Lord is indeed threatening to let him continue with you only for a short time, be assured that all […]

Letters: Mr. and Mrs. James Bonar, Hampstead (1)

Letters: Mr. and Mrs. James Bonar, Hampstead (1) – Bonar, Andrew » GLASGOW, 29th May 1889.Very many thanks to my son and daughter for their congratulations to me on my birthday! And let me say specially to Mary that the sweet fragrance of both words and flowers is filling my study to-day, and from time […]

Letters: Miss Macphun, Zenana Mission, Benares, India (1)

Letters: Miss Macphun, Zenana Mission, Benares, India (1) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, Sept 1st, 1888. MY DEAR MISS MACPHUN,—We are to ‘rejoice with those that do rejoice,’ as well as to sympathise with those that weep, and so I wish to-day to join with you in praises and thanks. You have been getting much to […]

Letters: Miss Clarke, Edinburgh (1)

Letters: Miss Clarke, Edinburgh (1) – Bonar, Andrew CRAIGNURE, ISLE OF MULL, 18th August 1882. DEAR MISS C., —It was very kind in you to let me know of your sister’s illness. She is safe in any case in ‘the everlasting arms’. During all her time of trial and pain, the same Holy Spirit who […]

Letters: Miss Anne Whittit (2)

Letters: Miss Anne Whittit (2) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 19th March 1873.DEAR MISS ANNE,—Many thanks for your narrative of the Lord’s doings. I was so interested that I just told all over at my prayer-meeting, with a few remarks as I went along. You see the Master has not cast you aside. You are not […]

Letters: Isabella, his daughter (1)

Letters: Isabella, his daughter (1) – Bonar, Andrew Tuesday, 2nd April 1867.MY DEAR ISABELLA,—. . . This is a week of many interruptions of course, people calling about the Communion, etc. . . . No news here. The stream of life glides on, and we are on its banks. It will take many turns and […]

Letters: His son James (2)

Letters: His son James (2) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 14th Feby. 1873.MY DEAR JAMES,—I have this week been lighting upon some passages in the poets that seemed to me to illustrate, or, rather, to put in a good setting, some truths that are usually stated in Bible language. Reading a little of Carey’s ‘Dante’ (which […]

Letters: His niece in school at Kelso (1)

Letters: His niece in school at Kelso (1) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 14th December 1874. MY DEAR NIECE EMILY,—It was very good in you to write me so nice a letter. It was well written every way, and makes me think you are already greatly the better of being away from home, breathing your native […]

Letters: A servant in his congregation (1)

Letters: A servant in his congregation (1) – Bonar, Andrew CRAIGNURE, ISLE OF MULL, 6th August 1884. DEAR MARGARET, — I was greatly surprised on receiving your letter. But I suppose you were yourself taken altogether unawares. This comfort, however, you have, sure and full, viz., that E. has only gone to ‘the mountain of […]

Letters: A schoolboy in London (1)

Letters: A schoolboy in London (1) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 20 INDIA STREET, 21st October 1873. MY DEAR WALTER,—I wonder how your soul prospers? You know we can go on busily with work, and all the more busily, when enjoying the sunshine round us—it makes all so cheerful. It is even thus with us in […]

Letters: A friend in the country (1)

Letters: A friend in the country (1) – Bonar, Andrew MY DEAR SIR,—I have been too long in replying to your welcome letter. Do you think letters ever passed between the families of Moses and Jethro? Would not Moses or his son Gershom write occasionally to their friends in Midian, and tell of the wilderness […]

Letters: A friend in Blairgowrie (2)

Letters: A friend in Blairgowrie (2) – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 2nd Sept. 1859. DEAR FOLLOWER OF THE LAMB,— He that believeth shall not make haste. Go on quietly resting in the grace of Jesus, for His grace is like a full well which you may draw from and yet no way exhaust. Sit beside this […]

Letter: CRAIGNURE, ISLE OF MULL, 18th August 1882.

Letter: CRAIGNURE, ISLE OF MULL, 18th August 1882. – Bonar, Andrew GLASGOW, 9th April 1883. MY DEAR MISS MARY,— Amidst our Communion services yesterday, we did not fail to remember ‘a former member of the congregation now lingering in the valley of the shadow of death.’ Nor did we forget yourself, watching by the sick […]

Leaning on the Beloved.

Leaning on the Beloved. – Bonar, Andrew ‘Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved ?’Song 8: 5 Leaning on the Beloved is faith – faith which looks out to Christ, as distinguished from feeling, which looks in to self. Faith has regard to what the Lord has done and […]

Kept by the power of God.

Kept by the power of God. – Bonar, Andrew 1 Peter 1: 5ARE there any believers here who are afraid that they will some day bring disgrace on their profession ? Let them study these words. Kept’ is the whole history of a believer’s life. It tells us we are very weak, for we need […]

Jonathan and his Armour-bearer.

Jonathan and his Armour-bearer. – Bonar, Andrew 1 Samuel 14 I would like to have known the name of the Armour-bearer, but we are not told his name. There are a great many cases of useful persons whose names are hid. Sometimes God puts honour upon them before the church; sometimes He says, ‘never mind, […]

Jethro.

Jethro. – Bonar, Andrew Exodus 18I. Jethro’s name. – His personal name was Reuel or Raguel, ‘God’s Shepherd.’ His father must have been a good man, not an idolater. Jethro is his official title, meaning his highness, or ‘his excellency.’ So this man was at once a priest of God and a man of high […]

Indwelling sin.

Indwelling sin. – Bonar, Andrew And I John saw these things and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not : for I am thy fellowservant, and of […]

How faith receives Christ.

How faith receives Christ. – Bonar, Andrew It is often best for us not to attempt to define Faith and its actings, but to show how the soul that has been awakened and is seeking a resting-place, may be gently led by the Spirit to meet Christ, in whom it finds all it desires, without […]

First-fruits of the Resurrection.

First-fruits of the Resurrection. – Bonar, Andrew ‘The graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose.’ Matt. 27: 50-53This is a passage about which very little has been written. Commentators seem to pass it by as something very mysterious. But if the Holy Spirit be with us we will find that […]

EPAPHRAS

EPAPHRAS – Bonar, Andrew ‘Always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God’ Col. 4:12.Epaphras was a citizen of Colosse. Hence his deep interest in the Colossians. The Lord does not ask His people to give up their patriotism when they turn to Him. […]

Development of Antichrist – Preface

Development of Antichrist – Preface – Bonar, Andrew The principle of interpreting the prophetic portions of Holy Scripture as literally as the historical is recognized throughout the following pages, and it is upon this ground alone that the writer builds his hope of escaping a charge of presumption in submitting them for consideration, as he […]

Development of Antichrist – Conclusion

Development of Antichrist – Conclusion – Bonar, Andrew There would be no conclusion to draw from all this were it true, as is so frequently insinuated, that prophecy is of no private interpretation as far as our own individual interests are concerned. There may undoubtedly be a risk not alone of neglecting, but also on […]

Development of Antichrist – Chapter 4. His Destruction and Its Consequences

Development of Antichrist – Chapter 4. His Destruction and Its Consequences – Bonar, Andrew In saying so much of Antichrist, it was impossible not to anticipate to a certain extent, what ought in proper order to have fallen under this division of the subject. It was necessary to allude to some of its circumstances in […]

Development of Antichrist – Chapter 3. His Characteristics and Duration

Development of Antichrist – Chapter 3. His Characteristics and Duration – Bonar, Andrew The very name of Antichrist implies a denial of Christ having come in the flesh as well as an assumption of His place and dignity; and so exactly does this description apply, that to deny Christ in any measure or shape is […]

Development of Antichrist – Chapter 2. The Time of His Appearing

Development of Antichrist – Chapter 2. The Time of His Appearing -Bonar, Andrew Reference has been made to the declaration in 2 Thessalonians 2 that the day of Christ should not come until “the apostasy” as well as “the man of sin” had been seen. Also to Matthew 24, where the great tribulation, “such as […]

YE WILL NOT COME TO ME

YE WILL NOT COME TO ME – Robert Murray Mcchene “Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”—John v., 40. THERE is nothing more affecting in the Gospel narratives than to read of the vast multitudes who heard the words of the Lord Jesus, and remained unsaved. He stood in the midst […]

GRIEVE NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT

GRIEVE NOT THE HOLY SPIRIT – Robert Murray Mcchene “Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”—Eph. iv., 30 I. The holy familiarity of the Spirit in a believing soul. 1. He dwells in it. John xiv., 17; Ezek. xxxvi., 26; 1 Cor. vi., 19; 2 Cor. […]

GREY HAIRS ARE UPON HIM

GREY HAIRS ARE UPON HIM – Robert Murray Mcchene Grey hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.”—Hos. vii., 9. THESE words describe a state of secret backsliding, the most dangerous, perhaps, of any. It is a common thing for persons crown up in years to turn old and grey-headed without observing […]

INTO THINE HAND I COMMIT MY SPIRIT

INTO THINE HAND I COMMIT MY SPIRIT – Robert Murray Mcchene “Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, 0 Lord God of truth.”—Ps. xxxi., 5. THERE is something peculiarly sweet in these words, because they are the words used by the Lord Jesus in his agony. For six long hours he […]

Development of Antichrist – Chapter 1. The Personality of Antichrist –

Development of Antichrist – Chapter 1. The Personality of Antichrist – Bonar, Andrew Christians are called to tread nowhere with greater circumspection than when dealing with unfulfilled prophecy, and it is owing to want of due caution here that so many a humble inquirer has been left, amidst the confusion that is within and ridicule […]

Coming to Christ.

Coming to Christ. – Bonar, Andrew The natural man is exceedingly perverse, and Satan knows how to wield this perversity of the heart. We, in our day, are ready to excuse ourselves for slowness to believe in the Lord Jesus by saying, ‘How much easier it would have been, had we seen Him in the […]

Closing address on Communion Sabbath, January 27, 1889.

Closing address on Communion Sabbath, January 27, 1889.- Bonar, Andrew ‘When He is come, He will tell us all things’ John 4:25You must have noticed some great and memorable sayings in the New Testament which were spoken unwittingly. ‘This man receiveth sinners’ (Luke 15:2); ‘It is expedient that one man should die for the people’ […]

THE FIGHT OF FAITH

THE FIGHT OF FAITH – Robert Murray Mcchene “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all […]

AS THE HART PANTETH

AS THE HART PANTETH – Robert Murray Mcchene “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”—Ps. xlii., 1. THESE are supposed to be the words of David when he fled from his son Absalom. He seems to have been wandering in some solitary wild on the side […]

CHRIST’S SILENCE UNDER SUFFERING

CHRIST’S SILENCE UNDER SUFFERING – Robert Murray Mcchene ” He was oppressed and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.”—Isa. liii., 7. WHEN the Jewish priests used to lead […]

MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE

MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE – Robert Murray Mcchene “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”—Acts xx., 35. THESE words form part of a most touching address which Paul made to the ministers of Ephesus, when he parted with them for the last time. He took them all to witness that […]

THE UNWORTHY COMMUNICANT WARNED

THE UNWORTHY COMMUNICANT WARNED – Robert Murray Mcchene “For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.”—1 Cor. xi., 29, 30. WHEN it pleased God lately to pour out his Spirit in a […]

Christ’s Silence (3).

Christ’s Silence (3).- Bonar, Andrew Matthew 11:1-11 JOHN the Baptist lay in prison unnoticed, and we may say uncared for, for nearly a year. How mysterious! No wonder he sent to ask the Master if there was any explanation of this. ‘Art Thou He that should come? Is this like the Messiah?’ Christ’s answer to […]

Christ’s Silence (2).

Christ’s Silence (2). – Bonar, Andrew ‘Have I not held my peace even of old, and thou fearest me not? Isaiah 57:11 IT is, as we would say, an old custom of God’s to keep silence when we would have expected Him to speak. Of old God’s silence was meant to lead men to fear. […]

Christ’s Silence (1).

Christ’s Silence (1). – Bonar, Andrew A time to keep silence and a time to speak’ Eccles. 3:7We can draw a great deal of instruction from Christ’s silence. ‘Let Christ’s word and silence too Dwell in thy heart,’ a Moravian hymn says. Silence as to things we would like to know about Christ is a […]

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

Bless the Lord, O my soul! – Bonar, Andrew Psalm 103: 1-5 IN this psalm we find the Psalmist standing at the golden altar with his harp in his hand, recounting all his mercies. This psalm teaches us adoration. Adoration is not thanksgiving; it is silent wonder. I once saw a striking instance of this […]

Are you living within the veil?

Are you living within the veil? – Bonar, Andrew “When present affliction strips us of all earthly comforts, so that we can adopt Habbakuk’s words; if it makes us look with in the veil and hear Christ saying, ‘Am I not better than all My gifts?’ then affliction is a blessing.How far will the blessing […]

Angel Workers

Angel Workers – Bonar, Andrew What I write is not a vision, nor a dream; it is an allegory of its kind. You will follow me into another region, to a spot where angels are gathered together in quiet, happy converse. They are all ‘ ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall […]

Andrew Bonar quotes

Andrew Bonar quotes – Bonar, Andrew There is a practical error very common among God’s people. All of them profess to believe that the Holy Spirit may convert souls at any age, and that conversion cannot take place too soon; while yet they do not look for the conversion of children with the same lively […]

ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS

ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS – Bonar, Andrew Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.Ephesians 1:3 There are many wonderful things in this epistle. Sometimes we are told to look up to the ‘heavenly places;’ sometimes to look back, past […]

FOLLOW THE LORD FULLY

FOLLOW THE LORD FULLY – Robert Murray Mcchene “But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.” – Numb. xiv. 24.  THE children of Israel lay encamped below Mount Sinai for about […]

DILIGENCE NECESSARY

DILIGENCE NECESSARY – Robert Murray Mcchene “Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.”—1 Pet. iii, 14. 1. Tile description of believers here given: “Seeing ye look for such things.” So Paul: “We look not at the things which […]

THE LORD KNOWETH HOW TO DELIVER

THE LORD KNOWETH HOW TO DELIVER – Robert Murray Mcchene “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.” 2 Peter ii., 9. THERE are only two great classes of people in the world—the godly and the unjust; and the […]

A sermon to children.

A sermon to children. – Bonar, Andrew ‘There were also with Him other little ships’ Mark 4: 36 Some of the little things we do in our meetings with you are imitations of Christ’s ways. When you are going away from a meeting we sometimes give you a tract ; so Jesus in sending the […]

THE OBEDIENCE AND DISOBEDIENCE OF ONE

THE OBEDIENCE AND DISOBEDIENCE OF ONE – Robert Murray Mcchene “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”—Rom. v., 19. 1. THERE is an exact parallel between the way in which we are made sinners, and the way in which we are […]

CHRIST, A LAW-MAGNIFYING SAVIOUR

CHRIST, A LAW-MAGNIFYING SAVIOUR – Robert Murray Mcchene “Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see. Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord’s servant? Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening […]

MAN THAT IS BORN OF A WOMAN

MAN THAT IS BORN OF A WOMAN – Robert Murray Mcchene “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.” —Job xiv., 1, 2. THREE things are taught us in […]

WHO SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST?

WHO SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST? – Robert Murray Mcchene “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written. For thy sake we are killed all. the day long; we are accounted as sheep […]

When The Holy Ghost Is Come

When The Holy Ghost Is Come – Brengle, Samuel Logan Chapter 1 – WHO IS HE? “Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. ” On that last eventful evening in the upper room, just after the Passover feast, Jesus spoke to His disciples about His departure, and, having commanded […]

HAVE I BEEN SO LONG TIME WITH YOU ?

HAVE I BEEN SO LONG TIME WITH YOU ? – Robert Murray Mcchene “Have I been so long time with you, and yet thou hast not known me, Philip?”—John xiv., 9. CHRIST had been with his disciples night and day during the three years of his ministry. They had seen him in all situations— walking […]

MY LORD, AND MY GOD

MY LORD, AND MY GOD – Robert Murray Mcchene “And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them . then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you. Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold ray hands, and […]

CONVICTION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

CONVICTION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS – Robert Murray Mcchene And when he [the Comforter] is come, he will convince the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”–John xvi. 8. SECOND DISCOURSE IN my last discourse from this passage we saw that the first work of the Spirit on the heart of a sinner is to […]

CONVICTION OF SIN

CONVICTION OF SIN – Robert Murray Mcchene “And when he [the Comforter] is come, he will convince the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” -John xvi. 8. WHEN friends are about to part from one another, they are far kinder than ever they have been before. It was so with Jesus. He […]

The Way of Holiness

The Way of Holiness – Brengle, Samuel Logan Chapter 1 – What Is Holiness? A number of years ago, before many of the young people for whom this book is written were born, a girl asked me, ‘What is this sanctification, or holiness, that people are talking so much about? ‘ She had heard the […]

IF ANY MAN THIRST

IF ANY MAN THIRST – Robert Murray Mcchene “In the last day, that great day of the east, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.”—John vii., 37. I. Lesson. Christ’s gracious importunity: ” In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and […]

The Soul-Winner’s Secret

The Soul-Winner’s Secret – Brengle, Samuel Logan Chapter 1 – The Personal Experience Of The Soul Winner Every soul-winner is in the secret of the Lord, and has had a definite personal experience of salvation and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, which brings him into close fellowship and tender friendship and sympathy with the […]

YE WILL NOT COME TO ME

YE WILL NOT COME TO ME – Robert Murray Mcchene “And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”—John v., 40. THERE is nothing more sad, and nothing more strange than that when there is a Saviour that is enough for all the world, so few should come to him to be […]

WILL YE ALSO GO AWAY?

WILL YE ALSO GO AWAY? – Robert Murray Mcchene “From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we […]

CHRIST THE ONLY REFUGE

CHRIST THE ONLY REFUGE – Robert Murray Mcchene “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.” (Isaiah 26:20). This passage is a word in season to God’s people in every time of impending calamity. The […]

THE VISION OF DRY BONES

THE VISION OF DRY BONES – Robert Murray Mcchene The hand of the Lord was upon me,” &c.—Ezek. xxxvii., 1-14. IN early life the Prophet Ezekiel had been witness of sieges and battle-fields—he had himself experienced many of the horrors and calamities of war; and this seems to have tinged his natural character in such […]

ENTREAT ME NOT TO LEAVE THEE

ENTREAT ME NOT TO LEAVE THEE – Robert Murray Mcchene ” And Ruth said, Entreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge. thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.”—Ruth i., 16. IN […]

HAPPY ART THOU, O ISRAEL

HAPPY ART THOU, O ISRAEL – Robert Murray Mcchene ” Happy art thou, 0 Israel: who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency? and thine enemies shall be found liars unto thee; and thou shalt tread upon their high […]

LOT’S WIFE

LOT’S WIFE – Robert Murray Mcchene “But his wife looked back from behind him and she became a pillar of salt.”– Gen. xix. 26. There is not in the whole Bible a more instructive history than that of Lot and his family. His own history shows well how the righteous scarcely are saved. His sons-in-law […]

The Guest Of The Soul

The Guest Of The Soul – Brengle, Samuel Logan   Chapter 1 – THE ATONEMENT Note: It was my joyful privilege in the early part of 1907 to spend five months in intensive and fruitful evangelistic work in Norway. Two extreme movements were attracting wide attention in the country. In Oslo, then known as Christiana, […]

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST – Robert Murray Mcchene “For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of […]

A THORN IN THE FLESH

A THORN IN THE FLESH – Robert Murray Mcchene ” And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord […]

“I SLEEP, BUT MY HEART WAKETH”

“I SLEEP, BUT MY HEART WAKETH” – Robert Murray Mcchene “I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night,” &c. Song […]

Love-Slaves

Love-Slaves – Brengle, Samuel Logan Chapter 1 – Love Slaves James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus. Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ. Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ. Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ. Paul, a servant of God. Thus boldly and proudly wrote James […]

LOOK TO A PIERCED CHRIST

LOOK TO A PIERCED CHRIST – Robert Murray Mcchene ” And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications; and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, […]

DRAW WATER WITH JOY

DRAW WATER WITH JOY – Robert Murray Mcchene ” And in that day thou shalt say, 0 Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my […]

Helps To Holiness

Helps To Holiness – Brengle, Samuel Logan INTRODUCTION On January 9, 1885, at about nine o’clock in the morning, God sanctified my soul. I was in my own room at the time, but in a few minutes I went out and met a man and told him what God had done for me. The next […]

THE HARVEST PAST.

THE HARVEST PAST. – Barnes, Albert The Harvest Past SERMON XXIII. THE HARVEST PAST. Jeremiah viii. 20. The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. Man is placed upon the earth that he may prepare for eternity. His errand in this world is not to gain its wealth, to secure […]

THE BURDEN OF DUMAH.

THE BURDEN OF DUMAH. – Barnes, Albert The Burden of Dumah SERMON XXII. THE BURDEN OF DUMAH. Isa. xxi. 11, 12. The burden of Dumah. He calleth to me out of Seir, Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night? The watchman said, The morning cometh, and also the night.—If ye will enquire, […]

PREPARATION TO MEET GOD.

PREPARATION TO MEET GOD. – Barnes, Albert Preparation to Meet God SERMON XXI. PREPARATION TO MEET GOD. Amos iv. 12. Prepare to meet thy God. From these impressive and solemn words, I propose to give an answer to the following enquiries: I. To whom may the command be considered as addressed? II. Why should a […]

SECRET FAULTS.

SECRET FAULTS. – Barnes, Albert Secret Faults SERMON XX. SECRET FAULTS. Psalm xix. 13. Who can understand his errors 1 Cleanse thou me from secret faults. Secret Faults.—Men are usually much less anxious to be free from them than they are to be restrained from open transgression. Yetx they enter deeply into the character, and […]

THE SABBATH

THE SABBATH – Barnes, Albert The Sabbath SERMON IX. THE SABBATH Ex. xx. 8. Remember the Sabbath-day to keep it holy. The Sabbath may be contemplated from many different points of view. It may be considered in its influence on the powers of our nature exhausted through six days of anxiety and toil; in the […]

SECRET PRAYER.’

SECRET PRAYER.’ – Barnes, Albert Secret Prayer SERMON XVIII. SECRET PRAYER.’ Matth. vi. 6. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. The sense of this text is […]

THE BLESSINGS OF A BENIGNANT SPIRIT.

THE BLESSINGS OF A BENIGNANT SPIRIT. – Barnes, Albert The Blessings of a Benignant Spirit SERMON XVII. THE BLESSINGS OF A BENIGNANT SPIRIT. Coll. iii. 12. Put on, therefore, as the elect of God—kindness. “what, an invaluable- blessing is a kind and benignant spirit.! How invaluable to an individual, in a family, in a church, […]

THE RULE OF CHRISTIANITY, IN REGARD TO CON-FORMITY TO THE WORLD.

THE RULE OF CHRISTIANITY, IN REGARD TO CON-FORMITY TO THE WORLD. – Barnes, Albert The Rule of Christianity, in Regard to Conformity to the World SERMON XVI. THE RULE OF CHRISTIANITY, IN REGARD TO CON- FORMITY TO THE WORLD. Rom. zii. 2. And be not conformed to this world. I do not know a more […]

ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST. NO. 3.

ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST. NO. 3.- Barnes, Albert Enemies of the Cross of Christ No. 3 SERMON XV. ENEMIES OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST. NO. 3. Phil. iii. 18. 19. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you. even weeping, that they are the enemies of the […]

ENEMIES.OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST. NO. 2.

ENEMIES.OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST. NO. 2. – Barnes, Albert Enemies of the Cross of Christ No. 2 SERMON XIV. ENEMIES.OF THE CROSS OF CHRIST. NO. 2. Phil. iii. 18. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of […]

ENEMIES OF The’CROSS OF CHRIST. NO. I.

ENEMIES OF The’CROSS OF CHRIST. NO. I. – Barnes, Albert Enemies of the Cross of Christ No. 1 SERMON XIII. ENEMIES OF The’CROSS OF CHRIST. NO. I. Phil. iii. 18. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping,’that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ. […]

THE PRINCIPLES ON WHICH A PROFESSION OF RELIGION SHOULD BE MADE. NO. I.’

THE PRINCIPLES ON WHICH A PROFESSION OF RELIGION SHOULD BE MADE. NO. I.’ – Barnes, Albert The Principles on which a Profession of Religion Should Be Made No. 1 ■ SERMON XI. THE PRINCIPLES ON WHICH A PROFESSION OF RELIGION SHOULD BE MADE. NO. I.’ II. Cor. vi. 17. 18. Wherefore come out from among […]

SALVATION EASY.

SALVATION EASY.- Barnes, Albert Salvation Easy SERMON X. SALVATION EASY. Matthew xi. 30. My yoke is easy, and my burden is light All religion, like virtue of all kinds, implies restraint. The Saviour did not come to institute a religion that would be without law, or that would give unrestrained indulgence to the passions. He […]

REPENTANCE.

REPENTANCE. – Barnes, Albert Repentance SERMON IX. REPENTANCE. Acts xvii. 30. And the times of this ignorance God winked at, but now commandeth all men every where to repent. This command is as positive as any other in the Bible. It is simple and easily understood. From its obligations there are no exceptions, made in […]

‘GOD IS WORTHY OF CONFIDENCE.

‘GOD IS WORTHY OF CONFIDENCE. – Barnes, Albert God is Worthy of Confidence SERMON VIII. ‘GOD IS WORTHY OF CONFIDENCE. Job ixri. 21. Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace. That is, with God. The case to which the text refers was this. Eliphaz—who addresses these words to Job— supposed that he was […]

THE MISERY OF FORSAKING GOD.

THE MISERY OF FORSAKING GOD.- Barnes, Albert The Misery of Forsaking God SERMON VII. THE MISERY OF FORSAKING GOD. Jeremiah ii. 13. My people have committed two evils ;—they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. The text affirms that man is […]

THE REASONS WHY MEN ARE NOT CHRISTIANS.

THE REASONS WHY MEN ARE NOT CHRISTIANS. – Barnes, Albert The Reasons why Men are not Christians SERMON VI. THE REASONS WHY MEN ARE NOT CHRISTIANS. Luke Xit. 18. I pray thee have me excused. It is worth every man’s while to ascertain the exact reason why he is not a Christian. It is to […]

INDECISION IN RELIGION.

INDECISION IN RELIGION. – Barnes, Albert Indecision in Religion SERMON V. INDECISION IN RELIGION. 1 Kings xviii. 21. And Elijah came unto all the people and said, How long halt ye between two opinions 1 If the Lord be God follow him: But if Baal, then follow him. When these words were uttered, the ten […]

THE DECEITFULNESS OF THE HEART.

THE DECEITFULNESS OF THE HEART. – Barnes, Albert The Deceitfulness of the Heart SERMON IV. THE DECEITFULNESS OF THE HEART. Jeremiah xvii. 9. The heart is deceitful above all things. That is deceitful which tends to mislead, or in which we cannot confide. A man who professes friendship for us when we are in perplexity, […]

WHY WILL YE DIE?

WHY WILL YE DIE? – Barnes, Albert Why will ye die? SERMON III. WHY WILL YE DIE? Ezck. xxxiii. 11. Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live; turn ye from your evil […]

THE LOVE OF GOD IN THE GIFT OF A SAVIOUR.

THE LOVE OF GOD IN THE GIFT OF A SAVIOUR. – Barnes, Albert The Love of God in the Gift of a Saviour SERMON II. THE LOVE OF GOD IN THE GIFT OF A SAVIOUR. John iii. 16. God’ so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him […]

The Freeness of the Gospel

The Freeness of the Gospel – Barnes, Albert The Freeness of the Gospel PRACTICAL SERMONS. SERMON I. THE FREENESS OF THE GOSPEL. Rev. xxii. 17. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst, Come. And whosoever will, let him take the water […]

THOU THAT DWELLEST IN THE GARDENS

THOU THAT DWELLEST IN THE GARDENS – Robert Murray Mcchene “Thou that dwellest in the gardens, the companions hearken to thy voice: cause me to hear it. Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart upon the mountains of spices.”—Song viii., 13, 14. I. The description of […]

SIR, WE WOULD SEE JESUS

SIR, WE WOULD SEE JESUS – Robert Murray Mcchene “And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast the same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, We would see Jesus. Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip […]

Heart Talks On Holiness

Heart Talks On Holiness – Brengle, Samuel Logan   Chapter 1 – Death Of ‘The Old Man’ The Son of God came into this world, and lived, and toiled, and taught, and suffered, and died and rose again in order to accomplish a twofold purpose. The Apostle John explains this twofold work. In I John […]

“TIME IS SHORT”

“TIME IS SHORT” – Robert Murray Mcchene “But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none; and they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they […]

DEATH OF STEPHEN

DEATH OF STEPHEN – Robert Murray Mcchene “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”—Acts vii., 59. STEPHEN was the first to die as a martyr in the cause of Christ; and he seems to have resembled the Saviour more than any that followed after. His very face appeared […]

At The Center Of The Circle

At The Center Of The Circle – Brengle, Samuel Logan PREFACE For many years, the writings of Commissioner Samuel Logan Brengle of The Salvation Army have been a source of inspiration and guidance to Christians who aspire to walk the upward way. His knowledge of the Scriptures; his winsome personality; his deep fervor and mighty […]

Ancient Prophets

Ancient Prophets – Brengle, Samuel Logan   Chapter 1 – THE ANCIENT PROPHETS For about sixty years I have been reading the Bible, and for nearly fifty I have been reading it through regularly, steadily, consecutively, year after year. When I have finished Revelation, I turn back to Genesis and begin over again, and day […]

‘Retired’

‘Retired’ – Brengle, Samuel Logan There is no discharge in that war.’ ‘They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.’ ‘Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life.’ When I was a little lad, time went by so slowly and the years […]

‘God Is Faithful’

God Is Faithful’ – Brengle, Samuel Logan A devout little woman wrote me a letter from Texas recently and said, ‘My text for today is, ” He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much; and he that is unjust (unrighteous) in the least is unjust (unrighteous) also in much […]

‘Don’t Flinch’

‘Don’t Flinch’ – Brengle, Samuel Logan The other evening I asked a Captain for the story of her conversion. She told me that a few lines in a little book showed her the way to Jesus. She saw through these lines that if she would ask God to save her and would ‘not flinch’ in […]

‘As With Sons’

‘As With Sons’ – Brengle, Samuel Logan ‘If ye endure chastening,’ wrote the Apostle to the Hebrews — and that word ‘chastening , means child-discipline for purposes of training — ‘If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is be whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be […]

‘A Man In Christ’

‘A Man In Christ’ – Brengle, Samuel Logan I knew a man in Christ,’ wrote Paul. Think of one writing: I knew a man in Bonaparte, in Buddha, in Caesar,’ and we shall see at once how striking, how startling is this expression. We should be not only startled but shocked to hear this of […]

“With Peace Unbroken”

“With Peace Unbroken” – Brengle, Samuel Logan “In holiness and righteousness before Him, all the days of their life (Luke i. 75). The Rev. John Fletcher, whom Wesley thought was the holiest man who had lived since the days of the Apostle John, lost the blessing five times before he was finally established in the […]

“So Spake”

“So Spake” – “And it came to pass in Iconium that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and SO SPAKE that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.” (Acts 14:1.) Bless God for such preachers and such preaching! How did they do it? What was […]

“Fight The Good Fight Of Faith”

“Fight The Good Fight Of Faith” – Brengle, Samuel Logan (I Tim. vi. 12) A friend with whom I once billeted claimed the blessing of a clean heart, and testified to it at the breakfast table the next morning. He said he had doubted whether there was such an experience; but, since going to The […]

Zeal

Zeal – Brengle, Samuel Logan It is said that Sheridan went to battle with all the fury of a madman, and recklessly exposed himself to the shot and shell of the enemy. He told General Horace Porter that he never went into a battle from which he cared to come back alive unless he came […]

Your Own Soul

Your Own Soul – Brengle, Samuel Logan I was once asked the question by a woman: “Cannot one take too much care of one’s own soul? I see all about me, everywhere, so much sorrow and suffering and injustice that I am perplexed at God’s way of ruling the world; and it seems to me […]

You

You – Brengle, Samuel Logan Don’t underestimate the power of God in you, nor yet what you, by working quietly and steadily with Him, may accomplish. Paul tells not to think too highly of ourselves. (Romans xii. 3.) But he said of himself, ‘I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.’ (Philippians iv. […]

“MY GOD MY GOD”

“MY GOD MY GOD” – Robert Murray Mcchene “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”–MATT. xxvii. 46. These are the words of the great Surety of sinners, as he hung upon the accursed tree. The more I meditate upon them, the more impossible do I find it to unfold all that is contained […]

Wrestlers With God

Wrestlers With God – Brengle, Samuel Logan William Bramwell writes in one of his letters, ‘Almost every night there has been a shaking among the people, and I have seen nearly twenty set at liberty.’ Then he adds these heart-searching words: ‘I believe I should have seen many more, but I cannot yet find one […]

Why Should We Be Holy?

Why Should We Be Holy? – Brengle, Samuel Logan We should be holy because God wants us to be holy. He commands it. He says, ‘As He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation: because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy.’ God is […]

Why I Wanted My Wife To Be My Wife

Why I Wanted My Wife To Be My Wife – Brengle, Samuel Logan It was my pleasant privilege once to be entertained for several days in the home of some Swedish friends. The family consisted of husband and wife and three exceptionally bright and lovely children. He was a strong, manly fellow who had made […]

Whom Do You Trust, Yourself Or Christ?

Whom Do You Trust, Yourself Or Christ? – Brengle, Samuel Logan I have had experience enough to know that feelings do not count for much, and I do know that deep down in my heart there is a peace and sense of security that were not there when I was at your meetings last week. […]

Whitened Harvest Fields

Whitened Harvest Fields – Brengle, Samuel Logan Before fields are ready to harvest, they must be plowed and sowed and tilled. When Jesus said to His disciples, ‘Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, for they are white already to harvest, He looked upon a land plowed by God’s faithful judgments and sowed […]

When Can We Be Made Holy?

When Can We Be Made Holy? – Brengle, Samuel Logan A bright young Soldier got up in one of my meetings several years ago, and said, ‘Since the Lord converted me, I never wanted any bad thing, but there was something in me that did.’ A little boy of my acquaintance got blessedly saved, and […]

What Is Holiness?

What Is Holiness? – Brengle, Samuel Logan A number of years ago, before many of the young people for whom this book is written were born, a girl asked me, ‘What is this sanctification, or holiness, that people are talking so much about?’ She had heard the experience testified to, and talked and preached about, […]

What About The Future Of The Salvation Army?

What About The Future Of The Salvation Army? – Brengle, Samuel Logan There are some questions always being asked and never fully answered, for the simple reason that only Omniscience knows the answer, and Omniscience is not disposed to answer questions which can be solved in measure by diligent attention to the spirit and principles […]

Union With Jesus

Union With Jesus – Brengle, Samuel Logan Jesus said, ‘I and My Father are one’ (John x. 30), and it is His loving purpose that you and I shall be able to say that too, and say it now in this present time, in the face of the devil and in holy, triumphant defiance of […]

The Worst Drunkard In Town Got Saved Last Night And–

The Worst Drunkard In Town Got Saved Last Night And– Brengle, Samuel Logan Many years ago I was visiting Riverside, California, for a brief campaign, and was met at the train by the Captain in charge at about ten o’clock in the morning. His face was glowing as he said to me: ‘We got the […]

The Terror Of The Lord

The Terror Of The Lord – Brengle, Samuel Logan Knowing…. the terror of the Lord, we persuade men (2 Corinthians v. 11.) ‘The Lord is known by the judgment which He executeth,’ (Psalm ix. 16.) The majesty of God’s law can be measured only by the terrors of His judgments. God is rich in mercy, […]

The Temptations Of A Sanctified Man

The Temptations Of A Sanctified Man – Brengle, Samuel Logan How can a man that is “dead to sin” be “tempted?” asked an earnest but unsanctified Christian of me some time ago. “If the very tendencies and inclinations to sin be destroyed, what is there in the man to respond to a solicitation to evil? […]

The Studies Of The Soul-Winner

The Studies Of The Soul-Winner – Brengle, Samuel Logan “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. — Paul to Timothy.” (2 Tim. 2:15.) “Give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neglect not the gift that is in thee. Meditate upon […]

The Special Campaigner

The Special Campaigner – Brengle, Samuel Logan I ‘And He gave some . . . Evangelists.’ For many years now my own work has been the work of an evangelist or campaigner. For five years, long before I met The Army, I resisted the Lord’s call to preach. I wanted to be a lawyer and […]

The Soul-Winner’s Commission To The Children

The Soul-Winner’s Commission To The Children – Brengle, Samuel Logan “Lovest thou Me? Feed My lambs.” Rough and ready Peter, that horny-handed old fisherman, thought he was cut out for and best fitted to be a prime minister or secretary of state, a bishop, a colonel, or a commander, and it seems had several disputes […]

ENEMIES RECONCILED THROUGH DEATH

ENEMIES RECONCILED THROUGH DEATH – Robert Murray Mcchene “And you that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy, and unblameable, and unreproveable in his sight: if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, […]

The Soul-Winner And The Children

The Soul-Winner And The Children – Brengle, Samuel Logan Not only did Jesus say, “Suffer the little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not,” but He gave to Peter the positive command, “Feed My lambs,” and in that command laid a responsibility upon soul-winners for the children, for “of such is the Kingdom […]

The Secret Of Power

The Secret Of Power – Brengle, Samuel Logan “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength” (Isaiah xl. 31). If I were dying, and had the privilege of delivering a last exhortation to all the Christians of the world, and that message had to be condensed into three words, I would say, “Wait […]

The Seamless Coat Of Jesus

The Seamless Coat Of Jesus – Brengle, Samuel Logan Jesus never pitied Himself, nor did He seek the pity of any man. One day He asked His disciples, ‘Whom do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?’ ‘John the Baptist,’ replied one ‘Elijah,’ said another. ‘Jeremiah or one of the prophets,’ answered a […]

The Renewing Of Power

The Renewing Of Power – Brengle, Samuel Logan Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. Paul. To do God’s work we must have God’s power. Therefore Jesus said: “Tarry ye in Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49.) And again He said: “Ye […]

CHRIST BECAME POOR FOR SINNERS

CHRIST BECAME POOR FOR SINNERS – Robert Murray Mcchene “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”— 2 Cor. viii., 9. IN these words, there is brought before you the amazing grace of […]

The Radicalism Of Holiness

The Radicalism Of Holiness – Brengle, Samuel Logan “Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” (2 Cor. xiii. 5). “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Col. i. 27). Dear brother, do not think you can make holiness popular. It cannot be done. There is […]

The Personal Experience Of The Soul Winner

The Personal Experience Of The Soul Winner – Brengle, Samuel Logan Every soul-winner is in the secret of the Lord, and has had a definite personal experience of salvation and the baptism of the Holy Ghost, which brings him into close fellowship and tender friendship and sympathy with the Saviour. The Psalmist prayed, “Hide Thy […]

The Outcome Of A Clean Heart

The Outcome Of A Clean Heart – Brengle, Samuel Logan David prayed, ‘Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. . . . Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways; and sinners shall […]

The Mystic Universe In My Back Yard

The Mystic Universe In My Back Yard – Brengle, Samuel Logan I but open my eyes — and perfection, no more and no less, In the kind I imagined full fronts me, and God is seen God In the star, in the stone, in the flesh, in the soul, and in the clod. — Browning […]

The Man God Uses

The Man God Uses – Brengle, Samuel Logan A while ago I was talking with a Christian merchant who expressed a great and important truth. He said: “People are crying to God to use them, but He cannot. They are not given up to Him; they are not humble and teachable and holy. There are […]

The Lord’s Own Prayer

The Lord’s Own Prayer – Brengle, Samuel Logan One day at a certain place, we are told, the disciples were with Jesus when He was praying, and after He had ceased — I wonder how long He prayed and what was the burden of His prayer? — one of His disciples said unto Him, Lord, […]

The Legacy Of Holiness

The Legacy Of Holiness – Brengle, Samuel Logan “after the death of Abraham, . . . God blessed his son Isaac’ (Gen. xxv. 11). We must die! We feel that we must live, must live for the sake of our sons, for the people of God whom we love as our own souls, and for […]

The Leakage Of Spiritual Power

The Leakage Of Spiritual Power – Brengle, Samuel Logan That man of God and lover of souls, James Caughey, tells in one of his books how he was invited out to tea one evening; and though there was nothing harmful in the talk of the hour, yet when he went into the meeting at night […]

The Heart Of Jesus

The Heart Of Jesus – Brengle, Samuel Logan Give me a heart like Thine; By Thy wonderful power, By Thy grace every hour, Give me a heart like Thine. We sang that verse with all our might, one morning, in one of those hours of heart-humbling and heart-searching, when I was a cadet in the […]

CHRIST LOVED THE CHURCH

CHRIST LOVED THE CHURCH – Robert Murray Mcchene “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word, that he might present it to himself a glorious Church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or […]

The Frankness Of Jesus

The Frankness Of Jesus – Brengle, Samuel Logan esus was not a whisperer. No one ever saw Him close to His neighbor’s ear, looking stealthily around lest some one should overhear what He was going to say. He stood upright, looked men squarely and kindly in the eye, and spoke what He had to say […]

The Dangers Of Middle Age

The Dangers Of Middle Age – Brengle, Samuel Logan We read and hear much about the dangers of youth, and they are very many and often very deadly; but how little do we hear about the dangers of the middle-aged! And yet they, too, are very many and very deadly. I was vividly reminded of […]

The Cost Of Saving Souls

The Cost Of Saving Souls – Brengle, Samuel Logan Some years ago a young woman-Officer wrote the Colonel in command of a Continental Territory telling him she meant to resign if she could not get souls saved. But she did not resign. A pastor, famous for the revivals which swept his churches and moved the […]

The Chained Ambassador

The Chained Ambassador – Brengle, Samuel Logan “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which […]

The Chained Ambassador

The Chained Ambassador – Brengle, Samuel Logan “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which […]

The Bible And Religious Experience

The Bible And Religious Experience – Brengle, Samuel Logan I Man does not discover God. God reveals Himself to man. God seeks men before men seek God. God reveals His wisdom and power through nature. He reveals His Holiness through conscience. He reveals His hatred of sin through His judgments. He reveals His redeeming love […]

The Angels Song Of Peace

The Angels Song Of Peace – Brengle, Samuel Logan Heavenly beings always put the things of Heaven first. Our Lord Jesus placed ever the thought of unseen and eternal glory before the trifles of earth. I have been much impressed with the order of the prayer which Jesus gave His disciples. Before teaching them to […]

The Ancient Prophets

The Ancient Prophets – Brengle, Samuel Logan For about sixty years I have been reading the Bible, and for nearly fifty I have been reading it through regularly, steadily, consecutively, year after year. When I have finished Revelation, I turn back to Genesis and begin over again, and day by day read my chapter or […]

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving – Brengle, Samuel Logan Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise be thankful unto Him, and bless His name’ (Ps. C. 4). In every thing give thanks’ (i Thess. v. 18). As lilies of the valley pour forth perfume, so good hearts pour forth thanksgiving. No mercy is too […]

Testify To The Blessing

Testify To The Blessing – Brengle, Samuel Logan ‘And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony ‘ (Rev. xii. 11). A lieutenant got the blessing of a clean heart in one of my meetings the other day, and then told us that he had had the […]

Spiritual Power

Spiritual Power – Brengle, Samuel Logan God is the source of all spiritual power, and should be sought for constantly in two ways — by meditation in His word, and by secret prayer — if we would have and retain power. Several years ago I was ‘specialing’ at a New England corps, commanded by a […]

Spiritual Leadership

Spiritual Leadership – Brengle, Samuel Logan The soul-winner must have the power of spiritual leadership, and spiritual leadership is a thing of the Spirit, and not of birth, or rank, or title, or education, or circumstances. Here is the secret of the power of humble Salvation Army officers from the lowly walks of life. Joseph […]

Soul-Winners And Their Prayers

Soul-Winners And Their Prayers – Brengle, Samuel Logan “The inwrought fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James v. 16, R.V.). All great soul-winners have been men of much and mighty prayer, and all great revivals have been preceded and carried out by persevering, prevailing knee-work in the closet. Before Jesus began His ministry, […]

Soul Winning

Soul Winning – Brengle, Samuel Logan Samuel Logan Brengle (1860-1936) was an American Methodist born in Indiana who joined the Salvation Army in the 1890’s. He was mightily used of the Lord even more so by his many books. They were chiefly written during a convalescence following being badly injured while street preaching. This is […]

Some Of My Experiences In Teaching Holiness

Some Of My Experiences In Teaching Holiness – Brengle, Samuel Logan I once received a letter from one of the most devoted young officers I know, in which he said, “I love holiness more and more, but I am just about discouraged. It seems to me that I shall never be able to teach holiness, […]

Sins Against Chastity

Sins Against Chastity – Brengle, Samuel Logan The preceding chapter was originally published as an article in ‘The War Cry,’ and in various Army periodicals in other countries. One result was that I shortly after received a communication from across the sea, in which a man wrote: ‘I observe that you make a statement concerning […]

Shouting

Shouting – Brengle, Samuel Logan Nothing is more completely hidden from wise and prudent folk than the blessed fact that there is a secret spring of power and victory in shouting and praising God. The devil often throws a spell over people which can be broken in no other way. Many an honest, seeking soul, […]

Saving Truth

Saving Truth – Brengle, Samuel Logan All truth is precious, but not all truth is adapted to secure the immediate conversion and sanctification of men, any more than all medicine is adapted to cure heart-disease or rheumatism. There are certain truths which, preached in the power of the Holy Ghost, are as much adapted to […]

Sanctification v. Consecration

Sanctification v. Consecration – Brengle, Samuel Logan A state senator’s wife regularly attended a series of our holiness meetings, and apparently became quite interested. One day she came to me, and said, “Brother Brengle, I wish you would call it “consecration” instead of ‘sanctification.’ We could all agree on that.” “But I don’t mean consecration, […]

Redeeming The Time

Redeeming The Time – Brengle, Samuel Logan “See that ye walk circumspect, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Eph. 5:15, 16.) The soul-winner must value time. Diamonds and gold nuggets are not so precious as minutes. One morning, about five o’clock, John Wesley lost ten minutes through […]

Recent Acts Of The Holy Ghost

Recent Acts Of The Holy Ghost – Brengle, Samuel Logan Someone has said that ‘The Acts of the Apostles’ should have been called ‘The Acts of the Holy Ghost,’ because it is here that His personality, who is the ‘other Comforter,’ whom Jesus promised, and His work and leadership are made manifest and shown large. […]

Present-Day Witnesses To The Resurrection

Present-Day Witnesses To The Resurrection – Brengle, Samuel Logan Several years ago, I knelt in prayer with a young woman who wanted to be holy. I asked her if she would give up everything for Jesus. She answered that she would. I then thought I would put a hard test to her, and asked her […]

Prayer

Prayer -Brengle, Samuel Logan Prayer is the way of approach to God, and the soul-winner keeps it open by constant use. It is the channel by which all spiritual blessings and power are received, and therefore the life of the soul-winner must be one of ceaseless prayer. “Pray without ceasing,” wrote Paul. It is the […]

Practical Lessons Of The Resurrection

Practical Lessons Of The Resurrection – Brengle, Samuel Logan Paul tells us that the same power which raised Christ from the dead is in us who believe (Eph. i.17-20). He says of Jesus: ‘When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men’ (Eph. iv. 8). He says of himself, […]

Perfect Peace

Perfect Peace – Brengle, Samuel Logan “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee because he trusteth in Thee” (Isaiah xxvi. 3). A wonderful promise is that, and it ought to be the aim of every one of us to make it our experience. The way to do this is […]

Paul A Pattern

Paul A Pattern – » Brengle, Samuel Logan Paul tells us that the Lord Jesus made him ‘a pattern to them which should hereafter believe’ (I Tim. i. 16). This fact makes his life and experience exceptionally interesting and valuable to us. And it is an especial mark of our Heavenly Father’s wisdom and love […]

Our Mothers — Thoughts For Mother’s Day

Our Mothers — Thoughts For Mother’s Day – Brengle, Samuel Logan How fitting, how beautiful, that a day should be set aside by the nation and the nations to do honour to that vast army of delicate soldiers, infinitely greater in numbers than the men who fought in the Great War, that numberless host whose […]

Obedience

Obedience – Brengle, Samuel Logan “I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision,” said Paul, and in that saying he reveals the secret of his wonderful success as a soul-winner. The soul-winner is a man sent by God, and will have visions and revelations and secret orders that, if affectionately heeded and heartily and courageously […]

My Testimony

My Testimony – Brengle, Samuel Logan (1860 — 59 — 1919) Today (June 1, 1919) I am fifty-nine years old, and there is not a cloud in my spiritual heaven. My mouth is full of laughter and my heart is full of joy. I feel so sorry for folks who don’t like to grow old, […]

Must You Be Fed With A Spoon?

Must You Be Fed With A Spoon? – Brengle, Samuel Logan I I am watching with much interest and some personal profit the development of my grandchildren. They are a luxury to my old heart; but, like all children, they are somewhat of a problem as well as a joy to their parents. At first, […]

Misrepresenting God

Misrepresenting God – Brengle, Samuel Logan I read recently of a speaker who preached on the mercy of God ‘until it seemed there was nothing in God but mercy.’ But I fear he misrepresented God. Such misrepresentation is easy, and to people who do not think deeply, and who do not want to take life […]

CHRIST’S COMPASSION ON MULTITUDES

CHRIST’S COMPASSION ON MULTITUDES – Robert Murray Mcchene “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when he saw the multitudes he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and […]

NOT A JEW WHICH IS ONE OUTWARDLY

NOT A JEW WHICH IS ONE OUTWARDLY – Robert Murray Mcchene “He is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward ill the flesh: but he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, ill the spirit, and not in the letter; whose […]

Maintaining The Holiness Standard

Maintaining The Holiness Standard – Brengle, Samuel Logan The Salvation Army was born, not in a cloister, nor in a drawing-room, but on a spiritual battlefield — at the penitent-form. It has been nourished for spiritual conquests, not upon speculative doctrines and fine-spun verbal distinctions, but upon those great doctrines which can be wrought into […]

Love Slaves

Love Slaves – Brengle, Samuel Logan There was a law among the Hebrews that for sore poverty or debt or crime one man might become the servant of another, but he could not be held in servitude beyond a certain period; at the end of six years, he must be allowed to go free. (Ex. […]

Letting The Truth Slip

Letting The Truth Slip – Brengle, Samuel Logan “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip” (Heb. iii. 1). The truth that saves the soul is not picked up as we would pick up the pebbles along the […]

Knowing Jesus

Knowing Jesus – Brengle, Samuel Logan What an astonishing thing that we can know Jesus! And yet nothing is more clearly taught in Scripture or more joyously testified to in experience by godly people than this fact. This is an age of specialists, when men devote their lives to the pursuit of special departments of […]

King David’s Use Of His Bible

King David’s Use Of His Bible – Brengle, Samuel Logan David said, “Princes also did sit and speak against me; but Thy servant did meditate in Thy statutes. Thy testimonies are also my delight and my counsellors.” (Psalm 119:23, 24) What a picture! Evil men are plotting against him, digging a pit for him, gnashing […]

Keeping The Flock

Keeping The Flock – Brengle, Samuel Logan The soul-winner must give much time and thought and prayer and effort to keep and strengthen his converts. He ought to say with Paul, “Now we live if ye stand fast,” and again like Paul he should pray “night and day exceedingly that we might perfect that which […]

Jesus Training Paul

Jesus Training Paul – Brengle, Samuel Logan We learn from the Gospels how Jesus, in the days of His flesh, trained the twelve. We learn from the Acts and Paul’s Epistles how the risen and glorified Jesus trained Paul. This paper is a fragmentary study of that training and of some of Paul’s struggles, inner […]

TRUST IN THE LORD

TRUST IN THE LORD – Robert Murray Mcchene “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”—PROV iii., 5. WHEN an awakened soul is brought to God to believe on Jesus, he enjoys for the first time that calm and blessed state of mind which the Bible calls peace […]

Jesus — The Working Man

Jesus — The Working Man – Brengle, Samuel Logan Peter the Great, Czar of all Russia, and in some respects the mightiest monarch of his day, used to make shoes like a common cobbler, that he might enter into sympathy with his people and help them to realize that labour is not menial, but honorable […]

In God’s School

In God’s School -Brengle, Samuel Logan Man is the supreme product in this world, and the struggle with adversity and evil forces is a part of God’s plan of developing him for mansions and thrones and crowns and kingdoms in the world to come. Therefore we must believe and hope and love and struggle on. […]

Importance And Benefits Of Bible Study

Importance And Benefits Of Bible Study – Brengle, Samuel Logan If someone had written a book so small that it could be carried in the pocket, and so cheap that the poorest could buy it, and if this book explained simply how anyone who followed its directions could surely, without any danger to themselves or […]

If You Have Lost The Blessing — What?

If You Have Lost The Blessing — What? – Brengle, Samuel Logan “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you. Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God… and ye have not obeyed My voice. Return … and I will not cause Mine anger to […]

I Counted…And I Count

I Counted…And I Count – Brengle, Samuel Logan The Apostle Paul, in his young and fiery manhood, was on the way to Damascus, breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples,’ when Jesus met him and won his heart; and from that day Paul counted all things loss for Christ. He made an unconditional surrender, […]

How To Study The Bible

How To Study The Bible – Brengle, Samuel Logan The other day I received a letter from a young Officer asking for a few suggestions as to how to read and study the Bible. Here they are: I. Read and study it as two young lovers read and study each other’s letters. As soon as […]

How To Prepare For The Meeting

How To Prepare For The Meeting – Brengle, Samuel Logan A long time ago, St. Luke tells us when Jesus was a boy of twelve, He went with His parents and neighbors up to Jerusalem to the Feast of the Passover. On the return of the company, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem. ‘And […]

How To Keep Holiness

How To Keep Holiness – Brengle, Samuel Logan Do you ask, ‘How can I keep the blessing?’ 1. Do not let your poor heart be burdened with the thought that you have to do it all yourself. In this, as in all else, you are only a worker together with God. He loves you more […]

How To Keep A Clean Heart

How To Keep A Clean Heart – Brengle, Samuel Logan It is possible to lose the blessing of a clean heart, but, thank God, it is also gloriously possible to keep it. How to do this is a vital question. Two or three years ago, a brother, going to the foreign field, arose in one […]

How To Get Holiness

How To Get Holiness – Brengle, Samuel Logan God never raises a crop of potatoes or a field of wheat or a bushel of oats without man’s help. He takes men into partnership with Him in such matters, He furnishes the sunshine and the air, the rain and the dew, the day and the night, […]

How A Nobody Became A Somebody

How A Nobody Became A Somebody – Brengle, Samuel Logan It is one of the shortest, simplest stories ever heard, and yet one of the sweetest and most wonderful, as told by Luke. Jesus had been across the little sea and had cast a legion of devils out of a poor fellow. The devils, by […]

Holy Covetousness

Holy Covetousness – Brengle, Samuel Logan ‘Covet earnestly the best gifts,’ wrote Paul to his Officers and Soldiers at Corinth. Not the highest promotions, not the best positions, but ‘the best gifts,’ those gifts which God bestows upon the people who earnestly covet them and diligently seek Him. Nero sat upon the throne of the […]

THE HEART DECEITFUL

THE HEART DECEITFUL – Robert Murray Mcchene “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.” JER. xvii. 9, 10. I. The state […]

Holiness: What It Is Not, And What It Is

Holiness: What It Is Not, And What It Is – Brengle, Samuel Logan First of all. Holiness is not necessarily a state in which there is perpetual rapturous joy. Isaiah liii. 3 tells us that Jesus was ‘a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief,’ and Paul tells us of himself that he had continual […]

Holiness: How To Get It

Holiness: How To Get It – Brengle, Samuel Logan “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea iv. 6). “And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent” (John xvii. 3). Said an old professor of over eighty years, in a certain […]

Holiness: A Love Service

Holiness: A Love Service – Brengle, Samuel Logan ‘I wish I knew the secret of Paul’s piety,’ said that good man, Asa Mahan, to Mr. Finney one day. ‘Paul said, “The love of Christ constraineth us.” ‘ Just then the glorious truth burst upon his mind that we are sanctified not by works, but by […]

Holiness Before The Flood; Or, Do You Walk With God?

Holiness Before The Flood; Or, Do You Walk With God? – Brengle, Samuel Logan And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him (Gen. 23, 24). A remarkable biography! Nowadays men write hundreds of pages about their heroes, […]

Holiness And Zeal For Souls

Holiness And Zeal For Souls – Brengle, Samuel Logan ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men,’ said Jesus to Peter and Andrew; and now as then when Jesus saves a soul, that soul wants to catch men, wants to see others saved. Holiness increases this desire, and makes it burn with a […]

Holiness And Worry

Holiness And Worry – Brengle, Samuel Logan Worry is a great foe to holiness, and perfect trust puts an end to worry. ‘I would as soon swear as fret,’ said John Wesley. The murmuring and complaining of His children has ever been a great sin in the sight of God, and has led to untold […]

Holiness And Unconscious Influence

Holiness And Unconscious Influence – Brengle, Samuel Logan Some people often sing: “Oh, to be nothing, nothing;” but, in reality, to be something, to be useful, is one of the first and strongest desires that spring up in the heart of a truly saved person. And one of the blessed things about a holy life […]

Holiness And The Sanctification Of The Body

Holiness And The Sanctification Of The Body – Brengle, Samuel Logan The Prophet Isaiah says that God inhabits eternity (Isaiah lvii. 15); and Solomon says, ‘The heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain Thee.’ (I Kings viii. 27.) But, wonder of wonders! Paul says that we are a habitation of God. What!’ says he, ‘know […]

Holiness And Self-Denial

Holiness And Self-Denial – Brengle, Samuel Logan One day John Wesley was to dine with a rich man. One of his preachers, who was present, said, ‘Oh, sir, what a sumptuous dinner! Things are very different to what they were formerly. There is but little self-denial now among the Methodists.’ Wesley pointed to the table […]

Holiness And Prayer

Holiness And Prayer – Brengle, Samuel Logan You are coming to a King, Large petitions with you bring: For His power and grace are such, You can never ask too much. Prayer is a puzzle to unbelievers, but a sweet privilege to us. A stranger will hesitate to approach a king, but the king’s child […]

Holiness And Humility

Holiness And Humility – Brengle, Samuel Logan Those who oppose holiness often say that we who profess it are proud, and that the doctrine tends to spiritual pride. But the truth is, that holiness goes down to the root of all pride, and digs it up utterly. A holy man is one who has found […]

Holiness And Duty

Holiness And Duty – Brengle, Samuel Logan If holiness delivers us from worry, it increases the sense of duty and of personal responsibility. It was the holiness of His heart that led the twelve-year-old boy Jesus to say to His mother, ‘Wist ye not that I must be about My Father’s business?’ To Him the […]

Holiness — What Is It?

Holiness — What Is It? – Brengle, Samuel Logan “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom, of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matt. vii. 21). Now, “This is the will of God, even your sanctification … For God hath […]

Holiness — How To Get It

Holiness — How To Get It – Brengle, Samuel Logan “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” (Hosea iv. 6). “And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent” (John xvii. 3). Said an old professor of over eighty years, in a […]

Hindrances To Obtaining The Blessing

Hindrances To Obtaining The Blessing – Holiness has not legs and does not go walking about visiting idle people, as a lazy Christian seemed to think who told me that he thought the experience would “come” to him “some day.” A sister aptly remarked: “He might as well expect the hall to come to him.” […]

Hindrances To Holiness

Hindrances To Holiness – Brengle, Samuel Logan God has provided a salvation for us that is perfect in every particular, and that satisfies both the heart and the mind. It makes its possessor ‘more than conqueror’ over the world, the flesh and the devil, and enables him to do the will of God on earth […]

Health

Health – Brengle, Samuel Logan “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper, and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (3 John 2.) The soul-winner must take the best care he knows how of his body, yet without everlastingly coddling and petting and pitying himself. This is his sacred duty. The […]

Gideon’s Band

Gideon’s Band – Brengle, Samuel Logan (Judges vi. and vii.) One hundred and twenty thousand Midianites had come up to fight against Israel, and thirty-two thousand Israelites rose up to fight for their wives, their children, their homes, their liberty, their lives. But God saw that if one Israelite whipped nearly four Midianites he would […]

Future Punishment And The Bible

Future Punishment And The Bible – Brengle, Samuel Logan Joseph Cook, one of America’s soundest and clearest thinkers, said to me a generation ago, ‘Let the Churches banish from their pulpits the preaching of Hell for a hundred years, and it will come back again, for the doctrine is in the Bible, and in the […]

Freedom From Sin

Freedom From Sin – Brengle, Samuel Logan The most startling thing about sin is its power to enslave. Jesus said, ‘Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin’ (John viii. 34), and everyday life and experience prove the saying to be true. Let a boy or a man tell a lie and he is henceforth […]

Fools For Christ’s Sake

Fools For Christ’s Sake – Brengle, Samuel Logan To the natural heart and the unsanctified mind the commands of God are foolishness. ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee’ (Gen. xii. 1), said God to Abraham. How foolish to […]

First Things First

First Things First – Brengle, Samuel Logan One of the outstanding ironies of history is the utter disregard of ranks and titles in the final judgments men pass upon each other. And if this be so of men, how much more must it be so of the judgments of God. Nero and Marcus Aurelius sat […]

Finance

Finance – Brengle, Samuel Logan The soul-winner, to be successful, must not be over anxious about finance, but must laugh at the devil and all his fears, and count God faithful and trust Him to supply all his needs. He should again and again read over the last part of the sixth chapter of St. […]

Faith: The Grace And The Gift

Faith: The Grace And The Gift – Brengle, Samuel Logan “Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Heb. vi. 12). “Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them […]

Faith: The Grace And The Gift

Faith: The Grace And The Gift – Brengle, Samuel Logan “Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Heb. vi. 12). “Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them […]

Faith Is What You Want

Faith Is What You Want – Brengle, Samuel Logan Once in one of our holiness meetings I met a sister who was evidently in great spiritual distress, with intense hunger for full salvation. After a few moments’ conversation, I felt assured that she was ready to accept the blessing, and so we knelt in prayer; […]

Evil-Speaking

Evil-Speaking – Brengle, Samuel Logan ‘Speak evil of no man’ (Titus iii. 2) This is a command of God, and should be meditated upon and obeyed. A failure to do this leads to innumerable evils. Myriads of souls have backslidden; multitudes, almost persuaded, have turned back into darkness; many revivals have been quenched; and many […]

Encouraging One Another

Encouraging One Another – Brengle, Samuel Logan Over and over again when Moses was preparing to give up his command to Joshua, he encouraged Joshua and exhorted him to ‘be strong and of a good courage.’ And so important was this matter, that when Moses was dead, God Himself spoke to Joshua and said, ‘Be […]

Don’t Argue

Don’t Argue – “The servant a” the Lord must not strive (2 Tim. ii. 24). In seeking to lead a holy, blameless life, I have been helped at one point by the advice of two men and the example of two others. 1. — COMMISSIONER DOWDLE Some years ago, in Boston, I attended an “all-night […]

Death Of ‘The Old Man’

Death Of ‘The Old Man’ – The Son of God came into this world, and lived, and toiled, and taught, and suffered, and died and rose again in order to accomplish a twofold purpose. The Apostle John explains this twofold work. In I John iii. 5, speaking of Jesus, he says, ‘Ye know that He […]

Deal Gently

Deal Gently – Brengle, Samuel Logan Recently in my regular Bible reading I came to that tender appeal of King David to his generals as they were going forth to fight with Absalom: “Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom” (2 Sam. 18:5), and my heart was touched with its […]

Confessing Other People’s Sins

Confessing Other People’s Sins – ‘Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?’ asked the Lord of Adam in the Garden of Eden. And Adam replied, ‘The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat. And the Lord […]

Birds Of Prey

Birds Of Prey – Against the entire sanctification of believers Satan brings to bear all his devices, his sophistical arguments, and the full force of his powerful will; but the resolute soul, determined to be all the Lord’s, will find him a conquered foe, with no power but to deceive. The way to overcome him […]

Answering Atheism

Answering Atheism – Brengle, Samuel Logan A wide knowledge of history tends to sanity, to sobriety, and correctness of judgment of men and events, if we have seen God in history. We need such knowledge to give us perspective, to steady us, to save us from sharp judgments, to insure us against cocksureness on one […]

Another Chance For You!

