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Afflictions Francis Bourdillon , 1881 "I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right — and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me." Psalm 119:75 The psalmist prayed for understanding (verse 73), "Give me understanding — that I may learn Your commandments." Yet it is plain that understanding had ... Read More

The Continuing City

The Continuing City Francis Bourdillon , 1881 "For here we have no continuing city — but we seek the city that is to come." Hebrews 13:14 Part of this verse is true of all — but the other part is true of some people only. It is true of all — that here we have no continuing city. It is not true of al... Read More

If The Lord Wills

If the Lord Wills Francis Bourdillon, 1864 James 4:13-16. "Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for... Read More

Affliction, Light And Short

Affliction, Light and Short! Francis Bourdillon, 1864 "Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment — is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; w... Read More

The Father'S Chastening

The Father's Chastening Francis Bourdillon, 1864 HEBREWS 12:5-11. "And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: 'My son, do not make light of the Lord's discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you — because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he scourg... Read More

At Home With God!

At Home with God! Francis Bourdillon, 1864 Revelation 7:14-17. "And he said to me: These are those who came out of great tribulation and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God and serve Him day and night in His temple — and H... Read More

The Cry Of The Sorrowful

The Cry of the Sorrowful Francis Bourdillon, 1864 Psalm 6. "O LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are in agony. My soul is in anguish. How long, O LORD, how long? Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; sav... Read More

Jacob In Despondency!

Jacob in Despondency! Francis Bourdillon, 1864 GENESIS 42:36. "And Jacob their father said unto them: You have bereaved me of my children! Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and you will take Benjamin away. All these things are against me!" It did seem so indeed. Joseph , his best and dearest son, ha... Read More

The Lord Our Shepherd

The Lord Our Shepherd Francis Bourdillon, 1864 Psalm 23. "The LORD is my shepherd — I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the valley ... Read More

Man Is Born To Trouble!

Man is Born to Trouble! Francis Bourdillon, 1864 JOB 5:6-11. "Affliction does not come from the dust — nor does trouble sprout from the ground. For man is born unto trouble — as surely as sparks fly upward. I would seek unto God, and unto God would I commit my cause, who does great and unsearchable ... Read More

The Vine And The Branches

The Vine and the Branches Francis Bourdillon, 1864 JOHN 15:1-8. "I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit — He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit — He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit. Now you are clean through the word which I h... Read More


Bethesda Francis Bourdillon, 1864 John 5:2-9. "Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda , having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went... Read More

Yours No Longer!

Yours No Longer! Francis Bourdillon , 1873 You had something a short time ago which you have not now, and never can have again. I do not say that you have lost it. Perhaps you have, and perhaps you have not. But, be that how it may—the thing is gone. A very few hours ago it was yours. But you went t... Read More

Mind Your Words!

Mind Your Words! Francis Bourdillon , 1873 "The tongue has the power of life and death!" Proverbs 18:21 Many people seem to think that words signify little. They must not do what is wrong—but they may say what they please. So they seem to think. Is this right? No, it is quite wrong. What we say sign... Read More


Contentment! Francis Bourdillon, 1864 Philippians 4:10-20. "I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever th... Read More

Fear Not!

Fear Not! Francis Bourdillon, 1864 Isaiah 43:1-3. "But now thus says the Lord who created you, O Jacob, and He that formed you, O Israel: Fear not — for I have redeemed you, I have called you by your name, you are Mine! When you pass through the waters — I will be with you; and through the rivers — ... Read More

Gray Hairs!

Gray Hairs! Francis Bourdillon , 1873 Are you old, or getting into old age? Are gray hairs on your head? Perhaps it has been now so for some time. Long ago a white hair or two began to show here and there, and as years went on, more and more white hairs came, until now, it may be, you have scarcely ... Read More

The Lord Our Portion!

The Lord Our Portion! Francis Bourdillon, 1864 PSALM 16:5-8. "The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and of my cup. You maintain my lot. The lines have fallen unto me in pleasant places — yes, I have a goodly heritage. I will bless the Lord, who has given me counsel; my heart also instructs me in... Read More

The Sympathy Of Christ

The Sympathy of Christ Francis Bourdillon, 1864 Hebrews 4:14-16. "Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we ... Read More

A Psalm Of Blessing!

A Psalm of Blessing! Francis Bourdillon, 1864 PSALM 103. "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who cro... Read More

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