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A coward's castle

A pastor has no right to turn the pulpit into a coward's castle, and from there attack those in the congregation, whom he is afraid to meet face to face privately. It is cruelly unfair to attack an individual who cannot defend himself—to hold him up, as if on the horns of the pulpit, before the cong... Read More

A disciple of Jesus

A disciple of Jesus is one who is admitted by the Lord Jesus into His school—whom He Himself condescends personally to instruct—and who therefore learns of Him to be meek and lowly of heart. A disciple of Jesus is one who sits meekly at the Redeemer's feet—receiving into his heart the gracious words... Read More

A peculiar people

"But you are . . . a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people." 1 Peter 2:9 May we never forget that the suffering Son of God gave Himself to purify unto Himself a peculiar people . . . a people whose thoughts are peculiar, for their thoughts are the thoughts of God, a... Read More

A penitent backslider and a forgiving God!

"And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him." Luke 15:20 After a child of God has enjoyed something of the goodness and mercy of God revealed in the face of His dear Son, he may wander from ... Read More

A penitent backslider and a forgiving God! 2

O what a meeting! A guilty wretch drowned in tears—and a loving Father falling upon his neck and kissing him! O what a meeting for a poor, self-condemned wretch, who can never mourn too deeply over his sins, and yet finds grace super-abounding over all his abounding sins—and the love of God bursting... Read More

A smoother way to glory?

"They encouraged them to continue in the faith, reminding them that they MUST enter into the Kingdom of God through many tribulations." Acts 14:22 The Lord has chosen that His people should pass through deep and cutting afflictions, for it is "through many tribulations" they are to enter the Kingdom... Read More

A solitary drop of this holy anointing oil

"As for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as His anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit . . ." 1 John 2:27 Have you ever had a solitary drop of this holy anointing oil fall upon your he... Read More

A spirit of delusion

A spirit of delusion seems to us widely prevalent . . . a carnal confidence, a dead assurance, a presumptuous claim, a daring mimicry of the spirit of adoption. Who that has eyes or heart does not see and feel the wide spread of this gigantic evil? No brokenness of heart, no tenderness of conscience... Read More

A stable, a hovel, a hedge, any unadorned corner

This is what the Sovereign Lord says: "Although I sent them far away among the nations and scattered them among the countries, yet I will be to them as a little sanctuary in the countries where they have gone." Ezekiel 11:16 Every place in which the Lord manifests Himself, is a sanctuary to a child ... Read More

A very different thing from lifeless, barren head knowledge

"We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true." 1 John 5:20 There is a difference between a gracious, enlightened understanding of the truth of God which springs out of the teaching of the Spirit—and what is commonly called "head knowl... Read More

All are more or less deeply infected with it

"Are you seeking great things for yourself? Don't do it!" Jeremiah 45:5 As we are led aside by the powerful workings of our corrupt nature, we are often seeking great things for ourselves. Riches, worldly comforts, respectability, to be honored, admired, and esteemed by men, are the objects most pas... Read More

All things!

"You crowned Him with glory and honor and put all things under His feet. In putting all things under Him, God left nothing that is not subject to Him." Hebrews 2:7-8 See the sovereign supremacy of Jesus! There may be circumstances in your earthly lot which at this moment are peculiarly trying. You l... Read More

All trials, all temptations, all strippings, all emptyings

The very trials and afflictions, and the sore temptations through which God's family pass, all eventually endear Christ to them. And depend upon it, if you are a child of God, you will sooner or later, in your travels through this wilderness, find your need of Jesus as "able to save to the uttermost... Read More

All true religion

Jesus is . . . our sun, and without Him all is darkness; our life, and without Him all is death; the beginner and finisher of our faith; the substance of our hope; the object of our love. It is the Spirit who quickens us . . . to feel our need of Christ; to seek all our supplies in Him and from Him;... Read More

Bitten by this serpent's tooth

No man has ever sounded the depths of the fall. The children of God have indeed discoveries of the evil of sin. And they have such views at times of the desperate wickedness and awful depravity of human nature, that they seem as if filled with unspeakable horror at the hideous enormity of the corrup... Read More

Blundering and stumbling on in darkness

After the Lord has quickened our souls, for a time we often go blundering on, not knowing there is a Jesus. We think that the way of life is to . . . keep God's commandments, obey the law, cleanse ourselves from sin, reform our lives, cultivate universal holiness in thought, word, and action—and so ... Read More

Buried in the grave of carnality and worldliness

"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God." Col. 3:1 How many there are even of those who desire to fear God who are kept down by the world, and to whom it has not lost its attractive power. They are held fast, at... Read More

But our coward flesh shrinks from them!

"I have refined you but not in the way silver is refined. Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering." Isaiah 48:10 What benefit is there in afflictions? Does God send them without an object in view? Do they come merely, as the men of the world think, by chance? No! There is benefit inte... Read More

By His wounds we are healed

Sin has thoroughly diseased us, and poisoned our very blood. Sin has diseased our understanding, so as to disable it from receiving the truth. Sin has diseased our conscience, so as to make it dull and heavy, and undiscerning of right and wrong. Sin has diseased our imagination, polluting it with ev... Read More

Cain, Esau, Saul, Ahab, Judas

"Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death." 2 Cor. 7:10 These two kinds of repentance are to be carefully distinguished from each other; though they are often sadly confounded. Cain, Esau, Saul, Ahab, Judas, all repented. But their ... Read More

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