Another Chance For You! – Brengle, Samuel Logan “They that stood by … said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them? Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, “I know not the Man” (Matthew xxvi. 73, 74). Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jones, lovest thou Me more thou […]

An Undivided Heart

An Undivided Heart – Brengle, Samuel Logan Unite my heart. — David. He who thinks to succeed in this infinite business of saving souls with a heart that is divided as yet knows nothing as he ought to know concerning the matter. That a man may by personal magnetism, grace of manners, power or persuasiveness […]

An Open Letter To A Young Man Seeking Spiritual Help

An Open Letter To A Young Man Seeking Spiritual Help – Brengle, Samuel Logan My dear Comrade, Your letter has just now reached me, and I hasten to reply. You say: ‘I have sought and found Holiness many times, but the longest I have been able to keep it was seven weeks,’ and then you […]

After The Holiness Meeting

After The Holiness Meeting – Brengle, Samuel Logan Were you at the holiness meeting? Did you come out to the Penitent-form? Did Jesus make your heart clean? And did you receive the Holy Ghost? If you gave yourself to God in the very best way you knew of; but did not receive the Holy Ghost, […]

AND IN THIS MOUNTAIN

AND IN THIS MOUNTAIN – Robert Murray Mcchene “And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the .face […]

FAMILY GOVERNMENT

FAMILY GOVERNMENT – Robert Murray Mcchene “For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him.” Gen. 28:19. There are three things […]

A Word To You Who Would Be Useful

A Word To You Who Would Be Useful – Brengle, Samuel Logan Does the devil ever tempt you to feel that you are of no use and can do nothing? Every genuine Christian wants to be useful, fruit-bearing, and a soul-winner. This desire is characteristic of the new nature, received at conversion. When Paul was […]

A Word To Those Who Are Growing Old

A Word To Those Who Are Growing Old – Brengle, Samuel Logan In one of my recent Meetings a dear sister, who has been serving the Lord and walking in the Light for many years, confessed with tears that her joy was not what it used to be. In her youth joys were rapturous, leaping […]

A Common Yet Subtle Sin

A Common Yet Subtle Sin – Brengle, Samuel Logan There is a sin which a Catholic priest once declared that no one had ever confessed to him sin so deadly that the wrath of God comes upon men because of it; a sin so common that probably everybody has at some time been guilty of […]

Notes on Ezekiel

Notes on Ezekiel – Chambers, Oswald Notes on Ezekiel Oswald ChambersCopyright 1948, Oswald Chambers Publications AssociationScripture versions quoted: KJV, RV Introduction Source The material in Notes on Ezekiel is taken from lectures by Oswald Chambers at the Bible Training College, London,1 between January and June 1914. Publication History • As articles: These notes on the […]

AN EXCEEDING GOOD LAND

AN EXCEEDING GOOD LAND – Robert Murray Mcchene ” And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land which we passed through to search it is an exceeding good land. If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us, a […]

THANKSGIVING OBTAINS THE SPIRIT

THANKSGIVING OBTAINS THE SPIRIT – Robert Murray Mcchene This sermon was preached at St. Peter’s on the first Sabbath after his return from Palestine, i.e. Nov. 24, 1839. “It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord; and […]

CAN A WOMAN FORGET?

CAN A WOMAN FORGET? – Robert Murray Mcchene “But Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget; yet will I not forget thee.”—Isaiah xlix., 14, 15. THESE […]

COMFORT YE

COMFORT YE – Robert Murray Mcchene “Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”— Isa. xl., 1, 2. THESE words are a […]

MOSES AND HOBAB

MOSES AND HOBAB – Robert Murray Mcchene “And Moses said unto Hobab the Son of Raguel, the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, We are journeying unto the place of which the Lord said, I will give it you: come thou with us, and we will do thee good: for the Lord hath spoken good concerning Israel,”—Numb, x., […]

THE WORK OF THE SPIRIT

THE WORK OF THE SPIRIT – Robert Murray Mcchene “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”—Gen. i., 9. THERE is, perhaps, no subject upon which there is greater ignorance than that of the Spirit of God. Most people, in our day, if they answered truly, would say as those twelve […]

Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

Studies in the Sermon on the Mount – Chambers, Oswald Studies in the Sermon on the Mount Oswald Chambers Copyright 1929 (Fourth Edition) Oswald Chambers Publications Association  Scripture versions quoted: KJV, RV, and ASV (1901) Introduction Source Oswald Chambers’ talks on the Sermon on the Mount were given at the League of Prayer’s1 annual summer […]

GOD LET NONE OP HIS WORDS FALL TO THE GROUND

GOD LET NONE Of HIS WORDS FALL TO THE GROUND – Robert Murray Mcchene ” Samuel grew and the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to t ho ground.”—1 Sam. Hi., 19 IT has long been a matter of sad and solemn inquiry to me, what is the cause […]

I WILL POUR WATER

I WILL POUR WATER – Robert Murray Mcchene “For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: and they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses.” –Isa. xliv. […]

RETURN UNTO ME

RETURN UNTO ME – Robert Murray Mcchene “Remember these, O Jacob and Israel; for thou art my servant: I have formed thee; thou art my servant: O Israel, thou shalt not be forgotten of me. I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for […]

Notes on Jeremiah

Notes on Jeremiah – Chambers, Oswald   Notes on Jeremiah Oswald ChambersCopyright 1936 Oswald Chambers Publications AssociationScripture translations quoted: kjv, rv   Introduction Source Notes on Jeremiah is from lectures that were part of Oswald Chambers’ study of the Four Great Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel) in the biblical theology class at the Bible Training […]

Notes on Isaiah

Notes on Isaiah – Chambers, Oswald   Notes on Isaiah Oswald ChambersCopyright 1941, Oswald Chambers Publications AssociationScripture versions quoted: kjv, rv   Introduction Source The Notes on Isaiah are taken from lectures by Oswald Chambers at the Bible Training College in 1912 and 1913. 1 Publication History • As articles: This material was first published […]

Workmen of God

Workmen of God – Chambers, Oswald Workmen of God The Cure of SoulsOswald Chambers Copyright Oswald Chambers Publications Association 1937Scripture versions quoted: KJV; RV; ASV   Introduction Source The material in Workmen of God is from lectures given during March and April 1911 at Speke Hall, Batter sea, London—headquarters of the League of Prayer.1 Publication […]

So Send I You

So Send I You – Chambers, Oswald So Send I You The Secret of the Burning HeartOswald ChambersCopyright 1930, Oswald Chambers Publications AssociationScripture versions quoted: kjv; rv Introduction Source These lectures were given at the Bible Training College,1 London, from February to June 1915. Publication History The lectures were originally published as a book in […]

I THE LORD HAVE CALLED THEE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS

I THE LORD HAVE CALLED THEE IN RIGHTEOUSNESS – Robert Murray Mcchene “Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: […]

MELTING THE BETRAYER

MELTING THE BETRAYER – Robert Murray Mcchene “When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.”— John xiii., 21. THERE are many excellent and most Christian men who think that the feast of the Lord’s Supper should […]

ARISE, SHINE

ARISE, SHINE – Robert Murray Mcchene “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, beheld, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall […]

The Servant as His Lord

The Servant as His Lord – Chambers, Oswald The Servant as His Lord Oswald Chambers Copyright: Oswald Chambers Publication Association 1959Scripture versions quoted: kjv, rv Introduction The Servant as His Lord (1959) combines four book lets previously published individually in the “sixpenny series. ” Over the years, Mrs. Chambers amalgamated a number of smaller books […]

THE LOVE OF CHRIST

THE LOVE OF CHRIST – Robert Murray Mcchene “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead.”-2 COR. V. 14. Of all the features of St. Paul’s character, untiring activity was the most strildng. From his early history, which tells us of his […]

Shade of His Hand

Shade of His Hand – Chambers, Oswald Shade of His Hand Talks on the Book of EcclesiastesOswald Chambers Copyright, Oswald Chambers Publications Association 1924, 1936Scripture versions quoted: kjv, rv Introduction Source This material is taken from talks on Ecclesiastes given by Oswald Chambers to British Common wealth soldiers at Zeitoun, Egypt, 1 September 24 through […]

THE DIFFICULTY AND DESIRABLENESS OF CONVERSION

THE DIFFICULTY AND DESIRABLENESS OF CONVERSION – Robert Murray Mcchene “I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put […]

A SON HONOURETH HIS FATHER

A SON HONOURETH HIS FATHER – Robert Murray Mcchene “A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honor? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you.”—Mai. i., 6. THE first conviction that a essential to […]

TURN YOU AT MY REPROOF

TURN YOU AT MY REPROOF – Robert Murray Mcchene “Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: she crieth in the chief places of concourse, in the openings of the pates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners, delight in […]

ADDRESS AFTER THE COMMUNION

ADDRESS AFTER THE COMMUNION – Robert Murray Mcchene “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”—JUDE 20, 21. I. Those that have been built on Christ, have need […]

ADDRESS ON THE CLOSE OF A COMMUNION SABBATH

ADDRESS ON THE CLOSE OF A COMMUNION SABBATH – Robert Murray Mcchene “What have I to do any more with idols?”—HOSEA 14:8. EVERY one who has been truly united to Christ, and has this day confessed Him before men, should now take up these words, and solemnly, in the presence of God, declare, “What have I […]

The Shadow of an Agony

The Shadow of an Agony – The Shadow of an Agony Through the Shadow of anAgony Cometh RedemptionOswald Chambers Copyright Oswald Chambers Publications Association, First Edition 1918;Third Edition 1933; Fourth Edition 1942Scripture versions quoted: kjv; rv. Introduction Source The Shadow of an Agony is from talks on redemption given by Oswald Chambers to soldiers at […]

Run Today’s Race

Run Today’s Race – Chambers, Oswald Run Today’s Race A Word from Oswald Chambersfor Every Day of the YearCopyright © 1968 Oswald Chambers Publications Association Ltd.Scripture versions quoted: kjv; rv Introduction Source Quotations are drawn from the lectures and sermons of Oswald Chambers. Publication History • As a book: Run Today’s Race was first published […]

“BLESSED ARE THE DEAD.”

“BLESSED ARE THE DEAD.” – Robert Murray Mcchene “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.”—REV. 14:13. THERE are two remarkable things in the manner in which those words are given to us. I. They […]

OUR DUTY TO ISRAEL

OUR DUTY TO ISRAEL – Robert Murray Mcchene “To the Jew first.”—ROM. 1:16. MOST people are ashamed of the gospel of Christ. The wise are ashamed of it, because it calls men to believe and not to argue, the great are ashamed of it, because it brings all into one body; the rich are ashamed […]

The Philosophy of Sin

The Philosophy of Sin – Chambers, Oswald The Philosophy of Sin and otherStudies in the Problems ofMan’s Moral LifeOswald Chamber Copyright 1937, Oswald Chambers Publications AssociationScripture versions quoted: kjv, rv Introduction Source The Philosophy of Sin is taken from lectures by Oswald Chambers at the Bible Training College, 1 London, and at other meetings. Publication […]

The Psychology of Redemption

The Psychology of Redemption – Chambers, Oswald The Psychology of Redemption Oswald Chambers Copyright- Oswald Chambers Publications Association, 1922 Second Edition, 1930, Third Edition, 1935 Scripture versions quoted: JKV, RV, moffatt Introduction Source The material in The Psychology of Redemption is taken from lectures at the Bible Training College, London,1 from April 15 through June […]

THE VOICE OF MY BELOVED

THE VOICE OF MY BELOVED – Robert Murray Mcchene “The voice of my beloved! behold, he cometh leaping upon the mountains, skipping upon the hills. My beloved is like a roe, or a young hart; behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, showing himself through the lattice. My beloved spake, […]

A COMMUNION SABBATH IN ST PETER’SI. SERMON

A COMMUNION SABBATH IN ST PETER’S I. SERMON – Robert Murray Mcchene “Father, I will that they also whom Thou hast given me be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which Thou hast given me; for Thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.”—JOHN 17:24. I. The manner of […]

A CASTAWAY

A CASTAWAY – Robert Murray Mcchene “I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection; lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”—1 COR. 9:26, 27. OBSERVE, […]

CHRIST IN YOU THE HOPE OF GLORY

CHRIST IN YOU THE HOPE OF GLORY – Robert Murray Mcchene “To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you the hope of glory.”—COL. 1:27. THE gospel is here described as “Christ in you the hope of glory.” There are […]

MOTIVES FOR LAYING HOLD OF JESUS

MOTIVES FOR LAYING HOLD OF JESUS – Robert Murray Mcchene “It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found Him whom my soul loveth: I held Him, and would not let Him go, until I had brought Him into my mother’s house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me”—SONG […]

DO WHAT YOU CAN

DO WHAT YOU CAN – Robert Murray Mcchene “She hath done what she could; she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.”—MARK 14:8. Doctrine.—Do what you can. From the Gospel of John (11:2), we learn that this woman was Mary, the sister of Lazarus and Martha. We have already learned that she […]

THE IMPRESSIONS OF NATURAL MEN ARE FADING

THE IMPRESSIONS OF NATURAL MEN ARE FADING – Robert Murray Mcchene “O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.”—HOSEA 6:4. Doctrine.—The impressions of natural men are fading. In these words, God […]

THE FEARFUL CONDITION OF NATURAL MAN

THE FEARFUL CONDITION OF NATURAL MAN – Robert Murray Mcchene “The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear, which will not hearken to the voice of […]

THE BROKEN HEART

THE BROKEN HEART – Robert Murray Mcchene “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.”—Ps. 51:17. NO psalm expresses more fully the experience of a penitent believing soul:—First, His humbling confession of sin, vers. 3, 4, 5. Second, His intense desire for pardon […]

The Place of Help

The Place of Help – Chambers, Oswald The Place of HelpA Book of Devotional ReadingsOswald Chambers Copyright Oswald Chambers Publications Association 1935Scripture versions quoted: KJV, RV, moffatt , ASV (1901) Introduction Source This material is gathered from Sunday sermons in various churches in Britain between 1908 and 1915; lectures at the Bible Training College; 1 […]

Our Portrait in Genesis

Our Portrait in Genesis – Chambers, Oswald Our Portrait in GenesisOswald Chambers Introduction                 Source The material in Our Portrait in Genesis is from lectures by Oswald Chambers to his Old Testament studies class at the Bible Training College, 1 London, from September 1914 to January 1915 and from April to July 1915. Publication History […]

A BELIEVER DELIGHTS IN THE LAW OF GOD

A BELIEVER DELIGHTS IN THE LAW OF GOD – Robert Murray Mcchene “For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: but I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O […]

THE GOOD WAY OF COMING BEFORE THE LORD

THE GOOD WAY OF COMING BEFORE THE LORD – Robert Murray Mcchene “Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt-offerings, with calves of a year old? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of […]

GLORYING IN THE CROSS – Robert Murray Mcchene

GLORYING IN THE CROSS – Robert Murray Mcchene But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”—GAL. 6:14. Doctrine.—Glorying in the Cross. I. The subject here spoken of by Paul—The Cross of Christ This word […]

PERFECT LOVE CASTETH OUT FEAR

PERFECT LOVE CASTETH OUT FEAR – Robert Murray Mcchene “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. We love Him, because He first loved us. If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is […]

POSITION AND DUTIES OF A MINISTER

POSITION AND DUTIES OF A MINISTER – Robert Murray Mcchene “ I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom, preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with all long suffering and doctrine.” […]

CHRIST A MERCIFUL HIGH PRIEST

CHRIST A MERCIFUL HIGH PRIEST – Robert Murray Mcchene “For verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto his brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things […]

JOHN’S VISION

JOHN’S VISION – Robert Murray Mcchene “After his I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to […]

THE REDEEMERS GOODNESS TO A BELIEVING SOUL

THE REDEEMERS GOODNESS TO A BELIEVING SOUL – Robert Murray Mcchene “(Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness leaning upon her beloved?) I raised thee up under the apple-tree: there thy mother brought thee forth, there she brought thee forth that bare thee. Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a […]

THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST’S GARDEN

THE BELIEVER IN CHRIST’S GARDEN – Robert Murray Mcchene “A garden enclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed.”—SONG 4:12. Doctrine.—The believer is Christ’s garden. I. The name here given to believers.—“My sister, my spouse,” or rather, “my sister-spouse.” There are many sweet names from the lips of Christ addressed […]

Our Brilliant Heritage

Our Brilliant Heritage – Chambers, Oswald Our Brilliant Heritagecontaining alsoGrow Up into HimandAs He WalkedOswald Chambers Our Brilliant Heritage, 1929, Talks on the Gospel Mystery of SanctificationGrow Up into Him, 1931, Talks on Christian HabitsAs He Walked, 1930, Talks on Christian ExperienceThis edition copyright 1965, Oswald Chambers Publications AssociationCombined hardback edition first published in 1965Scripture […]

THE SUBJECT OF JOHN’S PREACHING

THE SUBJECT OF JOHN’S PREACHING – Robert Murray Mcchene “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life (for the Life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and […]

MY VOICE IS TO THE SONS OF MAN

MY VOICE IS TO THE SONS OF MAN – Robert Murray Mcchene “Unto you, O men, I call; and my voice is to the sons of man.”—PROV. 8:4. (1.) These are the words of wisdom; and wisdom in the book of Proverbs is none other than our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This is evident […]

MAKING MIRTH

MAKING MIRTH – Robert Murray Mcchene “A sword, a sword is sharpened, and also furbished: it is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth? it contemneth the rod of my son, as every tree.”—EZEK. 21:9, 10. FROM the second verse of this chapter we […]

AS THE LILY AMONG THORNS

AS THE LILY AMONG THORNS – Robert Murray Mcchene AS THE LILY AMONG THORNS “As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters. As the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was […]

Not Knowing Whither

Not Knowing Whither – Chambers, Oswald Not Knowing WhitherThe Steps of Abraham’s FaithA Series of Studies in the Life of AbrahamOswald Chambers Copyright 1934, Oswald Chambers Publications AssociationScripture versions quoted: kjv, rv Father, the narrow pathTo that far country show;And in the steps of Abraham’s faithEnable me to go,A cheerful sojournerWhere’er Thou bidst me roam,Till, […]

CONSIDER THE APOSTLE AND HIGH PRIEST OF OUR PROFESSION

CONSIDER THE APOSTLE AND HIGH PRIEST OF OUR PROFESSION – Robert Murray Mcchene “Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus” (Hebrews 3:1). When a traveller passes very rapidly through a country, the eye has no time to rest upon the different objects in it, so that, when he comes to the […]

I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE

I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE – Robert Murray Mcchene “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me.”—John 14:6 It is the saying of an old divine, that God often orders it, that when He is in hand […]

Man regarded, but God despised

Man regarded, but God despised – Robert Murray Mcchene MOST people are ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. The wise are ashamed of it, because it calls men to believe and not to argue—the great are ashamed of it, because it brings all into one body—the rich are ashamed of it, because it is to […]

Our duty to Israel

Our duty to Israel – Robert Murray Mcchene MOST people are ashamed of the Gospel of Christ. The wise are ashamed of it, because it calls men to believe and not to argue—the great are ashamed of it, because it brings all into one body—the rich are ashamed of it, because it is to be […]

A Castaway

A Castaway – Robert Murray Mcchene ‘I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air; but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection; lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.—1 COR. ix. 26-27. OBSERVE, […]

What have I to do any more with idols?

What have I to do any more with idols? – Robert Murray Mcchene “What have I to do any more with idols?”—HOSEA xiv. 8. Every one who has been truly united to Christ, and has this day confessed Him before men, should now take up these words, and solemnly, in the presence of God, declare, […]

Why is God a Stranger in the Land?

Why is God a Stranger in the Land? – Robert Murray Mcchene “O the hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest Thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night? Why shouldest Thou be as a man astonished, […]

The Good Way of Coming Before the Lord

The Good Way of Coming Before the Lord – Robert Murray Mcchene Here is the piercing question of every awakened soul.Doctrine.—The good way of coming before the Lord. “Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the High God? Shall I come before Him with burnt-offerings, with calves of a year old? […]

Impressions of Natural Men

Impressions of Natural Men – Robert Murray Mcchene “O Ephraim, what shall I do unto thee? O Judah, what shall I do unto thee? for your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away.” Hosea -vi., 4. Doctrine. -The impressions of natural men are fading In these words, God […]

LETTER III TO THE SAME

LETTER III TO THE SAME – Robert Murray Mcchene Boulogne-sur-mer 12th April 1839. My Dear Father, Mother, And Sister, — You will be happy to know that I and my interesting friends are now safe in the first town of la belle France. We left London last night at 7 o’ clock and arrived here […]

LETTER II TO THE SAME

LETTER II TO THE SAME – Robert Murray Mcchene Hampstead Heath, 9th April 1839. My Dear Father, Mother, And Sister, — I Have received your kind letters, and only grieve at their being so short. I am thankful to perceive that you are all well. I heard of you also to-day from Andrew Bonar and […]

LECTURE XVII I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD

I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD – Robert Murray Mcchene I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is a hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and […]

LECTURE XVI CHRIST THE DOOR

LECTURE XVI CHRIST THE DOOR – Robert Murray Mcchene This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them. Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves […]

LECTURE XV THE GOOD SHEPHERD

LECTURE XV THE GOOD SHEPHERD – Robert Murray Mcchene Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him […]

LECTURE XIV FOLLY’S HOUSE

LECTURE XIV FOLLY’S HOUSE – Robert Murray Mcchene “A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, to call passengers who go right on their ways, Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: […]

LECTURE XIII WISDOM’S HOUSE

LECTURE XIII WISDOM’S HOUSE – Robert Murray Mcchene “Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: she hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the” city, Whoso is simple, let […]

LECTURE XII CAPERNAUM

LECTURE XII CAPERNAUM – Robert Murray Mcchene “Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not: Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented […]

LECTURE XI BETHANY. —PART VII

LECTURE XI BETHANY. —PART VII – Robert Murray Mcchene And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave-clothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him and let him […]

LECTURE X BETHANY. —PART VI

LECTURE X BETHANY. —PART VI – Robert Murray Mcchene Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him! And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaning in himself, cometh to the […]

LECTURE IX BETHANY. —PART V

LECTURE IX BETHANY. —PART V – Robert Murray Mcchene And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto him. Now Jesus was not yet come into the […]

LECTURE VIII BETHANY. —PART IV

LECTURE VIII BETHANY. —PART IV – Robert Murray Mcchene Then when Jesus came, he found that he had lain in the grave four days already. Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off; and many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother. Then Martha, as soon […]

LECTURE VII BETHANY. —PART III

LECTURE VII BETHANY. —PART III – Robert Murray Mcchene These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they […]

LECTURE VI BETHANY. —PART II

LECTURE VI BETHANY. —PART II – Robert Murray Mcchene Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. Then after that saith he to his disciples, Let us go into Judea again. His disciples […]

LECTURE V BETHANY. — PART I

LECTURE V BETHANY. — PART I – Robert Murray Mcchene Now a certain man was sick named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick. Therefore his sisters sent unto […]

LECTURE IV THE TEN VIRGINS. —PART IV

LECTURE IV THE TEN VIRGINS. —PART IV – Robert Murray Mcchene “And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came: and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily […]

LECTURE III THE TEN VIRGINS. —PART III

LECTURE III THE TEN VIRGINS. —PART III – Robert Murray Mcchene “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone […]

LECTURE II THE TEN VIRGINS. —PART II

LECTURE II THE TEN VIRGINS. —PART II – Robert Murray Mcchene “While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.” (Matthew 25:5) It is impossible to find a more solemn and awakening parable than this. I showed you last day: first, that God’s children are truly wise, and mere professors truly foolish. You only who […]

LECTURE I THE TEN VIRGINS. —PART I

LECTURE I THE TEN VIRGINS. —PART I – Robert Murray Mcchene “Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five were wise, and five were foolish. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: But […]

DAILY BREAD

DAILY BREAD – Robert Murray Mcchene MY DEAR FLOCK,—The approach of another year stirs up within me new desires for your salvation, and for the growth of those of you who are saved. “God is my record how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.” What the coming year is […]

LETTER TO THE LAMBS OF THE FLOCK

LETTER TO THE LAMBS OF THE FLOCK – Robert Murray Mcchene “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd; He shall gather the lambs with his arm and carry them in his bosom.”—ISAIAH 40:11. BELOVED CHILDREN, —Jesus is the Good Shepherd. His arm was stretched out on the cross, and his bosom was pierced with […]

My Utmost for His Highest

My Utmost for His Highest – Chambers, Oswald My Utmost for His HighestSelections for the YearOswald Chambers Copyright 1927 by Oswald Chambers Publications AssociationScripture versions quoted: kjv; RV;  moffatt Introduction Source These readings are selected from lectures and ser- mons given by oswald chambers from 1910 until his death in 1917. Publication history   . […]

The Initiative against depression

The Initiative against depression – Chambers, Oswald February 17 Arise and eat. 1 kings 19:5 The angel did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable; he told Elijah to do the most ordinary thing, viz. , to get up and eat. If we were never depressed we […]

The Inspiration of spiritual Initiative

The Inspiration of spiritual Initiative – Chambers, Oswald February 16 Arise from the dead. Ephesians 5:14 All initiative is not inspired. A man may say to you buck up, take your disinclination by the throat, throw it overboard, and walk out into the thing! That is ordinary human initiative. But when the spirit of god […]

Am I my brother’s keeper?

Am I my brother’s keeper? – Chambers, Oswald February 15 None of us liveth to himself. Romans 14:7 Has it ever dawned on you that you are responsible for other souls spiritually before god? For instance, if i allow any private deflection from god in my life, everyone about me suffers. We sit together in […]

The discipline of heeding

The discipline of heeding – Chambers, Oswald February 14  What i tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light; and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the house- tops. Matthew 10:27 At times god puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed him. Song birds are […]

The devotion of hearing

The devotion of hearing – Chambers, Oswald February 13 For thy servant heareth. 1 Samuel 3:10 Because i have listened definitely to one thing from god, it does not follow that i will listen to everything he says. The way in which i show god that i neither love nor respect him is by the […]

Must I listen?

Must I listen? – Chambers, Oswald February 12 And they said unto moses, speak thou with us and we will hear: but let not god speak with us, lest we die. Exodus 20:19. We do not consciously disobey god, we simply do not heed him. God has given us his commands; there they are, but […]

Is your hope In God Faint and dying?

Is your hope In God Faint and dying? – Chambers, Oswald February 11   Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose imagination is stayed on thee. Isaiah 26:3 (rv mg) Is your imagination stayed on god or is it starved? The starvation of the imagination is one of the most fruitful sources of exhaustion […]

COMMUNION WITH BRETHREN OF OTHER DENOMINATIONS

COMMUNION WITH BRETHREN OF OTHER DENOMINATIONS – Robert Murray Mcchene TO THE EDITOR OF THE “DUNDEE WARDER.” DEAR SIR, —Allow me, for the first time in my life, to ask a place in your columns. My object in doing so is not to defend myself, which we are all perhaps too ready to do, but […]

LETTER ON SABBATH RAILWAYS

LETTER ON SABBATH RAILWAYS – Robert Murray Mcchene TO ALEXANDER M‘NEILL, ESQ., ADVOCATE SIR, —I have read the report of your speech at the meeting of Directors of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, on Tuesday, 16th November last, and also the motion which you propose to lay before the shareholders on the 24th of February. […]

I LOVE THE LORD’S DAY

I LOVE THE LORD’S DAY – Robert Murray Mcchene DEAR FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN,-As a servant of God in this dark and cloudy day, I feel constrained to lift up my voice in behalf of the entire sanctification of the Lord’s day. The daring attack that is now made by some of the directors of the Edinburgh and […]

WHY IS GOD A STRANGER IN THE LAND?

WHY IS GOD A STRANGER IN THE LAND? – Robert Murray Mcchene “O the hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof in time of trouble, why shouldest Thou be as a stranger in the land, and as a wayfaring man that turneth aside to tarry for a night? Why shouldest Thou be as a man astonished, […]

Is your Imagination of God starved?

Is your Imagination of God starved? – Chambers, Oswald February 10   Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things. Isaiah 40:26. The people of god in isaiahs day had starved their imagination by looking on the face of idols, and isaiah made them look up at the heavens; that […]

Are you exhausted spiritually?

Are you exhausted spiritually? – Chambers, Oswald February 9 The everlasting god . . . Fainteth not, neither is weary. Isaiah 40:28. Exhaustion means that the vital forces are worn right out. Spiritual exhaustion never comes through sin but only through service, and whether or not you are exhausted will depend upon where you get […]

Instantaneous and Insistent sanctification

Instantaneous and Insistent sanctification – Chambers, Oswald February 8  And the very god of peace sanctify you wholly. 1 Thessalonians 5:2324 When we pray to be sanctified, are we prepared to face the standard of these verses? We take the term sanctification much too lightly. Are we prepared for what sanctification will cost? It will […]

The discipline of dejection

The discipline of dejection – Chambers, Oswald February 7 the discipline of dejection but we trusted . . . And beside all this, to-day is the third day. . . . Luke 24:21 Every fact that the disciples stated was right; but the inferences they drew from those facts were wrong. Anything that savours of […]

Are you ready to be of Offered?

Are you ready to be of Offered? – Chambers, Oswald February 6  I am already being poured out as a drink offering. 2 timothy 4:6 (rv mg) I am now ready to be offered(kjv). It is a transaction of will, not of sentiment. Tell god you are ready to be offered; then let the consequences […]

Are you ready to be of Fered?

Are you ready to be of Fered? – Chambers, Oswald February 5 Yea, and if i be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, i joy, and rejoice with you all. Philippians 2:17. Are you willing to be offered for the work of the faithful to pour out your life blood as a […]

The overmastering majesty of personal power

The overmastering majesty of personal power – Chambers, Oswald February 4 For the love of christ constraineth us. 2 corinthians 5:14 Paul says he is overruled, overmastered, held as in a vice, by the love of Christ. Very few of us know what it means to be held in a grip by the love of […]

The recognized ban of relationship

The recognized ban of relationship – Chambers, Oswald February 3 We are made as the filth of the world. 1 Corinthians 4:13 . These words are not an exaggeration. The reason they are not true of us who call ourselves ministers of the complete works of Oswald chambers 745 the gospel is not that Paul […]

The constraint of the call

The constraint of the call – Chambers, Oswald February 2 The constraint of the call woe is unto me, if i preach not the gospel! 1 Corinthians 9:16 Beware of stopping your ears to the call of god. Every- one who is saved is called to testify to the fact; but that is not the […]

The call of God

The call of God – Chambers, Oswald February 1  For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel. 1 corinthians 1:17. Paul states here that the call of god is to preach the gospel; but remember what Paul means by the gospel, viz. , the reality of redemption in our lord Jesus […]

Do you see your calling ?

Do you see your calling ? – Chambers, Oswald January 31 Separated unto the gospel. Romans 1:1 Our calling is not primarily to be holy men and women, but to be proclaimers of the gospel of god. The one thing that is all important is that the gospel of god should be realised as the […]

The dilemma of obedience

The dilemma of obedience – Chambers, Oswald January 30  And Samuel feared to shew Eli the vision. 1 Samuel 3:15 God seldom speaks to us in startling ways, but in ways that are easy to misunderstand, and we say, i wonder if that is gods voice? Isaiah said that the lord spake to him with […]

But It Is hardly credible that one could be so positively Ignorant!

But It Is hardly credible that one could be so positively Ignorant! – Chambers, Oswald January 29 who art thou, lord? Acts 26:15 the lord spake thus to me with a strong hand. There is no escape when our lord speaks. He always comes with an arrestment of the understanding. Has the voice of god […]

But It Is hardly credible that one could so persecute Jesus!

But It Is hardly credible that one could so persecute Jesus! – Chambers, Oswald January 28 Saul, saul, why persecutest thou me? Acts 26:14. Am i set on my own way for god? We are never free from this snare until we are brought into the experience of the baptism of the holy ghost and […]

Look again and think

Look again and think – Chambers, Oswald January 27  Take no thought for your life. Matthew 6:25. A warning which needs to be reiterated is that the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lust of other things entering in, will choke all that god puts in. We are never free from […]

Look again and consecrate

Look again and consecrate – Chambers, Oswald January 26 If god so clothe the grass of the field, . . . Shall he not much more clothe you? Matthew 6:30. A simple statement of Jesus is always a puzzle to us if we are not simple. How are we going to be simple with the […]

Leave room For God

Leave room For God – Chambers, Oswald January 25 But when it pleased god . . . Galatians 1:15 As workers for god we have to learn to make room for god to give god elbow room. We calculate and estimate, and say that this and that will happen, and we forget to make room […]

He overmaster Indirection

He overmaster Indirection – Chambers, Oswald January 24 I have appeared unto thee for this purpose. Acts 26:16 The vision Paul had on the road to damascus was no passing emotion, but a vision that had very clear and emphatic directions for him, and he says i was not disobedient to the heavenly vision. Our […]

Transformed by Insight

Transformed by Insight – Chambers, Oswald January 23 We all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the lord, are changed into the same image. 2 corinthians 3:18. The outstanding characteristic of a christian is this unveiled frankness before god so that the life becomes a mirror for other lives. By […]

What am I looking at?

What am I looking at? – Chambers, Oswald January 22  Look unto me, and be ye saved. Isaiah 45:22 Do we expect god to come to us with his blessings and save us? He sayslook unto me, and be saved. The great difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on god, and it is his blessings that […]

Recall what God remembers

Recall what God remembers – Chambers, Oswald January 21 I remember . . . The kindness of thy youth. Jeremiah 2:2 Am i as spontaneously kind to god as i used to be, or am i only expecting god to be kind to me? Am i full of the little things that cheer his heart […]

Vision and darkness

Vision and darkness – Chambers, Oswald January 19  An horror of great darkness fell upon him. Genesis 15:12. Whenever god gives a vision to a saint, he puts him, as it were, in the shadow of his hand, and the saints duty is to be still and listen. There is a darkness which comes from […]

It Is the lord!

It Is the lord! – Chambers, Oswald January 18  Thomas answered and said unto him, my lord and my god. John 20:28 Give me to drink. How many of us are set upon jesus christ slaking our thirst when we ought to be satisfying him? We should be pouring out now, spending to the last […]

The vocation of the natural life

The vocation of the natural life – Chambers, Oswald January 17 But when it pleased god . . . To reveal his son in me . . . Galatians 1:1516. The call of god is not a call to any particular service; my interpretation of it may be, because contact with the nature of god […]

The voice of the nature of God

The voice of the nature of God – Chambers, Oswald January 16   I heard the voice of the lord saying, whom shall i send? Isaiah 6:8 When we speak of the call of god, we are apt to forget the most important feature, viz. , the nature of the one who calls. There is the […]

Do you walk In white?

Do you walk In white? – Chambers, Oswald January 15  Buried with him . . . That . . . Even so we also should walk in newness of life. Romans 6:4. No one enters into the experience of entire sanctification without going through a white funeral8 the burial of the old life. If there […]

Called of God

Called of God – Chambers, Oswald January 14 Whom shall i send, and who will go for us? Then said i, here am i; send me. Isaiah 6:8 god did not address the call to Isaiah; isaiah over- heard god saying who will go for us? The call of god is not for the special […]

Have you ever been alone with God?

Have you ever been alone with God? – Chambers, Oswald January 13 When he was alone, . . . The twelve asked of him. . . . Mark 4:10 His solitude with us. When god gets us alone by affliction, heartbreak, or temptation, by disappointment, sickness, or by thwarted affection, by a broken friendship, or […]

Have you ever been alone with God?

Have you ever been alone with God? – Chambers, Oswald January 12  When they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples. Mark 4:34 Our solitude with him. Jesus does not take us alone and expound things to us all the time; he expounds things to us as we can understand them. Other lives […]

What my obedience to God costs other people

What my obedience to God costs other people – Chambers, Oswald January 11 They laid hold upon one Simon, . . . And on him they laid the cross. Luke 23:26 If we obey god it is going to cost other people more than it costs us, and that is where the sting comes in. […]

The opened sight

The opened sight – Chambers, Oswald January 10 Their eyes, . . . That they may receive . . . Acts 26:18 This verse is the grandest condensation of the propaganda of a disciple of Jesus Christ in the whole of the new testament.The first sovereign work of grace is summed up in the words […]

Does my sacrifice live?

Does my sacrifice live? – Chambers, Oswald January 8 And Abraham built an altar . . . And bound Isaac his son. Genesis 22:9 This incident is a picture of the blunder we make in thinking that the final thing god wants of us is the sacrifice of death. What god wants is the sacrifice […]

Intercessory IntrospectIon

Intercessory IntrospectIon – Chambers, Oswald January 9 And i pray god your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless. 1 thessalonians 5:23 Your whole spirit . . . The great mystical work of the holy spirit is in the dim regions of our personality which we cannot get at. Read the 139th psalm; […]

Intimate with Jesus

Intimate with Jesus – Chambers, Oswald January 7 Have i been so long with you, and yet hast thou not known me? John 14:9 These words are not spoken as a rebuke, nor even with surprise; Jesus is leading philip on. The last one with whom we get intimate is Jesus. Before pentecost the disciples […]

Worship

Worship – Chambers, Oswald January 6 And he . . . Pitched his tent, having bethel on the west, and ai on the east: and there he builded an altar. Genesis 12:8 (rv ) Worship is giving god the best that he has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have. […]

The afterwards of the Life of power

The afterwards of the Life of power – Chambers, Oswald January 5 whither i go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards. John 13:36 And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, follow me. Three years before, Jesus had said follow me, and peter had followed easily, the […]

Why cannot I Follow thee now?

Why cannot I Follow thee now? – Chambers, Oswald January 4  Peter said unto him, lord, why cannot i follow thee now? John 13:37 There are times when you cannot understand why you cannot do what you want to do. When god brings the blank space, see that you do not fill it in, but […]

Clouds and darkness

Clouds and darkness – Chambers, Oswald January 3 clouds and darkness are round about him. Psalm 97:2  A man who has not been born of the spirit of god will tell you that the teachings of jesus are simple. But when you are baptised with the holy ghost, you find clouds and darkness are round […]

Will you Go out Without knowing?

Will you Go out Without knowing? – Chambers, Oswald January 2 He went out, not knowing whither he went. Hebrews 11:8 Have you been out in this way? If so, there is no logical statement possible when anyone asks you what you are doing. One of the difficulties in christian work is this question what […]

Let us keep to the point

Let us keep to the point – Chambers, Oswald January 1  My eager desire and hope being that i may never feel ashamed, but that now as ever i may do honour to christ in my own person by fearless courage. Philippians 1:20 (moffatt) My utmost for his highest. My eager desire and hope being […]

My Utmost for His Highest

My Utmost for His Highest – Chambers, Oswald My Utmost for His HighestSelections for the YearOswald Chambers Introduction Source These readings are selected from lectures and sermons given by Oswald chambers from 1910 until his death in 1917. Publication history  .As a book: my utmost for his highest was first published in 1927. My utmost […]

Education In holy habit

Education In holy habit – Chambers, Oswald Psalms 86:11; 143:10 Educative evangelism Versus emotional evangelism after a great crisis, such as an experience of salvation or sanctification, the danger is that we fix ourselves there and become spiritual prigs. A spiritual prig is one who has had an experience from god and has closed down […]

Our lord on how to think

Our lord on how to think – Chambers, Oswald Matthew 6:19–24 We so readily look upon our lord as saviour in the fundamental way that we are apt to forget he is much more than saviour, he is teacher as well. In the same way we are familiar with the fact that all Christians have […]

REASONS WHY CHILDREN SHOULD FLY TO CHRIST WITHOUT DELAY

REASONS WHY CHILDREN SHOULD FLY TO CHRIST WITHOUT DELAY – Robert Murray Mcchene “O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.”—Ps. 90:14. THE late Countess of Huntingdon was not only rich in this world, but rich in faith, and an heir of the kingdom. When she […]

THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD

THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD – Robert Murray Mcchene “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them […]

THIS DO IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME

THIS DO IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME – Robert Murray Mcchene The Lord’s Supper is the sweetest of all ordinances: 1. Because of the time when it was instituted. “The Lord Jesus, the same night in which He was betrayed, took bread.” It was the darkest night that ever was in this world, and yet the […]

ANOTHER LILY GATHERED

ANOTHER LILY GATHERED – Robert Murray Mcchene “My beloved is gone down into His garden to gather lilies.”—SONG vi. 2. GOD loves His mighty works to be remembered. We easily forget the most amazing displays of His love and power, and therefore it is right often to set up a stone of remembrance. When Israel […]

EVIDENCE ON REVIVALS

EVIDENCE ON REVIVALS – Robert Murray Mcchene Submitted to a Committee of the Presbytery of Aberdeen.In December 1840 the Presbytery of Aberdeen appointed a committee to inquire into the revivals which had recently occurred in different parts of the country, or were taking place at that time. The committee, besides hearing evidence viva voce, issued […]

SOME NOTES ON THE TYPES FOUND IN THE TABERNACLE

SOME NOTES ON THE TYPES FOUND IN THE TABERNACLE – Robert Murray Mcchene When you would teach a little child in the simplest and most interesting way, you do it by means of pictures. In the very same way did God teach Israel concerning Him who was the consolation of Israel. When they sat under […]

LEBANON ITS SCENERY AND ALLUSIONS

LEBANON ITS SCENERY AND ALLUSIONS – Robert Murray Mcchene [It will be interesting too many to see how his rich imagination used at times to revel amid the beautiful images and figures of the divine word. I insert two specimens, of which the first was written in his earlier days, when his taste for Scripture […]

SPECIMENS OF SKETCHES ON REV. 20:11–15

SPECIMENS OF SKETCHES ON REV. 20:11–15 – Robert Murray Mcchene And I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God: and the books […]

SPECIMENS OF SKETCHES ON JER. 33:16

SPECIMENS OF SKETCHES ON JER. 33:16 – Robert Murray Mcchene “The Lord our Righteousness.” DEEP wounding, from views of Christ pierced by our sins, precedes deep peace from views of his righteousness. Originally spoken to Judah and Israel. I. It is the sight of a divine righteousness. —Jehovah has made the atonement.II. It is a […]

SPECIMENS OF SKETCHES ON ZECH 12:10, 13:1

SPECIMENS OF SKETCHES ON ZECH 12:10, 13:1 – Robert Murray Mcchene And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications; and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him as one mourned for his only […]

SPECIMENS OF SKETCHES ON 1 JOHN 4:7–13

SPECIMENS OF SKETCHES ON 1 JOHN 4:7–13 – Robert Murray Mcchene “Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knower God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because […]

SPECIMENS OF SKETCHES ON PROV 14:9

SPECIMENS OF SKETCHES ON PROV 14:9 – Robert Murray Mcchene “Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is Favour.” I. What the natural heart thinks of sin. —1 Men sin easily. As a fountain casting out its waters. Jer 7 Such is the natural flow of their heart 2 They bear […]

SPECIMENS OF SKETCHES ON ROM. 4:4-8

SPECIMENS OF SKETCHES ON ROM. 4:4-8 – Robert Murray Mcchene “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justified the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also described the blessedness of the man, […]

SPECIMENS OF SKETCHES ON ISA 48:18

SPECIMENS OF SKETCHES ON ISA 48:18 – Robert Murray Mcchene “Oh, that thou hardest hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.” I. Their peace would have been like a river. — 1 It has a source. It begins at the fountain […]

LETTER TO ONE COMPLAINING OF THE PLAGUES OF THE HEART

LETTER TO ONE COMPLAINING OF THE PLAGUES OF THE HEART – Robert Murray Mcchene Passing on to glory. ST PETER’S, March 8, 1843. MY DEAR FRIEND, —I send a few lines to you in answer to yours. You complain of the plague of your own heart, and so you will till you die. You know […]

LETTER ANOTHER TO ONE BEREAVED

LETTER ANOTHER TO ONE BEREAVED – Robert Murray Mcchene Betake yourself to Him that is ever the same. March 9, 1843. MY DEAR, —I did not think I would have been so long in answering you in your time of sorrow, but I have been more than occupied. I earnestly trust that this sad bereavement […]

LETTER TO ONE WHO HAD MET WITH A BEREAVEMENT

LETTER TO ONE WHO HAD MET WITH A BEREAVEMENT – Robert Murray Mcchene Sorrow of the world—Incidents. March 8, 1843. MY DEAR, —I know you will be wearying to hear from me; but it has scarcely been in my power till now, I have had so many things to do since my return. I trust […]

LETTER TO THE REV ALEX. GATHERER, DUNDEE

LETTER TO THE REV ALEX. GATHERER, DUNDEE – Robert Murray Mcchene During his visit to the north. ELLON, February 20, 1843. DEAR FRIEND, —I was glad to hear from you in this far-off land. I am deeply grieved to hear that fever still prevails. God is pleading hard with my poor flock. I am glad […]

LETTER TO M. B.

LETTER TO M. B. – Robert Murray Mcchene One of his flocks who had felt deserted in soul. PETERHEAD, February 7, 1843. DEAR FRIEND, —I was very happy to hear from you. I grieve to hear of your sorrow; but Job’s sorrow was deeper, and David’s also, in Ps. 42. If you cannot say, “I […]

LETTER TO ONE WHO HAD LATELY TAKEN UP THE CROSS

LETTER TO ONE WHO HAD LATELY TAKEN UP THE CROSS – Robert Murray Mcchene Kept by God—Meeting with God. ST PETER’S, January 31, 1843. MR. DEAR M., —I was glad indeed to hear that you are prospering, and that you do not repent having made Moses’ choice, —Heb. 11:24, 25, —of which I used to […]

LETTER TO THE REV. J. MILNE, PERTH

LETTER TO THE REV. J. MILNE, PERTH – Robert Murray Mcchene Breathings of heart. December 13, 1842. MY DEAR BROTHER, —We are to have the communion, if God permit, on 1st January 1843. A. B. is to be with me. Could you come down on the Thursday or Friday previous, and give us a good […]

LETTER TO THE REV. J. MILNE, PERTH

LETTER TO THE REV. J. MILNE, PERTH – Robert Murray Mcchene Another word in season to a brother. September 24, 1842 MY DEAR BROTHER, —I long after you in the bowels of Jesus Christ. If I make you sorry, who is he that maketh me glad, but the same who is made sorry by me? […]

LETTER TO A SOUL THAT HAD BEGUN TO SEE CHRIST

LETTER TO A SOUL THAT HAD BEGUN TO SEE CHRIST – Robert Murray Mcchene What you want in yourself is to Be found in double measure in Christ. DUNDEE, November 1842. MY DEAR FRIEND, —Why did you not write me a few lines? It would be occupation to you, and your soul might find rest, […]

LETTER TO THE SAME

LETTER TO THE SAME – Robert Murray Mcchene Trials from a blind world—How the death of Christ is an atonement. LONDON, November 5, 1842. MY DEAR C., —I pray for you that your faith may not fail. Hold fast by Jesus for a little while, and then we shall be forever with the Lord, where […]

LETTER TO A SOUL INQUIRING AFTER JESUSLETTER

LETTER TO A SOUL INQUIRING AFTER JESUS – Robert Murray Mcchene The wise men—Guilt in us, righteousness in Jesus. ST PETER’S, Monday, September 18, 1842. MY DEAR C., —I do not and cannot forget you; and though it is very late, I have to write you a few lines to say, follow on to know […]

LETTER TO ONE AWAKENED

LETTER TO ONE AWAKENED – Robert Murray Mcchene Call upon a soul to choose Jesus. DUNDEE, September 1842. MY DEAR G., —I was glad indeed to see, by the line you sent me, that though your mind is dark and troubled, you have not gone back to the world. Ah, it is a false, deceiving […]

LETTER TO THE REV. R. MACDONALD, BLAIRGOWRIE

LETTER TO THE REV. R. MACDONALD, BLAIRGOWRIE – Robert Murray Mcchene Inward life—Words of counsel. DUNDEE, 1842. MY DEAR FRIEND, —This is Friday evening, and I do not know what to preach on Sabbath next, else I would have written you at greater length; but as I am to see you so soon face to […]

LETTER TO THE REV. H. BONAR, KELSO

LETTER TO THE REV. H. BONAR, KELSO – Robert Murray Mcchene Ministerial arrangements—Breathings after holiness. August 18, 1842. MY DEAR HORACE, —I laid aside your note, and cannot find it again. I think you ask me for the second Sabbath of November, on my way back from London. I fear I must not do it […]

LETTER TO THE REV. D. CAMPBELL OF LAWERS

LETTER TO THE REV. D. CAMPBELL OF LAWERS – Robert Murray Mcchene TO THE REV. D. CAMPBELL OF LAWERS. Advice to a brother in sickness MY DEAR BROTHER, —Like yourself, I have been laid aside from the work of the ministry for two Sabbaths but am now recovering. I am truly afflicted to hear of your […]

LETTER TO A. T.

LETTER TO A. T. – Robert Murray Mcchene On the death of his brother, the little boy to whom the preceding letter was written. ST PETER’S, March 1, 1842. MY DEAR A., —I did not think I was to have answered your kind letter in the time of bitter grief. But so, it pleases Jehovah, […]

LETTER TO J. T.

LETTER TO J. T. – Robert Murray Mcchene A young boy anxious about his soul. COLLACE, January 27, 1842. MY DEAR BOY, —I was very glad to receive your kind note and am glad to send you a short line in return, although my time is much taken up. You are very dear to me, […]

LETTER TO E. R., ASKING COUNSEL

LETTER TO E. R., ASKING COUNSEL – Robert Murray Mcchene A sight of corruption drives to Christ. DUNDEE, 1842. DEAR FRIEND, —I send you a hurried line, and may the Spirit accompany it with his divine power to your heart! It is a good thing to be shown much of the deceitfulness and desperate wickedness […]

The mind of Christ

The mind of Christ – Chambers, Oswald Philippians 2:5–8 Have this mind in you, which was also in christ jesus . . . (rv) We are apt to forget that the mind of christ is super natural, his mind is not a human mind at all. Never run away with the idea that because you […]

Thinking Godliness

Thinking Godliness – Chambers, Oswald Philippians 4:5–8; 3:7–14 In physical life we do best those things we have habitually learned to do, and the same is true in mental and spiritual life. We do not come into the world knowing how to do anything; all we do we have acquired by habit. Remember, habit is […]

What to think about

What to think about – Chambers, Oswald Philippians 4:8 Never run away with the idea that it does not matter much what we believe or think; it does. What we think and believe, we are; not what we say we think and believe, but what we really do think and believe, we are; there is […]

LETTER TO M. S.

LETTER TO M. S. – Robert Murray Mcchene Trying dispensations. DUNDEE, February 28, 1841. DEAR FRIEND, —I have heard from J. S. of your brother’s death, and I write a line to comfort you. There is no true comfort to be found but in Christ. He is a fountain of living waters, and you must […]

LETTER TO THE MEMBERS OF A PRAYER-MEETING

LETTER TO THE MEMBERS OF A PRAYER MEETING – Robert Murray Mcchene Parable of the Sower. MY DEAR FRIENDS, —It has been a matter of great joy to me to hear that you meet together from time to time to read the word of God and pray—to pray for a blessing on yourselves and families, […]

LETTER TO THE SAME

LETTER TO THE SAME – Robert Murray Mcchene Go up, leaning on Jesus. DEAR FRIEND, —I have heard of you from —, and have been praying for you, that your eye may rest on Jesus, and that your soul may lie in perfect peace under his blood shed for the sins of many. I have […]

LETTER TO THE SAME NO. V

LETTER TO THE SAME NO. V – Robert Murray Mcchene Be found in Christ. December 8, 1841. DEAR FRIEND, —I send you another line to tell you of Him who is altogether lovely. I have a very dear boy in my parish, who is dying just now. He said to me the other day, “I […]

LETTER TO THE SAME NO. IV

LETTER TO THE SAME NO. IV – Robert Murray Mcchene Taste that Christ is precious. December 1841. DEAR FRIEND, —It is written, “Unto you who believe He is precious;” and if you are a child of God, you will know and feel what the words mean—1 Pet. 2:7. At one time Christ was “like a […]

LETTER TO THE SAME. —NO. III

LETTER TO THE SAME NO. III – Robert Murray Mcchene Joy in believing.  DEAR FRIEND, —I send you another line to tell you Jesus is the way. I would like much to hear how your weak body prospers, and whether your soul is resting under the apple-tree (Song 2:3); but till some opportunity occurs, I […]

LETTER TO THE SAME. —NO. II

LETTER TO THE SAME. —NO. II – Robert Murray Mcchene Seek the righteousness of Christ. DEAR FRIEND, —I was glad to hear of your safe arrival, and that your health had not suffered by the voyage. I trust the Lord is dealing gently with your frail body, so that your mind may get leave freely […]

LETTER TO A SOUL SEEKING JESUS. —NO. I

LETTERS TO A SOUL SEEKING JESUS. —NO. I – Robert Murray Mcchene Seek to know your corruption. DUNDEE, 1841. DEAR FRIEND, —According to promise, I sit down to talk with you a little concerning the great things of an eternal world. How kind it is in God that He has given us such an easy […]

The way of a soul

The way of a soul – Chambers, Oswald Ephesians 5:14–18 The way of the awakening of the soul (ephesians 5:1415) Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead . . . (ephesians 5:14) What is possible in the way of habits a good many of us are in the condition that st. Augustine described […]

LETTER TO A SOCIETY IN BLAIRGOWRIE FOR DIFFUSING THEKNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH

LETTER TO A SOCIETY IN BLAIRGOWRIE FOR DIFFUSING THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH – Robert Murray Mcchene Advice. DUNDEE, March 27, 1841. MY DEAR FRIEND, —I was happy indeed to receive your letter, and the rules of your Society, which interested me very much. I would have answered you sooner but have been laid down […]

Natural Growth In supernatural Grace

Natural Growth In supernatural Grace – Chambers, Oswald 1 Peter 2:7–12 Our Lord’s maximsConsider the lilies of the field, how they grow.Behold the fowls of the air.Become as little children Our lord did not point out wonderful sights to his disciples all the time; he pointed out things that were apparently in significantlilies and grass […]

LETTER TO HIS SABBATH-SCHOOL TEACHERS, DURING A WEEK OF ABSENCE FROM THEM

LETTER TO HIS SABBATH-SCHOOL TEACHERS, DURING A WEEK OF ABSENCE FROM THEM – Robert Murray Mcchene (Accompanied by notes on the Scripture Lesson that was to be taught in the classes that week.) KELSO, February 24, 1841. MY DEAR FRIENDS AND FELLOW-LABOURERS, —I send you a few notes on the parable for next Sabbath evening. […]

Attention

Attention – Chambers, Oswald 1 Timothy 4:11–16 Attention is never possible without conscious effort; interest frequently is, we can take up a book and our interest is riveted at once. Naturally we never attend to anything, we are like children, and children do not attend until they are taught to. We all have certain native […]

Behavior

Behavior – Chambers, Oswald 1 Thessalonians 2:10 The fundamental resources of personality Behaviour means in its widest application every possible kind of reaction to the circumstances into which you may be brought. There are resources of personality known only to god. Psalm 139 is the prayer of a man asking god to explore him where […]

Dust and divinity

Dust and divinity – Chambers, Oswald Genesis 2:7[N.B.—a ll divisions of the human personality are arbitrary.] Genesis 2:7 reveals that man is made up of dust and divinity. This means that in practical psychology we must always make allowance for the incalculable. You cannot exhaust mans nature by examining his dust qualities, nor by describing […]

Habit

Habit – Chambers, Oswald In the conduct of life, habits count for more than maxims, because habit is a living maxim, become flesh and instinct. To reform ones maxims is nothing; it is but to change the title of the book. To learn new habits is everything for it is to reach the substance of […]

Freedom of the will

Freedom of the will – Chambers, Oswald Psalm 27:4–6 The subject of human free will is apt to be either understated or overstated. No man has the power to act an act of pure, unadulterated, free will. God is the only being who can act with absolute free will. The bible reveals that man is […]

LAST-SERMON

LAST-SERMON John Bunyan’sL A S T – S E R M O NPreached, August 19, 1688, from John 1:13.  By J O H N. B U N Y A N1628-1688  John Bunyan died within two months of completinghis sixtieth year, on the 31st of August, 1688. Advertisement by the Editor This sermon, although very short, is peculiarly interesting: […]

Unbeliever’s Doom – John Bunyan

Unbeliever’s Doom – John Bunyan T H ELife and DeathO FMr. Badman,Presented to the World in aFamiliar Dialogue BetweenMr. Wiseman and Mr. Attentive. ByJ O H N. B U N Y A N1628-1688  1680.Published two years after Pilgrim’s Progress. Edited by George Offor.  ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR. The life of Badman is a very interesting description, a true […]

Direction of the will

Direction of the will – Chambers, Oswald John 7:17 (cf. john 5:19, 30) The will to do If any man willeth to do his will . . . (rv) In john 7:17, our lord is not so much laying down the principle that obedience is the gateway to knowledge, as specifically stating that the only […]

Suffering – John Bunyan

Suffering – John Bunyan Seasonable Counsel:O R,Advice To Sufferers.  ByJ O H N. B U N Y A N1628-1688  L O N D O N,Printed for Benjamin Alsop, at theAngel and Bible in the Poultry, 1684. Published four years before John Bunyan’s death. Edited by George Offor.  ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR. THIS valuable treatise was first published […]

The will In discipleship

The will In discipleship – Chambers, Oswald Luke 9:61–62 Beware of thinking of will as a faculty. Will simply means the whole nature active. We talk about people having a weak will or a strong will, it is a misleading idea. When we speak of a man having a weak will, we mean he is […]

The Moral Foundations of Life

The Moral Foundations of Life – Chambers, Oswald The Moral Foundations of LifeA Series of Talks on the Ethical Principlesof the Christian LifeOswald Chambers Introduction Source This material is from notes of lectures at the bible training college,1 london, 191115. Publication history  . As articles: in the bible training course (btc) monthly journal,2 august 1933 […]

Spiritual Warfare – John Bunyan

Spiritual Warfare – John Bunyan T H EHoly Warmade by Shaddai upon Diabolus, for the Regainingthe Metropolis of the World;O R,The losing and takingagain of the Town of Man-soul. ByJ O H N .B U N Y A N(1628-1688) John Bunyan wrote this book sometime during the firstsix years of his incarceration in Bedford Prison. TO […]

Salvation [04] – John Bunyan

Salvation [04] – John Bunyan Come and WelcomeT OJ E S U S _ C H R I S T;O R,A Plain and ProfitableDiscourse on John 6:37Showing the cause, truth,and manner of the coming of a sinner to Jesus Christ;with his happy reception and blessed entertainment.  ByJ O H N. B U N Y A N1628-1688  “And they […]

The graciousness of uncertainty

The graciousness of uncertainty – Chambers, Oswald It is not yet made manifest what we shall be. 1 john 3:2 (rv) we are apt to look upon uncertainty as a bad thing, because we are all too mathematical and common sense. We imagine we have to reach an end; so we have, but a particular […]

The Graciousness of Uncertainty

The Graciousness of Uncertainty – Chambers, Oswald Foreword to the First Edition Do you know the clear water of a mountain stream running through the shadowy places of the trees and of the brown and green mosses? Here and there is a crystal pool, hidden beneath a rock still it seems, like a mirror while […]

LETTER TO MR. GEORGE SHAW, BELFAST

LETTER TO MR. GEORGE SHAW, BELFAST – Robert Murray Mcchene Prophecies concerning Israel—Revival—Conduct of Studies DUNDEE, September 16, 1840. MY DEAR FRIEND, —It gives me great joy to be able to answer your kind letter, although I fear you have almost despaired of me. In writing your esteemed pastor, I mentioned to him my intention […]

LETTER TO THE REV. PATRICK L. MILLER

LETTER TO THE REV. PATRICK L. MILLER – Robert Murray Mcchene Then laboring in Strat bogie, on his being elected minister of Wallace town. DUNDEE, September 18, 1840. MY DEAR FRIEND, —I cannot tell you how sincerely I thank God for the event of this evening. You are unanimously chosen minister of Wallace town. I […]

Do you Continue to go with Jesus?

Do you Continue to go with Jesus? – Chambers, Oswald Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. Luke 22:28 we are apt to imagine that our lord was only tempted once and that then his temptations were over. His temptations went on from the first moment of his conscious life to […]

Salvation [03] – John Bunyan

Salvation [03] – John Bunyan T H EGreatness of the Soul,A N DUnspeakableness of the Loss Thereof;W I T HThe Causes of the Losing It.  First Preached at Pinners Halland nowEnlarged and Published for Good.  ByJ O H N. B U N Y A N1628-1688  L O N D O N,Printed for Benjamin Alsop,at the Angel […]

Will you go out without Knowing?

Will you go out without Knowing? – Chambers, Oswald Abraham . . . Went out, not knowing whither he went. Hebrews 11:8 That is true either of a fool or a faithful soul. One of the hardest lessons to learn is this one that abrahams life brings out. He went out of all his own […]

LETTER TO THE REV. W. C. BURNS

LETTER TO THE REV. W. C. BURNS – Robert Murray Mcchene Awakenings—Personal holiness in ministers. DUNDEE, September 1840. MY DEAR BROTHER, —I have had a severe illness, or would have answered your kind note long before this. I fear you may have left Breadalbane before this can reach it; still, I write in hope. You […]

Salvation [02] – John Bunyan

Salvation [02] – John Bunyan John Bunyan’sL A S T – S E R M O NPreached, August 19, 1688, from John 1:13.  By J O H N. B U N Y A N1628-1688  John Bunyan died within two months of completinghis sixtieth year, on the 31st of August, 1688. Advertisement by the Editor    This sermon, although […]

Now Is It Possible

Now Is It Possible – Chambers, Oswald And i pray god your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our lord jesus christ. 1 thessalonians 5:23 We never can be faultless in this life, but gods book brings out that we must be blameless, that is, undeserving of censure […]

LETTER TO MISS A. S. L.

LETTER TO MISS A. S. L. – Robert Murray Mcchene The person and heart of Jesus—Consolation to believers. August 16, 1840. MY DEAR FRIEND, —I fear I may not be able to see you for a little time, and therefore think of sending you a few lines to minister a little of the peace and […]

LETTER TO A STRANGER

LETTER TO A STRANGER – Robert Murray Mcchene Intended to lead on one whose face was Zion ward, but who was not fully decided. DUNDEE, July 1840. MY DEAR FRIEND, —I do not even know your name; but your cousin has been telling me about your case and wishes me to write you a line […]

LETTER TO MRS. THAIN, HEATH PARK

LETTER TO MRS. THAIN, HEATH PARK – Robert Murray Mcchene When invited to rest a while. DUNDEE, June 1840. MY DEAR MRS. T., —You know how glad I would be of some such retreat as Elijah had by the brook of Cherith, where I might learn more of my own heart, and of my Bible, […]

LETTER TO THE SAME

LETTER TO THE SAME – Robert Murray Mcchene Holiness and success. DUNDEE, October 2, 1840. MY DEAR FRIEND, —I trust you will have a pleasant and profitable time in Germany. I know you will apply hard to German; but do not forget the culture of the inner man, —I mean of the heart. How diligently […]

LETTER TO THE REV. DAN. EDWARDS

LETTER TO THE REV. DAN. EDWARDS – Robert Murray Mcchene Before his ordination as missionary to the Jews—What he must seek. DUNDEE, June 15, 1840. MY DEAR FRIEND, —.… The grand matter of study, however, must still be divinity, —a knowledge of divine things, a spiritual discernment of the way of pardon for the chief […]

Salvation [01] – John Bunyan

Salvation [01] – John Bunyan T H EJerusalem Sinner Saved;O RGood News for the Vilest of Men;Being a help for Despairing Souls,Showing that JESUS CHRIST would have mercyin the first place offered to the biggest sinners.  THE THIRD EDITION,In which is added,A NA N S W E Rto those grand objectionsthat lie in the way of […]

Sacrifice – John Bunyan

Sacrifice – John Bunyan T H EAcceptable Sacrifice;OR,The Excellency of a Broken Heart:Showing the Nature, Signs, and ProperEffects of a Contrite Spirit. Being the Last Works of that Eminent Preacher and Faithful Minister of Jesus Christ, Mr. John Bunyan, of Bedford. With a Preface Prefixed Thereunto by an Eminent Minister of the Gospel In London.  ByJ […]

The Making of a Christian

The Making of a Christian – Chambers, Oswald i The ascendancy which he exercised in thus drawing men away from worldly callings and hopes into association with himself is quite indefinite, and even in yielding to it, the disciples could have no distinct idea what it involved. Dr. Denney9 1. Days of his flesh The […]

Prayer – John Bunyan

Prayer – John Bunyan I Will Pray with the SpiritA N DWith the Understanding Also-O R,A Discourse Touching Prayer;Wherein is discovered,I. What Prayer Is.II. What It Is To Pray With The Spirit.III. What It Is To Pray With The SpiritA N DWith the U N D E R S T A N D I N G also…spiritually […]

The worker and things as they are

The worker and things as they are – Chambers, Oswald 2 Corinthians 6:110 We have an idea that we have to alter things, we have not; we have to remain true to god in the midst of things as they are, to allow things as they are to trans- mute us. Things as they are […]

Law and Grace – John Bunyan

Law and Grace – John Bunyan T H EDoctrineO F – T H ELaw and Grace Unfolded;O R,A discourse touching the law and grace; the nature of the one,and the nature of the other; showing what they are, as theyare the two covenants; and likewise, who they be, and what theirconditions are, that be under either of […]

The Message of Invincible Consolation

The Message of Invincible Consolation – Chambers, Oswald Kathleen daily PrayerFather lead me day by day,Ever in Thine own sweet way;Teach me to be good and true,Show me what I ought to do. In Loving Memory ofKathleen Mary Cheal Clarke7From God 27th December, 1924To God 29th September, 1930 Again I shall behold thee, daughter true;The […]

The dedication of Following

The dedication of Following – Chambers, Oswald 1. The followers of gods life Be ye therefore followers of god. . . . (Ephesians 5:1) The one striking thing about following is we must not find our own way, for when we take the initiative we cease to follow. In the natural world everything depends upon […]

Justification – John Bunyan

Justification – John Bunyan JustificationBy AnImputedR I G H T E O U S N E S SORNo Way to Heaven but by JESUS CHRIST.I. By justification with God, we stand clear, quit, free, or in asaved condition, in the approbation of His holy law.II. By justification with men, we stand clear and quit from justground […]

Can you Come down?

