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A Broken and Contrite Heart

We have known and believed the love that God hath to us. --1 JOHN 4:16 NOT what I am, O Lord, but what Thou art! That, that alone can be my soul's true rest; Thy love, not mine, bids fear and doubt depart, And stills the tempest of my tossing breast. --HORATIUS BONAR WHEN you go to prayer, your firs... Read More

A Debt to All

Thou owest to me even thine own self. PHILEMON, 19 ACCORDING to Christ's teaching, the priest and Levite did not pay their debt to their Samaritan neighbor, because they thought him a stranger with no claim on them. Dives ignored his rich man's debt to Lazarus. We can all think of manifold debts-to ... Read More

Abandoning Self

He that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 1 JOHN 2:17 I am Thine, save me. PSALMS 119:94 TAKE, O Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, and my will, all that I have and possess. Thou hast given it to me; to Thee, O Lord, I restore it; all is Thine, dispose of it ac-cord... Read More

Accept Our Daily Bread

I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content. PHILIPPIANS 4:11 (R. V.) FORGIVE us, Lord, our little faith; And help us all, from morn till e'en, Still to believe that lot the best Which is,--not that which might have been. GEORGE ZABRISKIE GRAY THOU givest within and without preci... Read More

Acceptance of God's Dispensations

Strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness. --COLOSSIANS 1:11 REJOICE in Christ always! When earth looks heavenly bright, When joy makes glad the livelong day, And peace shuts in the night. Rejoice, when care and woe The fainting... Read More

Accepting Consolation

None of them that trust in Him shall be desolate. PSALMS 34:22 That ye sorrow not, even as others who have no hope. 1 THESSALONIANS 4:13 Are the consolations of God too small for thee? JOB 15:11 (R. V.) WHAT shall make trouble? Not the holy thought Of the departed; that will be a part Of those undyi... Read More

Adding to the Stock

Ye that love the Lord, hate evil. PSALMS 97:10 THERE is a general stock of evil in the world to which we all contribute, or which, by God's grace, some may diminish; a vast and fertile tract of ungodliness, of low motives, of low aims, of low desires, of low sense of duty or no sense at all. it is t... Read More

All At Once

When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then Thou knewest my path. PSALMS 142:3 THE work which we count so hard to do, He makes it easy, for He works too; The days that are long to live are His,-- A bit of His bright eternities; And close to our need His helping is. SUSAN COOLIDGE DO not yield to ... Read More

All He Thinks Of

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him. I JOHN 4:16 As flame streams upward, so my longing thought Flies up with Thee, Thou God and Saviour, who hast truly wrought Life out of death, and to us, loving, b... Read More

Amidst the Circumstances

The peace of God, which passeth all, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. --PHILIPPIANS 4:7 I TAKE Thee for my Peace, 0 Lord, My heart to keep and fill; Thine own great calm, amid earth's storms, Shall keep me always still, And as Thy Kingdom doth increase, So shall ... Read More

Art of Life

Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. PSALMS 16:11 LORD, it is not life to live, If Thy presence Thou deny; Lord, if Thou Thy presence give, 'T is no longer death to die. Source and giver of repose, Singly from Thy ... Read More

As He Has Done

I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. JOHN 13:15 THERE are often bound to us, in the closest intimacy of social or family ties, natures hard and ungenial, with whom sympathy is impossible, and whose daily presence necessitates a constant conflict with an adverse influ... Read More

As to the Lord

I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. --PSALMS 101:2 TEACH me, 0 God, Thy holy way, And give me an obedient mind; That in Thy service I may find My soul's delight from day to day. --WILLIAM TIDD MATSON AS far as human frailty will permit, each little trifling piece of duty which presents... Read More

Barabbas or Jesus?

Choose you this day whom ye will serve. JOSHUA 24:15 BARABBAS and Jesus cannot both live within us. One must die. Yes, every emotion of selfishness or worldliness in every soul plays the part of Barabbas. Good influences may have prevailed for a time, and they, or perhaps motives of worldly regard, ... Read More

Battle of Wills

The will of the Lord be done. ACTS 21:14 BUT if in parallel to Thine My will doth meekly run, All things in heaven and earth are mine, My will is crossed by none; Thou art in me, And I in Thee,-- Thy will--and mine--are done! W. M. L. JAY SUFFERINGS arising from anxiety, in which the soul adds, to t... Read More

Be His Friend

Whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected; hereby know we that we are in Him. 2 John 5 I have called you friends. JOHN 15:15 THE hands that tend the sick tend Christ; the willing feet that go on errands of love, work for Christ; the words of comfort to the sorrowful, and of ... Read More

Bearing Crosses Made by Ourselves

And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left. ISAIAH 30:21 The ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them. HOSEA 14:9 YET more and more this truth doth shine From failure and from l... Read More

Becoming More Like Christ

Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. --2 CORINTHIANS 4:10 BUT we as in a glass espy The glory of His countenance, Not in a whirlwind hurrying by The too presumptuous glance, But with mild radiance every hour, Fr... Read More

Begin the Year With Courage

Be strong and of good courage ... fear not, nor be dismayed; for the Lord God, even my God, will be with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 1 CHRONICLES 28:20 That we should serve in newness of spirit. ROMANS 7:6 HELP us, 0 Lord! behold we enter Upon another year today; In Thee our hopes... Read More

Belief Through the Darkness

When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. MICAH 7:8 WHEN doubts disturb my troubled breast, And all is dark as night to me, Here, as on solid rock, I rest-- That so it seemeth good to Thee. RAY PALMER WHEN trouble, restless fears, anxious fretfulness, strive to overpower the soul, o... Read More

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