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(A Larger Christian Life) 1. THE POSSIBILITIES OF FAITH

"If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. "-Mark ix: 23. These are bold and stupendous words. They open the treasure house of the Eternal King to sinful worms, and offer to the children of clay the privilege of God's own omnipotence and all the possibilities of His infin... Read More

(A Larger Christian Life) 10. SPIRITUAL GROWTH

"But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."-2 Peter iii 18. I have heard of a little boy being found by his mother in one of the garden beds with his feet buried in the soil, and standing beside a tall sunflower, to which he was eagerly looking up. When his mother ... Read More

(A Larger Christian Life) 11. ENLARGED WORK

"Enlarge the place of thy tent." Isa. liv: 2a About one hundred years ago a humble Baptist preacher stood in an English pulpit and announced this text at the opening of what was perhaps the first Missionary Convention of modern times. He then proposed the two following divisions as the themes of his... Read More

(A Larger Christian Life) 2. THE JOY OF THE LORD

"The joy of the Lord is your strength." Neh. viii:10. There is no more pointed difference between Christianity and all other religions than the element of joyfulness. The natural countenance of heathenism is gloomy, and often profoundly sad. The true expression of a consecrated face is radiance and ... Read More

(A Larger Christian Life) 3. FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT

"Be filled with the Spirit." Eph. v: 18. "Ye are complete (filled) in Him." Col. ii: 10. The emphatic word in both these verses "filled." It is the Greek plaroo which means to fill full, so full that there will be no room left empty. This is the thought which, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit,... Read More

(A Larger Christian Life) 4. THE LARGER LIFE

"Be ye also enlarged." 2 Cor. vi: 11. The law of growth is a fundamental principle of all nature and redemption. Whatever ceases to grow begins to die; stagnancy brings corruption; the corpse belongs to the worm; a self-contained pool becomes a malarious swamp. Vegetation springs from a seed, the se... Read More

(A Larger Christian Life) 5. ISHMAEL AND ISAAC; OR, THE DEATH OF SELF

"Not I, but Christ." Gal. ii: 20. The story of Abraham, Ishmael and Isaac is a parable, illustrating this text. The casting out of Ishmael is most clearly declared in this very epistle to be an allegory setting forth the spiritual experience of the believer when he dies to the law and sin through th... Read More

(A Larger Christian Life) 6. MORE THAN CONQUERORS

"Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us."-Rom. viii : 37. It is a great thing to be a conqueror in Christian life and conflict. It is a much greater thing to be a conqueror "in all these things" which the apostle names, a perfect host of trials, troubles and f... Read More

(A Larger Christian Life) 7. GRACE ABOUNDING

"Where sin abounded grace did much more abound." Rom. v: 20. We find in nature a beautiful approximation to the truth declared in this verse, a sort of parable and symbol of the glory of redemption. It is this. Go into the woods and cut a wound in the side of a living tree, and then go back again a ... Read More

(A Larger Christian Life) 8. FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH

"From strength to strength."-Psalm lxxxiv 7. This is a chapter of the "Pilgrim's Progress" through the valley of Baca, of which this beautiful psalm is a picture. It is the story of the life of trust, and its two keynotes are the fifth and twelfth verses of the psalm, "0 Lord of hosts, blessed is th... Read More

(A Larger Christian Life) 9. GOD'S MEASURELESS MEASURES

"But they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise. But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you." 2 Cor. x:12, 13. "With what measure... Read More

(But God) 1. THE GOD OF ELIJAH

"Where is the Lord God of Elijah?" (2 Kings 2:14.) Always have I been glad that Elisha did not say, "Where is Elijah?" He had lost his friend and spiritual father, and if ever a sense of bereavement could have been justified, it would have been in the case of Elisha. But his only thought was of the ... Read More

(But God) 2. THE GOD OF PAUL

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4: 19.) This is Paul's legacy to his disciples and friends. He bequeaths to us his God and all that his own life and experience have revealed of His infinite all-sufficiency. This wonderful phrase ... Read More

(But God) 3. THE GOD OF JACOB

"Fear not, thou worm Jacob." (Isaiah 41:14.) "I the Lord am your Savior and your Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob."(Isaiah 49:26.) What a combination! Thou worm Jacob, the Mighty One of Jacob! A worm united to Omnipotence! What so weak and worthless as a worm! What so mighty as the Mighty One of Ja... Read More

(But God) 4. THE GOD OF ESTHER

"Surely the wrath of man will praise You: the remainder of wrath You will restrain." (Psalm 76: 10.) "For if you altogether hold your peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but you and your father's house shall be destroyed: and who kno... Read More

(But God) 5. THE VISION OF GOD

"I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye sees You. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes." (Job 42: 5, 6.) The book of Job is the world's oldest poem and presents some of the profoundest spiritual teachings of the book of revelation. It is an inspired drama and... Read More

(But God) 6. THE SECRET OF THE VISION

"Oh that I knew where I might find Him! That I might come even to His seat! . . . Behold, I go forward, but He is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive Him: on the left hand, where He does work, but I cannot behold Him: He hides Himself on the right hand, that I cannot see Him." (Job 23: 3,... Read More

(Cross of Christ) 1. THE KALEIDOSCOPE OF THE CROSS

"And the people stood beholding" (Luke 23: 35). What varied thoughts and feelings moved the hearts of those who stood that day beholding the cross of Calvary! We can perceive the cruel heartlessness with which the Roman soldiers drove the nails and reared the cross, interested only in getting their ... Read More

(Cross of Christ) 10. AFTER-EASTER-DAYS

“He showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God" (Acts 1:3). Easter morning is the beginning of a unique and most tenderly interesting portion of our blessed Savior's life. It is the tran... Read More

(Cross of Christ) 2. UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE CROSS

"This do in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:19). This inscription placed by the hands of the Master over the Feast of Love might well be made the watchword of our whole Christian life. The Lord's Supper is a sort of microcosm, or miniature, of the believer's life, and over every moment, every word and e... Read More

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