Can you Come down? – Chambers, Oswald Mark 9:229 the test of spiritual life is the power to descend; if we have power to rise only, there is something wrong. We all have had times on the mount when we have seen things from gods standpoint and we wanted to stay there; but if we […]

Judgment – John Bunyan

Judgment – John Bunyan T H EResurrection of the Dead,And Eternal Judgment:O R,The truth of the Resurrection of the bodies, both of good andbad at the Last Day: asserted, and proved by God’s word.A L S O,The manner and order of their coming forth of their graves;as also, with what bodies they do arise. Together, […]

John Bunyan [02]

John Bunyan [02] M R.J O H N – B U N Y A N’ sDying Sayings  ByJ O H N. B U N Y A N(1628-1688)  1861.Published in Offor’s 1861 edition of “Bunyan’s Works.”   A collection of aphorisms gathered and classified under headings.They are his thoughts, whether uttered in his last illness, or expressed earlier in […]

John Bunyan [01]

John Bunyan [01] AM E M O I RO NJ O H N – B U N Y A N(1628-1688) Published in George Offor’s 1861 edition of “Bunyan’s Works.”  By R E V.–G E O R G EC H E E V E R  1861. A Memoir On John Bunyan.By Rev. George Cheever  THE life of John […]

Jesus Christ [03] – John Bunyan

Jesus Christ [03] – John Bunyan T H EWork of Jesus ChristA S _ A NA D V O C A T EClearly Explained,A N D,Largely Improved,F O R _ T H EBenefit of All Believers.  1 John 2:1 – “And if any man sin, we have anadvocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”  ByJ O H N. B […]

Jesus Christ [02] – John Bunyan

Jesus Christ [02] – John Bunyan C H R I S TAComplete Savior:OR,The Intercession of Christ,And Who Are Privileged in It.The meaning of the word‘ I N T E R C E S S I O N .’The benefits of this intercession of Christ. Its perpetuity..He ever lives to make intercession. The persons who are […]

Jesus Christ [01] – John Bunyan

Jesus Christ [01] – John Bunyan TheSaints’ KnowledgeO FC H R I S T ‘ S – L O V EO RThe Unsearchable Riches of Christ,Eph 3:18, 19The extent implied in the words breadth, length, depth, and height; as far beyondall other breadths, lengths, depths, and heights, as God is infinitely beyond allcreatures. Some degrees of this […]

Holy City – John Bunyan

Holy City – John Bunyan T H EHoly CityO R,The New JerusalemWherein,Its goodly light, walls, gates, angels, and the manner of theirstanding are expounded; also, her length and breadth; together with theGolden Measuring Reed explained; and the glory of all unfolded: as also,the numerousness of its inhabitants, and what the Tree and Water of Lifeare, […]

Hell – John Bunyan

Hell – John Bunyan A F E WSighs From Hell,orT H E G R O A N SO FThe Damned SoulorAn exposition of thoseW O R D Sin the Sixteenth of Luke,Concerning the Rich Man and the Beggarwherein is discoveredthe lamentable state of the D A M N E D;their cries, their desires in their distresses,W […]

Heaven [02] – John Bunyan

Heaven [02] – John Bunyan T H EStrait GateO R,Great Difficulty of Going to Heaven:Plainly proving, by the Scriptures, that not only the rude and profane, butmany great professors, will come short of that kingdom:with directions how and why every one should strive to enter in.  “Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide […]

Heaven [01] – John Bunyan

Heaven [01] – John Bunyan T H EHeavenly FootmanO R,A description of the man that gets to Heaven; together with the wayhe runs in, the marks he goes by; also, someD I R E C T I O N Show to run so as to obtain.With an epistle to all theslothful and careless people.  ByJ […]

The Ministry of the Unnoticed

The Ministry of the Unnoticed – Chambers, Oswald I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall blossom as the lily. Hosea 14:5 (rv ) The new testament notices things which from our standpoint do not seem to count. For instance, our lord called only twelve disciples, but what about all those other disciples […]

Grace [04] – John Bunyan

Grace [04] – John Bunyan T H EWater of LifeO R,A discourse showing the richness and gloryO F_T H EGrace of the Gospel,as set forth in the Scripture by this term,The Water of Life.  ByJ O H N. B U N Y A N1628-1688  “And whosoever will, let him take thewater of life freely.”–Revelation 22:17  L […]

Grace [03] – John Bunyan

Grace [03] – John Bunyan ADiscourse UponT H EPhariseeA N D – T H EPublicanWherein several great and weighty things are handled:as, the nature of prayer, and of obedience to the law,with how it obliges Christians, and wherein it consists.  Wherein is also shewed, the equally deplorable condition of the Pharisee,or hypocritical and self-righteous man; and of […]

Grace [02] – John Bunyan

Grace [02] – John Bunyan Saved By Grace O R A Discourse of the Grace of God Showing  I. What it is to be saved.II. What it is to be saved by grace.III. Who they are that are saved by grace.IV. How it appears that they are saved by grace.V. What should be the reason […]

Grace [01] – John Bunyan

Grace [01] – John Bunyan Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners John Bunyan(1628-1688) PUBLISHER’S FOREWORD A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR’S CALL TO THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY A BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR’S IMPRISONMENT THE CONCLUSION PUBLISHER’S FOREWORD John Bunyan was born at Elstow, near Bedford, England, sometime in the fall of 1628, […]

Genesis – John Bunyan

Genesis – John Bunyan An Exposition on theFirst Ten ChaptersO FG E N E S I SAnd Part of the Eleventh  ByJ O H N. B U N Y A N1628-1688  First published in 1691, by Charles Doe. An unfinished commentary on the Bible, found among JohnBunyan’s papers after his death, in his own handwriting. Edited […]

If god is love—why?

If god is love—why? – Chambers, Oswald December 14, 1916, Alexandria, Egypt. also given at Zeitoun . It is easy to say god is love when there is no war and when everything is going well; but it is not so easy to say when everything that happens actually gives the lie to it. For […]

Keep yourselves in the love of God

Keep yourselves in the love of God – Chambers, Oswald Jude 20–21 Keep yourselves in the love of god. The love of god! We have lost it to-day; we have turned our back on the ocean and are looking out over barren colourless hills for the oceans fulness. We need converting againturning round, and there […]

The Love of God

The Love of God – Chambers, Oswald God is love. God is love. No one but god could have revealed that to the world, for men, and we all indeed, see nothing but its contradiction in our own limited world of experience. It needs but little imagination to construe the life of hundreds of this […]

LETTER REV. W. C. BURNS

LETTER REV. W. C. BURNS – Robert Murray Mcchene A minister’s afflictions to be improved. June 10, 1840. MY DEAR BROTHER, —I am truly thankful that you have been raised up again—renewed, I trust, both in the inner and outer man. “I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you […]

The Fear of God – John Bunyan

The Fear of God – John Bunyan ATreatise of the Fear of God;Showing,What it is, and how distinguishedfrom that which it is not so.Also,Whence it comes; who has it; what are theeffects; and what the privileges of those thathave it in their hearts.  By J O H N. B U N Y A N1628-1688  “And whosoever […]

Election – John Bunyan

Election – John Bunyan Reprobation Asserted: The Doctrine of Eternal Election and ReprobationPromiscuously Handled,In Eleven Chapters.Wherein the most material objections made by the opposers ofthis doctrine, are fully answered; several doubts removed,and sundry cases of conscience resolved.The difference between being reprobated and being appointed tocondemnation; reprobation not the cause of sin or of condemnation.  By […]

LETTER TO A PARISHIONER ON A SICK-BED

LETTER TO A PARISHIONER ON A SICK-BED – Robert Murray Mcchene How cares and troubles sanctify. March 31, 1840. DEAR M., —I may not see you for a little, as I am not strong; and therefore, I send you a line in answer to your letter. I like to hear from you, and especially when […]

Christian Walk – John Bunyan

Christian Walk – John Bunyan Christian BehaviorBeing the fruits of true Christianity:Teaching husbands, wives, parents, children,masters, servants, etc.,how to walk so as to please GOD.  With a word of direction to all backsliders.  By J O H N. B U N Y A N1628-1688  1674.Written in 1663, while imprisoned in Bedford Prison.This was John Bunyan’s third book […]

LETTER TO MR. J. T. JUST

LETTER TO MR. J. T. JUST – Robert Murray Mcchene How to conduct prayer-meetings. March 27, 1840. MY DEAR JOHN, —I was glad to receive your letter, and am happy to answer you on the matter in which you apply to me. No person can be a child of God without living in secret prayer, […]

LETTER TO MISS COLLIER, DUNDEE

LETTER TO MISS COLLIER, DUNDEE- Robert Murray Mcchene Riches of Christ—resemblance to Him EDINBURGH, February 26, 1840. MY DEAR MISS COLLIER, —I am sorry to leave town without seeing you, but I find myself obliged to do so. A long and interesting meeting of presbytery took up the greater part of my time. I am […]

Antichrist – John Bunyan

Antichrist – John Bunyan ANDH I S – R U I N:ANDOf the Slaying the Witnesses.I. Of Antichrist.II. Of the ruin of Antichrist.III. Of the manner of the ruin of Antichrist.IV. Of the signs of the approach of the downfall of Antichrist.V. Of the instruments that God will use to bring Antichrist to his ruin.VI. Of the […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 8 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 8 – John Bunyan EIGHTH STAGE When they were gone from the shepherds, they quickly came to the place where Christian met with one Turn-away that dwelt in the town of Apostasy. Wherefore of him Mr. Great-Heart their guide now put them in mind, saying, This is the […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 7 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 7 – John Bunyan SEVENTH STAGE Well, the time grew on that the pilgrims must go on their way; wherefore they prepared for their journey. They sent for their friends; they conferred with them; they had some time set apart therein to commit each other to the protection […]

LETTER TO WM. C. BURNS, DUNDEE

LETTER TO WM. C. BURNS, DUNDEE – Robert Murray Mcchene Inquiries about the Revival on first coming home. 20, HILL STREET, EDINBURGH, 15th November 1839. MY DEAR FRIEND AND BROTHER, —I last night arrived once more in my beloved home, conducted through every danger by the unseen hand of our Father in heaven. I cannot […]

The Love of God

The Love of God – Chambers, Oswald The Love of Goda combined volume includingThe Love of GodThe Ministry of the UnnoticedThe Message of Invincible ConsolationThe Making of a ChristianNow Is It PossibleThe Graciousness of UncertaintyOswald Chambers Combined volume copyright © 1965, Oswald Chambers Publications AssociationPublished previously as individual booklets, the following titles were combined andpublished […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 6 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 6 – John Bunyan SIXTH STAGE Now I saw that they went on to the ascent that was a little way off, cast up to be a prospect for pilgrims. That was the place from whence Christian had the first sight of Faithful his brother. Wherefore, here they […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 5 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 5 – John Bunyan FIFTH STAGE Now I saw in my dream, that they went forward until they were come to the brow of the Hill; where Piety, bethinking herself, cried out, Alas, I have forgot what I intended to bestow upon Christiana and her companions: I will […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 4 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 4 – John Bunyan FOURTH STAGE Now when they had eaten and drank, and had chatted a little longer, their guide said to them, The day wears away; if you think good, let us prepare to be going. So they got up to go, and the little boys […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 3 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 3 – John Bunyan THIRD STAGE The Interpreter then called for a man-servant of his, one Great-heart, and bid him take A sword, and helmet, and shield; and, Take these my daughters, said he, conduct them to the house called Beautiful, at which place they will rest next. […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 2 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 2 – John Bunyan SECOND STAGE So I saw in my dream, that they walked on their way, and had the weather very comfortable to them. Then Christiana began to sing, saying, Blessed be the day that I began A pilgrim for to be; And blessed also be […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 1 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – SECTION 1 – John Bunyan FIRST STAGE By this time Christiana was got on her way, and Mercy went along with her: so as they went, her children being there also, Christiana began to discourse. And, Mercy, said Christiana, I take this as an unexpected favor, that thou shouldest […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – John Bunyan THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS. PART II. COURTEOUS COMPANIONS, Some time since, to tell you my dream that I had of Christian the pilgrim, and of his dangerous journey towards the Celestial country, was pleasant to me and profitable to you. I told you then also what I saw […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 PREFACE – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 PREFACE – John Bunyan HE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS FROM THIS WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME; DELIVERED UNDER THE SIMILTUDE OF A DREAM. PART II. WHEREIN IS SET FORTH THE MANNER OF THE SETTING OUT OF CHRISTIAN’S WIFE AND CHILDREN; THEIR DANGEROUS JOURNEY, AND SAFE ARRIVAL AT THE DESIRED COUNTRY. […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 10 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 10 – John Bunyan TENTH STAGE Then Christian addressed himself thus to his fellow: CHR. – Well, come, my good Hopeful, I perceive that thou and I must walk by ourselves again. So I saw in my dream, that they went on apace before, and Ignorance he came […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 9 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 9 – John Bunyan NINETH STAGE And I slept, and dreamed again, and saw the same two pilgrims going down the mountains along the highway towards the city. Now, a little below these mountains, on the left hand, lieth the country of Conceit, from which country there comes […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 8 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 8 – John Bunyan EIGHTH STAGE They went then till they came to the Delectable Mountains, which mountains belong to the Lord of that hill of which we have spoken before. So they went up to the mountains, to behold the gardens and orchards, the vineyards and fountains […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 7 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 7 – John Bunyan SEVENTH STAGE Now I saw in my dream, that Christian went not forth alone; for there was one whose name was Hopeful, (being so made by the beholding of Christian and Faithful in their words and behavior, in their sufferings at the fair,) who […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 6 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 6 – John Bunyan Now when they were got almost quite out of this wilderness, Faithful chanced to cast his eye back, and espied one coming after them, and he knew him. Oh! said Faithful to his brother, who comes yonder? Then Christian looked, and said, It is […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 5 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 5 – John Bunyan FIFTH STAGE Now, as Christian went on his way, he came to a little ascent, which was cast up on purpose that pilgrims might see before them: up there, therefore, Christian went; and looking forward, he saw Faithful before him upon his journey: Then […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 4 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 4 – John Bunyan FORTH STAGE Then he began to go forward; but Discretion, Piety, Charity, and Prudence would accompany him down to the foot of the hill. So they went on together, reiterating their former discourses, till they came to go down the hill. Then said Christian, […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 3 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 3 – John Bunyan THIRD STAGE Now I saw in my dream, that the highway up which Christian was to go, was fenced on either side with a wall, and that wall was called Salvation. Isaiah 26:1. Up this way, therefore, did burdened Christian run, but not without […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 2 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 2 – John Bunyan SECOND STAGE Then did Christian address himself to go back; and Evangelist, after he had kissed him, gave him one smile, and bid him God speed; So he went on with haste, neither spake he to any man by the way; nor if any […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 1 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 – SECTION 1 – John Bunyan THE FIRST STAGE. As I walked through the wilderness of this world, I lighted on a certain place where was a den, 3 and laid me down in that place to sleep; and as I slept, I dreamed a dream. I dreamed, and behold, […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 APOLOGY – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 1 APOLOGY – John Bunyan THE AUTHOR’S APOLOGYFORHIS BOOK. WHEN at the first I took my pen in hand Thus for to write, I did not understand That I at all should make a little book In such a mode: nay, I had undertook To make another; which, when almost done, […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – CONTENTS – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – CONTENTS – John Bunyan Author’s Apology for his Book PART I. THE FIRST STAGE. – Christian’s deplorable condition Evangelist directs him Obstinate and Pliable Slough of Despond Worldly Wiseman Mount Sinai Conversation with Evangelist THE SECOND STAGE. – The Gate conversation with Good-Will the Interpreter’s House Christian entertained the sights there shown […]

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 12 – John Bunyan

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 12 – John Bunyan THE CONCLUSION 1. Of all the temptations that ever I met with in my life, to question the being of God, and the truth of His gospel, is the worst, and the worst to be borne; when this temptation comes, it takes […]

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 11 – John Bunyan

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 11 – John Bunyan 300. This consideration, therefore, together with some others, were, for the most part, as a maul on the head of pride, and desire of vain glory; what, thought I, shall I be proud because I am a sounding brass? Is it so […]

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 10 – John Bunyan

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 10 – John Bunyan 270. By this text I was made to see that the Holy Ghost never intended that men who have gifts and abilities should bury them in the earth, but rather did command and stir up such to the exercise of their gift, […]

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 9 – John Bunyan

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 9 – John Bunyan 240. Another cause of this temptation was, that I had tempted God; and on this manner did I do it. Upon a time my wife was great with child, and before her full time was come, her pangs, as of a woman […]

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 8 – John Bunyan

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 8 – John Bunyan 210. These, as the elders of the city of refuge, I saw were to be the judges both of my case and me, while I stood, with the avenger of blood at my heels, trembling at their gate for deliverance, also with […]

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 7 – John Bunyan

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 7 – John Bunyan 180. About this time I took an opportunity to break my mind to an ancient Christian, and told him all my case; I told him, also, that I was afraid that I had sinned the sin against the Holy Ghost; and he […]

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 6 – John Bunyan

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 6 – John Bunyan 150. And now began I to labour to call again time that was past; wishing a thousand times twice told, that the day was yet to come, when I should be tempted to such a sin; concluding with great indignation, both against […]

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 5 – John Bunyan

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 5 – John Bunyan 120. Truly, I then found, upon this account, the great God was very good unto me; for, to my remembrance, there was not anything that I then cried unto God to make known and reveal unto me but He was pleased to […]

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 4 – John Bunyan

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 4 – John Bunyan 90. But I got nothing by what he said at present, only when he came to the application of the fourth particular, this was the word he said: If it be so, that the saved soul is Christ’s love when under temptation […]

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 3 – John Bunyan

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 3 – John Bunyan 60. 0 Lord, thought I, what if I should not, indeed? It may be you are not, said the tempter; it may be so, indeed, thought I. Why, then, said Satan, you had as good leave off, and strive no further; for […]

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 2 – John Bunyan

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 2 – John Bunyan 30. Wherefore I fell to some outward reformation, both in my words and life, and did set the commandments before me for my way to heaven; which commandments I also did strive to keep, and, as I thought, did keep them pretty […]

LETTER TO REV. R. MACDONALD OF BLAIRGOWRIE

LETTER TO REV. R. MACDONALD OF BLAIRGOWRIE – Robert Murray Mcchene The Holy Land MOUNT CARMEL, June 26, 1839. MY DEAR FRIEND, —I wrote to you from the land of Egypt, and now from the Land of Promise. I would have written from Jerusalem; but our departure was so hurried, owing to an increase of […]

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 1 – John Bunyan

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – SECTION 1 – John Bunyan GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS OR, A BRIEF RELATION OF THE EXCEEDING MERCY OF GOD IN CHRIST, TO HIS POOR SERVANT JOHN BUNYAN 1. In this my relation of the merciful working of God upon my soul, it will not […]

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – PREFACE – John Bunyan

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – PREFACE – John Bunyan OR BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE PUBLISHING OF THIS WORK WRITTEN BY THE AUTHOR THEREOF, AND DEDICATED TO THOSE WHOM GOD HATH COUNTED HIM WORTHY TO BEGET TO FAITH, BY HIS MINISTRY IN THE WORD CHILDREN, grace be with you, Amen. I being taken […]

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – FORWARD – John Bunyan

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – FORWARD – John Bunyan John Bunyan was born at Elstow, near Bedford, England, sometime in the fall of 1628, the first of three children born to Thomas and Margaret Bunyan. The parish register indicates that he was baptized on November 30, 1628. In Grace Abounding Bunyan describes […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 19 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 19 – John Bunyan When the town of Mansoul had thus far rid themselves of their enemies, and of the troublers of their peace, in the next place a strict commandment was given out, that yet my Lord Willbewill should, with Diligence his man, search for, and do his best to […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 18 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 18 – John Bunyan But there were three of those that came from the land of Doubting, who, after they had wandered and ranged the country a while, and perceived that they had escaped, were so hardy as to thrust themselves, knowing that yet there were in the town Diabolonians,-I say, […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 17 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 17 – John Bunyan So order was given out by the Lord Mayor, that wise and trusty friend of the town of Mansoul, that persons should be employed about this necessary business; and Mr. Godly-Fear, and one Mr. Upright, were to be overseers about this matter: so persons were put under […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 16 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 16 – John Bunyan Now the townsmen began to perceive what interest the captain had, both with the court, and also with the Lord Secretary in Mansoul; for no man before could speed when sent, nor bring such good news from Emmanuel as he. Wherefore what do they, after some lamentation […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 15 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 15 – John Bunyan After the town of Mansoul had been in this sad and lamentable condition for so long a time as I have told you, and no petitions that they presented their Prince with, all this while, could prevail, the inhabitants of the town, namely, the elders and chief […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 14 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 14 – John Bunyan Now, as Diabolus was busy and industrious in preparing to make his assault upon the town of Mansoul without, so the captains and soldiers in the corporation were as busy in preparing within; they mounted their slings, they set up their banners, they sounded their trumpets, and […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 13 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 13 – John Bunyan And not many days after he provided for his journey, and went towards Hell-Gate Hill, into the country where the Doubters were, where he heard of all that had been talked of in Mansoul, and he perceived also that Diabolus was almost ready for his march, etc. […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 12 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 12 – John Bunyan Now all the while that the raging runagates and hellish Diabolonians were thus contriving the ruin of the town of Mansoul, they (namely the poor town itself) were in a sad and woful case; partly because they had so grievously offended Shaddai and his Son, and partly […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 11 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 11 – John Bunyan Well, when the Sabbath-day was come, they went to hear their subordinate preacher; but oh, how he did thunder and lighten this day! His text was that in the prophet Jonah: ‘They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.’But there was then such power and authority […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 10 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 10 – John Bunyan When the Prince had thus far new-modelled the town of Mansoul, and had instructed them in such matters as were profitable for them to know, then he appointed another day in which he intended, when the townsfolk came together, to bestow a further badge of honour upon […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 9 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 9 – John Bunyan Now when Mr. True-Man, the gaoler, perceived that he had lost his prisoner, he was in a heavy taking, because that prisoner was, to speak on, the very worst of all the gang: wherefore, first he goes and acquaints my Lord Mayor, Mr. Recorder, and my Lord […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 8 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 8 – John Bunyan Now, when the time was come, and the court set, commandment was sent to Mr. True-Man, the gaoler, to bring the prisoners down to the bar. Then were the prisoners brought down, pinioned and chained together, as the custom of the town of Mansoul was. So, when […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 7 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 7 – John Bunyan Well, I told you before how the prisoners were entertained by the noble Prince Emmanuel, and how they behaved themselves before him, and how he sent them away to their home with pipe and tabor going before them. And now you must think that those of the […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 6 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 6 – John Bunyan Now, Captain Boanerges and Captain Conviction were, both of them, men of very great majesty; their faces were like the faces of lions, and their words like the roaring of the sea; and they still quartered in Mr. Conscience’s house, of whom mention was made before. When, […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 5 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 5 – John Bunyan So when Emmanuel saw that Mansoul was thus involved in sin, he calls his army together (since now also his words were despised), and gave out a commandment throughout all his host to be ready against the time appointed. Now, forasmuch as there was no way lawfully […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 4 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 4 – John Bunyan Now Diabolus had waited for his return, for he had heard that they had been at their points. So, when he was come into the chamber of state, Diabolus saluted him with-‘Welcome, my lord. How went matters betwixt you to-day?’So the Lord Incredulity, with a low congee, […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 3 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 3 – John Bunyan Now all this time the good King, the King Shaddai, was preparing to send an army to recover the town of Mansoul again from under the tyranny of their pretended king Diabolus; but he thought good, at first, not to send them by the hand and conduct […]

LETTER TO REV. JOHN ROXBURGH, OF ST JOHN’S, DUNDEE

LETTER TO REV. JOHN ROXBURGH, OF ST JOHN’S, DUNDEE – Robert Murray Mcchene The Holy Land JERUSALEM, June 17, 1839. MY DEAR FRIEND, —I am sure you will be glad to hear from your brother in the ministry, in this land trodden by the feet of “God manifest in the flesh.” My thoughts wander continually […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 2 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 2 – John Bunyan When the giant had thus engarrisoned himself in the town of Mansoul, and had put down and set up whom he thought good, he betakes himself to defacing. Now there was in the market- place in Mansoul, and also upon the gates of the castle, an image […]

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 1 – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – CHAPTER 1 – John Bunyan In my travels, as I walked through many regions and countries, it was my chance to happen into that famous continent of Universe. A very large and spacious country it is: it lieth between the two poles, and just amidst the four points of the heavens. It […]

HOLY WAR – ADVERTISMENT – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – ADVERTISMENT – John Bunyan SOME say the ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ is not mine, Insinuating as if I would shine In name and fame by the worth of another, Like some made rich by robbing of their brother. Or that so fond I am of being sire, I’ll father bastards; or, if need require, […]

TENTH PASTORAL LETTER

TENTH PASTORAL LETTER – Robert Murray Mcchene O my dear flock, whom I love in the Lord Jesus, grace, mercy, and peace, be multiplied from God the Father, and from His Son Jesus Christ. I fear that many of you will be thinking hardly of your distant pastor, because of his long silence; and, indeed, I […]

Knocking at God’s Door

Knocking at God’s Door – Chambers, Oswald Knocking at God’s DoorA Little Book of PrayersOswald Chambers —————————————————————————————Copyright 1957 Oswald Chambers Publications AssociationScripture versions quoted: kjv, rv Introduction Source The material in knocking at gods door is from the prayers oswald chambers recorded in his personal diary. The prayers from january through october reflect oswalds years […]

HOLY WAR – TO THE READER – John Bunyan

HOLY WAR – TO THE READER – John Bunyan ‘Tis strange to me, that they that love to tell Things done of old, yea, and that do excel Their equals in historiology, Speak not of Mansoul’s wars, but let them lie Dead, like old fables, or such worthless things, That to the reader no advantage […]

FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan

FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan PILGRIMS PROGRESS Ft1 Without end. Ft2 Hint, whisper, insinuation. Ft3 Bedford jail, in which the author was a prisoner for conscience sake. Ft4 Wish a curse to. Ft5 The Holy Spirit. Ft6 Of the flesh and blood of Christ. Ft7 A musical instrument. Ft8 A gold angel was a coin of […]

PEACEABLE PRINCIPLES AND TRUE – John Bunyan

PEACEABLE PRINCIPLES AND TRUE – John Bunyan OR, A BRIEF ANSWER TO MR. DANVERS’ AND MR. PAUL’S BOOKS AGAINST MY CONFESSION OF FAITH, AND DIFFERENCES IN JUDGMENT ABOUT WATER BAPTISM NO BAR TO COMMUNION; WHEREIN THEIR SCRIPTURELESS NOTIONS ARE OVERTHROWN AND MY PEACEABLE PRINCIPLES STILL MAINTAINED. Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? Do ye […]

DIFFERENCES IN JUDGMENT – John Bunyan

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A CONFESSION OF MY FAITH. – John Bunyan

A CONFESSION OF MY FAITH. – John Bunyan 1. IBELIEVE that there is but one only true God, and that there is none other but he: “To us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee, the only true God,” etc. […]

A CONFESSION OF MY FAITH AND A REASON OF MY PRACTICE – John Bunyan

A CONFESSION OF MY FAITH AND A REASON OF MY PRACTICE – John Bunyan Or, With Who, and Who Not, I Can Hold Church Fellowship of the Communion of Saints: Showing, by Divers Arguments, That Though I Dare Not Communicate With the Open Profane, Yet I Can With Those Visible Saints That Differ About Water […]

REPROBATION ASSERTED – John Bunyan

REPROBATION ASSERTED – John Bunyan OR, THE DOCTRINE OF ETERNAL ELECTION AND REPROBATION PROMISCUOUSLY HANDLED: IN ELEVEN CHAPTERS WHEREIN THE MOST MATERIAL OBJECTIONS MADE BY THE OPPOSERS OF THIS DOCTRINE ARE FULLY ANSWERED, SEVERAL DOUBTS REMOVED, AND SUNDRY CASES OF CONSCIENCE RESOLVED. What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the […]

CHRIST’S SERMON ON THE MOUNT. – John Bunyan

CHRIST’S SERMON ON THE MOUNT. – John Bunyan <400501> MATTHEW And Jesus, seeing the multitudes, ascended Up to a mount, where sitting, and attended By his disciples, he began to preach; And on this manner following did them teach: Blessed are all such as are poor in spirit, For they the heavenly kingdom do inherit. […]

NINTH PASTORAL LETTER

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A DISCOURSE ON PRAYER – John Bunyan

A DISCOURSE ON PRAYER – John Bunyan WHEREIN ARE BRIEFLY DISCOVERED — I. WHAT PRAYER IS. — II. WHAT IT IS TO PRAY WITH THE SPIRIT. — III. WHAT IT IS TO PRAY WITH THE SPIRIT, AND WITH THE UNDERSTANDING ALSO. For we know not what we should pray for as we ought; only the […]

THE GLORY OF THE TEMPLE – John Bunyan

THE GLORY OF THE TEMPLE – John Bunyan OR, SOLOMON’S TEMPLE, AND THE MATERIALS THEREOF, SPIRITUALIZED. I. WHERE THE TEMPLE WAS BUILT. The temple was built at Jerusalem, on Mount Moriah, in the threshing-floor of Arnon the Jebusite; whereabout Abraham offered up Isaac; there where David met the angel of the Lord when he came […]

NEW TESTAMENT TRUTHS. – John Bunyan

NEW TESTAMENT TRUTHS. – John Bunyan Thou son of man, show the house to the house of Israel — show the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – THE EIGHTH STAGE. – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – THE EIGHTH STAGE. – John Bunyan THE EIGHTH STAGE. WHEN they were gone from the shepherds, they quickly came to the place where Christian met with one Turn-away that dwelt in the town of Apostasy. Wherefore of him Mr. Great-heart their guide did now put them in mind, saying, “This is the […]

THE PILGRIMS GO FORWARD – THE SEVENTH STAGE. – John Bunyan

THE PILGRIMS GO FORWARD – THE SEVENTH STAGE. – John Bunyan THE SEVENTH STAGE. WELL, the time grew on that the pilgrims must go on their way; wherefore they prepared for their journey. They sent for their friends; they conferred with them; they had some time set apart therein to commit each other to the […]

EIGHTH PASTORAL LETTER

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PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – THE SIXTH STAGE. – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – THE SIXTH STAGE. – John Bunyan THE SIXTH STAGE. NOW I saw that they went on to the ascent that was a little way off, cast up to be a prospect for pilgrims. That was the place from whence Christian had the first sight of Faithful his brother. Wherefore, here they sat […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – THE FIFTH STAGE. – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – THE FIFTH STAGE. – John Bunyan THE FIFTH STAGE. NOW I saw in my dream, that they went forward until they were come to the brow of the hill; where Piety, bethinking herself, cried out, “Alas, I have forgot what I intended to bestow upon Christiana and her companions: I will go […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – THE FOURTH STAGE. – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – THE FOURTH STAGE. – John Bunyan THE FOURTH STAGE. NOW when they had eaten and drank, and had chatted a little longer, their guide said to them, “The day wears away; if you think good, let us prepare to be going.” So they got up to go and the little boys went […]

GREAT-HEART – THE THIRD STAGE. – John Bunyan

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IN THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM. – John Bunyan

IN THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM. – John Bunyan — — — — — — PART 2. COURTEOUS COMPANIONS — Some time since, to tell you my dream that I had of Christian the pilgrim, and of his dangerous journey towards the celestial country, was pleasant to me and profitable to you. I told you […]

THE PILGRIM. – John Bunyan

THE PILGRIM. – John Bunyan GO now, my little Book, to every place Where my first Pilgrim has but shown his face: Call at their door; if any say, “Who’s there?” Then answer thou, “Christiana is here.” If they bid thee come in, then enter thou, With all thy boys; and then, as thou knowest […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – PART 2 – John Bunyan FROM THIS WORLD TO THAT WHICH IS TO COME; DELIVERED UNDER THE SIMILITUDE OF A DREAM. PART 2 , WHEREIN IS SET FORTH THE MANNER OF THE SETTING OUT OF CHRISTIAN担 WIFE AND CHILDREN, THEIR DANGEROUS JOURNEY, AND SAFE ARRIVAL AT THE DESIRED COUNTRY. I have used […]

BLINDNESS PREVALENT – THE TENTH STAGE. – John Bunyan

BLINDNESS PREVALENT – THE TENTH STAGE. – John Bunyan THE TENTH STAGE. THEN Christian addressed thus himself to his fellow: Christian. Well, come, my good Hopeful, I perceive that thou and I must walk by ourselves again. So I saw in my dream that they went on apace before, and Ignorance he came hobbling after. […]

IGNORANCE MET – THE NINTH STAGE. – John Bunyan

IGNORANCE MET – THE NINTH STAGE. – John Bunyan THE NINTH STAGE. AND I slept, and dreamed again, and saw the same two Pilgrims going down the mountains along the highway towards the city. Now, a little below these mountains, on the left hand, lieth the country of Conceit; from which country there comes into […]

SEVENTH PASTORAL LETTER

SEVENTH PASTORAL LETTER – Robert Murray Mcchene Unexpected calls to labor —Parting counsels to believers. EDINBURGH, March 13, 1839. To all of you who are my brethren, and my companions in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ, your pastor wishes grace, mercy, and peace. It gives me great joy […]

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – THE EIGHTH STAGE. – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – THE EIGHTH STAGE. – John Bunyan THE EIGHTH STAGE. THEY went then till they came to the Delectable Mountains, which mountains belong to the Lord of that hill of which we have spoken before; so they went up to the mountains, to behold the gardens and orchards, the vineyards and fountains of […]

The unrealized logic of Prayer

The unrealized logic of Prayer – Chambers, Oswald Chapter XIIRomans 8:26–28 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit. Ephesians 6:18 praying in the holy ghost. Jude 20 Ephesians 6:18 and jude 20 are not quite identical with romans 8:26.In the former it is man praying in the atmosphere produced by the holy […]

The Key to service

The Key to service – Chambers, Oswald After Noon address at founder ’s day, the annual meetings of the PentecostalLeague of Prayer, London , may 5, 1915 Chapter XI Pray ye therefore the lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Matthew 9:38 This is the key to the whole […]

Intercession

Intercession – Chambers, Oswald Chapter XGenesis 18:23–33 And the lord went his way, . . . And Abraham returned unto his place. Genesis 18:33 The great difficulty in intercession is myself, nothing less or more. The first thing i have to do is to take myself to school. My first duty is not to assert […]

SIXTH PASTORAL LETTER

SIXTH PASTORAL LETTER – Robert Murray Mcchene Self-devotedness—what it ought to be. EDINBURGH, March 6, 1839. To all my dear flock over which the Holy Ghost hath made me overseer—to all of you who are of the church of God, which He hath purchased with his own blood—your pastor wishes grace, mercy, and peace. I […]

This day is that day

This day is that day – Chambers, Oswald address at autumnal gathering , League of Prayer, London , November 6, 1912Chapter IX And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, ver- ily, i say unto you, whatsoever ye shall ask the father in my name, he will give it you. John 16:23 Unperplexed […]

BY-ENDS OVERTAKEN – THE SEVENTH STAGE. – John Bunyan

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PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – THE SIXTH STAGE. – John Bunyan

PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – THE SIXTH STAGE. – John Bunyan THE SIXTH STAGE. NOW, when they were got almost quite out of this wilderness, Faithful chanced to cast his eye back, and espied one coming after them, and he knew him. “Oh’” said Faithful to his brother, “who comes yonder?” Then Christian looked, and said, “It […]

St. Paul’s intercession For instantaneous insistent sanctification

St. Paul’s intercession For instantaneous insistent sanctification – Chambers, Oswald Chapter VIII 1 Thessalonians 5:23–24 All through the bible the separation of a people by god is revealed, and the individual members of that people have to separate themselves to gods service. We are set apart that we may set ourselves apart. God who requires […]

PURSUES HIS JOURNEY – THE FOURTH STAGE. – John Bunyan

PURSUES HIS JOURNEY – THE FOURTH STAGE. – John Bunyan THE FOURTH STAGE. THEN he began to go forward; but Discretion, Piety, Charity, and Prudence would accompany him down to the foot of the hill. So they went on together, reiterating their former discourses, till they came to go down the hill. Then said Christian […]

LOSES HIS BURDEN – THE THIRD STAGE. – John Bunyan

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PILGRIM’S PROGRESS – THE FIRST STAGE – John Bunyan

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COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN. – John Bunyan

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Praying in the holy ghost

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FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan

FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan ADVISE TO SUFFERS Not equipages to ride, but dainty formalities. — Ed. “A good and harmless conscience”; not as the procuring cause of confidence in God’s tender care of us, but as the strong evidence of our election and regeneration. — Ed. “Bravery”; magnificence or excellence. “Like a stately ship, with […]

AN ELEGY – John Bunyan

AN ELEGY – John Bunyan ON THE DEATH OF THE WORTHY AND PIOUS MR. JOHN BUNYAN, LATE PREACHER OF THE GOSPEL AT BEDFORD, AND AUTHOR OF THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, HOLY WAR, AND THE ADVOCATESHIP OF JESUS CHRIST, WITH MANY MORE EXCELLENT BOOKS; WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON FRIDAY THE LAST DAY OF AUGUST, 1688. DEEP […]

A CONTINUATION OF MR. BUNYAN’S LIFE

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MR. JOHN BUNYAN’S DYING SAYINGS. – John Bunyan

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PASTORAL LETTERS.,, – John Bunyan

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PASTORAL LETTERS – John Bunyan

PASTORAL LETTERS – John Bunyan ADDRESSED TO SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE CHURCH OF BEDFORD. BY JOHN BUNYAN, Written by the Appointment, and Subscribed in the Name and With the Consent of the Church.

THE CONCLUSION. – John Bunyan

THE CONCLUSION. – John Bunyan BEFORE I wind up this discourse, I would lay down these few things for you to consider and meditate upon. 1. Consider, that seeing all and every one by nature are accounted sinners, it is no matter whether thy actual sins be little or great, few or many; thy sinful […]

OF SELF-DENIAL. – John Bunyan

OF SELF-DENIAL. – John Bunyan Question. I am glad you have thus far granted my request; but you told me that there was another part of God’s worship; pray repeat that again? Answer. It is self-denial. Question. Now I remember it well. Pray how do you prove that selfdenial is called a part of God’s […]

OF PRAYER. – John Bunyan

OF PRAYER. – John Bunyan Question. Well, I am glad that you have showed me that I must worship God by confession of sin, and faith in Jesus Christ. Is there any other thing a part of the true worship of God? Answer. Yes, several; I will mention only two more at this time. Question. […]

OF FAITH IN CHRIST. – John Bunyan

OF FAITH IN CHRIST. – John Bunyan Question. I am glad that you have instructed me into this part of the worship of God; I pray tell me also how else I should worship him? Answer. Thou must believe his word. Question. Is that worshiping God? Answer. Yes. “After the way which you call heresy, […]

OF CONFESSION OF SIN. – John Bunyan

OF CONFESSION OF SIN. – John Bunyan Question. You have showed me, if I will indeed worship God, I must first know him aright; now then to the question in hand. Pray how must I worship him? Answer. In confessing unto him. Nehemiah 9:1-3. Question. What must I confess? Answer. Thou must confess thy transgressions […]

OF SEEKING SALVATION YOUNG. – John Bunyan

OF SEEKING SALVATION YOUNG. – John Bunyan Question. Did ever God punish little children for sin against him? Answer. Yes; when the flood came, he drowned all the little children that were in the old world; he also burnt up all the little children which were in Sodom; and because upon a time the little […]

OF THE PUNISHMENT OF SIN. – John Bunyan

OF THE PUNISHMENT OF SIN. – John Bunyan Question. Where will God punish sinners for their sins? Answer. Both in this world, and in that which is to come. Genesis 3:24; 4:10-12; Job 21:30. Question. How are men punished in this world for sin? Answer. Many ways, as with sickness, losses, crosses, disappointments, and the […]

OF MAN’S SIN. – John Bunyan

OF MAN’S SIN. – John Bunyan Question. How did God make Man in the day of his first creation? Answer. God made Man upright. In the image of God created he him. Ecclesiastes 7:29; Genesis 1:27. Question. Did God when he made Man, leave him without a rule to walk by? Answer. No; he gave […]

A FAMILIAR CATECHISM – John Bunyan

A FAMILIAR CATECHISM – John Bunyan OR, INSTRUCTION FOR THE IGNORANT, Being a salve to cure that great want of knowledge which somuch reigns in young and old. prepared and presented to them in a plain and easy dialogue pitted to the capacity of the weakest. “My People perish for lack of Knowledge.” — Hosea […]

CONCLUDING COUNSELS TO UNQUIET SUFFERERS. – John Bunyan

CONCLUDING COUNSELS TO UNQUIET SUFFERERS. – John Bunyan IWILL conclude, then, with a word to those professors, if there be any such, that are of an unquiet and troublesome spirit. Friends, I may say to you, as our Lord said once to his disciples, “Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.” To […]

GENERAL USES OF THE WHOLE DISCUSSION – John Bunyan

GENERAL USES OF THE WHOLE DISCUSSION – John Bunyan We will now conclude with a short word by way ofUSE. You see how I have opened the text, and what hath naturally followed thereupon; from the whole of which may be gathered: First, That the people of God are a suffering people — a people […]

ALL OUR FEARS DISPELLED BY GOD’S FAITHFULNESS. – John Bunyan

ALL OUR FEARS DISPELLED BY GOD’S FAITHFULNESS. – John Bunyan ACOMELY Thing It Is For The Soul That Feareth God, To Love And Reverence him in all his appearances. We should be like the spaniel dog, even lie at the foot of our God, as he at the foot of his master; yea, and should […]

GOOD EFFECT OF OBSERVING THE FOREGOING ADVICE. – John Bunyan

GOOD EFFECT OF OBSERVING THE FOREGOING ADVICE. – John Bunyan ICOME now to speak to the third and last part of the text, namely, of the good effect that will certainly follow to those that, after a due manner, shall take the advice afore given. “Let them that suffer according to the will of God, […]

ADVICE GROUNDED ON THE DOCTRINE ESTABLISHED – John Bunyan

ADVICE GROUNDED ON THE DOCTRINE ESTABLISHED – John Bunyan AND thus, in a word or two, I have finished the first two parts of the text, and showed you what there is in Peter’s counsel and advice; and showed you also, to whom his advice is given: in which last, as you see, I have […]

ALL OUR SUFFERINGS SUBJECT TO GOD’S DISPOSAL. – John Bunyan

ALL OUR SUFFERINGS SUBJECT TO GOD’S DISPOSAL. – John Bunyan IHAVE now done with that first head that was to be spoken to, as touching the law and testament; which we have said was to be understood of the will of God spoken of in the text: “Let them that suffer according to the will […]

WHAT IT IS TO SUFFER FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS’ SAKE – John Bunyan

WHAT IT IS TO SUFFER FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS’ SAKE – John Bunyan BUT we will pass this, and come to our second particular, namely,TO SHOW WHEN IT MAY BE SAID AMAN DOTH NOT ONLY SUFFER FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS,BUT ALSO FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS’SAKE. To suffer for righteousness’ sake must be either with the intention of the persecutor or else […]

WHAT IT IS TO SUFFER FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. – John Bunyan

WHAT IT IS TO SUFFER FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS. – John Bunyan ICOME now to the second thing propounded to be spoken to, as to suffering, which is this. —THAT THERE HAVE BEEN,AND YET MAY BE, APEOPLE IN THE WORLD THAT HAVE,AND MAY,SUFFER IN THE SENSE OF THE APOSTLE HERE,ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD,OR FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS’SAKE. […]

WHO ARE PARTICULARLY CONCERNED IN THIS EXHORTATION. – John Bunyan

WHO ARE PARTICULARLY CONCERNED IN THIS EXHORTATION. – John Bunyan ISHALL now come to the second thing contained in the text, namely, to give you a more distinct description of the men that are thus bid to commit the keeping of their souls to God. And they are thus described: they that “suffer according to […]

Now this explains it

Now this explains it – Chambers, Oswald Chapter VI As thou, father, art in me, and i in thee, that they also may be one in us. John 17:21 The submissions of life (luke 2:51; john 19:11) We are not built for ourselves, but for god, not for service for god, but for god; that […]

HOW TO FULFILL THIS NECESSARY DUTY. – John Bunyan –

HOW TO FULFILL THIS NECESSARY DUTY. – John Bunyan – BUT what is committing of the soul to God? Answer. I have, in general, briefly spoken to that already, and now, for thy further help, we will a little enlarge. Wherefore, 1. To commit is to deliver up to custody to be kept. Hence prisoners, […]

REASONS FOR THIS EXHORTATION – John Bunyan

REASONS FOR THIS EXHORTATION – John Bunyan We will now come to touch upon that which may more immediately be called the reason of this exhortation; for, although all these things that have been mentioned before may, or might be called reasons of the point, yet there are those, in my judgment, that may be […]

ADVICE TO SUFFERERS. – John Bunyan

ADVICE TO SUFFERERS. – John Bunyan CHAPTER -EXTORTION OF THE TEXT EXPLAINED “Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to Him in well doing, as unto a faithful creator” — 1 Peter 4:19. THIS epistle was written to saints in affliction, specially those of the […]

SEASONABLE COUNSEL – John Bunyan

SEASONABLE COUNSEL – John Bunyan OR, ADVICE TO SUFFERERS. BY JOHN BUNYAN. London: Printed for Benjamin Alsop, at the Angel and Bible in the Poultry, 1684. ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR. THIS valuable treatise was first published in a pocket volume in 1684, and has only been reprinted in Whitfield’s edition of Bunyan’s works, 2 vols. […]

PRISON MEDITATIONS. – John Bunyan

PRISON MEDITATIONS. – John Bunyan DEDICATED TO THE HEART OF SUFFERING SAINTS AND REIGNING SINNERS FRIEND, I salute thee in the Lord, And wish thou may’st abound In faith, and have a good regard To keep on holy ground. Thou dost encourage me to hold My head above the flood; Thy counsel better is than […]

A RELATION OF THE IMPRISONMENT OF MR. JOHN BUNYAN – John Bunyan

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A PREFACE – John Bunyan

A PREFACE – John Bunyan OR BRIEF ACCOUNT OF THE PUBLISHING OF THIS WORK WRITTEN BY THE AUTHOR THEREOF, AND DEDICATED TO THOSE WHOM GOD HATH COUNTED HIM WORTHY TO BEGET TO FAITH, BY HIS MINISTRY IN THE WORD CHILDREN, grace be with you, Amen. I being taken from you in presence, and so tied […]

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – John Bunyan

GRACE ABOUNDING TO THE CHIEF OF SINNERS – John Bunyan BY JOHN BUNYAN THE AUTHOR TO THOSE WHOM GOD HATH COUNTED HIM WORTHY TO BEGET TO FAITH BY HIS MINISTRY IN THE WORD. PUBLISHER’S FOREWORD JOHN BUNYAN was born at Elstow, near Bedford, England, sometime in the fall of 1628, the first of three children […]

FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan

FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan SAVED BY GRACE Ft1 General course of manners, behavior, deportment, especially as it regards morals (see Philippians 1:27, 1 Peter 1:15). Ft2 Their conduct proved to the living that they were dead, they themselves having no feeling or sense of spiritual life; but, when quickened, their penitence and good works were […]

THE TRINITY AND A CHRISTIAN. – John Bunyan

THE TRINITY AND A CHRISTIAN. – John Bunyan HOW A YOUNG OR SHAKEN CHRISTIAN SHOULD DEMEAN HIMSELF UNDER THE WEIGHTY THOUGHTS OF THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY, OR PLURALITY OF PERSONS IN THE ETERNAL GODHEAD. THE reason why I say young or shaken Christian, is, because some one who is not young, but of an […]

THE LAW AND A CHRISTIAN. – John Bunyan

THE LAW AND A CHRISTIAN. – John Bunyan THE law was given twice upon Mount Sinai; but the appearance of the Lord, when he gave it the second time, was wonderfully different from that, when at the first he delivered it to Israel. When he gave it the first time, he caused his terror and […]

OBJECTIONS AS TO PRESENT DIFFICULTIES ANSWERED. – John Bunyan

OBJECTIONS AS TO PRESENT DIFFICULTIES ANSWERED. – John Bunyan Objection. But, alas, though I should never sin that sin, yet I have other sins enough to damn me. Answer. What though thou hadst the sins of a thousand sinners, yet if thou come to Christ, He will save thee ( John 6:37; See also Hebrews […]

OBJECTIONS AS TO PAST SINS ANSWERED – John Bunyan

OBJECTIONS AS TO PAST SINS ANSWERED – John Bunyan AND thus also you may see that the doctrine of the Gospel is of great advantage to the people of God that are already come in, or to them that shall at the consideration hereof be willing to come in, to partake of the glorious benefits […]

THE SUBJECT APPLIED IN CONSOLATION. – John Bunyan

THE SUBJECT APPLIED IN CONSOLATION. – John Bunyan NOW a few words to the second doctrine, and so I shall draw towards a conclusion. The doctrine doth contain in it very much comfort to thy soul who art a new-covenant man, or one of those who are under the new covenant. There is, 1. pardon […]

THE SUBJECT APPLIED IN SELF-EXAMINATION. – John Bunyan

THE SUBJECT APPLIED IN SELF-EXAMINATION. – John Bunyan THUS have I, reader, given thee a brief discourse touching the Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace, also of the nature of the one, together with the nature of the other. I have also in this discourse endeavored to show you the condition of them […]

PRIVILEGES OF THOSE WHO ARE UNDER GRACE – John Bunyan

PRIVILEGES OF THOSE WHO ARE UNDER GRACE – John Bunyan In the next place, I shall show you the several privileges and advantages that the man or woman hath that is under this Covenant of Grace, over what they have that are under the Covenant of the Law and Works. As, First. The Covenant of […]

HOW SINNERS ARE BROUGHT UNDER GRACE – John Bunyan

HOW SINNERS ARE BROUGHT UNDER GRACE – John Bunyan TheSECOND thing that I am to speak unto is this —WHO they are that are actually brought into this free and unchangeable grace; and alsoHOW they are brought in. Answer. Indeed, now we come to the pinch of the whole discourse; and if God do but […]

PROOF THAT THIS GRACE IS FREE AND UNCHANGEABLE – John Bunyan

PROOF THAT THIS GRACE IS FREE AND UNCHANGEABLE – John Bunyan THUS I have showed you in particular, that the Covenant of Grace of God is free and unchangeable to men — that is, in that it hath been obtained for men, and that perfectly, to the satisfying of justice, and taking all things out […]

OFFICES OF CHRIST AS MEDIATOR OF THE COVENANT OF GRACE. – John Bunyan

OFFICES OF CHRIST AS MEDIATOR OF THE COVENANT OF GRACE. – John Bunyan BUT, in the next place, this was not all — that is, the Covenant of Grace, with the conditions thereof, was not only concluded on by both parties to be done, but Jesus Christ [Christ is put into office by the Father, […]

THIS GRACE, BY COVENANT, IS FREE AND UNCHANGEABLE – John Bunyan

THIS GRACE, BY COVENANT, IS FREE AND UNCHANGEABLE – John Bunyan NOW we are to proceed, and the things that we are to treat upon in the second place are these 1. [Besides the reasons already given.] Why is it a free and unchangeable grace? 2. Who they are that are actually brought into His […]

SOME MEN NOT UNDER THE LAW, BUT UNDER GRACE. – John Bunyan

SOME MEN NOT UNDER THE LAW, BUT UNDER GRACE. – John Bunyan NOW, in the next place, I shall come to some application of the truth of that which hath been spoken; but I shall in the first place speak something to he second doctrine, and then afterwards I shall speak something by way of […]

HOW FAR MEN MAY GO, YET BE UNDER THE LAW. – John Bunyan

HOW FAR MEN MAY GO, YET BE UNDER THE LAW. – John Bunyan Question . “But seeing you have spoken thus far, I wish you would do so much as to show in some particulars, both what men have done, and how far they have gone, and what they have received, being yet under this […]

WHO ARE THUS UNDER THE LAW – John Bunyan

WHO ARE THUS UNDER THE LAW – John Bunyan BUT you will say — “But who are those that are thus under the law?” Answer. Those that are under the law may be branched out into three ranks of men; either, first, such as are grossly profane, or such as are more refined; which may […]

WHAT IT IS TO BE UNDER THE LAW. – John Bunyan

WHAT IT IS TO BE UNDER THE LAW. – John Bunyan ASECOND thing to be spoken to is this: to show what it is to be under the law as it is a Covenant of Works; to which I shall speak, and that thus — To beUNDER THE LAW AS IT IS ACOVENANT OF WORKS, […]

THE DOCTRINE OF THE LAW AND GRACE UNFOLDED – John Bunyan

THE DOCTRINE OF THE LAW AND GRACE UNFOLDED – John Bunyan SOME IN GOSPEL TIMES ARE STILL UNDER THE LAW “For ye are not under the law, but under grace” ( Romans 6:14). In the three former chapters, the Apostle is pleading for the salvation of sinners by grace without the works of the law, […]

THE LAW AND GRACE UNFOLDED; – John Bunyan

THE LAW AND GRACE UNFOLDED; – John Bunyan OR, A DISCOURSE TOUCHING THE LAW AND GRACE; THE NATURE OF THE ONE, AND THE NATURE OF THE OTHER; SHOWING WHAT THEY ARE, AS THEY ARE THE TWO COVENANTS; AND LIKEWISE, WHO THEY BE, AND WHAT THEIR CONDITIONS ARE, THAT BE UNDER EITHER OF THESE TWO COVENANTS: […]

FINAL APPLICATION – John Bunyan

FINAL APPLICATION – John Bunyan THE THIRD USE. If justifying righteousness be alone to be found in the person of Jesus Christ, then this shews us the sad condition of two sorts of men — (1.) Of those that hang in doubt betwixt Christ and the law. (2.) Of those that do professedly make denial […]

ENCOURAGEMENT TO LIVE BY FAITH – John Bunyan

ENCOURAGEMENT TO LIVE BY FAITH – John Bunyan ICOME now toTHE SECOND USE — HaveFAITH IN CHRIST. Question. ‘But what are we to understand by faith?’ Answer: Faith importeth as much as to say, receive, embrace, accept of, or trust in, the benefit offered. All which are, by holy men of God, words used on […]

WARNING AGAINST SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS. – John Bunyan

WARNING AGAINST SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS. – John Bunyan THE FIRST USE. Is justifying righteousness to be found in the person of Christ only? Then this should admonish us to take heed of seeking it in ourselves — that is, of working righteousness, thereby to appease the justice of God, lest by so doing we affront and blaspheme […]

MEN ARE JUSTIFIED ONLY BY THE PERSONAL RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST – John Bunyan

MEN ARE JUSTIFIED ONLY BY THE PERSONAL RIGHTEOUSNESS OF CHRIST – John Bunyan AND that thou mayest yet be helped in this matter, I shall now come to speak to the second conclusion. The second position is,THAT MEN CAN BE JUSTIFIED FROM THE CURSE BEFORE GOD WHILE SINNERS IN THEMSELVES BY NO OTHER RIGHTEOUSNESS THAN […]

CAUTION TO AN ANXIOUS SINNER – John Bunyan

CAUTION TO AN ANXIOUS SINNER – John Bunyan TO conclude. Notwithstanding all that hath or can be said, there are six things that have great power with the heart to bend it to seek life before God by the law; of all which I would caution that soul to beware that would have happiness in […]

SEVERAL REASONS ADDUCED FOR THIS – John Bunyan

SEVERAL REASONS ADDUCED FOR THIS – John Bunyan I should now come to the second conclusion — viz., that this can be done by no other righteousness than that long ago performed by, and remaining with, the person of Christ. But before I speak to that, I will a little further press this, by urging […]

EXAMPLES OF JUSTIFIED PERSONS. – John Bunyan

EXAMPLES OF JUSTIFIED PERSONS. – John Bunyan HAVING passed over these few scriptures, I shall come to particular instances of persons who have been justified; and shall briefly touch their qualifications in the act of God’s justifying them. I. By the Old Testament examples. First, “And unto Adam also and to his wife did the […]

SCRIPTURE PROOFS OF THE FIRST POSITION – John Bunyan

SCRIPTURE PROOFS OF THE FIRST POSITION – John Bunyan But to pass this digression, and to come to my argument — namely, that men are justified from the curse of the law before God while sinners in themselves. This is evident by what hath already been said; for if the justification of their persons is […]

JUSTIFICATION BY AN IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS 2 – John Bunyan

JUSTIFICATION BY AN IMPUTED RIGHTEOUSNESS 2 – John Bunyan MEN ARE JUSTIFIED WITH IN THEMSELVES SINNERS JUSTIFICATION is to be diversely taken in the scripture. 1. Sometimes it is taken for the justification of persons. 2. Sometimes for the justification of actions. 3. And sometimes for the justification of the person and action too. It […]

APPLICATION OF THE SUBJECT – John Bunyan

APPLICATION OF THE SUBJECT – John Bunyan AFEW words by way of use, and so I shall conclude. I. My first use is forDOCTRINE. And it is threefold. First. Is the salvation of the sinner by the grace of God? Then here you see the reason why God hath not respect to the personal virtues […]

WHY GOD SAVES BY GRACE, RATHER THAN BY ANY OTHER MEANS – John Bunyan

WHY GOD SAVES BY GRACE, RATHER THAN BY ANY OTHER MEANS – John Bunyan ICOME now to answer the fifth question; namely, to show why God saveth those that he saveth by grace, rather than by any other means. First. God saveth us by grace, because since sin is in the world, he can save […]

HOW IT APPEARS THAT THE SAVED, ARE SAVED BY GRACE? – John Bunyan

HOW IT APPEARS THAT THE SAVED, ARE SAVED BY GRACE? – John Bunyan This fourth question requireth that some demonstration be given of the truth of this doctrine — to wit, thatTHEY THAT ARE SAVED ARE SAVED BY GRACE. What hath been said before hath given some demonstration of the truth; wherefore, first repeating in […]

WHO THEY ARE THAT ARE TO BE SAVED BY GRACE. – John Bunyan

WHO THEY ARE THAT ARE TO BE SAVED BY GRACE. – John Bunyan ICOME now to the third particular — namely, to show youWHO THEY ARE THAT ARE TO BE SAVED BY GRACE. First. Not the self-righteous, not they that have no need of the physician. “The whole have no need of the physician,” saith […]

WHAT IS IT TO BE SAVED BY GRACE? – John Bunyan

WHAT IS IT TO BE SAVED BY GRACE? – John Bunyan NOW I come to the second question — to wit, What is it to be saved by grace? For so are the words of the text, “By grace ye are saved.” But, First. I must touch a little upon the wordGRACE, and show you […]

SAVED BY GRACE. 2 – John Bunyan

SAVED BY GRACE. 2 – John Bunyan CHAPTER -WHAT IT IS TO BE SAVED “By grace ye are saved.” — Ephesians 2:5. In the first chapter, from the fourth to the twelfth verse, the apostle is treating of the doctrine of election, both with respect to the act itself, the end, and means conducing thereto. […]

SAVED BY GRACE. 1 – John Bunyan

SAVED BY GRACE. 1 – John Bunyan THE EPISTLE TO THE READER. COURTEOUS READER, IN this little book thou art presented with a discourse of the GRACE of God, and of salvation by that grace. In which discourse, thou shalt find how each Person in the Godhead doth his part in the salvation of the […]

What Shall I Do Then With Jesus? – Billy Sunday

What Shall I Do Then With Jesus? – Billy Sunday “What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?”–Matt. 27:22.Nineteen hundred years ago a star poised above a lowly manger in Bethlehem and above the moonlit hills of Judea the angels heralded the beginning of the life of Jesus Christ upon this earth–He […]

FIFTH PASTORAL LETTER

FIFTH PASTORAL LETTER – Robert Murray Mcchene What God has done, and the returns made: Isaiah 5:4 EDINBURGH, February 27, 1839. To all of you, my dear flock, who are washed and sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God, your pastor again wishes grace, mercy, […]

The Curse of Liquor! – Billy Sunday

The Curse of Liquor! – Billy Sunday As preached in Boston, MA I am the sworn, eternal and uncompromising enemy of the liquor traffic. I have been, and will go on, fighting that damnable, dirty, rotten business with all the power at my command. I shall ask no quarter from that gang, and they shall […]

Dancing, Drinking, Card Playing – Billy Sunday

Dancing, Drinking, Card Playing – Billy Sunday “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). I KNOW of no more suitable text in all the Bible for the subject that I have in hand, and by the presence of such a vast audience and […]

FOURTH PASTORAL LETTER

FOURTH PASTORAL LETTER – Robert Murray Mcchene God the answerer of prayer EDINBURGH, February 20, 1839. To all of you, my dear flock, who are chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blame before Him in love, your pastor again wishes grace and peace from God the Father […]

THE WATER OF LIFE – CHAPTER 6 – John Bunyan

THE WATER OF LIFE – CHAPTER 6 – John Bunyan FINAL APPLICATION. AND thus much for the explication of the text. I now come to make some use of the whole. You know our discourse has been at this time of. the water of life, of its quantity, headspring and quality: and I have showed […]

THE WATER OF LIFE – CHAPTER 5 – John Bunyan

THE WATER OF LIFE – CHAPTER 5 – John Bunyan PECULIAR PROPERTIES OF THE WATER OF LIFE. BUT I leave this, and proceed to the fourth and last thing, namely, to the nature and quality of this water. It is said to be pure and clear, pure and clear as crystal. “And he showed me […]

THE WATER OF LIFE – CHAPTER 4 – John Bunyan

THE WATER OF LIFE – CHAPTER 4 – John Bunyan ORIGINAL SPRING OF THE WATER OF LIFE. AND thus I pass the second, and come to the third particular, and that is to show the head and spring from whence this river proceeds. Rivers have their heads from whence they rise, out of which they […]

THE WATER OF LIFE – CHAPTER 2 & 3 – John Bunyan

THE WATER OF LIFE – CHAPTER 2 & 3 – John Bunyan  THE WATER OF LIFE EXPLAINED. AND HE SHOWED ME A PURE RIVER OF WATER OF LIFE, CLEAR AS CRYSTAL, PROCEEDING OUT OF THE THRONE OF GOD AND OF THE LAMB. — Revelation 22:1 THESE words are part of that description that one of […]

THE WATER OF LIFE – CONTENTS – John Bunyan

THE WATER OF LIFE – CONTENTS – John Bunyan THE WATER OF LIFE: OR, THE RICHNESS AND GLORY OF THE GRACE AND SPIRIT OF THE GOSPEL. The Epistle To The Reader CHAPTER 1. The Water Of Life Explained CHAPTER 2. Abundance Of The Water Of Life CHAPTER 3. Original Spring Of The Water Of Life […]

THE WATER OF LIFE – CHAPTER 1 – John Bunyan

THE WATER OF LIFE – CHAPTER 1 – John Bunyan THE WATER OF LIFE: – OR, A DISCOURSE SHOWING THE RICHNESS AND GLORY OF THE GRACE AND SPIRIT OF THE GOSPEL, AS SET FORTH IN SCRIPTURE BY THIS TERM, THE WATER OF LIFE. And whosoever will, let him take the Water of Life freely. — […]

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CHAPTER 8 – John Bunyan

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CHAPTER 8 – John Bunyan APPLICATION OF THE SUBJECT. BUT, to draw to a conclusion, let us now then make some use of this doctrine: as, Firstly , From the truth of the matter, namely, that the man who is truly come to God, has had his heart broken, his heart […]

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CHAPTER 7 – John Bunyan

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CHAPTER 7 – John Bunyan ADVANTAGES OF KEEPING THE HEART TENDER. AND here, as in a fit place, before I go any further, I will show you some of the advantages that a Christian gets by keeping his heart tender. For, as to have a broken heart, is to have an […]

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CHAPTER 6 – John Bunyan

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CHAPTER 6 – John Bunyan WHY A BROKEN HEART IS ACCEPTABLE TO GOD. AND thus have I done with this, and shall come next to the reasons of the point, namely, to show you, why or how it comes to pass, that a broken heart, a heart truly contrite, is to […]

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CHAPTER 5 – John Bunyan

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CHAPTER 5 – John Bunyan NECESSITY OF A BROKEN HEART. I COME, in the next place, to speak to this question. ‘But what NECESSITY is there that the heart must be broken? Cannot a man be saved unless his heart be broken?’ I answer, avoiding secret things, which only belong to […]

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CHAPTER 4 – John Bunyan

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CHAPTER 4 – John Bunyan SIGNS OF A BROKEN HEART. I NOW come more particularly to give you some signs of a broken heart, of a broken and a contrite spirit. First , a broken-hearted man, such as is intended in the text, is a sensible man. He is brought to […]

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CHAPTER 3 – John Bunyan

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CHAPTER 3 – John Bunyan WHAT A REALLY BROKEN HEART IS. I come now in order, to show you what a broken heart, and what a contrite spirit is. This must be done, because in the discovery of this lies both the comfort of them that have it, and the conviction […]

THIRD PASTORAL LETTER

THIRD PASTORAL LETTER – Robert Murray Mcchene How God works by providences EDINBURGH, February 13, 1839 To all of you, my dear friends and people, who are and shall ever be followers of the Lamb, whithersoever He goeth, your pastor again wishes grace and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. I […]

After god’s silence—what?

