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T. Austin-Sparks

Do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and He is in heaven. (Matthew 23:9 NIV)

Perhaps one of the things which you and I and the Lord’s people everywhere need to recognize more than anything else at an end time is the fact of our heavenliness. There is going to be a testing of everything which bears the Lord’s name by the law of the beginning governing the end. In the...

Bible verses: Matthew 23:9

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William MacDonald

It would be difficult to imagine a more effective and foolproof method of drowning than this. The millstone here was not the small one that was operated by hand, but the great one that was turned by an ass. To have a millstone like that secured around one's neck would mean speedy and inescapable drowning.

At first we might be startled by the vehemence of the Savior's words. He seems to thunder out with unusual condemnation against the sin of offending a little one. What is it that...

Bible verses: Matthew 18:6

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James Russell Miller
Daniel 1

There is something very noble in the picture of Daniel which we have in the first chapter of the Book of Daniel. He was only a lad. He had been torn away from the godly restraints and influences of his own home. He was now at liberty to do as he pleased, so far as parental control was concerned. He was among heathen people, and no one would blame him if he would disregard the rules of his...

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Charles Spurgeon

"And I will give him the Morning Star." Revelation 2:28

Until the day break and the shadows flee away, what a blessing it is to see in Jesus "the morning star"! I remember when we read in the newspapers the idle tale that the star of Bethlehem had again appeared. On inquiry we found that it was only "the morning star"; but no great mistake had been made after all.

It is best to see Jesus as the sun; but when we cannot do...

Bible verses: Revelation 2:28

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Charles Spurgeon

Cities well fortified have broad walls, and so had Jerusalem in her glory. The New Jerusalem must, in like manner, be surrounded and preserved by a broad wall of nonconformity to the world, and separation from its customs and spirit. The tendency of these days break down the holy barrier, and make the distinction between the church and the world merely nominal. Professors are no longer strict and Puritanical, questionable literature is read on all hands, frivolous pastimes are currently...

Bible verses: Nehemiah 3:8

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Miles Stanford

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier" (2 Tim. 2:4).

God has a unique plan concerning each one of us. The secret of realizing our personal calling is not to look at others, but simply to walk in close fellowship with...

Bible verses: 2 Timothy 2:4Psalms 62:5Jeremiah 15:192 Timothy 2:5

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George Bowen

What a wonderful consciousness was this for one that saw his life gliding rapidly away in an obscure corner of the world, among a despised class of persons, and knew that a cross was prepared for him at the capital. Knowing that the light of life is to go forth from him, from him alone, to all nations, peoples, and languages, how admirable is the quiet, unhasting humility that enables him to sit down among the poorest and meanest of earth, occupy himself with all their cares and solicitudes,...

Bible verses: John 8:12

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A.W. Tozer

IT IS VITAL TO ANY UNDERSTANDING of ourselves and our fellowmen that we believe what is written in the Scriptures about human society, that it is fallen, alienated from God and in rebellion against His laws.

In these days of togetherness when all men would brothers be for a' that, even the true Christian is hard put to it to believe what God has spoken about men and their relation to each other and to God; for what He has spoken is never complimentary to men.

There...

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Charles Spurgeon

Among all the saints whose lives are recorded in Holy Writ, David possesses an experience of the most striking, varied, and instructive character. In his history we meet with trials and temptations not to be discovered, as a whole, in other saints of ancient times, and hence he is all the more suggestive a type of our Lord. David knew the trials of all ranks and conditions of men. Kings have their troubles, and David wore a crown: the peasant has his cares, and David handled a shepherd's...

Bible verses: 2 Samuel 23:1

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Samuel Bagster

Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. § He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me… When I am weak, then I am strong.When [Peter] saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried...

Bible verses: Psalms 38:10Psalms 61:1Psalms 61:22 Corinthians 12:92 Corinthians 12:10Matthew 14:30Matthew 14:31Proverbs 24:10Isaiah 40:29Deuteronomy 33:27Colossians 1:11

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A.W. Tozer

Sins of great magnitude may indicate an energy of soul which if turned in a right direction can lead far up the way toward spiritual perfection. Conversely, there is a meanness of soul that inhibits and restricts the scope and intensity of even the most common activities. When such a soul is converted, it may be only to mediocrity.

On his own testimony Paul before his conversion was a great sinner (1 Timothy 1:15). He persecuted Christians...

Bible verses: 1 Timothy 1:15

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Samuel Bagster

The true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. § Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, “Here I am.” § Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him.Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of...

Bible verses: 1 Timothy 2:8John 4:23John 4:24Isaiah 58:9Mark 11:25Hebrews 11:6James 1:6James 1:7Psalms 66:181 John 2:11 John 2:2

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Colossians 3:1-15

It is time now to focus more precisely on what Jesus meant when He said: "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth." Meekness, as Jesus is using the word here, refers to an attitude of heart and mind that is entirely free from a spirit of demandingness and accepts the will of God in its entirety. I...

Bible verses: Colossians 3:1-15Isaiah 53:1-7Matthew 26:62-63Matthew 27:14Luke 23:9

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James Smith

BELIEVER, cannot you join with the children of Joseph this morning, and bear a similar testimony? Thy God hath blessed thee in Jesus, and through Jesus; look back to the rock whence you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence you were digged; call to mind the time and place, when and where thy God first led thee to cry for mercy, and seek for salvation; remember the distress and bondage felt before mercy was manifested; and then remember how your soul was delivered, and the comforts of...

Bible verses: Joshua 17:14

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Alexander Maclaren
Godly sorrow worketh repentance unto salvation, a repentance which bringeth no regret: but the sorrow of the world worketh death, - 2 Corinthians 7:10

There is a broad distinction between the right and the wrong kind of sorrow for sin. "Godly sorrow" is literally rendered "sorrow according to God'' which may either mean sorrow which has reference to God, or sorrow which is...

Bible verses: 2 Corinthians 7:10

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