1. Psalms 147:3

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. … Read More

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Here, I. The duty of praise is recommended to us. It is not without reason that we are thus called to it again and again: Praise you the Lord (Ps. 147:1), and again (Ps. 147:7), Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving, sing praise upon the harp to our God (let all our praises be directed to him and centre in him), for it is good to do so; it is our duty, and therefore good in itself; it is our interest, and therefore good for us. It is acceptable to our Creator and it answers the end of our creatio… Read More

2. Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”… Read More

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The very name Joshua, Jesus, “God’s salvation,” is enough of itself to awaken special interest in the man who, on the page of Scripture, first bears it. It is suggestive at once of the nature of his life work, and it leads us to anticipate some points of analogy between him and the Savior of the world. Joshua is one of the few Old Testament characters against whose name there is no reproach. Not that this Book presents any formal delineation of his character or pronounces his praise. It is bu… Read More

3. Romans 8:28

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…. Read More

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Romans 8:26-27 form one of the most important passages on prayer in the whole New Testament. Paul is saying that, because of our weakness, we do not know what to pray for, but the prayers we ought to offer are offered for us by the Holy Spirit. C. H. Dodd defines prayer in this way–“Prayer is the divine in us appealing to the Divine above us.” … Read More

4. Isaiah 41:10

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. … Read More

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5. Matthew 19:26

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”… Read More

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The case of the Rich Young Ruler shed a vivid and a tragic light on the danger of riches; here was a man who had made the great refusal because he had great possessions. Jesus now goes on to underline that danger. “It is difficult,” he said, “for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.” … Read More

6. Matthew 11:28

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest…. Read More

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Matthew 11:1-30 is a chapter in which Jesus is speaking all the time; and, as he speaks to different people and about different things, we hear the accent of his voice vary and change. It will be of the greatest interest to look one by one at the six accents in the voice of Jesus. … Read More

7. Hebrews 13:5

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.”… Read More

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As he comes to the close of the letter, the writer to the Hebrews turns to practical things. Here he outlines five essential qualities of the Christian life. … Read More

8. John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”… Read More

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There is a strange light here on how the disciples finally surrendered to Jesus. They suddenly leapt into full belief because they realized that Jesus did not need to ask any man anything. What did they mean? Back in John 16:17-18 we find them puzzled by what Jesus had said. Beginning in John 16:19 Jesus begins to answer their questions without asking them what they were. In other words he could read their hearts like an open book. That is why they believed in him. A traveller in Scotland in th… Read More

9. Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. … Read More

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A SONG OF THE REDEEMED IN MOUNT ZION . The prophet, having (in Isaiah 25:1-12 .) poured forth his own thankfulness to God for the promise of the Church’s final redemption and triumph, proceeds now to represent the Church itself in the glorified state as singing praise to God for the same. … Read More

10. Psalms 27:10

Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. … Read More

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For these reasons the psalm has been supposed to be “composite;” but the question arises—If the two parts, being so entirely unlike, were originally distinct and unconnected, what should have led any arranger or editor to unite them? To this question there seems to be no possible answer; and thus the very diversity of the two parts would seem to show an original union. … Read More