After god’s silence—what? – Chambers, Oswald Chapter V Now jesus loved martha, and her sister, and lazarus. When he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in the same place where he was. John 11:56 The absence of audible response Jesus stayed two days where he was without sending a […]

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CHAPTER 1 & 2 – John Bunyan

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CHAPTER 1 & 2 – John Bunyan EXCELLENCE OF A BROKEN HEART. THE SACRIFICES OF GOD ARE A BROKEN SPIRIT: A BROKEN AND A CONTRITE HEART, O GOD! THOU WILT NOT DESPISE. — Psalm 51:17. THIS Psalm is David’s penitential Psalm. It may be fitly so called, because it is a […]

The Curriculum of intercession

The Curriculum of intercession – Chambers, Oswald Chapter IV I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what i shall answer when i am reproved. And the l ord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it […]

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CONTENTS – John Bunyan

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CONTENTS – John Bunyan Use Of The Whole Discussion THE WORK OF JESUS CHRIST AS AN ADVOCATE, EXPLAINED. The Author’s Epistle To The Reader CHAPTER 1. Things Presupposed In The Text CHAPTER 2. This Office Of Christ Explained CHAPTER 3. How This Office Is Managed CHAPTER 4. For Whom This […]

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CHAPTER 9 – John Bunyan

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CHAPTER 9 – John Bunyan USES OF THE WHOLE DISCUSSION. HAVING thus spoken to these objections, let us now come to make some use of the whole. First Use. First, I would exhort the children of God to consider the dignity that God hath put upon Jesus Christ their Savior. […]

The secret of the sacred struggle For Prayer

The secret of the sacred struggle For Prayer — Chambers, Oswald Lecture:  Bible training college, may 7, 1915Chapter III Ephesians 6:1219 Paul takes the illustration of battle and applies it at once to what goes on in a saints life; the whole meaning of taking the armour of god is for prayer. Prayer is the […]

SECOND PASTORAL LETTER

SECOND PASTORAL LETTER – Robert Murray Mcchene Past times of privilege reviewed privileges still remaining. EDINBURGH, February 6, 1839. To all of you, my dear flock, who have chosen the good part which cannot be taken away, your pastor wishes grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. The sweet […]

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CHAPTER 8 – John Bunyan

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CHAPTER 8 – John Bunyan VARIOUS OBJECTIONS ANSWERED. VIII. Thus have I given you an account of the nature, end, and necessity of the advocateship of Jesus Christ; and should now come to application: only I must first remove an objection or two. Objection 1. ‘But what need of all […]

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CHAPTER 7 – John Bunyan

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CHAPTER 7 – John Bunyan NECESSITY OF SUCH AN ADVOCATE. ICOME now to the fifth thing, which is, To show you whatNECESSITY there is that Christ should be our Advocate. That Christ should be a Priest to offer a sacrifice, a King to rule, and a Prophet to teach, all […]

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CHAPTER 6 – John Bunyan

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CHAPTER 6 – John Bunyan PRIVILEGES PECULIAR TO SUCH. IV. AND for thy further encouragement in this matter, I will here bring in the fourth chief head, to wit, to show whatEXCELLENT PRIVILEGES (I mean over and above what has already been spoken of) they have, that are made partakers […]

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CHAPTER 5 – John Bunyan

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CHAPTER 5 – John Bunyan FOR WHOM THIS OFFICE IS EXERCISED. ISHALL come now to the third head, namely, to show you more particularly who they are that have Jesus Christ for their Advocate: In my handling of this head, I shall show, 1. That this office of an Advocate […]

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CHAPTER 4 – John Bunyan

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CHAPTER 4 – John Bunyan HOW THIS OFFICE IS MANAGED. AND thus I have showed you the nature, the matter, the order, and occasion of this office of our blessed Lord Jesus. II. I come now to show you how Jesus Christ dothMANAGE this office of an Advocate for us. […]

FIRST PASTORAL LETTER

FIRST PASTORAL LETTER – Robert Murray Mcchene TO all of you, my dear friends and people, who are beloved of God, and faithful in Christ Jesus, your pastor wishes grace and peace from God the Father, and Christ Jesus our Lord. [25] As several of you have expressed a desire to hear from me, and as […]

The secret of the sacred simplicity of Prayer

The secret of the sacred simplicity of Prayer – Chambers, Oswald Lecture: b Bible training college , April 6, 1915Chapter II Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41 These words were spoken in the supreme moment of our lords agony; we […]

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CHAPTER 1,2 & 3 – John Bunyan

JESUS CHRIST AS ADVOCATE – CHAPTER 1 & 2 – John Bunyan THE WORK OF JESUS CHRIST AS AN ADVOCATE, EXPLAINED. THINGS PRESUPPOSED IN THE TEXT. And If Any Man Sin, We Have An Advocate With The Father, Jesus Christ The Righteous. — 1 John 2:1. THAT the apostle might obtain due regard from those […]

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 9 – John Bunyan

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 9 – John Bunyan USE OF THE WHOLE DISCUSSION I WOULD come now to speak one short word of use to the whole. And, 1. This still shows more and more, what a sad state God ’s people have brought themselves into by sin. I told you before, that the […]

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 8 – John Bunyan

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 8 – John Bunyan THE REASON OF HOPE STRENGTHENED MORE ABUNDANTLY Now, as this last clause, as I termed it, is the amplification of the reason going before; so itself yieldeth amplifying reasons as a conclusion of the whole. For, 1. Add redemption unto mercy, and then things still are […]

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 7 – John Bunyan

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 7 – John Bunyan THE REASON OF HOPE STRENGTHENED But I shall pass from this to the third thing found in the text, and that is the AMPLIFICATION OF THE REASON I told you that there were in the text these three things: 1. An exhortation to the children of […]

LETTER TO THE REV. W. C. BURNS

LETTER TO THE REV. W. C. BURNS – Robert Murray Mcchene On his agreeing to undertake the charge of St Peter’s, during Mr. M‘C.’s absence in Palestine EDINBURGH Hill Street, March 22, 1839. MR. DEAR FRIEND,—For I trust I may now reckon you among the number in the truest sense, —I haste to send you […]

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 6 – John Bunyan

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 6 – John Bunyan THE REASON OF HOPE FRUITFUL IN RESULTS I COME now to the second thing, which is to show what is to be inferred from this REASON OF HOPE . And, 1. This, to be sure, is to be inferred, That Israel, as the child of God, […]

What’s the good of Prayer?

What’s the good of Prayer? – Chambers, Oswald Given to troops , November 4, 1915, and November 13, 1916YMCA camp, Zeitoun , EgyptChapter I 1 Timothy 2:1–8 Because We Need To (Luke 11:1)For Human Wits Have an End (Psalm 108:13,19, 28)For Human Wills Have an End (Romans 8:26)For Human Wisdom Has an End ( James […]

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 5 – John Bunyan

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 5 – John Bunyan THE REASON OF HOPE IN GOD’S MERCY THUS have I gone through the first part of the text., which consists of an exhortation to hope in the Lord And I have showed you, 1. The matter contained therein. 2. Something of the reason of the manner […]

If Ye Shall Ask

If Ye Shall Ask – Chambers, Oswald If Ye Shall AskOswald Chamber Copyright © 1937 Oswald Chambers Publications AssociationScripture versions quoted: kjv, rv ————————————————————————————— Introduction Source if ye shall ask is from lectures given at the bible training college, 1 London (191115); at league of prayer 2 gatherings in Britain; to British common- wealth troops […]

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 4 – John Bunyan

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 4 – John Bunyan HOW HOPE IS MADE A DUTY BY THE WORD HAVING thus briefly touched upon those three things that are contained in the matter of the exhortation, I now come to speak a word to the MANNER of phrases, by which the exhortation is presented to us. […]

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 3 – John Bunyan

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 3 – John Bunyan THE LORD THE HOPE OF HIS PEOPLE I SHALL, therefore, come, in the next place, to treat of the well managing of this duty with reference to its primary object, which is the Lord himself: “Let Israel hope in the Lord.” There is a general object […]

The disciple and the lord of destiny

The disciple and the lord of destiny – Chambers, Oswald Chapter XIIRevelation 3 His divine integrity These things saith he that is holy, he that is true . . . (revelation 3:7) (a) harmony with gods character these words suggest that our lords unlimited sovereignty over human souls rests upon moral fitness. In revelation 5 […]

The Philosophy of the Perfect life

The Philosophy of the Perfect life – Chambers, Oswald Chapter XIMatthew 19:16–22 The occasion of a conversation is in many respects as important to consider as its subject. The occasion of this conversation was the coming to jesus of a splendid, upright, young aristocrat who was consumed with a master passion to possess the life […]

TO MISS COLLIER, DUNDEE

TO MISS COLLIER, DUNDEE – Robert Murray Mcchene How his silence may be useful to his people and himself EDINBURGH, March 14, 1839. MY DEAR MISS COLLIER, —I feel it very kind you’re writing to me and rejoice in sending you a word in answer by my excellent friend Mr. Moody. Indeed, I was just […]

The PhilosoPhy of discipleship

The PhilosoPhy of discipleship – Chambers, Oswald The quotations are from the book entitled The Following of Christ, by John tauter .Chapter X Let no man think that sudden in a minuteAll is accomplished and the work is done:—Though with thine earliest dawn thou shouldstbegin itScarce were it ended in thy setting sun. Discipleship must […]

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 2 – John Bunyan

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 2 – John Bunyan THE BEST THINGS ARE YET FUTURE THE Psalmist, therefore, by exhorting us unto this duty, doth put us in mind of four things. 1. That the best things are yet behind, and in reversion for the saints. 2. That those that have believed, will yet meet […]

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 1 – John Bunyan

ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED – CHAPTER 1 – John Bunyan THE TEXT EXPLAINED Let Israel Hope In The Lord: For With The Lord There Is Mercy, And With Him Is Plenteous Redemption, — <19D007> Psalm 130:7. THIS psalm is said to be one of the psalms of degrees, which some say, if I be not mistaken, […]

TO THE SAME

TO THE SAME – Robert Murray Mcchene Before going forth on the mission to Israel EDINBURGH, March 15, 1839. MR. DEAR MRS. THAIN, —You will think me very unkind in breaking my word to Mr. Thain, in not writing you in answer to your kind letter by him. But I did too much the week […]

TO MRS. THAIN, HEATHPARK

TO MRS. THAIN, HEATHPARK – Robert Murray Mcchene During the continuance of the same illness EDINBURGH, February 9, 1839. MY DEAR MRS. THAIN, —I was happy to receive your and Mr. Thain’s kind letter. It is very cheering to me, in my exile from my flock, to hear of them. I send you a short […]

TO REV. R. MACDONALD, BLAIRGOWRIE

TO REV. R. MACDONALD, BLAIRGOWRIE – Robert Murray Mcchene Written when first laid aside by that illness which afterwards led to the Jewish Mission EDINBURGH, January 12, 1839. MR. DEAR FRIEND, —The very day I received your kind letter, I intended to have written you that you might provide someone to stand in my place […]

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CONTENTS – John Bunyan

THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE – CONTENTS – John Bunyan OR, THE EXCELLENCY OF A BROKEN HEART. CHAPTER 1. Excellency Of A Broken Heart CHAPTER 2. What A Really Broken Heart Is CHAPTER 3. Signs Of A Broken Heart CHAPTER – Necessity Of A Broken Heart CHAPTER 5. Why A Broken Heart Is Acceptable To God. CHAPTER […]

BUNYAN’S CONSOLING WORKS. – John Bunyan

BUNYAN’S CONSOLING WORKS. – John Bunyan ISRAEL’S HOPE ENCOURAGED: THE WORK OF JESUS CHRIST AS AN ADVOCATE EXPLAINED: THE ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE: THE WATER OF LIFE. BY JOHN BUNYAN. AUTHOR OF THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, AND THE HOLY WAR. Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. — Isaiah 40:1. ARRANGED AND CLASSIFIED IN NATURAL ORDER, […]

FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan

FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN The word “merit” was changed for “mercy” after the author’s death.— Ed. Ft2 “Not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.” ( 2 Corinthians 10:18) “Carry the bell and wear the garland,” alluding to our old English races; the winner being rewarded […]

DIVINE EMBLEMS: 2 – John Bunyan

DIVINE EMBLEMS: 2 – John Bunyan OR, TEMPORAL THINGS SPIRITUALIZED. THE LARK AND THE FOWLER. THOU simple bird, what makes thee here to play? Look, there’s the fowler, prithee come away. Dost not behold the net? Look! there ‘tis spread. Venture a little farther, thou art dead! Is there not room enough in all the […]

DIVINE EMBLEMS 1 – John Bunyan

DIVINE EMBLEMS 1 – John Bunyan OR, TEMPORAL THINGS SPIRITUALIZED. FITTED FOR THE USE OF BOYS AND GIRLS, OF ALL AGES AND SIZES. THE AUTHOR TO THE READER. COURTEOUS READER: THE title page will show, if thou wilt look, Who are the proper subjects of this book. They’re boys and girls, of all sorts and […]

A DISCOURSE UPON THE PHARISEE AND PUBLICAN. – John Bunyan

A DISCOURSE UPON THE PHARISEE AND PUBLICAN. – John Bunyan CHAPTER – “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican: The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am mot as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even […]

TO THE READER. – John Bunyan

TO THE READER. – John Bunyan COURTEOUS READER, I have made bold once again to present thee with some of my meditations; and they are now about thePHARISEE and thePUBLICAN: Two men in whose condition the whole world is comprehended, both as to their state now, and condition at the judgment. Wherefore in reading this […]

A DISCOURSE UPON THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN – John Bunyan

A DISCOURSE UPON THE PHARISEE AND THE PUBLICAN – John Bunyan WHEREIN SEVERAL GREAT AND WEIGHTY THINGS ARE HANDLED: AS, THE NATURE OF PRAYER, AND OF OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW, WITH HOW FAR IT OBLIGES CHRISTIANS, AND WHEREIN IT CONSISTS. Wherein is Also Shewed, the Equally Deplorable Condition of the Pharisee, or Hypocritical and Self-Righteous […]

THE BARREN FIG TREE. 2 – John Bunyan

THE BARREN FIG TREE. 2 – John Bunyan A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none; cut it […]

THE BARREN FIG TREE 1 – John Bunyan

THE BARREN FIG TREE 1 – John Bunyan OR, THE DOOM AND DOWNFALL OF THE FRUITLESS PROFESSOR: SHOWING THAT THE DAY OF GRACE MAY BE PAST WITH HIM LONG BEFORE HIS LIFE IS ENDED: THE SIGNS, ALSO, BY WHICH SUCH MISERABLE MORTALS MAY’ BE KNOWN. TO THE READER. COURTEOUS READER: I have written to thee […]

THE HEAVENLY FOOTMAN – HEAVEN MUST BE RUN FOR – John Bunyan

THE HEAVENLY FOOTMAN – HEAVEN MUST BE RUN FOR – John Bunyan CHAPTER -HEAVEN MUST BE RUN FOR. So run that ye may obtain. — 1 Corinthians 9:24. HEAVEN and happiness is that which every one desireth, insomuch that wicked Balsam could say, “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last […]

THE HEAVENLY FOOTMAN – John Bunyan

THE HEAVENLY FOOTMAN – John Bunyan OR A DESCRIPTION OF THE MAN THAT GETS TO HEAVEN: TOGETHER WITH THE WAY HE RUNS IN, THE MARKS HE GOES BY; ALSO SOME DIRECTIONS HOW TO RUN SO AS TO OBTAIN. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for […]

THE STRAIT GATE – John Bunyan

THE STRAIT GATE – John Bunyan OR GREAT DIFFICULTY OF GOING TO HEAVEN. “Strive to enter in at the strait gate; for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” — Luke 13:24. These are the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and are, therefore, in especial manner […]

TO THE READER – John Bunyan

TO THE READER – John Bunyan COURTEOUS READER, God (I hope) hath put it into my heart to write unto thee another time, and that about matters of the greatest moment (for now we discourse not about things controverted among the godly, but directly about the saving or damning of the soul; yea, moreover, this […]

THE STRAIT GATE – John Bunyan

THE STRAIT GATE – John Bunyan OR, GREAT DIFFICULTY OF GOING TO HEAVEN: Plainly proving, by the Scripture, that not only the Rude and Profane, but many great Professors, will come short of that Kingdom. “Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to […]

The Philosophy of sacrificing

The Philosophy of sacrificing – Chambers, Oswald The quotations are from the book entitled The Following of Christ, by John tauter .Chapter IXMatthew 16:24–26“I Wonder If I Will or If I Won’t” God does not take the wilful wont out of us by salvation; at any stage we may say, no, thank you, i am […]

FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan

FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOR Hermotimus of Lucian. During one of these wanderings his wife thought him dead, and his body was burnt. Whether the poor soul, thus suddenly ejected, obtained another habitation is not narrated. ‘Of their relations,’ related or belonging to themselves. — Ed. Also where the gardener hath set them, there […]

A CAUTION TO STIR UP THE SOUL – John Bunyan

A CAUTION TO STIR UP THE SOUL – John Bunyan TO WATCH AGAINST SIN. The first eight lines one did commend to me; The rest I thought good to commend to thee. Reader, in reading be thou ruled by me; With rhymes nor lines, but truths, affected be. 1. Sin will at first, just like […]

POSTSCRIPT – John Bunyan

POSTSCRIPT – John Bunyan Reader, I thought good to advertise thee, that I have delivered this to thy hand in the same order and method in which it was preached, and almost in the same words, without any diminishings, or considerable enlargings, unless it be in the twelve last particulars; upon some of which I […]

EXHORTATION TO UNITY AND PEACE – CHAPTER 3 – John Bunyan

EXHORTATION TO UNITY AND PEACE – CHAPTER 3 – John Bunyan THE FRUITS OF UNITY AND PEACE III. Having shown you wherein this Unity consists, I now come to the third general thing propounded: and that is, to show you the fruits and benefits of unity and peace, together with the mischiefs and inconveniences that […]

The Philosophy of love

The Philosophy of love – Chambers, Oswald The quotations are from the book entitled The Following of Christ, by John tauter .Chapter VIII Mark 12:2931 The way of the sovereign preference of the heart Lovest thou me? ( john 21:1517) and these are the right lovers of god, Who love god with their whole heart. […]

EXHORTATION TO UNITY AND PEACE – CHAPTER 4 – John Bunyan

EXHORTATION TO UNITY AND PEACE – CHAPTER 4 – John Bunyan DIRECTIONS AND MOTIVES Last of all, I now come to give you directions and motives for obtaining peace and unity. First . If ever we would live in peace and unity, we must pray for it. We are required to seek peace: of whom […]

EXHORTATION TO UNITY AND PEACE – CHAPTER 2 – John Bunyan

EXHORTATION TO UNITY AND PEACE – CHAPTER 2 – John Bunyan WHEREIN UNITY AND PEACE CONSIST II. I now come to show youWHEREIN THIS UNITY AND PEACE CONSIST. And this I shall demonstrate in five particulars. 1. This unity and peace may consist with the ignorance of many truths, and the holding of some errors; […]

EXHORTATION TO UNITY AND PEACE – CHAPTER 1 – John Bunyan

EXHORTATION TO UNITY AND PEACE – CHAPTER 1 – John Bunyan THE SENSE OF THE TEXT OPENED Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:3. Beloved, religion is the great bond of human society; and it were well if itself were kept within the bond of unity. And […]

FEAR OF GOD – CHAPTER 6 – John Bunyan

FEAR OF GOD – CHAPTER 6 – John Bunyan THE USE OF THIS DOCTRINE HAVING proceeded thus far about this doctrine of the fear of God, I now come to make some use and application of the whole; and my first use shall be a use of examination. I. Is this fear of God such […]

FEAR OF GOD – CHAPTER 5 – John Bunyan

FEAR OF GOD – CHAPTER 5 – John Bunyan THE PRIVILEGE OF THOSE THAT FEAR THE LORD. HAVING thus briefly handled, in particular, thus far this fear of God, I shall now show you certain of the excellent privileges of those that fear the Lord: not that they are not privileges that have been already […]

FEAR OF GOD – CHAPTER 4 – John Bunyan

FEAR OF GOD – CHAPTER 4 – John Bunyan THE EFFECTS OF GODLY FEAR. HAVING showed you what godly fear flows from, I come now to show you what proceeds or flows from the godly fear of God, when it is seated in the heart of man. 1. There flows from this godly fear, a […]

FEAR OF GOD – CHAPTER 3 – John Bunyan

FEAR OF GOD – CHAPTER 3 – John Bunyan THE TRUE CHARACTER OF THE FEAR OF GOD. INOW come, in the next place, to treat of the grace of ear more immediately intended in the text, which I call a lasting godly fear. And first, by way of explication, by which I shall show, I. […]

The Philosophy of reason

The Philosophy of reason – Chambers, Oswald The quotation are from the book entitled The Following of Christ, by john tauter .Chapter VII Essence of reason in the saint . . . Being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you. (1 peter […]

FEAR OF GOD – CHAPTER 2 – John Bunyan

FEAR OF GOD – CHAPTER 2 – John Bunyan THE RULE OF FEAR, AND ITS SEVERAL KINDS. I SHALL now come to the second thing, to wit, the rule, and directory of our fear. Of this word FEAR, as it is taken for the word of God, the written word of God; for that also […]

FEAR OF GOD – CHAPTER 1 – John Bunyan

FEAR OF GOD – CHAPTER 1 – John Bunyan OBJECT AND REASONS OF FEAR . Fear God. -Revelation 14:7. THIS exhortation is not only found here in the text, but is in several other places of the Scripture pressed, and that with much vehemency, upon the children of men, as in Ecclesiastes 12:13; 1 Peter […]

The Philosophy of godliness

The Philosophy of godliness – Chambers, Oswald he quotations are from the book entitled The Following of Christ, by john tauter .Chapter VI Verily, verily, i say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that i do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because i go unto […]

FEAR OF GOD – CONTENT – John Bunyan

FEAR OF GOD – CONTENT – John Bunyan CHAPTER 1 — The Object and Reasons of Fear CHAPTER 2 — The Rule of Fear, and its Several Kinds CHAPTER 3 — The True Character of the Fear of God CHAPTER 4 — The Effects of Godly Fear CHAPTER 5 — The Privileges of Those that […]

CHAPTER – MOMENTOUS USES OF THIS WHOLE DISCUSSION. – John Bunyan

CHAPTER – MOMENTOUS USES OF THIS WHOLE DISCUSSION. – John Bunyan Thus much have I though good to speak, in answer to this question, what iniquity should we depart from, that religiously name the name of Christ; and now we will make some use of what has been spoken. And theFIRST shall be a use […]

CHAPTER – PARTICULAR INIQUITIES THAT MUST BE GIVEN UP.. – John Bunyan

CHAPTER – PARTICULAR INIQUITIES THAT MUST BE GIVEN UP.. – John Bunyan From all these domestic iniquities, let every one depart that religiously nameth the name of Christ. And before I leave this head, let me, to enforce my exhortation, urge upon you a few considerations to work with you, yet further to depart from […]

The Philosophy of Following our lord

The Philosophy of Following our lord – the quotations are from the book entitled Theological germanica .Chapter V First, man must consider the teaching and the life of jesus christ, for he hath taught poverty and lived it. And a man should follow the teaching and the life, if he wisheth to be perfect, for […]

CHAPTER – PARTICULAR INIQUITIES THAT MUST BE GIVEN UP. – John Bunyan

CHAPTER – PARTICULAR INIQUITIES THAT MUST BE GIVEN UP. – John Bunyan But perhaps some may ask me,WHAT INIQUITY THEY MUST DEPART FROM, that religiously name the name of Christ? I answer,FIRST, in general. Those that religiously profess the name of Christ, must depart fromALL INIQUITY. They should lay aside every weight; they should fly […]

CHAPTER – REASONS WHY ALL CHRISTIAN PROFESSORS SHOULD BE HOLY. – John Bunyan

CHAPTER – REASONS WHY ALL CHRISTIAN PROFESSORS SHOULD BE HOLY. – John Bunyan I come now to another observation with which I present you, and that is this, namely, “thatEVERY ONE THAT IN AWAY OF PROFESSION AND RELIGION NAMES THE NAME OF CHRIST,SHOULD DEPART FROM INIQUITY.” I say, that every one that in a way […]

The Philosophy of discernment

The Philosophy of discernment – Chambers, Oswald Chapter IV A philosopher is a lover of wisdom, and spiritual philosophy means the love of wisdom not only in our heart life, but in our heads the last place a christian gets to. Usually we leave our heads barren, we simply use our brains to explain our […]

CHAPTER – THE TEXT OPENED. – John Bunyan

CHAPTER – THE TEXT OPENED. – John Bunyan And let every one that nameth the name of Christ, depart from iniquity. 2 Timothy 2:9. Timothy, unto whom this epistle was written, was an Evangelist, that is, inferior to the Apostles and extraordinary Prophets, and above ordinary Pastors and Teachers. 2 Timothy 4:5; Ephesians 4:11, And […]

The Philosophy of the Fall—ii

The Philosophy of the Fall—ii – Chambers, Oswald The quotations are from the book entitled Theological germanica .Chapter III By the fall man not only died from god, but he fell into disunion with himself; that means it became possible for him to live in one of the three parts of his nature. We want […]

THE AUTHOR TO THE READER – John Bunyan

THE AUTHOR TO THE READER – John Bunyan When I write of justification before God, from the dreadful curse of the law, then I must speak of nothing but grace, Christ, the promise, and faith. But when I speak of our justification before men, then I must join to these, good works. For grace, Christ, […]

CONTENTS – John Bunyan

CONTENTS – John Bunyan The Author To The Reader Chapter 1 — The Text Opened Chapter 2 — Some Christian Professors Do Not Depart From Iniquity Chapter 3 — Why The Christian Profession Is So Extensively Disgraced Chapter 4 — Reasons Why All Christian Professors Should Be Holy Chapter 5 — Particular Iniquities That Must […]

A HOLY LIFE – John Bunyan

A HOLY LIFE – John Bunyan THE BEAUTY OF CHRISTIANITY BY JOHN BUNYAN “Let every one that nameth the name of Christ, depart from iniquity.” 2 Timothy 2:19 “And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5.

CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOR – John Bunyan

CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOR – John Bunyan ‘That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good […]

ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR – John Bunyan

ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR – John Bunyan This valuable practical treatise, was first published as a pocket volume about the year 1674, soon after the author’s final release from his long and dangerous imprisonment. It is evident from the concluding paragraph that he considered his liberty and even his life to be still in a […]

CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOR – John Bunyan

CHRISTIAN BEHAVIOR – John Bunyan BY JOHN BUNYAN Being the fruits of true Christianity: Teaching husbands, wives, parents, children, masters, servants, etc., how to walk so as to please God. With a word of direction to all backsliders.

FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan

FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER This treatise was written in 1663, while Bunyan was a prisoner in Bedford jail. He here explains the cause of his long imprisonment, and that of thousands more in those unhappy times. It is well to remember that Bunyan was the first sufferer for conscience’ sake under […]

PAUL’S DEPARTURE AND CROWN – John Bunyan

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THE LATTER DAYS OF HIS MINISTRY

THE LATTER DAYS OF HIS MINISTRY – Robert Murray Mcchene My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish his work. John 4:34 During the summer of 1842, he was exposed to several attacks of illness, experienced some severe personal trials, and felt the assaults of sore temptation. His […]

DAYS OF REVIVAL

DAYS OF REVIVAL – Robert Murray Mcchene His people, who had never ceased to pray for him, welcomed his arrival among them with the greatest joy. He reached Dundee on a Thursday afternoon; and in the evening of the same day, being the usual time for prayer in St. Peter’s, after a short meditation, he […]

THE UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST – John Bunyan

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THE DESIRE OF THE RIGHTEOUS GRANTED – John Bunyan

THE DESIRE OF THE RIGHTEOUS GRANTED – John Bunyan The desire of the righteous is only good, Proverbs 11:23. CHAPTER 1. “The fear of the wicked; it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.” Proverbs 10:24 THIS book of the Proverbs is so called because it containeth hard, dark, […]

THE SAINT’S PRIVILEGE AND PROFIT. – John Bunyan

THE SAINT’S PRIVILEGE AND PROFIT. – John Bunyan CHAPTER 1. THE TEXT OPENED. Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. ¾ Hebrews 4:16. THIS epistle is indited and left to the church by the Holy Ghost, to show […]

THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER: – John Bunyan

THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER: – John Bunyan OR, A DISCOURSE TOUCHING PRAYER. WHEREIN ARE BRIEFLY DISCOURSED, 1. WHAT PRAYER IS; 2. WHAT IT IS TO PRAY WITH THE SPIRIT; 3. WHAT IT IS TO PRAY WITH THE SPIRIT AND WITH THE UNDERSTANDING ALSO. “For we know not what we should pray for as we ought; […]

CONTENTS.- DEVOTIONAL WORKS – John Bunyan

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INTRODUCTION. – DEVOTIONAL WORKS – John Bunyan

INTRODUCTION. – DEVOTIONAL WORKS – John Bunyan THIS volume, composed of Bunyan’sDEVOTIONAL WORKS, is designed, in the order originally indicated, to follow his Awakening and Inviting Works. It will meet the wants of all new-born souls. It will instruct them by just degrees in the nature, manner, medium, and encouragement’s of Prayer. It will begin […]

HIS MISSION TO PALESTINE AND THE JEWS

HIS MISSION TO PALESTINE AND THE JEWS – Robert Murray Mcchene Here am I; send me. Isaiah 6:8 Though engaged night and day with his flock in St. Peter’s, Mr. McCheyne ever cherished a missionary spirit. “This place hardens me for a foreign land,” was his remark on one occasion. This spirit he sought to […]

FIRST YEARS OF LABOUR IN DUNDEE

FIRST YEARS OF LABOUR IN DUNDEE – Robert Murray Mcchene Ye know, from the first day that I came into Asia, after what manner I have been with you at all seasons, serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations. Acts 20:18, 19 The day on which he was […]

HIS LABOURS IN THE VINEYARD BEFORE ORDINATION

HIS LABOURS IN THE VINEYARD BEFORE ORDINATION – Robert Murray Mcchene He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.(Psalm 126:6)       While he was still undergoing a student’s usual examinations before the Presbytery, in the spring and summer of 1835, several applications were made […]

HIS YOUTH, AND PREPARATION FOR THE MINISTRY

HIS YOUTH, AND PREPARATION FOR THE MINISTRY – Robert Murray Mcchene Many shall rejoice at his birth. For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord. Luke 1:14,15 In the midst of the restless activity of such a day as ours, we feel it would be useful for ministers of Christ to trace […]

The Philosophy of the Fall—i

The Philosophy of the Fall—i – Chambers, Oswald The quotations are from the book entitled Theologian germanica .Chapter II Boundless inheritance of covetousness What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, i had not known sin, but by the law: for i had not known lust, except the law had said, […]

Two Kingdoms

Two Kingdoms – Oswald Chambers “My kingdom is not of this world.” John 18:36 “The great enemy to the Lord Jesus Christ in the present day is the conception of practical work that has not come from the New Testament, but from the systems of the world in which endless energy and activities are insisted […]

Trusting the Sovereignty of God

Trusting the Sovereignty of God – Oswald Chambers “It is only the loyal soul who believes that God engineers circumstances. We take such liberties with our circumstances, we do not believe God engineers them, although we say we do; we treat the things that happen as if they were engineered by men. “To be faithful […]

The Word must precede the work

The Word must precede the work – Oswald Chambers Today’s unheeded secret “My kingdom is not of this world.” John 18:36. “The great enemy to the Lord Jesus Christ in the present day is the conception of practical work that has not come from the New Testament, but from the systems of the world in […]

The Poor in Spirit

The Poor in Spirit – Oswald Chambers …The preaching of today is apt to emphasize strength of will, beauty of character — the things that are easily noticed. The phrase we hear so often, ‘Decide for Christ,’ is an emphasis on something Our Lord never trusted. He never asks us to decide for Him, but […]

The Missionary’s Predestined Purpose

The Missionary’s Predestined Purpose – Oswald Chambers The first thing that happens after we recognize our election by God in Christ Jesus is the destruction of our preconceived ideas, our narrow-minded thinking, and all of our other allegiances— we are turned solely into servants of God’s own purpose. The entire human race was created to […]

The Missionary’s Master and Teacher

The Missionary’s Master and Teacher – Oswald Chambers To have a master and teacher is not the same thing as being mastered and taught. Having a master and teacher means that there is someone who knows me better than I know myself, who is closer than a friend, and who understands the remotest depths of […]

The Missionary’s Goal

The Missionary’s Goal – Oswald Chambers “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem.” Luke 18:31. “In the natural life our ambitions alter as we develop; in the Christian life the goal is given at the beginning: Our Lord Himself. We start with Christ and we end with Him—’until we all attain to the stature of the […]

The Key to the Missionary’s Work

The Key to the Missionary’s Work – Oswald Chambers The key to the missionary’s work is the authority of Jesus Christ, not the needs of the lost. We are inclined to look on our Lord as one who assists us in our endeavors for God. Yet our Lord places Himself as the absolute sovereign and […]

The Key to the Missionary’s Message

The Key to the Missionary’s Message – Oswald Chambers The key to the missionary’s message is the propitiation of Christ Jesus— His sacrifice for us that completely satisfied the wrath of God. Look at any other aspect of Christ’s work, whether it is healing, saving, or sanctifying, and you will see that there is nothing […]

The Fool and the Wise

The Fool and the Wise – Oswald Chambers The Shame of the Gospel “A wise person who has built his life in confidence in God will appear a fool when he is among people who are sleek and cunning…. The wisdom of God arrant stupidity to the wisdom of the world, until all of a […]

The Eternal Goal

The Eternal Goal – Oswald Chambers “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience […]

The Divine Commandment of Life

The Divine Commandment of Life – Oswald Chambers Our Lord’s exhortation to us in Matthew 5:38-48 is to be generous in our behavior toward everyone. Beware of living according to your natural affections in your spiritual life. Everyone has natural affections— some people we like and others we don’t like. Yet we must never let […]

The Philosophy of Perfection

The Philosophy of Perfection – Chambers, Oswald Chapter I But when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away. 1 corinthians 13:10 (rv) That which is perfectis a being, who hath comprehended and included all things in himself and his own substance, and without whom, and besides whom, […]

If Thou Wilt Be Perfect . . .

If Thou Wilt Be Perfect . . . – Chambers, Oswald If Thou Wilt Be Perfect . . .Talks on Spiritual PhilosophyOswald ChambersCopyright © 1939 Oswald Chambers Publications Association Introduction Source Lectures on biblical philosophy given at the bible training college,1 London, from January to July 1912. Publication history .as articles: first published as articles […]

Dimensions of effective redemption

Dimensions of effective redemption – Chambers, Oswald Lecture: November 20, 1914 John 3:16; Ephesians 3:18–19 By the dimensions of effective redemption, under- stand the redemption of god expressing itself in individual experience; but beware of limiting the redemption to our individual experience of it. 1. Breadth for god so loved the world . . . […]

Actually Born into redemption

Actually Born into redemption – Chambers, Oswald Lecture: November 13, 1914 John 3:4 The abiding reality is god, and he makes known his order in the fleeting moments. Redemption par- takes of gods character, therefore it is not fleeting; but we have the power and the privilege of exhibit- ing the redemption in the fleeting […]

The magnitude of redemption

The magnitude of redemption – Chambers, Oswald Lecture : December 4, 1914 1 Thessalonians 5:23 We cannot be deeply moved by nothing; neither can we deeply move ourselves by anything we say, unless something profound has first of all entered into us. For example, it takes a great deal of realising what the bible reveals […]

BUNYAN’S DEVOTIONAL WORKS. – John Bunyan

BUNYAN’S DEVOTIONAL WORKS. – John Bunyan THE SPIRIT OF PRAYER: THE SAINTS PRIVILEGE AND PROFIT: THE DESIRE OF THE RIGHTEOUS GRANTED: THE UNSEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST: AND PAUL’ S DEPARTURE AND CROWN. BY JOHN BUNYAN, Author Of The Pilgrim’s Progress, And The Holy War.

BUNYAN’S PRACTICAL WORKS. – John Bunyan

BUNYAN’S PRACTICAL WORKS. – John Bunyan VOLUME 3. DEVOTIONAL. THE PRACTICAL WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN. Arranged and Classified in Natural Order, With Introductions and Notes. BY J. NEWTON BROWN, Editor of the Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.

FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan

FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan JERUSALEM SINNER SAVED FT1 Having preached many times, and from various texts, upon this subject, the whole substance of many sermons is here published. — Ed. FT2 The Jews, and their sacred city, are standing monuments of God’s dreadful vengeance against unbelief in rejecting the Lord Christ, in whom alone is […]

THE NEW BIRTH. – John Bunyan

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CHRIST A COMPLETE SAVIOR – John Bunyan

CHRIST A COMPLETE SAVIOR – John Bunyan CHAPTER 1. THE INTERCESSION OF CHRIST EXPLAINED. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost, that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. ¾ Hebrews 7:25. THE apostle in this chapter presenteth us with two things, that is, […]

COME AND WELCOME TO JESUS CHRIST – John Bunyan

COME AND WELCOME TO JESUS CHRIST – John Bunyan OR, A PLAIN AND PROFITABLE DISCOURSE ON JOHN 6:37 SHOWING THE CAUSE, TRUTH, AND MANNER OF THE COMING OF A SINNER TO JESUS CHRIST; WITH HIS HAPPY RECEPTION AND BLESSED ENTERTAINMENT. WRITTEN BY JOHN BUNYAN,AUTHOR OF “THE PILGRIM’ S PROGRESS.” “And they shall come which were […]

DOCTRINE – John Bunyan

DOCTRINE – John Bunyan From these words, therefore, thus explained, we gain this observation: — That Jesus Christ . would have mercy offered, in the first place, to the biggest sinners That these Jerusalem sinners were the biggest sinners that ever were in the world, I think none will deny, that believes that Christ was […]

TO THE READER – John Bunyan

TO THE READER – John Bunyan COURTEOUS READER, One reason which moved me to write and print this little book was, because, though there are many excellent heart-affecting discourses in the world that tend to convert the sinner, yet I had a desire to try this simple method of mine; wherefore I make bold thus […]

THE JERUSALEM SINNER SAVED – John Bunyan

THE JERUSALEM SINNER SAVED – John Bunyan OR GOOD NEWS FOR THE VILEST OF MEN Being A Help For Despairing Souls, Showing That Jesus Christ Would Have Mercy In The First Place Offered To The Biggest Sinners. THE THIRD EDITION In Which Is Added, An Answer To Those Grand Objections That Lie In The Way […]

FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan

FOOTNOTES – John Bunyan Bunyan quotes this from the Genevan or Puritan version; our present translation has “in our body.” — Ed. From the verb “to chit,” to sprout — to shoot at the end of the grain; provincial and almost obsolete. — Ed. These ideas are as new as they are striking and splendid. […]

RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. – John Bunyan

RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. – John Bunyan AND ETHERNAL JUDGMENT “But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets: and have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, […]

THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD – John Bunyan

THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD – John Bunyan AND ETERNAL JUDGMENT: or, the Truth of the Resurrection of the Bodies, Both of Good and Bad at the Last Day: Asserted, and Proved by God’s Word. ALSO, THE MANNER AND ORDER OF THEIR COMING FORTH OF THEIR GRAVES; AS ALSO,WITH WHAT BODIES THEY DO ARISE.TOGETHER, WITH […]

SIGHS FROM HELL-2 – John Bunyan

SIGHS FROM HELL-2 – John Bunyan or, THE GROANS OF A LOST SOUL. CHAPTER 1. There Was A Certain Rich Man, Which Was Clothed In Purple And Fine Linen, Fared Sumptuously Everyday — Luke 16:19-31. THIS scripture was not spoken by our Lord Jesus Christ, to show you the state of two single persons only, […]

The Cross

The Cross – Oswald Chambers “Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree.” 1 Peter 2:24 “The Cross did not happen to Jesus: He came on purpose for it. He is ‘the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.’ The whole meaning of the Incarnation is the Cross. […]

SIGHS FROM HELL-1 – John Bunyan

SIGHS FROM HELL-1 – John Bunyan OR, THE GROANS OF A LOST SOUL. DISCOVERING FROM <421601> LUKE 16. THE LAMENTABLE STATE OF THE DAMNED; WHICH MAY FITLY SERVE AS A WARNING WORD TO SINNERS, BOTH OLD AND YOUNG, BY FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST, TO AVOID THE SAME PLACE OF TORMENT. WITH A DISCOVERY OF THE […]

The Basis for Forgiveness

The Basis for Forgiveness – Oswald Chambers “In whom we have . . . the forgiveness of sins.” Eph. 1:7. “Beware of the pleasant view of the Fatherhood of God—God is so kind and loving that of course He will forgive us. That sentiment has no place whatever in the New Testament. “The only ground […]

DOCTRINE SECOND – John Bunyan

DOCTRINE SECOND – John Bunyan I now come to the second doctrine that I gathered from the words — namely, that how unconcerned and careless soever some now be about the loss or salvation of their souls, the day is coming, but it will then be too late, when men will be willing, had they […]

The “Go” of Relationship

The “Go” of Relationship – Oswald Chambers Our Lord’s teaching can be summed up in this: the relationship that He demands for us is an impossible one unless He has done a supernatural work in us. Jesus Christ demands that His disciple does not allow even the slightest trace of resentment in his heart when […]

The “Go” of Reconciliation

The “Go” of Reconciliation – Oswald Chambers This verse says, “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you….” It is not saying, “If you search and find something because of your unbalanced sensitivity,” but, “If you…remember….” In other words, if something is brought to your […]

The “Go” of Preparation

The “Go” of Preparation – Oswald Chambers It is easy for us to imagine that we will suddenly come to a point in our lives where we are fully prepared, but preparation is not suddenly accomplished. In fact, it is a process that must be steadily maintained. It is dangerous to become settled and complacent […]

DOCTRINE FIRST – John Bunyan

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Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving – Oswald Chambers Only by His wonderful grace can we see from His perspective, rejoice always, and continually give thanks. Only by His life in us can we walk in humility and live together in the victory of His cross. Only by His Spirit in us can we obey His Word and follow His […]

Taking a Stand

Taking a Stand – Oswald Chambers “Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their master … so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God.” Psalm 123:2. “This verse is a description of entire reliance upon God. Just as the eyes of the servant are riveted on his master, so our […]

GREATNESS OF THE SOUL – John Bunyan

GREATNESS OF THE SOUL – John Bunyan AND UNSPEAKABLENESS OF THE LOSS THERE OF WITH THE CAUSES OF THE LOSING IT FIRST PREACHED AT PINNER’S HALL AND NOW ENLARGED AND PUBLISHED FOR GOOD BY JOHN BUNYAN ADVERTISEMENT BY THE EDITOR. Our curiosity is naturally excited to discover what a poor, unlettered mechanic, whose book-learning had […]

Standing alone with God

Standing alone with God – Oswald Chambers “Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their master, . . . so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God. ” Psalm 123:2. “This verse is a description of entire reliance upon God. … Spiritual leakage begins when we cease to lift up […]

Service: Are we disciplined to obey God or impulse?

Service: Are we disciplined to obey God or impulse? – Oswald Chambers “For we are God’s fellow workers.” 1 Corinthians 3:9 “Beware of any work for God which enables you to evade concentration on Him. … The one concern of a worker should be concentration on God, and this will mean that all the other […]

Seeing God through the darkness

Seeing God through the darkness – Oswald Chambers “… we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead… in whom we trust that He will still deliver […]

‘God’ stamped and printed upon the soul – Thomas Brooks

‘God’ stamped and printed upon the soul – Thomas Brooks Christians! Your happiness on earth is your holiness; and in heaven your highest happiness will be your perfect holiness. Holiness differs nothing from happiness but in name. Holiness is happiness in the bud, and happiness is holiness at the full. Happiness is nothing but the […]

Quotes by Oswald Chambers

Quotes by Oswald Chambers – Oswald Chambers “If in preaching the gospel you substitute your knowledge of the way of salvation for confidence in the power of the gospel, you hinder people from getting to reality.” “If God sees that my spiritual life will be furthered by giving the things for which I ask, then […]

Zeuxis died laughing at the picture of an old woman – Thomas Brooks

Zeuxis died laughing at the picture of an old woman – Thomas Brooks As the life of man is very short, so it is very uncertain.Now healthy now sick! Alive this hour and dead the next! Death does not always give warning beforehand; sometimes he gives the mortal blow suddenly; he comes behind with his […]

Your unworthiness and unfitness – Thomas Brooks

Your unworthiness and unfitness – Thomas Brooks The apostle Paul tells you of some monstrous miscreants who were unrighteous, fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners; and yet these monsters of mankind, through the infinite goodness and free grace of God, are washed from the filth and guilt of their sins, and justified […]

Quotes by Oswald Chambers

Quotes by Oswald Chambers – Oswald Chambers discord to our ears. Don’t faint when you are rebuked, and don’t despise the chastening of the Lord. In your patience possess your souls.” “We look upon the enemy of our souls as a conquered foe, so he is, but only to God, not to us.” “Earnestness is […]

The Character of redeemed experience

The Character of redeemed experience – Chambers, Oswald Lecture : December 18, 1914 By redeemed experience is meant eternal life manifested in the fleeting moments of temporal life. What is not meant is the consciousness of feeling good, or the consciousness of the presence of god. If we mistake these feelings for eternal life, we […]

Your spots and blots – Thomas Brooks

Your spots and blots – Thomas Brooks “The Lord our righteousness.” Jeremiah 23:6“They are without fault before the throne of God.” Rev. 14:5 Weak hearts are apt to sit down troubled and discouraged, when they look upon that body of sin which is in them, and those imperfections which attend their best services. They are […]

Persecution

Persecution – Oswald Chambers “Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and signs among the people. Then there arose some from what is called the Synagogue of the Freedmen… disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he spoke. “Then they secretly induced men […]

The ruling issues of redemption

The ruling issues of redemption – Chambers, Oswald Lecture: NNovember 6, 1914John 16:7–15 And he, when he is come, will convict the world in respect of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement. (rv ) The word convict means moral conviction, not logical conviction. When the holy spirit is come, he will convict a man […]

Our God-given Purpose

Our God given Purpose – Oswald Chambers ” …that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.” Eph 1:12 “The joy of anything… is to fulfill its created purpose: ‘that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.’ (Eph 1:12) “We are not […]

Your only hell – Thomas Brooks

Your only hell – Thomas Brooks All your crosses and losses shall be so tempered by a hand of heaven, as that they shall become wholesome medicines. They shall be steps to your future glory. All your present trials are your only hell; your heaven is to come. And therefore be contented in the midst […]

You take the goods – Thomas Brooks

You take the goods – Thomas Brooks “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” Psalm 42:1-2 The rattle without the breast, will not satisfy the child, the house without […]

“The lord god omnipotent reigneth”

“The lord god omnipotent reigneth” – Chambers, Oswald Lecture :  October 30, 1914 O believe that the lord god omnipotent reigneth and redeemeth is the end of all possible panic, moral, intellectual or spiritual. We say we believe god, and give the lie to it with every breath we draw. For a man to believe […]

You should follow in His steps – Thomas Brooks

You should follow in His steps – Thomas Brooks “He who says he abides in Him, ought himself also to walk even as He walked.” 1 John 2:6 Christians are to set all Christ’s moral actions before them as a pattern for their imitation. In Christ’s life, a Christian may behold the picture or lineaments […]

Relative redemptive reactions

Relative redemptive reactions – Chambers, Oswald Lecture : October 23, 1914 An abiding snare in dealing with christian doctrine arises from the tendency to bend the attention exclusively either to the objective or the subjective side. If we deal only with the objective, it produces the type of practical life that contradicts the creed believed […]

You have been long a-gathering rust – Thomas Brooks

You have been long a-gathering rust – Thomas Brooks Oh! but my afflictions are greater than other men’s afflictions are! Oh! there is no affliction like my affliction! How can I not murmur? It may be your sins are greater than other men’s sins. If you have sinned against . . .more light,more love,more mercies,more […]

More than conquerors

More than conquerors – Oswald Chambers “Nay, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” Romans 8:37 Paul is speaking of the things that might seem likely to separate or wedge in between the saint and the love of God; but the remarkable thing is that nothing can wedge […]

Redemption

Redemption – Chambers, Oswald Lecture :  October 16, 1914The Christian’s Greatest Trust 1. The cross and the fathers heart ( john 12:28; galatians 6:14) We can understand the attributes of god in other ways, but we can only understand the fathers heart in the cross of christ. The cross of christ is not the cross […]

Knowing & Doing God’s will

Knowing & Doing God’s will – Oswald Chambers “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23 “Our Lord never insists upon obedience; He tells us very emphatically what we ought to do, but He never takes means to make us do […]

Redemption

Redemption – Chambers, Oswald Lecture :  October 9, 1914 1. Redemption in realised revelation ( john 19:30) We can never expound the redemption, but we must have strong unshaken faith in it so that we are not swept off our feet by actual things. That the devil and man are allowed to do as they […]

His Propitiation

His Propitiation – Oswald Chambers “And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2. “The key to the missionary message is the propitiation of Christ Jesus. … The missionary message is the limitless significance of Jesus Christ as the […]

You have afflicted me – Thomas Brooks

You have afflicted me – Thomas Brooks “I know, O Lord, that Your laws are righteous, and in faithfulness You have afflicted me.” Psalm 119:75 “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey Your word.” Psalm 119:67 God’s corrections are our instructions,His lashes are our lessons,His scourges are our schoolmasters,His chastisements are […]

Thy Great Redemption

Thy Great Redemption – Chambers, Oswald Introduction Source thy great redemption is from lectures given by Oswald chambers from October to December 1914 in christian doctrine class at the bible training college.22 Publication history  .As articles: the lectures appeared as articles in the btc monthly journal23 April 1935 through march 1936. . As a book: […]

God’s Will? Or mine?

God’s Will? Or mine? – Oswald Chambers “The golden rule for understanding spiritually is not intellect, but obedience. If a man wants scientific knowledge, intellectual curiosity is his guide; but if he wants insight into what Jesus Christ teaches, he can only get it by obedience. If things are dark to me, then I may […]

God’s Moral Law

God’s Moral Law – Oswald Chambers “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10. The moral law… takes no account of our heredity and infirmities, it demands that we be absolutely moral. The moral law never alters, either for the noblest or for […]

You are the one who has done this! – Thomas Brooks

You are the one who has done this! – Thomas Brooks “I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for You are the one who has done this!” Psalm 39:9 In the words you may observe three things: 1. The person speaking, and that is, David. David a king, David a saint, David ‘a […]

God’s Love & Human Sentiment

God’s Love & Human Sentiment – Oswald Chambers “A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. Isaiah 53:3. Oswald Chambers: “We are not acquainted with grief in the way in which Our Lord was acquainted with it; we endure it, we get through it, but we do not become intimate with it. “At the beginning […]

You are not sick but dead! – Thomas Brooks

You are not sick but dead! – Thomas Brooks “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are […]

Giving your best

Giving your best – Oswald Chambers “Then Peter said, ‘Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.’” Acts 3:6 “Give to him who asks you.’ Why do we always make this mean money? Our Lord makes […]

Gethsemane

Gethsemane – Oswald Chambers “Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, . . . tarry ye here, and watch with Me.” Matthew 26:36, 38. “We can never fathom the agony in Gethsemane, but at least we need not misunderstand it. It is the agony of God and […]

You are Mine! – Thomas Brooks

You are Mine! – Thomas Brooks “But now, this is what the Lord says He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine!” Isaiah 43:1 “You are Mine for I have made you.You are Mine for […]

Following the Shepherd

Following the Shepherd – Oswald Chambers “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself.” Acts 20:24 “You will be more prosperous and successful, more leisure-hearted, if you never realize the call of God. But if once you receive a call from Jesus Christ, the memory of what God […]

Yellow and white guts and garbage – Thomas Brooks

Yellow and white guts and garbage – Thomas Brooks “You cannot serve both God and Money.” Luke 16:13 Riches are the great god of the world, and are rather a hindrance, than a help to heaven and happiness. Gold and silver, which are but the yellow and white guts and garbage of the earth, is […]

Focusing our hearts

Focusing our hearts – Oswald Chambers “I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.“ Philippians 3:13-14 “When Paul […]

Would he not stab it with a thousand wounds? – Thomas Brooks

Would he not stab it with a thousand wounds? – Thomas Brooks Sin never appears so odious, as when we behold it in the red glass of Christ’s sufferings. Can we look upon sin as the occasion of all Christ’s sufferings; can we look upon sin as that which made Christ a curse, and which […]

Worshipers of the golden calf! – Thomas Brooks

Worshipers of the golden calf! – Thomas Brooks There is a great deal of worldliness, and earthly-mindedness, and covetousness among the professing Christians of our day. They are worshipers of the golden calf! O sirs! the world is all shadow and vanity. The world is like Jonah’s gourd a man may sit under its shadow […]

Worse than sodomy! – Thomas Brooks

Worse than sodomy! – Thomas Brooks “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that house or town. I assure you: It will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.” Matthew […]

Without holiness – Thomas Brooks

Without holiness – Thomas Brooks “Without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Heb. 12:14 To ‘see’ implies both vision and fruition. Without holiness, no man be he high or low, noble or ignoble, rich or poor, etc., shall ever come to a blessed acquaintance with God here, or to a glorious fruition and enjoyment […]

Without a rag on his back, or a penny in his purse! – Thomas Brooks

Without a rag on his back, or a penny in his purse! – Thomas Brooks “The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore I will hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:24 Lazarus having God for his portion, when he died he went to heaven without a rag on his back, or a penny in his […]

Will you not trust Him for a crumb? – Thomas Brooks

Will you not trust Him for a crumb? – Thomas Brooks Believers should trust and lean upon God for lesser gifts. Has God given you a crown and will you not trust Him for a crumb? Has He given you a house which has “foundations, whose builder and maker is God?” Has He given you […]

Will He deny you a crust? – Thomas Brooks

Will He deny you a crust? – Thomas Brooks “He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32. O Christian! all the attributes of God are so engaged for you, that you cannot lack; […]

Why should any living man complain – Thomas Brooks

Why should any living man complain – Thomas Brooks “Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?” Lamentations 3:39 Oh what a foolish, senseless, brutish, blockish thing it is, for a man, a mortal man, a sinful man, a man on this side hell to complain or murmur against a holy and […]

Why is my pain unending? – Thomas Brooks

Why is my pain unending? – Thomas Brooks “Why is my pain unending and my wound grievous and incurable?” Jeremiah 15:18 Though God has always reason for what He does yet He is not bound to show us the reasons of His doings. It is an evil and a dangerous thing to cavil at, or […]

Whores’ foreheads – Thomas Brooks

Whores’ foreheads – Thomas Brooks “Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush!” Jeremiah 6:15 Most sinners in these days have brows of brass, and whores’ foreheads which cannot blush. They are so far from being ashamed of their sins, that […]

Whom God loves once – Thomas Brooks

Whom God loves once – Thomas Brooks “I have loved you with an everlasting love!” Jer. 31:3 O sirs! the covenant of grace is founded upon God’s everlasting love, upon God’s unchangeable love, upon God’s free love. John 13:1, “Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.” Whom […]

Who sees us? Who will know? – Thomas Brooks

Who sees us? Who will know? – Thomas Brooks Atheism reigns in the hearts and lives of sinners. The covetous make their gold their god.The drunkard and glutton make their bellies their god.The ambitious make honors their god.The voluptuous make pleasures their god.The religionists make pious duties their god.The moral make virtue their god. “The […]

Who can show us any good? – Thomas Brooks

Who can show us any good? – Thomas Brooks “Many are asking Who can show us any good?” Psalm 4:6 The Lord Jesus Christ is . . .the greatest good,a universal good,a matchless good,an incomparable good,an infinite good,an eternal good,the most suitable good for my poor soul.There is everything in Christ which suits the state, […]

Whining and whimpering? – Thomas Brooks

Whining and whimpering? – Thomas Brooks “My Beloved is mine, and I am His!” Song 2:16 “I know,” says the spouse, “that Jesus Christ is mine! I can with the greatest confidence and boldness affirm it. He is . . .my Head,my Husband,my Lord,my Redeemer,my Justifier,my Savior.And I am His!I am sure that I am […]

Where will all these men be within a hundred years? – Thomas Brooks

Where will all these men be within a hundred years? – Thomas Brooks Xerxes, when he viewed his almost innumerable army of men, fell a-weeping, saying, “Where will all these men be within a hundred years?” He wept to think that all that mighty army would be in their graves within a hundred years. Ah, […]

When we give the devil the kernel – Thomas Brooks

When we give the devil the kernel – Thomas Brooks “My son, give Me your heart.” Proverbs 23:26 “You have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.” Romans 6:17 Christian obedience is cordial and hearty. The believer knows that no obedience but hearty obedience, is acceptable to Christ. He knows […]

When Satan has sucked out all the marrow – Thomas Brooks

When Satan has sucked out all the marrow – Thomas Brooks God usually begins with such early in life whom He has had thoughts of love and mercy towards, from everlasting. If, in the spring and morning of your days, you do not bring forth fruit to God it is a hundred to one that […]

When Munster lay sick – Thomas Brooks

When Munster lay sick – Thomas Brooks “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.” Revelation 3:19 “The Lord disciplines the one He loves, and punishes every son whom He receives.” Heb. 12:6 All the afflictions which come upon the saints, are the fruits of divine love. When Munster lay sick, and his friends asked […]

When he was but a young serpent – Thomas Brooks

When he was but a young serpent – Thomas Brooks Satan is full of envy and enmity, and that makes him very studious to suit his snares and plots to the tempers, constitutions, desires, and callings of men that so he may make them as miserable as himself. Satan is a spirit of mighty abilities; […]

The Base impulse

The Base impulse – Chambers, Oswald Lord, Lord, when we are dead, remember notAll our lost sorrows and our soul’s endeavour,Better to bear the burden of our lot,Firmer to stand how strong the storm so-ever,Only remember all the agonyThou bearest in the Garden silently.And when the soul by death is freed again,Thou wilt not let […]

When He shows no anger! – Thomas Brooks

When He shows no anger! – Thomas Brooks “The Lord disciplines the one He loves, and punishes every son whom He receives.” Heb. 12:6 There cannot be a greater evidence of God’s hatred and wrath than His refusing to correct men for their sinful courses and vanities! Where God refuses to correct there God resolves […]

When God takes away your carnals – Thomas Brooks

When God takes away your carnals – Thomas Brooks One support to bear up the hearts of the people of God under the recent fiery dispensation, is this That the Lord will certainly, one way or another, make up all their losses to them. Sometimes God makes up His people’s outward losses by giving them […]

When Brutus went to stab Julius Caesar – Thomas Brooks

When Brutus went to stab Julius Caesar – Thomas Brooks “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” Psalm 51:3 Sin most afflicts a gracious soul. The deer feeling within her the working of the serpent’s poison runs through the thorns and thickets, and runs over the green and pleasant pastures […]

The Base impulse

The Base impulse – Chambers, Oswald But, ah, through all men some base impulse runsThe brute the father, and the men the sonsWhich if one harshly sets himself to subdue,With fiercer indolence it boils anew,He ends the worst who with best hopes began,How hard is this, how like the lot of man! Experimentally the meaning […]

When all human help fails! – Thomas Brooks

When all human help fails! – Thomas Brooks Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can […]

When Adam fell – Thomas Brooks

When Adam fell – Thomas Brooks Adam’s first estate was a state of perfect knowledge, wisdom and understanding. It was a perfect state of holiness, righteousness and happiness. There was nothing within him, but what was desirable and delectable; there was nothing without him, but what was amiable and commendable; nor was there anything around […]

Irresponsibility

Irresponsibility – Chambers, Oswald Every christian worker has to decide this question, viz. , is jesus christs mind infallible, or is the modern western mind infallible? The tendency abroad to-day is to think ourselves infallible, and the bible a jumble up of the most extraordinary stuff, good stuff, but we cannot be expected to accept […]

Whatever weather pleases God pleases me! – Thomas Brooks

Whatever weather pleases God pleases me! – Thomas Brooks I have read of a gentleman, who, meeting with a shepherd in a misty morning, asked him what weather it would be? ‘It will be,’ said the shepherd, ‘that weather which pleases me.’ And being courteously requested to express his meaning, replied, ‘Sir, it shall be […]

What should move God to love us? – Thomas Brooks

What should move God to love us? – Thomas Brooks The free favor and love of God, the good will and pleasure of God is the true ground and cause of God’s bestowing of Himself as a portion upon His people. There was no cause, nor loveliness, nor desirableness in them which could move God […]

What more can any Christian desire? – Thomas Brooks

What more can any Christian desire? – Thomas Brooks There is enough in a suffering Christ to fill us and satisfy us to the full. He has the greatest worth and wealth in Him. Look, as the worth and value of many pieces of silver is to be found in one piece of gold; just […]

Missing it

Missing it – Chambers, Oswald Anything Jesus christ revealed may be missed. The disbelief of the human mind always wastes itself in the sentimental idea that god would never let us miss the greatest good. Jesus says he will, that is why we dont like him, and that is why the teaching of to-day is […]

What is in the well, will be in the bucket – Thomas Brooks

What is in the well, will be in the bucket – Thomas Brooks “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” Matthew 12:36 There are many idle talkers. An idle word is a profuse or needless word, used rashly or […]

What He has done for my soul – Thomas Brooks

What He has done for my soul – Thomas Brooks “Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what He has done for my soul.” Psalm 66:16 I will acquaint you with the soul blessings, with the soul favors, which God has crowned me with. I was darkness but He […]

Righteousness

Righteousness – Chambers, Oswald Bear in mind that our human life viewed from a moral standpoint is a tragedy, and that preaching precepts while we ignore the cross of jesus christ is like giving a pill to cure an earthquake, or a poultice for a cancer. Our attempts to face the problems of human life […]

What can be more just? – Thomas Brooks

What can be more just? – Thomas Brooks Remember this, that as Noah was drunk with his own wine, and as Goliath was beheaded by his own sword, and as the rose is destroyed by the canker that it breeds in itself, and as Agrippina was killed by Nero, to whom she gave breath; so […]

What a pitiful perishing portion is that! – Thomas Brooks

What a pitiful perishing portion is that! – Thomas Brooks “Men of the world, whose portion is in this life.” Psalm 17:14 Certainly, men . . .whose hearts are worldly,whose minds are worldly,whose spirits are worldly,whose desires are worldly,whose hopes are worldly,whose main ends are worldlyhave only the world for their portion; and what a […]

Well, Ladies and Gentlemen – Thomas Brooks

Well, Ladies and Gentlemen – Thomas Brooks “Without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14 Well, Ladies and Gentlemen Do you think that it is good to be going to hell that it is good to be dwelling with everlasting burnings that it is good to be forever separated from the glorious presence […]

We may puff and blow our hearts out – Thomas Brooks

We may puff and blow our hearts out – Thomas Brooks “I can do all things, through Christ who strengthens me.” I can be high or low, poor or rich, honorable or base, something or nothing, etc., only through Christ who strengthens me. Canticles 4:16, “Blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may send […]

We have but added fuel to those burning coals! – Thomas Brooks

We have but added fuel to those burning coals! – Thomas Brooks “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.” Matthew 25:46 Oh! what trouble of mind,what horror of conscience,what distraction and vexation,what terror and torment,what weeping and wailing,what crying and roaring,what wringing of hands,what tearing of […]

Summum Bonum

Summum Bonum – Chambers, Oswald In speaking of the highest good as the theme of ethics, aristotle observes: every art and every kind of inquiry, and likewise every act and purpose, seems to aim at some good; and, since there are many kinds of actions, and many arts and sciences, it follows that there are […]

The Highest Good

The Highest Good – Chambers, Oswald The Highest Good Introduction Source The highest good is comprised of lectures in Oswald chambers christian ethics class at the bible training college, London, between 1911 and 1915. Publication history . As articles: the lectures were published as articles in the btc monthly journal15 from October 1936 through march […]

Psalm 128

Psalm 128 – Chambers, Oswald 1. Seemliness of sanctity blessed is every one that feareth the lord ; that walketh in his ways. (psalm 128:1) the remarkable thing about fearing god is that when you fear god you fear nothing else, whereas if you do not fear god you fear everything else. Blessed is every […]

We have actually outsinned thousands – Thomas Brooks

We have actually outsinned thousands – Thomas Brooks Sit down and wonder at the matchless love of God. Oh! what is in us that should cause the Lord to give such gifts to us as He has given? We were all equal in sin and misery; nay, doubtless, we have actually outsinned thousands, to whom […]

Wallowed in sin like swine in the mire – Thomas Brooks

Wallowed in sin like swine in the mire – Thomas Brooks The worst men are commonly best conceited of themselves. “There is a generation which is pure in their own eyes and yet is not washed from their filthiness.” Proverbs 30:12 They were very bad and yet they had a great opinion of their own […]

Psalm 127

Psalm 127 – Chambers, Oswald 1. Direction by countenancing god except the lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the lord keep the city, the watch- man waketh but in vain. (psalm 127:1) for that ye ought to say, if the lord will, we shall live, and do this, or […]

Vincentius – Thomas Brooks

Vincentius – Thomas Brooks Vincentius, by his patience and constancy in suffering, angered his tormentors. Therefore they stripped him stark naked, whipped his body all over to a bloody gore, sprinkled salt and vinegar over all his wounds, set his feet on burning coals, then cast him naked into a loathsome dungeon, the pavement whereof […]

Vexing, defiling, dividing, ruining – Thomas Brooks

Vexing, defiling, dividing, ruining – Thomas Brooks “For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:10 Earthly riches have cast down many, they have slain many. If poverty has slain her […]

Psalm 126

Psalm 126 – Chambers, Oswald 1. The emotion of deliveranc when the lord turned again the captivity of zion, we were like them that dream. (psalm 126:1) religion is never intellectual, it is always passionate and emotional; but the curious thing is that it is religion that leads to emotion, not emotion to religion. If […]

Unholy ministers – Thomas Brooks

Unholy ministers – Thomas Brooks “Watch your life and doctrine closely.” 1 Timothy 4:16 Heavenly doctrines should always be adorned with a heavenly life. Ministers must preach Christ as well in their life as in their doctrine. They must not be hot in the pulpit, and cold and careless in their lives. The lives of […]

Psalm 125

Psalm 125 – Chambers, Oswald 1. The fastnesses of the godly They that trust in the lord shall be as mount zion which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. (psalm 125:1) The security of the eternal god is what we are to have confidence in, and the psalmist likens that security to the mountains, […]

Unfreeze the frozen graces – Thomas Brooks

Unfreeze the frozen graces – Thomas Brooks God loves to see the graces of His children in continual exercise. All the glory which God has from us in this life, is from the actings of our graces. Sleepy graces bring God no glory nor do us any good. There is little difference as to the […]

Uncovered and laid bare – Thomas Brooks

Uncovered and laid bare – Thomas Brooks Ah! how many Christians are there who would blush and be ashamed to walk in the streets, should but their infirmities, enormities, and wickednesses be written on their foreheads, or known to others! There are many sins which they have fallen into since conversion, which, should they be […]

Two infamous strumpets – Thomas Brooks

Two infamous strumpets – Thomas Brooks “You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your presence.” Psalms 90:8 “Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him? Do not I fill heaven and earth?” Jer. 23:24 “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on […]

Two heavens – Thomas Brooks

Two heavens – Thomas Brooks Communion with God is that which will make you stand fast, and triumph over all enemies, difficulties, dangers, and deaths. Communion with God will make a man as courageous and bold as a lion, yes, as a young lion which is fearless of any creature. Communion is a reciprocal exchange […]

Two great things which Jesus Christ undertook – Thomas Brooks

Two great things which Jesus Christ undertook – Thomas Brooks Our Lord Jesus Christ, by once suffering, suffered for all the sins of the elect past, present, and to come. The infinite wrath of God the Father fell on Him, for all the sins of the chosen ones. The wrath of God was infinite wrath, […]

Turned into beasts, birds, stones, trees, or air – Thomas Brooks

Turned into beasts, birds, stones, trees, or air – Thomas Brooks “Our God is a consuming fire.” Hebrews 12:29 Chaff and stubble cannot stand before that God, who is a consuming fire. Oh, how will the ungodly tremble and quake when the whole frame of heaven and earth shall break in pieces, and be set […]

True repentance – Thomas Brooks

True repentance – Thomas Brooks True repentance works a change in the whole man; in all the qualities of the INWARD man, and in all the actions of the OUTWARD man. The understanding is turned from darkness to light; the will from a sinful servility to a holy liberty; the affections from disorder into order; […]

True repentance – Thomas Brooks

True repentance – Thomas Brooks True repentance includes a sensibleness of sin’s sinfulness how opposite and contrary sin is to the blessed God.God is light, sin is darkness;God is life, sin is death;God is heaven, sin is hell;God is beauty, sin is deformity. Also true repentance includes a sensibleness of sin’s destructiveness; how sin cast […]

True hatred of sin – Thomas Brooks

True hatred of sin – Thomas Brooks To hate sin is not merely to refrain from sin, for so Balaam did. To hate sin is not merely to confess sin, for so Pharaoh and Judas did. To hate sin is not merely to be afraid to sin, for this may be where there is no […]

Troubled for sin – Thomas Brooks

Troubled for sin – Thomas Brooks A hypocrite may be troubled for sin—as it . . .blots his name, andwounds his conscience, andbrings a scourge, anddestroys his soul, andshuts him out of heaven, andthrows him to hell.But he is never troubled for sin, he never mourns for sin, he never hates sin because it is […]

Totes oculus – Thomas Brooks

Totes oculus – Thomas Brooks They say of the nightingale, that when she is solitary in the woods, she is careless of her melody; but when she perceives that she has any auditors, or is near houses then she composes herself more harmoniously and elegantly. Truly, this is the frame and temper of the best […]

Too big for troubles and afflictions – Thomas Brooks

Too big for troubles and afflictions – Thomas Brooks (“The Glorious Day of the Saints Appearance”) One way by which faith enables the soul to persevere against all discouragements, is by raising the soul to converse with soul-greatening objects, such as God and Christ, and those treasures, pleasures, and sweetnesses which are in the Lord […]

To think of hell – Thomas Brooks

To think of hell – Thomas Brooks “To think of hell,” says one, “preserves a man from falling into it!” Says another, “He who does but hear of hell is, without any further labor or study, taken off from sinful pleasures.” Surely men’s hearts are grown stupid, for how do most men run headlong to […]

To the moles and to the bats! – Thomas Brooks

To the moles and to the bats! – Thomas Brooks “In that day, a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats!” Isaiah 2:20 In the day when God shall exalt Himself in the souls […]

To sin and not to blush! – Thomas Brooks

To sin and not to blush! – Thomas Brooks Only those things which are sinful, are shameful. “Then, when I make atonement for you for all you have done, you will remember and be ashamed and never  again open your mouth because of your humiliation, declares the Sovereign Lord.” Ezekiel 16:63 When the penitent soul […]

To fill heaven with hells – Thomas Brooks

To fill heaven with hells – Thomas Brooks “Man, who is vile and corrupt, who drinks up evil like water!” Job 15:16 A wicked man is a sin-lover; he is a sin-maker, he lives in sin upon choice. All profane people . . .give up themselves to wickedness,wallow in all ungodliness,delight themselves in all manner […]

Time – Thomas Brooks

Time – Thomas Brooks There is nothing that puts a more serious frame into a man’s spirit than to know the worth of his time. Eternity, eternity depends upon your improvement of that time! The damned in hell may weep their eyes out of their heads but they can never weep sin out of their […]

Those who strike at God’s eyes – Thomas Brooks

Those who strike at God’s eyes – Thomas Brooks “Whoever touches you, touches the apple of His eye.” Zechariah 2:8 The apple (or pupil) of the eye is the tenderest piece of the tenderest part. The eye is kept most diligently, and strongly guarded by nature. A man can better bear a thump on the […]

Those who hunt after it are dogs! – Thomas Brooks

Those who hunt after it are dogs! – Thomas Brooks Though of all losses, the loss of the soul is the greatest, the saddest, the sorest, the heaviest, and the most intolerable, inconceivable, and irrecoverable loss yet a man bewitched with the world will run the hazard of losing his eternal soul, of damning it […]

Those who hunt after it are dogs – Thomas Brooks

Those who hunt after it are dogs – Thomas Brooks The Arabic proverb says, “That the world is a carcass, and those who hunt after it are dogs.” Ah, how many professors are there, who hunt more after earth than heaven; who hunt more after terrestrial than celestial things; who hunt more after nothingnesses and […]

Those treasures are mine! – Thomas Brooks

Those treasures are mine! – Thomas Brooks (“God’s Delight in the Progress of the Upright”) Faith enables us to walk in the ways of God, against all the discouragements which may befall us. Faith looks on God, and says with the psalmist, “This God is my God forever and ever! He shall be my guide […]

Those spots which a Christian finds in his own heart – Thomas Brooks

Those spots which a Christian finds in his own heart – Thomas Brooks “Purifying their hearts by faith.” Acts 15:9 True faith purifies the heart from sin. Faith has two hands, one to lay hold on Christ, and another to sweep the heart, which is Christ’s house. Faith knows that Christ is of a dove-like […]

This perfect pattern – Thomas Brooks

This perfect pattern – Thomas Brooks “He who says he abides in Him, ought himself also to walk even as He walked.” 1 John 2:6 Oh that this blessed Scripture might always lie warm upon our hearts. A Christian’s whole life should be nothing but a visible representation of Christ. It is not only our […]

This is not your resting-place – Thomas Brooks

This is not your resting-place – Thomas Brooks This life is full of trials, full of troubles, and full of changes. Sin within, and Satan and the world without, will keep a Christian from rest, until he comes to rest in the bosom of Christ. The life of a Christian is a race and what […]

This great doctor was so great a dunce – Thomas Brooks

This great doctor was so great a dunce – Thomas Brooks (“Touchstone of Sincerity”) Nicodemus was a man of great note, name, and fame among the pharisees, and he fasted, and prayed, and gave alms, and paid tithes, etc., and yet was a total stranger to the new birth. Regeneration was a paradox to him. […]

They will not believe it until they feel it! – Thomas Brooks

They will not believe it until they feel it! – Thomas Brooks “Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?” Luke 3:7 “Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” 1 Th. 1:10 1. The coming wrath is the greatest wrath. It is the greatest evil which can befall a soul. “Who knows the […]

They trample that matchless jewel – Thomas Brooks

They trample that matchless jewel – Thomas Brooks The soul is that spiritual and immortal substance, which is capable of union with God, and of communion with God, and of an eternal fruition of God. There are none but bear about with them, precious and immortal souls, which are more worth than ten thousand thousand […]

They shall never perish! – Thomas Brooks

They shall never perish! – Thomas Brooks “All that the Father gives Me, will come to Me.” John 6:37 “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all that He has given Me, but raise them up at the last day.” John 6:39 The first fountain and […]

They run on another’s legs – Thomas Brooks

They run on another’s legs – Thomas Brooks (“The Glorious Day of the Saints Appearance”) “I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I […]

They poured out a prayer – Thomas Brooks

They poured out a prayer – Thomas Brooks The greatest antidote against all the troubles of this life, is fervent prayer. “Lord, in trouble have they visited You; they poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them.” Isaiah 26:16 “They poured out a prayer.” Before, they would say a prayer but now, they […]

They play and fool away their precious time – Thomas Brooks

They play and fool away their precious time – Thomas Brooks Think on the brevity, shortness, and preciousness of time. Time is so precious a thing, that mountains of gold and rocks of pearl, cannot redeem one lost moment! Ah, what a precious commodity would time be in hell, where for one day to repent, […]

They pierce not, they cut not, they fly not – Thomas Brooks

They pierce not, they cut not, they fly not – Thomas Brooks “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5:16 Cold prayers call for a denial. Be fervent, be warm, be importunate with God in all your closet duties and performances. Certainly, all those usual phrases of crying, wrestling, and striving […]

They heard, and were never the better – Thomas Brooks

They heard, and were never the better – Thomas Brooks “The word did not profit those who heard it, because it was not mixed with faith.” Hebrews 4:2 He does not speak here of unbelievers but of those who had faith in the soul but not in the exercise; and therefore the word did not […]

They chained and nailed their god Apollo to a post – Thomas Brooks

They chained and nailed their god Apollo to a post – Thomas Brooks “Moses said unto God If Your presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here!” Exodus 33:15 Nothing would satisfy Moses, below the presence of God, because he knew that it would be better that they should never […]

They are not quite slain – Thomas Brooks

They are not quite slain – Thomas Brooks Though pride and envy have received their death’s wound at the soul’s first conversion yet they are not quite slain in a believer. The best of men are but men at the best, and there are still those bitter roots of pride, vain-glory, self-love, envy, etc., remaining […]

These harsh dispensations of God – Thomas Brooks

These harsh dispensations of God – Thomas Brooks “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” Romans 8:28 The godly are able to put a sweet, a loving, and a favorable construction upon the most sharp, […]

These Gergesites had rather lose Christ, than lose their porkers – Thomas Brooks

These Gergesites had rather lose Christ, than lose their porkers – Thomas Brooks “When they saw Him, they pleaded with Him to leave their region.” Matthew 8:34 A man bewitched with the world will prefer the most base and contemptible things, before the Lord Jesus Christ. He will, with the Gergesenes, prefer his swine before […]

Then you will kiss it! – Thomas Brooks

Then you will kiss it! – Thomas Brooks “Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline.” Revelation 3:19 Christian! Always look on the rod of affliction, in conjunction with the hand which holds it. Thus Jesus did, “Shall I not drink the cup that My Father has given Me to drink?” Though the cup was […]

Then the scum appears! – Thomas Brooks

Then the scum appears! – Thomas Brooks Few Christians see themselves and understand themselves rightfully. By trials, God reveals much of a man’s sinful self to his pious self. When the fire is put under the pot then the scum appears; so when God tries a poor soul, Oh! how does . . .the scum […]

Faith in the midst of Perverseness

Faith in the midst of Perverseness – Oswald Chambers “A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” Isaiah 53:3. Oswald Chambers: “The reason the experience of redemption is so easy is because it cost God so much… It is men like Job and the apostle Paul who bring us to the basis of things, not […]

Then the mud appears – Thomas Brooks

Then the mud appears – Thomas Brooks God inflicts great and severe judgments upon men, and upon cities and countries that they may cease from sin, receive instruction, and reform and return to Him. God’s corrections should be our instructions,His lashes should be our lessons,His scourges should be our schoolmasters,His chastisements should be our admonishments. […]

Darkness that brings true Light

Darkness that brings true Light – Oswald Chambers “What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light; and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.” Matthew 10:27. “At times God puts us through the discipline of darkness to teach us to heed Him. ‘What I tell you in […]

Their dregs and dross – Thomas Brooks

Their dregs and dross – Thomas Brooks “Therefore this is what the Lord Almighty says See, I will refine and test them, for what else can I do because of the sin of My people?” Jeremiah 9:7 By severe providences and fiery trials God designs the mortifying and purging away of His people’s sins. “This […]

The worth and preciousness of time – Thomas Brooks

The worth and preciousness of time – Thomas Brooks There is nothing which puts a more serious frame into a man’s heart, than to know the worth and preciousness of time. “Time,” says Bernard, “would be a good commodity in hell, and the selling of it most gainful; where, for one day, a man would […]

The worst and greatest tyrant in the world – Thomas Brooks

The worst and greatest tyrant in the world – Thomas Brooks “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.” Titus 3:3. Sin is the worst and greatest tyrant in the world. Other tyrants […]

Cultural Christianity

Cultural Christianity – Oswald Chambers 1. Missing it “And they called them and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. […]

Bearing our cross

Bearing our cross – Oswald Chambers “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” Luke 9:23 The test of our spiritual life is our understanding of the cross. The cross of Jesus is often wrongly taken as a type of the cross we […]

The worst & most infectious plague in the world – Thomas Brooks

The worst & most infectious plague in the world – Thomas Brooks “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Corinthians 2:11 Keep at the greatest distance from sin, and from playing with the golden bait which Satan holds forth to catch you! It is our […]

The world and Paul were well agreed – Thomas Brooks

The world and Paul were well agreed – Thomas Brooks “May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.” Gal. 6:14 Paul scorned, despised, and rejected the world and the world scorned, despised, and rejected him. Paul […]

Are You Going on With Jesus

Are You Going on With Jesus – Oswald Chambers It is true that Jesus Christ is with us through our temptations, but are we going on with Him through His temptations? Many of us turn back from going on with Jesus from the very moment we have an experience of what He can do. Watch […]

The world and I am well agreed – Thomas Brooks

The world and I am well agreed – Thomas Brooks Assurance will keep the heart from an inordinate running out after the world, and the glory thereof. Moses, having an assurance of the recompense of reward, and of God’s love and favor, could not be drawn by all the honors, pleasures, and treasures of Egypt. […]

Absoluteness of Jesus Christ

Absoluteness of Jesus Christ – Oswald Chambers “He shall glorify Me. John 16:14.“The pietistic [or emergent, universalist, mystical] movements of to-day have none of the rugged reality of the New Testament about them…. This type of experience is not supernatural nor miraculous, it did not cost the passion of God, it is not dyed in […]

The voice of mercy – Thomas Brooks

The voice of mercy – Thomas Brooks God’s mercies make a humble soul glad but not proud. A humble soul is lowest when his mercies are highest; he is least when he is greatest; he is lowest when he is highest; he is most poor when he is most rich. Nothing melts like mercy,nothing draws […]

Psalm 124

Psalm 124 – Chambers, Oswald 1. Alternative danger if it had not been the lord who was on our side, now may Israel say . . . (psalm 124:1) Facing an alternative is not to deal in supposition, but part of wisdom and understanding; supposition is wisdom gone to hysteria. In estimating the dangers which […]

10 POWERFUL QUOTES ON PRAYER

10 POWERFUL QUOTES ON PRAYER – Oswald Chambers 1. Our true character comes out in the way we pray. 2. Prayer imparts the power to walk and not faint. 3. Prayer is the answer to every problem there is. 4. Never make the blunder of trying to forecast the way God is going to answer […]

The very soul of prayer – Thomas Brooks

The very soul of prayer – Thomas Brooks “My son, give Me your heart.” Proverbs 23:26 In all your closet-duties God looks first and most to your hearts. It is not a piece, it is not a corner of the heart, which will satisfy the Maker of the heart. The very soul of prayer lies […]

Psalm 123

Psalm 123 – Chambers, Oswald This psalm represents the inner biography of faith. It is not easy to have faith in god, and it is not meant to be easy because we have to make character. God will shield us from no requirements of his sons and daughters any more than he shielded his own […]

The very place in which the wicked shall lodge – Thomas Brooks

The very place in which the wicked shall lodge – Thomas Brooks “The wicked shall be turned into hell.” Psalm 9:17 That is, “The wicked shall certainly be turned into the nethermost hell!” Yes, they shall forcibly be turned into the lowest and darkest place in hell. God will, as it were, with both hands […]

The unsearchable riches of Christ! – Thomas Brooks

The unsearchable riches of Christ! – Thomas Brooks There is everything in Christ to encourage the greatest sinners to believe on Him, to rest and lean upon Him for all happiness and blessedness. Christ is . . .the greatest good,the choicest good,the chief good,the most suitable good,the most necessary good;a pure good,a real good,a total […]

Psalm 122

Psalm 122 – Chambers, Oswald 1. Gladness of comradeship  I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the lord . (psalm 122:1) God begins with us individually in the experience of conscious salvation, then he unites us to one another. Notice the altogetherness of the saints all through […]

The unsearchable riches of Christ! – Thomas Brooks

The unsearchable riches of Christ! – Thomas Brooks There is everything in Christ to encourage the greatest sinners to believe on Him, to rest and lean upon Him for all happiness and blessedness. Christ is . . .the greatest good,the choicest good,the chief good,the most suitable good,the most necessary gooda pure good,a real good,a total […]

The ungodly flatter themselves – Thomas Brooks

The ungodly flatter themselves – Thomas Brooks The ungodly flatter themselves that God is made up all of mercy, and believe that they shall go to heaven until they awake with everlasting flames about their ears as you may see in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. God suddenly casts sinners to hell He suddenly […]

The true salamander’s skin! – Thomas Brooks

The true salamander’s skin! – Thomas Brooks “The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all our sins.” 1 John 1:7 O you who truly fear the Lord, and who are united to Christ by faith, know for your everlasting comfort and support that Christ has secured you . . .from infernal fire,from everlasting fire,from […]

The true convert – Thomas Brooks

The true convert – Thomas Brooks The true convert prizes Christ above all. Ordinances are sweet but Christ is more sweet. Saints are precious but Christ is far more precious. Heaven is glorious but Christ is infinitely more glorious. The first thing that I would ask, if I might have it, says the believer is […]

The true Christian hates all sin – Thomas Brooks

The true Christian hates all sin – Thomas Brooks (“The Glorious Day of the Saints Appearance”) “I hate every wrong path.” Psalm 119:104 The original word signifies to hate with a deadly and irreconcilable hatred; to hate so as that nothing will satisfy but the destruction of the thing hated. The true Christian hates all […]

Psalm 120

Psalm 120 – Chambers, Oswald We can judge a nation by its songs. The minor note is indicative of a crushed, but unconquered people. In the bible there is nothing altogether minor; nothing, that is, of the nature of despair. The bible deals with terrors and upsets, with people who have got into despairin fact, […]

The trifling portions of this world – Thomas Brooks

The trifling portions of this world – Thomas Brooks God gives the trifling portions of this world to the vilest and worst of men; but His gold His Christ, Himself He gives only to His saints. Briers, which are for hogs, grow upon every hedge; but roses, which are for men, they only grow in […]

The Highest Good

The Highest Good – Chambers, Oswald The Highest Goodcontaining alsoThe Pilgrim’s Song BookandThy Great RedemptionOswald ChambersThe Pilgrim’s Song Book 1940The Highest Good 1938Thy Great Redemption 1937Combined edition: copyright 1965 by Oswald Chambers Publications AssociationScripture versions quoted: KJV and RV The Pilgrim’s Song Book Introduction Source The material in the pilgrims song book is from talks […]

The Certainties of the kingdom

The Certainties of the kingdom – Chambers, Oswald 1. The substratum of certainty (acts 17:2229) Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare i unto you. . . . For in him we live, and move, and have our being. (acts 17:23, 28) Substratum an under stratum or layer, a fundamental element that does not appear, […]

The trifles which God gives – Thomas Brooks

The trifles which God gives – Thomas Brooks The emperor Augustus, in his great feasts, gave trifles to some but gold to his favorites. Just so honors, riches and worldly pleasures are the trifles which God gives to the worst of men. God gives His gold His special love and grace only to His people.

THE TWO BUILDERS

THE TWO BUILDERS – Oswald Chambers The emphasis in w. 24-27 is laid by Our Lord on hearing and doing. He has given us His disposition, and He demands that we live as His disciples; how are we going to do it? By hearing My words and doing them, says Jesus. I only hear what […]

The synagogue of incarnate devils! – Thomas Brooks

The synagogue of incarnate devils! – Thomas Brooks O sirs, this is and this must be for a lamentation, that there are so many ale-houses, and gaming-houses, and whore-houses, which are usually stuffed with vain people, yes, with the very worst of the worst of men. Certainly these houses are the very suburbs and seminaries […]

The sword of His pure, infinite, and incensed wrath – Thomas Brooks

The sword of His pure, infinite, and incensed wrath – Thomas Brooks To see God thrust the sword of His pure, infinite, and incensed wrath through the very heart of His dearest Son, notwithstanding all His supplications, prayers, tears, and strong cries is the highest manifestation of the Lord’s hatred and indignation of sin which […]

The sweetest joys are from the sourest tears – Thomas Brooks

The sweetest joys are from the sourest tears – Thomas Brooks Sin is a turning the back upon God and the face towards hell. Repentance is a turning the back upon sin and a setting the face towards God! True repentance is a sorrowing for sin because it is offensive to God. Peter was sorry […]

APPEARANCE AND REALITY

APPEARANCE AND REALITY – Oswald Chambers Our Lord makes the test of goodness not only goodness in intention, but in the active carrying out of God’s will. Beware of confounding the appearance and reality, of judging only by the external evidence. God honors His word no matter who preaches it. The men Jesus refers to […]

The sweetest and the most comforting word – Thomas Brooks

The sweetest and the most comforting word – Thomas Brooks The knowledge of a man’s property in God is the comfort of comforts. Property makes every comfort, a pleasurable comfort, a delightful comfort. When a man walks . . .in a fair meadow, and can write mine upon it,into a pleasant garden, and can write […]

The sweetener – Thomas Brooks

The sweetener – Thomas Brooks (“Hypocrites Detected, Anatomized, Impeached, Arraigned and Condemned” 1650) Communion with God is . . .the life of all your graces;the sweetener of all providences and mercies;the strengthener of your hearts and hands;the soul of your comforts;the crown of your souls. Nothing can compare with communion with Godto fence you against […]

The sweet nature of grace – Thomas Brooks

The sweet nature of grace – Thomas Brooks Dwell much upon the sweet nature of grace. Grace begets the greatest joy and sweetness in the hearts of men, that possibly can be. Grace is a panoply against all troubles and a paradise of all pleasures. Grace is compared to the sweetest things; to sweet spices, […]

The sparkling diamond in the ring of glory! – Thomas Brooks

The sparkling diamond in the ring of glory! – Thomas Brooks Christ can never rest satisfied until His gracious communion with His people here, issues in their perfect and glorious communion with Him in heaven. “Father, I want those You have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory.” […]

TEST YOUR TEACHERS

TEST YOUR TEACHERS – Oswald Chambers In these verses Jesus tells His disciples to test preachers and teachers by their fruit. There are two tests one is the fruit in the life of the preacher, and the other is the fruit of the doctrine. The fruit of a man s own life may be perfectly […]

The sparkling diamond in the ring of glory – Thomas Brooks

The sparkling diamond in the ring of glory – Thomas Brooks “His mouth is most sweet, and He is altogether lovely. This is my Beloved, and this is my Friend.” Song 5:16 That is, His mouth is sweetnesses, and He is altogether desirablenesses, or He is wholly desirable. Alas! says the spouse, I lack words […]

TWO GATES

TWO GATES – Oswald Chambers Our Lord continually used proverbs and sayings that were familiar to His hearers and put an altogether new meaning into them. Here He used an allegory that was familiar in His day and lifted it by His inspiration to embody His patient warnings.  Always distinguish between warning and threatening. God […]

CHRISTIAN COMPREHENSIVENESS

CHRISTIAN COMPREHENSIVENESS – Oswald Chambers Christian grace comprehends the whole man. ” Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.” Salvation means not only a pure heart, an enlightened mind, a spirit put right with God, it […]

The sparkling diamond in the ring of glory – Thomas Brooks

The sparkling diamond in the ring of glory – Thomas Brooks “And they were calling to one another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty! The whole earth is full of His glory.” Isaiah 6:3 The more holy any are, the more deeply are they affected and captivated with the holiness of God. The holy […]

The sovereignty of God – Thomas Brooks

The sovereignty of God – Thomas Brooks The sovereignty of God is that golden scepter in His hand which He will make all bow to, either . . .by His word or by His works,by His mercies or by His judgments. This scepter must be kissed and submitted to, or else fire and sword, desolation […]

The shop, the farm, and the oxen – Thomas Brooks

The shop, the farm, and the oxen – Thomas Brooks Take heed of engaging yourselves in a crowd of worldly businesses. Many have so much to do on earth that they have no time to look up to heaven. As much earth puts out the fire, so much worldly business puts out the fire of […]

The worker’s way about faith

The worker’s way about faith – Chambers, Oswald 1. Faith and the ancient witness (Hebrews 11:440) . . . And these all, having had witness borne to them through their faith . . . (Hebrews 11:39) Faith is never defined; it is described, as in Hebrews 11:1, but never defined. Definitions can only be given […]

The sharpest dealings of God with you – Thomas Brooks

The sharpest dealings of God with you – Thomas Brooks “Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?” Lamentations 3:39 To move you to silence under your sorest and your sharpest trials, consider, that you have deserved greater and heavier afflictions than those you are under. Has God taken away one mercy? […]

The secret of being content – Thomas Brooks

The secret of being content – Thomas Brooks “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living […]

Discipleship

Discipleship – » Chambers, Oswald Christ ruined many careers and brought sorrow and death to many souls. Dr. Forsyth 23 (the christian ethic of war, 1916) 1. The call to discipleship if any man would come after me, let him deny him- self, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (Luke 9:23 rv […]

The secret of being content – Thomas Brooks

The secret of being content – Thomas Brooks A man needs very little of this world’s goods to carry him through his pilgrimage, until he comes to his home until he comes to heaven. A little will satisfy the demands of nature; though nothing will satisfy a man’s lusts! “I have learned to be content […]

Paul’s ways in Christ

Paul’s ways in Christ – Chambers, Oswald For this cause have i sent unto you timothy, . . . Who shall put you in remembrance of my ways which be in Christ. 1 Corinthians 4:17 (RV) You say how can i follow Paul? I was not trained at the feet of gamaliel like he was; […]

The secret kissesThe secret kisses – Thomas Brooks

The secret kissesThe secret kisses – Thomas Brooks When a Christian is in a wilderness, which is a very solitary place, then God delights to speak friendly and comfortably to him: Hosea 2:14, “Behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak friendly or comfortably to her,” or as the Hebrew […]

Least in the kingdom of heaven

Least in the kingdom of heaven – Chambers, Oswald Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:19 John wesley in expounding this passage said it meant that whosoever shall break one of these least commandments, and […]

The Scriptures are sufficient – Thomas Brooks

The Scriptures are sufficient – Thomas Brooks “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 The Scriptures are sufficient . . .to inform the ignorant,to confute the erroneous,to reform the wicked, […]

Cleansed from sin

Cleansed from sin – Chambers, Oswald 1. Where sin ceases. Walk in the light but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus christ his son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 john 1:7) . . . As he is […]

The scholar’s knowledge – Thomas Brooks

The scholar’s knowledge – Thomas Brooks What is the scholar’s knowledge of the strength, riches, glories, and sweetness of far countries, obtained by maps and books compared to their knowledge, who daily see and enjoy those things? Truly, that knowledge which is only notional, speculative, and general; which is gathered out of books, discourses, and […]

The saints’ hell and the sinners’ heaven – Thomas Brooks

The saints’ hell and the sinners’ heaven – Thomas Brooks “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous will go into eternal life.” Matthew 25:46 This present life is the saints’ hell and the sinners’ heaven. The next life will be the saints’ heaven and the sinners’ hell. Here on earth wicked […]

“For Christ’s Crown and Covenant”

“For Christ’s Crown and Covenant” – Chambers, Oswald For Christs crown and covenant 20 comes nearer to the new testament conception of loyalty to Christ than any other all down the centuries of Christianity, and what we need to do is to translate it into terms which fit our own day and generation. 1. Loyalty […]

The righteousness of sanctification – Thomas Brooks

The righteousness of sanctification – Thomas Brooks “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23 The righteousness of sanctification, or imparted righteousness, lies in the Spirit’s infusing into the soul those holy principles, divine qualities, or supernatural graces, that the apostle mentions in Galatians 5:22-23. […]

The ministry of the interior

The ministry of the interior – Chambers, Oswald I have set watchmen upon thy walls, o Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that are the lord s remembrancers, take ye no rest, and give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make jerusalem a praise in the earth. […]

Devotional “we” or “me”?

Devotional “we” or “me”? – Chambers, Oswald Matthew 23:8–10 “WE” meant to serve so much,In daily life to help the poor and sad,And by the tenderness of word and deedTo make them feel God’s goodness, and be glad;Should “I” serve less?“WE” meant to love so much,To let our kindred, friends and neighbours feelThat we had […]

The right way of mortifying of sin – Thomas Brooks

The right way of mortifying of sin – Thomas Brooks Those spots which a Christian finds in his own heart can only, by a hand of faith, be washed out in the blood of the Lamb. Suppose that the power and prevalency of sin hinders the soul’s sweet communion with God so that the soul […]

Sincerity and reality

Sincerity and reality – Chambers, Oswald Simon, i have somewhat to say unto thee. . . . Master, say on. Luke 7:40 It is quite possible to be a sincere person, to be in earnest in proclaiming the truth of god, and yet not have one iota of reality along with it. This does not […]

The richest man in the world – Thomas Brooks

The richest man in the world – Thomas Brooks “Having nothing and yet possessing all things.” 2 Corinthians 6:10 This is a riddle the world cannot understand. A holy man cannot be a poor man. A holy man is always the richest man. The riches of a Christian have no bottom. All a saint’s bags, […]

The regal gate – Thomas Brooks

The regal gate – Thomas Brooks “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:17 A man may always pray habitually; he may have his heart in a praying disposition in all estates and conditions, in prosperity and adversity, in health and sickness, in strength and weakness, in wealth and wants, in life and death. The Christian needs […]

The red sea of Christ’s blood – Thomas Brooks

The red sea of Christ’s blood – Thomas Brooks “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” Ephesians 1:7 O Lord! when I look upon my manifold weaknesses and imperfections I am many times not only grieved, but also staggered! But when I […]

The pure in heart – Thomas Brooks

The pure in heart – Thomas Brooks “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8 Dear hearts! As we truly say, that gold is pure gold, though much dross may hang about it; and as we truly say, that such and such an air is pure air, though at times […]

The prosperity of the wicked – Thomas Brooks

The prosperity of the wicked – Thomas Brooks “For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits. They say, ‘How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?’ This is what the wicked are like […]

The prosperity of the wicked – Thomas Brooks

The prosperity of the wicked – Thomas Brooks Oh you who have God for your portion, do not envy, do not fret and vex, at the prosperity of the wicked; for even though they have more than their heart can wish, even though they live in pleasure and wallow in all carnal and sensual delights […]

The promises of God – Thomas Brooks

The promises of God – Thomas Brooks The promises of God are as so many rich mines, they are as so many choice flowers of paradise, they are the food, life, and strength of the soul. They are as a staff to support the soul, and they are as jewelry to adorn the soul, and […]

CHRISTIAN CONSIDERATENESS

CHRISTIAN CONSIDERATENESS – Oswald Chambers ” Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.” Jesus is inculcating the need to examine carefully what you present in the way of God s truth to others. […]

The presence of a loving God! – Thomas Brooks

The presence of a loving God! – Thomas Brooks “Since you were precious in My sight, and I have loved you.” Isaiah 43:4 God loves His people with a first love! 1 John 4:19 “We love Him because He first loved us.” By nature we were without God, and afar off from God; we were […]

The presence of a compassionate God! – Thomas Brooks

The presence of a compassionate God! – Thomas Brooks “His compassions never fail!” Lamentations 3:22 Each believer has the presence of . . .a God of mercy,a God of tenderness,a God of compassion. Mercy is as essential to God as light is to the sun, or as heat is to the fire. He delights in […]

The pouring forth of all His wrath – Thomas Brooks

The pouring forth of all His wrath – Thomas Brooks “I will sing of Your love and justice.” Psalm 101:1 Mercy is God’s Alpha justice is His Omega. When God’s mercy is despised then His justice takes the throne! God is like a prince, who first hangs out the white flag of mercy; if this […]

The plague of unsatisfiedness – Thomas Brooks

The plague of unsatisfiedness – Thomas Brooks “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of covetousness; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15 Covetousness is . . .a very great and grievous sin;a mother-sin;a breeding sin;a sin which has all sin in its womb;a very vile […]

The outward dress and garb of religion – Thomas Brooks

The outward dress and garb of religion – Thomas Brooks “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law justice, mercy and faithfulness.” Matthew 23:23 Take heed of spending too much […]

The only happy man in the world! – Thomas Brooks

The only happy man in the world! – Thomas Brooks “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord.” Ps. 144:15 All the happiness and blessedness of the people of God consists in this that God is their God, and that He is their portion, and that they are His inheritance! Oh, the heaped up […]

The only ground of God’s love – Thomas Brooks

The only ground of God’s love – Thomas Brooks The Lord Jesus Christ is a gift of free grace. Christ is the greatest, the sweetest, the choicest, the chief gift which God ever gave; and yet this gift is given by a hand of love. The only ground of God’s love is His love. The […]

The old man – Thomas Brooks

The old man – Thomas Brooks In every regenerate man, there are two men an old man and a new man; or if you please, flesh and spirit. Romans 7. The old man, the fleshly part, will incline the soul, and bias the soul, as well to sins against the gospel, as to sins against […]

The occasions and allurements of sin – Thomas Brooks

The occasions and allurements of sin – Thomas Brooks He who ventures upon the occasion of sin and then prays, “Lord, lead me not into temptation,” is like him who thrusts his finger into the fire, and then prays that it may not be burnt. He who will not fly from the occasions and allurements […]

The most powerful charm of Satan – Thomas Brooks

The most powerful charm of Satan – Thomas Brooks Honors, riches, and pleasures are the three deities, which all people adore, and to whom they continually sacrifice their best thoughts and energies. These, for their unparalleled vanity, may well be called “the vanity of vanities!” Honors, riches, and pleasures are but . . .a mere […]

The most golden Christians – Thomas Brooks

The most golden Christians – Thomas Brooks Under all fiery trials, God will make good that golden promise, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God.” Romans 8:28. Mark, the apostle does not say, we suppose, or we hope, or we conjecture but we know! We know that […]

The most glittering services – Thomas Brooks

The most glittering services – Thomas Brooks The most glittering services of unregenerate people are but dead works, because they proceed not from a principle of spiritual life, and they lead to death, Romans 6:23, and leave a sentence of death upon the soul, until it is washed off by the blood of the Lamb.

The mortifying of your darling sins – Thomas Brooks

The mortifying of your darling sins – Thomas Brooks Most professing Christians have not the right art of mortifying sin. All their attempts are to hide a lust, not to quench it. A great motive to provoke you to the mortifying of your darling sins, is solemnly to consider, that the conquest and effectual mortifying […]

The more vile Christ made Himself for us – Thomas Brooks

The more vile Christ made Himself for us – Thomas Brooks “Let the thoughts of a crucified Christ,” says one, “be never out of your mind, let them be food and drink unto you, let them be your sweetness and consolation, your honey and your desire, your reading and your meditation.” Ah! remember this,His wounds […]

The more Christ has suffered for us – Thomas Brooks

The more Christ has suffered for us – Thomas Brooks The more Christ has suffered for us the dearer Christ should be unto us. The greater and the bitterer Christ’s sufferings have been for us the greater and the sweeter should our love be to Him. O my friends! there is no love but a […]

The more a Christian is tempted – Thomas Brooks

The more a Christian is tempted – Thomas Brooks God had but one Son without corruption but He had none without temptation! By temptations the Lord will make His people more and more conformable to the image of His Son. Christ was much tempted He was often in the school of temptation; and the more […]

The Midas touch – Thomas Brooks

The Midas touch – Thomas Brooks Faith is the most useful grace. It is a Christian’s right eye, without which he cannot see for Christ; it is his right hand, without which he cannot do for Christ; it is his tongue, without which he cannot speak for Christ; it is his very vital spirits, without […]

The meritorious cause of all our sorrows and – Thomas Brooks

The meritorious cause of all our sorrows and – Thomas Brooks “Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins? Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” Lamentations 3:39-40 “I will be patient as the Lord punishes me, for I have sinned against Him.” Micah […]

The Land of Cabul – Thomas Brooks

The Land of Cabul – Thomas Brooks “An incorruptible inheritance.” 1 Peter 1:4 All earthly inheritances are liable to corruption; they are true gardens of Adonis where we can gather nothing but trivial flowers, surrounded with many briars, thorns and thistles. Oh, the hands, the hearts, the thoughts, the lives which have been corrupted by […]

The Jews – Thomas Brooks

The Jews – Thomas Brooks “What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify Him!” “Why? What crime has He committed?” asked Pilate. But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify Him!” Mat. 27:22-23 “Him . . . you have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and […]

The hypocrite’s only care – Thomas Brooks

The hypocrite’s only care – Thomas Brooks The hypocrite’s only care is to keep his outward life from defilement. But the sincere Christian’s care is mainly to keep his heart from defilement; for he very well knows, that if he can but keep his heart clean he shall with more ease keep his life clean. […]

The hypocrite’s hope – Thomas Brooks

The hypocrite’s hope – Thomas Brooks “For what hope do the godless have, when God cuts them off and takes away their life?” Job 27:8 “When the wicked die, their hopes all perish.” Prov. 11:7 That assurance is but presumption, which allows men . . .to play with sin,to be bold with sin,to make light […]

CHRISTIAN CHARACTERISTICS

CHRISTIAN CHARACTERISTICS – Oswald Chambers ” Judge not, that ye be not judged.” Criticism is part of the ordinary faculty of a man, he has a sense of humor, i.e., a sense of proportion, and he sees where things are wrong and pulls the other fellow to bits; but Jesus says, as a disciple, cultivate […]

The hypocrite’s bane – Thomas Brooks

The hypocrite’s bane – Thomas Brooks (“Touchstone of Sincerity”) “The Pharisee took his stand and was praying like this: God, I thank You that I m not like other people greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.” Luke 18:11-12 A […]

The humble man’s heart – Thomas Brooks

The humble man’s heart – Thomas Brooks “For thus says the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite […]

The hottest and the darkest place in hell – Thomas Brooks

The hottest and the darkest place in hell – Thomas Brooks “Woe unto you, scribes, Pharisees, and hypocrites, for you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers; therefore you shall receive the greater damnation.” Matthew 23:14 Hypocrites shall be double damned! The hottest and the darkest place in hell is reserved for […]

The honey and the sting! – Thomas Brooks

The honey and the sting! – Thomas Brooks “For He does not willingly (or as the Hebrew has it, ‘from His heart’) bring affliction or grief to the children of men.” Lamentations 3:33 Christians conclude that God’s heart was not in their afflictions, though His hand was. He takes no delight to afflict His children; […]

The hoary head – Thomas Brooks

The hoary head – Thomas Brooks “The hoary head is a crown of glory if it is found in the way of righteousness.” Proverbs 16:31 A white head, accompanied with a holy heart, makes a man truly honorable. There are two glorious sights in the world: the one is, a young man walking in his […]

The highest heavens and the lowest hearts – Thomas Brooks

The highest heavens and the lowest hearts – Thomas Brooks “For this is what the high and lofty One says He who lives forever, whose name is holy I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and […]

The hell of hell – Thomas Brooks

The hell of hell – Thomas Brooks And as there are a diversity of torments in hell, so the torments of hell are everlasting. “Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!” Mt. 25:41 The sentence which shall be passed upon them, is eternal. God […]

The heaviest burden in all the world! – Thomas Brooks

The heaviest burden in all the world! – Thomas Brooks “My sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me.” Psalm 40:12 “For my sins have flooded over my head; they are a burden too heavy for me to bear.” Psalm […]

DIVINE REASONINGS OF FAITH

DIVINE REASONINGS OF FAITH – Oswald Chambers Faith is my personal confidence in the Being whose character I know but whose ways I cannot trace by my common sense. The reasonings of faith mean the practical working out in my life of my implicit determined confidence in God. Common sense is mathematical; faith is not […]

The happy exchange – Thomas Brooks

The happy exchange – Thomas Brooks I heartily wish that all who are concerned in this sad loss, were more taken up in minding the happy exchange which Mary has made, than with your present loss. She has exchanged:earth for heaven,a wilderness for a paradise,a prison for a palace,a house made with hands for one […]

The guts and garbage of the earth – Thomas Brooks

The guts and garbage of the earth – Thomas Brooks God is an incomparable portion. All the gold of Ophir, and all the silver of the Indies, which are but the guts and garbage of the earth, are nothing, yes, less than nothing, compared with God. God is a portion more precious than all those […]

The greatest thief – Thomas Brooks

The greatest thief – Thomas Brooks Sin is the greatest thief, the greatest robber in the world. It robbed the angels of all their glory. It robbed Adam of his paradise and felicity. Sin has robbed all mankind of five precious jewels, the least of which was more worth than heaven and earth. 1. Sin […]

The greatest evil in all the world – Thomas Brooks

The greatest evil in all the world – Thomas Brooks Sin is the greatest evil in all the world.Sin is the only thingwhich God abhors,which has brought Jesus Christ to the cross,which damns souls,which shuts heaven, andwhich has laid the foundations of hell. Oh, sin is the pricking thorn in my eye, the deadly arrow […]

The great work of the ministry – Thomas Brooks

The great work of the ministry – Thomas Brooks I have always looked upon the great work of the ministry to consist in two things: first, in making unholy men holy; and, secondly, in making those who are already holy to be more and more holy. First to beget holiness, and then to nurse up […]

DIVINE REASONINGS OF MIND

DIVINE REASONINGS OF MIND – Oswald Chambers It is a fruitful study to find out what the New Testament says about the mind. The Spirit of God comes through the different writers with one steady insistence to stir up our minds (e.g., Phil. II. 5, 2 Peter I. 12-13.) The only way Satan can get […]

The great master-scar of the soul – Thomas Brooks

The great master-scar of the soul – Thomas Brooks “I hate pride and arrogance!” Proverbs 8:13 Take heed of pride and haughtiness of spirit. Pride is the great master-scar of the soul; it will bud and blossom it cannot be hidden. Pride is the leprosy of the soul, which breaks forth in the very forehead! […]

The graces which are in Christians – Thomas Brooks

The graces which are in Christians – Thomas Brooks “As He is so are we in this world.” 1 John 4:17 To be a holy person is to know a holy Christ, to be in love with a holy Christ, and to imitate the virtues of a holy Christ. “Indeed, we have all received grace […]

The golden link of love! – Thomas Brooks

The golden link of love! – Thomas Brooks It was the golden link of love that fastened Christ to the cross! Certainly the more Christ has suffered for us, the more dear Christ should be unto us. The more bitter His sufferings have been for us, the more sweet His love should be to us, […]

The gate of heaven! – Thomas Brooks

The gate of heaven! – Thomas Brooks The best and sweetest flowers of Paradise God gives to His people when they are upon their knees. Prayer is the gate of heaven, a key to let us into Paradise. God hears no more than the heart speaks; and if the heart be dumb God will certainly […]

The funeral of all your sorrows! – Thomas Brooks

The funeral of all your sorrows! – Thomas Brooks At death, you shall gain full freedom and liberty from all your enemies within and without namely, sin, Satan, and the world! Death will free you from the indwelling power of sin. In this present world, sin plays the tyrant; but in heaven there is no […]

The funeral – Thomas Brooks

The funeral – Thomas Brooks A Christian knows that death shall be the funeral of all . . .his sins,his sorrows,his afflictions,his temptations,his vexations,his oppressions,his persecutions. He knows that death shall be the resurrection of all . . .his hopes,his joys,his delights,his comforts,his contentments. He knows that death shall bring him to a more clear, […]

The fool’s bauble, the fool’s fiddle – Thomas Brooks

The fool’s bauble, the fool’s fiddle – Thomas Brooks “The wicked freely strut about, when what is vile is honored among men.” Psalm 12:8 “They love to indulge in evil pleasures.” 2 Peter 2:13. “Their souls delight in their abominations.” Isaiah 66:3 Proverbs 10:23, “A fool finds pleasure in evil conduct.” Evil conduct is the […]

The foolish Indians – Thomas Brooks

The foolish Indians – Thomas Brooks The foolish Indians preferred every toy and trifle, before their mines of gold. Just so, many foolish professors prefer the trifling vanities of this world, before the glorious treasures and endless pleasures which are at God’s right hand. Witness that high price which they set upon . . .the […]

The first step towards heaven – Thomas Brooks

The first step towards heaven – Thomas Brooks “It is not the healthy who need a physician, but the sick.” Matthew 9:12 If you would be truly godly, then you must see how bad you are, how vile, how sinful, how wretched you are. No man begins to be good until he sees himself to […]

The eyes of the Lord – Thomas Brooks

The eyes of the Lord – Thomas Brooks “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” Hebrews 4:13 God is . . .all ear to hear,all hand to punish,all power to protect,all wisdom to direct,all goodness to […]

The eye of heaven – Thomas Brooks

The eye of heaven – Thomas Brooks “All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.” Hebrews 4:13 Each believer has the presence of a WISE God, of an omniscient God. God fills all things, He encompasses all things, and He sustains all things and therefore He […]

The envy of devils – Thomas Brooks

The envy of devils – Thomas Brooks “For surely it is not angels He helps, but Abraham’s descendants.” Hebrews 2:16 Stand still, and admire and wonder at the love of Jesus Christ to poor sinners that He should rather die for us, than the fallen angels! They were creatures of a more noble extract, and […]

The dumb sinner – Thomas Brooks

The dumb sinner – Thomas Brooks “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 The threefold promise annexed to the […]

The dregs of old age! – Thomas Brooks

The dregs of old age! – Thomas Brooks “Let me die the death of the righteous, and may my end be like theirs!” Numbers 23:10 Many desire to repent when old age comes when . . .their wits are cracked,their souls distracted,their senses stupefied,their hearts astonished,their minds darkened, andtheir bodies diseased and distempered.Oh, then they […]

The dirty lane – Thomas Brooks

The dirty lane – Thomas Brooks “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Phil. 1:21 Look upon your dying day as a gainful day. There is no gain compared to that which comes in by death. A Christian gets more by death, than he does by life. To be in Christ […]

The diamond in that ring! – Thomas Brooks

The diamond in that ring! – Thomas Brooks The whole Scripture is but one entire love-letter, all written in golden letters, dispatched from the Lord Christ to His beloved spouse on earth. In it, there is so much to be read of . . .the love of Christ,the heart of Christ,the kindness of Christ,the grace […]

The devil’s tennis-ball – Thomas Brooks

The devil’s tennis-ball – Thomas Brooks “Warn those who are idle.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Take heed of an idle and slothful spirit. An idle life and a holy heart are far asunder. By doing nothing men learn to do evil things. It is easy slipping out of an idle life into an evil and wicked […]

The devil’s tennis-ball – Thomas Brooks

The devil’s tennis-ball – Thomas Brooks “Warn those who are idle.” 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Take heed of an idle and slothful spirit. An idle life and a holy heart are far asunder. By doing nothing men learn to do evil things. It is easy slipping out of an idle life into an evil and wicked […]

The devil’s tennis-ball – Thomas Brooks

The devil’s tennis-ball – Thomas Brooks “We urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle!” 1 Thessalonians 5:14 The hour of idleness is the hour of temptation. An idle person is the devil’s tennis-ball tossed by him at his pleasure. Among the Egyptians idleness was a capital crime. Among the Lucans, he who lent money […]

The devil’s logic – Thomas Brooks

The devil’s logic – Thomas Brooks “What should we say then? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may multiply? Absolutely not! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” Romans 6:1-2 Certainly to argue from gospel mercy to sinful liberty, is the devil’s logic. The more a man lives […]

The witness of sorrow

The witness of sorrow – Chambers, Oswald Set a mark upon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof. Ezekiel 9:4 We can fathom our own natures by the things we sorrow over. In this ancient book of Ezekiel the man clothed […]

The devil’s logic – Thomas Brooks

The devil’s logic – Thomas Brooks “Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we who are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:1, 2 To argue from God’s mercy to sinful liberty is the devil’s logic and such logicians do ever walk as upon a mine of […]

The devil’s brat! – Thomas Brooks

The devil’s brat! – Thomas Brooks “That sin might become utterly sinful.” Romans 7:13 Paul, to set forth the formidable evil that is in sin, expresses it thus. He could find nothing more evil and odious to express sin by than itself. Sin is so great an evil, that it cannot have a worse epithet […]

How to use victory

How to use victory – Chambers, Oswald And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed. Mark 1:35. This incident in the life of our lord occurred after what one would call a most successful day. He had endured the fierce […]

The devil’s best customers! – Thomas Brooks

The devil’s best customers! – Thomas Brooks “God will surely judge people who are immoral.” Heb. 13:4 If men will not judge them, God Himself will, and give them a portion of misery answerable to their transgression. Sometimes He judges them in this life by pouring forth of His wrath upon their bodies, souls, consciences, […]

Spiritual Disenchantment and Delight

Spiritual Disenchantment and Delight – Chambers, Oswald 1. Disillusionment and the furnace of disappointment let no man glory in men. For all things are yours.. . . (1 Corinthians 3:21) Enchantment in the natural realm means to be taken out of your wits by song and rhythm; spiritual enchantment comes along the line of aggres- […]

The cowardice of the minister – Thomas Brooks

The cowardice of the minister – Thomas Brooks “Therefore, I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of all men. For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God.” Acts 20:26-27 The cowardice of the minister is cruelty; if he fears the faces of men, he […]

DIVINE REGION OF RELIGION

DIVINE REGION OF RELIGION – Oswald Chambers Our Lord demands that our disposition be right with Him in our ordinary natural life lived to men; in Ch. VI. He deals with the domain of our life lived to God before men. The main idea in the region of religion is Your eye on God, not […]

The Call of God

The Call of God – Chambers, Oswald July 1, 1917, Zeitoun , Sunday morning Service & devotional hut Isaiah 6 It is difficult to define the call of god it is an implicit thing, like the call of the sea or of the mountains. Not everyone hears the call of the sea and of the […]

The covenant of grace – Thomas Brooks

The covenant of grace – Thomas Brooks “He has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure. Will He not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire?” 2 Samuel 23:5 All mankind would have been eternally lost had God not, of His own free grace and mercy, […]

Have i to forgive my enemies?

Have i to forgive my enemies? – Chambers, Oswald 1916, Zeitoun Matthew 5:4344 did Jesus christ mean it when he said love your enemies? If he did, we must come to the conclusion either that he was a madman, or that there is a meaning underneath his words which we do not at first see. […]

The covenant of grace – Thomas Brooks

The covenant of grace – Thomas Brooks “I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear Me, so that they will never turn away from Me.” Jeremiah 32:40 The covenant of grace is that agreement which God has made with sinful […]

The constant cry of the rod – Thomas Brooks

The constant cry of the rod – Thomas Brooks One lesson that you are to learn by the rod of affliction, is to get more weaned and more mortified affections to all worldly comforts, contentments, and enjoyments. A man never comes to experience so much of . . .the emptiness,the nothingness,the uselessness,the vanity,the mutability,the impotency,the […]

The common inn of all mankind – Thomas Brooks

The common inn of all mankind – Thomas Brooks “None of us has the power to prevent the day of our death.” Ecclesiastes 8:8 Death is the common inn of all mankind. Death knows no difference between robes and rags, between prince and peasant. “All flesh is grass.” The flesh of princes, nobles, counselors, generals, […]

The name

The name – Chambers, Oswald December 10, 1916, Zeitoun, Sunday morning & Communion Service And his name shall be called wonderful. . . . Isaiah 9:6 In the new testament name frequently stands for nature. When we pray in the name of Jesus the answers are in accordance with his nature, and if we think […]

The cockatrice must be crushed – Thomas Brooks

The cockatrice must be crushed – Thomas Brooks “Lust having conceived, brings forth sin.” James 1:15 First, sin has its conception which is its delight; and then sin has its birth which is its action; and then sin has its growth which is its custom; and then sin has its end which is its damnation! […]

Climate and spiritual life

Climate and spiritual life – Chambers, Oswald November 26, 1916, Zeitoun , Sunday morning Service And he awoke, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, peace, be still. And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39 (RV ) This verse is a picture of our own spiritual life; there […]

The choicest, sweetest, wisest, strongest Christian – Thomas Brooks

The choicest, sweetest, wisest, strongest Christian – Thomas Brooks Remember that it is not hasty reading but serious meditation on holy and heavenly truths, which makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is not the mere touching of the flower by the bee which gathers honey but her abiding for a time […]

The choicest saints – Thomas Brooks

The choicest saints – Thomas Brooks Such is the universal corruption of human nature, that the souls of the best, of the purest, and of the holiest men in the world do from day to day, yes, from moment to moment, contract some filth and uncleanness. The choicest saints can never acquit themselves from sins […]

DIVINE RULE OF LIFE

DIVINE RULE OF LIFE – Oswald Chambers In these verses Our Lord lays down a Divine rule which we by His Spirit have to apply to every circumstance and condition of our lives. Our Lord does not make state ments which we have to follow literally; if He did, we should not grow in grace. […]

The chief – Thomas Brooks

The chief – Thomas Brooks “My Beloved is white and ruddy, the chief among ten thousand.” Song of Songs 5:10 Christ is the chief good.All good is in the chief good. Christ is all things to Christians. He is . . .bread to feed them,a fountain to refresh them,a physician to heal them,a rock to […]

The bulls-eye – Thomas Brooks

The bulls-eye – Thomas Brooks “For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” Romans 14:7-8. A genuine Christian ordinarily […]

The bridge which leads to the paradise of God – Thomas Brooks

The bridge which leads to the paradise of God – Thomas Brooks If God is a believer’s portion, then never let a believer be afraid to die, or unwilling to die. Let those be afraid to die who have only this world for their portion here, and hell for their portion hereafter. But let not […]

The book of life – Thomas Brooks

The book of life – Thomas Brooks “And another book was opened, which is the book of life.” Revelation 20:12 The names of the elect are written in the book of life. They do not obtain salvation by chance, but were elected of God to eternal life and happiness before the foundation of the world. […]

ACCOUNT WITH PERSECUTION

ACCOUNT WITH PERSECUTION – Oswald Chambers If a disciple is going to follow Jesus, he must lay his account not only with purity and with practice, but also with persecution. The picture Our Lord gives is not familiar to us. In the East a slap on the cheek is the greatest form of insult, its […]

THE ACCOUNT WITH PRACTICE

THE ACCOUNT WITH PRACTICE – Oswald Chambers Practice means continually doing that which no one sees or knows but myself. Habit is the result of practice, by continually doing the thing it becomes second nature. The difference between men is not a difference of personal power, but that some men are disciplined, and others are […]

The bond of iniquity – Thomas Brooks

The bond of iniquity – Thomas Brooks “I perceive that you are in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.” Acts 8:23 If you would arm and fence yourselves against sin, then look upon sin as the soul’s bonds. Iniquity is a chain, a bond. Now, bonds and chains gall the body, […]

The best way to be preserved from falling into hell – Thomas Brooks

The best way to be preserved from falling into hell – Thomas Brooks “Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!” Matthew 25:41 The sinner’s delight here is momentary; that which torments hereafter is perpetual. The best way to be preserved from falling into hell, […]

The best way to be holy – Thomas Brooks

The best way to be holy – Thomas Brooks “Turn to the Lord with weeping and with mourning.” Joel 2:12 The best way to be holy is to accuse, indict, arraign, and condemn yourself for your unholiness. Greatly lament and mourn over your own unholiness, over your own wickedness. The first step to holiness, is […]

The best of saints are sinners – Thomas Brooks

The best of saints are sinners – Thomas Brooks A child of God may slip into a sin as a sheep may slip into the mire. But he does not, and cannot wallow in sin as the swine wallows in the mire. The best of saints are sinners, though the worst and weakest of saints […]

His face in the riddle of the universe

His face in the riddle of the universe – Chambers, Oswald April 2, 1917, Zeitoun , Communion Service But we see Jesus, . . . Crowned with glory and honour. Hebrews 2:9 Supposing there was a certain region of earth about which you knew nothing and you received a communication from someone who said i […]

The best means to mortify sin – Thomas Brooks

The best means to mortify sin – Thomas Brooks “Therefore, put to death whatever in you is worldly: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5 While a darling sin lives and keeps the throne in the heart, grace and holiness will be kept exceeding weak and low. But when […]

The best armor against evil lusts – Thomas Brooks

The best armor against evil lusts – Thomas Brooks “Your word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” Psalm 119:11 David hides the word in his heart as a treasure that he might not lose it; and as a rule that he might not transgress against it. The law […]

The immense attention of god

The immense attention of god – Chambers, Oswald June 24, 1917, Zeitoun ,Sunday mornings Service & devotional hut And when he opened the seventh seal, there followed a silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. Revelation 8:1 (RV ) If we are ever going to understand the book of the revelation we […]

Losing ourselves

Losing ourselves – Chambers, Oswald July 8, 1917, Zeitoun , SSunday morning Service & devotional hut He that findeth his life [soul] shall lose it: and he that loseth his life [soul] for my sake shall find it. Matthew 10:39 We are what we are interested in. Soul refers to the way a personal spirit […]

The bent of the needle – Thomas Brooks

The bent of the needle – Thomas Brooks “No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen Him or known Him.” 1 John 3:6 A trade, a course of sin is inconsistent with a state of grace. The best saints have sadly miscarried as to particular […]

The beauty and glory of a Christian – Thomas Brooks

The beauty and glory of a Christian – Thomas Brooks Holiness will render you most beautiful and amiable. As holiness is the beauty of God, and the beauty of angels so it is the beauty and glory of a Christian also. Holiness casts such a beauty upon man, as makes him very amiable and desirable. […]

Discovery by Devotion

Discovery by Devotion – Chambers, Oswald October 8, 1916, Zeitoun, Sunday morning Service And i set my face unto the lord god, to seek by prayer and supplications. Daniel 9:3 1. The determination to concentrate and i set my face . . . We discern spiritual truth not by intellectual curios- ity or research, but […]

The baits which these men bite at – Thomas Brooks

The baits which these men bite at – Thomas Brooks There are three things in a holy heart, which strongly incline it to persevere when all outward encouragements fail. The first is a forcible principle divine love.The second is a mighty aid the Spirit of God.The third is a high aim the glory of God. […]

That wise and skillful physician – Thomas Brooks

That wise and skillful physician – Thomas Brooks God’s wisdom so tempers and orders all afflictions, crosses, and losses as to make them work kindly and sweetly for our good. God is that wise and skillful physician, who can turn . . .poison into cordials,diseases into remedies,crosses into crowns, andthe greatest losses into the greatest […]

That white devil! – Thomas Brooks

That white devil! – Thomas Brooks While the disciples were healing diseases and casting out demons, the proud white devil was a-stirring in their own souls; as is evident by that gentle rebuke which our Savior gives them in Luke 10:20, “Don’t rejoice that the spirits submit to you.” There is no pious duty which […]

That rich and royal robe – Thomas Brooks

That rich and royal robe – Thomas Brooks “I desire to be found in Christ, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” Phil. 3:9 Paul would not be found in a legal […]

That immortal bird! – Thomas Brooks

That immortal bird! – Thomas Brooks As the mercy of God is infinite towards the elect so the justice of God is infinite towards the reprobate in hell. The reprobate shall have . . .punishment without pity,misery without mercy,sorrow without support,crying without compassion,mischief without measure,and torment without end! All men in misery comfort themselves with […]

That golden devil – Thomas Brooks

That golden devil – Thomas Brooks “Covetousness, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5 Judas’ life was as fair and as free from spots and blots as the lives of any of the apostles; no scandalous sin was to be found upon him. But that golden devil ‘covetousness’ was his sin and his everlasting ruin. His apostleship, […]

That dead man or dead woman – Thomas Brooks

That dead man or dead woman – Thomas Brooks (“A Believer’s Last Day, His Best Day”) “When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge!” Prov. 14:32 We should lament over that dead man or dead woman . . .whom hell harbors,whom the devil devours,whom divine justice […]

Tears have tongues – Thomas Brooks

Tears have tongues – Thomas Brooks “The Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.” Psalm 6:8 Tears are not mutes. Tears have a voice. Tears have tongues. Tears can speak. There is no prayer compared to those which secret tears make in the ears of God. Tears make the most forcible entry into the […]

Tears have a voice – Thomas Brooks

Tears have a voice – Thomas Brooks “The Lord has heard the voice of my weeping. “Psalm 6:8 Sometimes a penitent man’s eyes will in some way tell what his tongue can in no way utter. Many times the penitent is better at weeping, than he is at speaking. Tears have a voice, and are […]

Tears have a voice – Thomas Brooks

Tears have a voice – Thomas Brooks “The Lord has heard the voice of my weeping.” Psalm 6:8 Tears have a voice. God has an eye as well upon a man’s tears as upon his prayers. Penitent tears are divine ambassadors, which never return from the throne of grace without answers of grace. Peter said […]

Take heed of the witch – Thomas Brooks

Take heed of the witch – Thomas Brooks “For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now I tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ; whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is their shame who mind earthly things.” Philippians […]

Sweetened with three ingredients – Thomas Brooks

Sweetened with three ingredients – Thomas Brooks “The cup which My Father has given Me shall I not drink it?” John 18:11 Never did bridegroom go with more cheerfulness to be married to his bride than our Lord Jesus went to His cross! Though the cup which the Father put into Christ’s hand was bitter, […]

The lie in the greatest fear of life

The lie in the greatest fear of life – Chambers, Oswald 1917, Zeitoun For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 1 Corinthians 15:2526 The greatest fear in life is not personal fear for myself, but fear that after all god […]

Is human sacrifice redemptive?

Is human sacrifice redemptive? – Chambers, Oswald November 6, 1916, Zeitoun , Study hut Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 But god commendeth his own love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (RV) […]

Sweeten all your bitters – Thomas Brooks

Sweeten all your bitters – Thomas Brooks “We know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. When a man’s heart is once sanctified, then all things are sanctified to him. O sirs! this is so great and so […]

Sweet poisons! – Thomas Brooks

Sweet poisons! – Thomas Brooks “I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me.” Matthew 4:9 Satan presents the world in such a dress, and in such a garb, as to ensnare the soul, and to win the affection of the soul. He represents the world to them in […]

Sweet honey out of the bitterest herbs – Thomas Brooks

Sweet honey out of the bitterest herbs – Thomas Brooks “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 Consider that all your afflictions, troubles, and trials shall work for your good. Why then should you fret, […]

Suffering times – Thomas Brooks

Suffering times – Thomas Brooks “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven!” Matthew 5:11-12. Suffering times are times wherein the Lord is pleased to give His people some sense of […]

Desert Days

Desert Days – Chambers, Oswald Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you. . . . 1 peter 4:12 We have no faith at all until it is proved, proved through conflict and in no other way. There are things in […]

Such lessons! – Thomas Brooks

Such lessons! – Thomas Brooks “Blessed is the man You chasten, O Lord, the man You teach from Your law.” Psalm 94:12 All the chastening in the world, without divine teaching, will never make a man blessed. That man who finds correction attended with instruction, and lashing with lessoning is a happy man. If God, […]

The Doctrine of the great hour

The Doctrine of the great hour – Chambers, Oswald February 25, 1917, Zeitoun , Sunday morning Service When it was yet dark . . . John 20:1 There is twilight before night, and an infinitely deeper dark before dawn; but there are hours in spiritual experience darker than either of these, when the new day […]

Such guilty, filthy, and polluted souls! – Thomas Brooks

Such guilty, filthy, and polluted souls! – Thomas Brooks “Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the […]

Such gnats as these – Thomas Brooks

Such gnats as these – Thomas Brooks “Oh cleanse me from secret faults.” Psalm 19:12 An unsound heart may mourn for great sins which make great wounds in his conscience and credit, and which leave a great blot upon his name, or that waste or rot his body, or destroy his estate, or which expose […]

Such a wretch you would have been! – Thomas Brooks

Such a wretch you would have been! – Thomas Brooks “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3 There are but few upon whom God bestows His saving love. Tell me, are not the gifts which Christ has given you rare gifts? What would you have been […]

His voice

His voice – Chambers, Oswald February 1916, Zeitoun And the sheep follow him: for they know his voice. John 10:4 We do not use our ears to hear in the particular way our lord means, we use them to listen to what our disposition wishes us to decipher, either from fear or desire, as the […]

Such a smoke in the soul – Thomas Brooks

Such a smoke in the soul – Thomas Brooks A man may have true grace and yet lack assurance, and this may arise from that smoke and clouds, those fears and doubts which corruption raises in the soul. Just so, that the soul cannot see those excellent graces which otherwise might be discerned. Though there […]

The miracle of Joy

The miracle of Joy – Chambers, Oswald Joy is the great note all through the bible. We have the notion of joy that arises from good spirits or good health, but the miracle of the joy of god has nothing to do with a mans life or his circumstances or the condition he is in. […]

“The lord as our “Dear Dread”

The lord as our “Dear Dread” – Chambers, Oswald Then said jesus, it is for judgement that i have come into this world, to make the sightless see, to make the seeing blind. John 9:39 (moffatt ) That is one of the stiff things Jesus said. It is either nonsense, or what we believe it […]

Such a friend – Thomas Brooks

Such a friend – Thomas Brooks “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24 Such a friend is Christ. He is so a friend to every one of His people as if He were a friend to none besides. Christ is . . .an omnipotent friend;an omniscient friend;an omnipresent friend;an indeficient […]

Uncensored truth

Uncensored truth – Chambers, Oswald He twilight that i desired hath been turned into trembling unto me. Isaiah 21:4 (rv ) The bible never deals with the domains our human minds delight to deal with. The bible deals with heaven and hell, good and bad, god and the devil, right and wrong, salvation and damnation; […]

Strangers and pilgrims – Thomas Brooks

Strangers and pilgrims – Thomas Brooks “To God’s elect, strangers in the world,” 1 Peter 1:1 This world is a wilderness, and believers, as pilgrims and strangers, must pass through it to their heavenly Canaan. “For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.” […]

Stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel! – Thomas Brooks

Stop confronting us with the Holy One of Israel! – Thomas Brooks “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty!” Isaiah 6:3 Certainly there is nothing which renders God so formidable and dreadful to unholy people as His holiness does. “Leave this way, get off this path and stop confronting us with the Holy One of […]

Stone him to death! – Thomas Brooks

Stone him to death! – Thomas Brooks “If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, ‘Let us go and worship other gods (gods that neither you nor your fathers have known, gods of the peoples around you, whether near or […]

Splendida peccata – Thomas Brooks

Splendida peccata – Thomas Brooks O sirs, all our pious works and services must be wrought . . .from God,for God,in God, andaccording to Godor else they will be but splendida peccata splendid sins!

Spit out the sweet morsels of sin – Thomas Brooks

Spit out the sweet morsels of sin – Thomas Brooks “When He comes, He will convict the world about sin.” John 16:8 A man never comes . . .to see his sins, norto be sick of his sins, norto loathe his sins, norto arraign his sins, norto condemn his sins, norto judge himself for his […]

Spiritual vomit – Thomas Brooks

Spiritual vomit – Thomas Brooks “He who covers his sins shall not prosper; but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.” Prov. 28:13 True penitential confession is joined with reformation. That confession of sin which carries forgiveness of sin with it, is attended with serious desires, and earnest endeavors of reformation. Confession of sin […]

Soul-satisfying – Thomas Brooks

Soul-satisfying – Thomas Brooks The riches of Christ are soul-satisfying riches. Oh those riches of grace and goodness that are in Christ how do they satisfy the souls of sinners! A pardon does not more satisfy a condemned man,nor bread the hungry man,nor drink the thirsty man,nor clothes the naked man,nor health the sick man,than […]

Soul-purifying – Thomas Brooks

Soul-purifying – Thomas Brooks “And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:3 True hope is soul-purifying. It runs out into holiness. He who has the purest and strongest hopes of being saved, is most studious and laborious to be sanctified. Now hope purifies the heart […]

Soul-mollifying – Thomas Brooks

Soul-mollifying – Thomas Brooks Saving faith is soul-softening, it is soul-mollifying. Peter believes soundly and weeps bitterly. Mary Magdalene believes much and weeps much. Faith sets . . .a wounded Christ,a bruised Christ,a despised Christ,a pierced Christ,a bleeding Christbefore the soul, and this makes the soul sit down and weep bitterly: “They will look on […]

Soul-killing plots, devices, stratagems & machinations! – Thomas Brooks

Soul-killing plots, devices, stratagems & machinations! – Thomas Brooks “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Corinthians 2:11 Christ,the Scripture,your own hearts,and Satan’s devices,are the four prime things that should be first and most studied and searched. If any cast off the study of these, […]

Some Delilah – Thomas Brooks

Some Delilah – Thomas Brooks God cures David of adultery, by killing his endeared child. There is some Delilah some darling, some beloved sin or other that a Christian’s calling, condition, constitution, or temptations leads him to play with, and to hug in his own bosom. As in a plot of ground that lies untilled, […]

Soldiers, strangers, travelers, pilgrims – Thomas Brooks

Soldiers, strangers, travelers, pilgrims – Thomas Brooks “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 The believing Hebrews had been plundered of all they had in this world, Heb. 10:34, when […]

Soberly, righteously, and godly – Thomas Brooks

Soberly, righteously, and godly – Thomas Brooks (“Touchstone of Sincerity”) “Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world.” Titus 2:12 These words contain the sum of a Christian’s duty. To live soberly toward ourselves, righteously toward our neighbors, and godly toward God is true […]

So foul a hag – Thomas Brooks

So foul a hag – Thomas Brooks There are very many who lie in wait to deceive, corrupt, and poison your minds with God-dishonoring, Christ-denying, conscience-wasting, and soul-damning opinions, principles, and blasphemies. I have read of one who boasted and gloried in this, that he had spent thirty years in corrupting and poisoning of youth. […]

So exceeding angry with himself – Thomas Brooks

So exceeding angry with himself – Thomas Brooks “Then you will defile your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them Away with you!” Isaiah 30:22 The true penitent is not so exceeding angry with himself for anything as he […]

So blind, so deaf, so dumb, so lame, so dead – Thomas Brooks

So blind, so deaf, so dumb, so lame, so dead – Thomas Brooks The holy Christian is the greatest miracle. He can tell you that he was so blind but now God has given him eyes to see sin to be the greatest evil; and Christ to be the choicest good. He can tell you […]

Sitting at the table with King Jesus – Thomas Brooks

Sitting at the table with King Jesus – Thomas Brooks “While the King was at His table, my perfume spread its fragrance.” Song of Songs 1:12 That is, let Jesus Christ be but present with us, and then our graces, which are compared to perfume, will send forth its fragrance. Sitting at the table with […]

Sinning is worse than suffering – Thomas Brooks

Sinning is worse than suffering – Thomas Brooks Sinning is worse than suffering; for by men’s sins God is dishonored but by their sufferings God is glorified. Oh, that the Christian reader would seriously consider of these things: There is nothing that the great God hates but sin.There is nothing that God has revealed His […]

Sin shall not have dominion over you – Thomas Brooks

Sin shall not have dominion over you – Thomas Brooks “Sin shall not have dominion over you: for you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14 What does the dominion of sin import, and wherein does it consist? Sin is in dominion, when it has the universal and sovereign command of the […]

Sin in a saint – Thomas Brooks

Sin in a saint – Thomas Brooks It is one thing for a man to sin, it is another thing for a man to allow himself in sin. It is one thing for a godly man to step into a sin, and it is another thing to keep the road of sin. A real saint […]

Sin and they would never part – Thomas Brooks

Sin and they would never part – Thomas Brooks Carnal men, in times of sickness and distress, or in times of horror and terror of conscience, or when death, the king of terrors, knocks at their doors, or when they see hell gaping to devour them, and God as a solemn judge standing ready to […]

Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep? – Thomas Brooks

Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep? – Thomas Brooks “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds, the leaders of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: Destruction is certain for you shepherds who feed yourselves instead of your flocks. Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep? You drink the milk, wear the wool, and butcher the […]

Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep? – Thomas Brooks

Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep? – Thomas Brooks “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds, the leaders of Israel. Give them this message from the Sovereign Lord: Destruction is certain for you shepherds who feed yourselves instead of your flocks. Shouldn’t shepherds feed their sheep? You drink the milk, wear the wool, and butcher the […]

Should God chain up Satan – Thomas Brooks

Should God chain up Satan – Thomas Brooks “For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.” Mt. 15:19 Man has an evil root within him. Were there no devil to tempt him, nor any wicked men to entice him, yet that cursed sinful nature which is in […]

Sheep or swine? – Thomas Brooks

Sheep or swine? – Thomas Brooks It is possible for Christians to fall into the same sins of which they have formerly repented by the secret, subtle, and strong workings of sin in their hearts. And no wonder, for though their repentance is ever so sincere and sound  yet their graces are but weak, and […]

She hugs her young ones to death – Thomas Brooks

She hugs her young ones to death – Thomas Brooks “Withhold not correction from the child, for if you beat him with the rod, he shall not die. You shall beat him with the rod, and shall deliver his soul from hell.” Proverbs 23:13-14 God uses the rod to prevent further folly, mischief, and misery. […]

Sell their souls to Satan – Thomas Brooks

Sell their souls to Satan – Thomas Brooks “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:26 We laugh at little children to see them part with rich jewels for silly trifles; and […]

Secret prayer – Thomas Brooks

Secret prayer – Thomas Brooks “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2 A Christian can as well . . .hear without ears, andlive without food, andfight without hands, andwalk without feetas he is able to live without secret prayer. Secret prayer is the life of our lives, the soul, the sweet, the […]

Secret meals make fat bodies – Thomas Brooks

Secret meals make fat bodies – Thomas Brooks Secret duties are the most soul-enriching duties. Look! as secret meals make fat bodies so secret duties make fat souls. And as secret trades brings in great earthly riches, so secret prayers makes many rich in spiritual blessings and in heavenly riches. Private prayer is that secret […]

Saving repentance – Thomas Brooks

Saving repentance – Thomas Brooks Saving repentance includes contrition or grief of heart for sins committed. Now this is sometimes calledgodly sorrow, 2 Cor. 7:10;a contrite spirit, Isaiah 66:2;a broken and contrite heart, Psalm 51:17;the afflicting of our souls, Lev. 16:29;the humbling of the heart, 2 Chron. 7:14, Lam. 3:20;a mourning, Zech. 12:10;a weeping, Mark […]

Saving faith – Thomas Brooks

Saving faith – Thomas Brooks Saving faith puts the soul upon grieving for sin, upon combating with sin, upon weeping over sin, upon trembling at the occasions of sin, upon resisting temptations that lead to sin, upon fighting it out to the death with sin, Zech. 12:10. Saving faith puts a man upon walking with […]

Satan’s grand design – Thomas Brooks

Satan’s grand design – Thomas Brooks Satan’s grand design is not to keep men from going the round of holy duties but to hinder the exercise of grace. All other exercises without the exercise of grace will do a Christian no good. The more grace is exercised the more corruptions will be weakened and mortified. […]

Satan’s apes – Thomas Brooks

Satan’s apes – Thomas Brooks Pride sets itself against the honor, being, and sovereignty of God. Other sins strike at the word of God, the people of God, and the creatures of God but pride strikes directly at the very being of God. He bears a special hatred against pride. It was pride which turned […]

Satan promises the best – Thomas Brooks

Satan promises the best – Thomas Brooks Satan promises the best but pays with the worst! He promises honor and pays with disgrace! He promises pleasure and pays with pain! He promises profit and pays with loss! He promises life and pays with death! But God pays as he promises, all His payments are made […]

Righteousness exalts a nation – Thomas Brooks

Righteousness exalts a nation – Thomas Brooks “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” Proverbs 14:34 It is not valor in war but righteousness;it is not policy in government but righteousness;it is not wittiness of invention but righteousness;it is not civility in behavior but righteousness;it is not antiquity of laws […]

Riches, prosperity, and worldly glory – Thomas Brooks

Riches, prosperity, and worldly glory – Thomas Brooks “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God!” Matthew 19:24 “Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you. Your wealth has […]

Rich in spiritual experiences – Thomas Brooks

Rich in spiritual experiences – Thomas Brooks The mature Christian is rich in spiritual experiences. Oh! the experiences that he has . . .of the ways of God,of the workings of God,of the word of God,of the love of God! Oh! the divine stories that old Christians can tell . . .of the power of […]

Rich Felix had no leisure to hear poor Paul – Thomas Brooks

Rich Felix had no leisure to hear poor Paul – Thomas Brooks “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” Proverbs 23:4-5 The only […]

Remember you are but mortal! – Thomas Brooks

Remember you are but mortal! – Thomas Brooks “You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before You. Each man’s life is but a breath!” Psalm 39:5. Ah! Can you seriously consider of the brevity of man’s life and trifle away your time, the offers of grace, […]

ACTUAL AND REAL

ACTUAL AND REAL – Oswald Chambers THE ACCOUNT WITH PURITY, vv. 21-30. Our Lord in these verses is laying down the principle that if men are going to follow Him and obey His Spirit, they must lay their account with purity. No man can make himself pure by obeying laws. Purity is not a question […]

Rejoice that your names are written in heaven! – Thomas Brooks

Rejoice that your names are written in heaven! – Thomas Brooks “And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire!” Revelation 20:15 “Rejoice that your names are written in heaven!” Luke 10:20 It is matter of the greatest joy in the world, for a […]

The best is yet to be

The best is yet to be – Chambers, Oswald John 4 The best is yet to be is really true from Jesus Christs standpoint. There is nothing noble the human mind has ever hoped for or dreamed of that will not be fulfilled, and a great deal more. 1. In emancipating vision But this is […]

Redeemed – Thomas Brooks

Redeemed – Thomas Brooks “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers.” 1 Pet. 1:18 Christ redeems us from all sin and from all the consequences of sin. He endured the […]

Rattles and baubles – Thomas Brooks

Rattles and baubles – Thomas Brooks Weak Christians are usually much concerned and taken up with the poor base things of this world. They are much in carking and caring for them, and in pursuing and hunting greedily after them. All which does clearly evidence that their graces are very weak, and their corruptions very […]

The glory of the lords Disciples

The glory of the lords Disciples – Chambers, Oswald May 27, 1917, Z eitoun , Sunday morning ServiceActs 1:7–8 1. The passing of intellectual Christianity it is not for you to know . . . Intellect is never first in spiritual life. We are not born again by thinking about it, we are born again […]

Rather be Satan’s bond-slaves – Thomas Brooks

Rather be Satan’s bond-slaves – Thomas Brooks Most shall continue obstinate and impenitent in their ungodly courses and practices, as men resolved rather to go to hell than to heaven, and to be forever unhappy rather than they will be holy, Isaiah 43:10, 12, and 44:8. Woe, woe to them forever, who had rather be […]

Pursue after holiness – Thomas Brooks

Pursue after holiness – Thomas Brooks “Pursue . . . holiness without it no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14 O sirs, shall the ambitious person pursue after his honors, and the voluptuous person after his pleasures, and the worldling pursue after his gain, and the wanton pursue after his harlots, and the drunkard […]

Precious promises – Thomas Brooks

Precious promises – Thomas Brooks There are many precious promises of God’s . . . defending His church,hearing the cries of His people, arising for their relief and support. These precious promises are grounded upon all the glorious attributes of God, namely, His power, love, wisdom, goodness, and all-sufficiency, etc., all which are engaged in […]

The Doctrine of the holy spirit—iv

The Doctrine of the holy spirit—iv – Chambers, Oswald The Spirit’s CathedralEphesians 2:19–22 1. The habitation of the holy ghost in the mortal christian What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the holy ghost . . . ? (1 Corinthians 6:19) It is one thing to have participated in regeneration and […]

Preach forth the virtues of Christ – Thomas Brooks

Preach forth the virtues of Christ – Thomas Brooks “For you are a chosen people. You are a kingdom of priests, God’s holy nation, His very own possession. This is so you can show others the goodness (or virtues) of God, for He called you out of the darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter […]

DIVINE DECLARATION

DIVINE DECLARATION – Oswald Chambers His Mission, vv. 17-19. ” I am come … to fulfil.” An amazing word! Our shoes ought to be off our feet and every common sense. mood stripped from our minds when we hear Him speak. In Him we deal with God as man, the God-Man, the re presentative of […]

Pray without ceasing – Thomas Brooks

Pray without ceasing – Thomas Brooks “Persistent in prayer.” Romans 12:12 The Greek is a metaphor taken from hunting dogs, which never give up the chase until they have got their prey. A Christian must not only pray but hold on in prayer, until he has got the heavenly prize. “Pray without ceasing.” 1 Thessalonians […]

DIVINE DISADVANTAGE

DIVINE DISADVANTAGE – Oswald Chambers The disadvantage of a saint in the present order of things is that he has to make his confession of Jesus not in secret, but glaringly public. It would doubtless be to our advantage from the self-realization standpoint to keep quiet, and nowadays the tendency is growing stronger to say […]

Pleasure, delight, contentment and satisfaction in God – Thomas Brooks

Pleasure, delight, contentment and satisfaction in God – Thomas Brooks There are no people under heaven, who take any real pleasure, delight, contentment and satisfaction in God but those who are genuinely holy. “How is your Beloved better than others, most beautiful of women? How is your Beloved better than others, that you charge us […]

DIVINE DISPROPORTION

DIVINE DISPROPORTION – Oswald Chambers Lord began His discourse by saying ” Blessed are.” and His hearers must have been staggered by what fol lowed. According to Jesus, they were to be blessed in every condition which from earliest childhood they had been taught to regard as a curse. Our Lord was talking to Jews, […]

Perpetual fuel to the flames of hell! – Thomas Brooks

Perpetual fuel to the flames of hell! – Thomas Brooks Our earthly fire destroys and consumes whatever is cast into it. It turns all combustibles into ashes. But the fire of hell is not of that nature. The fire of hell consumes nothing which is cast into it. It rages but it does not consume […]

Peccatum est Deicidium – Thomas Brooks

Peccatum est Deicidium – Thomas Brooks “The deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13 Sin . . .has its original from a deceitful subtle serpent,is the ground of all the deceit in the world,is the great deceiver of souls. Sin . . .debases the soul of man,defiles and pollutes the soul of man,renders the soul most unlike […]

Paulinus Nolanus – Thomas Brooks

Paulinus Nolanus – Thomas Brooks Paulinus Nolanus, when his city was taken from him, prayed thus, “Lord! let me not be troubled at the loss of my gold, silver, honor for You are all, and much more than all these unto me!” Christian! In the absence of all your sweetest enjoyments, Christ will be all […]

Pardoning mercy – Thomas Brooks

Pardoning mercy – Thomas Brooks “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not count against him.” Psalm 32:1-2 A pardoned soul must be a very blessed soul. Ah, souls! of all mercies, pardoning mercy is the most necessary mercy. I may go […]

Pambus wept when he saw a harlot – Thomas Brooks

Pambus wept when he saw a harlot – Thomas Brooks What labor and pains worldlings take to obtain the vain things of this life to obtain the poor things of this world, which are but shadows and dreams, and mere nothings! Oh! how should this stir and provoke Christians to be up and doing, to […]

Painted holiness – Thomas Brooks

Painted holiness – Thomas Brooks “Woe unto you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers; therefore you shall receive the greater damnation.” Matthew 23:14 Who had a greater name for holiness, and who made a greater show of holiness, and who did more despise and insult […]

Painted and gilded over – Thomas Brooks

Painted and gilded over – Thomas Brooks “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Corinthians 2:11 Satan knows that if he would present sin in its own nature and dress, the soul would rather fly from it than yield to it; and therefore he presents […]

Out of pious duties! – Thomas Brooks

Out of pious duties! – Thomas Brooks Ah, how lively, how warm, how enlarged, how holy, how humble, how heavenly, how spiritual, how serious, how zealous, how pious, how gracious are many in pious duties; but ah! how dead, how cold, how straitened, how unholy, how proud, how worldly, how carnal, how slight, and how […]

Our safety and security – Thomas Brooks

Our safety and security – Thomas Brooks “Though he stumbles, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand.” Psalm 37:24 The Hebrew particle notes a continued act of God. God has still His everlasting arms under His people, so that they shall never totally nor finally fall. The word signifies to […]

Our present sufferings – Thomas Brooks

Our present sufferings – Thomas Brooks Such is the splendor, the brightness, the glory, the happiness, and blessedness which is reserved for the saints in heaven that had I all the tongues of men on earth, and all the excellencies of the angels in heaven yet I would not be able to conceive, nor to […]

Other men’s sins – Thomas Brooks

Other men’s sins – Thomas Brooks By other men’s sins, a holy man is put in mind of the badness of his own heart. Bernard makes mention of an old man, who, when he saw any man sin, lamented and wept for him; and being asked why he grieved so, for other men’s sins, answered, […]

Oramuzes’ happiness egg – Thomas Brooks

Oramuzes’ happiness egg – Thomas Brooks “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.” Ecclesiastes 5:10 He who is not contented with a little, will never be satisfied with much. Money of itself, cannot satisfy any desire of nature.If a man is hungry, money cannot feed him;if […]

The Doctrine of the holy spirit—iii

The Doctrine of the holy spirit—iii – Chambers, Oswald The greatest day yet And when the day of pentecost was now come [was being fulfilled, mg]. . . . Acts 2:1 (RV ) What an unspeakably wonderful day the day of pentecost was! There is only one Bethlehem, one Calvary, one pentecost; these are the […]

Optimum maximum – Thomas Brooks

Optimum maximum – Thomas Brooks (“Hypocrites Detected, Anatomized, Impeached, Arraigned and Condemned” 1650) God is optimum maximum the best, and the greatest. God is . . .all ear to hear,all hand to punish,all power to protect,all wisdom to direct,all goodness to relieve,all grace to pardon,the horn of plenty,the ocean of beauty,without the least spot of […]

Optimum maximum – Thomas Brooks

Optimum maximum – Thomas Brooks Christians serve a wonderful Master. They serve Him who is . . .all ear to hear them,all hand to uphold them,all power to protect them,all wisdom to direct them,all goodness to relieve them,all mercy to pardon them. They serve that God who is optimum maximum the best and greatest. God […]

The Doctrine of the holy spirit—ii

The Doctrine of the holy spirit—ii – Chambers, Oswald The Bounty of DestitutionJohn 7:37–39 Generally speaking, our lord does not deal with the experimental stages of salvation, he deals with the great revelation facts; the holy spirit expounds the experimental stages. Our lord makes no divisions such as conversion, regeneration, sanctification, he presents the truth […]

One unmortified lust! – Thomas Brooks

One unmortified lust! – Thomas Brooks It is not your strongest resolutions or purposes, without the grace of the Spirit, which can overmaster a lust. A soul-sore will continue to run though we resolve and say it shall not. It was the blood of the sacrifice, and the oil, which cleansed the leper in the […]

The Doctrine of the holy spirit—i

The Doctrine of the holy spirit—i – Chambers, Oswald 1. The beyond that is within Verily, verily, i say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of god. ( john 3:3) This title 5 will serve as a comment on our lords words to Nicodemus. The power to see […]

The advent of the holy spirit

The advent of the holy spirit – Chambers, Oswald April –may 1915, talks on the holy Spirit, bible training College Howbeit when he, the spirit of truth, is come, . . . He shall glorify me. John 16:1314 There are two descents of the holy spirit mentioned in the bible: the first is at the […]

One sin never goes alone – Thomas Brooks

One sin never goes alone – Thomas Brooks Little sins make way for greater sins. Cain’s anger is seconded with murder. Ahab’s covetousness is attended with bloody cruelty. Jeroboam’s rebellion is attended with idolatry. Judas’ thievery is attended with treason. One sin commonly disposes the heart to another sin. Yielding to lesser sins, draws the […]

One sin allowed, wallowed and tumbled in – Thomas Brooks

One sin allowed, wallowed and tumbled in – Thomas Brooks To turn from some sins but not from all, is gross hypocrisy. One sin stripped the fallen angels of all their glory! One sin stripped our first parents of all their dignity and excellency! One fly in the box of precious ointment spoils the whole […]

One sigh and groan – Thomas Brooks

One sigh and groan – Thomas Brooks Some may think that they lack the ability to pour out their souls before the Lord in secret. I answer, You cannot pray; but can you not sigh? can you not groan? There may be the Spirit of adoption in sighs and groans, as well as in vocal […]

One puddle, if we wallow in it – Thomas Brooks

One puddle, if we wallow in it – Thomas Brooks One sin stripped the fallen angels of all their glory.One sin stripped our first parents of all their dignity and excellency.One fly in the box of precious ointment spoils the whole box.One thief may rob a man of all his treasure.One disease may deprive a […]

He Shall Glorify Me

He Shall Glorify Me – Chambers, Oswald He Shall Glorify MeTalks on the Holy Spiritand other themesOswald Chambers Copyright © Oswald Chambers Publications Association 1946Scripture versions quoted: kjv, rv, moffatt Introduction Source The lectures on the holy spirit were given in the christian doctrine class at the bible training col- lege, 1 london, during april […]

A meditation

A meditation – Chambers, Oswald Job 19:2527 For i know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall i see god. . . . Job 19:2526 When a man is agitated by the […]

One infinite perfection – Thomas Brooks

One infinite perfection – Thomas Brooks “Every man at his best state is altogether vanity.” Psalm 39:5 Man at his best state is such a great piece of vanity, that he stands in need of a thousand thousand things; he needs . . .the air to breathe in,the earth to bear him,fire to warm him,clothes […]

Perfecting holiness

Perfecting holiness – Chambers, Oswald 2 corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises what promises? I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and i will be their god, and they shall be my people (2 corinthians 6:16)let us cleanse ourselves no excusing the sins were most inclined to while condemning those weve no mind […]

One dead fly – Thomas Brooks

One dead fly – Thomas Brooks No hypocrite is totally divorced from the love and liking of every known sin. There is still some secret lust, which as a sweet morsel he rolls under his tongue, and will not spit it out. Every hypocrite lives under the dominion and reign of one base lust or […]

One continued web of wickedness – Thomas Brooks

One continued web of wickedness – Thomas Brooks “No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.” 1 John 3:9 That is, they do not allow themselves in the practice of any iniquity. Gracious souls […]

The price of expansion

The price of expansion – Chambers, Oswald Rejoice, o young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things god will bring thee into judgement. […]

A Pattern of Prayer

A Pattern of Prayer – Alexander Mclaren WHEN YE PRAY, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do” —Matthew 6:7. But earnest reiteration is not vain repetition. The second is born of doubt; the first, of faith. The prayer that springs from a deep felt need, and will not cease till that need is supplied, […]

Oh stand and wonder! – Thomas Brooks

Oh stand and wonder! – Thomas Brooks “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God.” 1 John 3:1 It is an infinite condescension in God, to honor us with the title of sons, and therefore we should never think of it, nor ever […]

Insidious in Difference

Insidious in Difference – Chambers, Oswald And i think it right, as long as i am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance. 2 peter 1:13 (RV) Insidious means advancing imperceptibly. Are you as spiritually alive and enthusiastic as you once were? Are you finding it expedient not to have […]

The Discipline of spiritual tenacity

The Discipline of spiritual tenacity – Chambers, Oswald Psalm 46 The world as it is, is not good enough to be true. We ought not to be satisfied with it. God has prepared some better thing. But it by no means follows that what god has prepared is what we should now choose. There may […]

Oh stand and wonder! – Thomas Brooks

Oh stand and wonder! – Thomas Brooks “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!” 1 John 3:1 O sirs! what matter of admiration is this that the great and glorious God, who has many millions of glorious angels attending Him that He should […]

Oh remember – Thomas Brooks

Oh remember – Thomas Brooks Oh remember that at such a time you went into your prayer closets with hard hearts, and dry eyes; but before you came out of your closets, ah, how sweetly, how graciously, how powerfully were you melted, and humbled before the Lord! Oh remember how that at another time you […]

Oh how sweet is! – Thomas Brooks

Oh how sweet is! – Thomas Brooks “Better the little that the righteous have, than the wealth of many wicked.” Psalm 37:16 The righteous man’s mite, is better than the wicked man’s millions. The righteous man has his little, from the special love and favor of God. Lazarus’ scraps, crusts and rags are better and […]

Oh dash these brats of Babylon in pieces! – Thomas Brooks

Oh dash these brats of Babylon in pieces! – Thomas Brooks “Cleanse me from secret faults.” Psalm 19:12 The Christian’s greatest and hottest conflicts, are against those inward pollutions, and secret sins, which are only obvious to the eye of God and their own souls. The hypocrite combats with those sins which are obvious to […]

O friends! remember this once for all – Thomas Brooks

O friends! remember this once for all – Thomas Brooks “Cleanse me from my hidden faults.” Psalm 19:12“I hate vain thoughts.” Psalm 119:113 A gracious soul conflicts most with heart-sins, and is most affected with spiritual sins, and laments and mourns most over secret sins invisible sins sins which lie most hidden and remote from […]

Nothing will grow where gold grows – Thomas Brooks

Nothing will grow where gold grows – Thomas Brooks “Then the whole town went out to meet Jesus. And when they saw Him, they pleaded with Him to leave their region.” Matthew 8:34 Many prefer the world before Christ; yes, the worst of the world before the best of Christ! The Gergesenes preferred their swine […]

Not one unholy one among them all! – Thomas Brooks

Not one unholy one among them all! – Thomas Brooks “Without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14 O, do not deceive your own souls! Holiness is of absolute necessity; without it you shall never see the Lord! There are many thousand thousands now in heaven butnot one unholy one among them all! […]

Not all the powers of hell – Thomas Brooks

Not all the powers of hell – Thomas Brooks The covenant of grace is founded . . .upon God’s free love,upon God’s everlasting love,upon God’s special and peculiar love,upon God’s unchangeable love so that God can as soon cease to be, as He can cease to love those whom He has taken into covenant with Himself, […]

No sin, no sinner, no devil! – Thomas Brooks

No sin, no sinner, no devil! – Thomas Brooks “An undefiled inheritance.” 1 Peter 1:4 There are few earthly inheritances but some defilement or other sticks close to them. Many times they are gotten by fraud, oppression, violence, injustice, etc. And as they are often wickedly gotten so they are as often wickedly kept! The […]

No one can snatch them out of My hand – Thomas Brooks

No one can snatch them out of My hand – Thomas Brooks “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.” Isaiah 46:10 “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.” Psalm 33:11 “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is […]

No mind has imagined – Thomas Brooks

No mind has imagined – Thomas Brooks Surely there is no believer but who finds that sometimes sin interrupts his joy, and sometimes Satan disturbs his joy, and sometimes afflictions eclipse his joy. Sometimes the cares of the world, and sometimes the snares of the world, and sometimes the fears of the world mar his […]

No hand but a divine hand – Thomas Brooks

No hand but a divine hand – Thomas Brooks “God makes my heart soft.” Job 23:16 Sorrow for sin is one part of true repentance. A sincere mourning is a deep mourning; it springs from serious and deep apprehensions of the great anger and deep displeasure of God, and of the woeful nature, demerit, burden, […]

No dirty dogs shall ever trample upon that golden pavement – Thomas Brooks

No dirty dogs shall ever trample upon that golden pavement – Thomas Brooks Throughout the Scriptures, unholy people are branded, to their everlasting contempt with the worst appellations. They are the most dangerous, and the most harmful beings in the world, and therefore are emblemized . . .by lions for they are cruel, Psalm 22:21;by […]

No cause to murmur or complain – Thomas Brooks

No cause to murmur or complain – Thomas Brooks One lesson that you are to learn under the afflictive rod of God, is to humbly to kiss the rod, and patiently and quietly to lie under the rod, until the Lord shall either give you a gracious, or a glorious, deliverance from it. What is […]

Nibbling at Satan’s golden baits! – Thomas Brooks

Nibbling at Satan’s golden baits! – Thomas Brooks “. . . the deceitfulness of sin.” Hebrews 3:13 Sin is of a very deceitful and bewitching nature. It will kiss the soul, and look enticing to the soul, and yet betray the soul forever. It will with Delilah smile upon us that it may betray us […]

Never will I leave you – Thomas Brooks

Never will I leave you – Thomas Brooks “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 These Hebrew Christians had been plundered of all they had (Hebrews 10:34). Though they had […]

Neither the devil nor his imps – Thomas Brooks

Neither the devil nor his imps – Thomas Brooks “The LORD foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people He chose for […]

Neither Christ nor heaven can be hyperbolized! – Thomas Brooks

Neither Christ nor heaven can be hyperbolized! – Thomas Brooks What are all . . .the silks of Persia,the spices of Egypt,the gold of Ophir, andthe treasures of both Indies compared to the glory of heaven? “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who […]

Names which the Holy Spirit has given them – Thomas Brooks

Names which the Holy Spirit has given them – Thomas Brooks Always look upon wicked men, under those names and notions which the Scripture describes them, such as:lions for their fierceness,bears for their cruelty,dragons for their hideousness,dogs for their filthiness,wolves for their subtleness,scorpions,vipers,thorns,briars,thistles,brambles,stubble,dirt,chaff,dust,dross,smoke,scum. You may know well enough what is within them, by the apt […]

My times – Thomas Brooks

My times – Thomas Brooks “My times are in Your hands,” says David, Psalm 31:15. Not only the times of his sorrows but also the times of his comforts;not only the times of his miseries but also the times of his mercies;not only the times of his dangers but also the times of his duties,were […]

My Friend – Thomas Brooks

My Friend – Thomas Brooks Christ is a universal Friend. He is an omnipotent Friend, an almighty Friend.He is an omniscient Friend.He is an omnipresent Friend.He is an unfailing Friend.He is an independent Friend.He is an unchangeable Friend.He is a watchful Friend.He is a tender and compassionate Friend.He is a close and faithful Friend. “His […]

Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod -Part 4 – Thomas Brooks

Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod -Part 4 – Thomas Brooks “Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod” or, “The Silent Soul with Sovereign Antidotes” by Thomas Brooks, 1659, London. “I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for You are the one who has done this!” Psalm 39:9 Objection 8. Oh! But God has […]

Vows, visions and voices

Vows, visions and voices – Chambers, Oswald 1. The vices and virtues of vowing When thou vowest a vow unto god, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou vowest. (Ecclesiastes 5:4 RV) At new year time we hear much of vowing. Solomons advice is dont vow; […]

The suffering of the sanctified

The suffering of the sanctified – Chambers, Oswald Forasmuch then as Christ suffered in the flesh, arm ye yourselves also with the same mind; for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin. 1 peter 4:1 There is suffering that is preventable, but there is an inevitable suffering that is essentially gods […]

What Do you see in your Clouds?

What Do you see in your Clouds? – Chambers, Oswald Behold, he cometh with clouds. Revelation 1:7 In the bible clouds are always connected with god. Clouds are those sorrows or sufferings or providences without or within our personal lives which seem to dispute the empire of god. If there were no clouds we would […]

A sound workman

A sound workman – Chambers, Oswald Do your utmost to let god see that you at least are a sound workman, with no need to be ashamed of the way you handle the word of the truth. 2 Timotheus 2:15 (moffatt) This advice of the apostles puts a sacredness on work that nothing else does. […]

This experience must Come

This experience must Come – Chambers, Oswald 2 kings 2:1223 And he saw him no more. 2 kings 2:12 And he saw him no more in the way of leadership. If you have been learning a truth with a man or woman of god, there comes a time when you see him or her no […]

Person not place

Person not place – Chambers, Oswald Seek ye me, and ye shall live. Amos 5:4 The danger of seeking places of blessing is very prevalent. Bethel, for instance, was the place of divine blessing historically; it was there Abraham built an altar to the lord, there Jacob had visions of god what place could be […]

“Will ye also go away?”

“Will ye also go away?” – Chambers, Oswald Notes of a sermon john 6 Five thousand men fed with five loaves and two fishes! The fame of the miracle-worker spreads like wildfire and the crowds blaze with enthusiasm, men and women hasten eagerly from afar to come to him, scrambling over land and scudding over […]

Divine sacrifice and Dedication of the saints

Divine sacrifice and Dedication of the saints – Chambers, Oswald I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd layeth down his life for the sheep. . . . I lay it down of myself. John 10:11, 18 (RV) There is an unfamiliar element in the sacrifice of Jesus compared with the sacrifices made amongst men. […]

“I am the Door”

“I am the Door” – Chambers, Oswald John 10:9 1. The condition of daily salvation by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved . . . This is a picture of the life we are to live as gods childrenentering in by our lord, who is the door, not once for all, […]

Frontiers of the worker’s life

Frontiers of the worker’s life – Chambers, Oswald 2 Corinthians 11:3 There must be two centres to our mental life as workers: the first is personal faith in Jesus Christ; the second, personal reliance on the human reason that god made. Most of us think from one centre only, the centre of human reason, consequently […]

Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod -Part 3 – Thomas Brooks

Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod -Part 3 – Thomas Brooks “Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod” or, “The Silent Soul with Sovereign Antidotes” by Thomas Brooks, 1659, London. “I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for You are the one who has done this!” Psalm 39:9 I shall now address myself to […]

Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod -Part 2 – Thomas Brooks

Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod -Part 2 – Thomas Brooks “Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod” or, “The Silent Soul with Sovereign Antidotes” by Thomas Brooks, 1659, London. “I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for You are the one who has done this!” Psalm 39:9 IV. WHY must Christians be mute […]

Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod – Part 1 – Thomas Brooks

Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod – Part 1 – Thomas Brooks “Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod” or, “The Silent Soul with Sovereign Antidotes” by Thomas Brooks, 1659, London. “I was silent; I would not open my mouth, for You are the one who has done this!” Psalm 39:9 (A Christian with an Olive […]

Now are you safeguarded?

Now are you safeguarded? – Chambers, Oswald Hold thou me up, and i shall be safe. Psalm 119:117 Kept by the power of god therefore you are all right now. There is no other time than now with god, no past and no future. Is your life safeguarded? If it is not, you will go […]

Thinking

Thinking – Chambers, Oswald  . Being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you. 1 peter 3:15 (RV) To give a reason concerning the hope that is in you is not at all the same thing as convincing by reason- able argument why […]

Solidarity of sin

Solidarity of sin – Chambers, Oswald Luke 11:2122 (rv) solidaritya consolidation or oneness of interests. I mean by sin, not sin in a particular sense, but in the big general sense, viz. , a violation or neglect of the moral law. Gods book all through shows a won- derful discrimination as to the nature of […]

The stand of the saints

The stand of the saints – Chambers, Oswald Ephesians 6:1120 Put on the whole armour of god. . . . And, having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:11, 13 Paul is writing from prison; he knows all about the roman soldier whose armour he is describing, for he was chained to one of them. I […]

Murder all his hearers at once! – Thomas Brooks

Murder all his hearers at once! – Thomas Brooks “The leaders of the people have led them down the path of destruction.” Isaiah 9:16 Take heed of settling yourselves under an unholy minister  of one whose life gives the lie to his doctrine. An unholy preacher is the greatest destroyer of the souls of men! […]

Mourning for sin and holy joy – Thomas Brooks

Mourning for sin and holy joy – Thomas Brooks “As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing.” 2 Corinthians 6:10 Godly sorrow is the parent of holy joy; a godly man’s mourning time is his most joyful time. Tears are the breeders of spiritual joy. A holy man’s heart is usually fullest of joy when his eyes are […]

Most of hell in their souls – Thomas Brooks

Most of hell in their souls – Thomas Brooks That those who have . . .most of hell in their mouths, andmost of hell in their hearts, andmost of hell in their lives shouldhave most of hell in their souls at last, is but justice.

Is he really Lord?

Is he really Lord? – Chambers, Oswald Jesus knowing . . . That he was come from god, . . . He riseth from supper, . . . And took a towel, . . . And began to wash the disciples feet. John 13:35 Jesus Christ riddles us from all unreality. What he did shocks […]

More ugly and horrid than the devil himself! – Thomas Brooks

More ugly and horrid than the devil himself! – Thomas Brooks What bosom sin is there so sweet or profitable that is worth a-burning in hell for, or worth a-shutting out of heaven for? Surely none! This a gracious soul seriously weighs, and accordingly he sets himself against the toad in his bosom against his […]

Showers of blessing

Showers of blessing – Chambers, Oswald For as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, and giveth seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: […]

More suitable to swine! – Thomas Brooks

More suitable to swine! – Thomas Brooks There is no earthly portion which can suit an immortal soul; he is a fool upon record who said, “Soul, you have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry,” Luke 12:18-20. If the man had the soul of […]

More comforts, sweetness, and pleasantness – Thomas Brooks

More comforts, sweetness, and pleasantness – Thomas Brooks A holy life affords the greatest ground of rejoicing. There is no pleasure nor felicity compared to that which flows from the ways of sanctity. The sweetest roses, the strongest comforts, and the greatest pleasantness is to be found in the ways of holiness. Oh the joy, […]

Mixed or unmixed? – Thomas Brooks

Mixed or unmixed? – Thomas Brooks “God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5 Light expels darkness, it never mixes nor mingles with it. God is a pure and an unmixed light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him. Light is the most unmixed substance; it will never […]

Enchanted but unchanged

Enchanted but unchanged – Chambers, Oswald Ezekiel 33:3032 The thirty-third chapter of Ezekiel is a striking chapter in the career of the prophet. Hitherto it has been denunciation, but now that the great terror has fallen on Jerusalem (see Ezekiel 33:2122), Ezekiel comes with a new note, and it is with this new note the […]

The greatest event in the world

The greatest event in the world – Chambers, Oswald The lord jesus is coming again In bible revelation there is always a coming age, a coming day, a coming prophet, a coming one a perennial coming. When thought is young, life looks simple, so does history, and mans explanation is correspondingly simple and glib. Evolution […]

Misery here and hell hereafter – Thomas Brooks

Misery here and hell hereafter – Thomas Brooks (“Hypocrites Detected, Anatomized, Impeached, Arraigned and Condemned” 1650) “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” Col. 3:5. You must be the death of your sins or they will be the death of your […]

Merrily on in the way to hell – Thomas Brooks

Merrily on in the way to hell – Thomas Brooks “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” Matthew 25:46 Certainly there is a hell, a place of torment provided and prepared for all wicked and ungodly people. Ah, how many are there that rejoice to do evil, and […]

Meditate, practice, pray – Thomas Brooks

Meditate, practice, pray – Thomas Brooks You must meditate and dwell upon what you read; otherwise your pains and mine will be lost. The more any man is in the contemplation of truth, the more deep and firm impression is made upon his heart by truth. Heavenly meditation brings out the sweetness that is in […]

Matchless and incomparable riches of free grace – Thomas Brooks

Matchless and incomparable riches of free grace – Thomas Brooks God will have all blessings and happiness to flow from His free grace: (1.) that the worst of sinners may have strong grounds for hope and comfort; (2.) for the praise of His own glory; (3.) that vain man may not boast; (4.) that our […]

Many divine miracles – Thomas Brooks

Many divine miracles – Thomas Brooks “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 In every saved person, there are many divinemiracles; there is . . .a dead man restored to life,a dumb man restored to speech,a […]

sin

sin – Chambers, Oswald Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world . . . Romans 5:12 God intended that Adam should develop, not from evil to good, but from the natural to the spiritual, by obedience; it was to be a natural progress; but adam stopped short, and sin entered in by […]

Many are the afflictions of the righteous – Thomas Brooks

Many are the afflictions of the righteous – Thomas Brooks The choicest saints are “born to troubles as the sparks fly upwards”, Job 5:7. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous.” Psalm 34:19. God, who is infinite in wisdom and matchless in goodness, has ordered troubles, yes, many troubles to come trooping in upon us […]

One of god’s great Don’ts

One of god’s great Don’ts – Chambers, Oswald Fret not thyself, it tendeth only to evil-doing. Psalm 37:8 (RV) It is so easy, we think, to rest in the lord, and to wait patiently for him, until the nest is upset; until we live, as many are living to-day, in tumult and anguish is it […]

Are you Discouraged in Devotion?

Are you Discouraged in Devotion? – Chambers, Oswald Luke 18:23 1. Have you ever heard the master say a hard word? And when he heard this . . . Have you ever heard the master say a hard word? If you have not, i question whether you have heard him say anything. Jesus Christ says […]

Profaning the holiness of the lord

Profaning the holiness of the lord – Chambers, Oswald Ezekiel 36:2029 1. The searching of his people . . . They profaned my holy name. (Ezekiel 36:20) This was the characteristic of the people of god whenever they forgot whose they were and whom they served. Under the searchlight of god we realise that gods […]

Sympathiser or saviour?

Sympathiser or saviour? – Chambers, Oswald Isaiah 61:1 (see also luke 4:1819, rv mg) In some ages, as with some people, the tendency is strong to make an essential out of what is a mere accompaniment. In our day this tendency is marked in the emphasising of our lord as a sympathiser, and the direct […]

Man is not born with heavenly light in his heart – Thomas Brooks

Man is not born with heavenly light in his heart – Thomas Brooks “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:6 God gives spiritual light, […]

The bible

The bible – Chambers, Oswald The revelation of gods will has been brought down to us in words. The bible is not a book containing communications from god, it is gods revelation of himself, in the interests of grace; gods giving of himself in the limitation of words. The bible is not a faery romance […]

Make a football of Pharaoh’s crown! – Thomas Brooks

Make a football of Pharaoh’s crown! – Thomas Brooks “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter and chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the short-lived pleasure of sin. For he considered reproach for the sake of the Messiah to […]

Lord, You know – Thomas Brooks

Lord, You know – Thomas Brooks The true child of God is able to say, “Lord, You know, that though I have had many and great failings yet there are no beloved sins, no bosom sins, no darling sins, which are chargeable upon me! Lord, You know . . . 1. That there is no […]

Look upon death – Thomas Brooks

Look upon death – Thomas Brooks Look upon death as that which is best. “Better is the day of death, than the day of one’s birth.” Ecclesiastes 7:1 “I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far.” Philippians 1:23 The Greek is very significant “far, far the better!” A saint’s dying […]

Look to your walking – Thomas Brooks

Look to your walking – Thomas Brooks “The Lord will give grace and glory, and no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11 If ever you would be spiritually rich, look to your walking. It is not the knowing soul, nor the talking soul but the close-walking soul, the obediential […]

Loathsome thoughts – Thomas Brooks

Loathsome thoughts – Thomas Brooks “You will remember your conduct and all the actions by which you have defiled yourselves, and you will loathe yourselves for all the evil you have done.” Ezekiel 20:43 True repentance includes a loathing and abhorring of sin, and of ourselves for sin. The sincere penitent loathes his sins, and […]

 Living by faith – Thomas Brooks 

Living by faith – Thomas Brooks “We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 Living by faith brings the soul to sit down satisfied in the naked enjoyments of God. Living by faith dries up the springs of . . .pride,self-love,impatience,murmuring,unbelief, andthe carnal delights of this world. Living by faith presents to the […]

Let me have Jesus! – Thomas Brooks

Let me have Jesus! – Thomas Brooks “Christ is all that matters!” Colossians 3:11 So says the saved soul: “Why do you tell me of this and that outward comfort, when I cannot see the face of Him whom my soul loves? Why, honor is not my Christ; riches are not my Christ; the favor […]

Let Christ be hanged! – Thomas Brooks

Let Christ be hanged! – Thomas Brooks Men bewitched with the world will prefer a Barabbas before a Jesus. They will with Judas betray Christ, and with Pilate condemn Christ, and with the Scribes and Pharisees they will cry out, “Crucify him! crucify him! Away with this Jesus! Away with this Jesus! Let Barabbas live […]

Less than the least – Thomas Brooks

Less than the least – Thomas Brooks “Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints.” Ephesians 3:8 “Less than the least of all saints,” is a double diminutive, and signifies lesser than the least, if lesser might be. Here you have the greatest apostle descending down to the lowest step of humility. […]

Led by the Spirit – Thomas Brooks

Led by the Spirit – Thomas Brooks “Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” Romans 8:14 The Holy Spirit leads . . .from sin,from wrath,from the curse,to God,to Christ,to the promises,to glory!

Lay your hand upon your mouth, and be silent – Thomas Brooks

Lay your hand upon your mouth, and be silent – Thomas Brooks “Be silent before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”  Psalm 37:7 I charge you, O my soul, not to mutter, nor to murmur. I command you, O my soul, to be silent under the afflicting hand of God. Peace, O my soul! […]

Kisses – Thomas Brooks

Kisses – Thomas Brooks “Oh, that He would kiss me with the kisses of His mouth! For Your love is more delightful than wine.” Song 1:2 Not with a kiss but with the kisses of His mouth. A soul once kissed by Christ, can never have enough of the kisses of Christ; His lips drop […]

Keep your heart with all diligence – Thomas Brooks

Keep your heart with all diligence – Thomas Brooks “Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23 God’s eye is mainly upon the heart. The heart is the fountain, the root, the store-house, the great wheel which sets all a-going; so therefore, above all keepings, keep […]

Keep a fixed eye upon a bleeding Christ – Thomas Brooks

Keep a fixed eye upon a bleeding Christ – Thomas Brooks Has Jesus Christ suffered such great and grievous things for you? Oh then, in all your fears, doubts, and conflicts with enemies, within or without fly to the sufferings of Christ as your city of refuge! In every temptation let us look up to […]

Joseph saw God in the room! – Thomas Brooks

Joseph saw God in the room! – Thomas Brooks “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” Proverbs 15:9 The harboring of any known sin, either in heart or life, is a high contempt of the all-seeing eye of God of the omnipresence of God. It is well […]

It would make him pull his hat over his eyes! – Thomas Brooks

It would make him pull his hat over his eyes! – Thomas Brooks All Christians have their secret sins. Secret not only from other men but from himself! It is but natural for every man to err, and then to be ignorant of his errors. Every man’s sins are beyond his understanding. There is not […]

It will suck sweetness out of every flower – Thomas Brooks

It will suck sweetness out of every flower – Thomas Brooks Faith is the key which unlocks paradise, and lets in a flood of joy into the soul. Faith is an appropriating grace, it appropriates all to itself; it looks upon God, and says with the psalmist, “This God is my God forever and ever,” […]

It was the golden link of love! – Thomas Brooks

It was the golden link of love! – Thomas Brooks “May you have power to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge.” Ephesians 3:18-19 Oh, such was Christ’s transcendent love that man’s extreme misery could not abate it. The deploredness […]

It was good for me to be afflicted! – Thomas Brooks

It was good for me to be afflicted! – Thomas Brooks “It was good for me to be afflicted!” Psalm 119:71 A gracious soul secretly concludes as stars shine brightest in the night, so God will make my soul shine and glisten like gold, while I am in this furnace and when I come out […]

It was a good question – Thomas Brooks

It was a good question – Thomas Brooks It was a good question, which the young man proposed, “What shall I do to inherit eternal life?” Luke 10:25. I know I shall be eternally happy or eternally miserable; eternally blessed or eternally cursed; eternally saved or eternally damned! “Oh! what shall I do to inherit […]

It pierces and winds itself into every corner and chink – Thomas Brooks

It pierces and winds itself into every corner and chink – Thomas Brooks SIN is of a penetrating nature. It pierces and winds itself into every corner and chink into our thoughts, words, and works. It will wind itself . . .into our understandings to darken them, andinto our judgments to pervert them, andinto our […]

It mightily alters and changes a man – Thomas Brooks

It mightily alters and changes a man – Thomas Brooks “Thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.” Romans 6:17 Certainly, gospel-obedience is a grace of much worth, and of great force upon the whole man; for when […]

It is but a little sin! – Thomas Brooks

It is but a little sin! – Thomas Brooks “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Corinthians 2:11 “Ah!” says Satan, “It is but a little sin a little pride, a little worldliness, a little lust, etc. You may commit it without any danger to […]

It is better to go to heaven alone – Thomas Brooks

It is better to go to heaven alone – Thomas Brooks Those who walk with the many shall perish with the many.Those who do as the many, shall before long suffer with the many.Those who live as the many, must die with the many, and go to hell with the many. The way to hell […]

Inward and spiritual duties of religion – Thomas Brooks

Inward and spiritual duties of religion – Thomas Brooks Christians who have but small measures of grace and holiness; and hypocrites and formalists who have not the least measure of true grace and holiness these are most commonly exercised and busied about the external duties and services of religion; but very seldom, very rare, shall […]

Inseparable companions – Thomas Brooks

Inseparable companions – Thomas Brooks “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:7 Sin and punishment are inseparable companions. “When the time comes for Me to punish, I will punish them for their sin.” Exodus 32:34 “I will punish their sin with the rod, their iniquity with […]

In the beams of this heavenly light – Thomas Brooks

In the beams of this heavenly light – Thomas Brooks “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners and I am the worst of them.” 1 Timothy 1:15 Divine and heavenly knowledge brings a man near to God; it gives a man the clearest and fullest sight of God; and the nearer any man […]

Ignorant people – Thomas Brooks

Ignorant people – Thomas Brooks The Catholic Church says that ignorance is the mother of devotion. But the Scripture says that it is the mother of destruction. ‘My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.’ Hosea 4:6 ‘You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures.’ Matthew 22:29 Ignorance is the mother of […]

Ignorance is the mother of destruction – Thomas Brooks

Ignorance is the mother of destruction – Thomas Brooks “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Hosea 4:6 The Chaldee renders it, they are besotted and so fitted for destruction. The Papists teach that ignorance is the mother of devotion; but this text tells us that ignorance is the mother of destruction.

 If you would live gloriously – Thomas Brooks 

If you would live gloriously – Thomas Brooks (“The Glorious Day of the Saints Appearance”) Professors look far too much upon the tempting world, when she smiles and holds forth her beautiful breasts! If you would live gloriously, look away from the tempting world: it is a plague and a snare! Look away from it […]

If you attempt to enthrone the creature! – Thomas Brooks

If you attempt to enthrone the creature! – Thomas Brooks O Christian! God has removed one of your sweetest mercies, comforts, or enjoyments! It may be you have over-loved them, and over-prized them, and over-much delighted yourself in them. It may be they have often had your heart when they should have had but your […]

If you are not as wicked as others – Thomas Brooks

If you are not as wicked as others – Thomas Brooks “By the grace of God I am what I am!” 1 Corin. 15:10 Whatever evil you behold in other men’s practices, realize that you have the same evil in your own nature. There is the seed of all sins, of the vilest and worst […]

If this does not humble you – Thomas Brooks

If this does not humble you – Thomas Brooks Dwell much upon the greatness of God’s mercy and goodness to you. Nothing humbles and breaks the heart, like God’s mercy and love. In Luke 7, the Lord Jesus shows mercy to that notorious sinner, and then she falls down at His feet, and loves much […]

If this cockatrice be not crushed in the egg! – Thomas Brooks

If this cockatrice be not crushed in the egg! – Thomas Brooks There is infinitely more evil in the least sin than there is in the greatest miseries and afflictions that can possibly come upon you! Yes, there is more evil in the least sin than there is in all the troubles that ever come […]

 If our afflictions are so sanctified – Thomas Brooks

If our afflictions are so sanctified – Thomas Brooks If our afflictions are so sanctified as that they draw out our soul . . .to love the Lord more, andto fear the Lord more, andto please the Lord more, andto cleave to the Lord more, andto wait on the Lord more, andto walk with the […]

If a Christian could have his choice – Thomas Brooks

If a Christian could have his choice – Thomas Brooks If a Christian could have his choice, he would be . . .the most humble,the most holy,the most heavenly,the most mortified,the most patient,the most contented,the most thankful,the most fruitful,the most active,the most zealous, andthe most self-denying Christian in the world. If he could have his […]

I, even I – Thomas Brooks

I, even I – Thomas Brooks “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for My own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25 “I, even I,” is a passionate and emphatic expression.“I, even I,” whom you have offended,“I, even I,” whom you have provoked,“I, even I,” whose glorious name you […]

I would trample upon my mother – Thomas Brooks

I would trample upon my mother – Thomas Brooks “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters yes, even his own life he cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:26 Surely they do not truly love Christ who love anything more than Christ. […]

I will not, not, not, not, not – Thomas Brooks

I will not, not, not, not, not – Thomas Brooks “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 There are five negatives in the Greek, “I will not, not, not, not, […]

I will be with him in trouble – Thomas Brooks

I will be with him in trouble – Thomas Brooks “He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble.” Psalm 91:15 Oh, the precious presence of God with a man, will sweeten every fiery dispensation, and take off much of the bitterness and dreadfulness of it. In […]

I was that soldier who murdered You! – Thomas Brooks

I was that soldier who murdered You! – Thomas Brooks “He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 Our sins were the cause of Christ’s sufferings! It was our transgressions which gave Christ […]

I meditate on it all day long – Thomas Brooks

I meditate on it all day long – Thomas Brooks “Oh, how I love Your law! I meditate on it all day long.” Psalm 119:97 We are to meditate upon blessed truths that we read in Scripture, such as . . . the holiness, greatness, and graciousness of God; the person, natures, offices, excellencies, beauties, […]

I have seen your tears – Thomas Brooks

I have seen your tears – Thomas Brooks “This is what the Lord says  Set your affairs in order, for you are going to die. You will not recover from this illness.” 2 Kings 20:1 The tears of God’s people have such a kind of omnipotency in them, that God Himself cannot  withstand them. “I […]

 I have found a ransom! – Thomas Brooks 

I have found a ransom! – Thomas Brooks “Deliver him from going down into the pit, for I have found a ransom!” Job 33:24 “I have found a ransom, or an atonement, a cover for man’s sin. Angels and men could never have found a ransom; but by My deep, infinite, and unsearchable wisdom,” says […]

I hate vain thoughts – Thomas Brooks

I hate vain thoughts – Thomas Brooks “I hate vain thoughts.” Psalm 119:113 The heart of a holy man rises against secret sins, against such as lie furthest off from the eye of man. What is more secret than vain thoughts? And yet against these, the heart of a holy man rises. Hezekiah humbled himself […]

I cried – Thomas Brooks

I cried – Thomas Brooks The child has got many a kiss, and many a hug by crying. “In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From His temple He heard my voice; my cry came before Him, into His ears.” Psalm 18:6 Prayer is the only means […]

I bequeath my pastor’s soul to the devil – Thomas Brooks

I bequeath my pastor’s soul to the devil – Thomas Brooks “Covetousness, which is idolatry.” Colossians 3:5 Covetousness is explicit idolatry.Covetousness is the darling sin of our nation. This leprosy has infected all sorts and ranks of men. Covetousness being idolatry, and the root of all evil, is highly provoking to God. Whatever a man […]

I am with you – Thomas Brooks

I am with you – Thomas Brooks “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Is. 41:10 Oh! this special, this favorable presence of the Lord with His people, […]

I am undone – Thomas Brooks

I am undone – Thomas Brooks Isaiah sees the glory of the Lord in a vision, and this makes him cry out, “Woe is me, for I am undone . . . for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty!” Isaiah 6:5 “I am undone.” The Hebrew is, “I am cut off,” I […]

I am not the man that I was! – Thomas Brooks

I am not the man that I was! – Thomas Brooks All true holiness is the immediate fruit of genuine union with Christ. Christ is made not only wisdom, righteousness, and redemption but He is also made sanctification to us, 1 Cor. 1:30. He who is in Christ is a new creature. He has . […]

I am about to desecrate My sanctuary – Thomas Brooks

I am about to desecrate My sanctuary – Thomas Brooks “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am about to desecrate My sanctuary the stronghold in which you take pride, the delight of your eyes, the object of your affection.” Ezekiel 24:21 Many are much in and for church ordinances and activities, whose hearts […]

Humble souls – Thomas Brooks

Humble souls – Thomas Brooks None on earth are so near to God, and so high in their communion with God as humble souls. And as they have the clearest visions of God, so God gives them the fullest sight and knowledge of their own sinfulness and nothingness. “I have heard of you by the […]

However harsh His hand may be – Thomas Brooks

However harsh His hand may be – Thomas Brooks (“A Heavenly Cordial” 1665) None of God’s afflictions upon His people ever make any change or alteration of God’s affections towards His people. However harsh His hand may be against them  yet His love, His heart, His favor, His affections are still one and the same […]

Spasmodic spirituality

Spasmodic spirituality – Chambers, Oswald Your goodness is as a morning cloud, and as the early dew it goeth away. Hosea 6:4. Fits of goodness may often be seen in a base character, indicating a capacity to be noble; but apart from that, all kinds of natures are conscious of moments of unusual power and […]

New Creation

New Creation – Chambers, Oswald Wherefore if any man is in christ, he is a new creature [there is a new creation, rv mg]. 2 corinthians 5:17 all gods direct acts are creative. Forsyth The creation performed by god is what the apostle paul calls ita new creation; it is not the bringing out of […]

Matters for maturity

Matters for maturity – Chambers, Oswald Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of god. 2 timothy 1:8. This is the message of a veteran soldier to a young soldier. Timothy was […]

Don’t think now—take the road

Don’t think now—take the road – Chambers, Oswald If any man would come after me, let him deny him- self. . . . Matthew 16:24 (RV) 1. Recognise, but dont stop to reckon And peter went down from the boat, and walked upon the waters, to come to Jesus. (Matthew 14:29 rv) We are all […]

The kingdom

The kingdom – Chambers, Oswald 1. The prevailing characteristics of the kingdom Who shall ascend into the hill of the l ord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart. . . . (psalm 24:34 RV) The prevailing characteristics of the kingdom jesus represents are moral […]

Blessing and beatitude

Blessing and beatitude – Chambers, Oswald Matthew 5:4348 Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 (RV ) By blessing we mean the great magnanimous over- flowing of the heart of god to all people, whether they be good, bad, or indifferent. By beatitude we mean the overflowing benediction of […]

God’s methods

God’s methods – Chambers, Oswald Go ye, and stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life. Acts 5:20 (RV ) 1. The men of gods method We have to find out gods methods, not try to get god to approve our methods. Go ye . . . It […]

Righteousness

Righteousness – Chambers, Oswald Righteousness means living and acting according to right and justice. 1. Righteousness of god  I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only. (psalm 71:16) the righteousness of god must be the foundation of our life as Christians. It is easy to talk about gods righteousness and his justice, […]

My relation to myself

My relation to myself – Chambers, Oswald My right to myself versus my wrong to myself What commandment is the first of all? . . . The first is, . . . Thou shalt love the lord thy god from all thy heart, and from all thy soul, and from all thy mind, and from […]

After obedience—what?

After obedience—what? – Chambers, Oswald Mark 6:4552 1. Constrained by Christ And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side. . . . (mark 6:45) We are apt to imagine that if Jesus Christ constrains us and we obey him, he will lead us to great […]

“What is truth?”

“What is truth?” – Chambers, Oswald John 18:38 The personality of truth is the great revelation of Christianity i am . . . The truth. Our lord did not say he was all truth so that we could go to his statements as to a textbook and verify things; there are domains, such as science […]

The person of our Lord

The person of our Lord – Chambers, Oswald There is a difference between being the offspring of god (acts 17:28) and being sons of god ( john 1:12). Offspring means that our genus originated with god; we can only become sons of god by a specific act of regeneration. Jesus Christ is the only begotten […]

What a man possesses v.What possesses a man

What a man possesses v.What possesses a man – Chambers, Oswald For a mans life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. Luke 12:15 This statement of our lords needs careful consideration because we dislike it strongly. The whole teaching of Jesus is opposed to the idea of civilisation, viz. , […]

Now Don’t hurt the Lord

Now Don’t hurt the Lord – Chambers, Oswald Philip saith unto him, lord, shew us the father, and it sufficeth us. John 14:8 1. 1 You who regarded christs command And he findeth Philip: and Jesus saith unto him, follow me. ( john 1:43 RV) You may have had no reluctance in obeying the lords […]

I indeed . . . but he

I indeed . . . but he – Chambers, Oswald I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he . . . Shall baptize you with the holy ghost, and with fire. Matthew 3:11 The baptism with the holy ghost and with fire is Jesus Christs own peculiar right; he is the true bap- […]

The ministry of the interior

The ministry of the interior – Chambers, Oswald I have set watchmen upon thy walls, o Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that are the lord s remembrancers, take ye no rest, and give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make jeru- salem a praise in the […]

Redemption

Redemption – Chambers, Oswald 1. Not thought but fact We have to live, thought is second. We are saved in only one way, by the supernatural efficacy of the redemption; but to be saved and never think about it is a crime. My people doth not consider, says god; they wont think. We can never […]

How to go on

How to go on – Chambers, Oswald Colossians 2:67 (RV ) 1. How to think of our state As therefore ye received Christ Jesus the lord . . . (rv ) We all start with thinking about what we have to do; paul goes a step further back, and says, think of how you stand […]

Partakers of grace

Partakers of grace – Chambers, Oswald For by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of god. Ephesians 2:8 (RV) No man can be saved by praying, by believing, by obeying, or by consecration; salvation is a free gift of gods almighty grace. We have the […]

Reality

Reality – Chambers, Oswald The existence of a truth is nothing to me until i am brought into the current of events where that particular truth is a living reality to me because it speaks the language of my conscious life. Reality must have its source outside me; my conscious experience is the sphere of […]

God’s Workmanship

Chambers, Oswald – Chambers, Oswald God’s WorkmanshipOswald ChambersFor we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God Afore prepared that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 (rv )© Oswald Chambers Publications Association 1953Scripture versions quoted: KJV, RV, moffatt , PBV ———————————————————————————— Introduction Source Lectures and sermons given by oswald chambers […]

Workers for God

Workers for God – Chambers, Oswald The worker for god must live among the common- sense facts of the natural world, but he must also be at home with revelation facts. Be a worker with an equal knowledge of sin, of the human heart and of God. Never take it for granted because you have […]

Thinking

Thinking – Chambers, Oswald For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? A man discovers intellectual things for himself but he can- not discover god by his intellect. . . . Even so the things of god none knoweth, save the spirit of […]

Testimony

Testimony – Chambers, Oswald It is never our testimony that keeps our experience right: our experience makes us testify. To testify is part of the life of every christian, but because you have a personal testimony it does not follow that you are called to preach. To say what god has done for you is […]

Temptation

Temptation – Chambers, Oswald To be raised above temptation belongs to god only. Wherever there is moral responsibility there is temptation, i. E. , the testing of what a man holds in his own person. The old puritan idea that the devil tempts men had this remarkable effect, it produced the man of iron who […]

The teaching of Jesus

The teaching of Jesus – Chambers, Oswald Our lord did not come to this earth to teach men to be holy: he came to make men holy, and his teaching is applicable only on the basis of experimental redemption. The teaching of Jesus is not first; what is first is that he came to give […]

Study

Study – Chambers, Oswald Study to begin with can never be easy; the determination to form systematic mental habits is the only secret. Dont begin anything with reluctance. Beware of any cleverness that keeps you from working. No one is born a worker; men are born poets and artists, but we have to make ourselves […]

Sin

Sin – Chambers, Oswald Sin is not mans problem, it is gods. Beware of attempting to diagnose sin unless you have the inner pang that you are one of the worst sinners. Whenever you talk about sin, it must be my sin. So long as you speak of sins you evade Jesus Christ for yourself. […]

Sanctification

Sanctification – Chambers, Oswald Beware of preaching sanctification without knowing Jesus; we are saved and sanctified in order that we might know him. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of god is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption (1 Corinthians 1:30). Jesus Christ is all these, they are […]

Redemption

Redemption – Chambers, Oswald God does not ask us to be good men and women he asks us to understand that we are not good; to believe that none is good, save one, even god (RV), and that the grace of god was manifested in the redemption that it might cover the incompleteness of man. […]

Preparation

Preparation – Chambers, Oswald It is by thinking with your pen in hand that you will get to the heart of your subject. The heart of the righteous studieth to answer (proverbs 15:28). To give your congregation extemporaneous thinking, i. E. , thinking without study, is an insultponderous nothings. The preacher should give his congregation […]

Preaching

Preaching – Chambers, Oswald A personal testimony feeds you from hand to mouth; you must have more equipment than that if you are to preach the gospel. The preacher must be part of his message, he must be incorporated in it. That is what the baptism of the holy ghost did for the disciples. When […]

How to conquer the world! – Thomas Brooks

How to conquer the world! – Thomas Brooks Perhaps the world the smiling world or the frowning world, the tempting world or the persecuting world lies as a heavy stone or burden upon your heart, as it does upon the hearts of thousands in these days; (witness their attempting anything to get the favors, honors […]

How so? – Thomas Brooks

How so? – Thomas Brooks All mankind would have been eternally lost, had God not, of His own free grace and mercy, made a covenant of grace with poor sinners. “They will be My people, and I will be their God.” Jeremiah 32:38 This is a comprehensive promise, for God to be our God it […]

How do you know that? – Thomas Brooks

How do you know that? – Thomas Brooks A sincere willingness to part with every sin, and to mortify every sin is a sure sign of saving grace. When a man is sincerely willing to leave every sin, and to indulge himself in none, no, not even his darling sin it is a most certain […]

Horrid hypocrisy, damnable folly, and astonishing impudency! – Thomas Brooks

Horrid hypocrisy, damnable folly, and astonishing impudency! – Thomas Brooks “He who covers his sins shall not prosper; but whoever confesses and forsakes them shall have mercy.” Prov. 28:13 The true penitent would have God to forgive him, not only some of his sins but all his sins; and therefore it is but just and […]

Honeyed poison – Thomas Brooks

Honeyed poison – Thomas Brooks O Sirs! in the grave it is all the same to one who has had all, and to another who has had none. What folly is it to lay up goods for many years, when we cannot lay up one day for the enjoyment of our goods! Christ, who never […]

Prayer

Prayer – Chambers, Oswald God is never impressed with our earnestness, he promises to answer us when we pray on one ground only, viz. , the ground of the redemption. The redemption of the lord Jesus provides me with a place for intercession. The only way to get into the relationship of asking is to […]

Personal relationship

Personal relationship – Chambers, Oswald The essence of Christianity is a personal relationship to Jesus Christ with any amount of room for its out- working. The appeal of the gospel is not that it should be preached in order that men might be saved and put right for heaven, but that they might enter into […]

Personality

Personality – Nothing in connection with our personality is so disastrously enervating as disillusionment about our- selves. We much prefer our own idea of ourselves to the stern realisation of what we really are. Paul warns, let no man think of himself more highly than he ought to think. Watch how god has disillusioned you […]

The moral law

The moral law – Chambers, Oswald It has been a favourite belief in all ages that if only men were taught what good is, everyone would choose it; but history and human experience prove that that is not so. To know what good is is not to be good. My conscience makes me know what […]

The holy spirit

The holy spirit – Chambers, Oswald It is not what we feel, or what we know, but ever what we receive from god and a fool can receive a gift. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly father give the holy spirit […]

Holy, holy, holy – Thomas Brooks

Holy, holy, holy – Thomas Brooks “Who is like You, glorious in holiness?” Exodus 15:11 God is . . .infinitely holy,transcendently holy,superlatively holy,constantly holy,unchangeably holy,exemplary holy,gloriously holy. All the holiness that is in the best and choicest Christians is but a mixed holiness, a weak and imperfect holiness. Their unholiness is always more than their […]

Experience

Experience – Chambers, Oswald Experiences are apt to be exalted out of all due mea- sure whereas they are but the outward manifestation of the oneness with god made possible for us in Christ Jesus. Get into the habit of chasing yourself out of the sickly morbid experiences that are not based on having been […]

Holy joy and godly sorrow – Thomas Brooks

Holy joy and godly sorrow – Thomas Brooks Holy joy and godly sorrow are in no way inconsistent. Yes, a godly man’s eyes are always fullest of tears when his heart is fullest of holy joy. A man may go joying and mourning to his grave, yes, to heaven, at the same time. Grace always […]

The Character of God

The Character of God – Chambers, Oswald No man hath seen god at any time; the only begot- ten son, which is in the bosom of the father, he hath declared him ( john 1:18). A christian accepts all he knows about god on the authority of Jesus Christ; he can find out nothing about […]

The Call of God

The Call of God – Chambers, Oswald If you only know what god can do your talk is altogether of that, a logical exposition of doctrine, but if you have heard gods call you will always keep to the one centre, the person of the lord Jesus Christ. Discard any emotion or call to work […]

The bible

The bible – Chambers, Oswald The word is jesus himself ( john 1:1), therefore we must have an experimental knowledge of him before we understand the literal words of the bible. The danger to-day is that people are being nour- ished not with the bible so much as with conceptions which ignore jesus christ. Bible […]

Belief

Belief – Chambers, Oswald The only noble sense in which we can claim to believe a thing is when we ourselves are living in the inner spirit of that thing. I have no right to say i believe in god unless i order my life as under his all-seeing eye. I have no right to […]

Holy hatred – Thomas Brooks 

Holy hatred – Thomas Brooks “Through your precepts I get understanding, therefore I hate every false way.” Psalm 119:104 There is in every penitent a sincere hatred of sin, a universal hatred of sin. True hatred is universal it is to the whole kind. He who hates sin because it is sin, hates every sin, […]

Holy hatred – Thomas Brooks

Holy hatred – Thomas Brooks “I hate every false way.” Psalm 119:104 Where there is real holiness, there is a holy hatred, detestation, and indignation against all ungodliness and wickedness. A holy man knows that all sin strikes . . .at the holiness of God,at the glory of God,at the nature of God,at the being […]

Disciples Indeed

Disciples Indeed – Chambers, Oswald Disciples IndeedOswald ChambersIf ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed. John 8:31—————————————————————————— Scripture versions quoted: RV, KJV© Oswald Chambers Publications Association 1955 Introduction Source These lectures were given to students in the sermon class at the bible training college, 1 in london, between 1911 and 1915. […]

His window in all our hearts – Thomas Brooks

His window in all our hearts – Thomas Brooks “Does He not see my ways and number all my steps?” Job 31:4 The eye of God had so strong an influence upon Job’s heart and life, that it wrought him up to a very high pitch of holiness. The scholar writes most exactly while his […]

His treasured possession – Thomas Brooks

His treasured possession – Thomas Brooks “For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be His people, His treasured possession.” Deuteronomy 7:6 God makes . . .many rich, andmany great, andmany honorable, andmany […]

Celebration or surrender?

Celebration or surrender? – Chambers, Oswald We begin our christian life by believing what we are told to believe, then we have to go on to so assimilate our beliefs that they work out in a way that redounds to the glory of god. The danger is in multiplying the acceptation of beliefs we do […]

His tender mercies – Thomas Brooks

His tender mercies – Thomas Brooks “His tender mercies.” Psalm 145:9 “The multitude of His mercies.” Psalm 106:45 It is God’s free mercy which every day keeps hell and my soul asunder. It is God’s free mercy which daily pardons my sins. It is God’s free mercy which supplies all my inward and outward needs. […]

His school of instruction – Thomas Brooks

His school of instruction – Thomas Brooks “The rod is for the back of the one who lacks sense.” Proverbs 10:13 The rod is to make the child sensible of his folly and vanity. So it is here: God takes up the rod, but it is to make His people sensible of their folly and […]

His purse is always full – Thomas Brooks

His purse is always full – Thomas Brooks The riches of Christ are inexhaustible. Christ can never be drawn dry. Earthly riches are true gardens of Adonis, where we can gather nothing but trivial flowers surrounded with many briars, etc. Men rake together worldly riches as children do snow which the next shower washes away, […]

Memory of sin in the saint

Memory of sin in the saint – Chambers, Oswald . . For that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious. 1 timothy 1:1213 . . . And such were some of you. 1 Corinthians 6:11 No aspect of christian life and service is […]

His people’s scars and warts – Thomas Brooks

His people’s scars and warts – Thomas Brooks When Caesar was painted, he put his finger upon his scar, his wart. God puts His fingers upon all His people’s scars and warts upon all their weaknesses and infirmities, that nothing can be seen but what’s fair and lovely. “You are all fair, my love; there […]

His hand is always in his purse – Thomas Brooks

His hand is always in his purse – Thomas Brooks There is a difference between Christ’s giving and the world’s giving. The world gives but they give more rarely. But Christ gives, and He gives frequently. He is every day, every hour, yes, every moment, a-giving of royal favors to His people. “Here is peace […]

His dreadful threatenings! – Thomas Brooks

His dreadful threatenings! – Thomas Brooks Sin and sorrow, iniquity and misery always go hand in hand. “The wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23. Every sinner is worthy of death. “Those who do such things deserve death,” Romans 1:32. If God is a just and righteous God, then sin cannot absolutely escape unpunished; for […]

His angelic robes – Thomas Brooks

His angelic robes – Thomas Brooks A hidden enemy is far worse than an open enemy. The devil has put his angelic robes upon many of his chief agents, that they may the more easily and the more effectually deceive and delude the souls of men. Ah! what multitudes are there, that to some bleary […]

Hell’s greatest enrichers! – Thomas Brooks

Hell’s greatest enrichers! – Thomas Brooks “The prophets who lead my people astray.” Micah 3:5 Satan labors by false teachers, who are his emissaries to deceive, delude, and forever undo the precious souls of men! They seduce them, and carry them out of the right way into by-paths and blind thickets of error and wickedness […]

Hell would be the place of greatest pleasure – Thomas Brooks

Hell would be the place of greatest pleasure – Thomas Brooks “They delight in doing wrong and rejoice in the perverseness of evil.” Proverbs 2:14 Unsanctified people . . .take pleasure in unrighteousness,rejoice to do evil,make a sport of sin,delight to dishonor God,damn their own immortal souls. Holiness only debars men from the sinful joys, […]

Heaven’s key! – Thomas Brooks

Heaven’s key! – Thomas Brooks “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” 1 Peter 1:18-19 It was […]

Heaven would be a very hell – Thomas Brooks

Heaven would be a very hell – Thomas Brooks “Yet they say to God Leave us alone! We have no desire to know Your ways.” Job 21:14 Heaven would be a very hell to an unholy heart. If now the presence of God in His servants, and the presence of God in His ordinances is […]

Head, hand, heart, lip, and life – Thomas Brooks

Head, hand, heart, lip, and life – Thomas Brooks True holiness is diffusive. It extends, diffuses, and spreads itself all over the whole person . . .the head and the heart;the lip and the life;the inside and the outside.The understanding is nourished on holiness,the mind is adorned with holiness,the will is bowed to holiness, andall […]

He would be double damned – Thomas Brooks

He would be double damned – Thomas Brooks “Then I beg you send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.” Luke 16:27-28 Dives knew that if his brethren were damned that he would be double damned, […]

He who has deserved a hanging – Thomas Brooks

He who has deserved a hanging – Thomas Brooks “Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?” Lamentations 3:39 He who has deserved a hanging has no reason to charge the judge with cruelty if he escapes with a whipping! And we who have deserved a damning have no reason to charge […]

He who can truly say this, is a God – Thomas Brooks

He who can truly say this, is a God – Thomas Brooks “The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore I will hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:24 God is every believer’s portion. Riches are not every believer’s portion but God is every believer’s portion. Liberty and freedom are not every believer’s portion but God […]

He was still a-pointing at the toads in their bosoms – Thomas Brooks

He was still a-pointing at the toads in their bosoms – Thomas Brooks How shall we find out that particular sin, for which God corrects us for which He has brought the rod upon us? Seriously observe what that sin is, which your soul would have spared above all, which your soul is most unwilling […]

He overcomes the Almighty! – Thomas Brooks

He overcomes the Almighty! – Thomas Brooks “Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome.” Genesis 32:28 Oh the power of private prayer! It has a kind of omnipotence in it; it takes God captive; it holds Him as a prisoner; it […]

He never lacks an apple for an Eve – Thomas Brooks

He never lacks an apple for an Eve – Thomas Brooks It is ten thousand times a greater judgment and affliction to be given to a fretful spirit, a froward spirit, a muttering spirit under an affliction than it is to be afflicted. This is both the devil’s sin, and the devil’s punishment. God is […]

He must deny himself – Thomas Brooks

He must deny himself – Thomas Brooks “If anyone wants to be My follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.” Mark 8:34 He must deny sinful self, which takes in a man’s lusts. He must deny natural self, which takes in a man’s arts, parts, gifts, and reason. He must […]

He may murmur and struggle at first – Thomas Brooks

He may murmur and struggle at first – Thomas Brooks “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey Your word.” Psalm 119:67 Affliction is a fire to purge out our dross, and to make our graces shine. Affliction is the remedy which cures all our spiritual diseases. By afflictions, God humbles the […]

He loves those who are most unlovely – Thomas Brooks

He loves those who are most unlovely – Thomas Brooks Ah! sinners, the greatness of your sins does but set off the freeness and riches of Christ’s grace, and the immensity of His love! This makes heaven and earth to ring of his praise, that He loves those who are most unlovely, that he shows […]

He lived poor and died poor – Thomas Brooks

He lived poor and died poor – Thomas Brooks “Jesus replied Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head.” Matthew 8:20 Jesus does not say, Kings have palaces but I have none. Nor He does say that rich men have houses […]

He left heaven for us – Thomas Brooks

He left heaven for us – Thomas Brooks “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” Matthew 16:24 Let the sufferings of our Lord Jesus Christ, work us into a gracious willingness to embrace sufferings for His sake, and cheerfully and resolutely to take up […]

He leaps into a sea of wrath! – Thomas Brooks

He leaps into a sea of wrath! – Thomas Brooks Christ went through heaven and hell, life and death, sorrow and suffering, misery and cruelty and all to bring us to glory! And shall we not prize Him? When in a storm, the nobles of Xerxes had to lighten the ship to preserve their king’s […]

CHRIST’S LAST INVITATION FROM THE THRONE

CHRIST’S LAST INVITATION FROM THE THRONE – Alexander Maclaren ‘Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will let him take the water of life freely. — Revelation 22:17. last verses of this last book of Scripture are like the final movement of some great concerto, in which we hear all the instruments of the orchestra […]

He is the blessed soul! – Thomas Brooks

He is the blessed soul! – Thomas Brooks “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness.” Matthew 5:6 He who sees an absolute necessity of the righteousness of Christ to justify him, and to enable him to stand boldly before the throne of God; he who sees his own righteousness to be but as […]

LAST BEATITUDE OF THE ASCENDED CHRIST

LAST BEATITUDE OF THE ASCENDED CHRIST – Alexander Maclaren ‘Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. — Revelation 22:14. 1 The Revised Version reads: ‘Blessed are they that wash their robes, that they may have the […]

THE TRIPLE RAYS WHICH MAKE THE WHITE LIGHT OF HEAVEN

THE TRIPLE RAYS WHICH MAKE THE WHITE LIGHT OF HEAVEN – Alexander Maclaren ‘… His servants shall serve Him: 4. And they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads.’ — Revelation 22:3, 4. One may well shrink from taking words like these for a text. Their lofty music will necessarily make […]

THE CITY THE CITIZENS AND THE KING

THE CITY, THE CITIZENS, AND THE KING – Alexander Maclaren ‘And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out Of the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree […]

He hides the hook! – Thomas Brooks

He hides the hook! – Thomas Brooks “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Corinthians 2:11 Satan has his several devices to deceive, entangle, and undo the souls of men. Satan has . . .snares for the wise, and snares for the simple;snares for hypocrites, […]

He has the worst names – Thomas Brooks

He has the worst names – Thomas Brooks We may read much of Satan’s nature and disposition by the diverse names and epithets that are given him in the Scripture. Sometimes he is called Behemoth, whereby the greatness and brutishness of the devil is figured (Job 40:15). Those evil spirits are sometimes called accusers, for […]

NO MORE SEA

NO MORE SEA – Alexander Maclaren ‘I John,’ says the Apocalypse at its commencement, ‘was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the testimony of Jesus.’ In this, the one prophetic book of the New Testament, we find the same fact that meets us in the old prophecies, that the circumstances of the prophet […]

He has no reason to complain! – Thomas Brooks

He has no reason to complain! – Thomas Brooks The least drop of grace,the least smile from Christ’s face,the least kiss of His mouth,the least embrace of His arm,the least hint of His favoris worth more than ten thousand worlds! That Christian cannot be poor who is rich in grace. That Christian cannot be miserable […]

THE NEW JERUSALEM ON THE NEW EARTH

THE NEW JERUSALEM ON THE NEW EARTH – Alexander Maclaren ‘And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared […]

He has no memory – Thomas Brooks

He has no memory – Thomas Brooks “I will not remember your sins.” Isaiah 43:25 “I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” Jeremiah 31:34. “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 8:12. “Their sins and iniquities will […]

He has become the worst of creatures – Thomas Brooks

He has become the worst of creatures – Thomas Brooks Man before his fall was the best of creatures but since his fall he has become the worst of creatures. He who was once the image of God, the glory of Paradise, the world’s master, and the Lord’s darling has now become . . .an […]

THE SONG OF MOSES AND THE LAMB

THE SONG OF MOSES AND THE LAMB – Alexander Maclaren ‘And I saw as it were a see of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image,… and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. […]

He has all comforts at His disposal – Thomas Brooks

He has all comforts at His disposal – Thomas Brooks “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 God is the God of all sorts and degrees of comfort. He has […]

THE PALM BEARING MULTITUDE

THE PALM BEARING MULTITUDE – Alexander Maclaren ‘… Lo, a great multitude.., stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands.’ — Revelation 7:9. The Seer is about to disclose the floods of misery which are to fall upon the earth at the sound of the seven trumpets, […]

He has a mint constantly going in hell – Thomas Brooks

He has a mint constantly going in hell – Thomas Brooks Christians should be mute and silent under their afflictions, because hereby they shall cross and frustrate Satan’s great design and expectation. In all the afflictions he brought upon Job, Satan’s design was not so much to make Job a beggar as it was to […]

SEVEN EYES OF THE SLAIN LAMB

SEVEN EYES OF THE SLAIN LAMB – Alexander Maclaren ‘…A Lamb as it had been slain, having…seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth,’ — Revelation 5:6. John received a double commission, to write the things which are and the things which shall be. The things which are signify, […]

VII THE VICTOR’S SOVEREIGNTY

VII THE VICTOR’S SOVEREIGNTY – Alexander Maclaren ‘To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with My Father in His throne.’ — Revelation 3:21. The Church at Laodicea touched the lowest point of Christian character. It had no heresies, but that […]

He gives kingdoms, crowns, thrones! – Thomas Brooks

He gives kingdoms, crowns, thrones! – Thomas Brooks “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” Revelation 22:12 The more any man does or suffers for Christ here the more glory he shall have hereafter. It was the saying of an […]

CHRIST AT THE DOOR

CHRIST AT THE DOOR – Alexander Maclaren “Behold 1 I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.”—Rev, iii. 20. MANY of us are familiar, I dare say, with the devoutly imaginative rendering of […]

He fills all, and yet remains full – Thomas Brooks

He fills all, and yet remains full – Thomas Brooks “It pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell.” Col. 1:19The sun has not the less light for filling the world with light. A fountain has not the less for filling the lesser vessels. There is in Christ the fullness of a fountain. […]

He draws out the core – Thomas Brooks

He draws out the core – Thomas Brooks Afflictions are the Lord’s drawing-plasters, by which He draws out the core of pride, earthliness, self-love, covetousness, etc. Pride was one of man’s first sins, and is still the root and source of all other sins. Now, to prevent it, God many times chastens man with pain, […]

He drank it up every drop! – Thomas Brooks

He drank it up every drop! – Thomas Brooks “Who can comprehend the power of Your wrath?” Psalm 90:11 Jesus Christ comprehends it, for He underwent it! His whole life was made up of suffering. From His birth to His death, from His cradle to the cross, from the womb to the tomb, He was […]

He dares spit in the very face of God Himself! – Thomas Brooks

He dares spit in the very face of God Himself! – Thomas Brooks Many, when they feel the rod to smart ah, how they do fret and fume! Isaiah 8:21, ‘Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and […]

He bruises His spices – Thomas Brooks

He bruises His spices – Thomas Brooks “God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness.” Hebrews 12:10 Grace always thrives most when saints are under the rod. When Christians are under the rod, then their graces do not only bud, but blossom and bring forth fruit, as Aaron’s rod did. […]

Divine paradox

Divine paradox – Chambers, Oswald There is probably no more prominent feature in bible revelation than that of paradox. In revelation 5 the apostle john records that in his vision he was told the lion of the tribe of Judah . . . Hath prevailed to open the book and he says, lo, in the […]

He awoke with everlasting flames about his ears! – Thomas Brooks

He awoke with everlasting flames about his ears! – Thomas Brooks Earthly riches commonly load the soul with a multitude of cares, fears, griefs, and vexations which mightily disturb the soul, distract the soul; yes, often rack, torture, and torment the soul. Earthly riches, for the most part, do a world of mischief and hurt […]

A fatal error of indignant integrity

A fatal error of indignant integrity – Chambers, Oswald And he was angry, and would not go in. Luke 15:28 We get the idea that wrong views of god and of goodness arise from a life that is wrong; the bible shows that wrong views of god and of goodness may arise out of a […]

Having nothing, yet possessing everything – Thomas Brooks

Having nothing, yet possessing everything – Thomas Brooks True grace will enable a soul to sit down satisfied and contented with the naked enjoyments of Christ. The enjoyment of Christ without honor will satisfy the soul. The enjoyment of Christ without riches, the enjoyment of Christ without pleasures, and without the smiles of creatures will […]

Problemata mundi

Problemata mundi – Chambers, Oswald Hast thou considered my servant job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth god, and escheweth evil? Job 1:8 The book of job mirrors for all time the problem of things as they have been, as they are, and […]

Have you seen the One my heart loves? – Thomas Brooks

Have you seen the One my heart loves? – Thomas Brooks “All night long on my bed I looked for the One my heart loves; I looked for Him but did not find Him.” Song of Songs 3:1 “Have you seen the One my heart loves?” Song of Songs 3:3 “I opened for my lover, […]

Hangmen – Thomas Brooks

Hangmen – Thomas Brooks As for worldly riches, the godly have always despised them, and preferred a contemplative life above them! The prophet calls them “thick clay,” which will sooner break the back, than lighten the heart. Worldly riches cannot better the soul, they cannot enrich the soul. Ah! how many threadbare souls are to […]

How the apostle Paul returns thanks

How the apostle Paul returns thanks – Chambers, Oswald But i have all, and abound: i am full, having received of epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well- pleasing to god. Philippians 4:18 The apostle Paul refused to take money-help from any of the […]

Halifax nuts – Thomas Brooks

Halifax nuts – Thomas Brooks A man may be visibly holy who is not inwardly holy. A man may have an outward dress of holiness upon him who has not the spirit and vitality of holiness in him. They say of Halifax nuts, that they are all shells with no kernels. Just so, there are […]

Guilt or grief is all you shall gain – Thomas Brooks

Guilt or grief is all you shall gain – Thomas Brooks “Do not be misled Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33 As he who walks in the sun will be tanned, and he who touches pitch will be defiled; so he who associates himself with the wicked will be tainted and polluted. Guilt […]

Growth in grace – Thomas Brooks

Growth in grace – Thomas Brooks Commonly the Christian’s spiritual growth in grace, is carried on by such divine methods, and in such ways as might seem to deaden grace, and weaken it rather than any ways to augment and increase it. We know that winter is as necessary to bring on harvest, as the […]

Greek and Hebrew – Thomas Brooks

Greek and Hebrew – Thomas Brooks A holy minister aims at the glory of God in all that he does. He labors to hide and conceal all his human excellencies, which may in any way tend to obscure, eclipse, or darken the glory of God. “My message and my preaching were not with wise and […]

Great is your reward in heaven! – Thomas Brooks

Great is your reward in heaven! – Thomas Brooks “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.” Revelation 22:12 Though God does not reward men simply for their works, namely, for the merit of them yet He rewards according to their […]

His Certain knowledge

His Certain knowledge – Chambers, Oswald . . For he himself [saw] what was in man. John 2:25 (RV ) Our lord seemed to go so easily and calmly amongst all kinds of men when he met a man who could sink to the level of Judas he never turned cynical, never lost heart or […]

Sacramental Christianity

Sacramental Christianity – Chambers, Oswald The word sacramental must be understood to mean the real presence of Christ being conveyed through the actual elements of the speech and natural life of a christian. Every one therefore who shall confess me before men, that is, confess with every part of me that Jesus Christ has come […]

Perfect love

Perfect love – Chambers, Oswald But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of god perfected. 1 john 2:5 if we love one another, god dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 1 john 4:12 1. In abandoned indwelling (romans 5:5) There is only one being who loves perfectly, […]

The mature Christian

The mature Christian – Chambers, Oswald Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly father is perfect. Matthew 5:48 (RV ) In Matthew 5, verses 2930 and verse 48 respectively our lord refers to two things which are full of vital instruction. In verses 2930 he is referring to the necessity of a maimed life: […]

Holiness

Holiness – Chambers, Oswald 1. Imitated . . . Leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps. (1 peter 2:21) For one child to imitate another child only results in a more or less clever affectation; a child imitating his parents assists the expression of inherent tendencies, naturally and simply, because he is […]

Duty of the heart

Duty of the heart – Chambers, Oswald Mark 12:2834 And one of the scribes . . . Asked him, which is the first commandment of all? Mark 12:28 In answering the scribes question our lord does not say anything original, he takes two commandments from their place in the old testament, where they are obscured […]

Notes on lamentations

Notes on lamentations – Chambers, Oswald The lamentations are not the expression of the grief of a disappointed man, the peculiar element in Jeremiahs sorrow is that he is identifying himself with an unrepentant people (cf. Daniel 9:420). We suffer on account of our own wrong or the wrong of others, but that is not […]

The psychology of faith iii

The psychology of faith iii – Chambers, Oswald 1. Mental belief But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of god, even to them that believe on his name. ( john 1:12) John 1:1213 is a grand, mighty, all-embracing word to as many as received him . . […]

The psychology of faith ii

The psychology of faith ii — Chambers, Oswald 1. Faith and the son of God  . . . Looking unto Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2 RV) He fought the battle, he proved the possibility of victory, he shewed us the place and revealed to us the secret of the power. […]

The psychology of faith i

The psychology of faith i – Chambers, Oswald 1. The constitution of faith And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto him. (Hebrews 11:6 RV ) There is not possible a normal healthy human being apart from religious faith. Faith claims the whole man and all gods grace can make him. Forsyth The […]

Grace, grace! – Thomas Brooks

Grace, grace! – Thomas Brooks “That no flesh should glory in His presence.” 1 Corinthians 1:29 God does not look for any goodness or merit in the creature to draw His love but He will justify, pardon, and save for His name’s sake. All the motives which move God to show mercy are in His […]

Golden fools – Thomas Brooks

Golden fools – Thomas Brooks And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry!” But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for […]

God’s spy in the heart – Thomas Brooks

God’s spy in the heart – Thomas Brooks Conscience is God’s spy in the heart. ‘Conscience,’ says Philo, ‘is the little tribunal of the soul. Conscience is a thousand witnesses, for or against a man. Conscience is a court of record, and whatever it sees it writes down; and conscience is always as quick in […]

God’s preacher in the heart – Thomas Brooks

God’s preacher in the heart – Thomas Brooks “They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts now accusing, now even defending them.” Romans 2:14-15 Conscience is God’s preacher in the heart. In the great day of judgment, the book of every man’s […]

God’s preacher in the heart – Thomas Brooks

God’s preacher in the heart – Thomas Brooks “I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.” Acts 24:16 Conscience is God’s preacher in the heart. Conscience is a thousand witnesses for or against a man. Those who dally and tamper with this sin or that sin, develop a guilty   which […]

God’s love-letter – Thomas Brooks

God’s love-letter – Thomas Brooks The Scripture is God’s love-letter to men. Here the lamb may wade and here the elephant may swim! The blessed Scriptures are of infinite worth and value! Here you may find . . . a remedy for every disease, balm for every wound, a plaster for every sore, milk for […]

Christian thinking

Christian thinking – Chambers, Oswald I cannot soar into the heights you show,Nor dive into the deeps that you reveal;But it is much that high things are to know,That deep things are to feel.                                                   Jean Ingelow5 The safe position in christian thinking is to remember that there are deeper depths than we can fathom, higher […]

Conformed to His Image

Conformed to His Image – Chambers, Oswald Conformed to His ImageOswald ChambersCopyright 1950 Oswald Chambers Publications AssociationScripture versions quoted: KJV, RV Introduction Source The material in this volume is taken from notes in classes taught by Oswald chambers at the bible training college,1 London (191115) and from sermons and talks delivered in Britain, America, and […]

God’s gracious presence and assistance – Thomas Brooks

God’s gracious presence and assistance – Thomas Brooks “Lo, I am with you always,” Matthew 28:20 This is a promise of God’s gracious presence and assistance. Lo, I am with you, to own you!Lo, I am with you, to counsel and direct you!Lo, I am with you, to cheer and comfort you!Lo, I am with […]

God’s eye – Thomas Brooks

God’s eye – Thomas Brooks “Lord! all my desire is before You; and my groaning is not hidden from You.” Psalm 38:9 We cannot get into any blind hole, or dark corner, or secret place but the Lord has an eye there, the Lord will keep us company there. There is not the darkest, dirtiest […]

God’s bag and bottle – Thomas Brooks

God’s bag and bottle – Thomas Brooks “My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and You sew up my iniquity.” Job 14:17 “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book.” Psalm 56:8 God counted all those weary steps […]

God would not rub so hard – Thomas Brooks

God would not rub so hard – Thomas Brooks “I will turn My hand against you and will burn away your dross completely; I will remove all your impurities.” Isaiah 1:25 Afflictions cleanse and purge away the dross, the filth, and the scum of the Christian. All the harm the fire did to the three […]

God takes away the creature – Thomas Brooks

God takes away the creature – Thomas Brooks (“A Believer’s Last Day, His Best Day”) Diogenes noted the folly of the men of his time that they undervalued the best things but overvalued the worst things. Ah, that this were not the sin and shame of professors in these days! God sometimes strips His people […]

God so loved the world – Thomas Brooks

God so loved the world – Thomas Brooks “God so loved the world, that He gave His only-begotten Son.” John 3:16. Oh! what kind of love is this, for God to give . . .His Son not His servant;His begotten Son not His adopted Son;His only Son and not one son of many. We see […]

God judges His people – Thomas Brooks

God judges His people – Thomas Brooks God judges His people by their sincerity and the general bent and frame of their hearts and not by what they are under some pangs of passion, or in an hour of temptation. His eye is more upon His people’s inward disposition, than it is upon their outward […]

God has an iron memory – Thomas Brooks

God has an iron memory – Thomas Brooks “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws on their hearts, and I will write them on their minds, I will never again remember their sins and their lawless acts.” Hebrews 10:16-17 The meaning […]

God eyes them – Thomas Brooks

God eyes them – Thomas Brooks Though our private desires are ever so confused, though our private requests are ever so broken, and though our private groanings are ever so hidden from men, yet God eyes them, records them, and puts them upon the file of heaven, and will one day crown them with glorious […]

Glued to their lusts – Thomas Brooks

Glued to their lusts – Thomas Brooks Sinners’ hearts are so glued to their lusts, that they will rather part with their nearest, dearest, and choicest enjoyments than part with their sins! Yes, they will rather part with God, Christ, and all the glory of heaven than they will part with some darling lust. “When […]

Get out of My sight! – Thomas Brooks

Get out of My sight! – Thomas Brooks Many now-a-days say there is no hell. Multitudes think that all that is spoken of hell in Scripture is false and mythical. They will not believe that there is a hell until they come to feel themselves in hell until they find everlasting flames about their ears […]

Genuine assurance – Thomas Brooks

Genuine assurance – Thomas Brooks Genuine holiness will yield you a heaven hereafter; but genuine assurance will yield you a heaven here. He who has holiness and knows it, shall have two heavens a heaven of joy, comfort, peace, contentment, and assurance here and a heaven of happiness and blessedness hereafter. Genuine assurance will be […]

Fully, completely and perfectly – Thomas Brooks

Fully, completely and perfectly – Thomas Brooks “I will be their God, and they will be My people. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Heb. 8:10, 12 God will pardon the sins of His people fully, completely and perfectly. Neither the . . .many kinds of sins,nor many […]

Fuel to your lusts, and quenchers of your graces – Thomas Brooks

Fuel to your lusts, and quenchers of your graces – Thomas Brooks By severe providences and fiery trials God designs the preventing of sin. Prudent physicians sometimes give harsh medicines to prevent diseases; and so does the Physician of souls. Sharp trials preserve the saints from spiritual putrefying, and from spiritual rotting. Wealth lays men […]

The Discipline of patience

The Discipline of patience – Chambers, Oswald Yea, wait thou on the lord . Psalm 27:14 (RV ) The subject of patience is so largely dealt with in the bible that it ought to have a much larger place in our bible studies and talks. Patience to most minds is associated with exhaustion, or with […]

From burning to burning! – Thomas Brooks

From burning to burning! – Thomas Brooks The Spirit of God, in Scripture, by metaphors of all sorts of things which are dreadful unto sense sets forth the condition of the damned, and the torments which He has reserved for them in the life to come. Hell’s punishments do infinitely exceed all other punishments, that […]

From belly to cards or dice – Thomas Brooks

From belly to cards or dice – Thomas Brooks “Those who wear expensive clothes and indulge in luxury are in palaces.” Luke 7:25 “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.” Luke 16:19 “The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where […]

Four things which God cannot do – Thomas Brooks

Four things which God cannot do – Thomas Brooks “You are of purer eyes than to behold evil, and cannot look on iniquity.” Hab. 1:13 There are four things which God cannot do: (1.) He cannot lie.(2.) He cannot die.(3.) He cannot deny Himself.(4.) He cannot look with a favorable eye upon iniquity.He is a […]

For toys and trifles – Thomas Brooks

For toys and trifles – Thomas Brooks If they deserve a hanging, who feast their slaves, and starve their wives; who make provision for their enemies but none for their friend; how will you escape hanging in hell, who make provision for everything, yes, for all your lusts but make no provision for your immortal […]

For the toys and trifles of this world – Thomas Brooks

For the toys and trifles of this world – Thomas Brooks Natural fools make the most stupid and injurious exchanges. They will exchange a pearl for a pin; things of greatest worth and value for a feather, a ribbon, a toy, a trifle. The foolish Indians prefer every toy and trifle above their mines of […]

Fool away their souls – Thomas Brooks

Fool away their souls – Thomas Brooks Christ made a very fair offer to the young man in the Gospel, “Go and sell all that you have, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven,” Matthew 19:21.Here Christ offers . . .heavenly treasures for earthly treasures,unmixed treasures for mixed treasures,perfect treasures […]

Flee from the occasions of sin! – Thomas Brooks

Flee from the occasions of sin! – Thomas Brooks Whatever has the least appearance of evil, shun it, as you would do a serpent in your way, or poison in your food. To venture upon the occasion of sin, and then to pray, ‘Lead us not into temptation,’ is as to thrust your finger into […]

First place in your thoughts – Thomas Brooks

First place in your thoughts – Thomas Brooks Friends, these things must have first place in your thoughts: 1. Your sins to humble you and abase you before God. 2. God’s free and rich and sovereign grace to soften and melt you down into submission to His holy will. 3. The Lord Jesus Christ to […]

Fetch out the dirt and spots – Thomas Brooks

Fetch out the dirt and spots – Thomas Brooks “I will turn my hand against you; I will thoroughly purge away your dross and remove all your impurities.” Isaiah 1:25 By severe providences and by fiery trials, God designs the growth of His people in grace. Usually the graces of the saints thrive best when […]

Feast the slave, and starve the wife? – Thomas Brooks

Feast the slave, and starve the wife? – Thomas Brooks Make it more and more your chief work to make plentiful provisions for the eternal welfare of your souls. Your souls are more worth than ten thousand worlds. All is well if your soul is well. If that is safe, all is safe. If that […]

Father knows best! – Thomas Brooks

Father knows best! – Thomas Brooks “Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness.” Hebrews 12:10. What God, our Father wills, is best. When He wills sickness, sickness is better than health.When He wills weakness, weakness is […]

Far greater worth – Thomas Brooks

Far greater worth – Thomas Brooks One grain of grace is of far greater worth, than all the gold of Ophir and all the silver of the Indies which are but the guts and garbage of the earth. The gleanings, the smallest gatherings of the riches of Christ, are far better, more excellent, more satisfying, […]

Faith realizes eternal realities – Thomas Brooks

Faith realizes eternal realities – Thomas Brooks Faith should set and fix upon that glory, blessedness, and life, which God has laid up for those who love Him. The things of eternity are the greatest things, they are the most excellent things. They are most excellent in their natures, in their causes, in their operations, […]

The Discipline of loneliness

The Discipline of loneliness – Chambers, Oswald And i am no more in the world, and these are in the world, and i come to thee. Holy father, keep them in thy name which thou hast given me, that they may be one even as we are. . . . I have given them thy […]

Fair professors who are foul sinners – Thomas Brooks

Fair professors who are foul sinners – Thomas Brooks There are many fair professors who are foul sinners who have much of God on their lips when they have nothing but sin and hell in their hearts and lives. These men’s lives shame their profession. Such professors . . .live in a course of sin,make […]

Failings and infirmities – Thomas Brooks

Failings and infirmities – Thomas Brooks God will never cast off His people for their failings and infirmities. First, It is the glory of a man to pass by infirmities, Proverbs 19:11. Oh how much more, then, must it be the glory of God to pass by the infirmities of His people! Secondly, Saints are […]

CHRIST’S COUNSEL TO A LUKEWARM CHURCH

CHRIST’S COUNSEL TO A LUKEWARM CHURCH – Alexander Maclaren ‘I counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.’ — Revelation […]

LAODICEA

LAODICEA – Alexander Maclaren ‘I know thy works that thou art neither cold nor hot.., be zealous therefore, and repent.’ — Revelation 3:15, 19. We learn from Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians that there was a very close connection between that Church and this at Laodicea. It is a probable conjecture that a certain Archippus, who is […]

VI THE VICTOR’S LIFE NAMES

VI THE VICTOR’S LIFE NAMES – Alexander Maclaren ‘Him that overcometh will I make as pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go no more, out: and I will write upon him the name of My God. and the name of the city of My God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh […]

THY CROWN

THY CROWN – Alexander Maclaren ‘…Hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.’ — Revelation 3:11. The Philadelphian Church, to which these stirring words are addressed, is the only church of the seven in which there was nothing that Christ rebuked. It had no faults, or at least no recorded faults, either […]

KEEPING AND KEPT

KEEPING AND KEPT – Alexander Maclaren ‘Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the war of temptation.’ — Revelation 3:10. There are only two of the seven churches which receive no censure or rebuke from Jesus Christ; and of these two — viz., the churches of Smyrna and […]

V THE VICTOR’S LIFE ROBE

V THE VICTOR’S LIFE ROBE – Alexander Maclaren ‘He that overcometh the same shall be clothed is white raiment; and I will not blot out him name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, end before His angels.’ — Revelation 3:5. The brightest examples of earnest Christianity are […]

WALKING IN WHITE

WALKING IN WHITE – Alexander Maclaren ‘Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white: for they are worthy.’ — Revelation 3:4. The fond fancy that the primitive Church was a Better Church than to- day’s is utterly Blown to pieces by the […]

LORD OF THE SPIRITS AND THE STARS

LORD OF THE SPIRITS AND THE STARS – Alexander Maclaren ‘… These things saith He that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven star.’ — Revelation 3:1. The titles by which our Lord speaks of Himself in the letters to the seven churches are chosen to correspond with the spiritual condition o£ the community […]

IV THE VICTOR’S LIFE POWER

IV THE VICTOR’S LIFE POWER – Alexander Maclaren ‘He that overcometh, and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: 27. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of […]

THE FIRST AND LAST WORKS

THE FIRST AND LAST WORKS – Alexander Maclaren ‘I know thy last works.., to be more than the first.’ — Revelation 2:12. It is beautiful to notice that Jesus Christ, in this letter, says all He can of praise before He utters a word of blame. He is glad when His eye, which is as a […]

III THE VICTOR’S LIFE SECRET

III THE VICTOR’S LIFE SECRET – Alexander Maclaren … To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.’ — Revelation 2:17. The Church at Pergamos, to which this […]

II THE VICTOR’S LIFE CROWN

II THE VICTOR’S LIFE CROWN – Alexander Maclaren ‘… He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death.’ — Revelation 2:11. Two of the seven Churches, viz., Smyrna, to which our text is addressed, and Philadelphia — offered nothing, to the pure eyes of Christ, that needed rebuke. The same two, and these only, […]

THE VICTOR’S LIFE FOOD

THE VICTOR’S LIFE FOOD – Alexander Maclaren ‘…To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. — Revelation 2:7. The sevenfold promises which conclude the seven letters to the Asiatic Churches, of which this is the first, are in substance one. […]

THE SEVEN STARS AND THE SEVENCANDLESTICKS

THE SEVEN STARS AND THE SEVEN CANDLESTICKS – Alexander Maclaren ‘… He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks.’ — Revelation 2:1. It is one of the obligations which we owe to hostile criticism that we have been forced to recognise width great dearness […]

LIVING ONE WHO BECAME DEAD

LIVING ONE WHO BECAME DEAD – Alexander Maclaren ‘I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death,’ — Revelation 1:13. If we had been in ‘the isle which is called Patmos’ when John saw the glorified Lord, and heard these […]

THE THREEFOLD COMMON HERITAGE

THE THREEFOLD COMMON HERITAGE – Alexander Maclaren ‘I John, your brother, and partaker with you in the tribulation and kingdom and patience which are in Jesus.’ — Revelation 1:9 (R.V.). So does the Apostle introduce himself to his readers; with no word of pre-eminence or of apostolic authority, but with the simple claim to share with them […]

THE KING OF GLORY AND LORD OF THE CHURCHES

THE KING OF GLORY AND LORD OF THE CHURCHES – Alexander Maclaren ‘I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ 10 I was […]

KINGS AND PRIESTS

KINGS AND PRIESTS – Alexander Maclaren Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sine in His own blood.’ — Revelation 1:6. The Revised Version rightly makes two slight but important changes in this verse, both of which are sustained by preponderating authority. For ‘loved’ it reads ‘loveth,’ and for ‘washed’ it reads ‘loosed’; […]

KINGS AND PRIESTS

KINGS AND PRIESTS – Alexander Maclaren ‘He hath made us kings and priests unto God.’. — Revelation 1:6. THERE is an evident reference in these words to the original charter of the Jewish nation, which ran, ‘If ye will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then shall ye be to Me a kingdom […]

CHRIST’S PRESENT LOVE AND PAST LOOSING FROM SINS

CHRIST’S PRESENT LOVE AND PAST LOOSING FROM SINS – Alexander Maclaren Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sine in His own blood.’ — Revelation 1:5. The Revised Version rightly makes two slight but important changes in this verse, both of which are sustained by preponderating authority. For ‘loved’ it reads ‘loveth,’ and […]

THE GIFTS OF CHRIST AS WITNESS RISEN AND CROWNED

THE GIFTS OF CHRIST AS WITNESS RISEN AND CROWNED – Alexander Maclaren ‘Grace be unto you, and peace, from… 5. Jesus Christ, who is the faithful Witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the Prince at the kings of the earth.’ — Revelation 1:4, 5. So loftily did John in his old age come […]

WITHOUT STUMBLING

WITHOUT STUMBLING – Alexander Maclaren ‘Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding Joy, 25. To the only wise God our Saviour. be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and over. Amen.’ — Jude 1:24, 25. I pointed […]

KEEPING OURSELVES IN THE LOVE OF GOD

KEEPING OURSELVES IN THE LOVE OF GOD – ‘But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, 21. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.’ — Jude 1:20, 21. Jude has been, in all the former part […]

COMMON SALVATION

COMMON SALVATION – Alexander Maclaren ‘The common salvation.’ — Jude 1:3. ‘The common faith.’ — Titus 1:4. Jude was probably one of Christ’s brothers, and a man of position and influence in the Church. He is writing to the whole early Christian community, numbering men widely separated from each other by nationality, race, culture, and general outlook […]

Fading glory! – Thomas Brooks

Fading glory! – Thomas Brooks “An inheritance which does not fade away.” 1 Peter 1:4 This is a metaphor taken from flowers. The beauty of flowers, and the sweetness of flowers wither in a moment, and are quickly gone. And then they are good for nothing but to be cast upon the ash-heap! So it […]

THE CHRISTIAN’S WITNESSES TO CHARACTER

THE CHRISTIAN’S WITNESSES TO CHARACTER – Alexander Maclaren ‘Demetrius hath a good report of all men, and of the truth itself.’—3 John 1:12. What a strange fate this Demetrius has had! He has narrowly escaped oblivion, yet he is remembered for ever and his name is known over all the world. But beyond the name […]

Everything on this side hell is mercy – Thomas Brooks

Everything on this side hell is mercy – Thomas Brooks Oh! labor every day to be more humble and more low and little in your own eyes. ‘Who am I,’ says the humble soul ‘but that God should cross me in this mercy, and take away that mercy, and pass a sentence of death upon […]

FELLOW WORKERS WITH THE TRUTH

FELLOW WORKERS WITH THE TRUTH – Alexander Maclaren ‘That we might be fellow-helpers to the truth.’—3 John 1:8. ‘Fellow-helpers to the Truth.’ A word or two may be permitted as to the immediate occasion of the expression. There seems to have been, as we learn not only from occasional references in the New Testament, but […]

Every twig has a voice! – Thomas Brooks

Every twig has a voice! – Thomas Brooks “The voice of the Lord calls out to the city (and it is wise to fear Your name,) “Pay attention to the rod and the One who ordained it.” Micah 6:9 Christians should hear the rod, and kiss the rod, and sit mute and silent under God’s […]

Eternal safety, security and felicity – Thomas Brooks

Eternal safety, security and felicity – Thomas Brooks As long as Jesus Christ has all power to defend His people, and all wisdom and knowledge to guide and govern His people, and all dominion to curb the enemies of His people we may soundly conclude of their eternal safety, security and felicity.

FOR THE SAKE OF THE NAME

FOR THE SAKE OF THE NAME – Alexander Maclaren ‘For His name’s sake.’—3 John 1:7. The Revised Version gives the true force of these words by omitting the ‘His,’ and reading merely ‘for the sake of the Name.’ There is no need to say whose name. There is only One which could evoke the heroism […]

A PROSPEROUS SOUL

A PROSPEROUS SOUL – Alexander Maclaren ‘Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health even as thy soul prospereth.’—3 John 1:2. This little letter contains no important doctrinal teaching nor special revelation of any kind. It is the outpouring of the Christian love of the old Apostle to a […]

Envy – Thomas Brooks

Envy – Thomas Brooks It is the justice of envy to torment the envious. Therefore, shun it as you would poison in your food, or a serpent in the way. A man were better off having a serpent tumbling up and down in his bowels, than to have envy gnawing in his soul. Envy is […]

GRACE MERCY AND PEACE

GRACE MERCY AND PEACE – Alexander Maclaren ‘Grace be with you. mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.’ —2 John 1:3. We have here a very unusual form of the Apostolic salutation. ‘Grace, mercy, and peace’ are put together in this […]

Enthralled with the doll or the rattle – Thomas Brooks

Enthralled with the doll or the rattle – Thomas Brooks “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek You; my soul thirsts for You, my body longs for You, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory. […]

LOVE AND FEAR

LOVE AND FEAR – Alexander Maclaren ‘There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.’—1 John iv. 18. JOHN HAS BEEN SPEAKING of boldness, and that naturally suggests its opposite-fear. He has been saying that perfect love produces courage […]

Enemies! – Thomas Brooks

Enemies! – Thomas Brooks One of the first works of the Spirit is to make a man to look upon all his sins as enemies; yes, as his greatest enemies, and to deal with his sins as enemies, and to hate and loathe them as enemies, and to fear them as enemies, and to arm […]

THE SERVANT AS HIS LORD

THE SERVANT AS HIS LORD – Alexander Maclaren ‘… As He is, so are we in this world.’ — 1 John iv.17. Large truths may be spoken in little words. Profundity is often supposed to be obscurity, but the deepest depth is clear. John, in his gospel and epistles, deals with the deepest realities, and […]

El-Shaddai – Thomas Brooks

El-Shaddai – Thomas Brooks “I am God Almighty” Genesis 35:11 In Hebrew, it is “I am El-Shaddai.” El-Shaddai signifies omnipotenceand sufficiency. God is . . .an all-sufficient good,a self-sufficient good,an independent good,an absolute good,an original good,a universal good,the only satisfactory good, a suitable good to our souls!

Earthly crowns are like tennis-balls – Thomas Brooks

Earthly crowns are like tennis-balls – Thomas Brooks 1 Peter 5:4 “You will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away,” as the garlands faded, with which the conquerors at games, races, and combats were crowned which were made of herbs, leaves, and flowers. A crown imports perpetuity, plenty, dignity.A crown is the […]

THE PURIFYING INFLUENCE OF HOPE

THE PURIFYING INFLUENCE OF HOPE – Alexander Maclaren ‘And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.’ — 1 John iii.3. That is a very remarkable ‘and’ with which this verse begins. The Apostle has just been touching the very heights of devout contemplation, soaring away up into […]

Dust and ashes – Thomas Brooks

Dust and ashes – Thomas Brooks Gen. 18:27, “And Abraham answered and said, Behold, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord, who am but dust and ashes.” Here you have the father of the faithful, the greatest believer in the world, accounting himself dust and ashes. Solemnly think that you are dust […]

THE UNREVEALED FUTURE OF THE SONS OF GOD

THE UNREVEALED FUTURE OF THE SONS OF GOD – Alexander Maclaren ‘Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.’ — 1 John iii.2. I […]

Drones and ciphers – Thomas Brooks

Drones and ciphers – Thomas Brooks Does the bee gather honey for itself?Does the sheep yield wool for itself? “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:4-5 Every Christian is bound to […]

THE LOVE THAT CALLS US SONS

THE LOVE THAT CALLS US SONS – Alexander Maclaren ‘Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God….’ — 1 John iii.1. One or two points of an expository character will serve to introduce what else I have to say on these words. The […]

Dress modestly – Thomas Brooks

Dress modestly – Thomas Brooks “I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.” 1 Tim. 2:9-10 One says, “If women adorn themselves so as to provoke men to lust […]

RIVER AND ROCK

RIVER AND ROCK – Alexander Maclaren ‘The world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.’ — 1 John ii.17. John has been solemnly giving a charge not to love the world, nor the things that are in it. That charge was addressed to ‘children,’ ‘young […]

YOUTHFUL STRENGTH

YOUTHFUL STRENGTH – Alexander Maclaren ‘I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.’ — 1 John ii.14. ‘What am I going to be?’ is the question that presses upon young people stepping out of the irresponsibilities of […]

Dolls and rattles – Thomas Brooks

Dolls and rattles – Thomas Brooks The thoughts and hearts of weak Christians are more taken up with the good things they have from Christ than with Christ Himself. Oh, their graces, their comforts, their enlargements, their meltings, and their warmings, are the things which most absorb them. Their thoughts and hearts are so exercised […]

WALKING IN THE LIGHT

WALKING IN THE LIGHT – Alexander Maclaren ‘If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.’—1 John 1:7. John was the Apostle of love, but he was also a ‘son of thunder.’ His […]

Do not judge a minister . . . – Thomas Brooks

Do not judge a minister . . . – Thomas Brooks “Consider carefully what you hear.” Mark 4:24 It is sad to see how many preachers in our days, make it their business to enrich men’s heads with high, empty, airy notions; instead of enriching their souls with saving truths. Fix yourself under that man’s […]

Do not fear death – Thomas Brooks

Do not fear death – Thomas Brooks (“A Believer’s Last Day, His Best Day”) Death is not such as some would paint it. Never mourn immoderately at the death of any believer. Death is not the death of the man but the death of his sin. Death is to them the greatest gain. Remember this […]

Do not be overawed – Thomas Brooks

Do not be overawed – Thomas Brooks “This is what the wicked are like always carefree, they increase in wealth. When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me until I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny. Surely You place them on slippery ground; You cast them […]

GROWTH

GROWTH – Alexander Maclaren These are the last words of an old man, written down as his legacy to us. He was himself a striking example of his own precept. It would be an interesting study to examine these two letters of the Apostle Peter, in order to construct from them a picture of what […]

Divinely covetous – Thomas Brooks

Divinely covetous – Thomas Brooks He who is truly holy will be still a-reaching and stretching himself out after higher degrees of holiness. Yes, a man who is truly holy can never be holy enough; he sets no bounds nor limits to his holiness; the perfection of holiness is the mark that he has in […]

BE DILIGENT

BE DILIGENT – Alexander Maclaren ‘Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless.’— 2 Peter 3:14. As we pass the conventional boundary of another year, most of us, I suppose, cast glances into the darkness ahead. To those of us […]

Divine leaven – Thomas Brooks

Divine leaven – Thomas Brooks The principle of regeneration, and seed of grace, which God lays into the soul of every penitent person at first conversion is a universal principle, a principle which spreads itself over all the faculties of the soul. In regeneration there is infused the habits or principles of all grace, which […]

THE POWER OF DILIGENCE

THE POWER OF DILIGENCE – Alexander Maclaren ‘Giving all diligence, add to your faith …’ — 2 Peter i.5. It seems to me very like Peter that there should be so much in this letter about the very commonplace and familiar excellence of diligence. He over and over again exhorts to it as the one […]

PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE

PARTAKERS OF THE DIVINE NATURE – Alexander Maclaren ‘He hath given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the Divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.’ — 2 Peter i.4. ‘Partakers of the Divine nature.’ These are bold words, and may […]

Divine knowledge – Thomas Brooks

Divine knowledge – Thomas Brooks “The discerning heart seeks knowledge.” Proverbs 15:14 Saving knowledge is always attended with holy endeavors, and with heavenly desires, thirstings, and pantings after a further knowledge of God, after clearer visions of God. The Hebrew word that is here rendered “seeks” signifies an earnest and diligent seeking; to seek as […]

LIKE PRECIOUS FAITH

LIKE PRECIOUS FAITH – Alexander Maclaren ‘… Them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.’— 2 Peter 1:1. Peter seems to have had a liking for that word ‘precious.’ It is not a very descriptive one; it does not give much light as to the […]

Distasteful temptations – Thomas Brooks

Distasteful temptations – Thomas Brooks No man is the less loved by God, because he is tempted. Those whom God loves best are usually tempted most. Witness David, Job, Joshua, Peter, Paul, yes, Christ Himself  who, as He was beloved above all others, so He was tempted above all others! He was tempted to question […]

Diseases, aches, sicknesses, pains – Thomas Brooks

Diseases, aches, sicknesses, pains – Thomas Brooks Diseases, aches, sicknesses, pains they are all the daughters of sin, and he who is not sensible of them as the births and products of sin, does but add to his sin, and provokes the Lord to add to his sufferings. Is. 26:9-11 No man shall ever be […]

Dirt, handsomely fashioned – Thomas Brooks

Dirt, handsomely fashioned – Thomas Brooks “All your life you will sweat to produce food, until your dying day. Then you will return to the ground from which you came. For you were made from dust, and to the dust you will return.” Genesis 3:19. Our bodies are but dirt, handsomely fashioned. We derive our […]

Dirt handsomely fashioned – Thomas Brooks

Dirt handsomely fashioned – Thomas Brooks “The Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground.” Genesis 2:7 Our bodies are but dirt handsomely fashioned. We derive our pedigree from the dust, and are akin to clay. Such as have most pampered their bodies have been the greatest enemies to their own […]

Different measures and degrees of holiness – Thomas Brooks

Different measures and degrees of holiness – Thomas Brooks All saints are not alike holy. Some are more holy, and others are less holy; in some saints the springs of holiness runs low, in others the springs of holiness rise very high. Holiness thrives not alike in all saints. God never distributes holiness alike to […]

Devour me, devour me! – Thomas Brooks

Devour me, devour me! – Thomas Brooks Assurance will sweeten the thoughts of death and all the aches, pains, weaknesses, sicknesses, and diseases which are the forerunners of death; yes, it will make a man look and long for death. Nazianzen said to the king of terrors, “Devour me, devour me! Death cures all diseases, […]

Devils in their homes! – Thomas Brooks

Devils in their homes! – Thomas Brooks A true Christian will endeavor to obey God in relative duties. He will not only hear, and pray, and read, and meditate, and fast, and mourn but he will labor to be godly in domestic relationships. Remember this forever everyone is that in reality, which he is at […]

Despair – Thomas Brooks

Despair – Thomas Brooks Continual imprisonment in hell, arises from man’s not being able to pay the price. The wicked go to hell as their prison, because they can never pay their debts. The damned must bear the wrath of God to all eternity, because they can never satisfy the justice of God for sin. […]

Death puts an end to all changes – Thomas Brooks

Death puts an end to all changes – Thomas Brooks (“A Believer’s Last Day, His Best Day”) A believer’s last day is his best day! Death puts an end to all changes. What is the whole life of a man but a life of changes? Here on earth, you often change . . .your joy […]

Death is a change of enjoyments – Thomas Brooks

Death is a change of enjoyments – Thomas Brooks (“A Believer’s Last Day, His Best Day”) A believer’s last day is his best day! Death is a change of enjoyments. Death is a change of our more dark and obscure enjoyment of God for a more clear and sweet enjoyment of God. The best believer […]

Death is a change of company – Thomas Brooks

Death is a change of company – Thomas Brooks (“A Believer’s Last Day, His Best Day”) A believer’s last day is his best day! Death is a change of company. In this world, the godliest man must live with the wicked, and converse with the wicked, etc.; and this is a part of their misery; […]

Death brings the soul to a state of eternal rest – Thomas Brooks

Death brings the soul to a state of eternal rest – Thomas Brooks (“A Believer’s Last Day, His Best Day”) Revelation 14:13, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.” Why? “They will rest from their labor.” A believer’s last day is his best day! Death brings the soul to a state of eternal […]

Dance and dine with the devil – Thomas Brooks

Dance and dine with the devil – Thomas Brooks “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Corinthians 2:11 Sin is but a bitter sweet. That seeming sweet which is in sin will quickly vanish; and lasting shame, sorrow, horror, and terror will come in the […]

Cut off one head – Thomas Brooks

Cut off one head – Thomas Brooks We may say of sin as some say of cats, that they have many lives. Just so kill sin once and it will live again, kill it again and it will live again, etc. Sin oftentimes is like that monster Hydra cut off one head and many will […]

 Crocodile sinners – Thomas Brooks 

Crocodile sinners – Thomas Brooks The unbeliever never leaves his sin till sin first leaves him. Did not death put a stop to his sin he would never cease from sin. This may be illustrated by a similitude thus  a company of gamesters resolve to play all night; their candle, accidentally or unexpectedly, goes out, […]

Could every damned sinner weep a whole ocean! – Thomas Brooks

Could every damned sinner weep a whole ocean! – Thomas Brooks “They will be tormented day and night forever and ever!” Revelation 20:10 Our earthly fires may be quenched and extinguished. The hottest flames, the greatest conflagrations have been quenched and extinguished by water. Fires on our hearths and in our chimneys often die and […]

Contentment in every condition – Thomas Brooks

Contentment in every condition – Thomas Brooks “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in […]

Contentedly ignorant – Thomas Brooks

Contentedly ignorant – Thomas Brooks Curiosity is one of the most dangerous engines, which the devil uses to undo souls with. When Satan observes that men do in good earnest set themselves to the obtaining of knowledge, then he strives to turn them to vain inquiries and curious speculations; so that he may keep them […]

Contentedly ignorant – Thomas Brooks

Contentedly ignorant – Thomas Brooks “For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9 Take heed of curiosity, and of spending too much of your precious time in searching into those dark, concealed, mysterious, and hidden truths and things of God […]

Conformity to Christ in heart and life – Thomas Brooks

Conformity to Christ in heart and life – Thomas Brooks A more full conformity to Christ in heart and life, will make your lives a very heaven. As all good orators endeavor to be like Demosthenes so all good Christians should endeavor to be like Jesus Christ; for therein lies their glory and perfection.

Conflicts against sin – Thomas Brooks

Conflicts against sin – Thomas Brooks “I hate every false way.” Psalm 119:104. The Hebrew signifies to hate with a deadly and irreconcilable hatred. A Christian conflicts against sin universally the least as well as the greatest; the most profitable and the most pleasing sin, as well as against those which are less pleasing and […]

The Discipline of prayer

The Discipline of prayer – Chambers, Oswald Introduction The following quotation will suggest the right back- ground for this introduction: In the east the following phenomenon is often observed. Where the desert touches a river-valley or oasis, the sand is in a continual state of drift from the wind, and it is this drift which […]

 Common grace – Thomas Brooks 

Common grace – Thomas Brooks Common grace never works a man thus to fear sin but renewing grace does. Common convictions carry the soul out to look more on the evil which follows sin, rather than on the evil which is in sin. And hence it comes to pass, that souls under common convictions are […]

Christian Disciplines Volume 2

Christian Disciplines Volume 2 – Chambers, Oswald Christian DisciplinesVolume 2The Discipline of PrayerThe Discipline of LonelinessThe Discipline of Patience                    Oswald Chambers Contents The Discipline of Prayer ……………………………………………………….. 306Introduction…………………………………………………………………. 306The Position of Prayer …………………………………………………… 307The Particulars of Prayer ……………………………………………….. 308The Pattern Prayer ……………………………………………………….. 309Private Prayer……………………………………………………………….. 311Public Prayer………………………………………………………………… 313Patient and Prevailing Prayer …………………………………………. 314Perils of Prayer……………………………………………………………… 317Idle […]

Christ’s love-letter – Thomas Brooks

Christ’s love-letter – Thomas Brooks The whole of Scripture is but one entire love-letter, dispatched from the Lord Christ to His beloved spouse. Caecilia, a Roman maiden of noble parentage, always carried the New Testament with her, that she might still be a-reading in Christ’s love-letter, and behold the sweet workings of His love and […]

Christ’s Love for us – Thomas Brooks

Christ’s Love for us – Thomas Brooks Let us stand still, and admire and wonder at the love of Jesus Christ to poor sinners; that Christ should rather die for us, than for the angels. They were creatures of a more noble extract, and in all probability might have brought greater revenues of glory to […]

Christ, by His death – Thomas Brooks

Christ, by His death – Thomas Brooks “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree.” 1 Peter 2:24 Certainly the whole punishment of body and soul which was due unto us Christ our Redeemer suffered. Our blessed Savior bore all the sins of the elect. He suffered the whole punishment which was […]

The day of the Lord

The day of the Lord – Chambers, Oswald (“The Day of the Lord,” Tongues of Fire, May 1915) He sun shall be changed into darkness and the moon into blood, ere the great, open day of the lord arrives. Acts 2:20 (moffatt) The day of the lord is at hand, at hand: the storms roll […]

Can a worm ward off the blow of the Almighty? – Thomas Brooks

Can a worm ward off the blow of the Almighty? – Thomas Brooks It is fruitless and futile to strive, to contest or contend with God. No man has ever got anything, by muttering or murmuring under the hand of God except it has been more frowns, blows, and wounds. Those who will not lie […]

But woe and alas! – Thomas Brooks

But woe and alas! – Thomas Brooks Suppose, say some, that a man were to endure the torments of hell as many years, and no more, as there are . . . sands on the sea-shore, drops of water in the sea, stars in heaven, leaves on the trees, blades of grass on the ground; […]

But the truth is – Thomas Brooks

But the truth is – Thomas Brooks Many there are, who are accounted . . .deep scholars,great linguists,profound philosophers,good grammarians,excellent mathematicians,sharp logicians,cunning politicians,fine rhetoricians,sweet musicians, etc. But the truth is, he is the best grammarian who has learned to speak the truth from his heart; and he is the best astronomer who has his thoughts […]

But as flea-bitings – Thomas Brooks

But as flea-bitings – Thomas Brooks “Topheth has long been prepared; it has been made ready for the king. Its fire pit has been made deep and wide, with an abundance of fire and wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of burning sulfur, sets it ablaze.” Isaiah 30:33 Alas! the brick-kilns of […]

But a flea-bite! – Thomas Brooks

But a flea-bite! – Thomas Brooks Christian! Your present afflictions are not great if compared with the afflictions and torments of many of the damned, who when they were in this world, never sinned at so high a rate as you have done! There are many now in hell, who never sinned against such clear […]

Broke her heart all in pieces – Thomas Brooks

Broke her heart all in pieces – Thomas Brooks The more a man apprehends of the love of God, and of the love of Christ the more that person will grieve and mourn that he has offended, provoked, and grieved such a Father, and such a Son. The more clear and certain evidences a man […]

Books may preach – Thomas Brooks

Books may preach – Thomas Brooks Books may preach . . .when the author cannot,when the author may not,when the author dares not,yes, and which is more, when the author is not.

Blessed are those who mourn – Thomas Brooks

Blessed are those who mourn – Thomas Brooks “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn;” that is such as who mourn for sin with an exceeding great mourning. “Blessed are those who mourn;” that is those who mourn for sin with a funeral sorrow, as […]

Blessed are the poor in spirit – Thomas Brooks

Blessed are the poor in spirit – Thomas Brooks “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit;” that is the broken and humble in heart, who has no high thoughts or conceits of himself but is lowly in his own eyes, like […]

Birds’ nests – Thomas Brooks

Birds’ nests – Thomas Brooks Saving faith will make a man set his feet, where other men sets their hearts. Faith looks with an eye of scorn and disdain upon the things of this world. “What,” says faith, “are earthly treasures, compared to the treasures of heaven? What are stones compared to silver; dross compared […]

Big-bellied mercies – Thomas Brooks

Big-bellied mercies – Thomas Brooks “He has given unto us exceeding great and precious promises.” 2 Peter 1:4 The promises are a precious book; every leaf drops myrrh and mercy. The promises are golden vessels, which are laden with the choicest jewels which heaven can afford, or the soul can desire. All our spiritual, temporal, […]

Better than a golden head – Thomas Brooks

Better than a golden head – Thomas Brooks “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Matthew 5:8 A pure heart is better than a golden head. A heart full of holy affections is infinitely beyond a head full of curious notions. There is no jewel like that of holiness. He who […]

The discipline of Peril

The discipline of Peril – Chambers, Oswald (“The Discipline of Peril,” Tongues of Fire, September 1914) And when you hear of wars and disturbances, do not be scared; these have to come first, but the end is not at once. Luke 21:9 (moffatt ) The discipline of peril Our lord talks so much about peril […]

Below the ox and the donkey – Thomas Brooks

Below the ox and the donkey – Thomas Brooks “The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s feeding-trough, but Israel does not know; My people do not understand.” Isaiah 1:3 Ignorance is the source of all sin, the very well-spring from which all wickedness does issue. Ignorance . . . enslaves a soul […]

Because you ate the loaves – Thomas Brooks

Because you ate the loaves – Thomas Brooks “Unto you therefore who believe, He is precious.” 1 Peter 2:7 Christ is only precious to those who believe. As Christ is the Father’s chief jewel, so He is your choicest jewel, is He not? Yes! The true Christian prizes Christ . . .above all duties,above all […]

Beautiful abominations – Thomas Brooks

Beautiful abominations – Thomas Brooks Let a man’s profession be ever so glorious, let him be ever so abundant in the performance of duties, let his desires after this and that holy thing be ever so strong yet if his ends and aims are wrong, all his pretensions and performances are but beautiful abominations. Did […]

Be strong and courageous – Thomas Brooks

Be strong and courageous – Thomas Brooks God is glorious in power, and wonderful in counsel, and infinite in mercy, and admirable in goodness, and rich in grace, and unsearchable in understanding. “I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous.” Joshua 1:5-6 When God puts His people upon weighty services, He […]

Away with it! – Thomas Brooks

Away with it! – Thomas Brooks A humble person overlooks his own righteousness, and lives upon the righteousness of the Lord Jesus. The apostle Paul overlooks his own righteousness, and lives wholly upon the righteousness of Christ: “I desire to be found in him,” says he, “not having a righteousness of my own.” Away with […]

Ask what you will, O Christian – Thomas Brooks

Ask what you will, O Christian – Thomas Brooks “Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” Psalm 51:2 If the Lord should say to a gracious Christian, “Ask what you will, O Christian and it shall be granted to you.” The answer would be: “Lord, rid me of my sins! Lord, […]

As long as a Christian continues sinning – Thomas Brooks

As long as a Christian continues sinning – Thomas Brooks Godly sorrow is a lasting sorrow, it is a durable sorrow. As long as a Christian continues sinning, he cannot but continue mourning. Repentance is a grace, and must have its daily operation as well as other graces. Certainly a true penitent can no more […]

Apt to hang and rest upon creature props

Apt to hang and rest upon creature props – Thomas Brooks (“A Believer’s Last Day, His Best Day”) God sometimes strips His people of their dearest mercies, that He may win them to a more complete and full dependence upon His blessed self. Man is a creature apt to hang and rest upon creature props. […]

MARCUS MY SON

MARCUS, MY SON – Alexander Maclaren ‘… So doth Marcus, my son.’ — 1 Peter v.13. The outlines of Mark’s life, so far as recorded in Scripture, are familiar. He was the son of Mary, a woman of some wealth and position, as is implied by the fact that her house was large enough to […]

THE CHURCH IN BABYLON

THE CHURCH IN BABYLON – Alexander Maclaren ‘The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you…’—1 Peter 5:13. We have drawn lessons in previous addresses from the former parts of the closing salutations of this letter. And now I turn to this one to see what it may yield us. The Revised […]

 And will you murmur? – Thomas Brooks 

And will you murmur? – Thomas Brooks Is not Christ your treasure? Is not heaven your inheritance and will you murmur? Have you not much in hand, and more in hope? Have you not much in possession, but much more reserved in heaven and will you murmur? Has not God given you. . .a changed […]

AN APOSTOLIC TESTIMONY AND EXHORTATION

AN APOSTOLIC TESTIMONY AND EXHORTATION – Alexander Maclaren ‘… I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.’ — 1 Peter v.12. ‘I have written briefly,’ says Peter. But his letter, in comparison with the other epistles of the New Testament, is not remarkably short; in […]

An outlet and an inlet – Thomas Brooks

An outlet and an inlet – Thomas Brooks “Death has been swallowed up in victory!” 1 Corinthians 15:54 DEATH is an outlet and an inlet to a holy man.Death is an eternal outlet . . .to all sins,to all sorrows,to all shame,to all sufferings,to all afflictions,to all temptations,to all oppressions,to all confusions, andto all vexations. […]

An ocean of sweetness without one drop of bitterness – Thomas Brooks

An ocean of sweetness without one drop of bitterness – Thomas Brooks “The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore I will hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:24 God is a pure and unmixed portion.God is an unmixed good He has nothing in Him but goodness.He is an ocean of sweetness without one drop of […]

An inlet to three dreadful things – Thomas Brooks

An inlet to three dreadful things – Thomas Brooks (“A Heavenly Cordial” 1665) Death is dreadful to the unbelieving sinner, for it puts an everlasting end to all his temporal . . .mercies,comforts,contentments,and enjoyments. Death will put an everlasting end to all his pleasures of sin. Now the sinner shall never more have one merry […]

MIRRORS OF GOD

MIRRORS OF GOD – Alexander Maclaren ‘… That ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness…’—1 Peter 2:9. The Revised Version, instead of ‘praises,’ reads excellencies—and even that is but a feeble translation of the remarkable word here employed. For it is that usually rendered ‘virtues’; and by […]

An ignorant, profane, and soul-flattering clergy – Thomas Brooks

An ignorant, profane, and soul-flattering clergy – Thomas Brooks A preacher’s life should be a commentary upon his doctrine; his practice should be the counterpart of his sermons. Heavenly doctrines should always be adorned with a heavenly life. An ignorant, profane, and soul-flattering clergy, are the greatest pest, plague, affliction and judgment, which can befall […]

THE FAMILY LIKENESS

THE FAMILY LIKENESS – Alexander Maclaren ‘As He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy, in all manner of conversation.’ — 1 Peter i.15. That is the sum of religion — an all-comprehensive precept which includes a great deal more than the world’s morality, and which changes the coldness of that into […]

An everlasting portion – Thomas Brooks

An everlasting portion – Thomas Brooks “The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore I will hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:24 A Christian may be stripped of anything but his God; he may be stripped of his estate, his friends, his relations, his liberty, his life but he can never be stripped of his […]

BY THROUGH UNTO

BY THROUGH UNTO – Alexander Maclaren ‘… Kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.’—1 Peter 1:5. The Revised Version substitutes ‘guarded’ for ‘kept,’ and the alteration, though slight, is important, for it not only more accurately preserves the meaning of the word employed, but […]

A WATCH ON THE DOOR OF THE LIPS

A WATCH ON THE DOOR OF THE LIPS – Alexander Maclaren ‘My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condenmnation 2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body 3 […]

An ever-present help in trouble – Thomas Brooks

An ever-present help in trouble – Thomas Brooks “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are Mine! When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you […]

GOD’S FRIENDS

GOD’S FRIENDS – Alexander Maclaren ‘He was called the Friend of God.’—James 2:23 When and by whom was he so called? There are two passages in the Old Testament in which an analogous designation is applied to the patriarch, but probably the name was one in current use amongst the people, and expressed in a […]

An epitome of all vanity – Thomas Brooks

An epitome of all vanity – Thomas Brooks “Truly, every man at his best state is altogether vanity.” Psalm 39:5 By Adam’s fall, man has become a pile of dust, a puff of wind; a dream; a shadow; a puff of smoke; a poor silly flea, a worm, a debased soul, a curious nothing. Yes, […]

An earthly-minded man – Thomas Brooks

An earthly-minded man – Thomas Brooks Then He told them a parable: A rich man’s land was very productive. He thought to himself, ‘What should I do, since I don’t have anywhere to store my crops? I will do this,’ he said. ‘I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones and store all my […]

FAITH WITHOUT WORKS

FAITH WITHOUT WORKS – Alexander Maclaren ‘What doth It profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and […]

An atheist at home – Thomas Brooks

An atheist at home – Thomas Brooks He who puts on a religious demeanor abroad to gain himself a great name among men, and at the same time lives like an atheist at home, shall at the last be unmasked by God, and presented before all the world for a most detestable hypocrite.

FAITH IN HIS NAME

FAITH IN HIS NAME – Alexander Maclaren ‘The faith of our Lord Jesas Christ, the Lord of glory.’—James 2:1 The rarity of the mention of Jesus in this Epistle must strike every attentive reader; but the character of the references that are made is equally noticeable, and puts beyond doubt that, whatever is the explanation […]

Thomas Brooks : An angel on the outside and a devil within – Thomas Brooks

Thomas Brooks : An angel on the outside and a devil within – Thomas Brooks “Hypocrites! You are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish; but inside you are filthy full of greed and self-indulgence!” Matthew 23:25 A hypocrite’s outside never corresponds with his inside.A hypocrite’s outside is one thing […]

PURE WORSHIP

PURE WORSHIP – Alexander Maclaren Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this. To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.’—James 1:27 This is a text which is more often quoted and used than understood. The word ‘religion’ has somewhat shifted its meaning […]

THE PERFECT LAW AND ITS DOERS

THE PERFECT LAW AND ITS DOERS – Alexander Maclaren ‘ Whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.’—James 1:25 An old tradition tells us that James, who was probably the writer of […]

An angel on the outside and a devil within – Thomas Brooks

An angel on the outside and a devil within – Thomas Brooks “Hypocrites! You are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish; but inside you are filthy full of greed and self-indulgence!” Matthew 23:25 A hypocrite’s outside never corresponds with his inside.A hypocrite’s outside is one thing and his inside […]

FIRST FRUITS OF HIS CREATURES

FIRST FRUITS OF HIS CREATURES – Alexander Maclaren ‘…That we should be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures.’—James 1:18 According to the Levitical ceremonial, the first sheaf of the new crop, accompanied with sacrifice, was presented in the Temple on the day after the Passover Sabbath. No part of the harvest was permitted to […]

All your former troubles and afflictions – Thomas Brooks

All your former troubles and afflictions – Thomas Brooks “In the day of adversity, consider.” Eccles. 7:14 If you would be quiet and silent under your present troubles and trials, then dwell much upon the benefit, the profit, the advantage that has redounded to your souls by all your former troubles and afflictions. Oh! consider, […]

THE CROWN

THE CROWN – Alexander Maclaren ‘… The crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.’—James 1:12 My purpose is to bring out the elements of the blessed life here, by grouping together those New Testament passages which represent the future reward under the metaphor of the ‘crown,’ and so to […]

All worldly grandeur – Thomas Brooks

All worldly grandeur – Thomas Brooks Riches and honors and titles, and all worldly grandeur won’t go with us beyond the grave. Death, as a porter, stands at the gate, and strips men of all their worldly wealth and glory!

DIVINE WISDOM, AND HOW TO GET IT

DIVINE WISDOM, AND HOW TO GET IT – Alexander Maclaren ‘If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not.’—James 1:5 ‘If any of you lack.’ James has just used the same word in the previous verse, and it is to be regretted that the […]

PATIENCE AND HER WORK

PATIENCE AND HER WORK – Alexander Maclaren Let patience have her perfect work, that ye maybe perfect and entire, wanting nothing.’—James 1:4 It does not appear from the rest of this letter that the persons to whom it was addressed were under the pressure of any particular trouble or affliction. Seeing that they are ‘the […]

All to save you from wrath to come! – Thomas Brooks

All to save you from wrath to come! – Thomas Brooks Christians, spend your days in admiring the transcendent love of Christ in undergoing hellish punishments in your stead! Oh pray, pray hard that you “may be able to comprehend what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height of that love of Christ, […]

GREAT PRAYER BASED ON GREAT PLEAS

GREAT PRAYER BASED ON GREAT PLEAS – Alexander Maclaren Make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ.’ — Hebrews 13:21. Massive foundations prognosticate a great building. We do not dig deep, and lay large blocks, in order to rear some […]

GREAT HOPES A GREAT DUTY

GREAT HOPES A GREAT DUTY – Alexander Maclaren ‘The God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.’ — Hebrews 13:20. A great building needs a deep foundation; a leaping fountain needs a full spring. A very large and lofty […]

CHRISTIAN SACRIFICE

CHRISTIAN SACRIFICE – Alexander Maclaren ‘By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name. 16. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. — Hebrews 13:15, 16. Much attention is given […]

WITHOUT THE CAMP

WITHOUT THE CAMP – Alexander Maclaren ‘Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, Bearing His reproach. 14. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.’ — Hebrews 13:13, 14. Calvary was outside Jerusalem. That wholly accidental and trivial circumstance is laid hold of in the context, in order […]

OUR ALTAR

OUR ALTAR – Alexander Maclaren ‘We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. 15. By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually: — Hebrews 13:10, 15. ‘We have an altar.’ There is a certain militant emphasis on the words in the original, as if they […]

AN ESTABLISHED HEART

AN ESTABLISHED HEART – Alexander Maclaren ‘… It is a good thing that the heart be established with grace.’ — Hebrews 13:9. This saying immediately follows the exhortation with which it is contrasted: ‘Be not carried away with divers and strange doctrines.’ Now, it is quite clear that the unsettlement and moving past some fixed point […]

THE UNCHANGING CHRIST

THE UNCHANGING CHRIST – Alexander Maclaren ‘Jesus Christ the mine yesterday, and today, and for ever: — Hebrews 13:8. How far back does this ‘yesterday’ go? The limit must be found by observing that it is ‘Jesus Christ’ who is spoken of — that is to say, the Incarnate Saviour. That observation disposes of the reference […]

All the whole volume of perfections – Thomas Brooks

All the whole volume of perfections – Thomas Brooks “Whom do I have in heaven but You? And I desire nothing on earth but You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart, my portion forever.” Psalm 73:25-26 The true Christian seeks God as his choicest and chief […]

All the sins of the saints – Thomas Brooks

All the sins of the saints – Thomas Brooks “We know that all things work together for good, to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 All the afflictions, andall the temptations, andall the desertions, andall the oppressions, andall the oppositions, andall the persecutionswhich befall a godly […]

All the links of the golden chain of salvation – Thomas Brooks

All the links of the golden chain of salvation – Thomas Brooks All the links of the golden chain of salvation are made up of free grace! The people of God are . . .freely loved, Deut. 7:6-8;freely chosen, John 15:16-19, Eph. 1:4;freely accepted, Eph. 1:6;freely adopted, Eph. 1:5, Gal. 4:5-6;freely reconciled, 2 Cor. 5:18-20;freely […]

All the hell that you shall ever have! – Thomas Brooks

All the hell that you shall ever have! – Thomas Brooks Consider Christian, that all your . . .trials and troubles,calamities and miseries,crosses and losses,which you meet with in this world is all the hell that you shall ever have! Here and now you have your hell. Hereafter you shall have your heaven! This is […]

All the afflictions, troubles, and trials – Thomas Brooks

All the afflictions, troubles, and trials – Thomas Brooks “Heed the rod and the One who appointed it.” Micah 6:9 It is God who appoints the rod, and ordains it to do what service He pleases. It is God who has an active hand, in all the afflictions which come upon His people. “Heed the […]

All the afflictions, troubles and evils – Thomas Brooks

All the afflictions, troubles and evils – Thomas Brooks As the apothecary makes one poison to drive out another poison so can God make the poison of afflictions, to drive out the poison of sin. All the afflictions, troubles and evils which befall the people of God, work together for their good; for God uses […]

GOD’S VOICE AND MAN’S ECHO

GOD’S VOICE AND MAN’S ECHO – Alexander Maclaren ‘He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.’ — Hebrews 13:5, 6. ‘He hath said’; ‘we may… say.’ So, then, here are […]

REFUSING GOD’S VOICE

REFUSING GOD’S VOICE – Alexander Maclaren See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh: for if they escaped not who refused Him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from Him that speaketh from heaven. — Hebrews 12:25. The writer has finished his great contrast of Judaism and Christianity […]

THE MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT AND ITS SEAT

THE MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT AND ITS SEAT – Alexander Maclaren ‘Ye are come.., to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.’ — Hebrews 12:24. In previous sermons on the preceding context, we have had frequent occasion to remark on the parallel […]

FAITH’S ACCESS TO THE JUDGE, AND HIS ATTENDANTS

FAITH’S ACCESS TO THE JUDGE, AND HIS ATTENDANTS – Alexander Maclaren Ye are come.., to God the Judge of an, and to the spirits of Just men made perfect.’ — Hebrews 12:23. The principle of arrangement in this grand section of this letter is obscure, and I am afraid that I cannot east much, if any, […]

All tears of godly sorrow drop from the eye of faith – Thomas Brooks

All tears of godly sorrow drop from the eye of faith – Thomas Brooks “They shall look upon Him whom they have pierced and shall mourn.” Zechariah 12:10 All godly sorrow is the fruit and effect of evangelical faith. Godly sorrow flows from faith as the stream from the fountain, the branch from the root, […]

WITH WHOM FAITH LIVES

WITH WHOM FAITH LIVES – Alexander Maclaren ‘Ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven.’ — Hebrews 12:22, 23. The magnificent passage of which these […]

All shadow and vanity – Thomas Brooks

All shadow and vanity – Thomas Brooks “Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” Ecclessiastes 1:2 In all the ages of the world, this testimony of Solomon holds good. The things of this world are not only vain; but vanity in the abstract. They are excessive vanity; vanity of vanities; […]

All honey would harm us – Thomas Brooks

All honey would harm us – Thomas Brooks “Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning.” Psalm 30:5 Their mourning shall last but until morning. God will turn . . .their winter’s night into a summer’s day,their sighing into singing,their grief into gladness,their mourning into music,their bitter into sweet,their wilderness into […]

All belly-gods shall at last be found in the belly of hell! – Thomas Brooks

All belly-gods shall at last be found in the belly of hell! – Thomas Brooks “Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach.” Philippians 3:18-19 Intemperance robs men of everlasting happiness and blessedness. It shuts them out from all the glory of heaven, and tumbles them down to the lowest hell, as you may […]

Ah, sirs! – Thomas Brooks

Ah, sirs! – Thomas Brooks Ah, sirs! It may be that there are but a few weeks, nay, a few days, nay, perhaps but a few hours between your souls and eternity, between your souls and everlasting burnings, between your souls and a devouring fire, between your souls and damnation! Will you not then pray […]

Ah! were Christians more humble – Thomas Brooks

Ah! were Christians more humble – Thomas Brooks Labor to be clothed with humility. Humility makes a man . . .peaceable among brethren,fruitful in well-doing,cheerful in suffering, andconstant in holy walking. Humility fits for the highest services we owe to Christ, and yet will not neglect the lowest service to the lowest saint. Humility can […]

Thomas Brooks : Afflictions – Thomas Brooks

Thomas Brooks : Afflictions – Thomas Brooks All the afflictions which attend the people of God, are such as shall turn to their profit and glorious advantage. Afflictions discover that filthiness and vileness in sin, which the soul has never yet seen. Afflictions contribute to the mortifying and purging away of their sins. Afflictions are […]

A world-conquering grace, a world-overcoming grace – Thomas Brooks 

A world-conquering grace, a world-overcoming grace – Thomas Brooks “For whoever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory which overcomes the world, even our faith.” John 5:4 True faith is a world-conquering grace, it is a world-overcoming grace. Faith overcomes the frowning world, the fawning world, the tempting world, and […]

A work of absolute necessity – Thomas Brooks

A work of absolute necessity – Thomas Brooks Private prayer is a work of absolute necessity,for the bringing of the heart into a holy frame,for the keeping of the heart in a holy frame,for the discovery of sin,for the preventing of sin,for the embittering of sin,for the weakening of sin,for the purging away of sin,for […]

A wolf turned into a man! – Thomas Brooks

A wolf turned into a man! – Thomas Brooks The myth tells of Lycaon being turned into a wolf; but when a worldling is made holy, there is a wolf turned into a man! Yes, a devil is turned into a saint! Therefore the Holy Spirit, speaking of Zaccheus, who had long been bewitched by […]

A wolf that eats up all – Thomas Brooks

A wolf that eats up all – Thomas Brooks Sin is a devouring, a consuming element. Sin is a fire which devours and consumes all; it turned Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes; it has destroyed the Chaldean, Persian, and Grecian kingdoms, and will at last destroy the Roman kingdom also. Sin is a wolf that […]

A whore’s forehead – Thomas Brooks

A whore’s forehead – Thomas Brooks “You have a whore’s forehead, you refuse to be ashamed!” Jeremiah 3:3 “Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all! They do not even know how to blush!” Jeremiah 6:15 They had sinned away shame, instead of being ashamed of sin. Continuance in […]

A very little worm – Thomas Brooks

A very little worm – Thomas Brooks A well-grounded assurance is always attended with humility. David, under assurance, cries out, “I am a worm and no man!” The Hebrew word which is here rendered worm, signifies a very little worm, which a man can hardly see or perceive. Psalm 22:6. Abraham, under assurance, cries out, […]

A tumor and swelling in the mind – Thomas Brooks

A tumor and swelling in the mind – Thomas Brooks “The Lord Almighty has done it to destroy your pride and show his contempt for all human greatness.” Isaiah 23:9 Pride is the original and root of most of those notorious vices that are to be found among men. Of all sins, pride is most […]

A transforming knowledge – Thomas Brooks

A transforming knowledge – Thomas Brooks “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 Saving knowledge is a transforming knowledge, which metamorphoses the soul. Divine light beating on the heart, warms it and betters it; transforms and changes it; moulds […]

A threefold repetition of this worm – Thomas Brooks

A threefold repetition of this worm – Thomas Brooks Certainly, hell-fire is neither tolerable nor terminable. The extremity and eternity of hellish torments is set forth by the worm which never dies. Christ makes a threefold repetition of this worm in Mark 9:44, 46, and 48“Their worm does not die and the fire is not […]

A thread-bare soul – Thomas Brooks

A thread-bare soul – Thomas Brooks Take hold of all opportunities to enrich your souls with spiritual riches. Men will easily, readily, greedily, and unweariedly grasp all opportunities wherein they may get earthly riches; and why should not you be as diligent in taking hold of all opportunities to enrich your precious souls? Is not […]

A tender heart, a soft hand, an iron memory – Thomas Brooks

A tender heart, a soft hand, an iron memory – Thomas Brooks (“Words of counsel to a dear dying friend”) Look upon your dying day as your reaping day. Now you shall reap the fruit of . . .all the prayers that you have ever made, andof all the tears that you have ever shed, […]

A tender heart, a soft hand, an iron memory – Thomas Brooks

A tender heart, a soft hand, an iron memory – Thomas Brooks Look upon your dying day as your reaping day. Now you shall reap the fruit of . . .all the prayers that ever you have made, andof all the tears that ever you have shed, andof all the sighs and groans that ever […]

A sweet interpretation – Thomas Brooks

A sweet interpretation – Thomas Brooks (“The Glorious Day of the Saints Appearance”) Love will enable the soul to persevere in the ways of godliness against all discouragements, by putting a blessed interpretation, and a heavenly construction upon all the afflictions, sorrows, and discouragements which an upright heart can meet with in the ways of […]

A strong tower – Thomas Brooks

A strong tower – Thomas Brooks “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10 God is . . .so strong a tower that no cannon can pierce it,so high a tower that no ladder can scale it,so deep a tower that no subverter can […]

A soul given up to sin – Thomas Brooks

A soul given up to sin – Thomas Brooks It is the greatest judgment in the world to be left to sin. O unhappy man when God leaves you to yourself, and does not resist you in your sins! Woe, woe to him at whose sins God winks at. When God lets the way to […]

A smooth silken way to hell – Thomas Brooks

A smooth silken way to hell – Thomas Brooks In duty, Mary had learned the holy art of living above duty; in the business of acceptance with God, and justification before God, and reconciliation to God, and salvation by God; she knew no duty but Jesus. She was as happy in denying religious self as […]

A sinner never looks so sweetly – Thomas Brooks

A sinner never looks so sweetly – Thomas Brooks “She stood behind Him at His feet, weeping, and began to wash His feet with her tears. She wiped His feet with the hair of her head, kissing them and anointing them with the fragrant oil.” Luke 7:38 A sinner never looks so sweetly, as when […]

A silver vein of sanctity – Thomas Brooks

A silver vein of sanctity – Thomas Brooks “In that day shall there be upon the bridles of the horses, Holiness unto the Lord. Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be Holiness unto the Lord Almighty.” Zechariah 14:20-21 Here is holiness written upon the bridles of the horses they ride on, and […]

A shadow, a ship, a bubble, a bird, a dream, an arrow – Thomas Brooks

A shadow, a ship, a bubble, a bird, a dream, an arrow – Thomas Brooks “Don’t weary yourself trying to get rich. Why waste your time? For riches can disappear as though they had the wings of a bird!” Proverbs 23:4-5 All earthly portions are very uncertain; now they are and shortly they are not! […]

A self-loather – Thomas Brooks

A self-loather – Thomas Brooks True repentance is a daily turning of the soul further and further from sin and a daily turning of the soul nearer and nearer to God. True repentance includes . . .a true sense of sin,a deep sorrow for sin,a hearty loathing of sin, anda holy shame and blushing for […]

A secret virtue and power – Thomas Brooks

A secret virtue and power – Thomas Brooks When a man finds such a secret virtue and power running through his closet-duties as wounds and weakens his beloved corruption, as breaks the strength and the power of his special sin, as sets his heart more fully, resolutely, and constantly against his darling lust, as stirs […]

A sea of grace or but a drop of grace – Thomas Brooks

A sea of grace or but a drop of grace – Thomas Brooks “Those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.” Romans 8:30 God’s love is equal to all His saints, whether they are rich or poor, high or low, slave or free; […]

 A sea of blood, wrath, sin, sorrow, misery – Thomas Brooks 

A sea of blood, wrath, sin, sorrow, misery – Thomas Brooks Ah, what a sea of blood, of wrath, of sin, of sorrow and misery did the Lord Jesus wade through for your eternal good! Christ did not plead, “This cross is too heavy for Me to bear; this wrath is too great for Me […]

A sanctified memory – Thomas Brooks

A sanctified memory – Thomas Brooks “How precious also are your thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! if I should count them, they are more in number than the sand when I awake, I am still with You.” Psalm 139:17-18 The psalmist had very frequent, high, precious, and honorable […]

The discipline of suffering

The discipline of suffering – Chambers, Oswald Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto you. . . . Where- fore let them also that suffer according to the will of god commit their souls in well-doing unto […]

A sad story of a woman named Bochna – Thomas Brooks

A sad story of a woman named Bochna – Thomas Brooks I have read a sad story of a woman named Bochna, who had but two sons in all the world. One day, when she was walking with the one son by the river, she heard the other cry out, and hastening to him, she […]

A precious commodity in hell – Thomas Brooks

A precious commodity in hell – Thomas Brooks Most men spend the greatest part of their time on things that are that are of little or no value; as Domitian, the Roman emperor, who spent his time in catching of flies. Make a speedy and a thorough improvement of all opportunities of grace and mercy. […]

A precious book – Thomas Brooks

A precious book – Thomas Brooks As every precious gem-stone has a rich virtue in it, so has every promise. The promises are a precious book, every leaf drops myrrh and mercy; and upon these precious promises, precious faith looks and lives. From these breasts, faith sucks comfort and sweetness. Psalm 119:49-50, “Remember Your word […]

A poor, despised, contemptible thing – Thomas Brooks

A poor, despised, contemptible thing – Thomas Brooks Most professors live as if there were no heaven, or else as if heaven were not worth a seeking, worth a desiring; as if heaven were a poor, despised, contemptible thing. But ah, Christians! be much in desiring and longing to get into that glorious city, where […]

A new heart and a new spirit – Thomas Brooks

A new heart and a new spirit – Thomas Brooks “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe […]

A never-fading glory – Thomas Brooks

A never-fading glory – Thomas Brooks “And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” 1 Peter 5:4 The glory which Christ gives, is a never-fading glory. When a man has been in heaven as many millions of years as there are stars in heaven his glory shall be as […]

A most sovereign antidote – Thomas Brooks

A most sovereign antidote – Thomas Brooks God is with His people to counsel them in all doubtful and difficult cases, and to defend and secure them against all their enemies and opposers. God’s presence is infinitely better than the presence of all outward comforts. A sound sincere Christian can . . . never have […]

 A mixed condition – Thomas Brooks 

A mixed condition – Thomas Brooks The condition of God’s people in this life is a mixed condition. In this life they have . . .their rejoicing times and their mourning times,their laughing times and their weeping times,their singing times and their sorrowing times, etc. It is true, in heaven there is . . .all […]

A misery beyond all expression! – Thomas Brooks

A misery beyond all expression! – Thomas Brooks “Then He will say to those on His left Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!” Matthew 25:41 This solemn sentence breathes out nothing but fire and brimstone, terror and horror, dread and woe! The last […]

A mine of rich treasures! – Thomas Brooks

A mine of rich treasures! – Thomas Brooks (“A Heavenly Cordial” 1665) “He has given us his very great and precious promises.” 2 Peter 1:4 Oh how should saints then treasure up those precious promises, which assure their preservation, protection, maintenance, deliverance, comfort, and everlasting happiness! The promises are a mine of rich treasures! They […]

A man too big for temptations to conquer! – Thomas Brooks

A man too big for temptations to conquer! – Thomas Brooks Communion with God is . . .the life of your graces,the sweetener of all ordinances, providences, and mercies,the strengthener of your hearts and hands,the soul of your comforts, andthe crown of your souls. Communion with God makes the bitter things sweet; and massive things […]

A man of new principles – Thomas Brooks

A man of new principles – Thomas Brooks “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold all things are become new!” 2 Corinthians 5:17 A new creature has . . .a new judgment,a new will,new affections,new thoughts,new company,new choices,new laws,new ways,new works, etc.A new creature is […]

 A kind of omnipotency in it – Thomas Brooks 

A kind of omnipotency in it – Thomas Brooks Faith is an appropriating grace. Faith looks upon God, and says with David, “This God is my God forever and ever, and He shall be my guide unto the death.” Faith looks upon Christ, and says with the spouse, “I am my beloved’s, and His desire […]

A jewel worth more than heaven! – Thomas Brooks

A jewel worth more than heaven! – Thomas Brooks (“Hypocrites Detected, Anatomized, Impeached, Arraigned and Condemned” 1650) “Above all else, guard your heart!” Proverbs 4:23 Oh guard your eyes that they behold no vanity! Watch your hands that they touch not the golden wedge! But, above all, guard your souls! The soul is a jewel […]

A jewel of more worth than a world – Thomas Brooks

A jewel of more worth than a world – Thomas Brooks (“Hypocrites Detected, Anatomized, Impeached, Arraigned and Condemned” 1650) Time is a jewel more of worth than a world. Time is not yours to dispose of as you please; it is a glorious talent which men must be accountable for, as well as any other […]

A jewel more worth than a world! – Thomas Brooks

A jewel more worth than a world! – Thomas Brooks “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:16 Time is a jewel more worth than a world! Time is not yours to dispose of as you please; it is a glorious talent that men must be accountable for, as well as any other […]

A house without light! – Thomas Brooks

A house without light! – Thomas Brooks “Cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 25:30 Our earthly fire, when it burns it shines, it casts a light. It has light as well as heat in it. But the fire of hell burns  but it does not […]

A house of fools! – Thomas Brooks

A house of fools! – Thomas Brooks “The heart of fools is in the house of pleasure.” Ecclesiastes 7:4 A fool prefers toys and trifles above things of greatest worth. Just so, wicked and ungodly men prefer their lusts before the Lord. Upon choice, they prefer the honors, the riches and glory of the world […]

A house full of gold – Thomas Brooks

A house full of gold – Thomas Brooks Prosperity has been a stumbling-block, at which millions have stumbled and fallen, and broke the neck of their souls forever! Ah, the secret fretting, vexing, and gnawing that daily, yes hourly, attends those men’s souls whose hands are full of worldly goods! It is a heavy plague […]

A hound, a hawk, a horse, a harlot – Thomas Brooks

A hound, a hawk, a horse, a harlot – Thomas Brooks Every man on earth whose heart is void and empty of grace sets a higher value and price upon his lusts, or upon his relations, or upon his honors, or riches, or pleasures, or upon this or that worldly enjoyment than he does upon […]

A holy heart – Thomas Brooks

A holy heart – Thomas Brooks “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23 A holy heart is always attended with a holy life. All holy habits must be brought forth into holy acts. All gracious habits must be attended with gracious motions, gracious operations, […]

The discipline of divine guidance

The discipline of divine guidance – Chambers, Oswald God is not a supernatural interferer; god is the ever- lasting portion of his people. When a man born from above (RV mg) begins his new life he meets god at every turn, hears him in every sound, sleeps at his feet, and wakes to find him […]

A heavy burden – Thomas Brooks

A heavy burden – Thomas Brooks Riches are a heavy burden, and often a hindrance to heaven, and happiness. All the felicity of this world is MIXED. Our light is mixed with darkness, our joy with sorrow, our pleasures with pain, our honor with dishonor, our riches with wants. If our minds are spiritual, clear […]

A heaven unto me! – Thomas Brooks

A heaven unto me! – Thomas Brooks That knowledge which accompanies salvation, is a heart-affecting knowledge. It affects the heart with Christ, and all spiritual things. Oh, it does wonderfully endear Christ and the things of Christ to the soul. “Oh, feed me with Your love Your ‘raisins’ and Your ‘apples’ for I am utterly […]

A heaven here and a heaven hereafter – Thomas Brooks

A heaven here and a heaven hereafter – Thomas Brooks To be in a state of true grace, is to be miserable no more; it is to be happy forever. A soul in this state is a soul near and dear to God. It is a soul much beloved, and very highly valued by God. […]

A greater honor – Thomas Brooks

A greater honor – Thomas Brooks It is a greater honor for a man to outwrestle sin, Satan, temptation, the world, and lust than ever Alexander the Great could attain unto. The Romans built Virtue’s and Honor’s temple close together to show that the way to honor was by virtue; and, indeed, there is no […]

A great nothing – Thomas Brooks

A great nothing – Thomas Brooks “The next day Agrippa and Bernice arrived at the auditorium with great pomp.” Acts 25:23. That is, with great phantasy or vain show. All the honor, pomp, and accolade of this world is but a phantasy. Worldly honor is but a great nothing a glorious illusion, a shadow, a […]

A great degree of holiness – Thomas Brooks

A great degree of holiness – Thomas Brooks The more a man conflicts with heart sins, with spiritual sins, with invisible sins with sins which lie most hidden and obscure from the eyes of the world and the more spiritual victories and conquests a man obtains over them the greater measure of holiness that person […]

A golden Christian – Thomas Brooks

A golden Christian – Thomas Brooks A true Christian will be holy among the unholy. He will retain and keep his holiness, let the times be ever so unholy. If you take him among unholy friends you shall find him holy. If you take him at his table you shall find him holy. If you […]

A fool to his schoolmaster – Thomas Brooks

A fool to his schoolmaster – Thomas Brooks He who goes to school to his own carnal reason, has a fool to his schoolmaster; and he who allows his faith to be overruled by his reason, shall never lack woe. No man lives so free a life, so holy a life, so heavenly a life, […]

A flower which does not grow in nature’s garden! – Thomas Brooks

A flower which does not grow in nature’s garden! – Thomas Brooks “Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth.” 2 Timothy 2:25 Repentance is a turning from sin (the most darling sin) to God. It is mighty […]

A faithful minister – Thomas Brooks

A faithful minister – Thomas Brooks “Let the elders who rule well be accounted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.” 1 Timothy 5:17 The which is here rendered labor, signifies not simply to labor but to labor with much travail and toil, to labor even to exhaustion, as […]

A dumb devil – Thomas Brooks

A dumb devil – Thomas Brooks Among all God’s children, there is not one possessed with a dumb devil. Prayerless people are . . . forsaken of God, blinded by Satan, hardened in sin, and every breath they draw, are liable to all temporal, spiritual, and eternal judgments. Prayer is that part of natural worship […]

A drop in a bucket – Thomas Brooks

A drop in a bucket – Thomas Brooks “The Lord is my portion, says my soul; therefore I will hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:24 “Look, the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are considered as a speck of dust on the scales; He lifts up the islands like fine dust.” Isaiah 40:15 […]

ESAU’S VAIN TEARS

ESAU’S VAIN TEARS – Alexander Maclaren ‘For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.’ — Hebrews 12:17. These words have Been often understood as teaching a very ghastly and terrible doctrine, viz., that a […]

A FATHER’S DISCIPLINE

A FATHER’S DISCIPLINE – Alexander Maclaren ‘For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but He for our profit,, that we might be partakers of His holiness.’ — Hebrews 12:10. Few words of Scripture have been oftener than these laid as a healing balm on wounded hearts. They may be long […]

RESISTING UNTO BLOOD

RESISTING UNTO BLOOD – Alexander Maclaren ‘Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.’ — Hebrews 12:4. ‘Ye have not yet resisted’ — then others had done so; and the writer bids his readers contrast their own comparative immunity from persecution from the fate of such, in order that they may the more cheerfully […]

THE PERFECTER OF FAITH

THE PERFECTER OF FAITH – Alexander Maclaren Set down at the right, hand of the throne of God. — Hebrews 12:2. St. Luke gives us two accounts of the Ascension, one at the end of his Gospel and one at the beginning of the Acts. The difference of position suggests delicate shades of colouring and of […]

WEIGHTS AND SINS

WEIGHTS AND SINS – Alexander Maclaren ‘Let as lay snide every weight, sad the sin which doth so easily beset us.’ — Hebrews 12:1. There is a regular series of thoughts in this clause, and in the one or two which follow it, ‘Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily […]

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE A RACE

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE A RACE – Alexander Maclaren ‘Let us run with patience the race that is set before us.’ — Hebrews 12:1. The previous clauses of this verse bring before us the runner’s position as ‘compassed about with a cloud of witnesses,’ and his preparation as ‘laying aside every weight and.., sin.’ The text carries […]

THE CLOUD OF WITNESSES AND THEIR LEADER

THE CLOUD OF WITNESSES AND THEIR LEADER – Alexander Maclaren Compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses,… looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of faith,’ — Hebrews 12:1, 2. What an awful sight the rows above rows of spectators must have been to the wrestler who looked up at them from the arena, […]

THE FAITH OF MOSES

THE FAITH OF MOSES – Alexander Maclaren ‘By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the of Pharaoh’s daughter; 25. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26. Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the […]

THE FUTURE WHICH VINDICATES GOD

THE FUTURE WHICH VINDICATES GOD – Alexander Maclaren ‘Wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He hath prepared for them a city.’ — Hebrews 11:16. These are bold words. They tell us that unless God has provided a future condition of social blessedness for those whom He calls His, their life’s experience […]

SEEKING THE FATHERLAND

SEEKING THE FATHERLAND – Alexander Maclaren ‘They that say such things declare plainly that they seek a Country. — Hebrews 11:14. What things? Evidently those which the writer has just been saying that the patriarchs of old ‘said,’ as stated in the previous words — ‘They confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims upon earth.’ The […]

THE ATTACHMENTS AND DETACHMENTS OF FAITH

THE ATTACHMENTS AND DETACHMENTS OF FAITH – Alexander Maclaren ‘These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seem them and greeted them from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers end pilgrims on the earth.’ — Hebrews 11:13 (R.V.). The great roll-call of heroes of faith in this grand chapter goes upon […]

THE CITY AND THE TENT

THE CITY AND THE TENT – Alexander Maclaren ‘Dwelling in tabernacles.., for he looked for a city.’ — Hebrews 11:9, 10. The purpose of the great muster-roll of the ancient heroes of Judaism in this chapter is mainly to establish the fact that there has never been but one way to God. However diverse the degrees […]

NOAH’S FAITH AND OURS

NOAH’S FAITH AND OURS – Alexander Maclaren ‘By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet. moved with fear, In. patrol an ark to the saving of his house.’ — Hebrews 11:7. The creed of these Old Testament saints was a very short one, and very different from ours. Their faith was […]

SEEKING GOD

SEEKING GOD – Alexander Maclaren ‘He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.’ — Hebrews 11:6. The writer has been pointing to the patriarch Enoch as the second of these examples of the power of faith in the Old Covenant; and it occurs to him that there is nothing said in Genesis about Enoch’s […]

HOW TO OWN OURSELVES

HOW TO OWN OURSELVES – Alexander Maclaren ‘Them that believe to the saving of the soul.’ — Hebrews 10:39. The writer uses a somewhat uncommon word in this clause, which is not altogether adequately represented by the translation ‘saving.’ Its true force will be apparent by comparing one or two of the few instances in which […]

A BETTER AND AN ENDURING SUBSTANCE

A BETTER AND AN ENDURING SUBSTANCE – Alexander Maclaren  Knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.’ — Hebrews 10:34. The words ‘in heaven’ are probably no part of the original text, but have somehow or other crept in, in order to make more plain what some one supposed […]

PERFECTED AND BEING SANCTIFIED

PERFECTED AND BEING SANCTIFIED – Alexander Maclaren ‘By one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.’ — Hebrews 10:14 In the preceding sentence there is another ‘for ever,’ which refers to the sacrifice of Christ, and declares its perpetual efficacy. It is one, the world’s sins are many, but the single sacrifice is […]

THE ENTHRONED CHRIST

THE ENTHRONED CHRIST – Alexander Maclaren ‘This man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.’ — Hebrews 10:12. To that tremendous assertion the whole New Testament is committed. Peter, Paul, John, the writer of this book — all teach that the Jesus who died on […]

THE PRIEST IN THE HOLY PLACE

THE PRIEST IN THE HOLY PLACE – Alexander Maclaren ‘But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say. not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He […]

FORGIVENESS THE FUNDAMENTAL BLESSING

FORGIVENESS THE FUNDAMENTAL BLESSING – Alexander Maclaren  ‘For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.’ — Hebrews 8:11. We have been considering, in successive sermons, the great promises preceding my text, which are the articles of the New Covenant. We reach the last of […]

‘ALL SHALL KNOW ME’

‘ALL SHALL KNOW ME’ – Alexander Maclaren ‘They shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest.’ — Hebrews 8:10. In former sermons I have tried to bring out the force of the preceding two articles of ‘the […]

THEIR GOD, MY PEOPLE

THEIR GOD, MY PEOPLE – Alexander Maclaren ‘I will be to them a God, and they shall be to Me a people.’ — Hebrews 8:18. Two mirrors set over against each other reflect one another and themselves in each other, in long perspective. Two hearts that love, with similar reciprocation of influence, mirror back to […]

THE ARTICLES OF THE NEW COVENANT: GOD’S WELTING ON THE HEART

THE ARTICLES OF THE NEW COVENANT: GOD’S WELTING ON THE HEART – Alexander Maclaren ‘I will put My laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts.’ — Hebrews 8:10. We can scarcely estimate the shock to a primitive Hebrew Christian when he discovered that Judaism was to fade away. Such an earthquake might seem […]

THE TRUE IDEAL

THE TRUE IDEAL – Alexander Maclaren ‘See (saith He) that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.’ — Hebrews 8:5 I do not intend to deal with the original bearing of these words, nor with the use made of them by the writer of Hebrews. Primarily they refer to […]

THE ENTHRONED SERVANT CHRIST

THE ENTHRONED SERVANT CHRIST – Alexander Maclaren ‘We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; 2. A minister of the sanctuary.’ — Hebrews 8:1, 2. A little consideration will show that we have in these words two. strikingly different representations of our […]

THE PRIEST WHOM WE NEED

THE PRIEST WHOM WE NEED – Alexander Maclaren ‘Such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate sinners, and made higher than the heavens.’ — Hebrews 7:26. ‘It became Him to make the Captain of our salvation perfect through sufferings.’ ‘In all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren.’ […]

RIGHTEOUSNESS FIRST, PEACE SECOND

RIGHTEOUSNESS FIRST, PEACE SECOND – Alexander Maclaren ‘First being, by interpretation, King of righteousness, and after that also King Salem, which is, King of peace.’ — Hebrews 7:2. That mysterious, shadowy figure of the priest-king Melchizedec has been singularly illuminated and solidi-fled by recent discovery. You can see now in Berlin and London, letters written fourteen […]

THE ANCHOR OF THE SOUL

THE ANCHOR OF THE SOUL – Alexander Maclaren ‘Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast and which entereth into that within the veil.’ — Hebrews 6:19. There is something very remarkable in the prominence given by Christianity to hope as an element in the perfect character. The New Testament […]

Christian Disciplines

Christian Disciplines – Chambers, Oswald Volume 1The Discipline of Divine GuidanceThe Discipline of SufferingThe Discipline of PerilOswald Chambers Introduction Source Talks and lectures given in great Britain and the united states from 1907 to 1915. Publication history The six disciplines were published individually as articles and booklets before being issued as a two- volume book […]

Where the Battle’s lost and won

Where the Battle’s lost and won – Chambers, Oswald If thou wilt return, o israel, saith the lord . . . Jeremiah 4:1. The battle is lost or won in the secret places of the will before god, never first in the external world. The spirit of god apprehends me and i am obliged to […]

A Bond-slave of Jesus

A Bond-slave of Jesus – Chambers, Oswald I am crucified with christ; nevertheless i live: yet not i, but christ liveth in me. Galatians 2:20. These words mean the breaking of my independence with my own hand and surrendering to the supremacy of the lord Jesus. No one can do this for me, i must […]

Ye are not your own

Ye are not your own – Chambers, Oswald Know ye not that . . . Ye are not your own? 1 corinthians 6:19. There is no such thing as a private life a world within the world for a man or woman who is brought into fellowship with Jesus Christs sufferings. God breaks up the […]

Deserter or disciple?

Deserter or disciple? – Chambers, Oswald From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. John 6:66 When god gives a vision by his spirit through his word of what he wants, and your mind and soul thrill to it, if you do not walk in the light of […]

Sacramental service

Sacramental service – Chambers, Oswald Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of christ. Colos- sians 1:24. The christian worker has to be a sacramental go- between, to be so identified with his lord and the reality of his redemption that he can continually […]

What Is that to thee?

What Is that to thee? – Chambers, Oswald Lord, what shall this man do? . . . What is that to thee? Follow thou me. John 21:2122 One of our severest lessons comes from the stubborn refusal to see that we must not interfere in other peoples lives. It takes a long time to realise […]

Fellowship In the Gospel

Fellowship In the Gospel – Chambers, Oswald Fellow-labourer in the gospel of Christ. 1 thessalonians 3:2 After sanctification it is difficult to state what your aim in life is, because god has taken you up into his purpose by the holy ghost. He is using you now for his purposes throughout the world as he […]

Is he really lord?

Is he really lord? – Chambers, Oswald . . . So that i might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which i have received of the lord jesus. Acts 20:24. Joy means the perfect fulfilment of that for which i was created and regenerated, not the successful doing of a thing. The joy […]

Could this Be true of Me?

Could this Be true of Me? – Chambers, Oswald But none of these things move me, neither count i my life dear unto myself. Acts 20:24. It as easier to serve god without a vision, easier to work for god without a call, because then you are not bothered by what god requires; common sense […]

The Passion of Patience

The Passion of Patience – Chambers, Oswald Though it tarry, wait for it. Habakkuk 2:3 Patience is not indifference; patience conveys the idea of an immensely strong rock withstanding all onslaughts. The vision of god is the source of patience, because it imparts a moral inspiration. Moses endured, not because he had an ideal of […]

Vision and reality

Vision and reality – Chambers, Oswald And the parched ground shall become a pool. Isaiah 35:7. We always have visions before a thing is made real. When we realise that although the vision is real, it is not real in us, then is the time that Satan comes in with his temptations, and we are […]

The vision and the verity

The vision and the verity – Chambers, Oswald Called to be saints. 1 corinthians 1:2 Thank god for the sight of all you have never yet been. You have had the vision, but you are not there yet by any means. It is when we are in the valley, where we prove whether we will […]

Vision

Vision – Chambers, Oswald Was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision. Acts 26:19. If we lose the vision, we alone are responsible, and the way we lose the vision is by spiritual leakage. If we do not run our belief about god into practical issues, it is all up with the vision god has given. […]

Readiness

Readiness – Chambers, Oswald God called unto him. . . . And he said, here am i. Exodus 3:4. When god speaks, many of us are like men in a fog, we give no answer. Moses reply revealed that he was somewhere. Readiness means a right relationship to god and a knowledge of where we […]

After obedience—what?

After obedience—what? – Chambers, Oswald And straightway he constrained his disciples to get into the ship, and to go to the other side. . . . Mark 6:45. We are apt to imagine that if Jesus Christ constrains us, and we obey him, he will lead us to great success. We must never put our […]

His!

His! – Chambers, Oswald Thine they were, and thou gavest them me. John 17:6 The missionary is one in whom the holy ghost has wrought this realisationye are not your own. To say i am not my own, is to have reached a great point in spiritual nobility. The true nature of the life in […]

The Missionary watching

The Missionary watching – Chambers, Oswald Watch with me. Matthew 26:38 Watch with mewith no private point of view of your own at all, but watch entirely with me. In the early stages we do not watch with jesus, we watch for him. We do not watch with him through the revelation of the bible; […]

FLEEING AND CLINGING

FLEEING AND CLINGING – Alexander Maclaren ‘We… who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us.’ — Hebrews 6:18. The name of Christian was invented by outsiders. It is very seldom used in the New Testament, and then evidently as a designation by which Christ’s followers were known to others; and […]

SLOTHFULNESS AND ITS CURE

SLOTHFULNESS AND ITS CURE – Alexander Maclaren ‘That ye be not slothful, but followers of Him who through faith and patience inherit the promises.’ — Hebrews 6:12. This is the end of a sentence, and the result of something that has been stated before. What is that? ‘We desire that every one of you do show […]

SURE AND CERTAIN HOPE

SURE AND CERTAIN HOPE – Alexander Maclaren ‘We desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the fall assurance of hope unto the end.’ — Hebrews 6:11. Many of us have seen a picture in which the artist paints ‘Hope’ as a pale, fragile figure, blind, and bent, wistfully listening to the […]

THE QUEEN AND THE VIRGINS THAT FOLLOW HER

THE QUEEN AND THE VIRGINS THAT FOLLOW HER – Alexander Maclaren ‘But, Beloved, we are persuaded better things of you. and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.’ — Hebrews 6:9. The writer has been describing, in very stern and solemn words, the fate of apostates, and illustrating it by the awful metaphor of’ the […]

A FIELD WHICH THE LORD HATH BLESSED

A FIELD WHICH THE LORD HATH BLESSED – Alexander Maclaren ‘The earth, which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God. — Hebrews 6:7. This is a kind of parable or allegory in which echoes of many scriptures are […]

GETHSEMANE

GETHSEMANE – Alexander Maclaren Who in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save Him from death, and was heard in that He feared.’ — Hebrews 5:7 We may take these great and solemn words as a commentary on […]

THE THRONE OF GRACE

THE THRONE OF GRACE – Alexander Maclaren ‘Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.’ — Hebrews 4:16. In the context are three great exhortations which bear a very remarkable and distinct relation to each other: ‘Let us labour to […]

MAN’S SHARE IN GOD’S REST

MAN’S SHARE IN GOD’S REST – Alexander Maclaren ‘Let us labour therefore to enter into that feint, lest any man fall after the mine example of unbelief.’ — Hebrews 4:11. With this simple, practical exhortation, the writer closes one of the most profound and intricate portions of this Epistle. He has been dealing with two Old […]

ENTRANCE INTO GOD’S REST

ENTRANCE INTO GOD’S REST – Alexander Maclaren ‘There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10. For He that is entered into His rest, He also hath ceased from His own works, as God did from His.’ — Hebrews 4:9, 10. We lose much of the meaning of this passage by our superficial habit […]

THE REST OF FAITH

THE REST OF FAITH – Alexander Maclaren ‘We which have believed do enter into rest… ‘ — Hebrews 4:3. ‘Do enter’ — but on a hundred gravestones you will read ‘He entered into rest’ on such and such a day, as a synonym for ‘He died.’ It is strange that an expression which the writer of […]

A MOMENTOUS ‘IF’

A MOMENTOUS ‘IF’ – Alexander Maclaren ‘We are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end.’ — Hebrews 3:14. One of the great characteristics of this remarkable letter to Hebrew Christians is the frequency and earnestness of its warnings against apostasy. Over and over again we find these […]

THE LIES OF THE TEMPTRESS

THE LIES OF THE TEMPTRESS – Alexander Maclaren The deceitfulness of sin. — Hebrews 3:13. There is a possible reference here, in this personification of sin, as leading men away by lies, to the story of the First Temptation. There, the weapons of the Tempter were falsehoods. The writer of this letter does not leave us […]

HEAR HIS VOICE

HEAR HIS VOICE – Alexander Maclaren ‘Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts… ‘ — Hebrews 3:7, 8. Whose voice? The writer of the psalm from which these words are quoted meant God’s. The writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews, in quoting them, means Christ’s. And the unhesitating transfer, without explanation […]

CONFIDENCE AND REJOICING OF HOPE

CONFIDENCE AND REJOICING OF HOPE – Alexander Maclaren ‘… If we.old fast the confidence and the reining of the hope firm unto the end.’ — Hebrews 3:6. Two of the favourite thoughts of this letter are included in these words. There are none of the New Testament writers who give so frequent and earnest warnings against […]

CONSIDER JESUS

CONSIDER JESUS – Alexander Maclaren … Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.’ Hebrews 3:1. ” Consider Him that endured.. — Hebrews 12:8. The kinds of consideration enjoined in these two exhortations are somewhat different. The former of them is expressed by a word which means fixed attention and close scrutiny. It is […]

WHAT BEHOVED CHRIST

WHAT BEHOVED CHRIST – Alexander Maclaren ‘Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren.’ Hebrews 2:17. I bring these words: ‘It behooved Him,’ into connection with similar words in an earlier verse of the chapter, on which I was lately preaching: ‘It became Him, for whom are all things, and […]

THE BROTHERHOOD OF CHRIST

THE BROTHERHOOD OF CHRIST – Alexander Maclaren ‘… He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12. Saying, I will declare Thy name unto My brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto Thee. 13. And again, I will put My trust in Him. And again, Behold I and the children […]

A devil in an angel’s garb! – Thomas Brooks

A devil in an angel’s garb! – Thomas Brooks “Having a form of godliness but denying its power.” 2 Timothy 3:5 All formalists have only a form, a show, a profession of holiness but have nothing of the reality, spirit, life, or power of holiness in them. They have a face, a cloak, a mask, […]

A devil in an angel’s dress – Thomas Brooks

A devil in an angel’s dress – Thomas Brooks “Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.” Ezekiel 18:30 True repentance is a turning, not from some sin but from every sin. Every sin strikes at the law of God, the honor of God, the being of God, and […]

A detestable, stinking weed – Thomas Brooks

A detestable, stinking weed – Thomas Brooks “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar […]

 A cooler hell – Thomas Brooks 

A cooler hell – Thomas Brooks “God, I thank You that I’m not like other peoplegreedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.” Luke 18:11-12 Many please and satisfy themselves with mere civility and common morality. They bless themselves that they […]

A commentary upon Christ’s life – Thomas Brooks

A commentary upon Christ’s life – Thomas Brooks “Let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 Christians are distinguished from all others, by their lives and by their examples. Be exemplary to those among whom you live. Precepts may […]

The Missionary’s Master

The Missionary’s Master – Chambers, Oswald Ye call me master and lord: and ye say well; for so i am. John 13:13 To have a master and to be mastered is not the same thing. To have a master